Crokinole, a classic tabletop game, has captivated the hearts of many for generations. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a novice looking to hone your skills, understanding Crokinole rules and strategies is essential for a great gaming experience. One rule that often confuses is the “One Cheek Rule.”
In this blog post, we’ll explore the one-cheek Crokinole rule and clear up some common misconceptions.
The Influence of Online Crokinole Experts
Like any sport, Crokinole attracts many opinions and comments, particularly on social media. Sadly, some top-level Crokinole players have been unfairly labeled as “cheaters” by online critics. These accusations often arise from misunderstandings about a specific rule in competitive Crokinole, commonly called “the One Cheek Crokinole Rule,” or officially referred to as Rule 7(i) in the National Crokinole Association rule book.
Common Misconceptions About the One Cheek Rule
Some widespread misconceptions about the One Cheek Rule include:
- A Crokinole player’s buttock should be firmly glued to the chair.
- You cannot shift from one side of the seat to the other.
- Leaning or lifting one’s cheek off the seat is illegal.
- Lastly, standing up, even between shots, is against the rules.
It’s crucial to emphasize that the above are all misconceptions and do not reflect the true intent or enforcement of the One Cheek Rule, even at the World Crokinole Championships.
The Official Crokinole Rule Wording
Let’s look at how the One Cheek Rule is written in the official rule book of the National Crokinole Association.
Rule 7 i) states:
“When a player is shooting, at least one portion of his/her posterior must be in contact with the seat of his/her chair.”
There is no mention of gluing oneself to the chair, leaning, lifting, shifting, or wiggling. The rule simply requires one portion of the posterior to be in contact with the chair while shooting.
In competitive Crokinole, it is important to understand that you cannot move your chair once the match begins; tip it up on two legs while shooting, stand to shoot, or use external aids like a cane or crutch to maintain balance.
To clarify, let’s look at the definition of “posterior.” According to Google, it means “of or nearer the rear or hind end, especially of the body or a part of it.”
I’ve often heard top-level players joking about their cheeks extending to the back of their knees. Technically speaking, that would qualify as being “of or near the rear,” while they’re kidding, there’s also some truth to it. Competitive Crokinole is a serious business!
If you spend enough time watching competitive Crokinole on the ” Crokinole Center YouTube channel,” you’ll likely notice players standing up between shots. They do this to get a bird’s eye view of the board, checking on the 20 count or maybe even pulling off a victory pirouette. It’s important to note that they’re not breaking any rules.
You’ll also see players shifting or leaning to make their shots, and again, there’s nothing illegal about it. Some players shift in such a way that while their entire butt cheek might not be in contact with the chair, a portion of their posterior is, and this is perfectly within the Crokinole rules.
The “One Cheek Rule” is an expression or a catchphrase, not a literal rule. Competitive Crokinole requires players to maintain contact with their chair while shooting, but no one measures the precise ending point of another player’s buttocks. Ultimately, the most important rule in Crokinole is ensuring that everyone has fun while playing this extraordinary game. If you aspire to play on the same boards as the world’s best Crokinole players, consider checking out Tracey Boards.