Understanding Abacus Scoring for Shuffleboards and Game Tables 0
Whether you’re playing a friendly game of shuffleboard, or you’ve got bragging rights on the line, keeping score is the only sure-fire way to declare a winner. However, keeping score on a shuffleboard table can be a little tricky if you’ve never kept score using an abacus scoring system before.
Overview of Shuffleboard Scoring
The basic rules of shuffleboard scoring are relatively easy to understand. The table is segmented into three scoring areas at gradually further distances. Each scoring area is labeled from closest to furthest, with a 1, 2, or 3 to determine the points awarded for reaching it. As pucks slide down the table, their placement in the scoring areas will determine how many points to award each team.
Additionally, teams can score a 4 if they manage to slide a puck to the end and have it hang over the edge without falling into the gutter. This is referred to as scoring a hanger. According to varying house rules, you can also score a 5 if a puck hangs over the left or right corners of the scoring end.
Once both teams have thrown all pucks, you’ll need to tally the score for that frame. This is where it can get tricky to keep track of points. To award points for a frame, you’ll need to have thrown the furthest puck on the table, meaning only one team can score per frame. However, even if you did throw the furthest puck that frame, only the ones that are further than your opponent’s pucks count towards your score.
How To Use The Scoreboard On Shuffleboard Tables
Once you’ve tallied your score for that frame, you’ll need to adjust the scoreboard on the table. Most shuffleboard tables come equipped with an abacus scoring system. This system places 11 beads on a rod that all represent points. They consist of 9 black or chrome beads and 2 other colored beads (typically red or blue to differentiate teams).
All the beads will need to be in the center of the rod to begin scoring on the abacus scoring system. As you progress through frames and add points to your score, you’ll slide over one black or chrome bead for each point you earn. You’ll continue sliding over black or chrome beads until you score 10 points. Once you’ve scored 10 points, you’ll slide over one of the contrasting color beads to the end, which represents 10 points each. Once you’ve moved a 10 point bead, reset your 1 point beads to the center, and repeat the process until you reach the final score of 21 points. The winner has to win by 2 points.
Shuffleboard Abacus Scorer Instructions [Video Tutorial]
How to Make Shuffleboard Adjustments 0
When you've got a new shuffleboard, there are three important adjustments you'll need to make to your table to ensure optimal playing and accuracy for tournament play.
1. Check the legs: Make sure they're level and even to avoid your puck sliding to one side.
2. Sway: This helps control the pucks speed. You'll want to raise up the end of the table just a little bit. This keeps the pucks from coming off the end of the table for more accurate play.
3. Climate: The hardware under the table keeps the playing surface at the right curve to keep your puck in the playing area.
You can hear more about these adjustments explained by Cris Gould in this Legacy Video.
Features of a Quality Shuffleboard 0
- Christian Gould
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How to Maintain Your Shuffleboard 0
Shuffleboard tables are one of the most exciting product categories we have in our game room furniture line. We offer quality-built shuffleboards in several sizes from 9-foot to 16-foot.
When purchasing a shuffleboard table it’s important to take proper maintenance and care into consideration. If you want to get the most from your shuffleboard table, you’ll need to regularly apply shuffleboard wax on the play surface.
Legacy offers two different products that will maximize playability and extend the life of your shuffleboard table: Legacy’s Black Ice Shuffleboard Wax and Black Ice Silicone Spray.
Often the process of applying wax to the table is misunderstood, but it’s actually a very simple procedure that takes only a few minutes if done properly. First spray Silicone Spray to the table surface and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, apply the wax to the table.
Check out our shuffleboard maintenance video guide for a demonstration on how to apply silicone spray and wax to your shuffleboard.