How to Play

Have you ever wondered how to play shuffleboard? The rules usually require that you alternately take turns sliding, by hand, all 3 of your pucks against the ones from your opponent.

Some of the strategy and fun really comes into play when you knock off your opponents’ pucks, outdistance them or use your pucks to protect your other highest scoring pucks.

Basics

  • CHOOSE SHOOTING ORDER & COLORS

    Flip a coin. The winner can decide to shoot last (the “hammer”) or pick a color (red or blue). Shooting last is an advantage in shuffleboard.

  • PLAY TO 15 OR 21

    You can play to 15 or 21. Either way, first player to reach 15 or 21 wins and you don’t have to win by two!

  • ALTERNATE SHOTS

    Opponents stand at the same end of the table and alternate shots, shooting towards the opposite end, until all 8 pucks have been shot.

  • STAND BEHIND THE TABLE

    Players must stand with at least one foot behind the table when shooting. You may lean on the frame for support but do not hit or shake the table.

  • DUSTING THE TABLE

    A player may choose to apply powder to the table if he notices a dry spot on the board. Teams should reapply powder after every match.

DETERMING POINTS

  • SCORING PUCKS

    Only pucks that are farther than your opponent’s farthest puck are eligible for points. Only one player or team can score per round.

  • FOUL LINE

    If a puck does not completely clear the foul line in the middle of the table, it is not eligible for points and should be removed from the table.

  • POINTS

    Pucks may land in the 1, 2, or 3 scoring zones. A puck must completely clear the line preceding the scoring zone to score points in that zone.

  • 4 POINTS FOR A “HANGER”

    If any portion of a puck is hanging over the edge of the playing surface at the opposite end of the table, it is worth 4 points.

Shuffleboard scoring rules
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