Brunaccioni and his Dad Reno have been playing their own,
home-made version of Quoits in Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada for
many years. In July of 2003, he sent an email along
with photos of his game to The Quoit Pits. Jamie held two
big tournaments in the summer of 2003, the Summer Invitational
and the Quoit-Palooza. Photos from both tournaments are seen
below. He writes:
game is similar to yours except our hoops our 1 foot in
diameter. The scoring is similar. I started playing
around 1974 when my dad introduced me to the game. He had
been playing for years before that."
basically make the quoit stand about 15 inches square and the
post stands a foot tall. The hoops are made out out rubber
hose, garden hose is good, and are about a foot in
diameter. I have probably made half a dozen sets now for
my brothers and in-laws, we all love the game. To be
honest though, I don't know of any one else that plays the game
except for people we have introduced the game to. By the
way, we pronounce the game koy-its, not kwaits. Not sure
if this is correct but its what we know it as. Whenever the
family gets together, we have a big game. Now that I have
introduced my in-laws to the game, we have even more people
playing. We just had a tournament with 16 people. We
even modified an old bowling trophy into a quoit trophy by
replacing the ball with a quoit." Here are the rules
they play by:
FOR THE CANADIAN GAME OF QUOITS
Teams - Quoits can be played with two or four people. With
four people, 2 teams of 2 are decided. Each team chooses
two quoits of the same color.
Equipment - 4 quoits of approximately 12 inches in diameter and
2 hubs that have a base of about 15 sq. inches with a post in
the middle that stands roughly 12 inches high. The hubs
should be placed 25 to 30 feet apart.
- A player from each team will stand at each hub. When
pitching (throwing) a quoit your forward foot must not extend
beyond the hub. All four quoits should remain untouched
until after the last quoit is pitched.
Pitching Sequence - Teams will alternate when pitching quoits
(A-B-A-B). A coin toss shall determine what team pitches
first. The team not pitching first is said to have the
"Hammer" as it is more advantageous for a team to be
pitching last. Any team scoring points in a turn will
pitch first in the next turn. The winner of a game will
pitch first at the start of the next game.
- Only one team can score points during any end of play. A
team will combine the points of each of their quoits that are
closer than the closest opponents quoit. Three types of
scores are available:
Ringer - 5 points - a quoit
totally encompassing the post of the hub.
Leaner - 3 points - a quoit leaning
against the post of the hub.
Single - 1 point - a quoit lying
and touching any part of the base of the hub.
Tie Breaking - When both teams have a single, the team with the
quoit closest to the peg gets the single point. When both
teams have a leaner, the team with the quoit closest to the top
of the peg scores 3 points. When both teams have ringers,
the team that scored the topmost ringer will score 5 points for
each ringer on the post, including the opponents' ringers, plus
any other points from his other remaining quoit if it beats out
his opponents quoit. Thus, a perfect score of 20 is
Winning - The winner of a game will be determined by the first
player or team to reach a score of 21. The only exception
being any team reaching a score of 11 before the opposing team
scores a single point. This is known as a
"skunk" and is a humiliating way to lose. When
playing a match, the person or team who wins two out of three
games is declared the winner.