How The Game Of
Darts Came To be
Dart is a sport unique in many ways;
no specific outfits required, the price of equipments for the game
is moderately reasonable and little space is needed to play the game.
Furthermore, gender, age and the size of the players does not in any
way influence the individual’s game.
Some believe and claim that dart history began when bored
soldiers challenge each other by throwing their spears into turned
over barrel base, that later evolved into a cut up tree trunk for
The rings in the tree trunk turned out to be perfect for keeping
scores. As winter took the game indoors, darts of shorter lengths
were used and rules were created and implemented.
Darts maintained its military relation during the founding and
formation of the “British Empire”; soldiers use their drinking clubs
and fitted dartboards extended all over the entire Empire. Citizens
in different countries embraced the sport, and the British
participants remained in the lead.
As the habit of throwing "spears" at targets turned into a universal
pastime, the dart then became regulated; normally the barrel was a
piece of cut wood trunk that has a length of four inches with
feathers fixed to one end and a metal tip at the other end.
In 1898, a “folded-paper” target was patented by an American and the
barrel made up of metal was patented in 1906 by an Englishman. By
this time, the system of numbering on the dartboard was formulated
The regulation of the throwing or tossing distance also happen at
about the same time, however, there are many "standards" that are
used. The “throwing distance” was indicated or marked by means of
three crates placed from one end to anther from a certain brewery
named “Hockey & Sons” that provided beer to the Southwest part of
England. The beer crates were about three feet in length, thus the
distance will be nine feet in length from the line to the dartboard.
The “Hockey & Sons” crate size was ultimately decreased to two feet,
and thus four crates are lined up as indication to mark the distance
which is eight feet in length. This eight foot space or distance
continued to be the standard pattern for several years.
By the 1900’s, the game of darts and its rules was established into
what is recognized and accepted today. The board size, the distance
of throwing and the darts size was standardized. All over the world,
many people enjoyed playing the simple sport of darts so that teams
were organized to play for medals and trophies and professional
clubs and associations begun.
How to play simple darts:
1. Hang or suspend the dartboard on the wall with a wall backing and
measure that the board center should be five feet and eight inches
from the ground or floor.
2. Mark with a tape the “throwing line”, measured 7 feet, 9 and1 /4
inches from the face of the board as required by the “World Darts
3. Be certain that tape marking lies flatly and the front rim is the
definite line. The tape that marks the throwing line can be stepped
upon by the player in such a way that the foot does not past the
4. Each player is provided with three darts, and the player who will
make the first throw is determined by each player throwing a dart
and the one who throws closest to the “bull's-eye”, goes first.
5. All players can warm up, by alternating dart throws of their
respective darts to the dartboard.
6. As soon as the game starts, and it is already your turn, you
should throw all your three darts.
7. As the face of the board is numbered respectively, you can
determine the score wherever the dart lands, then add them up.
8. The dart that missed the dartboard entirely is counted as a
“throw” and scored zero.
9. After you have thrown all your three darts and counted your score,
you can then take out your darts on the dartboard so that other
players can take their turns on throwing the darts.
10. Alternate and take your turns until all the players have thrown
all their darts, ending the game. There are many different games of
darts, having several different rules, the most simple and easy one
is the game wherein players have five sets of darts to throw, the
winner having the highest computed score.