What every beginner should know about darts

Almost every pub always has dartboards free for their customers to use. Although, some people do not have any idea how to play darts! All they know is to throw the darts and hope for it to stick on the centre of the board. Now, if you want to learn this game seriously, then here is a beginner-friendly guide just for you.

First things first, what is darts?

First of all, you need to have a background in darts. During the 19th century, English pubs, inns and taverns would host an indoor target game that required the player to throw feathered darts onto a circular target board. Furthermore, its laid back approach caused it to become popular in the 20th century. Today, it remains an easy sport to play both for fun or competition.

The materials that you need

Dartboard

The board is the surface you need to hit to score. It has different parts and each one has its respective score:

  • Face Value – The dartboard is divided into 20 slices. In a clockwise direction, the numbering starts with 20 and proceeds with 1. If you hit the 1st slice, you get only 1 point.
  • Double Ring – The outermost circle containing red and green slices; doubles the points of the slice you hit. for example, hitting the 15th slice gives a score of 30 points.
  • Triple Ring – Second outermost circle smaller than the double ring that triples the score of hit slices; for example, hitting the 6th slice in this sector gives 18 points. 
  • Outer Ring Single Bullseye – This is a green circle that surrounds the centre bullseye. Unlike other sectors, hitting this will automatically give you 25 points.
  • Inner Ring Double Bullseye – The centre of the dartboard can give you a total of 50 points when struck.

Dart

Being familiar with your darts can make you feel confident of hitting the bullseye. Here are the parts of your dart:

  • Tip – This is the part that sticks onto the board. Make sure that it is sharp, and bring extra ones in case the tip bends.
  • Barrel – This is where you need to hold your dart. Getting a good grip determines the gravity of your dart, so make sure to buy ones that fit your liking.
  • Shaft – This serves as an extension of your dart. It can be short or long.
  • Flight – This part gives your dart trajectory and stability once you throw it.

Time to play

Now that you know the basics, it is time for you to play. The general rule is to stand 7 feet away from the dartboard. Once you find a good spot and angle, throw your darts with all your might! If you want to get better or join competitions, the Edmonton City Dart League Association provides you with all the opportunities you need.