Floor Shuffleboard Rules

By Patrick Cameron

When you think shuffleboard, you may think cruise line, old people or Friday night at the bar with that stand-up table. You may not think of a fun, often competitive game that is quite enjoyable for all those involved. Because there are those who take shuffleboard quite seriously, there have to be rules. And, depending on how strictly you want to play the game, there could be a lot of rules.

Court Size

For a court to be regulation size, the shuffleboard surface needs to be 52 feet long and 6 feet wide. The points of the triangles at either end of the court need to be 18 feet from one another. Each triangle should be 9 feet from top to bottom and then divided up with a 3-foot triangle on the top, and then two 3-foot areas going down toward the base that are divided in half, plus an 18-inch area at the very base that is not divided. These areas in points score from 10 at the point of the pyramid, to 8, to 7, to minus 10 in the 18-inch area at the base.

Disk Size

To keep everything fair, the disks and push sticks need to be consistent for both sides. The disks should be made of plastic or composite materials. They should be precisely 6 inches in width and can have a thickness of no greater than 1 inch.

Push Stick Size

The push stick needs to be made of aluminum or fiberglass and has to fall between 5 feet and 6 feet, 3 inches in length. The head needs to be exactly 5 inches wide and the entire push stick can't weight over 15 ounces.

Game Rules

Players must shoot from the same end of the court, alternating light and dark disks on the one end of the court and then dark to light on the other. Disks are pushed from the 10-off space at the base of the triangle. After the disks are shot, points are added up, but only disks that lie completely within one of the given frames of the triangle can be counted. If your disk is on a line, it doesn't count.

About the Author

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.