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Playing quoits.

This pioneer game dating from 2000 BC in the Minoan culture, came to the British Isles with the Roman invaders, and to the new world with the Scots, Welsh and British colonists, long before the American Revolution. It was popular with Loyalists, and has many variations. There are two clay pits, approximately 1 metre (3 feet) square, one at each end of the playing field that is 1615 metres (18 yards) long. The two pits slope slightly towards the thrower with a 1.6 centimetre (5/8 inch) diameter hob (pin) in the centre, flush with the clay. Each quoit is usually an iron ring that is about 18 centimetres (7 inches) across with a 11.5 centimetre 4.5 inch) hole in the centre and are no heavier than 3 kilograms (7 pounds).

A single game is played by two people. Each person throws two quoits. They then walk to the pit where they were aiming, the winner being the person whose quoit is closest to the hob. Rules vary for scoring and disagreements are settled by measuring with calipers. Any "ringer" scores 2 points and is removed from the bed prior to the next throw. Any quoit that lands on its back or that lands inclining backwards does not count and is immediately removed. Any quoit outside or touching the side of the pit is also removed immediately. Once all 4 quoits have been thrown, if no ringers have been scored, the player with the closest quoit scores one point or, where both quoits from the same player lie closest, scores 2 points. A "cover" (quoit that covers the hob) counts before a "side-toucher" and any quoit on top of a cover cannot count as a ringer. The game is won by the first player to reach 21 points. A league game is up to 33 points. (see web site URL: Give it a try.

This page is for Young Loyalists of all ages.

A variety of puzzles, designed for Young Loyalists of all ages, are in the book,

Celebrating Our Loyalist Past: An Activity Book For All Ages,

ISBN 0-9731215-0-5 [c] 2002, by Grietje McBride and Robert McBride, The Wee Oak Press, Grietje & Bob McBride, Maple Grove Farms, R.R. # 1, Indian River, Ontario. K0L 2BO. Phone: 1-705-295-4556. E-mail:

This activity book can be purchased from Kawartha Branch for only $5.00, as a fund-raiser for the Branch.
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Title Annotation:pioneer games rules and regulations
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2006
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