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Quoits is an indoor/outdoor game in which 2 or 4 players pitch rubber quoits onto a slanted Quoit Board from 18 ft away. Quoits rivals Billiards in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey and is found in many backyards, bars and membership clubs.
To win a team must reach 21 points. Scoring is similar to horseshoes but with a different pitching technique. Players “pitch” rubber quoits with a flat spin so they land and stay on the quoit board or players attempt to “dig” their opponent off the board. Ringers are worth 3 points while each quoit closest to the hub is worth 1 point.
Quoits originated in the Pennsylvania slate belt region in the 1930’s by slate quarry workers. The miners would play quoits on their lunch breaks and also made slate boards for family, friends and many local establishments. The game soon became popular and spread into nearby towns and into New Jersey. Quoit Leagues formed and thousands of people every year love bringing out their quoit boards to entertain at parties.
Slate Quoit Boards are handcrafted to last generations. If handled improperly they can chip or break. Slate Quoit Boards are often left outdoors since slate can handle moisture and won’t deteriorate. Slate exhibits a unique sound when rubber lands onto it, which is soothing to avid quoit players. There are many steps that go into making a Slate Quoit Board. The slate is mined from a quarry and a slab is cut typically weighing around 2-3 tons. That slab is then cut down to size with a diamond saw. The slate is then honed to a perfectly flat surface and polished along the sides. The surface is then sanded to provide the appropriate texture so the rubber quoits perform and wear correctly. Scoring rings are engraved into the slate and the holes drilled for the center posts.
Tailgate Quoit Boards are made of a composite plastic material and oak. The Tailgate Quoit boards have a molded textured HDPE surface, which allows the rubber quoits to perform and act like they do on Slate Quoit Boards. The quoits stick like they do onto slate and the game action will impress and quoits player. Tailgate Quoit Boards can get wet but must be stored indoors since it has an oak wood base.
Each Tailgate Quoit Board weighs approximately 17 lbs apiece, which is much lighter to move around vs. Slate boards that weigh 65 lbs. Tailgate Quoit Boards wont chip or break like Slate Quoit Boards can. Tailgate Quoit Boards are a great alternative to the heavy and more expensive Slate boards but if you want the original version than go with Slate.
Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock created by the alteration of shale by regional metamorphism millions of years ago. The color of slate is often determined by the amount of iron and organic material that is present in the rock.
The decay of marine organisms on ancient sea floors 500 million years ago, gave rise to the gray and black slate colors. Compounds of iron found in the sediment during that time generated slate colors of green and purple. Each slate quoit board has subtle differences than the next but the color is consistent. It takes tens of thousands of years of sediment required to form 1” of slate, these subtle differences in color or markings are common which makes each quoit board set truly unique.
The Quoit Factory uses a network of family operated slate quarries found in the United States, all who have quality slate material proven to withstand the test of time:
Black Slate – Extremely hard and durable, Black Slate has a stunning blue/black color enhanced by a glistening mica sheen. It’s one of the best quality slates we offer and the rich color will never fade from UV exposure. Black Slate is quarried by a family business in central Virginia since 1867 and has been used on historic buildings throughout Baltimore and Washington DC such as the Smithsonian Castle. With ordinary care the Black Slate Quoit Boards could last over 150 years.
Gray Slate – Mined in the slate belt region of Pennsylvania, gray slate has a blue/gray to blue/black color often containing a black line running through it called a ribbon. The ribbon line contains more carbon and is extremely dense. Gray slate will fade to Black from UV exposure, which takes many years to occur. Typical longevity is 30-60 years with ordinary care for the Gray Slate Quoit Boards.
Green Slate – Known as sea green, Green Slate has a gray/blue/green color. Mined in Vermont, green slate will not fade from UV exposure. It’s a hardy slate that has gorgeous grains running through it sometimes containing spots of black. Green Slate Quoit Boards could last over 100 years.
Purple Slate – A very dense and hard slate mined from Vermont. Purple Slate has a deep purple/burgundy color and occasionally contains green spots or marks in the slate. The Purple Slate contains more iron than the other slate colors which gives it strength and durability. It also will never fade due to UV exposure. Purple Slate Quoit Boards could last over 150 years.
Proper care of the Rubber Quoits:
Keep your rubbers indoors after play. Rubber in time will dry rot and become brittle due to the outdoor elements. You should not let them bake in the sun when not in use. Wash them off with hot water and soap on occasion to eliminate any build up of dirt that may negatively affect performance. Rubber quoits typically last 3-10 years depending on how often you play.
Proper care of Quoit Boards:
The only things you need to do to maintain your Quoit Boards is on occasion wash them off with some hot water and soap using a light scrub brush. Players tend to spill drinks onto the slate and that is the best way to clean them is with hot water and some detergent soap. Do not use any sealants to give your slate a unique look, this will only seal the texture that is there for the quoits to wear down and play correctly. You can store slate boards outside but we recommend bringing them in during the winter months. Tailgate Quoit boards have waterproofing materials and can be left outdoors but since they are light we recommend storing them inside when not in use, also during winter months.
Most people prefer aluminum to brass because aluminum is easier to see when it gets dark. 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 by polishing. Brass was the hub that older Quoit players grew up playing with in the mid 1900's, so you still have the tradition. Both aluminum and brass hubs from the Quoit Factory are machine polished to have an outstanding shine.
Yes! We have been shipping slate boards since 2007 with great success. Each shipment is insured against damages until you sign off with the freight carrier. Shipping cost varies so please email or contact us with your zip code so we can give you an accurate quote. Typically on the East Coast it ranges between $120-$140 for shipping. Midwest $160-$220. West coast $220-$300 for shipping. Total package weight of a complete Slate Quoit board set is roughly around 150 lbs and is shipped via Freight. We do not use UPS for shipping slate since this product is fragile and heavy.
Yes! We are proud to manufacturer Quoits, a unique game that dates back to the 1930's from the Pennsylvania Slate Belt region. We use local family businesses for the majority of our supply. The owner Nicholas Kennedy handcrafts each Quoit board himself. We also mold our rubber quoits in the USA.
We support companies that keep jobs in the United States and will continue to do business under that model.
1. We have the largest selection of American made Quoits products on the Internet.
2. Quoit Factory has the only retail Quoits store open to the public to view our products before purchasing.
3. Quoit Factory uses family run businesses in the United States for all our supplies to make our Quoit game products.
4. Quoit Factory black league quoits have been the “official” brand used by all Quoit Leagues of Pennsylvania for many years. The Easton, Slate Belt and Bushkill Quoit league players swear by the Quoit Factory quality. Our black league quoits are unmatched in terms of performance and durability. Guaranteed.
5. Quoit Factory is the only company to invent and hold 2 patents on the quoits game. Owner Nicholas Kennedy handcrafts each Quoit Board set since 2003, which in turn creates a consistent quality product.