Lawn

Games




Skittles

  Skittles is an old European lawn game and a variety of bowling. During the game, players take turns bowling (rolling) balls over the lawn at 10 wooden pins, in an attempt to knock over as many pins as possible.



Players:
2 to 6

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

Complexity:
4/10

Duration:
Medium

Type:
Game of Skill.


Fun factor

Bowling, or skittles brings out the competitive side in everybody. It is a sport anyone can play, regardless of skill level. It's a social sport which makes it a great choice for team building. Add a fun factor by adding creative new rules such as bowling with your opposite hand or throwing it between your legs. Always full of fun, laughter and team's celebrating a good bowl.


History

Skittles is an old European lawn game, a variety of bowling from which ten-pin bowling, duckpin bowling, candlepin bowling (in the United States), and five-pin bowling (in Canada) are descended. In regions of the United Kingdom and Ireland the game remains a popular indoor pub game. A continental version is popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Other varieties of bowling are more popular in Australia, but the similar game of kegel, based on German nine-pin bowling, is popular in some areas. In Catalonia, bitlles, a local version of this game was formerly popular.

The game shares its ancestry with the outdoor lawn game known as bowls and is thus distantly related to billiard sports, some of which also retain the use of skittles. The skittle dates to the earliest known forms of bowling and ground billiards, even as far back as c. 3300 BCE in Ancient Egypt.



Game Setup and Rules

Skittles can be played individually or in teams, and the rules can be varied depending on the mood of the players. First the 10 skittles are set up in a triangular form in four rows. 1 Skittle in the first row, 2 skittles in the second row, three skittles in the third row, and four skittles in the fourth row.

Players bowl (roll) the wooden balls from 9 meters away towards the front skittle in an attempt to topple as many skittles as possible. Each player bowls two balls towards the skittles and the score is equal to the amount of skittles toppled from the two balls. For team games, the invidual team members points are added together. The first person or team to reach 50 points (or 100 for long games) win.



Included in the Kit:

10 x Wooden Skittles
2 x Coloured Balls
2 x Instructional Booklets
1 x Carry Box*

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