The evolution of dartboard scorers: from chalk to digital

The evolution of dartboard scorers: from chalk to digital

You can’t play darts unless you understand the scoring system and you’re unlikely to find anyone to play with if you can’t produce a method of keeping score, and doing so accurately. So, how do you score points on a dartboard and what is the best method of keeping a tally of each player’s score? Let’s take a look at how a dartboard is configured and the different types of dartboard scorers from the traditional to the modern.

A standard dartboard is divided into 20 numbered sections, with numbers from 1 to 20. Each section is separated by wires that run from the outer edge of the board to two circles in the centre - the outer and inner bull - worth 25 and 50 points respectively. Each numbered section has separate areas for single, double and treble scores of that number and to make it easier to see each section, alternating white, black, red and green colours are used. The highest possible score is 180, made up of landing 3 darts in the treble 20 section.

Whatever version of the game you wish to play, keeping score is vital, to ensure you can declare a winner, but what is the best way of doing so?

Chalk board darts scorers

The chalk dartboard scorer is a traditional way of keeping score in darts. It typically involves using chalk to mark the scores on a blackboard or chalkboard. Some people like the dust created by the chalk for keeping their dart-throwing hand dry. If you choose a darts cabinet to house your board, then you’ll most likely have chalkboards on either side of your dartboard to enable you to keep score. This method of scoring has been used since the 19th century and is still in evidence today in many pubs and clubs, though of course, it is the easiest system to cheat!

Dart scoring apps

Darts scoring apps for mobile devices have been around for several years. These apps work by allowing players to keep track of their scores during darts games, including popular variations like X01 and Cricket. They often offer features such as voice commentary, statistics tracking, and the ability to play against virtual opponents. Some apps are free to download with optional in-app purchases for additional features. Examples of such apps include "Darts Scorer" and "DartCounter". These apps provide a convenient and modern alternative to traditional chalk board scoring, making it easier for players to focus on their game.

Electronic darts scorers

Electronic darts scorers have been around for several decades, providing a modern alternative to traditional chalk or whiteboard scoring. These electronic scorers, such as the popular Dartsmate Match, typically feature bright, easy-to-read displays, durable construction, and the ability to display and store scores for various darts games. They are designed to simplify the scoring process and reduce errors, making them useful for both casual and professional darts play.

The future of darts scoring

As we move into the ever increasing digital age and witness the growth of AI, it is only natural that we can expect darts to be transformed by even more accurate and innovative scoring systems. Take, for example, the Omni auto scoring system, it completely eliminates the need for chalkboard scoring, electronic scorers or scoring apps by tracking where your darts land in the board. Not only does it ensure accuracy but it can also help the flow of the game as you don't have to keep pausing to log scores. Find out more about the future of darts scoring here

However you choose to keep score, it’s important that you do. Keeping score throughout the game enables you to make the right strategic decisions, declare a winner and track your progress so you can improve your own game. 

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