There have only been a few
games developed for brooming. You're welcome
to contribute other ideas but please keep this one idea in mind: the
point of brooming is the appreciation and manipulation of a broom.
is why broomball or curling or other related fields are NOT part of our
sport -- they do not leave the focus on the broom, but instead transfer it
to another element (the ball, the puck, etc.)
Here are the four games that are currently played. (Unfortunately,
naming regime is a bit behind schedule so they don't have fantastic
moniker.... yet) Those in quotes have gained that name as the common
Art of Throwing a Spear through a Shrubbery
IV. Brooming Medley
V. Double Barrel
VI. SNOW BROOMING
VII. "Stab the Snowman"
VIII. Vertical Plant
I. The Art of Throwing a Spear through a Shrubbery
This game is the heart of brooming. When the sport was developed it
based on the concept on whether Chris or Jeff could run down the driveway
stopping at an appropriate point and throwing a well-crafted spear (that
is, a broom using the spear throwing technique) through a large bush
in Chris' front yard.
Soon flourish and "skill points" were added to the competition,
as you not
only had to get it through, but a good opening move and a clean throw
would affect your score also.
This game took shape in the woods of English Road Park and the camping
trails of Stonybrook State Park. The object is simple a team of
(usually two or three) take turns throwing their respective brooms towards
their goal (usually a firepit). Points are awarded for each round
there usually being three rounds total. Best two out of three scores
count for each player.
For counting, it matters where the Shaft end lands, not the bristles.
Typically, there are not "skill" or "concept" points
awarded based on
10 points -- Landing in the firepit
+1 point -- If you broom lands embedded in the ground with the broom-end
sticking towards the sky.)
3 points -- Being within the major circle which is a given radius around
the firepit decided by players.
Order of throws alternates each round:
1-2-3, 2-3-1, 3-1-2 OR 1-2-3,3-1-2,2-3-1.
The most popular brooming game around. This game is played in teams
two. There are two rounds. In each round one player is the
the other player is the "thrower".
The feeder begins with the broom. They start a given distance away
picnic table, in the area where the throw will be landing. They run
towards the "thrower" who will be standing on the picnic table.
performing a trick and jumping on the table, they pass the broom to the
thrower. The thrower immediately performs the best spear they can
emphasis on form and distance.
Scoring is based on distance initially. A bad spear = no score.
after that there is a lot consideration given to the trick performed by
the "feeder" and the recovery time between pass and throw with
"Feeder" are given two runs. The best score between those
taken. If a "Feeder" drops the broom or messes up, they
can restart once
on each run. (Basically two runs, with the possibility of two
the "Feeder" tries to perform a pass, they cannot restart on
Because of some of this vagueness experienced judging is required.
On the second round the feeder and thrower switch. Adding the best
from round one and round two get the team's score.
Originality and ingenuity is highly favored in scoring. Do something
and different on each run, when possible.
This is basically a team event of a medley of throws. Use sidearm,
spear, and broadsword to cross a terrain. It is a timed event with
member doing each throw once. You can choose the order of your
but you need to consider the landscape. For instance, it's common to
start behind a baseball backstop, then go down then up a hill. You
to end with a Spear so you can get maximal distance.
is a game that focus's on accuracy defined by the broomer. Two
are required. On the first of two throws, the broomer throws the
broom at a
reasonable distance. That is to say, there are no "onside"
throws in brooming.
On the second throw, he tries to aim for broom number one. Whoever
to there first throw wins. In the event of a tie, the broomer with
the most distance
Sean here. I know its still
early, but Jeff and I thought up some games for
the new variation of brooming; Snow Brooming. It's still yet to be
since there's no snow in August, but these are our ideas.
VII. "Stab the
game's main focus is on accuracy. First you build a mound of snow,
snowman. Then you throw your broom as a spear at the snowman.
Try and get
the broom to stick in the snowman. I'm not exactly sure if this will
work or not, but
hey, you never know. Until I try it, you'll have to make up your own
This game is also
untested, and is only an idea. The idea is that you throw the
broom into somewhat deep snow. Then the broom that lands closest to
This probably will only work in deep, thick snow, not light fluffy
snow. This game
has a high probability of being phased out.