The Yorkshire Dartboard is a forerunner of the now standard London dartboard has no treble bed or outer bullseye. The bullseye still scores 50 and is smaller than a standard bullseye on a standard dartboard.
By the late 1920s a standardised dartboard was introduced and remains the most popular dartboard today across the world. However, the ‘standard’ dartboard (also known as the ‘London’ board) was not an overnight success in the UK. Initially it had to compete with other different existing target boards played on in some localities. These have come to be known as ‘regional dartboards’ and were usually named after their region of origin, for example, the Yorkshire Doubles board, Kent Doubles, the London Fives and the Manchester Board.
It wasn’t until the 1920’s that the standardised dartboard was introduced and now is the most recognised dartboard across the World. The ‘standard’ dartboard is also known as the ‘London’ board and features a treble bed unlike the traditional ‘Yorkshire Dartboard’ or ‘Yorkshire Doubles’ board as it sometimes called.
The standard dartboard had to compete with many other dartboard that were being used across the United Kingdom at the time. These board are known as ‘Regional’ dartboards. The Yorkshire board with ‘standard’ numbering system without trebles, The Manchester ‘Log-end’, The London 'East End' (Narrow Fives) and Ipswich (Wide Fives) Dartboards. All these boards are still available and still played on in the UK (c 2015). However they still remain regional and are played on less than the standard dartboard.
I probably also should mention here the Lincoln Dartboard.The Lincoln Regional Dartboard is the same as the Yorkshire Dartboard however unlike the Yorkshire Dartboard the playing surface is totally black not the standard Black, Red, Green, and Natural. The rules remain the same.
Back in the 1970’sthe Yorkshire dartboard featured in the first series of ‘Indoor league’ before it was replaced to the now familiar London Clock board featuring a treble ring. Indoor League was a Yorkshire TV daytime TV program featured pub game played at the time accross the UK: Darts, Table Skittles, Ally Skittle, Bar Billiards, Pool, Table Football, Shove Ha'penny and Arm Wrestling! From this TV Darts as we know it today was born along with two most famous TV darts commentators Dave Lanning and Sid Waddell.
The Yorkshire Dartboard: Some may disagree with the set-up I have listed above and this may be due to changes seemly adopted in parts of Yorkshire but not necessarily all. The information I have gathered from Yorkshire and Professional Dart players confirms this set-up however I am aware that some set the Yorkshire board up as per a standard clock board.
The order of play is either determined by a toss of a coin or by each player throwing for the centre bull the nearest being the player that throws first. The rules here can vary depending on the league you may be playing in; the local rules should be observed at all times.
When throwing for the bull, if the first thrower hits the centre bull or outer bull the dart is usually removed before the second player throws. If the second player hits the same as the first player then the bulling-up procedure starts again. If the first player's dart does not hit either the centre bull or outer bull then the dart remains in the board until the second player throws. If the first player's dart is obstructing the bull the second player may request the marker / ref to straighten the dart. (See local rules)
Once the order of play as been determined the winner will start leg one and odd legs after that. The looser will start leg two and even legs thereafter.
Any standard darts may be used.
A throw consists three darts except were the game is finished in less.
Darts cannot be re-thrown this includes darts that miss the board and darts that bounce of the board wiring system. Only darts that have their points touching the scoring area of board score.
A player may be told, if he asks, what number they scored, or what number required for the game, by the score announcer, but not the outshot.
If the number required for the game is exceeded in the course of a throw, throw ceases, and no account is taken of the score obtained during that throw.
There is only a bull (50) and no outer bull on a Yorkshire Board.
The game is to score 701, 501 or 301 as previously agreed.
Generally each player’s score must start and finish a game with a double (The narrow outer ring of the board). Competition games, however, are usually played with a straight start (no compulsory double) but with a compulsory double to finish.
The first throw is deducted from the player's start number e.g. 501 and then from the subsequent reduced total. The scorer should show both the score obtain for the throw and the reducing total remaining.
For fast practise games play 301. For league and competition 501 and for pairs 701. In fact any agreed starting number can be used but usually the number should end 01 the reason for this is so a player must hit another part of the board other than the 20’s segment in order to win a game.
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