Dart Game Rules

Rules For Doubleday Baseball

First, I would like to thank Michael T. Whelan mwhelanNO-SPAM@mail.nj.com (Delete the words NO-SPAM to e-mail him) for his submission of this game. It was invented by Michael T. Whelan and JR Patterson and has been placed on this this site with permission. Michael would like to invite you to write him with any comments and/or suggestions you have.

Doubleday Baseball: Doubleday Baseball is a great game for the baseball enthusiast. Unlike Baseball or Bullseye Baseball, this game sticks closely to the real game of American baseball. The scoring is a little more complicated than most games, but if you a baseball fan, you'll have no problem with this one and I think you'll love it. The game may be play by two players or teams.

The Object: The object of the game is to score more runs than your opponent and have the lead at the end of the 9th inningh.

The Scoring: The numbers 1 through 9 are written vertically down the board to represent the innings in the game. One dart is thrown by one player from each team to determine order of play, closest to the bullseye goes first and the players' names are written across the top of the board in playing order. An optional diamond may be drawn to represent where the runners are (I recommend doing this, especially towards the end of the night).

The Play: The player who won the bullseye decides to be "pitcher" or "batter".

The "pitcher" throws one dart to score any number (except bullseyes) on the board. The dart is LEFT IN THE BOARD for the entire time the "batter" is "at bat" (1/2 inning). This number is the scoring number for the batter. Michael recommends the pitcher's dart be heavier & wider than usual, however, I played just using the pitcher's usual darts.

The "batter" must try to get as many runners home as possible before scoring three outs.

After the batter scores three outs, the total runs for the inning are added and scored in a running total next to the current inning and play is reversed (batter becomes pitcher and vice-versa) to complete the inning. After 9 innings the player with the higher score wins. If the game is tied at the end of 9 innings, extra innings are played in the same manner as innings 1 through 9.

Only darts landing in the "pitched" number and bullseyes count. Any other number hit is an out except for a few special cases noted below. Scoring the darts thrown is as follows:
  • A double (the thin outer ring) scores a double (all runners advance two bases, batter to second, runners from 2nd or 3rd base score)
  • A single between the double & triple rings scores a short single (all runners advance one base, batter to first, a runner from 3rd base scores)
  • A triple (the thin inner ring) scores a triple (all runners advance three bases, batter to third, runners from 1st, 2nd or 3rd base score)
  • A single between the triple & bullseye scores a long single (all runners advance two bases but the batter goes only to first, runners from 2nd or 3rd score)
  • A bullseye scores a home run (all runners & the batter score)
Other rules of baseball are played as follows:
  • Double Play: If there is a "force play" in effect (a runner on first, runners on first & second, or bases loaded) a double play may be scored. A double play is scored if the batter hits the triple on either side of the "pitched number".
  • Errors: If the pitcher's dart bounces-out, misses the board or falls out of the board, an error has occurred. The batter may now throw at any number, the first number the batter hits becomes the "pitched" number, thus giving the batter a free base. The pitcher's dart should be picked up and placed in the board to replace the batter's dart.
  • Sacrifice:If any runner(s) are on base, a "sacrifice" may be hit, but it must be called before the dart is thrown. A sacrifice simultaneously scores an out for the batter but moves the runner(s) up one base. A sacrifice is scored by hitting the black part around the outside of the board. If the board is missed entirely or the scoring part of the board is hit outside of the pitched number, an out is scored and the runners do not advance. If the batter accidentally scores the pitched number after a sacrifice is called and single is scored (even if the batter scored a double, triple or homerun).

Pitching: Try to hit a triple or the area near the bullseye to block the batters ability to easily hit these areas. Additionally, if you know the batter's weakness, (i.e. a player who has trouble with 18's) try to throw that number to make it harder for the batter.

Batting: Throwing short singles will make for easier hits and avoid slipping into double-plays somewhat. Homeruns should only be thrown when a big hit is needed (i.e. two outs, bases loaded, losing by three).

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