WOW. It was a really fun time. My first crokinole tournament. Crokinole is definitely a fun game for the family, but gather these families for a competition and you have a party. I was a little apprehensive about the day. It turned out to be a fun learning experience.
I learned a lot about the game of crokinole. If I thought that my new board was fast, I was amazed by the speed of the tournament boards. So many boards in one place. The wax that I thought was unimportant, plays a vital roll in how these top players approach the table. The shots were amazing. I had no idea that you could actually get so many 20s in one game. Playing against the top players raised my game. You can't help but play up to their level and I never once felt belittled or minimized. New strategies were in effect, with efforts to maximize each shot often left the game decision down to the last shot.
I learned a lot about tournaments. The format was excellent, allowing me an opportunity to play against all levels of players in the morning. I was able to play against the final pool A third place and first place players as well as people at and below my experience with the game. In the afternoon, I was placed in a pool of people at my level of skill, which made each game a challenge. For a minimal charge, which worked out to 3 cents per shot, I was able to play against 20 different people.
I learned a lot about the kind of people that play crokinole. They are all people, all walks of life, from all over, just wanting to play the game and have fun. Sure, it had it moments of competitiveness, but overall, the attitude was about good gamesmanship and sharing a love for crokinole. The tournament format allows for an opportunity to become acquainted with each person, to learn just a little about them. The format is quick enough that you are not left across from a stranger for very long. Then on to the next game.
I learned that I still love the game of crokinole, but then you knew that already didn't you. I can't wait for the next tournament. I am hoping for a better score, but also to meet some new people and to see my new friends from the last event.
See you there....