The art of playing

Everyone can play darts, regardless of their age. Darts are easy to learn, but there are a few things you should know to get the most out of the game. You score points by throwing darts at the board and the points are awarded based on where the dart lands.

There are several ways to play darts, and each game offers a different challenge and a different opportunity for scoring.

Setting the dartboard - You will need to place a bullseye on a wall that is at least 5 feet above the ground, and make sure the dartboard is hung straight by using a level. Depending on whether you are throwing steel-tip darts or soft-tip darts, your throwing line needs to be 7 feet 9-1/4 inches or 8 feet from the front of the dartboard. If you draw this line on the ground, everyone will know where they should stand when throwing darts.

Dart rules - As a starting point, every player throws one dart at the bullseye, the player who scores the most points goes first. Players then take turns shooting three darts each. When one of the players reaches 501 or 301 points, the game is over.

It is possible to play different kinds of scoring games, such as 301, where each player starts with 301 points and tries to get their score as low as possible by hitting specific targets, or in cricket, players attempt to hit the numbers 15 through 20 on the board repeatedly to score points.

Scoring points - Targets on the board are worth points, the bullseye is worth 50 points, the outer ring is worth 25 points, and beyond that you get the number that corresponds to that section.

Your darts must touch the dartboard to score points even it falls later, however, if your dart falls to the ground without hitting the board it does not count.

Hitting the bullseye(small middle red circle surrounded by green) give you 50 points (in some games when hitting the green circle will grant you 25 points)

Hitting the triple ring (middle circle) triples your points.

Hitting the double ring (outer circle) doubles your points.