Frequently Asked Questions
|I have never heard of Quoits
WHAT IS IT?
is a competitive game that originated from the Pennsylvania Slate Belt Region
in the 1930's. A very popular and entertaining game, it is found in many
backyards, social clubs and recreational facilities. There are many versions of
Quoits from other countries but this game is unique to the United States since
it originated here in Pennsylvania. The Quoit board game is one of the fastest
growing and most valuable outdoor games on the market. Quoit Boards are
extremely durable and can last up to several decades!
Quoits is not
your typical ring toss game; it is more suitable for adults and teenagers. This
game requires a degree of eye/hand coordination and takes skill and time to
master. Each player typically develops their own unique pitching style once
they learn how to make the rubber quoits stick onto the quoit board. The goal
is to have a nice flat spin with a little arc under the quoit so once it hits
the board it stays on the board.
Pitching Quoits also is fun because
there is offensive and defensive strategy involved. When pitching quoits you
can go for the ringer or go for points. You can also aim to knock your opponent
off the quoit board; that is called a "dig" which is similar to shuffleboard. A
"dig" is some player's favorite thing to do to their opponent!
scoring of Quoits is similar to Horseshoes. The goal is to get to 21 points.
Each quoit is worth 1 point. Each ringer is worth 3 points.
Quoit set is 2 Quoit boards set apart 18 ft from pin to pin. There are 4 rubber
quoits to a set, 2 for each player or team.
Why is the Quoit
Factory the best source for Quoits?
We are the
largest manufacturer of Quoits. The Quoit Factory controls every aspect of the
materials that is put into the finished product that allows us to produce
consistent quality quoit sets at the lowest cost around. We have had thousands
of satisfied customers and returning customers as well. We also wholesale our
Quoit game sets to sporting good stores and other specialty
Which are better,
Slate Quoit Boards or Composite Quoit Boards?
Quoit Boards have been known to last over 30 years. We have seen slate quoit
boards as old as 60 years! They are extremely durable yet are heavy and prone
to chipping if mishandled. Slate quoit boards weigh approximately 60 lbs each
and are mined from Pennsylvanian Slate Quarries. Slate material is used for
quoit boards because it can be honed down to a flat and textured surface
allowing the rubber quoits to perform correctly. The rubber quoits create a
very rich sound when pitched onto a slate board. Slate quoit boards are the
regulation version of the game and are a great long term investment.
The lightweight Composite Quoit Boards were created and patented by the
Quoit Factory. They are an alternative choice for the customer who wants
something that will never break or chip if mishandled. They are easy to
transport and are much cheaper to ship than Slate boards. Each composite board
weighs approximately 20 lbs.
The composite quoit board acts like slate
but without the weight. Each board has a very course texture that allows the
rubber quoit to play like it would on a slate quoit board. The rubber quoits do
not slide or bounce off the composite quoit boards. Composite quoit boards are
of regulation size as the slate quoit boards. We are the first company to
produce and patent the lightweight quoit board so beware of cheap
What is the best way to clean and store your Quoit
Slate Quoit Boards are easy to maintain. If you spill any beverage onto your slate
board you must wash it off with water. If there is a stain on your slate quoit
board you can use soap and water and scrub it down with a brush. Make sure you
thoroughly rinse off the slate or the soap will create a "murky" look on the
Do not use any type of chemical cleaners on your slate quoit
board because this will ruin the texture. Do not use any type of sealants on
your slate quoit boards. This will not enhance the look of the board it will
ruin the texture that the rubber quoits need to play and wear correctly.
We recommend that you store your slate quoit boards in your home, garage or
shed. If you leave your Slate quoit boards outside it will be prone to the
elements that will also change the texture of the board. It takes some time for
the "weathering" effect to take place but if you leave it outdoors for a day or
so there is no need to worry. We use treated lumber for the supports and
stainless steel screws which hold up for a long time.
Quoit Boards are also simple to maintain. They do not stain if you spill
anything on them. They are unbreakable and waterproof. We recommend that you
store them inside as well since they are lightweight and easy to move around.
The composite boards are easily cleaned off with water and a light
I get to choose Aluminum or Brass Hubs (pins), which one is
Most people prefer aluminum over brass
because aluminum is easier to see when it gets dark and it will never rust.
Brass is a heavier metal and a little more expensive. There is no difference in
competition play between the two. Brass tends to tarnish in time unless you
maintain them. Brass was the hub that older quoit players grew up playing with
in the mid 1900's, so you still have the tradition. Stainless steel is
currently to expensive to use as quoit board hub. Both aluminum and brass hubs
from the Quoit Factory are machine polished to have an outstanding shine. The
metals that we use for the hubs are of high grade material and have never
What is the line that runs through the
The line that runs through the slate is
called a "ribbon." The ribbon is a natural property in the Slate. It is more
dense and harder to cut through because it contains a high amount of carbon. A
few people assume that the ribbon line is a weak spot on the quoit board which
is false. Ribbon Slate grades out well in the industry and has been known to
last 75 years before deteriorating. well in the industry and has been known to
last 75 years before deteriorating.
Why is the shipping cost so much for Slate Quoit
Slate Quoit Boards are heavy with each
weighing approximately 60 lbs for a total package weight of 130 lbs. They are
very fragile and to ship them you must trust the shipping carrier to handle
them properly. We use several Freight carriers to ship the Slate Quoit Boards
because they are strapped to a pallet and only moved on average one or 2 times
in transit by a forklift or pallet jack. This is ideal because they are not
being thrown around in boxes.
We do not recommend having your slate
quoit boards shipped via UPS Ground or Fed Ex Ground since they have a poor
record of handling something this fragile.
Quoit Factory provide discounts?
We offer discounts
to retail stores, e-commerce sites, quoit leagues, recreational clubs and
schools. We also offer a veterans discount to those who show proof of service
at our shop at 5770 Sullivan Trail, Nazareth, PA. Vets receive $20 dollars off a
complete slate quoit board set. The owner is a former Marine who started this
business at 24 years old in 2004. He is proud to have one of the few companies
that offer discounts to active duty and veterans of the United States Armed
Does the Quoit Factory make its product in
We are proud to manufacturer Quoits; a
unique and traditional game that dates back to the 1930's from the Pennsylvania
Slate Belt. We are also proud that we have kept this game and all materials
that are built into our Quoit Sets from local companies. Our Rubber Quoits are
Made in the USA unlike some of our competition. We do not believe that an
American Game with rich ties to the community should be outsourced to a foreign
country just to make more money. We support companies that keep jobs in the
United States and we will continue to do business by that model.