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Darts Rules

 Rule 1: Facility | Rule 2: Player Eligibility | Rule 3: Team CompositionRule 4: Match ProceduresRule 5: Ground Rules

Recent rule changes appear in italicized font.

Rule 1: Facility

  1. This single elimination tournament will be played in the Brothers Bar and Grill.
  2. Brothers Bar and Grill is located in the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall at 125 S. Dubuque Street.
  3. Alcohol Consumption is NOT permitted during participation in Intramural Sports Events, however, participants of legal age may consume alcoholic beverages between matches.  

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Rule 2: Player Eligibility

  1. All Intramural Sports eligibility rules apply. Please check the Intramural Sports Rules and Regulations carefully.
  2. All players must check-in with their government-issued photo ID or University ID cards with the Supervisor prior to the start of their team’s match.

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Rule 3: Team Composition

  1. This is an open event, so men and women can/will compete with/against one another.
  2. In the Doubles division, in order to qualify for Co-Rec points in the Intramural Sports Points Championship sponsored by Coach's Corner, both a male and a female MUST participate in each round of matches.
  3. Organizations may have unlimited amount of Singles and Doubles teams competing, however only the top two singles and doubles teams for each organization will be awarded Intramural Sports Points Championship sponsored by Coach's Corner points.
  4. Doubles rosters may have up to four people. If a team needs to switch out a player, it must be done prior to the night of the event. Once competition begins, substitutions cannot be made.

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Rule 4: Match Procedures

  1. A coin toss will determine throwing order, with the winner of the coin toss having the option of throwing first or second.
  2. The electronic dart board will keep track of how many hits each team has for each number/bullseye.
  3. For Doubles, teams determine the order of throwing for their own members
  4. Forfeit time will be ten minutes from scheduled match time.

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Rule 5: Ground Rules

  1. Matches will be played in a best two-out-of-three format. If a team/individual wins the first two games, the third game will not be played. The winner of each match needs to report the result of the match to the Intramural Supervisor.
  2. Cricket scoring rules will apply.
    • One turn consists of an individual throwing three darts.
    • The individual/team must hit three 20s, 19s, 18s, 17s, 16s, 15s, and bullseyes to close them out. Hitting a double will count as two. Hitting a triple will count as three.
    • Points can be scored on a number/bullseye by a team after it closes that number out but before it is closed out by the opponent.  For example, after one team has closed out 20s, if that team hits another 20, it would receive 20 points.
    • No points can be scored on numbers lower than 15.
    • To win, a player/team must close out all numbers 15-20 and the bullseye and also have more points than the opposing player/team. 

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