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Intro, equipment Section 1 of 5
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5- The queen

Official Laws of


Adopted by
International Carrom Federation

published by:
The International Carrom Federation
Carrom Villa, 3, Crescent Road,
Madras - PC 600 030. India
Telephone: 6260853 and 5340097
Copyright: The International Carrom Federation

Printed editions of the Laws of Carrom are available from the International Carrom Federation.


Section I - Standard Equipment

The term Standard Equipment shall mean and include the following
A. Carrom Board
B. Carrommen
C. Striker
D. Table or Stand
E. Stool or Chair
F. Powder
G. Nets
H. Light

A. Carrom Board

A.1 Playing Surface
The playing surface of the Carrom Board should be of plywood or of any other wood equally smooth and be of not less than 8 mm in thickness and of a minimum of 73.50 cm and a maximum of 74 cm square with its surface completely smooth. A Carrom Board shall be able to have at least three and a half runs of a normally smooth Striker of 15 gms weight, when struck with the maximum force, from one of the Bale lines, to the opposite frame of the Carrom Board.
A.2 Frames
Adjoining the playing surface aof the Carrom Board there shall be wooden frames with inside curved corners made of Rosewood or any other hard wood with goo resistance, with a minimum height of 1.90 cm and a maximum of 2.54 cm from the playing surface. The breadth of the frame shall be not less than 6.35 cm and not more than 7.60 cm. Suitable bracings shall be provided underneath the playing surface and fastened with the frame.
A.3 Pockets
The pockets of the four corners of the Carrom Board shall be round inwardly and not outwardly and be of 4.45 cm in diameter with admissible variation of not more than 0.15 cm. The piece of plywood adjoining the corners of the frame shall be cut off.
A.4 Base Lines
a. Two straight lines of 47 cm in length with admissible variation of 0.30 cm equally distributed on all sides, black in colour, shall be drawn on each of the four sides of the playing surface, parallel to the frame on each side. The lower of these two lines, which shall be between 0.50 cm and 0.65 cm thickness, shall be 10.15 cm away from the frame and the other one 3.18 cm away from the lower part of the Base line b. The Base lines shall be closed by circles of 3.18 cm in diameter at either end. Within this circle a portion 2.54 cm in diameter shall be coloured red. These circles shall be called Base circles. These shall be drawn so as to touch both the Base lines and also the upper Base lines of the adjacent side when imaginably extended. The distance between the Base circle on one side and that of the other may be 1.27 cm approximately.
A.5 Arrows
Four Arrows, black in colour, of not more than 0.15 cm thickness shall be drawn at each corner of the Carrom Board at an angle of 45 degrees to any of the adjacent sides and each of them shall pass through the gap between the two Base circles and point towards the centre of the picket leaving a clear distance of 5.00 cm from the edge of the pocket. The length of the arrow shall not exceed 25.70 cm. A decorative arch of 6.35 cm in diameter with a pointer at both ends, drawn at the starting point of the arrows leading towards the pocket is permissible.
A.6 Centre Circle
Exactly in the centre of the Carrom Board there shall be a circle of 3.18 cm in diameter drawn black in colour with admissible variation of 0.16 cm. It shall be called the Centre Circle and shall be coloured in red.
A.7 Outer Circle
A circle of 17.00 cm in diameter with the centre point of the Carrom Board as its centre shall be drawn black in colour with an admissible variation of 0.30 cm. It shall be called the Outer Circle. Any decorative design in this circle is permissible.

B. Carrommen

The Carrommen used in play shall be of good quality wood and circular in shape. The diameter of a Carromman shall not be more than 3.18 cm and not less than 3.02 cm. It shall be of not less than 0.70 cm and not more than 0.90 cm in Carrmman's thickness. The edge shall be round and plain. The Carromman's weight shall be not less than 5.00 grams and not more than 5.50 grams. Thus there shall be nine whites, nine blacks and one red Carrommen, and they shall be uniform. The Carrommen shall have a smooth movement in a flat position on the surface of the Carrom Board when struck by a Striker of standard specification.

C. Striker

The Striker shall be smooth and round with a diameter of not more than 4.13 cm and weighing not more than 15.00 grms. A Striker made of any material other than metal, with the specifications prescribed above may be used. A Striker, with metal fixed and visible to the eye, shall not be allowed. Engraved decent designs on the Striker are permissible.

D. Table of Stand

The Table or Stand on which the Carrom Board is placed for play shall be not less than 63.00 cm and not more than 70. cm un height. The Carrom Board, when placed on it, shall not be uneven or shaking. However, padding below the Carrom Board and/or the Table or Stand on which the Carrom Board is placed may be used to make the playing surface of the Carrom Board level and firm as far as possible.

E. Stool Or Chair

The Stool or Chair on which the player sits for playing shall be not less than 40.00 cm and nomt more than 50.00 cm in height. The Chair, if used, shall be armless.

F. Powder

The powder used shall be of high quality to keep the playing surface smooth and dry. The powder shall not be wet. Pouches/Containers filled with powder should be used to spread powder evenly over the playing surface.

G. Nets

The pockets shall be fully covered from beneath by nets fixed at the bottom of the Carrom Board. Each net shall have the capacity of holding at least 10 C/m.

H. Light

The light shall be hung/fitted at a convenient height above the Carrom Board so that when a conical or square shade, preferably of metal, is used, the light shall fall only on the Carrom Board including the frame. The shade shall be one with the inner side completely snow-white. The bulb used, preferably transparent white, shall be between 60 and 100 watts. However, the height of the light can be altered at the request of a player in such a manner that the naked light does not strike the eyes of the players.

Author: ICF
Last updated: 2002-01-12 23:05:43
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