- Start with 1 and follow the numbers to 20.
- Start with 20 and follow the numbers in reverse to 1.
- Start with any number and choose any other number randomly.
- Start with 1 to hit the big pie, the little pie, the double then the triple and follow the numbers in this fashion up to 20.
- Reverse the last from 20 to 1.
Darts: a game where participants compete with one another by throwing small arrow like devices at a target that is round and has numbers and sections and an inner bull with an outer bull and so on. Darts now refer to the standard game with a specific bristle board design and a set of rules. Rules that are general to the game and rules that govern games like, “501,” “301,” and “Cricket.”
Darts is a traditional pub game that was and is commonly played in the United Kingdom as well as other places in Europe and across the pond here in the America’s.
Wikipedia tells hits history in a terse form, i.e., “The dartboard may have its origins in the cross-section of a tree. An old name for a dartboard is "butt"; the word comes from the French word but, meaning "target". In particular, the Yorkshire and Manchester Log End boards differ from the standard board in that they have no treble, only double and bullseye, the Manchester board being of a smaller diameter, with a playing area of only 25 cm across with double and bull areas measuring just 4 mm. The London Fives board is another variation. This has only 12 equal segments numbered 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10 with the doubles and triples being a quarter of an inch wide.”
There have been a variety of darts created over the years but the most common today is the tungsten dart. There are electronic darts but for this blog and for my efforts in tossing darts I remain a steel dart fan and enthusiast. I am recommending a book for novice darters but only because it appealed to me and my studies and rest assured most of the dart books out there are outstanding. In short, find one if this one does not fit your needs and get it. I can tell you when I started to play over twenty years ago, before I laid down my darts in 96, I tossed darts for several years without knowing some very important and critical mechanics, etc., of the dart game. As I take up once again my steel darts I have found a fountain of information to help make the game both enjoyable and competitive. Enjoy, diddle for the middle and let the darts fly!
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
|"Snapping the Boater Brim!"|
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
- Targeting: to hit the intended target with consistency and accuracy.
- Targeting: those targets often ignored in the dart arts such as hitting the bull.
- Targeting: variety as in doubles, triples and most of all “The Pie.” The large and small pie segments not the double and triple ring.
- Grouping: to toss all three arrows to the target but in a group as tight as possible.
- Targeting: to hit all three arrows, darts, in the intended target, i.e., the triple 20 for instance where the objective is to put all three darts into the tripe space/ring with each point as close as possible.
Monday, June 5, 2017
- What is your mind doing when you toss arrows?
- What and where is your minds focus with tossing arrows?
- Is your mind-state a calm and clear one?
- Are you experiencing any of the adrenal stress effects such as loss of fine motor skills that can be devastating to your throw?
- etc. etc. etc.
- What is your body doing when you approach the oche line?
- What does your body feel like when you approach, set at and assume your stance at the oche line?
- What effects are your body feeling from any adrenal stress effects?
- Is your body still?
- Is your body stable?
- Is your arm the only part moving when you toss the arrows?
- etc. etc. and etc.
- How do you feel at the different locations in the dart art environment, i.e.,
- while waiting your turn;
- while walking up to the oche line;
- while setting your body and mind at the oche line;
- when preparing to toss the arrow(s), etc.
- How are you feeling and what can you feel in your mind and body in preparation for and tossing the arrow(s)?
- Are you committed to tossing well?
- Are you committed to your objectives in the dart arts?
- etc. etc. etc.
- Is the environment crowded?
- Is the environment noisy?
- Is the environment hot, cold or some other less optimal condition?
- Is the board/competitive area set up with adequate space, etc., for the comfort of competition?
- Is the score keeper following proper scoring etiquette and if not, are you preparing your mind to deal with those obstacles.
- Are you getting into a mind-set and mind-state to compensate for any environmental conditions that may effect how you toss your arrows?
- etc. etc. etc.
- Are you aware of your health?
- Are you aware of how you fueled your body before the contest?
- Are you aware of and prepared to deal with fuel for the body during the event?
- Are you hydrated and do you have proper hydration for the entire event?
- Are you well-rested?
- Did you practice and train adequately in preparation?
Friday, June 2, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
- Eliminate sugar.
- Remove cereals, pasta's and other processed foods.
- Remove starches, cheeses, and many milk products.
- No processed vegetable oils.
- Restrict carbs.
- Eat only good fats.
- Eat fresh local grown fruits and veggies.
- Eat proper adequate amounts of proteins.
- Eat organic local grown meat and eggs.
- Supplement vitamins, etc.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
- When all three are in a tight grouping at least half the time or more.
- When all three darts are in the pie, target, the D'artist is aiming for in competition.
- When at least one hits the triple targeted even if the other two miss even the pie.
- When one hits the double and one hits the single pie.
- When one scores a minimum of sixty points each round of three, or more - that is good darts.
- When the dart or darts - matter!
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
- Positive Attitude:
- Creation of a System rather than setting goals:
- Using positive self-talk:
- Using Visual-Imagery:
- Facing and conquering stressors and anxieties:
- Emotional Maturity: Understanding frustrations that come with the discipline; acceptance of human fallibility; handling stress thus reducing adrenal effects; Positive relaxation; and FOCUS eliminating distractions and outside influences to remain in the game.
- Attitude, Motivation, Commitment, Objectives, Self-Talk, Visual Imagery, Effective tactics for stressors, emotional maturity, and concentration are all mental disciplines that make consistency and proficiency hallmarks and cornerstones of the dart arts.
- Have confidence in your skills: Confidence is the number one objective of your mental preparation. Confidence can be built in many ways, including from practice, preparation, game plans and the mindsets you maintain. To build confidence prior to competition visualize yourself performing successfully, and review all the reasons you have to be a confident athlete.
- Prepare to cope with adversity: With experience, athletes learn how to cope with any adversity – with situations that could cause them to lose focus, confidence or composure. If you haven‘t experienced many adverse situations, you‘ll have to anticipate the challenges that might affect your mindset, and develop strategies to cope with each.
- Fully enter the role of the dart’ist: On game day athletes need to set aside any life challenges or hassles, and fully focus on competition. Use pregame routines to help you transition into the role of a performer such as, listening to music or getting a good stretch in.
- Focus on execution: What you focus on prior to competition is critical to your mental game success. We teach our athletes where to direct their focus and how to improve their refocusing skills when competing. This helps them maintain focus on executing the present task successfully, rather than dwelling on mistakes or worrying about the outcome.
- Finalize and commit to your game plan or strategy: In most team sports, athletes are given the game plan. However, athletes who participate in individual sports, such as running, golf, tennis and racing, must develop their own plans and strategies. It is important that you have a game plan and fully commit to prior to competition. Questioning or changing one’s game plan often causes athletes to play tentatively and indecisive.
- Always keep your attitude positive by visually imagining positive images of you playing well, at your very bets.
- Use power words, positive words have a positive effect and will change the path of your darts.
- Make your focus tight, narrow and in the present moment so distractions don’t shift your mind and body out of synch with your discipline.
- Train, train and train some more, make your dart training and practice one that takes advantage of your every skill set.
- Create objectives that float in nature so that you can learn to change and adjust while going with the flow.
- Scan you mind, scan your body and take stock of your attitude as to competitive spirit before, during and after a contest.
- Detach yourself from the outcome, remain focused on playing the board. You, your darts and the board are the only challenge.
- Breathe away distractions and use the breathing to relax and focus in on your target, toss and target rich board.
- Enjoy yourself, have fun, relax and let your body, mind and spirit soar, to do what you have trained and practiced to do.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
- Don’t follow your opponent, always play your own game - stick with it.
- Don’t get caught up in the bull chase.
- Point the heck out of your opponent especially if you are spot on in targeting your numbers.
- When you can, disrupt the chain of thought of your opponent, try shifting to bulls somewhere along in the game. Cricket aficionados like to follow a pattern of 20’s, 19’s, 18’s, 17’s, 16’s, 15’s and Bulls except in situations where a need to shift to another number say to score big so when you shift to the bulls and hit them solid it sometimes can distract the adversaries mental game.
- I once was far behind in a match so I shifted to the bulls then hit them consistently scoring big causing a far superior dart’ist to chase me. Granted, I finally made a rookie mistake and he pounced to finally kick my keister to win the match but you get the point. If I had been a bit better dart’ist I could have outscored my opponent allowing me to go back and start to close those numbers closing the door to scoring for my opponent.
- Remember, scoring high off the oche line means your opponent has to shift to a scoring mark and often is force to split tosses between points and closing. Switching targets for what ever reason can be boon or bust you out of your game on.
- Remember, being behind in Cricket, or any other ’01’ game for that matter, does not spell the end, you can still win the match and game if you play your darts right. Keep the pressure going to keep your opponent off his or her game!
- Remember about “Chasing;” it is reactive and in any conflict or competition your actions are superior to a reactive state of mind and darts. Your are reacting to what the other person is doing and it is better strategy and tactics to force your opponent to react to your darts. Chasing often requires split darts, don’t split your darts. Get in control, play your own game regardless. Create breathing room so you can play your own game consistently.
- Remember, if you have greater accuracy on certain numbers you may want to jump on them and close them out quickly so you can point up. If your opponent is a better dart’ist, try this and throw them off their game. Many dart’ists have certain expectations of the game and how most play it, so throw a monkey wrench into the game and play on!
- If your opponent is a really solid consistent dart’ist make sure you play to your level. In some cases in lieu of aiming for the treble ring, aim for the larger pie so three in the bed close out that number. If you miss by small margins you have a 50-50 chance of hitting a treble or a double and remember, you can hit to either side lower numbers as well - be careful but be adventuresome too!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
- Chalker’s come from the ranks of dart’ists.
- Chalker must be accepted by all parties.
- Chalker holds the responsibility of the games he or she scores.
- Chalker announces the score before the darts are removed. All scores stand after the darts are removed.
- Chalker records the scores of each turn and calculates the cumulative score as the game progresses.
- No dart is to be touched by dart’ist, another dart’ist, the Chalker, the team captains, or a spectator until the Chalker makes a decision as to the score.
- Chalker is to refrain from smoking, drinking or making comments in the performance of Chalker’s duties.
- Chalker is to stand motionless facing the chalkboard at a slight angle to see the dart board and is to remain in that position until the last dart hits the board.
- Chalker’s will come from each team sharing the duties equally.
- Chalker will decide the winner for the middle determining who starts first.
- Chalker is to speak only when a player asks for the number of points scored or remaining or if a dart is in a double/triple ring especially when it is close to the wire.
- Chalker will NOT advise a player as to how the play the round especially the double required to out for the win.
- Chalker records the score, the dart’ist must verify his or her own score BEFORE removing his or her darts.
- Chalker and players have till the next dart’ists next throw/turn to change or adjust scores on the board.
- Chalker must assume a stance at the score board as follows:
- Stand in a position close to the score board so that the board can be seen at the oche line by dart’ists; stand at a slight angle to face toward the score board and see the dart board clearly.
- Stand in a semi-position of attentive posture with hands held by the side or in front of the lower half of the body.
- Stand as still as possible with no movement or other distracting motions or sounds that may disrupt the toss by the dart’ist at the oche line.
- Remain still as indicated until the last arrow hits the board.
- Calculate accurately as quickly as possible, enter the score with the running cumulative total so the dart’ist, both the one who just finished tossing his or her darts and the one approaching the oche line so dart’ists can quickly calculate and decide on strategic tactics of the game.
- Resume, unless the circumstances and situation dictate, the original Chalker stance ready position for the next round of arrows to be tossed at the board.
- Chalker remains quiet except when asked by the dart’ist at the oche line to inform him or her of the dart thrown status/score according to the rules governing the Chalker/Scorekeeper.