Begin play standing in the shooting area at one end of the shuffleboard court. The shooting area takes up the first 6 1/2 feet of the court. Just beyond the shooting area is the 10 Off zone. Place one of your discs in the 10 Off area. Use your cue stick to push the disc so that it slides down the court toward the scoring areas at the other end. You must remain in the shooting area while you make your shot.
Alternate taking shots with your opponent. Each of you has four discs which are traditionally colored yellow for one player and black for the other. The first round of play in outdoor shuffleboard, called an end, continues until each side has shot all four discs.
Add up the points you scored in the first end of play. During play, you may manage to knock one or more of your opponent's discs into or out of a scoring area with your shots- this is a common element of shuffleboard strategy. Only discs that are completely inside a scoring area count for points. Discs touching a line do not count.
Subtract any deductions from your score. If one of your discs ends up in the 10 Off area, take 10 points off your score. You lose 10 penalty points if you overstep the shooting area when taking a shot or if you accidentally shoot an opponent's disc. Shooting a disc so that it strikes the side of the court is a 10-point penalty.
Play another end after you record the scores. Normally players switch ends after each round, although this is not mandatory. Play continues until one side accumulates enough points to win. In a long game, 100 points are required to win. In a short game, the first player to reach 50 points wins.Explanations courtesy of W D Adkins, Demand Media