The Game Which Is Sweeping the Nation

OK, to be fair, the headline is just clickbait. The game isn’t actually sweeping the nation–yet. It’s something we invented internally, though we liberally borrowed ideas from all over the place. We think it could be fun for our citizens (especially those who are retired or have their mornings free for some other reason). Please let us know what you think, because we will only proceed if there is popular demand.

“Shufflecurl” is a wintertime game, and astute Buzz readers have probably already deduced that it is a blend of shuffleboard and curling. It can be played individually or in teams of two, and it works like this:

  • Players walk out onto the ice on a carpet. The game doesn’t require skating, or even walking directly on ice.
  • Using special stick called a “stymie,” a player shoots a “stone” toward a target. The stone is larger than a shuffleboard puck but smaller than a curling stone.
  • The object of the game is to place your stones within the target at the other end of the rink.
  • Scoring is like curling (or bocce). A player or team scores one point for every stone which is closer to the center than the opponent’s closest stone. In the illustration, the green team would have scored two points.
  • After each team has taken its turns, an “inning” has been completed, and someone from our staff will return the the stones to the players.
  • The team with the highest score after five innings wins!

Our vision is for the “Bridgewater Shufflecurl League” to host matches several weekday mornings. We think shufflecurl could be a way for Generations Park to reach out to a different demographic. If you like the idea, let us know, and we will try to make it happen.

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