When it comes to tailgating games you pretty much need to be throwing something at some sort of a target. Beer pong, cornhole, washers, etc. are all tossing games that have become a tailgating staple . Now you can add YOCU to that list of tailgating games you should see popping up within the confines of the tailgating parking lot.
Simply stated, YOCU (Stands for “Your Own Custom Game Board”) is a wooden game board with scoring holes, a masonite finish and you toss washers at it. Sounds like many of the other washer tossing games on the market, right? Wrong. YOCU combines washers with shuffle board for enhanced game play that includes tactical defense along with potent offensive scoring. Check out the video to see YOCU in action with people playing it for the first time.
As you saw in the video there is more to YOCU than just tossing washers in holes on a single board. There is strategy and precision involved along with some defense for both teams. Also, YOCU boards have two playing surfaces. The “beginners” side has four scoring holes all in a single line down the middle of the board. The “pros” side has nine scoring holes as you can see in the above image. Both sides contain a masonite finish for ease of sliding washers much like you would incorporate into a game of shuffleboard. The YOCU game board measures 68″ x 20″ and weighs around 25 lbs.
The Official Rules of YOCU:
1. The game begins with two teams of two players per team.
2. The YOCU game board lies flat on the ground with either side facing up.
3. The players stand 6 feet directly back from the YOCU board with one player from each team playing from either side.
4. Each round consists of one player from each team (playing from the same side) throwing 4 washers onto the YOCU board and sliding them into the holes for points.
5. The team who throws first, Team A, throws all four washers. Once team A has thrown all 4 washers, team B throws their washers.
6. DO NOT pick up washers until the entire round is finished. All 8 washers must be tossed before the round is over.
7. The point value for each hole corresponds to its position on the board according to which side the player is throwing from. The side with 4 holes directly down the center, has a point system where: Hole 1 = 1 point Hole 2 = 2 points Hole 3 = 3 points Hole 4 = 5 points The side with 9 holes and a total of 5 rows has a point system where each hole is worth the exact amount of points equal to the corresponding row it is in: Row 1 = 1 point Row 2 = 2 points Row 3 = 3 points Row 4 = 4 points Row 5 = 5 points.
8. If a washer is leaning into a hole, but is not laying flat across the bottom, it is a LEANER and worth only one point, no matter which hole it is leaning into.
9. The game is over when one team has reached 21 points after the completion of the round.
10. All 8 washers must have been thrown to finish the game.
11. If one team goes over 21 points it is a BUST, and that team goes back to 13 points, automatically loosing the round.
12. The team that throws first each round is determined according to the ‘Honors’ system, which means that whichever team scores the most points in the current round, without busting, throws first the following round.
13. Players must shag their partner’s washers from the current round to continue into the next round.
14. If a player makes all 4 washers in one round they receive an extra ‘bonus toss’. This rule does not apply to Leaners.
15. The washer must be laying FLAT across the bottom of the hole to receive its full point value. Otherwise it is considered a Leaner. If multiple washers lay on top of each other, all leaning into the hole, they are ALL worth 1 point each.
16. If one player from each team tosses a washer into the same hole in the same round, both washers are canceled and no points are awarded. This rule applies on a washer by washer basis, so if Team A throws 2 washers into a hole and Team B tosses 1 washer into the same hole in the same round, the points for Team B’s washer is canceled along with 1 washer from team A. Team A still gets to keep the points for the one washer still remaining. If team B then tosses another washer into the same hole, in the same round, all four washers would be canceled and no points awarded for any. If team B then tosses a third washer into the same hole in the same round, team B then collects the standard points for that hole. The ‘cancel’ rule does not apply to leaners
17. If a washer misses the board or slides/rolls off, 1 point is deducted from that team’s score.
18. Teams can not go below 0 points.
19. Team B can attempt to knock off washers left on the board from Team A, causing team A to lose 1 point.
20. Any washer left on the board can be knocked into any hole by any other washer and the points will be awarded to whichever team the washer in the hole belongs to.
The genesis of YOCU was a brainchild of Nick Garbowitz of the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. He created YOCU as a means so he and the guys he worked with would have some kind of entertainment during lunch breaks. Some of his co-workers liked it so much they wanted one for their families. He then started making some for camping and tailgating and going to the lake. From there people would see YOCU in action and it has grown organically based on the game play itself. Because YOCU has lived in relative obscurity (until now) you could be one of the first to have a YOCU of your own. People love new tailgating games and YOCU ensures you will be one of the few to have one of these set up and available for game play.
YOCU comes in a variety of colors for the scoring holes. (After all, it is Your Own CUSTOM Game Board) Color choices for the game board scoring holes are: White, Black, Gray, Light Blue, Navy, Lilac, Violet, Pink, Red, Brick Red, Yellow, Orange, Lime, Green, Brown and Tan.
You can buy your own YOCU directly from our online tailgating store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com for $89.00 plus $35 flat rate shipping. Football season just started so there is still time to get your own YOCU game board before the season ends. All YOCU boards will ship directly from the manufacturer in Texas.
When ordering through Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com, please send a separate email and indicate what colors you prefer for your scoring holes. Be specific and tell us your color choices for the side with four holes (select between one and four colors) and the side with nine holes (select between two and five colors). Have fun and enjoy being one of the very first ones to be playing YOCU at your next tailgate.
- Willy Washers
- Lighten Up Appalachian State
- What 8 Things Tailgaters Can Learn From Benjamin Franklin
- Trunk Sports - One Tailgating Game System For Them All
- You Might Be A Tailgater If...