There are many variations on the rules, but they all involve throwing darts at a target with the intent of scoring points by hitting the target. The object is to score as many points as possible before you miss and hit outside the dartboard. Because each board has an inner ring that scores differently from the outer ring, it can be more difficult to hit the target. Each board is made up of concentric circles that get smaller as they extend towards the center. The outer ring scores 25 points, and the inner ring scores 50 points. There are also two small rings at either end of the board that score 25 and 50 points respectively. There are two different variations of the board. One is called a “clock” and with traditional numbers written next to each section of the dartboard. The second version has only concentric circles on the board with no numbers or colors.
Throw (the Toss)
The darts must be thrown at least 5 feet across an imaginary line from the throwing line to the dartboard. In order to be considered a valid throw, the darts must leave your hand and reach the board. You must also release the darts before you step over the throwing line.
Points are scored when a dart hits inside one of the rings on the board. The outer ring scores 25 points, the inner ring scores 50 points, and the small rings at either end score 25 and 50 points respectively. If a dart hits the board but doesn’t stay in, it still counts as a point.
If a dart bounces out of the board, it does not count as a point. The player can throw another dart at the board or wait for their turn to come around again.
Out of Turn
If a player throws out of turn, it is overlooked once, but if they continue to do so, they must correct it by either throwing again or handing their darts over to the other player. It could be argued that there are other variations on the rules, but these are the most common. As with any game, it’s important to know and understand the specific rules before playing. These basics should give you a good foundation to start from. Happy darting!
There are many variations of darts rules, but they all involve throwing darts at a target with the intent of scoring points. The object is to score as many points as possible before you miss and hit outside the dartboard. Because each board has an inner ring that scores differently from the outer ring, it can be more difficult to hit the target.
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