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How To Play Baseball Darts? A Complete Beginner’s Guide

Calling all baseball fans and dart enthusiasts! Have you ever wanted to combine your love for America’s pastime with the competitive thrill of darts? Look no further than baseball darts a fun and engaging twist on the classic pub game.

This guide delves into everything you need to know about baseball darts from its origins and equipment to the basic rules and scoring system. Whether you’re a seasoned dart player or a complete beginner baseball darts offers a unique and accessible way to test your throwing skills and have a blast with friends and family.

What are Baseball Darts?

Unlike traditional darts which focus on hitting high-scoring segments on the board baseball darts center around hitting specific numbers in a particular sequence mimicking the progression of an inning in baseball.

This simplified approach makes it a perfect game for beginners just starting with darts or those who find traditional scoring systems intimidating.

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Origins and Variations

The exact origins of baseball darts are unclear but it’s believed to be a derivative of classic pub darts likely emerging in North America sometime in the latter half of the 20th century.

Variations of the game exist with some focusing on hitting specific numbers throughout the board while others might incorporate elements like outs or strikes based on dart placement. This guide will focus on the most common version that directly parallels a baseball inning.

Equipment You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to get started with a game of baseball darts:

A Standard Dartboard: Any regulation dartboard used in pubs or professional matches will work perfectly for baseball darts.

Darts: While any darts will suffice using lighter darts (around 18-20 grams) is recommended for beginners as they offer greater control and accuracy.

Scoreboard or Paper: Keep track of your progress and outs with a simple pen and paper scorecard or use a pre-made baseball darts scoreboard available online or at some sporting goods stores. You can find printable scorecards on websites like

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Setting Up the Game

Mounting the Dartboard: Ensure your dartboard is securely mounted on a wall at the appropriate height. The standard throwing distance for most dart games is typically 7 feet 9 ¼ inches (2.37 meters) from the oche (throwing line) to the center of the bullseye.

Choosing Teams and Innings: Decide how many players will participate and form teams if desired. Baseball darts can be played individually or with teams. Determine the number of innings you’ll play. A typical game lasts for 3 5 or 7 innings mimicking a baseball game.

Starting the Game: Similar to baseball a coin toss can decide which team throws first. Each player throws three darts per “at-bat” (turn).

How to Play Baseball Darts?

The core game play of baseball darts revolves around hitting specific numbers on the board in a sequence that mirrors the batting order in baseball. Here’s the breakdown:

1st Base: Hitting the number 1 with any dart counts as reaching first base.

2nd Base: Hitting the number 2 with any dart after reaching first base advances the runner to second.

3rd Base: Hitting the number 3 with any dart after reaching first and second base advances the runner to third.

Home Run: Hitting a single dart on the bullseye at any point during your at-bat scores a home run regardless of base runners.

Strikeouts: Missing the board entirely with all three throws results in a strikeout. Three strikeouts for a team in an inning signifies the end of their offensive turn.

Doubles and Triples: While not essential for scoring runs hitting the outer (double) or inner (triple) ring of a number awards bonus points. The specific point value can vary depending on the house rules but typically doubles are worth two points and triples are worth three points.

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Scoring Runs

Runs are scored when a player successfully hits the designated bases in order (1st 2nd 3rd Home Run). Any combination of singles doubles or triples that achieves this sequence scores a run. For example hitting a single on 1 a double on 2 and a single on 3 scores a run. Dartboard Scoreboard Essentials: Everything You Need to Know

Outs and Changing Sides

Three missed throws (strikes) or failing to reach a base after three throws results in an out. After a team accumulates three outs their turn ends and the opposing team takes their turn at bat.


Baseball darts offers a refreshing twist on the classic game of darts providing a fun and engaging experience for players of all skill levels. Its simplified scoring system and focus on hitting specific numbers make it approachable for beginners while still offering a competitive challenge for seasoned dart enthusiasts.


What if I don’t have a dartboard?

Baseball darts can be played on a virtual dartboard using some mobile apps or online games. Search for “baseball darts game” to find options.

Can I play baseball darts with more than just nine innings?

Absolutely! You can adjust the number of innings to fit your desired playtime. Just agree on the total number of innings beforehand.

What if someone hits a home run right away?

A home run at any point during an at-bat scores a run regardless of base runners. The game continues as usual for that player’s turn.

Are there variations to the scoring system?

Yes some variations might award points for doubles and triples or incorporate elements like “walks” (not reaching a base but advancing due to a certain number of missed throws by the pitcher). Agree on any variations before starting the game.

Is there a fun way to play baseball darts solo?

Sure! Set a target score to reach within a specific number of innings. You can also challenge yourself to hit a certain number of home runs or practice hitting specific bases consistently.

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