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!
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.