The Pitching Dutchmen Quoit Club 

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Among the beautiful farmlands of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the soil is rich and fertile, and excellent for growing crops.  But another favorable feature of this ground below our feet, at least to local quoit enthusiasts, is the large amount of naturally occurring clay soils.  This clay was formed from sedimentary deposits of the Susquehanna River on the western edge of the county, and other large creeks that flow though the county on their way into the river.  Water is a natural producer of fine silt and clay, so many locales near these waterways have soils composed almost entirely of clay.  This makes Lancaster County a natural place for the game of Quoits to flourish; to play it properly, you need a good supply of clay for the pits!

 

Quoit clubs, leagues, and tournaments were abundant in Lancaster County before World War II.  But the game has lost ground over the last half- century, and today organized quoit competitions between communities here are a thing of the past.  The game is still popular in the county, played informally at family gatherings and company picnics, but even here horseshoe pitching is a more prevalent sight than quoits.  Almost everyone in the U.S. is familiar with pitching horseshoes, but there are large areas throughout the country where people have never even heard of Quoits.  This one fact is the entire driving force behind the creation of this web site and the formation of a new quoit club!  The Pitching Dutchmen Quoit Club has been formed to promote the game of Quoits as an interesting alternative to horseshoe pitching, and perhaps once again bring it's popularity back into the limelight.

 

 

This leads us to one question:  What is a Pitching Dutchman?  Well, a brief local history lesson is in order here.  Lancaster County is well-known for the large concentration of Amish and Mennonite populations who immigrated here from Germany (Deutschland) in the 1700's and 1800's.  These people called themselves "Deutsch", the German word for German.  Many other people of the time mistook "Deutsch" for the word "Dutch", and soon these immigrants came to be known as the "Pennsylvania Dutch" even thought they were not Dutch nor did they come from Holland.  So, in this area, a Dutchman is not a Dutch person, but an Amish or Mennonite of Germanic descent.  Quoit pitching is still popular to this day among the Pennsylvania Dutch, and is the main reason quoits are still hand-made here, either by the Amish in their blacksmith shops or in some of the local metal foundries.  They can be found for sale in most of the local hardware stores in the Dutch areas of the county.   The Pitching Dutchman Quoit Club arose as a result of this local heritage.  The club carries over the Pennsylvania Dutch theme by adding a little local humor - even though none of the members are really Dutch, the club requests each of it's members to adopt a common, local Amish or Mennonite "Dutchy" nickname to be used during all Quoit Night Out events.  We even try to speak to each other with a Dutchy accent to make the evening a little more entertaining!  Listed below are all the club members, along with their Dutchy nicknames and proper Dutchy pronunciations (nah wunst!)

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PDQC Club Members  Proper Pennsylvania Dutch Pronunciations

2003 Season

Sunday Afternoon Pitch #2

 

2002 Season

Quoit Night Out #8  Aug 8

 

2001 Season

Quoit Night Out #7  Oct 3

Quoit Night Out #6  Sept 27

Quoit Night Out #5  Aug 25

Quoit Night Out #3  July 17

 

2000 Season

Quoit Night Out #2  Sept 28

Quoit Night Out #1  Sept 7

 

Troy "Clay Stolzfus" Frey

Brad "Edam Smucker" Kramer

Randy "Levi Good" Flick

Greg "Ivan Zook" Sollenberger

Gene "Geney Butersnips" Shaiebly

Dave "Ezra Hochberger" Callis

Chris "Jay Martin" Lutz

Dick "Ira Bomberger" Parsons

Kevin "Amos Lapp" Bowers

Craig "Ezekiel Sensenig" Greenholt

Jared "Jebodiah Heffelfinger" Hess

Rick  "Jakey Stoltzfus" Noll

Amy "Edna Smucker" Harding

Ken "Jonas Fisher" Wiggins

Rick Gantz

Kyle "Eli Mellinger" Mabry

Belinda "Sadie Mellinger"Mabry

Fred "Jeremiah Wolgemuth" Rowe

Karl Scott

Tim Meyer

John "Johnny Diffenderfer" Kroplesky

Joshua "Abe Zimmerman" Curtis

Dave "Isaac Fasnacht" Lechlitner

Jay "Jay Martin" Martin

Jeff "Jeffrey Weaver" Weaver

Klay Shtults'-foos

Ee'-tum Shmuk'-gur

Leaf'-hi Guut (like 'foot')

Eye'-fin Tsuuk (like 'book')

Chee'-nee Bew'-ter-shnips

Ess'-ruh Hahk'-burk'-gur

Chay Mart'-n

Eye'-ruh Bomp'-burk-gur

Eh'-mis Lap

See'-kee Sens'-nik

Chep'-uh-die'-uh Hef'-ul-fink'-gur

Chay'-kee Shtults'-foos

Et'-nuh Shmuk'-gur

Choe'-nus Feesh'-ur

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Ee'-lye Mel'-ink-gur

Say'-tee Mel'-ink-gur

Chur'-uh-my'-uh Volk'-geh-mooth

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Chun'-ee Deef'-hen-durf'-hur

Eh'-pee Tsim'-her-min

Eye'-sik Foss'-not

Chay Mart'-n

Cheff'-ee  Vee'-fur