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Saturday, August 3
9:30am check in ages 70+
Noon check in ages 50-69


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Terry Miller Park
5th & Santa Claus Lane, North Pole

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Horseshoes are available to use.

Count-all scoring will be used. All matches will be conducted in accordance with National Horseshoe Pitcher’s Association rules, except as modified below.

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  • If numbers are conducive, athletes will be divided into round robin pools within their age divisions. All playoff rounds will be single elimination. All rounds will be conducted using Count-all Scoring (every scoring shoe for both players will count in the score).
  • A flip of the coin will decide who will go first. Players will alternate the order of pitching.
  • Once the player steps into the pitching area, they have 30 seconds to pitch both shoes.
  • All matches will continue until each player has pitched 30 shoes (20 shoes for 75+ player.) If the score is tied after 30 (20 for 75+) shoes are pitched, four additional shoes shall be pitched to determine which player shall be awarded the five bonus points. Additional sets of four shoes shall continue to be pitched until the winner is determined. Final scores reported shall be scores after 30 (20 for 75+) shoes.
  • Playoff placement will be based on the total number of points each player has accumulated.
  • Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded for each age group in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

Pitching Distance

  • Men in age divisions 50-69 will pitch a distance of 40 feet.
  • Men in age divisions 70-79 will pitch a distance of 30 feet.
  • Women in age divisions 50-74 will pitch a distance of 30 feet.
  • Women in age divisions 75+ will pitch a distance of 20 feet.
  • Men in age divisions 80+ will pitch a distance of 20 feet.


  • To score a shoe the pitcher’s feet must start in the pitching box and stay behind the 3 foot foul line until the shoe has left the pitcher’s hand.
  • A shoe that first strikes the ground outside the target area or rebounds from the backboard cannot be scored and may be removed from the target area on the request of the opponent.
  • A ringer is a shoe that comes to rest while encircling the stake. A straightedge touching either the points of any part of the heel calks of the shoe must clear (not touch) the stake in order to be declared a ringer. A ringer has a value of three (3) points.
  • A live shoe that is not a ringer, but comes to rest six inches (6”) or closer to the stake, has a value of one (1) point. This includes a “leaner”.
  • Shoes must not be removed until all scoring shoes have been determined. If the players disagree on the score a judge will be called.


  • All participants are expected to demonstrate respect, fair play and sportsmanship toward all athletes, volunteers, and officials.
  • No cell phones, alcohol, or smoking is allowed in the confines of the courts.

For any questions not answered above, the Sport Commissioner will consult the National Horseshoe Pitching Rules. The Sport Commissioner will have the final ruling.

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