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Keeping Score: 

Manual and Electronic Scoring Devices

 

When pitching Quoits, one of the most important aspects of the game is keeping an accurate score so there are no disputes over the final outcome of the game.  Many players just keep the score in their heads, which is perfectly acceptable.  But, this  can sometimes be a chore and is prone to memory failure at times, especially when there are numerous distractions.  These may include such things as: 

  • Delays taken to determine the closer scoring quoit to the hob when they are deep in the clay; 
  • Mental lapses from large amounts of alcoholic beverages consumed by the participants; 
  • Sudden, urgent restroom breaks, also due to the above mentioned consumption; 
  • A really hot-looking babe/hunk in the grandstands who keeps winking at you as you attempt to pitch your game.

These, along with untold other unexpected distractions, may cause you to forget the ongoing score, and always seem to occur during a very important match. Because of this, some sort of physical scoring device should be considered for the most accurate and reliable scorekeeping.  Below are some examples of scorekeepers especially suited to the game of Quoits.

Manual Scoring Devices

 

Below: A good, old-fashioned pegboard is one way to go. Here is a homemade pegboard I constructed from a piece of 1x6 treated lumber with two drilled columns of peg holes and a fancy outer edge cut by a router. Two pieces of dowel rod were cut and sanded to make the pegs, and were painted red and black to denote A and B teams. The board was spray painted, and 3/4" and 1" vinyl adhesive lettering was used for the markings. This board is numbered 0 to 25 from the bottom up (which is reverse from the usual top-down pegboard numbering). The zero is used as the initial start position of the pegs, and the board is numbered to 25 to help keep track of scores that go over beyond 21 due to game-ending ringers or the "must win by two" point rule.  Large letters A and B are located at the top of the two columns of peg holes, and the board is finished off with the words START at the bottom and QUOITS at the top. This pegboard mounts conveniently on the 4x4 wooden light post with a pair of long bolts and wing nuts for easy removal.

 

                

  Greg Sollenberger moves his peg           An antique scoring dial muddy from the rain.

upward with each point he scores.                                                                                

                                                                          

Above: At the 2003 World Quoit Championships, one participant brought along a unique variation of the pegboard.  These old scoring dials have a metal pointer with turning knobs that swivel around to point at the numerals 1 to 21 stamped in each of the metal dial faces.  Unfortunately, this photo was taken during the tournament while it was raining and everything was wet and muddy, including this scoring dial.

 

Electronic Scoring Device

 

If electronic scoring is of interest to you, here is a very inexpensive and easy to use electronic scorekeeper readily available on the internet for as little as $5.00 each!  It is called the Hoopscore Basketball Scoring System, and is manufactured by Jaguar technologies LTD. It is designed for driveway basketball games but is ideal for scoring Quoits as well.  As seen in the two photos below, the scoreboard includes a Velcro strap to mount it around a pole or post, and also slide-off type screw holes for mounting it on any hard, flat surface.

 

                          

Dick Parsons demonstrates using the Hoopscore                    The Annual Munster Tournament in Sellersville, PA     

mounted to a light pole with the included                            uses a Hoopscore for each set of pits.  They are  

Velcro strap.  A second Hoopscore can be                               mounted on homemade wooden stands that     

seen mounted on the reverse side of the pole.                           include hangars for color coordinated quoits.        

 

 

Here is a closer look at the front of the Hoopscore.  The face has been slightly modified by adding 1" white vinyl adhesive letters A and B for visual ease of scoring, since the board is marked only as HOME and AWAY from the factory.

 

To turn the unit on, press the white Game Select button once. The 2 outer LCD displays set to zero and a little triangular pointer appears under the leftmost zero indicating the setting HOOP.  This is the setting used for scoring Quoits.

 

Repeated presses of the Game Select button cycle the unit and move the pointer to the right through other familiar driveway basketball games REGULATION, SHOT CLOCK, TWENTY-ONE, and HORSE, which are printed just below the LCD windows.  The position under the rightmost zero is the OFF setting;  Move the pointer to this position and the unit will shut off.

 

To add points to a score, press the correspondingly numbered buttons under each LCD display - 1 for a single point, 2 for 2 points, and 3 for 3 points. To remove points from a score, press and hold the number button for 3 seconds and release. 

 

To reset the score to zeroes after a game, press and hold the white Game Select button for 3 seconds and release.

 

The green Volume button toggles the audible beep that sounds when a button is pressed to a soft or loud volume.

 

The red Start Reset button is not used for Quoits and is ignored. It is only used in conjunction with the center red shot clock LCD, which is not active when in the HOOP setting. 

 


 

Scoring Note:

The maximum  amount of points that can be scored at any one time is 12 
(4 ringers). At the USQA World Championship Singles Tournament on Sunday Sept. 20, 2015 that rare event happened. Beav Luckenbill and Dwayne Switzer both threw two ringers during pool play, with Beav throwing the 4th ringer he was awarded the 12 points. This was the first for a USQA tournament.