Scoring shuffleboard is a straightforward process in which each of the player’s shuffleboard weights are assigned a specific value based on the position on the board. It is also based on the position of the opponent’s weights at the end of each round relative to the other player’s discs.
Scoring is similar to that of curling, only with the end of the playing area being the highest value versus that of curling which uses more of a bull’s eye approach to scoring.
The scoring area is at each end of the playing surface, and made up of three zones.
The zone closest to the point from which the weights are shuffled is worth one point, the next furthest zone is worth two points, and the furthest zone away from the players is worth three points. If a puck travels to the end of the playing surface and hangs over the edge, the scoring value is four points.
Once all the shuffleboard pucks have been played the points are tabulated based on which player’s pucks are closest to the far end without going beyond the scoring area. The only points awarded are based on the furthest puck of an individual player and any subsequent puck shuffled by the same player that go beyond all the other pucks played by the opponent. Therefore, only one player is able to score points on any particular round.
As an example if Player “A” has two of their four weights that have landed in the three point zone and two in the one point zone. Player “B” has three pucks in the two point zone that are not as close to the end as the first player’s and one in the one point zone Player “A” receives six points for the round and Player “B” receives zero.
Determining which player’s puck went further is based on drawing an imaginary line perpendicular to the playing surface and agreeing on which puck is indeed closer to the end. In the unlikely event of a tie neither puck is counted toward the point value.
The winner of the game is the first one to reach either fifteen or twenty one points. This is determined prior to the beginning of play. Some games can be handicapped using a different scoring shuffleboard system in which a lower skilled player is given an additional point for each zone and hanger beginning after the foul line.
This makes the game more fun for the novice player and more competitive for the more proficient player.