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Yorkshire Board Darts Rules

The Yorkshire dart board differs from the standard dart board that is mainly used today. The Yorkshire dart board does not have triples, and the bullseye doesn't have the 25 point green surrounding it, sometimes known as the outer bull or half bull. Playing with a Yorkshire dart board also comes with its own set of rules.

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The board should hang so that the height of the centre bull is 5 feet 8 inches off the floor. People are allowed to throw anywhere from 7 feet to 8 feet 6 inches away. The toe line (Oche) should be at least 18 inches long and can be a painted line or a raised line made out of wood or metal.

Order of Play

To determine who goes first, players can either toss a coin or each player throws for the bullseye and the closest to the target goes first. Players then agree whether they are playing to 301, 501 or 701.


Using standard darts, each player throws three darts on their turn. Darts cannot be re-thrown, even if the darts bounced off the board or missed it completely. The player only gets the points where the dart sticks and the game ends when one person reaches the designated target score.


Each player's score must start and end with a double (hitting the thin outer rim band), unless it is a competition where the players do not have to start off with a double. Rather than adding up to the designated target score, each player starts with either 301, 501 or 701 and subtracts their points until they reach zero.

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Jorina Fontelera has been writing about business since 2003, covering the printing and manufacturing sectors, as well as the global accounting and financial industries. She has contributed to "USA Today," "Milwaukee Business Journal" and several trade publications, also writing about parenting, animals, food and entertainment. Fontelera holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Marquette University.

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