We use what the National Horseshoe Association of America, the rules that they set up is. That describes the parameters of the pit itself, and it also talks about the pin placement, the angle of the pin, and the height of the pin. All of these things are prescribed even to the point of the slight angle forward that the pin has. In each of these pits, we have the one extremity, one of the guidelines or rules. Basically, the ruling areas are this board that’s right here in front. Now, if your partner throws and hits this board before his shoe goes into the pit, that shoe is dead. If the shoe hits here on the side without going into the pit, that shoe is dead. No matter where it bounces if it happens to bounce on as a ringer, it doesn’t count. So there’s no score on that shoe.
So those are some of the things that we are very careful about. And of course in a competitive game, somebody saying, yelling out real quick, really loudly if you hit wood, “That was a Woody.” So that doesn’t work and doesn’t score. Now we are guided by these parameters, and that’s pretty much the control. But we have, again, when you’re, depending on what your situation is, if you’re out for a party and nobody is exactly sure, they’re, somebody’s playing the way we used to play back home in Indiana and another guy’s playing the way we’ve played in Jersey. You agree on what is going to be, what’s scored. You’re going to agree if a ringer still counts three. You’re going to agree if a leaner does not count, or it does count for two. You get all of those things squared away before you get into the actual pitching and into the game. And that makes for a harmonious afternoon.
Video Tutorial: How to Play Horseshoes