Now this is fun! Washer throwing games are very fun, easy to play, and lend themselves to all sorts of usefulness at camp, such as competitions or travel games..

Washer Pitching
aka Texas, Polish, Hillbilly, or Redneck Horseshoes

Regardless of what you call it, this game is FUN! Not only can you play it at camp, but they are perfect to tuck into your van or bus take on away trips to keep your campers entertained!

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Official Rules for Texas Horseshoes
(also known as Polish, Redneck, or Hillbilly Horsehoes)

Game Setup

  1. The two washer boards should be placed on a flat surface 10 feet apart from the front of the board. The included distance rope is exactly 10 feet long for easy distance measuring.
  2. The preferred surface to play on is short grass or carpet.
  3. During one-on-one competition, the first player will toss at a selected board while the second person follows from the same spot. After tallying scores, players will then pick up the washers thrown and throw to the other board. During two-on-two competitions, teammates will stay at the opposite board.

Player Positioning

  1. Washers is a team game, each team will have a player situated at opposing washer game board unless the game is one-on-one, in which please see Section 3 under “Setup.”
  2. Each player must throw their respective washers with both feet on the washer board. The foul line is the front of the board.


  1. The closest hole is worth one (1) point, the middle hole is worth three (3) points, and the furthest hole is worth five (5) points. Washers must drop into the hole completely to score. A thrown washer from either player can knock washers on the board in a hole. It is important to remember whose washers are on the board in case of a knock-in throw. The owner of the knocked-in washer receives the applicable score for the hole into which it was knocked.
  2. Each player has a turn to throw three washers in each round. During one-on-one games, players will tally the score from that round and proceed to throw back at the other board. During two-on-two games, after a round is thrown and score is tallied, washers are then picked up and thrown by the other set of opponents.

Canceling Points

  1. After a player has thrown three washers for their turn, the other player has the opportunity to cancel out the opponent's score.
  2. For example, if Player A throws a washer in the first hole for 1 point, the middle hole for 3 points, and then misses the third shot, the score would be 4 points for Player A. However, the opposition, Player B, has a chance to cancel points from Player A's total during this round. If Player B throws a washer in the first hole for 1 point and the last hole for 5 points, and then misses the third shot, the score of the first round would be 5 to 3 in favor of Player B because the washers that landed in the first hole for one point cancelled each other out.
  3. The cancel rule is counted only for turns in the same round. Both players must throw all their washers for a complete round.

Player Turns

  1. The player or team to score last (no matter if the throw is cancelled or not) throws first in the next round.
  2. A round consists of a player making three washer throws in a row as one turn, and then an opposing player making three washer throws in a row as the second turn. Thus, a round consists of two turns.

Skunk Rule

  1. The skunk rule is in effect unless otherwise agreed upon by both teams before a game begins.
  2. If a team outscores another team 11+to 0, then the team with zero is SKUNKED (they lose). The team that outscores the other team 11+ to 0, wins the game.


  1. The first player or team to reach exactly twenty-one (21) points wins the game.
  2. NOTE -- the round has to be complete and a player or team must reach exactly 21 points to win the game. Breaking the 21-point level creates a penalty situation (see section “Breaking 21 – Penalty”).

Breaking 21 - Penalty

  1. Exceeding the winning point total of 21 results in a reduction of your starting score by the total number of points you made to break 21.
  2. For example, if Player A has 18 points and throws a washer in the last hole for 5 points, then misses two shots, they or their team will go back to 13 points because the total number of points thrown during that turn exceeded 21 points and the points scored (5) is subtracted from the starting score (18) for that round.
  3. During each round, if opponents make a washer in the same hole, it's just as if that washer was never thrown for both players. Scores are tallied at the end of each player's turn, and then adjusted for cancels at the end of the opponents turn. For example, if both players threw a five in the previous example, the score for Player A or his team would remain at 18 points.

These rules can be adjusted with any variation that you wish, but must be agreed on before a game begins.

Build your own Texas Horseshoes (Hillbilly-Polish-Redneck Horseshoes)


  • (2) 2x4 x 10'
  • (1) 4x8 5/8" plywood
  • 14' of rope
  • (6) Galvanized steel washers - 2.5" in diameter with a 1" center hole
  • Polyurethane sealer - select one for outdoor use...
  • 1 1/2" decking screws


1. Measure & cut the following:

  • (4) 3 foot boards
  • (6) 15 inch boards
  • (2) 3 foot x 18 inch plywood sheets

2. Create a frame by screwing two 3-foot and three 15-inch boards together. The shorter boards are on the inside of the longer boards. Repeat for other frame.

3. Drill (2) 1/2" holes for the rope handle approximately 8 inches apart on one long side of each frame.

4. Cut (2) 1-foot sections for rope handles. Insert rope end through each hole, and tie knot on inside of frame to create handle. Repeat for other frame.

5. Use a framing square, and draw a line across the plywood at 8", 18", and 28". Then mark the middle of each of these lines (at 9" mark). Draw a 3" circle at each location, and cut with a jig saw, or a 3" hole cutter drill bit if you are so fortunate...

6. Attach the plywood tops to the frames using deck screws.

7. Seal with 2-3 coats of polyurethane.

8. Screw one eye hook into top end of each frame. Attach end of rope to each eye hook - this ensures exact spacing every time!

9. Enjoy!!!

Check out McMaster-Carr if your local hardware store doesn't carry 2.5" or 3" washers. Check out for custom made washers. Very cool!
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