Clipper Pitch League

How to play...

  • Pitch is a trick-taking game using a standard 52-card deck. 
  • Each player is dealt six cards. 
  • Each player can bid on the value of his or her hand and plays to take tricks and get points. 
  • The goal is to be the first player to reach the winning score (7, 11, or 21).
  • You can bid on the value of your hand - possible bids are two, three, four, or smudge (5).
  • For two, three, and four, you are bidding how many of the points below you can win. For smudge, you have to win all the points below, and take all six tricks in the round.
  • High: You win the trick which has the highest available card in the trump suit.
  • Low: You win the trick which has the lowest available card in the trump suit.
  • Jack: You win the trick which has the jack of the trump suit.
  • Game: You get the most game points in the round. All 10s are worth 10, aces are worth 4, kings are worth 3, queens are worth 2, and jacks are worth 1. Other cards aren’t worth anything.
  • Each player in turn bids or passes; bidding always starts at two. 
  • If all players pass, the dealer is stuck with bidding.
  • The player who won the bid (called the pitcher) plays a card to the board; the suit of this card is used as trump.
  • Each player must play trump if he or she has it 
  • The player with the highest trump card wins.
  • The player who won the first trick leads the next trick with any card. 
  • Each player, in turn, plays a card.
  • The trick is won by the player who played the highest trump card, or, if there’s no trump, the player who played the highest card of the suit that was led. 
  • The winner of each trick leads the next trick, and may lead any card.

Schedule

Starts October 11th and plays every Thursday. 

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