How to Play Shuffleboard

Begun more than 500 years ago as a game for European royalty, shuffleboard is becoming more popular with Americans who see it as a less expensive alternative to golf.


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You Will Need

  • Shuffleboard court


  1. Step 1

    Choose the players

    Decide if you’ll be playing singles or doubles and choose the players. Shuffleboard can be played with two players or two teams of two.

  2. Step 2

    Learn the game

    Familiarize yourself with the court. An outdoor shuffleboard court is a rectangle with a triangle at either end. The triangles are divided into different scoring zones.

  3. Step 3

    Choose your pucks

    Choose a puck color for each player or team; each side gets four pucks. Line them up in the "10-off area" at the base of the triangle and flip a coin to see who will go first.

  4. Step 4

    Play the first round

    Take turns pushing pucks toward the opposite triangle with the cues. Triangles are divided into ten-, eight-, and seven-point areas, plus a 'ten-off' zone. Aim for the areas with the most points. Leave all played pucks in place until the end of the round -- after each side has played four pucks.

  5. Try to knock your opponent’s pucks off high-scoring zones and into the ten-off zone.

  6. Step 5

    Tally scores

    Tally the scores based on where the pucks lay at the end of the round. Points count only if pucks are entirely within a scoring zone, not touching the edges. If a puck lands entirely within the ten-off zone, subtract ten points from the score.

  7. Step 6

    Continue playing

    Continue playing. After each round, switch sides. The first player or team to reach 50 points for a short game -- or 100 points for a longer -- wins the game.

  8. Did you know? The National Shuffleboard Hall of Fame is located in Clearwater, Florida.