Playing Rules

Please note most recent playing rules are above in PDF downloadable format


Page No. / Rule No.

  1. 1. Dimensions
    2. Fixing the Board
    3. The Toe Line
    4. The Darts
  2. 5. Registration
    6. Team Nominations
  3. 7. Multiple Teams in One (1) Grade
    8. Transfers
    9. Team Composition
    10. Emergencies
  4. 11. Match Play for Games
  5. 12. Association Championships and Special Events
  6. 13. Qualification for Finals
    14. Disqualification
    15. Gambling
    16. Silence
    17. Conditions
  7. 18. Start to Play
    19. Forfeits
    20. Match Points
    21. Score Sheets and Results
  8. 22. Referees
    23. Scorers
    24. Duties of Marker
    25. Duties of Caller
  9. 26. Darts in Play
    27. Darts out of Play
    28. No Shot
    29. Game Shot
  10. 30. Protests
    31. Fines and Penalties
  11. 32. Summer Darts
    33. Notices
    34 Points Not Covered
    11 Revision Schedule

1. Dimensions

The dartboard shall be of a standard pattern approved by the Darling Range Darts Association committee, and be of competition standards having numbers clearly marked with a double and treble ring. The Bullseye is to consist of an inner circle scoring 50 and an outer circle scoring 25. The diameter of the outer ring of the Bullseye shall be 3.175cm. The diameter of the inner ring of the bull’s eye shall be 1.27cm. The distance from the center of the bull’s eye to the outer treble wire shall be 10.4775cm. The distance from the center of the Bullseye to the outer double wire shall be 16.8275cm. The width of the treble ring also the double ring shall be .9525cm. The Dartboard shall have divisions clearly marked and in no circumstances shall the wires that form the boundaries be out of true.

2. Fixing The Board

The center of the dartboard shall be firmly fixed 1.73m vertically above and 2.37m horizontally removed from the oche. It shall be so fixed that a straight line running from the center of the 20 division to the center of the 3 division shall be vertical.


3. The Toe Line

The toe line or foot line shall be clearly marked with a raised board or similar material and be named the “oche”. It shall be at least 1.2192m long running parallel to the dartboard and at least 3.81cm high. Players must toe the oche. They can move along it as far as they like but at all times must be behind it. The oche must not be over-trodden or trodden upon. Thongs and open footwear are not permitted to be worn by any person playing in any competition organized by the association except with special permission having first been granted by the President or Secretary of the Association.

4. The Darts

Darts can be of any make and of any material and weight best suited to the thrower. They must not exceed 19.05cm in length.

5. Registration

(a) At a date so decided, by the Association Recorder, every club shall provide the Association, on the approved forms:-

1. A list of the clubs executive officers.
2. Team nominations and players particulars.
3. Dartboard & Oche Verification Form.

(b) Once a nominated team has been duly approved by the Association Recorder, the players listed are considered registered players for the Darling Range Darts Association Inc.

(c) Any club wishing to play a new player after team registration must first gain the approval of the Association Recorder.

(d) All new authorised registered players are required to pay the playing fees prior to playing their first game regardless of how many games they will play in the season.

(e) A club will be penalised for playing an unregistered player (See Rule 31, part a).

6. Team Nominations

(a) Clubs will supply nominated teams on the approved form for grades A, B, C, and (D – numbers permitting). However, the aggregate averages of the top six (6) players in the team submitted will determine the final grade in which that team is placed.

(b) After a club has supplied the Association Recorder with the appropriate team nomination form, by the due date, the teams mean average will be taken into account when allocating grades to a particular team. Once that team is placed in the appropiate grade determined by the teams aggregate, that team will abide by the allocation and no changes will be taken into account.

(c) Therefore when considering the nomination of a new player, after initial registration, the new player’s average must not significantly change the current team’s average.

(d) Mean average is “the average of the top six (6) players” per nominated team.

(e) If a player has previously played with the their most recent average shall be used. Recorder may go back five (5) years only to find an average, if the player is new to the and is from another Association that average shall be used. If a new player to darts, therefore having no average, that player will receive 37 for a man and 35 for a woman this average will be adjusted over the player’s first five (5) games and then will stand for the remainder of the round.

(f) Once all teams nominated are allocated their mean average by the Association Recorder he/she shall see fit to complete the graded draws for the season with the proportion of teams being near equal for all grades in accordance with the team’s mean aggregate and team capping appropriate for that grade.

7. Multiple Teams in One (1) Grade

Clubs that nominate more than one (1) team in the same grade shall nominate the teams as team 1, team 2, team 3, etc.

8. Transfers

Any player wishing to play in the DRDA Inc Summer or Winter competition and wishes to transfer from one (1) club to another within the Association must first gain approval by submitting to the Recorder the approved transfer form, signed by the Secretary of the players current club. The player must be a financial member of the current club.

9. Team Composition

(a) A maximum of ten (12) registered players shall form a team.

(b) A 14 year old player can take part in a DRDA Competition only if their 15th birthday falls during the season they are playing in.

(c) Four (4) players shall be the minimum number of players to form a team.

(d) A maximum of Three (3) Women players can play for a team on any one (1) night, more than that and Rule 31 part (b) applies.

(e) A team that is short of the standard six (6) players is permitted to play a player from any other grade (above or below, not applicable if both teams are in the same grade. Refer Rule 9 f), provided the average is equal to or less than the player they are replacing. Should any individual player play out of his/her registered grade on a third occasion for that team, he/she will automatically be transferred to that team they played their third game, and will no longer be eligible to compete in that individual player’s original team from which they came. The team bringing the new player in must not exceed ten (10) registered players (See Rule 9, part a)

(f) No player may transfer between teams in the same grade. Same penalty as for non-registration. (See Rule 31, part a)

(g) Any player not in attendance by the end of the first game shall not be permitted to play that night.

(h) Any team being short of players or reserves shall play short and miss shots.

(i) Any missing player(s) shall be indicated last in all games.

10. Emergencies

If a player becomes ill or is genuinely called away during a match any reserve, in attendance with that team and being a registered player, may play in his/her place. should such an emergency occur during any finals matches, the registered reserve player must comply with having played the required amount of games to be qualified for finals as set in rule 13. In the event the qualified reserve player has to take the place of the player being called away, the RESERVE player shall play under his/her current average/handicaps.

11. Match Play For Games

(a) HANDICAPS – These will apply to summer and winter competitions and will be adjusted after each round; they are to be used for all games including Finals and Association events.

All Grades = Handicaps on all games (Trebles, Doubles, & Singles).

A penalty applies to a team who uses a player with the wrong handicap of for not entering a handicap. (See Rule 31, part c)

(b) CAPPING – Each grade (excluding the “A” Grade) will have a Team Capping applied to it, The Capping will be determined by the recorder after the team lists have been assessed and sorted prior to the start of the season (ref Rule 6). Any new player brought into the team after the initial nomination has been received and the playing season has commenced, his/her average is then liable to break the team capping.

Note: – any team breaking the Capping on the night of play will be penalised (See Rule 31, part e)

If Teams are short of players (Teams are permitted to play with a minimum of 4 players if they are short) then the following applies:

  1.  Teams are to play their short players in the second game of triples and third in the doubles i.e. first triples to consist of 3 players and the second triples to consist of the remaining players, same applies to the doubles.
  2. In the short games the handicaps will be scratched and not come into play. Therefore the second triples with players short, both teams will start on 901 for A grade and 801 for B, C and D grades. the same rule shall apply for the doubles where in the short game both teams shall start on 601.

(c) The following games format shall be played for all matches of the official fixtures: –

A Grade2 X 9013 X 601 (Best of 3)6 X 501 (Best of 3)
B Grade2 X 8013 X 6016 X 501 (Best of 3)
C Grade2 X 8013 X 6016 X 501
D Grade2 X 8013 X 6016 X 501

(d) Order of throw shall be decided by the toss of a coin for the first game of the match and then games will alternate. The Captain of the last winning game shall nominate his players first for the next game.

(e) There is only 3 minutes allowed from when the previous game ends for the first captain to put up the next player/s, from then the second captain has a further 3 minutes.


i. 1st and 2nd Semi Finals, Whoever finished above the opponent on the DRDA ladder, is the home team.

ii. Preliminary and Grand Finals, Toss A Coin, the winner of the toss has the right to throw first in game one (1) but must put his/her team up first.

iii. If the winner of the toss decides to make the opposition throw first then the opposition must put his/her team up first.

iv. In either case the team which goes up first is the designated home team.

12. Association Championships and Special Events

(a) To be eligible to play in an Association championship a player must be a registered player with the Association and must have played a minimum of two (2) games prior to championship events.

(b) Any player who nominates for any Association championship and fails to attend the game, ready to play at the set time, will have their club penalised. (See rule 31, part g).

(c) Game format:-

Open and graded Singles Championships:-

Best of three (3) games, 501.

Open and Graded Doubles Championships:-

Best of three (3) games, 601.

(d)  (i) The winner of the toss to shoot one (1) dart for the bull first.

(ii) Closest to the bull will go first. In the event that both players score a bull the players are to shoot again.

(iii) The order for shooting will be reversed for the second game.

(iv) The player to shoot first in the third game shall be decided by the same procedure as the first game.

(v) There will be no even shots on the last game.

(vi) In the event that no toss or shot for the bull has taken place the game shall continue without protest.

(e) The final shall be played best of five (5) games, time permitting.

(f) All pre drawn sheets supplied by the Recorder are not to have any names added to them without the Recorders express permission prior to competition. names added to the pre drawn sheets will incur a penalty to the club hosting the event (Rule 31. f).

(g) All nominations will only be accepted on the Official Nomination Form prior to the cutoff  date. Any late entries will not be accepted.

(h) The person who is appointed to run any championship event will be deemed to be the referee for the event and will be responsible for the results being notified to the recorder on he night of play and posting pre drawn sheets (rule 21). Fees collected on the night to be forwarded to the Treasurer.

13. Qualifications for Finals

Summer & Winter Competitions

(a) To be eligible to play in the Association Summer or Winter Competition finals a player must have played at least 1\3rd (rounded up) of the games as set down on the official fixture sheet of the current competition.

(b) Any new player registered must play in at least 1\3rd (rounded up) of the games of the current competition.


All players registered with the Association shall at all times abide by the Constitution, the Playing Rules and the Competition Rules applying to the game of darts. Non compliance may result in the player being disqualified from the Association.


Gambling in any form is not permitted and any player infringing this rule will be disqualified.


Reasonable silence must be observed during the progress of any game. In the event that two (2) or more matches are being conducted at the same venue, due consideration should be extended to teams participating in the other matches.


The Captains of both teams shall mutually agree that the board and the conditions of play are satisfactory and in accordance with the rules of the game.
No player shall be permitted in front of the Oche whilst the game is in progress except to retrieve darts. Markers and Callers will be removed if they are drinking or generally moving about and distracting players.
There shall be NO SMOKING by Players, Markers or Callers at or in front of the Oche.


Both teams must be ready to commence fixture matches at 7.50pm. If the match has not commenced by 8.05pm (unless mutual agreement is reached between both Captains) the Captain of the team that is ready to play may claim a forfeit. Association championships and Special events shall commence at 7.30pm sharp.


(a) When a team claims a forfeit all players must sign the score sheet and the Captain must forward it to the Association Recorder in accordance with Rule 21. The forfeiting team will be penalised (See rule 31, part g).
(b) Both teams must pay call fees.


(a) The team winning the match will be awarded two (2) premier points and one (1) game point for each game won.
(b) The losing team will receive one (1) game point for each game won.


(a) The home team is to be shown first on all score sheets irrespective of who wins the toss.
(b) Players shall sign their own names at the top of the score sheet. Player names shall be printed clearly at the bottom of the score sheet.
(c) Playing Results are to be phoned through to the recorder on the night of play (See Fixture sheet for number) the HOME team is the one that is responsible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. (See rule 31, part h).
(d) Score sheets are to be in the hands of the Association Recorder by 3pm on the Monday immediately after the game. Address is as printed on the current fixture list. The home team is responsible for forwarding the score sheet. Penalties apply for non-compliance. (See rule 31, part h).
(e) Scoresheets are to be completed in full at the end of night’s play before delivery to the Recorder. (See rule 31, part i).


A referee shall be appointed to officiate at all matches. The referee shall enforce the laws and decide any disputed point in accordance with the playing rules and constitution. The referees’ decision on points of fact connected with the match shall be final as far as the match is concerned. The referees jurisdiction commences from the time a player is requested to “toe the Oche” for the commencement of the match. The referee shall have the power to suspend any player from taking any further part in the match or leg without caution if the player is violent in conduct. The referee may “No Dart” a player infringing the rules by overstepping or treading on the Oche.


(a) The official scorer at any match shall take down the scores in the score book against the names of the players taking part in the game. The scorer shall have full view of the game; the playing area and the markers score board. The score thrown to win in each game is to be identified with the word “PEG” and both the word “PEG” and the winning score are to be circled in red ink.
(b) Any scores of 180 and 171 (3 x Triple 19’s only) are to be circled in red ink and the name of the thrower noted at the top right-hand side of the score sheet.


(a) The marker shall record on a score board visible to both sides the total of the throw as called by the caller. The method of scoring shall be by subtracting the last score from the previous total.
(b) The marker shall on no account handle any dart. Darts shall not be removed from the board in the case of a dispute until such time as the dispute is settled, but in the case of the thrower pulling the darts the score called by the caller shall count.


(a) The Caller shall announce the total on the dartboard at the completion of the throw of three (3) darts. If so desired the thrower can request from the caller, at any time during the throw the total number on the board and the number required to finish a game or leg but not which double is required.
(c) The Caller shall ensure that the Marker has recorded the correct total and subtraction after each shot.
(d) In the event that an official referee is not appointed the Caller shall be the official Referee.


Scoring darts are those sticking in the board on completion of the “throw” of the three darts and shall be indicated by the point of the dart, which must be in, or touching the board. Should a dart enter the designated wires to define a number and enter under the wire to the next number, the score shall be that which the dart entered.


(a) Darts that rebound from the board.
(b) Darts that stick into other darts.
(c) Darts that fall out of or are knocked out of the board before the throw of three (3) darts is completed.
(d) If the dart is dropped in front of the Oche it may be retrieved. However, if in the act of throwing, the dart falls past the Oche the throw is to count.
(e) Three (3) darts in the treble ring, double ring or bullseye ring is not “game shot” unless the total in either the double ring or the bulls eye, scoring 50, adds up to the correct total required.
(f) In no circumstances once a dart has been thrown past the Oche shall it be given back to the thrower to be thrown again.


If a player throws out of turn it shall be called a “No shot”.
(Explanation: If “C” throws before “B” no shot is called and “B” misses his turn. The opposition then throws and “C” throws his turn.)


If the player trying for game shot scores more or one (1) less than the number required the player shall cease throwing and shall be considered to require the same score as needed before the throw commenced.


In the event should both players end up on “Double 1” (2 Peg) then the mercy rule shall apply. This rule applies to SINGLES games only.

a) The Mercy Rule applies when BOTH players have reached “Double One” after EQUAL amount of shots.

b) Once both players are on “Double One”, Each player shall then have five (5) shots at that double.

c) If both players have had their five (5) shots each and the double hasn’t been pegged, the player who went first then shoots for the “BULL” (one dart only)

d) The player who is closest to the “Bull” is then deemed the winner and the game is awarded to that player.

e) A peg of 2 is then recorded against the winning players name on the score sheet.


This rule does not apply in ANY Finals games, Association Championships or Special Events.



(a) Any protest as to the legality of a dart thrown shall be made at once to the referee.
(b) Any protest as to the prevailing conditions of play shall be lodged with the opposing captain and in the event of the conditions not being altered to comply with the protest, the Captain making the complaint is to play under protest.
(c) The protest shall first be advised verbally to the Association Secretary within seventy two (72) hours of the completion of the match or event in dispute and then shall be confirmed in writing to be in the hands of the Association Secretary within a further forty eight (48) hours. Failure to confirm the protest in writing shall immediately withdraw the protest.


The following fines and penalties shall apply for infractions of these rules:-
(a) Rule 5 Playing unregistered player – $20 and the offending side will lose all match points. The opposing side will receive eleven (11) game points plus Two (2) premier points for the win.
(b) Rule 9 Player playing out of registered team / more than three (3) women on the same night – $20 and the offending side will lose all match points. The opposing side will receive eleven (11) game points plus two (2) premier points for the win.
(c) Rule 11A Team using a player with the wrong handicap or no handicap entered – One (1) point will be deducted and awarded to the opposing team for every game a player uses the wrong or no handicap.
(d) The only handicap allowed is the up to date one given by the Recorder.
(e) Rule 11B Team who breaks the grade capping – $20 and the offending side will lose all match points. The opposing side will receive eleven (11) game points plus two (2) premier points for the win.
(f) Rule 12 b Player non-attendance at championship – $5

Rule 12 c Any unauthorised names added to pre drawn championship sheets will incur a fin of $50.00 to the club hosting the event.
(g) Rule 19 Team forfeiture – $20 and the forfeiting team will receive no points at all. The team claiming the forfeit will receive eleven (11) game points plus two (2) premier points.
(h) Rule 21 No phone result or late lodgment of score sheet – $20 and loss of two (2) premier points.
(i) Incomplete scoresheet – $20

(j) Non – attendance at delegates meeting – $40.00


A summer competition may be arranged at the discretion of the Committee. A nomination fee of $60 per team will apply. No registration requirement shall be enforced unless Rule 5 and Rule 8 apply.


Notices to clubs and players from the Committee shall be deemed sufficient notice when such notice has been sent by the Association Secretary to the last known address of the addressee. If a notice is sent to a player a copy of that notice shall be sent to the player’s Club Secretary. The Association Secretary shall ensure notices are forwarded to the addressee within seven (7) days of each meeting.


Any points not covered by these rules shall be referred to the Protest and Disputes Committee for their decision, which shall be referred to the Committee.

Revision Schedule – Last revised 09th November 2017

January 200838Transfers forms required for Summer & Winter competitions.
January 20084113-minute time limit for captains to put up next player/s.
January 2008721Scoresheet delivery deadline changed to 3pm MONDAY.
January 2008721Fine for incomplete scoresheet.
January 20081031New fine $20 for incomplete scoresheet.
January 20081031Fines for rules 5, 9, 11B, 19, & 21 increased to $20
October 2009411Designated Home team for finals
January 2010411Handicaps used on all games including Finals and Assoc events
January 2010411D Grade as well as B & C to use handicaps in the singles only.
January 2010411Not entering a handicap is now included in Penalties (rule 31, part c)
December 201025Section (d) revised.
December 201039Section (e) revised.
December 2010Various Various Paragraph sub-sections now denoted buy a letter in brackets (i.e. (a), (b), etc.)
December 2010Various Various Number also denoted by digits in brackets (i.e. two (2), ten (10), etc.).
April 201625Section (a) revised. Dartboard & Oche Verification form.
April 201626Section (b) revised.
April 201639Section (e) revised.
October 201626Section (f) revised.
October 2016310Reserve Player in finals matches
October 2016512Revised
October 2016512(f), (g) and (h) incorporated
October 2016722Revised.
October 20161031f (c) Incorporated.
October 20161031(j) incorporated.
November 201739Section (e) Revised
November 2017930Mercy Rule for C and D grades only
March 201939Increased team composition form 10 players to 12 players
March 2019411(b) Start form scratch with teams playing short of players
March 2019Supplement0Annex A Player Code of Conduct incorporated into playing rules