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History of Darts

history of the game

There are many rumors about the history and the origin of darts but it seems that one of the common stories that the sport originally began as a contest between bored soldiers / archers during respites from battle. The soldiers threw short throwing spears into the upturned ends of wine barrels. As their competition progressed, a more critically marked target became necessary, which led to the use of a slice of a tree as a target. The natural rings of the tree proved perfect for scoring purposes, as did the radial cracks which appeared as the wood dried out. The winter forced the game indoors, and shorter darts and basic indoor rules were adopted.

The sport of darts garbed the attention of a wider audience when it began to be practiced by the upper classes in the English society. In 1530 Anne Boleyn gave Henry VIII a set of “darts of Biscayan fashion, richly ornamented,” these were not darts as we know them today but more of a small throwing spear. 

Like much of American History, the roots of darts in America can be traced to the Pilgrims. However, darts remained largely an Anglo-American sport until the Victorian age when it was spread world-wide by the great expansion of the British Empire.
Around 1900 the rules and darts began to settle into what they are today.

Boards and Numbering System

The man who is credited with the ‘invention’ of the numbering sequence of the modern standard dartboard is BRIAN GAMLIN. Gamlin was a carpenter from Bury in the County of Lancashire, England and came up with the infuriating sequence in 1896, at the age of 44. He died in 1903 before he could patent the idea.

The Oche

‘Oche’ as a word meaning the throwing line which a dart player stands behind to throw his or her darts is comparatively recent, being introduced by the British Darts Organization in the mid-1970s. The actual word is believed to be derived from Old Flemish (or similar) meaning a notch or nick but let the truth be known.

The truth is since the 1920s, the word was ‘Hockey’ and not ‘Oche’ was used in competition rules. It is believed a writer miss herd the name and recorded it as ‘Oche’.

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