Most every kid in the UK, Canada, Australia and The United States has played Darts at one time or another as they grow up. The Game is, in fact, popular around the Globe. As adults we still play Darts in our Pubs and Bars because it’s just as much fun as when we were children.
However, what many people may not be aware of is, Darts is not just a game, it’s a International Professional Sport. It has Governing Body called the World Dart Federation (WDF) and currently has 68 Nation Members. The WDF is it’s self a Member of Sport Accord, the Governing Body of all International Sports. Interestingly, some of these Country’s include Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Korea, Iran, Nepal, Brazil, and, Uganda. So, as you can see, the entire Globe is well represented in this sport.
Great Britain and her Commonwealth Members have had the greatest influence in the spread of Darts popularity where, even on an amateur level, in Pubs across the land, it is taken very serious. The British Darts Organization (BDO), a Member in the WDF, is the principle organizer for tournaments in Britain for both amateurs and professionals. Each January they Host the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship at Frimley Green, Surrey. The WDF stages the International World Championship, held every two years in a different Country called, the WDF World Cup and a Continental Championship called the Europe Cup.
The rules of the Sport are very specific as well as, the standardized equipment used. For example, the Bulls Eye of the Dart board must be exactly 5ft 8in from the floor and, the line from where the Darts are thrown, called the Oche, must be exactly 7ft 9 ½ in from the Board. The Darts used by the player cannot weight over 50g and, the total length no more the 300mm. In competition play there is also a referee present.
As far as equipment is concerned, we all know a cheap Dart Board Set can be purchased from any department store. Professional Sets; however, are a specialty item and requires a dealer of such equipment. Not so hard to Find in the UK or Canada but, not so much in the US. Americans needing Pro Darts who live close to the Canadian Boarder might consider looking there. Darts in Calgary for example, is big business and they have shops that carry the very best and, this is true in all their cities as well.
The history of the game as we now know it originated in Britain of-course but, it cannot really be pinned down. People have been throwing sharp objects at targets since the beginning of time. It obviously has been something worked out over many century’s. The modern Board though, can be accredited to a Lancashire carpenter named Brian Gamlin in 1896. Yes, it can be a competitive professional sport but, having drinks and throwing Darts is great fun for everyone.