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  • Indoor Shuffleboard Table Basic Rules

    Before the game begins, it is considered a sign of good sportsmanship for all players to shake hands.  Players can flip a coin to decides who goes first.

    P130306--2013 LEGACY SHUFFLEBOARD --5Shuffleboard is played with weighted pucks, colored red or blue to indicate which player or team they belong to.  Players alternate sliding their puck down the shuffleboard table.  The main idea is to get the pucks as close to the end of the board as possible, without them falling off the end.

    The center of the table is divided from each end by two lines called the “foul lines”.  If the puck does not pass the foul line closest to the shooting player, it is considered to be in the ‘illegal zone’ and removed from the table.  The table is surrounded by a gutter, called the “alley”.  Pucks that fall into the alley remain out of play for the rest of the round.

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    It is possible to hit the pucks of your opponent when sliding your puck down the table.  Ideally, you can hit your opponent’s pucks into the alley, and therefore out of play, while moving your pucks into a higher-scoring position.  If your puck passes the foul line, but then bounces off a puck and goes back into the illegal zone, both your puck and the puck of your opponent are removed from play.

    Each player slides a total of four pucks to complete a round.  At the end of the round, only the player whose puck is closest to the edge of the table can receive points.  For your puck to score points, it must be on the table, over the foul line, and closer to the end of the table than any of your opponent’s pucks.

    If the puck is overhanging the edge of the table, it scores four points.  A puck that sits in one of the scoring zones receives a score of one, two, or three points, according to that zone.  If a puck is touching the line, it receives the score from the lowest zone (for example, a puck in the second zone that is touching the line for first zone would receive one point).

    In a two-player game, the first player to get fifteen points is the winner.  In a four-player game of ‘doubles’, the first team to get twenty-one points is the winning team.

    There are certain violations that will cost a player one point.  To avoid any penalty points, ensure that you do not, in any way, rub your hands over the playing surface.  Also, avoid extending the lower half of your body past the end of the board.  Do not hold a playing puck in your hand while your opponent is shooting.  While it is permissible to touch the frame, avoid touching the actual playing surface with either hand before, during or after making a shot.

    In a singles match, it is permissible to go to the other end of the board to see the position of the pucks.  When playing in teams, however, teammates stand on the opposite end of the table and play every other round, shooting from alternating ends of the table. The players are effectively playing two games at once, and combining the team scores.  If you want to know about a puck’s position, you must ask your partner.  Going beyond the foul line at any time during the round results in a penalty.

    While anyone else is shooting— whether it’s your opponent or your partner—touching a puck that is in play is not permitted, nor is touching the playing surface or the frame of the table. Avoid touching any pucks in the gutter until the round is finished. Causing any vibration on the table will result in a penalty, even if the vibration is accidental—for example hitting the table or floor.  As a rule, when it’s your opponent’s turn, it’s considered good etiquette dictates to stand far back and give her lots of room with no fear of interference.

    Now that you know how to play, consider browsing our shuffleboard table selection.

  • When Was Shuffleboard Invented?

    In the 1400s, in England, people there played a game called “shove-groat”, which involved sliding a large silver coin, called a ‘groat’, down a table.  As the game evolved, it took on other names such as "shoveboard", “shovelboard","slidegroat" “shovelpenny" or “shove ha’penny” (meaning shove half-penny).  The game also evolved as areas of the table began being marked for the coins to stop, allowing players to increase their score.  The game gained an unsavory reputation, being associated with excessive drinking and gambling on the winners.  As it was keeping men away from their jobs, King Henry VIII decreed that the game could only be legally played by aristrocrats.  The prohibition was not effective in the long-term, however, and by the 1600s, shuffleboard was again popular in the taverns.

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    Shuffleboard was also enjoyed by the first colonists of America, as well as the English soldiers.  The first written documented history of shuffleboard in America comes from the play titled “The Crucible”, which notes "In 1692, there was a good supply of ne'er-do-wells who dallied at the shuffleboard in Bridget Bishop's Tavern.”

    As the popularity of the game spread, an innkeeper in New Hanover, Pennsylvania named John Bishop was accused of running a gambling game in his establishment, which resulted in an 1848 legal case that asked the question of whether shuffleboard was a game of chance or a game of skill.  The judge deemed that the game was indeed one of skill, and the now-legal game enjoyed newfound popularity.

    Approaching the 20th century, table shuffleboard was demanding as much ink in New York City newspapers as boxing and baseball.  Tournaments were popular, drawing a range of interesting competitors such as George Lavender, Ed Gardland, Alex Scott, Dave Wiley, and “Big Ed” Morris.  Not only were tournaments held in New York but also in surrounding areas such as Newark, Hoboken, Bloomfield, and New Jersey.  There were even tournaments as far away as Philadelphia.  Fans came from a variety of age groups as well as socioeconomic backgrounds.  The game spread around the country, and by 1904 it had made its way to California, courtesy of an avid player named Jim Corbett, who had a tavern owner install what was reputed to be the first table in state.

    During the war times of the 1940s, shuffleboard provided a sense of release, and its base of players grew.  Some played a highly competitive game, while others played it for fun.  It was also in the 1940s shuffleboard went Hollywood.  While initially used as a source of publicity, when Hollywood stars found themselves actually enjoying the game, and it wasn’t long before prominent celebrities such as Betty Grable and Merv Griffin had their own tables installed in their homes.

    By the 1950s, many manufacturers of shuffleboards were sponsoring their own nationwide tournaments.  As a league sport, the game suffered during the 60s and 70s, due to variety of reasons including intense competition by different manufacturers, a lack of standard rules, and a lack of sponsorship.  By the mid-80s, however, shuffleboard began to see a revival.  Currently, established shooters are working with the young shooters to develop their skills, as they are seen as the future of the sport. Shuffleboard is also popular in bars and in homes, as it is seen as a great and fun way to spend time with friends.

  • Legacy How-to: Shuffleboard Maintenance

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    Hello. This is Cris Gould from Legacy Billiards.
    One of the most exciting product categories we've introduced have been shuffleboard tables. We offer several sizes from 9 foot to 16 foot. One of the important things i want to talk about is how to maintain and properly put shuffleboard wax on the play surface.
    Often this is misunderstood by many people, so we're going to demonstrate how this procedure works. Legacy offers two different products that will be needed to use. One is our Black Ice Shuffleboard wax and the other is a product called Black Ice Silicone Spray.

  • Legacy Buyer's Guide: Quality Built Shuffleboards

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    Hello. This is Cris Gould from Legacy Billiards. I wanted to talk about some of the features that distinguish the quality of a great shuffleboard. Legacy uses a polymer poured top on all surfaces of their shuffleboard with a quarter inch thick. The most important feature of the polymer top is that during the manufacturing process there is no air underneath the polymer. If there were an air pocket and something like a puck were to fall on the top, it would crack it and cause damage to the shuffleboard. All of our poured surface playfields come with a lifetime warranty to ensure that no cracking happens. We test every playfield by dropping pucks to make sure no air is underneath.

  • Shuffleboard Adjustments

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    The next things that i want to talk about that are important to a new purchase of a shuffleboard are three basic adjustments that have to be done for the leveling and the playability of the board.
    One obviously is through the legs, making sure that the board is flat from side to side and through the ends.
    If it's not flat, obviously the puck would slide off to one side.
    Another important adjustment is what's called sway. Because the shuffleboards use leg levelers we're able to raise the ends of the board and create a sway for the play field.
    This is what controls the puck's speed. Obviously, if it did not have this feature and the play field were to arch, the pucks would simply slide off the end, and you couldn't play it accurately.
    The third adjustment is the climate adjusters that are underneath the play field.
    That's a set of hardware put in specific places along the playing field that actually apply pressure to the wood and curve the board.
    This curving of the playing field allows the puck to remain on the play field and actually puts a small curve at the end right over the scoring zone.
    This is the proper way that a shuffle board should be adjusted for tournament play.

  • How to Score A Game of Tabletop Shuffleboard

    A shuffleboard is a great addition to a home game room and you can play teams so everyone can get in on the fun.

    Tabletop games consist of a series of frames, oftentimes in a best-of-three or best-of-five format. The length of each part of the series will depend on if you are playing singles or doubles.

    Here is a quick tutorial on keeping score in a game of shuffleboard:

    The scoring area is divided in to three sections:
    · Closest to the edge (3 points)
    · Short Middle section (2 points)
    · Long Middle section (1 point)

    A puck hanging over the edge of the table is worth 4 points.

    After all the pucks have been shot by taking alternating turns, the points are added up. First check to see which player/team has a puck closest to the edge. Points are awarded for each puck that has gone farther than the opponents best shot. For example, if a blue puck is closest to the edge and sitting in the three-point section and a red puck is in the two-point section, the blue player will earn three points for the round and the red player will earn none.

    In a singles match, the first player to earn 11 points wins the frame. A doubles team must earn 21 points to win the frame.

    For more information on How to Score a Game of Shuffleboard, check out our video how-to:

     

  • Features of a Quality Shuffleboard

    Buyer's Guide: Features of a Quality Shuffleboard

    At Legacy Billiards, we’re committed to exceeding your expectations in every product category we offer. In our shuffleboard line, we ensure that each product is carefully built every
    step of the way.
    We start by using the highest quality components and materials available.  We use a polymer poured top on all surfaces of our shuffleboard tables. The advantage of using polymer is that during the manufacturing process, air cannot be trapped underneath the polymer. If an air pocket formed on the surface of the shuffleboard, and something like a puck were to fall on it, the surface would crack and cause damage to the shuffleboard itself.
    All of our poured surface playfields come with a lifetime warranty to ensure that cracking will not end the life of your shuffleboard. We thoroughly test each playfield by dropping pucks to make sure no air is underneath and no air pockets have been formed.

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