Who plays quoits and how?
This Memorial Day weekend I dusted off an old set of quoits that probably haven't been touched since my grandfather was alive (10+ years ago) and pitched a few at a BBQ at my house yesterday and a friend's house today. I remember being introduced to the game in my younger years at various neighborhood picnics, but the most heated and serious games I ever saw were at BBQs at my grandparents' house. Many of my grandfather's friends were Trenton, NJ natives who he had worked with at John A. Roebling and Sons in Trenton, who made the cables for the Brooklyn Bridge and just about every suspension bridge since until about 1970. Even though they didn't play on a regulation "court" with boxed in clay pits the pins were always set exactly 21 feet apart and when two quoits were in close proximity to the pin, outside calipers like those used to measure the inside diameter of large pipe would be used to determine the winner. I remember bringing the quoits to a tailgaiting party one year and setting them up in one of the unpaved parking lots. It wasn't until I had gotten at least 5 people who asked me "what the heck kind of horseshoes we were playing" that I realized that quoits were a relatively obscure game outside of Western/Central NJ and Eastern Central PA.
I was just wondering if anyone here happend to be a quoit afficionado and if so, how do you play? I was considering making some pits in the backyard, having the space and access to lots of good clay. I've seen ranges in size for the pits from 3' x 3' to 8' x 8' and specifications calling for a 4" x 4" border to an 8" x 8" border. I got this info from the U.S. Quoiting Association website among others, but it goes down a lot. Oddly enough they have rules for "Trenton" style quoits, but the page doesn't work. Also, the quoits I have came from Harry's Army and Navy in Hamilton. On their website they list them as "Trenton" style as well. I know that there aren't many NJ guys on here but I'm sure there's more from PA that know what quoits are...
Last edited by Badfish740; 05-29-2007 at 08:44 PM.