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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The word "shuffleboard" conjures images of elderly snowbirds in Florida, a sport of days gone by.

But a group of younger St. Petersburg folks are trying to shatter that stereotype by hosting weekly shuffleboard events. Hundreds of people in their teens, twenties and thirties now play for free on the city's courts every Friday night. Live bands, art shows and beer-filled coolers are common sights.

The city's courts are packed this week. The International Shuffleboard Association is hosting its World Singles Championship tournament here.

More than 150 Shuffleboard players from all over the world - including Japan, Egypt, Russia and Australia -- are competing.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of shuffleboard in Florida, and the 90th anniversary for the St. Petersburg club.

Here's a schedule of events:

32nd INTERNATIONAL SHUFFLEBOARD ASSOCIATION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
~Hosted by St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2013
9:00 am Opening Ceremonies
10:30 am Tournament Begins with Round 1, Start of First Round Robin
1:30 pm Round 2: Men and women
3:30 pm Round 3: Men and women


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013
8:30 am Round 4: Men and women
10:30 am Round 5: Men and women
1:00 pm Round 6: Men and women
3:00 pm Round 7: Men and women
4:30 pm Round 8: Speed Shuffleboard (Men and women)
6:00 pm ISA Board Meeting - (Invitation Only)
Working dinner for participants


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
8:30 am Round 9: Start of Round Robin 2 (Men and women)
10:30 am Round 10: Men and women
1:30 pm Round 11: Men and women
3:30 pm Round 12: Speed Shuffleboard (Men and women)
7:00 pm Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
9:00 pm ISA General Board Meeting


THURSDAY, October 24, 2013
8:30 am Round 13: Knock Out Rounds (Men and women)
10:30 am Round 14: Quarterfinals (Men and women)
1:00 pm Make Up Rounds if Necessary
2:30 pm Make Up Rounds if Necessary
4:00 pm Make Up Rounds if Necessary


FRIDAY, October 25, 2013
8:30 am Round 15: Semi-finals (Men and women)
10:30 am Round 16: Finals 5 to 64 (Men and women)
1:30 pm Round 17: Finals 1-4 (Men and women)
5:00-8:00pm Awards Banquet
8:00 pm ISA Delegation is escorted from the Coliseum to the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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