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Shuffleboard Equipment Key Terms

Darcy Chadwick

Get ready to play with shuffleboard key terms

Dating back several centuries, shuffleboard is a game played by young and old, on cruise ships or in backyards. If you want to offer the best types of shuffleboard equipment to your customers, then you must familiarize yourself with the lingo. By knowing common terms, you can also stay current with updates from products offered by your vendors. Become knowledgeable for your customers and your vendors, and you can watch your profits slide on up.

Deck courts

The standard shuffleboard deck courts are 52 feet long and 6 feet wide. They are found in numerous outdoor locations, ranging from parks and hotels to cruise ships and retirement communities. A large triangle adorns the court and is affixed with numbers for scoring purposes.


Shuffleboard weights, also called blocks, discs or pucks, are one of eight pieces used to play outdoor or table shuffleboard. Four of those eight disks are of the same color, as each player has his own color.

Shuffleboard sticks

Shuffleboard sticks are also called poles or cues, and they allow players to push the weights across the shuffleboard court. Each stick contains two short prongs at the end.

Shuffleboard tables

Made out of different materials, tournament-size shuffleboard tables are 22 feet long, but most household tables are much smaller. Home tables are typically between 9 and 14 feet long and 2 to 3 feet wide. This allows the tables to fit nicely in a game room or other room within the house.

Scoring unit

Shuffleboard scoring units allow for easy tallying of scores. They vary in size, shape and type of technology used, but the gist is that players do not need to remember who scored however many points. They are more commonly used for shuffleboard tables, as they can easily mount to the tables.

Shuffleboard powder

Shuffleboard powder, also called wax, is an important element of playing shuffleboard. It allows the puck to slide smoothly and quickly across the board. The loose powder resembles cornstarch, but is actually made of tiny pieces of silicone.
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Darcy Chadwick