Carrom is a combination of games like pool, marbles and air hockey. It is played in a square, wooden game board in a size (29 inches X 29 inches) with four, corner pouches and is played by flicking a “striker” at the carrom pieces resembling black and white coins. The target is to gather points by sinking your nine carrom pieces, plus the red, “queen” carrom piece in the pouches provided. Though the geometry may perhaps be similar as pool and “American Carrom”, but the physics and approach are interestingly special.
The playing surface of an ICF (International Carrom Federation), regulation board is exceptionally smooth, creating it as a touch game insisting a high degree of skill. The frame is deep and solid, providing a tough rebound that gives further fast performance. And the striker is always placed back to the “baseline” for the next shot. The striker is about three times heavier than the carrom coins. This greater weight allows a large variety of “board management” techniques like setting up the upcoming shots while disturbing your opponent’s shot and thus by making it extremely complex play.
The U.S. Carrom Association (U.S.C.A) is making an effort to bring in competitive carrom to America. Through media, the U.S.C.A. expects to draw sponsors, by making sports-cast coverage and video documentation of an international competition. Thus by, the USCA organizes and participates in competitions at the national and international level. The USCA set together the first U.S. Open International Carrom Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina. Teams from eleven countries in South Asia, Europe, and North America took part, with men and women competing uniformly for the first time in an ICF sanctioned event.