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, March 21, 2017

Iron Man Rules

Dart Arts Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

Bet when you read the title the music for iron man played through your head, you know - the song from the sixties that they use as the theme for the IronMan movie from Marvel Comics.

Anyway, last night's Dart League they allow one player to compete against a team and they call that, Iron Man competition.

In this league we play nine rounds of, doubles 301, then two single 301 games. This is followed up with the same for cricket and on to 501.

Of the nine the single iron man forfeits three single games leaving 6 rounds.

The doubles matches the single IM competitor throws three darts against, wait for it, both the other players total of six darts. Kind of s handicapped set but not.

There are doubles of 301, cricket and 501 along with a less handicapped of two to one, I.e., I got to play some single one-on-one games.

In the end I won some double and singles for three wins to the other teams three wins.

Because it was an Iron Man the other team got three wins on forfeit so they won the match with six wins overall while under Iron Man rules I eked out three wins.

Actually, considering how well I played - not bad, not bad at all.

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