Winter League Rules



Winter League – Playing Rules

The Board

  1. The board will be a standard darts board – i.e. Numbers 1-20, outer doubles ring, trebles ring, outer bull (25) and inner bull (50). The centre of the bull should be at a height of 5’ 8” above the floor. The oche will be set at a distance of 7’ 6”, measured from the players side of the oche to a line dropped vertically from the front of the board to the floor. Players may choose to throw from a greater distance if they so desire.
  2. All venues should endeavor to provide a raised oche to mark the throw; if this is not possible, an unmovable mat or similar item should be used to mark the throw.
  3. The board should be lit by an overhead spotlight.
  4. Matches will consist of seven sets as follows:  Four pairs. Best of three legs of 501. Two fours. One leg of 801. One octet. One leg of 1001. All legs are double start, double finish with NO bust rule. The centre bull counts as a double for the purpose of starting and finishing and scores 50.
  5. Matches should start by 20:30. Teams not in a position to start the match by this time are liable to forfeit the game.
  6. Each team will consist of eight players plus any reserves. All players must be registered with the league secretary before being eligible to play. A phone call to a committee member before the game will suffice.
  7. Teams may not play with fewer than six players; in such cases they must postpone the match. Teams playing with fewer than eight should leave the highest numbered player slots empty. This will result in the last pairs being played one against two (teams of seven against eight), one against one (teams of seven) and being conceded (six against seven or eight). The second fours and the eights will similarly be affected. In all cases where players are missing, the throw is lost – it is not taken by the remaining players of the side. In the case of six playing six, the match should consist of two pairs, two singles, two threes and a six-aside.
  8. Teams may consist of men, women or a mixture of the two.
  9. A coin toss will decide first throw in leg 1 of all sets. If a deciding leg is required in pairs sets, a further coin toss will decide first throw.
  10. The home side will chalk all legs.
  11. The throwing order for players will be determined by a draw made by the captains before the start of the match. This draw must be entered on a black / whiteboard and agreed by both captains. All reserves present should be listed on the board as well.
  12. Reserves may be introduced into the game before the start of any set. Once a player has been substituted he may not return to game at a later point.
  13. The results must be text in by both teams along with the names of players scoring 180 or hitting a finish of 100 or better . The highest checkout for the season will be eligible for a trophy.
  14. All cancelled games will be rearranged for a set date agreed by the committee and the team which have been cancelled on, if the cancelling team can not do this date they WILL forfeit the game awarding maximum win points (minus the bonus points) to the other team.
  15. For the above rule to apply the game MUST be cancelled with a minimum of 24 hours notice.
  16. Each team can only cancel 1 match per half season (unless in extreme circumstances, which must be put to the committee). The 1st game will be rearranged via the above ruling, any further games after that will immediately be forfeited awarding maximum win points (minus the bonus points) to the other team.
  17. Where possible ALL players / spectators must remain behind the throwing player with the exception of the scorer / chalker who must remain still until all 3 darts are thrown unless asked otherwise by the throwing player.
  18. Teams will be awarded one point for each game won and two points for a win overall. If a match is forfeited, the offending side receive no points – this will entered in the league table as soon as possible.
  19. The division will be won by the team with the most points at the end of the season. If teams are tied, the team winning the most games will be adjudged the winner. If teams have won the same number of games then legs difference will be used. If there is still a tie then a play-off at a neutral venue will be used to split the tie. League representatives will officiate at this game.
  20. The league is open to teams from public houses and clubs, etc. Matches are to be played on Monday nights.
  21. Any team wishing to play an UNDER AGE PLAYER MUST contact the venue before the match to ensure that the player will be admitted. The landlord or steward’s decision in such cases is final. The committee has no power to impose entry for an under age player. The same applies to anyone who is banned from a venue.
  22. Late player registrations should be sent to the league secretary; there is no late signing fee. Notification may be made by text or verbally to a committee member.
  23. Players may transfer between teams during the season if both captains agree and the committee is notified before the player plays for the new team. Transferred players may not represent their new team in the Cup or Plate competitions if they have already played in the competitions for their previous side.
  24. Captains are responsible for the conduct of their players and supporters. Any team that is reported for misconduct / unruly behaviour will be asked to meet with the committee and explain their actions, if the actions of that team are deemed unacceptable they will risk being removed from the league with no return of the team bond.
  25. Any team that have players who have been banned from, or not allowed into a venue will either have to forfeit the game or make other arrangements with that team. Unfortunately there is nothing the committee can do in this instance.
  26. Any matters not covered in these rules should be resolved using the guidelines provided by the BDO on their web site. Any matters still in dispute should be referred to the league secretary.
  27. Up-to-date tables will be posted on the league website.
  28. In all matters concerning the league, the committee’s decision is final.