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The Revival of Shuffleboard

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

It’s happening all over the country: Bars and clubs are installing shuffleboard tables, and people, anxious to play, are flocking to them. Even though the game has been around for decades, it is experiencing a sudden surge in popularity. In Florida, for example, the sport is becoming more popular than golf!

While shuffleboard began as a deck game, the table version is becoming a serious contender against pool tables and dart boards around the country, and it’s beginning to make its way into the man caves and game rooms of lucky homes as well.

Shuffleboard tables come in a variety of sizes that make it easier to choose one that will fit your space, and while it takes some time and effort to master the game, the challenge and enjoyment is infectious.

The International Shuffleboard Association was founded in St. Petersburg in 1979. The club, whose members play the deck form of the game, struggled to maintain membership, dropping to 35 members in 2005 after seeing a peak of 8,000 members in the late 40s. Now membership has spiked to 200 and continues to grow. The 2013 World Shuffleboard Singles Championship will be held at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club in late October 2013.

Whether you’re brushing up on your game, to attend the championship, or just can’t get enough of shuffleboard in your neighborhood, consider one of the fine shuffleboards available at eFamilyFun, such as the Playcraft Woodbridge Shuffleboard Table in Honey Oak, available in 9’, 12’, 14’ and 16’ lengths and qualifies for free shipping. It makes a perfect addition to your  man cave or game room; it also can be a draw for your club or bar.

Want to learn how to play shuffleboard? Check out our tutorial.

 

How to Play Shuffleboard

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The game of shuffleboard has been enjoyed for over five centuries, in one form or another. Once outlawed by King Henry VIII, the game is now played by many people, royalty and commoners alike. The basic rules of the game are simple.

Before you begin playing the game, you may want to apply shuffleboard dust to the table surface to cover dry spots and allow the weights to easily slide down the table. Under tournament rules, you must keep one foot behind the board surface, and shaking or hitting the table is prohibited.

Coin flips determine at which end of the board play begins and which player shoots last (often thought to be an advantage and called the “hammer” ), the player shooting first having the choice of weight color. Once play begins, players take turns shooting until they have used all four of their weights.

To score, determine which player has a weight closest to the end of the board. That player then adds together the scores for all of their weights that are ahead of their opponent’s weights (or closest to the end of the board). A weight landing between the short foul line and the “2” line counts 1 point; a weight landing between the “2” line and the “3” line counts 2 points; a weight landing across the “3” line counts 3 points. A “hanger” – a weight that hangs over the end of the board – counts 4 points. Only one player can score in a given round.

After points are counted, play resumes on the opposite end of the table, with the player scoring points on the previous round shooting first. If no one scores points, the person shooting last in the previous round shoots first. Play continues in this fashion until a player reaches 15 points.

There are a number of variations to standard shuffleboard play. Once you have become comfortable playing the game, you may choose to play Crazy Eight or Horse Collar, to name only two alternatives. Shuffleboard is becoming a very popular addition to clubs and bars around the country, as well as a perfect addition to your game room at home. We recommend the Playcraft Telluride Shuffleboard Table.