How To Play Rope Quoits

The object of the game is to throw six rope quoits onto a peg without missing.

Rope Quoits can be played socially almost anywhere and by almost anyone. Melbourne Rope Quoits has had players in their 80s and players as young as 6, whole families can play and the set up cost is very low.

All you need is:

  • A set of Rope Quoits
  • A Peg
  • Toe Board
  • Backdrop
 Diagram of the Peg

The peg is standard size of (A) 11/4 inch (3.28 cm) to (B) 3/8 inch (.95 cm) tapered over (C) 11 inches (27.95 cm).

The base of the block must be (D) 3 inches (7.62 cm) thick.

The block size is (E) 15 inch (38 cm) by (F) 9 inch (22.75 cm).

Rules of the Game

Quoits to be thrown directly at the peg one at a time.

  • The throwing distance is to be 9 feet (2.74 m). From the centre of peg to toeblock.
  • Quoits are to be minimum of 41/4 inch (10.75cm) to a maximum of 41/2 inch (11.45cm) inside diameter.
  • Weight of each quoit is to be from 6 ounces (170 grams) to 9 ounces (255 grams) each.
  • A set of quoits is 6 in number.

Some Common Terms

  • Handicap = as designated by the Handicapper.
  • Limit = Double the players Handicap
  • Break = Number of Rope Quoits thrown without missing.
  • Possible = Maximum quoits thrown in a game without missing.
  • Unfinished throw = The player throwing last in competition stops throwing after passing opponents score.

Did You Know

Records tell us that Rope Quoits was played extensively throughout Britain as early as the 15th century and was introduced by early settlers to Australia at many mining centres.

The Australian Rope Quoits Council was formed in 1947 as the controlling body and to standardize equipment.

There are Rope Quoits Associatons throughout Victoria with competing in the Singles and Teams Championships.

The oldest registered player and still playing is 86 and the youngest is only 6.

World Record: A throw of 4002 unfinished by Bill Irby of Melbourne in 1967. Bill Irby passed away January 1983 and won the Australian Open Singles Championships 6 times from 1967 to 1982.

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