Overview of Game Rules
Set up assembled three rail targets approximately 30' apart,
preferably on grass or sand, not on concrete or asphalt.
Players stand along side, but behind a target. You can
play with two players or with four players, two
teams of two each. If you play with two players, both
players toss beside, but to the rear of the same target,
tossing to the other target 30' away. If you are playing
with four players, two teams, one member of each team goes to
opposite targets, just as in horseshoes.
Play begins with the first player tossing to the target 30'
away. Players must stand along side, but to the rear of
their target. Play continues by players alternating
tosses to the target. After each player has tossed three
times, scoring is determined as follows:
Tethered balls hanging from the top (red) bar score
three points. From the middle (yellow) bar two
points, and from the bottom (blue) bar one point.
Because scoring is not determined until the tosses are
completed, a tethered ball can be knocked off a rail
eliminating those points. From this point forward, the
team or individual with the most points must toss first if the
score is tied, the team or individual scoring last tosses
If you are playing teams, the two players at the
opposite target now toss back to the other target alternating
tosses as before. If there are only two players
competing, the players move down to the other target and toss
back to the original target, again alternating tosses.
Play continues until a team, or individual, has accumulated a
score of EXACTLY 21 points. If you go over
21, any points that you have scored during that round
are lost and the score remains as it was at the start of the
round. Example: The Red Team is at 20 and the Blue Team
is at 17. Red scores 2 points arriving at 22 points and
the Blue team scores 4 points arriving at 21 points. The Blue
team wins at exactly 21 while the Red team returns to 20
points, their point total before the round started. In
the event of a tie, each player, either two or four, gets one
more round of three tosses. The player or team last
scoring to tie the game tosses first. The greatest
number of points scored during the play-off round(s)
determines the winner.
To speed up play and accommodate more players, you can move
the targets a bit closer, say 25 feet, or play to a lower
winning total, say 15 points. Always play to an EXACT
number, this adds excitement to the game. Better yet,
buy an extra set and have two games going at the same time!
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