Washer Toss Rules: Learn About Scoring, Washer Board Distance & More

Posted by Bill Manos on

Updated June 2022 

Washer toss game by Slick Woody's, showing the carrying case, interior of game, and washers

Washer Toss, also known as washer pitching, washers game, huachas, or washoes is a fun and engaging lawn game that is on the rise right now. The washer toss game is very similar to the game of horseshoes or cornhole in many senses when it comes to scoring and the way the game is played. 

It is very easy to set up a washer toss game, and the rules are pretty simple. It’s a very accessible activity that is easy to take anywhere with you.

In this article, you'll learn how to set up a game of washer toss (including washer board distance), the rules for washer toss game play, and some of the best places to play washer toss. It's important to note that there are different versions of washers games. We will be referring to a game of single hole washer toss. 

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How To Set Up A Game Of Washer Toss

Slick Woody's American Lifestyle design washer toss game with carrying case and washers

The washers game comes in a cube-shaped box that is closed with a latch. When you unlatch the box, you will notice that the top and bottom come apart and both have a PVC pipe in the center of them. You should also find a set of 8 washers (4 of each color).

The top and bottom pieces should look the exact same on the inside. There should be a “carpet” type material covering the bottom surface of each piece surrounding the PVC pipe. This PVC pipe will be the “hole” that you aim for when playing a game of washers. As you might have guessed, the 2 sets of 4 washers are what you “toss” while playing.

Official Washer Distance

Set the top and bottom pieces of the box 21 feet apart from each other. The pieces should be aligned with each other, much like cornhole boards in a game of cornhole. Some sets of washer toss come with a string that allows you to easily set up your game with the exact washer board distance.

Washer Toss Game Rules & Scoring

Four friends playing washer toss outside

When playing a game of washer toss, players stand directly next to the box. Your foot should be in line with the cup inside the box. To determine who will “pitch” first, both players will line up and pitch a washer at the opposite box. Whoever gets closer to the box will be the first to toss; this is called the diddle.

To start the washer toss game match, Player 1 will throw all four of their washers back-to-back. Any washers that land inside the hole are worth 3 points, and washers that land in the bottom of the box are worth 1 point. If any of the thrown washers happen to land on the top of any edge inside the washer toss game box, that player automatically wins the game.

After Player 1 has thrown all of their washers, Player 2 will go ahead and throw their 4 washers. Only one player can score per round, due to the cancellation effect. For instance, if player 1 scores 5 points on their turn and player 2 scores 4 points, player 1 will score 1 point. Whoever scores the most during a round will gain the difference in score.

To win a game of washer toss, a player or team must be the first to score 21 points. However, if the first player or team tossing is able to score 21, the second player or team is still able to take their tosses and try and nullify the opposing player’s points.

A “skunk” may be called if the score gets to 11-0 where the player with 11 will automatically win. A “whitewash” may be called at a score of 17-2. (These two options are not mandatory gameplay rules.)

It's important to note that there are many different variations when it comes to how the washer toss game is played. Some locations have their own set of gameplay and rules. 

Best Places to Play Washer Toss

The nice thing about the game of washer toss is it is very easy to transport. The box itself tends to be quite small. Most washer toss boxes come with an attached handle to make transporting that much easier. All of the washers can fit inside the box. And because both boxes latch together, you can move it all at once, unlike most games with a more advanced setup.

The Park

The park can be a great place to play a game of washers. Whether you’re having a picnic or just strolling through the park with your family, this is one of the best games to take with you. Most parks have a large, open grass area, and since you only need 21 feet of distance, you should be able to set up a game of washer toss quite nicely.

A Party or Gathering

One of the things that makes attending a party or gathering so great is the fun and games you get to experience. Washer toss is a very simple backyard game that anyone can play. Whether it’s your mother, little cousin, uncle, or grandma, anyone who can toss a tiny washer can play this game. Take it into the backyard and get to tossing.

Tailgate Party

Having fun interactive games to play during a tailgate party is a must. Similar to cornhole, washer toss only takes one hand to throw the washers. So, you can still eat, drink, and post about the game on social media using your other hand. 

Let's Play!

All in all, washer toss is an entertaining game that everyone can enjoy. The game doesn’t take much to set up and is easily transportable. All you need is a small amount of space, a reasonably flat surface, and someone to play with.

Hopefully this article provides the insight you need to get out there and toss a few washers. We’ve covered the rules, how to set up your game, and a few of the best places to play. Get a washer toss game and take it to your next get together or tailgate to ensure everyone will be entertained!