Washers Tourney 101


When it comes to backyard summer games, washers is a true Texas classic.  Washers is played throughout the state of Texas but no region plays it exactly the same.  Whether you’re new to washers or if its been played within your family for generations, pitching some washers is guaranteed fun for you and the kids.  New to the game?  Fret not, much of the appeal of washers is due to its simplicity and ease with which people can learn to play and enjoy the game.  Here is a brief history lesson and some washers lingo we’d like to throw your way to get you excited about our Washers Tourneys on Fridays. Game’s on at 6pm – be sure to sign up at our front desk!

The History:

Rumored to have been derived from old European “tossing” games, washers is much like a game of horseshoes.  When the game began, the equipment people used were hardware store washers and tuna cans or coffee cans for targets.  It was a game that didn’t cost much to play and thus was something that could be enjoyed by everyone regardless of status.  Lighter than horseshoes, it brought men, women and children of all ages together in a fun, competitive game that the whole family could enjoy at the beach or in their very own backyard.

The Lingo:

“Diddle” – To determine who will go first, a player from each team will pitch one washer towards the opposite board and whoever gets closest to the hole starts the game.  The “Diddle” is the pitch that decides who will go first.

“Game” – A “game” is played when a player or team reaches 21 first.

“Pitch” – The underhand projection of the washer towards the opposite washer board.

“Skunk” – When one player leads by a score of 11-0.  The player is known to have won with a “skunk”.  (Be sure to determine whether you will play skunks before the game has started.)

Where to Play:

We hold Washer Tourneys on Fridays at 6pm poolside behind cabana 10 and 11.  Sign up is at the front desk.  Winner gets 2 large pizzas and 2 six packs of soda!


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