Interesting Facts About Darts – The Game
What really amazes me sometimes, is people’s perception about darts. Many people are under the impression, that darts are only played in pubs or taverns by beer drinking people.
Nothing wrong with pubs or taverns, and least of all beer drinking people. It just go to show how popular the game of darts really is. Beer drinking people and other drinkers for that matter, normally don’t like anything to interfere with their drinking time, and allowing darts to do that, speaks for itself!
Darts is gaining great popularity on a daily basis and the reasons for this are very evident. Darts is a game where individual skill are developed, displayed and challenged.
Recent statistics about darts, shows that close to 10 million people play the game competitively. This figure does not include people that play casual darts i.e. for fun, relaxation or entertainment etc. Just imagine what this number for the non-competitive market is.
What are needed to play darts?
- You need a set of three darts (either steel- or soft tip darts)
- A good dartboard (bristle or electronic) and
- A safe, well lit place to play.
How it works
Darts are played by throwing 3 darts, one at a time, to a dartboard, standing with both feet behind a line called an “Oche“ or “Toeline”.
The “Oche” is a marker on the ground, set at a specific distance from the dartboard, from which the dart thrower throws the darts to the dartboard. Once the thrower have thrown 3 darts, the next person who plays, get a chance to throw 3 darts at the dartboard.
What I really like about darts, are the many interesting and exciting games that can be played, whether by oneself or with others. Most games favor between 2 to 4 people playing at one time on a game, but sometimes, depending on the occasion, everyone around would join in on the fun, ignoring any limits or rules for that matter.
Many things can be said and are said about different games or sports, but the one thing that can never be said about darts, is that it’s boring or uninteresting. You only need to see one final in a world championship game on TV to realize how much practice and skill it takes to throw darts like the champions do.
The popularity of “darts” is growing on a daily basis and has many benefits and advantages compared to other games or sport, for example:
- It is one of the few sports or games where the whole family can join in the fun.
- Age does not matter, whether you are 10 years old or 80 years young, you can play.
- You don’t have to be fit to play darts. It is not physically tiring – it only takes a few seconds to throw 3 darts.
- It doesn’t matter whether you are male or female, both women and men can join in the fun simultaneously. Men play men, women play women, women play men, boys play girls, couples other couples, dad against son, dad and son against other dad and son, girlfriend and boyfriend against mom and dad etc. The list is endless.
- You don’t need a lot of space to setup a dartboard.
- It is fairly cheap to become involved in the game of darts as a sport. A good dartboard, cabinet and a set of darts can be purchased for just over $100.
- You don’t need to be skilled or have any kind of sense like ’ball sense&rsquo, you don’t even need to have common sense!
- Your mental math gets a boost, by all the adding, doubling and tripling of numbers. You might even become a math teacher after this.
- You can play it at various levels, as a beginner at home against family and friends, more seriously at a club, in small competitions or in leagues, and also in big tournaments against the best in the world.
- It is one of the few sports where the spectators who attend the competitions and big tournaments, also practice and play the game themselves on a regular basis.
- It is a huge ‘moral booster’. It never takes long for people to bond and become friends when they start playing with or against each other.
- It is a gentleman / womens game. Dart players are friendly, fun loving people. Although many players get very excited, they won’t threaten other players. They like to win but also know how to lose. They always shake hands and say “congratulations on a great game”!
A last comment about darts as a game or sport: Don’t prejudge. People lose out on many things in life by having preconceived ideas. Try it! Play a few games. I promise you, the chances of you enjoying yourself tremendously, will be much higher than you finding darts to be “not your cup of tea”.