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Sanctioned Club/League Program

Recommended 1st step into NHPA organized pitching.....




The NHPA Sanctioned Club/League Program introduces new and veteran horseshoe pitchers to handicap scoring in league play and provides an exciting, competitive, healthful activity for men and women, young and old and physically challenged.  The handicap scoring system is designed to give everyone an equal chance to win.

NHPA sanctioned play provides leagues with NHPA insurance coverage, NHPA awards and recognitions, NHPA Junior member patches and scholar awards, full NHPA membership and eligibility to enter any open NHPA sanctioned tournament, and many more member and league incentives.  

NHPA award patches include, League Champion, Class Champions, High Game, High Average, High/Over Average, Sportsmanship, and Rookie of the Year; also Most Improved, League Member, and Junior League Member. The NHPA Junior Scholar Award Program recognizes scholastic achievement and appropriate certificates and patches are awarded. High Game averages patches are for 0-5%, 6-9%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90% and Perfect Games.  The NHPA Top Ten award program involves national ranking from all NHPA sanctioned leagues, with national recognition in the NHPA magazine, Newsline.

About Horseshoe Pitching: It is a game that can be played by one or more people. It may be played for recreation with simply two stakes driven in the ground, and/or as a sport with suitably prepared courts (click to see Official Playing Rules). Horseshoe pitching in practice, league and tournament play, is a non-strenuous, healthful activity involving bending, stretching, walking and light lifting....just what any doctor might prescribe. The pitching distance is either 27 ft or 37 ft from foul line to stake, depending upon your pitching classification (Adult Men pitch 37 ft.  Women, Juniors and Elders pitch 27 ft.). The horseshoes weigh about 2-1/2 lbs. each and are manufactured specifically for pitching.   Pitching styles and methods vary from individual to individual, and beginners will find help learning new or improved methods from the experienced veterans in the league.

Start or join an NHPA sanctioned league in your community NOW! Your suggestions on helping the NHPA Club/League program improve are always welcome. Organizational assistance and information is available from the NHPA Sanctioned Club/League National Director

NHPA bylaws and Official Playing Rules apply.  Court construction information is given in the Rules (click to see Official Playing Rules).  If your City Park & Recreation Department needs information, please provide them with NHPA information or have them contact 3rd Vice President, Jerry Smith 2850 S. Benecia Way Nampa, Idaho 83686
(208) 467-2524

For additional information, comments or suggestions,
please contact NHPA Sanctioned Club/League
3rd NHPA VP