Shuffleboard

Equipment

Cues Pucks Triangular Scoring Zone

Rules

A standard deck shuffleboard court is 39?feet long by 6?ft wide. Each end of the court has a scoring triangle, obviating the need to retrieve the pucks and return to the original end of the court. Another 6?feet of space is provided at each end of the court beyond the scoring triangles, which is where the players stand, with play alternating in direction down the court after each frame. Newer courts are now available, for use on decks or on any solid flat surface, in the form of roll-out plastic mats, or an adjustable system of plastic tiles With the tile courts, the dimensions can be adapted to the space available; e.g. it is possible to play on a court 30?ft long by 5?ft wide. The roll-out mats are available in two sizes, 39?x?6?ft and 27?ft by 4?ft?6?in. The smaller mats are designed to fit on a domestic patio or driveway. The discs and cues are the same standard sizes, regardless which court size is used.

Description

Shuffleboard is a game where players push weighted pucks down a narrow, elongated court with the purpose of positioning them within a marked scoring area. Points are awarded based on the area where the puck lands. Shuffleboard is a game in which players use broom-shaped paddles to push weighted pucks down a narrow and elongated court, with the purpose of having them come to rest within a marked scoring area. Shuffleboard can be played either one-on-one or by two teams of two.After all pucks have been played on one 'end', only the winning puck or group of pucks scores (according to the points marked on the board). Play then continues in the opposite direction. The winner is the first to a set number of points.

History

Not much is known of the origins of shuffleboard. It's history goes back some 500 years to Europe where it was a form of popular amusement. The earliest known name given to it is the Middle English shovillaborde; it was played and gambled at by King Henry VIII, who prohibited commoners from playing. In its goals, form and equipment, shuffleboard shares various features with (and perhaps influences by or upon) many other games, including air hockey, bowls, bocce, curling, croquet, carrom and billiards. Historically, shovelboard appears to have diverged into modern shuffleboard and sjoelbak, and with the former leading to the development of both table shuffleboard and shove ha'penny. Today, due to its popularity on cruise ships and in retirement homes because of its low physical fitness requirements, the deck game is often associated with the elderly, though its miniaturized tabletop variant is increasingly popular in bars and pubs among younger generations.