In order to play the game of darts at least 2 players should be involved. The match consists of so called “sets”. Each “set” is divided into corresponding stable number of “legs”, a well known term in this game.
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Here are some rules how to play darts :
1. All ADO rules of play will apply unless specifically modified by the following.
2. Regular player membership dues will be $25.00 per player. Each team will be responsible for payment of five (5) full time players and the sponsor fee, which is $50.00. (TEAM CAPTAINS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COLLECTING TEAM FEES AND SPONSOR FEES, IF DIRECTED BY THE ASSOCIATION.
3. League regularly plays on Thursdays with matches beginning at 7:30 PM for Divisions A and B and 7:00 PM for Division C. Matches may be played at other times and on other days as mutually agreed upon by participating teams but every effort must be made to hold the match at the host establishment. (IN PARTICULAR, CONSULT RULES 14 AND/OR 15 OF THESE RULES.)
4. Teams will consist of four (4) persons. Teams may carry as many additional persons on their rosters as they may deem necessary. Teams may consist of any combination of men and women. If a team is short a player, or players, games may still be played if at least two players are present. If a player is late, that player may play the remaining games but may not join a game already in progress once that player’s first turn has passed.
5. Matches will begin no later than five (5) minutes after their scheduled times unless both teams agree to an alternative start time.
6. Home team captains are responsible for returning the match results sheets to the Association secretary.
7. The center of the bullseye will be five feet eight inches (5’8”) from the floor. The toe line will be seven feet nine and three quarters inches (7’9 3/4”) from the plain of the face of the board extended downward to the floor. The edge of the line nearest to the face of the board will be the toe line.
8. Diddling will determine the starting order prior to each game of a dart match. A member of the home team will diddle first on the odd games with a member of the visiting team doing so on the even games. The diddle will be complete only after both competitors’ darts have stuck in the board. For the purpose of the ‘diddle’, the board is defined as that portion within the outer wire of the double ring. A dart stuck in the red or center double portion of the bullseye must be removed prior to the competitor’s diddle. The competitor may request that a dart in the black or single portion of the bullseye be removed prior to his diddle.
9. Game partners of the players diddling will begin the game based on the order determined by the ‘diddle’.
10. Results of all throws must be announced to, and acknowledged by, the opponents prior to removal of the darts from the board. Failure to follow this rule will negate the player’s results for that turn and the player will not be allowed a rethrow.
11. Touching any dart stuck in the board ends that thrower’s turn regardless of number of darts remaining to be thrown in that player’s turn.
12. Result of each game must be recorded with a “W” or “L” on the match sheet provided. In the cases of a tie score, the team that fills the boxes first wins that game.
13. Each team captain or acting team captain must sign match result reporting sheets. Home team captains must return result sheets to the NDSDA Secretary prior to the Tuesday next following the match. (IF THIS RULE IS NOT OBSERVED, MATCH RESULTS WILL ONLY BE RECORDED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE ASSOCIATION SECRETARY.)
14. Matches are to be played as scheduled and at the scheduled location unless an alternative time and/or location is agreed upon by both teams. NOTE: ALTERNATIVE SITES SHOULD BE UTILIZED ONLY IN EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES. OUR SPONSORS HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE SCHEDULED MATCHES PLAYED IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS. SPONSORS SHOULD ALWAYS BE NOTIFIED OF SCHEDULING CHANGES INVOLVING ANY MATCH.
15. If a team must postpone a match, their opponents’ captain must be notified at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled beginning of the match. In the case of notification of a team that must travel to or from another community, notification must take place at least ninety (90) minutes prior to the scheduled beginning of the match. FAILURE TO PROVIDE PROPER NOTIFICATION WILL CAUSE THE TEAM UNABLE TO PLAY THE MATCH TO FORFEIT THE MATCH. IN THE CASE OF THIS RULE ONLY, FORFEITURE WILL MEAN THIRTEEN (13) LOSSES FOR THAT TEAM AND THIRTEEN (13) WINS FOR THEIR OPPONENT.
16. The procedure that must be followed in the case of a postponement, as outlined in Rule 15, will be as follows. Within two days of the time of notification the team receiving the postponement notice must provide their opponents with two (2) alternative reasonable dates and times for the rescheduled match. Their opponents will then have until the following Monday at 7:30 PM to agree to one of the alternatives. If either team fails to follow this procedure, that team will receive thirteen (13) losses and the other team will receive thirteen (13) wins.
17. PAYMENT OF DUES IS NOT OPTIONAL. NDSDA membership dues entitle the payer to participate in league matches as a team member. In order for a member to remain eligible to compete in league matches, dues must be paid prior to the beginning of the fourth (4th) league match. If a team member’s dues are not paid by that time, that member’s results will not be counted for the individual or the team and will not be added in later even if dues are paid without the approval of the league officers. Teams using members who have not paid dues after the sixth (6th) league mach will not have any results counted and results occurring during the period that this continues will not be added when the dues are made current without the approval of the league officers.
18. Courtesy, etiquette and sportsmanship are, without question, required of every member of NDSDA. Reports of anyone behaving contrary to the principles will be dealt with as necessary. NDSDA officers reserve the right to disqualify any player for repeated un-sportsmanlike behavior.
19. The interpretation of these rules will be the exclusive prerogative of the NDSDA and league officers.