My good pal RobC (Orvis NYC fly shop manager) asked me to assist him in putting on a friendly fly casting competition + demonstration for some members of The Racquet and Tennis Club. I said yes of course, as the list of fun things to do indoors with a fly rod while waiting for spring to arrive is a short one. This certainly makes that list. A cool gig, in a cool location, with some cool people.
From a casting competition stand point, people are people, club or no club. When they step in the box things change, the horizon line bends, nerves jump, the stars misalign and suddenly the fly acquires an opinion. This I know of, from my own experience in competitions dealing with 'Boxitis" (thanks Larry). With a couple of tournaments under my belt, guidance from friends (am I allowed to drop another name? thanks Steve) as well as some conscience effort on my part, Boxitis is loosening it's annoying score robbing grip. Boxitis = Buck Fever? ... it's a thing of the way, w a a y past when fishing.