SHUFFLEBOARD BOWLING RULES
Shuffleboard Bowling Rules
Shuffleboard Bowling Rules
You can choose whatever scoring system you like for your shuffleboard bowling rules. However TableBowl uses a modified scoring system because most people will not want to calculate the math involved in order to adhere to a 300 scroing system. Its likely to take the fun out of it.
When you bowl your hand can not touch the ball at the same time it is touching the bowling surface. This is to prevent bowlers from sliding the ball on the table, rather than actually bowling.
In order to keep the flow of the game its best to have the person you’re bowling against stand behind the pins as you are bowling. This allows them to re-rack, adjust pins and roll the ball back for your second bowl. Once you bowl the second bowl, they ‘ll then rack for themselves and you will switch places.
In general, the game starts off with each player having a set of 4 pucks each. Each player will have a different color set. You can determine who goes first by flipping a coin. The object of the game is to roll your puck as close to the edge of the table as possible since you gain points by bowling into the point zones listed on the table. Point zones typically range from 1-3 or 1-4. A puck that hangs over the edge will net you an extra 1 point on top of what is listed in the final point zone. So if it’s a 3 then a hanger would net you 4. After all pucks have been rolled, whoever has the puck furthest into the scoring zone, gets to score. Any of that players pucks that are further into the scoring zone than the opponent’s pucks will count as a score. So if on a 3 point scoring table you have 1 puck in the 3rd zone, the opponent has 1 puck in zone 2 and you also have 1 puck in zone 2 but not as far into the zone as the opposing player, then you only get credit for 3 points and not 5. If your zone 2 puck was also further than the opponent’s zone 2 puck then you would get credit for the zone 3 and zone 2 puck for a total of 5 points. The winner of the previous round goes first so that the losing player gets to roll last. Typically, games go to 15 or 21 points. Basic strategy is to knock your opponent’s puck off the table or go around their puck if they are in a lead scoring position.
Any puck that does not make it past the middle line of the table is to be removed before the next player goes.
When playing 2v2 teammates will play on opposing sides of the table. Team 1 Player A and Team 2 Player A will play on one side and Team 1 Player B and Team 2 Player will play on the opposite side. Once both Player A’s from both teams roll a round then both Player B’s will shuffle a round. Simply add scores from each round for the given team to keep scoring.
When playing 2v2 teammates will play on opposing sides of the table. Team 1 Player A and Team 2 Player A will play on one side and Team 1 Player B and Team 2 Player will play on the opposite side. Once both Player A’s from both teams roll a round then both Player B’s will shuffle a round. Simply add scores from each round for the given team to keep scoring.Shuffleboard tables vary in length from 9-22’ and vary in width from 15”- 20”. The thickness of tables ranges from 1.5” – 3”. Tables should be flat but slightly concave down the center line. Typically tables are made out of Maple Hardwood and are slated like butcher block, however, can also be made from other composites or wood. The standard bar or competition table is 20” wide x 3” thick and 22’ Long. Table cost varies based on size, material, and quality.
In general, the game starts off with each player having a set of 4 pucks each. Each player will have a different color set. You can determine who goes first by flipping a coin.
You tabulate score based on how many pins you hit for the first and second roll of the frame just like normal bowling.
The difference is that anytime you get a spare, you will always receive 15 points. So even if you bowl a 1 for the first roll and then you knock down the remaining 9 pins during the second roll, you will receive 15 points. So 1+9, 7+3, 5+5, all will net you with 15 points.
Initial strikes are counted as 20 points. Consecutive strikes are counted as 30 points except for the final 2 frames 11 and 12 which are worth 15 pts each assuming you strike frame 10, 11 and 12.
Just like normal bowling if you pickup a spare in the final 10th frame you get to bowl one more roll in the 11th frame. If you bowl a strike in frame 10 you get to bowl 2 more rolls. This can either net you a strike in the 11th frame and a re-rack for a final 12th frame roll or 2 rolls in the 11th frame if you don’t strike. So to be clear if you pickup the spare in the 10th frame you only get one more roll. If you get a strike in the 10th frame you get 2 more rolls, that’s it.
You can bowl with or without the shuffleboard sand on the table. At the least I’d recommend maybe removing the sand from where the pins will sit.
If you bowl on your table with no sand it may be helpful to spray the table with silicone as this will act like oil on a real lane and help the ball with spin.
From time to time you will want to wash the ball with dish soap to remove any oils as the ball will get slippery just as a real bowling ball would.