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History of Darts Next>> Why Play Darts  
 
     
  HISTORY OF DARTS  
     
  The popular belief is that darts was created as a result of the boredom of warriors in the medieval times. During downtime between battles, soldiers would challenge each other to games of throwing short spears at a thin slice of a fallen tree. The aged rings in the wood and the cracks that developed from drying created a simple likeness to the modern dart board comprised of multiple lines and scoring areas.

Darts maintained its military relations during the formation of the British Empire where soldiers played in drinking clubs and the fitted dartboards extended over the entire Empire. Thus, the spread of the sport as Citizens from different countries under the Empire embraced the game.

 
 


The sport of darts became more widespread and even noblemen would be known to shoot a round from time to time. King Henry VIII of England was reputed to enjoy the game immensely that he was given a beautifully ornate set of darts by Anne Boleyn.

As the habit of throwing darts turned into a universal pastime, so did its regulated standards. By the 1900’s, the game of darts and its rules was established into what is recognized and accepted today. The board size, the distance of throwing and the darts size was standardized. All over the world, many people enjoyed playing the simple sport of darts that eventually teams were organized to play for medals and trophies, and professional clubs and associations began.

Today, the sport is most popular in Britain where there are millions of players and thousands of registered clubs. In fact, Britain hosts the yearly World Dart Championships where dart players from different countries such as Netherlands, Germany, USA, China, and the Philippines compete.

 
 
 
 
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