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!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wheel Chair Darts

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

We have d’artists who shoot from wheel chairs. It didn’t occur to me that the dart arts may have some requirements for our chair d’artists but they do. First, here is an article on the subject from the Darts501.com folks: 

When I read the article it came to me that in our league it is possible to set up at least one board for wheel chair and average d’artists, i.e., the regular board set up with an addition of another board at wheel chair height underneath the regular board. 

There is also, as displayed below, a dual wall board setup for a fixed wall mount that can be implemented so wheel chair d’artists can play on a more even field with able bodies players. Those who require the use of crutches and canes use the standard setup. 

Please note that the rear wheels are used so that the persons
body is in the same position that a standing person has
when standing at the oche line. 

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