How to Play Crown Darts
Crown darts is a game of skill, accuracy and finesse. The game can be played by two or more people. Teams of 7, 9 or 11 people are not unusual.
In singles matches, each player has two or four darts of the same colour. In doubles, each player has two darts of the same colour.
The game begins with a coin toss, to determine who gets to throw out the target dart, known as the ‘marker’, to their preferred distance.
The same player then sets down his ‘Mat’. This is the ‘delivery circle’ from which all players must throw their darts, by keeping one foot on the mat.
Each competitor, beginning with the player who cast the ‘marker’ dart, takes it in turn to throw a crown dart underhand as close to the ‘marker’ dart as they can.
Once all of the crown darts have been thrown, that leg is complete and its time to take score.
One point is awarded for each dart belonging to a player or team, that is the nearer the ‘marker’ than any other opponent’s dart at the end of the leg.
The winner of the previous leg begins the next leg by throwing out the ‘marker’ dart, and the first of their crown darts. Most games go to 21 points, but they may be to 11, 13, 15 or 18. As a rule, a match must consist of three games.
Crown darts are about a foot long (30cm). They have polypropylene flights designed to be held at the tail, with a brass body ending in a stainless steel spigot.
The darts are aerodynamically shaped with a twist in the flights which causes the dart to spin, achieve stability over a distance and landing upright in the ground. These flight characteristics enable the player, with practice, to achieve great accuracy.
The tips of the darts are not sharp. However, they do stick into grass of a well tended lawn. In very dry periods, it may be necessary to water the area local to the target rings
A pitch can be any unoccupied ground which will allow the darts to stick, usually a well tended lawn of grass. A typical lawn darts pitch is distanced 8-12 metres from target to starting point
There are two fundamental techniques which a player needs to master. Firstly, The Line. This comes from an accurate under arm swing, in line with the target. The second technique is to get ‘a feel’ for the distance. This skill can be achieved only with practice.
Getting used to the weight of the dart, and throwing with a controlled and coordinated strength comes with lots of practice. There is no other way, which makes Crown Darts such an enjoyable and addictive game.
The game encourages players to become more and more skillful so that highly competitive games can develop. Or, equally important, the game simply gives players plenty of opportunities for sociable fun.