How to play


Crown darts is a target game in which large darts are thrown underhand towards a similar target dart – called the ‘Mark’. The game can be played by two or more players. Teams of 7, 9 or 11 people are not unusual.

In singles, each player has two or four darts of the same colour. In doubles, the players have two darts. Players toss a coin to decide the right to cast the ‘Lead Mark’ and deliver the first of their Crown Darts.

The lead player must first set down his ‘Mat’ (delivery circle) on which one foot should be positioned by all players during the throwing action. After the Mark dart has been thrown, players take it in turn to lob their darts as near to it as possible.

One point is awarded for every dart of the same player or team which is the nearer the Mark than any other opponent’s dart at the end of the leg. The lead is taken by the winning player of the previous leg. Most games go to 21 points, but they may be to 11, 13, 15 or 18. As a rule, a match consists of three games.

About the darts

The darts are about a foot long (30cm) They have polypropylene flights designed to be held at the tail; they have a brass body ending in a stainless steel spigot. A player can choose a brass body of either 125 or 150 grams, to suit individual playing style.

The darts are aerodynamically shaped with a twist in the flights which causes the dart to spin, achieve stability over a distance and land upright in the ground. These flight characteristics enables the player, with practice, to achieve great accuracy.

About the pitch

A pitch can be any unoccupied ground which will allow the darts to stick, but will usually be grass or firm sand. The pitch is agreed among the players and is usually about 20 – 25 meters long and 6 meters wide.

About the technique

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!

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.