Table Shuffleboard is an indoor game that attracts all age's people. In this game, players are eligible to push metal-and-plastic weighted pucks down a long and smooth wooden table into a scoring area at the opposite end of the table. The shooting is placed with the hand directly, as opposed to deck shuffleboard's use of cue sticks.
The most played games are traditional table shuffleboard games. "Knock Off" is the most common table shuffleboard game played in main tournaments. "Crazy Eight" and "Horse Collar" are other table shuffleboard games. In additional, "Target", "Tap & Draw" and "Baseball (a Horse Collar variation)" are less played games. It is played either one-on-one or in teams and both casually and in tournament settings.
Here is given the guidance for how to play Table Shuffleboard Game.
To start a game, decide whether you will play one-on-one or in teams and toss a coin to see who will go first as well as choose the colored weights each player will use.
To play Table Shuffleboard Game with 2 players:
- To begin the game, stand next to your opponent on one side of the table, then toss a coin or otherwise choose who shall shoot first Weight, and what color Weights each shall have. (It is an advantage to shoot last.)
- The first player slides his first Weight towards the opposite end of the board, which becomes the scoring end. His opponent then shoots his first Weight in a similar manner, attempting either to knock off the other player's first Weight, or to out distance it.
- The two players continue shooting their Weights alternately, until all eight Weights have been shuffled. When this has been done, one round of play has been completed.
- The player who’s leading Weight is farthest down the board (away from the players) is the winner of the round. The winner's score is then totaled and registered on the scoreboard.
- The players then proceed to the opposite end of the shuffleboard, where the Weights are now resting. Another round of play is begun in exactly the same manner as described above, from this end of the board, with the winner of the previous round shooting first Weight.
- The game continues for as many rounds as are necessary, until one player has scored 15 points to win the game.
To play Table Shuffleboard Game with 4 players:
- When four players will compete in the game, it means they play as double teams with two players in every team. One player from each team is placed at each end of the board therefore two opposing players are at the same end, with their partners at the opposite end.
- Having decided by toss of a coin, or by other means, which team shoots first and which will shoot Red or Blue Weights, the play begins exactly as in a two-player game — the first player slides his Weights toward the opposite end of the board, which becomes the scoring end. The opponent at his side then shoots his first Weight in a similar manner. The two players continue shooting their Weights alternately, until all eight Weights have been shuffled. At this point, one round of play has been completed.
- The player who’s leading Weight is farthest down the board (away from the two players who are playing the round) is the winner of that round. The winner's score is then totaled and registered on the scoreboard.
- The players at the opposite end of the board, where the Weights are now resting, clear the board and begin another round of play from their end, in exactly the same manner and with the partner of the previous round's winner shooting the first Weight. The players continue as many rounds as necessary, until one team has scored a total of 21 points.
Method of Scoring Points on the scoreboard
The one who’s leading Weight is the farthest away from the playing end is the winner of the round, after all Weights in a round have been shuffled. The winner's score is then determined by adding the values of all his leading Weights that lie ahead of the loser's leading Weight.
If “Red” Weight is the most distant Weight from playing end at the completion of a round, then Red becomes the winner of the round, and only Red can score. To determine Red’s score, total the value of each Red Weight which lies ahead of the leading Blue Weight. Red Weights which are either cut off by or which lie behind the leading Blue Weight are not scored. If there are no Blue Weights remaining on the board, then all remaining Red Weights are scored. See the image below.
Tips and Warnings:
- You can purchase Deck Shuffleboard mats to place on a flat surface for a game instead of painting the triangular scoring zone on the floor.
- Use strategy! You are allowed to knock pucks that are already in play with your puck, as well as knocking them off the table. If you are up against a more skilled player, then you can play defense by putting a puck in the number 2 zone as a wall, forcing them to knock your puck rather than go for high-scoring long shots.
- Some players and groups award an extra point to hangers, though this is non-standard. For friendly games, decide in advance if you will use this optional rule.
- If you are shooting last you have what is called "The Hammer," and it's a significant advantage. Use it, knocking off your opponent's high-scoring pucks and hangers or trying to out-score them and claim the victory.
- If you want to be a serious player, then cultivate your skill with both hands to make maximum use of angles. Remember, you can start your shots near the sides of the board, not just in the middle.
- Avoid touching any weights that are already on the board with your hands until the round is over, or it will be replaced and your opponent will receive a penalty point. Also, make sure your off-hand isn't on the surface of the table when you shoot, though it can be on the frame. This, along with any touching or rubbing of the playing surface constitutes a one-point penalty.
- It is considered courteous to step back after your shot, affording your opponent maximum freedom and space.
More information such as “values of winner's pucks or weights” is available at www.mccluretables.com.
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