Darts is a game in which players throw little missiles to a circular target. These missiles are known as Darts, and the target is called the dart board. It is crucial that how far you stand from the dart board. Because you have to follow specific rules before you throw the dart.
This sport is generally played between two contestants. For getting scores, the players have to hit the specially marked areas on the dart board. You can call the darts by their nicknames that are arrows, dartsmith, throwers, and tungsten.
Setting Up a Dartboard:
You must follow official rules while you set up your dart board. So how far do you stand from a dart board? 7 feet 91/4 inches away from the dartboard. However, you can place it anywhere in your home. But, if you are preparing for a competition, then you must set it up as per official guidelines. Only when you will set it up correctly, you will be able to maintain a certain distance from the board. So before following any other rule of the stand away from the dart board, make sure it is set up as per rules.
The official height of the dart board:
While we talk about the distance of dart board from your standing point, the height is also a crucial factor. There is only one standard for all dart game organizations worldwide, so you have to follow it. As per these standards, the board must be 5 feet and 8 inches above from the ground. It is 1.73 meters. You will have to follow this height no matter if you use steel tip darts or plastic-tipped darts.
Now there will be another confusion. That is if the measurement is from top of the board or the bottom of it. The correct answer is that it is none of them. Either you have to measure the height precisely from the center or the bullseye.
The official distance from the board:
As the setup is done. Now you have to mark a point where you will stand while you throw the dart towards the board. This point is known as ‘oche’. While you will mark this distance as per worldwide regulations, you will be able to practice from that particular distance. So day by day, you will be getting ready for the competition as per international standards.
So now you have to decide either you use steel tip darts or plastic-tip darts. Because the standing distance is different for both of them. If you want to use both alternatively, you will have to mark both distances. For steel-tipped darts, mark the distance 7 feet 91/4 inches away from the board. It makes 2.37 meters. While for the plastic tip darts, mark the distance precisely 8 feet away from the board. It becomes 2.4384 when we measure the distance in meters.
Now there is another technicality while measuring the distance. You don’t have to measure the distance from the wall on which board is hanging. Either you have to measure the distance from the front surface of the board. As a simple formula, you can add the thickness of the board to the standard distances given above.
Distance from the bullseye
If marking the distance from the board is still confusing, no worries. You can mark the oche as per a standard distance from the bullseye. It will be in the form of a diagonal line. And the distance from bullseye to the oche will be exact 9 feet and 7 3/8 inches. It becomes 2.98 while we take measurements in meters.
How to mark the oche
Oche is the closest spot from the board. It is a line that you cannot cross while you play darts as per official standards. You can’t pass even your little finger from this point while you throw a dart. It is marked to ensure fair play among the participants.
So now you know the importance of oche in the game of darts. And now you will not compromise on marking it correctly. If you are playing a casual and non-professional game, then you can mark oche simply by duct tape. As the game is non-professional and for fun only, don’t fight with your friends if their finger slightly crosses the oche.
But when it is time to play darts professionally, there is no compromise on the oche. That’s why people use a thin piece of wood to mark the oche. It is normally one inch or one and a half inches high from the floor. With this wood marking, it becomes easy to follow the standard distance. Also, this oche helps in identifying if someone is making any intentional or unintentional mistake.
Inclusion of a dart mat
If you still think that marking a perfect oche is difficult, there is a solution for you. The good news is that you can buy a dart mat. This mat is made of durable vinyl material. Many dart board sets already include the dart mat. But if it is not there, don’t think long and buy it.
After you decide to try it, all you need is to unroll it on the floor in front of the board. This mat includes two markings as oche. One is for steel-tipped darts, and the other is for plastic-tipped darts. So there is no need to measure and mark the oche now.
Still, you need to take care of something. That is the thickness of the board. Make sure the mat starts from that point on the floor where the surface of the board ends. In case you have a dart board cabinet, then it must starts from where the cabinet ends.
While you have it in your gaming room, it will make it look more professional. Also, it will depict your love for the darts. It also acts as extra protection of the floor from the sharp tips of the darts. Because obviously, the darts will fly all around the room while you will play.
If you are a dart enthusiast, you should play it as per international standards. This way, you can practice and go for international competitions. Are you excited to go for it? Then you must follow the distance as the first step of your dart practice. We wish you the very best of luck with your game.