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Skittles (The Game)
A game is played between 2 teams. Each team consists of 8 players. Each team nominates a captain.
The team captain chooses the players throwing order, which must be retained throughout the game.
The game is split into an agreed number of ‘LEGS’. Each player has one TURN per LEG.
During each turn the player has 3 throws or BALLS to knock down as many skittle pins as possible.
The players feet must remain behind the throwing line before releasing the ball.
Skittle balls must be bowled under arm. After each throw any pins felled are removed from the playing area.
If after the first or second throw ALL the pins are knocked down then they are all replaced for the next throw.
Knocking down all the pins on the first throw is commonly referred to as a “STRIKE” or “FLOPPER”.
Knocking down all the pins on the second throw is commonly referred to as a “SPARE”.
After completing a turn, play alternates between teams until all players have had a TURN in their
nominated throwing order. This completes a LEG.
A players score during each turn is equivalent to the number of pins knocked over.
After each LEG is completed the total score for each team is obtained by summing the individual scores.
The team with the highest total LEG SCORE wins that leg and is awarded 1 point.
If the LEG SCORES for each team are equal each team is awarded 0.5 point.
After all LEGS have been completed the overall total score for each team is calculated.
This is equal to the sum of all LEG SCORES and represents the total number of pins each team has
knocked over during the course of the game.
The team with the highest OVERALL total score is awarded an additional 2 points.
The team with the greatest number of points at the end of the game is declared the winner.
An example scorecard is shown below. Team A won, scoring 4.5 points to Team B’s 2.5 points.
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D U R A P I N
Skittles is a traditional Pub / Bar game in many European countries.
The game is thought to have originated in Germany in the 3rd or 4th Century.
Well established in England by the 14th Century the game of ‘Kayles’ (derived from the French ‘Quilles’)
where players threw sticks or ‘cudgels’ at a line of pins, was a popular pass time throughout the land.
Seen as a distraction to good order and religious activities, the authorities under Edward III
sought to ban the game by including it on a list of condemned amusements.
The popularity of the game persisted, however, with indoor and table versions of skittles being widely played.
Indeed in 1857 Thomas Hughes wrote in his novel ‘Tom Brown's School Days’ that:
" Life isn't all beer and skittles! But beer and skittles, or something of the same sort, must form
a good part of every Englishman's education "