Submitted by: Amy Dunlap (May 2, 2011)
(Southwest Houston Shuffleboard League Player
- with 7 participating local area clubs in their league)
In our neighborhood blind draws, we will sometimes play a game called "Three
Strikes" which we have found to be a great lagging practice game. I'll do my
best to describe it. This is a single player game (no teams) where several people can play. Draw
to get the order of shooting.
How to Play:
Each person will shoot 4 pucks - 3 of one color, and 1 of the other color.
The 3 same colored (red) pucks are your "Point" pucks and the single color
puck (blue) is your "Multiplier". The multiplier does not count for any
points and can be thrown at any time during your turn. Players must shoot
all pucks past the long foul line to count. All point values are the same as
regular knock-off play (hanger is 4 points). The players will shoot from
which ever end the pucks are on, so if there is an uneven number of players,
you would have to shoot from different sides of the table each time.
After the first player's turn is over, count up all the points and that is
the score the 2nd player has to beat - no ties. If the second player does
not beat this score he gets one strike and whatever he scored is what the
third player has to beat and so on. The point total you are trying to beat
is always the player in front of you, whether they got a strike or not. If
you get 3 strikes, you are out and the remaining players continue to play
until only one person is left who has not received 3 strikes.
In the below diagram, the points total 12, with the blue puck being the
multiplier. So the next player must score 13 points. If they score anything
less than 13, say 4, they get a strike and the third player is up. The third
player must score 5 or more points or they will also get a strike.