Unlike other sports that need continuous practice and skills to be good at, Baseball Darts is not “choosy” as everyone is accessible.
It is not too difficult or challenging for newbies. You can start off the game without taking any practice or instruction in advance.
However, having an insight into how to play Baseball Darts, its rules, and terms will help you gain more advantages over other newcomers.
So, let’s get into the post in detail, shall we?
How to Play Baseball Darts – The Terms & Rules You Need to Know
Before going to the “main meal” of how to play Baseball Darts, there is something you need to know first.
What You’ll Need
- A Dart Board: The right size of a dartboard used in competition is 18 inches in diameter, and there are 20 sections. To be ready for the game, the board should be located 5 feet and 8 inches (173 cm) from the ground to its bull eyes.
- Darts: you’ll need at least three darts, you can use either steel-tip darts or soft-tip darts that match the board’s material.
- Score note: to note the score, you can use a sheet of paper or a blackboard, or you can skip this step if it is a pre-programmed plastic dartboard that you have.
- Oche (or toe line, throw line): the right distance to set the Oche is 7 feet and 9,25 inches from the board (237cm).
Common Terms and Rules
Baseball Darts has its own terms and rules to be followed. Are you sighing when reading this part? Good news for you, there are only a few rules and are straightforward to remember.
When it comes to the common terms of Baseball Darts, we have:
- Inning: means round or turn. Each game will start at inning 1. The inning’s ordinal numbers are written at the edge of the board. There are 20 innings/sectors in total.
- Run: means point.
- Ring: it is where you need to aim to score points. Aiming at different positions in the inning, you will score different marks, in particular:
- Double: the outermost ring on the edge of the board is determined by the double, and you’ll gain 2 points when hitting the double.
- Single: it is the black or white areas on the board, hitting it you’ll gain 1 point.
- Triple: after the outermost ring, the next ring of the board is the triple. Hitting it, you’ll get 3 points, which is the highest score.
- The wires/spiders: Aiming this area will give you no point.
- The Bull Eyes: it has a red Bull Eyes and green Bull Eyes. The green means single and gives you 1 point, the red means double, and it’ll give you 2 points.
And these are all the terms you need to remember. Regarding the rules, learning it is also easy as a piece of cake.
The game starts in inning 1. You can only score points if your darts hit within this sector. Aiming anywhere else aside from this area means you missed. Each player will have 3 shots.
The interesting fact about Baseball Darts is that you can have as many players as you like to play with you. Nobody is left behind at the party.
Play repeatedly until the 9th inning. In this column, the one that scores the most points in all 9 innings will be the winner. So if the 9th inning is the end, then why are there 20 innings on the board? Good question.
If at the 9th inning, no one scores, then you’ll come to the “sudden death” battle, which means you’ll continue playing the 10th, 11th to 20th inning, only stopping until there is a winner.
At a battle for the advanced or if you wish for a more exciting game, you can apply the “7th inning stretch”. This rule is pretty tough, even to seasoned players. In the 7th inning, each player has to score at least 1 point, or else their score will be cut in half.
How to Aim Precisely?
So, are there any techniques to aim better and keep up your high scores? Yes, there are, and here are some essential factors:
First and foremost, learn how to stand properly as standing posture affects directly to your scores. Step your left or right foot back to form a shoulder’s apart distance, which means for a good balance.
The front foot can bear more pressure than the back foot, so, you can lean forward to aim better, and shorten the distance between you and the board. Then, imagine a straight line between the dart and where you aim before throwing.
The way of holding the dart is also fundamental. Don’t grip your dart either too tight or too loose. Just let your finger be placed on it comfortably and hold the dart at the part you considered appropriate for you.
Head the dart’s tip upward and imagine the line routes between the dart and where you are aiming for, and that pretty much does the work.
The dart has 4 parts (the point/tip, grip, shaft, and flight), the shaft and part of the grip are where players use to hold. When you are about to throw, try not to touch the flight part because that movement will ruin your dart’s whole flight route.
Tips & Tricks
Reading up to this point, you’ve got almost everything to become a master in Baseball Darts. Now you only need some tips and pieces of advice to “fight a hundred battles, win all those hundred” and here they are.
When aiming, you should prioritize aiming for the triple. You can get 3 marks each time darting and 9 points as a maximum in one inning if you hit the triple.
If you miss, it’s alright since the triple lies in the middle area of the board. Thus, there is a high chance that you dart in the single, which brings you 1 point.
We finally reach the end of the post. If you already had the darts and board, don’t wait and kick off practicing now. Of course, a professional player will need more to hit the triple 3 times in a row, but with all this information on how to play Baseball Darts, terms, rules, and tips, it is enough for a newbie to make a good impression on his friends at parties. Now, the play is all yours.
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