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Crokinole Optional Rules

Any free shot (there are no opponent's discs on the board) must come to rest entirely within the 15 circle or be removed from play. Any other discs you strike are unaffected. That is, if your access to the 15 circle is blocked by your discs, you may carrom your other discs toward the 20 hole, but your shooter disc must remain in the 15 circle or be removed. This rules is used in most tournaments.

Instead of playing to 100, you can also play “match play.” After all the discs have been played, count the score for each player/team. The player/team with the higher score gets two points for winning that round. Each team or player gets one point for a tie. Play to eight points. This is the scoring method used in most tournaments.

When placing your shooting disc, it must not be more than halfway beyond either diagonal line.

If you are playing against a novice, you can have a better game and your opponent will feel less frustrated if you allow "do overs." Allow the novice to shoot again if his or her shot does not disturb any discs on the board and it is not a free shot. You can limit the number of "do overs" when your opponent gets better.

When playing with just three, set it up to be two versus one. The partners each get six discs and the solo player gets twelve. The solo player shoots after each partner as if he were playing both seats in a partnership.

Another way to play with three is for each player to have twelve discs, and everyone plays for himself. (You will need a third set of different colored discs.) The board winner gets two points and second place gets one. If two or more tie for first, each gets one point and second place gets zero. If two tie for second, only first scores two points. Play to eight points.

Stan always forgets who is supposed to go first next, so he uses a special home rule. The current losing player decides if he wants to shoot first or second on the next board. If tied, the same player, who just now tied the score, chooses again.

These are just some variations that you might encounter, so it is always a good practice to ask the crokinole board's owner which rules are in effect. When you are a visitor, you should always be gracious and play the “home park” rules without complaint.

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