OBJECTIVE OF SHUFFLEBOARD: Win points by getting the disk to stop at the scoring zone.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 or 4 players, 1 or 2 on each team
MATERIALS: 1 cue per player, 2 sets of 4 disks
TYPE OF GAME: Sport
OVERVIEW OF SHUFFLEBOARD
Shuffleboard is a sport that even the least athletic of us can play. Although the concept is simple, the game is much harder to play than you would think! But the basic idea is to slide the disk down to the scoring zone to gain points.
A shuffleboard court is a rectangle 6 feet wide and 52 feet long. The court is mirrored on each side.
Six and a half feet of each end of the court is designated as the player shooting area, marked with a baseline. Above the baseline on each end is the 10-off area separated into left and right sides. The 10-off area is slanted at the same angle as the isosceles triangle above it.
The isosceles triangle above the 10-off area is the scoring zone. This triangle is 6f eet by 9 feet and is divided into 5 zones: 1 zone at the top, and 4 zones below it, separated by a vertical and horizontal line. The tip of the triangle is 10 points, the two underneath it are worth 8, and the bottom two are worth 7 points each.
Three feet from the very tip of the triangle, another line marks the dead line, leaving 12 feet in the middle. Any disk that lands between the two dead lines is out of play.
Place the yellow disks side-by-side on the right side of the 10-off area and put the black disks on the left side.
The two players stand on one end of the court where the disks are placed.
Flip a coin or play rock, paper, scissors to decide who will play yellow and who will play back. The winner can decide on the color they want to play. Yellow goes first.
To play shuffleboard, each player uses their cue to push their disk down the court to the other side to get a point. The players take turns (yellow, black, and yellow again) until the players have pushed all of their four disks.
Each disk must start within the 10-off area. Then the players aim to send their disks past the dead lines, down to the scoring triangle on the opposite end of the court.
Players should attempt to do one of the following with their cue and disk:
- Put the disk into the scoring area;
- Displace an opponent’s disk; or
In doubles shuffleboard, the four disks are divided between the two teammates. The team members shoot alternately.
The five different areas in the scoring zone determine the five different points a player can get. At the top are 10 points, followed by two 8 points, and finally two 7-point areas. The players must use their cue to slide their disks down to the scoring zone to get points.
For a player to get points, the disk must completely lie within the boundaries of the score. In other words, the disk must not touch any lines. For example, if a player manages to slide a disk down to the 10-point zone, but the disk touches the boundary of the triangle, no points are awarded.
Shuffleboard is not as simple as sliding down a disk across the length of the court. If a player doesn’t play correctly, they risk their offending disk being removed from play and being penalized a certain amount of points.
- 5 off if a disk touches the lines surrounding the 10-off area before it is played.
- 10 off if a disk touches the side lines or the triangle lines before it is played.
- 10 off if any part of the player’s body goes beyond or touches the baseline when shooting a disk.
- 10 off if a player shoots an opponent’s disk.
The opponent replays the disk if any of their disks are misplaced due to an illegal shot.
Scoring is done once all eight disks have been slid down to the opposite end of the court. Disks that lay on top of another disk are still valid.
The scores are calculated as follows:
- 10 points for a disk fully in the 10-point area
- 8 points for a disk fully in the 8-point area
- 7 points for a disk fully in the 7-point area
- -10 points for a disk in the 10-off area
The following disks are ignored for scoring:
- A disk touching a line
- A disk laying beyond the 10-off area
As a top tip, if there are any disputes between players regarding whether or not a disk is touching a line, an impartial judge should position their eye directly above the disk to determine whether or not a disk has won points.
END OF GAME
Once all eight disks have been shot from one end of the court, the players move to the other end to score. Once the points have been marked, the game continues on that end of the shuffleboard court until one player or team manages to score a predetermined number of points – usually 75.