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When shuffleboard [ ʃʌflˌbɔːrd ] is a game or a sport usually two players. With the help of a so-called cue, a kind of "slide", round disks have to be accelerated to the opposite side of a rectangular playing field in order to remain there on marked, high point fields.

Shuffleboard is particularly popular as a leisure activity in many hotel complexes in southern holiday areas, as well as on cruise ships , and has therefore also become known in German-speaking countries.


The playing field


The shape of the playing field can be imagined as a long tube, similar to an artificial bocce court. Usually these consist of a particularly smooth concrete , in Germany mostly (removable) plastic tracks are played. A subdivided triangle is drawn in color on each side of this track, in which different high scores are noted. The tip of the triangle always points to the side from which the players “shoot” the targets. In this point, which is very difficult to hit, the highest number of points “10” is noted. The wider the triangle is towards the back of the player, the lower the points to be achieved. However, you should not catapult too far with the shuffleboard, as another strip is recorded immediately behind the plus points, on which points are deducted again. Ten, eight, seven and minus ten points can be achieved.


Each player needs a cue and four discs.

Historic shuffleboard cues
Shuffleboard playing field (Court)

The cue is a max. 1.905 m long rod, at the end of which, shaped like the letter U, there is a semicircle-like element that can perfectly accommodate the discs to be accelerated.

The discs have a max. 2.54 cm flat and 15.24 cm in diameter. The mass is between 325 and 425 grams. In order to be able to slide easily over the playing field, they have a surface that is as smooth as possible.

Game flow

The actual process, especially when playing for fun in holiday complexes, is quite simple. With the cue, the players from one side of the playing field try to alternately shoot a disc at the triangle on the other side. If all discs have been played by both sides, the respective points are added (or subtracted). The game is played until a previously agreed number of points has been reached (usually 90) or a certain number of so-called frames (each player has started once) has been completed. In this case, the player with the higher (added) final score wins the match.

  • Disks (including those of the opponent) may, as in curling or ice stock sport , be shot out of the triangle with a separate disk or moved to other point fields.
  • If a disc does not reach the so-called deadline (played too short), it will be removed immediately.
  • Only the discs that do not touch any of the lines delimiting the point fields are scored.

Table Shuffleboard (also called Shufflepuck ) is the table version of Shuffleboard. The discs are pushed with the hands without a cue.

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