The only known league in the country is based in East Sussex, and has two divisions, involving roughly 14 teams based in pubs around the county. There is also a major "International Competition", run by Lewes Lions Club and held in Lewes every year.
The game itself involves throwing four brass coins or "toads" from the same distance as a dart board, to a toad table, made of wooden legs and a lead surface. If a toad goes down the hole it scores 2 points, or if it lands on the top it scores 1. If it hits the back of the table, or falls off it is void, so a grand total of 8 points per turn can be scored. Scoring is performed in darts fashion, playing from 31 down. The first competitor throws 2 toads, with their opponent then throwing 3, and from then on they throw all 4, until they reach scores of less than four, wherein only the number of toads equal to the required finishing score may be thrown. Like darts you must finish exactly - scoring more causes you to "bust".
For the last three years the Long Man Toad Holers have won the league, but the game is getting a lot more competitive with teams trying ever harder to improve.
Throw Scoring: Toad into the hole is 2 points and cleanly on the table without hitting the back is 1 point.
Game Scoring: Starts at 31 for each game and decreases by points scored until 0 is reached. The first team to 0 wins the game.
Starting a Match: A coin may be tossed to see which of the teams is to start the first game.
Starting a Game: At the start of each game the first player in each team uses 2 toads’, the next player uses 3 toads’ and the next player and those thereafter use 4 toads’.
Ending a Game: Where a score of less than 4 is needed to finish a game, then only that number of toads may be used.
Matches: Best of 3 games (5 in the final) but, if a team wins the first 2 games (3 in the final out of 3 or 4), then the match ends.
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