How To: Play darts

Play darts

Impress your friends by actually knowing what to do with those darts—other than winging them toward the wall—next time you're at a bar.

You Will Need
* A dart board
* At least 3 darts
* 2-5 players
* A dart board
* At least 3 darts
* 2-5 players

Step 1: Find a dart board
Go somewhere that has a dart board. Nearly any normal bar will do.

Step 2: Pick up darts & stand behind oche
Pick up the darts, and stand behind the oche, the line marked by tape or paint.

Step 3: Set up players or teams
Set up your players or teams. Each player or team gets three darts. If there are not enough darts to go around, alternate who uses them.

Step 4: Warm up
Official dart rules allow for a warm-up by throwing up to nine darts per person.

Step 5: Decide who goes first
To decide who goes first, each person throws one dart at the board. Closest to bulls eye goes first.

Step 6: Throw your 3 darts
Once the game begins, take your turn by throwing your three darts.

Step 7: Grip dart
To throw a dart, hold the barrel between your thumb and index and middle fingers, lightly enough that you're not squeezing it.

Step 8: Raise throwing arm
Raise your throwing arm up, so that your upper arm is nearly parallel to the ground and your elbow is pointing forward.

Step 9: Put foot forward
Put forward the same foot as your throwing arm.

Step 10: Extend forearm
Extend your forearm, being careful to keep your elbow and upper arm in place.

Step 11: Release dart
Release the dart just before the top of the motion, causing a nice fluid arch trajectory.

Step 12: Calculate your score
Calculate your score. In an official game, the inner bull's-eye is 50 points, the outer bull's-eye is 25, and the numbered sections are scored according to their assigned point value written on the board, from 1 to 20.

Step 13: Remove darts
Remove your darts and allow the next player his turn.

Step 14: Alternate turns
Alternate turns wi

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1 Comment

Thanks for a nice write up on the rules of darts. One item you might want to mention is that each player may take nine practice throws before the game starts.

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