How To Play Shuffleboard Game: Complete Guide

How To Play Shuffleboard Game

Hello friends today we will talk about How To Play Shuffleboard Game. The origins of the Shuffleboard Game are contested, but it presumably started in Europe between 500 and 600 years ago. There are several variations of the game, as well as other names for it, such as deck shuffleboard and shovel-board. It includes using paddles to “shove” pucks into a goal area. The Shuffleboard Game, and especially betting on it, was very popular with King Henry VIII. Numerous sports have parallels with it, but bowls, curling, and air hockey on a table stand out. We are just interested in shuffleboard in this article.

An object of the Game

Simply launching the weighted pucks into the goal area with the paddle will earn you points in this game.

Players & Equipment

How To Play Shuffleboard Game

The number of players needed to play the Shuffleboard Game is either two (singles play, one versus one) or four (doubles, two against two). Although there are new portable and indoor courts with varied dimensions available, it is played on an outdoor court that is 52 feet long and 10 feet broad.

Both ends of the court have scoring triangles, and six feet beyond that is where players may stand to play towards the other end. The triangle is divided into point zones, with zone 10 at the tip, closest to the players, followed by zone 8 and zone 7, with zone 7 having a centre divider that creates a left and right region. The “10 OFF” penalty zone is located at the bottom of the triangle.

The pucks (known as biscuits) are propelled into the scoring triangle by the players using tangs, which resemble paddles. The tang, or cue, is limited to 6 feet 3 inches in length. The biscuits are six inches in diameter and no more than one inch thick. The person going first (often determined by coin toss) utilises the yellow biscuits, while the player going second uses the black biscuits.

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In an effort to place as many biscuits as possible in the scoring zones, players switch off “sending” the biscuits. The puck must be completely inside the scoring zone to be tallied; pucks that touch the goal line do not. Scores are only recorded after all eight (four each) shots have been made.

It is acceptable to shoot yourself at a player’s puck in an effort to get them out of the offensive zone or even into the 10-OFF zone, which carries a 10-point deduction for the offender. A player is assessed a five-point penalty if their puck crosses the 10-OFF line. Additionally, if a player touches the sideline while shooting the biscuit off the floor, they forfeit 10 points.

Winning the Game

How To Play Shuffleboard Game

The winner is the player with the greatest score after 10 full rounds, or the first person to attain a predetermined goal, often 75 points, whichever occurs first. The player with the highest score wins if both players or sides achieve 75 in the same turn.

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Rules of Shuffleboard Game

  • The player with the highest score from the previous round goes first after a coin flip determines who will go first.
  • Each player takes turns shooting one puck at a time.
  • When shooting the puck, a smooth, continuous forward motion is required; “hook” shots are not permitted.
  • Playing someone else’s disc results in a 10-point deduction.
  • Before playing their shot, a player must wait till the previous player’s biscuit is still.
  • The end of the court where the last game ended is where you start when play alternate ends.

On a 52-foot-long outdoor court, outdoor Shuffleboard Game is played. Discs that are 6 inches in diameter and weigh around 1 lb are slid into scoring zones as they are rolled down the court. A triangle-shaped scoring area is located at either end of the floor. The triangle’s apex is worth 10 points, the following two zones are worth 8, and the furthest zones are worth 7. A team that scores 75 points first wins.

Avoid Penalties

How To Play Shuffleboard Game

The penalty zone, which is located behind the seven-point zone of the scoring triangle, is the outdoor Shuffleboard Game player’s worst nightmare. The punishment for discs that land in this area is a point deduction of 10 complete points. You must at all costs stay out of the penalty zone since scoring 75 points is the game’s objective. In order to score, you must slide the disc down the shuffleboard court quickly enough to get there, but not too quickly that it enters the penalty area. Frequent practise is the key to success in this.  

Additionally, make an effort to send your rivals’ discs into the penalty area. A player must subtract 10 points from their total if their disc reaches the penalty area.

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Block the Scoring Area

In outdoor Shuffleboard Game, scoring doesn’t start until all of the discs have been used. There are four discs for each player to advance toward the scoring area. In the event that one or more of a player’s discs are in the scoring area, she may utilize her other discs to shield her scoring discs. To do this, move the discs past the deadline while they are still on the court. A disc is taken from the court instantly if it fails to cross the “deadline,” which is a line on the court where it must pass. A disc is also taken out right away if it tips over the edge of the court.  

Clearly, the defense will fail if your discs are taken away right away. Therefore, gently move your discs such that they are past the cutoff but still blocking the scoring area. This will compel your opponent to either maneuver around your discs or knock them out (which might backfire and cause your discs to reach the scoring zone).

The penalties for Shuffleboard Game include:

  • 5 points off – for a disc touching the 10-off area line before being played
  • 10 points off – for a disc touching sideline or side of the triangle while being played
  • 10 points off – if any part of a player’s body goes beyond or touches the baseline while playing a disc
  • 10 points off – for shooting an opponent’s disc

Shuffleboard Game Points

The standard Shuffleboard Game is 6 feet in width by 53 feet in length. At either end, two sizable triangles are drawn, their points pointing towards the centre of the board.

The bigger triangles are split into sectors, each of which is given a number.

Once all 8 discs—4 from each player—have been shuffled onto the board, the outdoor shuffleboard begins to score. Only discs of the same colour that have travelled the farthest receive points. The following are the several kinds of points you may get at Shuffleboard Game:

  • The small triangle at the tip of the point is worth 10 points.
  • The next two sectors below this are divided into equal spaces, each worth 8 points
  • The sectors at the base of the triangles are worth 7 points. Directly below these, are the 10-off sectors of the board.

Teams or players can continue playing the game until someone achieves 75 points. The player or team of doubles with the greater score at the game’s halfway stage wins if both players or teams have scores above 50.

In the event of a tie, the highest score after one complete round (or two for doubles) will decide the victor.

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What Is The Winning Score In Shuffleboard Game

Before the game even begins, the players decide what the winning score will be. Shuffleboard Game can be played for 50, 75, or 100 points. Usually, the game is won by the first individual or doubles team to score 75 points.

At the conclusion of each half-round, the game’s points are totaled. Once all 8 discs have been played, scores may be tallied.

Play continues for that half-round after a player obtains 75 points (of 50, or 100 if that was agreed upon). The winner is whoever had the highest score at the end of that half-round if the second individual or team ended up scoring 75 points.

Shuffleboard Game Scoring On The Line

Players will take turns sending their discs out onto the shuffleboard. The goal is to get your discs into as many of the scoring zones as possible.

Discs must be completely within a section in order to be counted towards the score. Discs touching a line do not count.

This is important to remember in outdoor shuffleboard as it differs from the ‘on the line rules of table shuffleboard. When playing on a table, discs that land on a line are counted but are only awarded points for the lower-scoring zone. In outdoor shuffleboard, discs touching the line are ignored during scoring.

Do Points Cancel Out In Shuffleboard

When discs touch down on a numbered area on the board, points are awarded. In Shuffleboard Game, points don’t go lost.

Players may, however, direct their bullets against the discs of other players. This is what you want to do to remove an opponent’s disc from play or move it into a lesser scoring area.

This is more of a playing tactic than a need for scoring.

Do You Have To Score Exactly 75 Points In Shuffleboard Game

Players choose 50, 75, or 100 points as the predefined winning points before the game ever begins. You must obtain exactly 50, 75, or 100 points to win after this is established as the required quantity.

These are significantly greater scores than those used in table shuffleboard, but an outdoor board also has larger values for the numbered portions.

The majority of outdoor shuffleboard matches are team affairs due to the greater points. The game is ended when this score is attained.


What are the basic rules of the Shuffleboard Game?

The game begins with you shooting a yellow disc. Play then switches back and forth between yellow and black discs. Players can push their own discs, their opponents’ discs, or both further onto the Shuffleboard Game objective. Once every disc has been fired, you add up the points and go on to the next round.

How do you score on the Shuffleboard Game?

One point is awarded for the zone that is closest to the location where the weights are shuffled, two points are awarded for the zone that is nearest to the point, and three points are awarded for the zone that is farthest from the players. The scoring value is four points if a puck reaches the edge of the playing field and hangs over it.

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Riya Kapoor writes about lifestyle, entertainment, news and gadgets. She has been in this industry for almost 4 years now. She is a graduate from Delhi University with English Hons and had deep connection with writing since her childhood.

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