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Rings-Quoits

  Quoits (koits, kwoits, kwaits) is a traditional game which involves the throwing of metal, rope or rubber rings over a set distance, usually to land over or near a spike (sometimes called a hob, mott or pin).



Players:
2 to 6

Competitive:
1 vs. 1, 1 vs. many.

Complexity:
3/10

Duration:
Short

Type:
Game of Skill.


Fun factor

Imagine being at a village fete or fairground... all you need to do to win that prize is to get this hoop over that wooden peg! This game dates back all the way to the 1300's, with various settings and types of rules. We offer an easy 5 peg set up to up your chances of taking that win. Easy and fun, ideal for young and old as a familiar fairground favourite at your event. Quoits is easy and fun for young and old alike.

History

The history of quoits is disputed. One theory often expressed is that the sport evolved as a formalized version of horseshoes. A more likely explanation, however, is that horseshoes evolved from the sport of quoits, which in turn has its origins in ancient Greece. On its website, the United States Quoiting Association explains that poorer citizens in ancient Greece, who could not afford to buy a real discus, made their own by bending horseshoes - which in those days weighed as much as four pounds each. The practice was adopted by the Roman army and spread across mainland Europe to Britain. The aim of the sport remained as a competition to see who could throw the object the furthest, until at some later, undocumented point in history, perhaps around a few centuries A.D., the idea of using a wooden stake or metal pin driven into the ground, to use specifically as a target to throw at, totally redefined the pastime from a game of distance to a game of accuracy. Whilst the first quoits were apparently made from horseshoes, in the context of the game's evolution the significant point is that they were initially closed to form a ring and used in their open form only after the practice of pitching at a spike had been established.

In England quoits became so popular that it was prohibited by Edward III and Richard II to encourage archery. Despite this setback, by the 15th century there is evidence that it had become a well-organized sport, not least because of the numerous attempts to eradicate it from the pubs and taverns of England owing to its apparently seedy character. It is not until the 19th century, however, that the game is documented in any detailed way. The official rules first appeared in the April 1881 edition of The Field, having been defined by a body formed from pubs in Northern England. The popularity of the game during the 19th and early 20th centuries also gave rise to several variants, usually with the aim of allowing the game (or a version of it) to be played indoors or making it accessible to women and children. Games such as ringtoss or hoopla became popular as parlour games, whilst versions such as indoor quoits allowed pubs and taverns to maintain their quoits teams through the winter months. Deck quoits began life some time in the early 1930s as a pastime to occupy passengers on long cruises.



Game Setup and Rules

Matches are played by two or more players. Each player takes a turn to pitch four rings across a distance of 2.5 meters onto the quoits board. The quoits board have five pegs, and each peg is worth different points. The center point is called the Jack, and has the highest score. After each turn the score is tallied. The player with the highest score wins the turn. Players can play 1, 3 or 5 turns, and the player with the majority of turns won, wins the match.



Included in the Kit:

5 x Rope Rings
1 x Quoits Qoard
2 x Instructional Booklets
1 x Carry Box*

*Box weighs approx. 1 kg.
(40 x 30 x 10cm)