Frequently Asked Questions - Shuffleboard Tables

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Shuffleboard FAQs

How to play:
A coin toss determines who shoots first and who gets the hammer. The winner normally takes the hammer and loser picks the color of pucks he will shoot.

Player A begins by shooting one of his colored pucks. Player B shoots the other color. Players then rotate shots until all eight pucks have been shot. If a puck doesn't cross the foul line closest to the player shooting, it must be removed and the shot forfeited.

After all eight pucks have been shot, the players determine who scored by counting only the pucks closest to the end of the table and are the same color. If a player has more than one puck closer to the end of the table then his opponent may also count those pucks. Remember, only one color can sore per frame. A puck must be completely inside the score zone to receive the points in that zone.

The team or player that scores in that frame must shoot first in the next frame. This process is repeated until one team or player reaches 15 points.

What is shuffleboard?

Shuffleboard began as a popular coin-on-the-table tavern game, imported to America by British colonists. The popularity of the game blossomed in the 1950s, and shuffleboard manufacturers even began sponsoring national tournaments. As the popularity of the sport grew, there was a larger demand for home shuffleboard tables. These were designed to be smaller than the standard tournament tables. Currently, over 1 million shuffleboard tables are enjoyed by over 5 million people every year. Shuffleboard tables provide a surface for a wide variety of unique and interesting games, including Knock-Off, Crazy Eights, Horse Collar, Target, and Tap & Draw.

What is the standard shuffleboard table size?

This depends on how you define "standard." In the 16th century, shuffleboard (then called "shovel-board") tables were generally about 30-feet long. Over time, this length decreased significantly as shuffleboard became more popular. Currently, the modern tournament standard length is 22-feet. Of course, this had to be changed for the home version. The standard home shuffleboard table is between 9 and 14 feet long, to suit the accommodations of the average living room.

Which wax is best for my shuffleboard table?

Contrary to appearances, the type of table wax you use will have a significant effect on the amount of control you can exert over the puck. Consequently, this has a serious effect on how the game is played. Table wax comes in various "speeds": for a beginner, slow speed wax is recommended to allow for maximum control. Moving on to the fast wax is recommended for more advanced players, as this allows for more challenging and competitive play. Keep in mind that any wax "feels" faster on shorter shuffleboard tables. On a 9-foot table, for example, you may not want any wax faster than "medium" speed, as this will allow the puck to travel such a short distance easily and quickly.

What about shuffleboard maintenance?

Modern production methods, and particularly the adoption of durable polymer surfaces, mean that shuffleboard tables are now built to last a lifetime. However, some minor maintenance is still required. Cleaning and glazing your shuffleboard table is recommended once every month, to prevent a build-up of old wax or silicone spray. Shuffleboard wipes are available, but a paper towel with some non-bleach cleaner should work just as well. Using a silicone shuffleboard spray will keep the surface slick, and will cut down on the amount of wax you need to apply.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 23 September, 2013.

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