Getting Started with Crokinole: A Guide to the Basics

Riks Fontein

Are you looking for a fun and challenging game that combines elements of strategy and skill? Look no further than Crokinole! This classic board game has been around for over a century and remains popular among players of all ages and skill levels.

Whether you're new to Crokinole or just looking to brush up on the basics, this guide will give you an overview of some of the most important terms and concepts you'll need to know to get started.

Crokinole Board

The first thing you'll need to play Crokinole is a board. The Crokinole board is typically round, made of wood, and has a series of concentric circles and pegs in the center. The raised rim of the board keeps the discs from falling off the edge.

Crokinole Discs

The playing pieces in Crokinole are called discs. They are typically round, made of wood, and slightly concave on one side to aid in flicking. Each player has a set of discs in a different color to distinguish them from their opponent's discs.


The action of shooting a disc across the board by snapping the finger or thumb against the disc is called flicking. This is the primary method of moving discs in Crokinole.


A shot in which a player's disc touches another disc, causing it to move or deflect, is called a toc. Tocs can be used to knock opponents' discs out of play or to move them into a better scoring position.


Winning a game by a score of 100-0 (in games played up to 100 points) is considered a skunk. This is a significant victory in Crokinole and is often used to determine tiebreakers in tournaments.


A disc that is suspended on the edge of the 20-point hole and can easily be knocked in by a subsequent shot is called a hanger. Hangers can be valuable scoring opportunities for players who can successfully knock them in.


A disc placed strategically in front of another disc to prevent it from being knocked out of play by an opponent's shot is called a guard. Guards can be used to protect valuable discs or to block opponents' scoring opportunities.


The last shot of the round, which is played by the player who did not have the first shot of the round, is called the hammer. The player with the hammer has a strategic advantage in the game.


A shot in which a disc bounces off a peg or another disc before coming to rest is called a ricochet. Ricochets can be used to change the direction of a disc or to move it into a better scoring position.


When a player fails to score any points in a round, allowing their opponent to earn all of the available points, it is called a wipeout. Wipeouts can be devastating to a player's score and are often the result of strategic play by their opponent.


Now that you have a basic understanding of some of the most important terms and concepts in Crokinole, you're ready to start playing! Whether you're playing for fun or competing in a tournament, Crokinole offers a unique and challenging experience that is sure to keep you entertained for hours. So grab a board, some discs, and start flicking!