Instructions for an Electronic Dartboard

By David Montoya
The rules for electronic darts are almost exactly the same as regular darts.

Darts is an addicting game to play whether you're with your friends at a bar or playing with family in the comforts of your home. While there's nothing wrong with playing darts on a standard board, it creates two problems: the darts are extremely sharp and it's easy to lose track of the score. Electronic dartboards eliminate these problems. The rounded tips of the darts are much safer and the electronic score keeping means you can focus on having fun and not on calculations. Using an electronic dartboard is just as easy as using a standard board. There's one big (but obvious difference)--make sure you have a power source nearby.

Find a spot on your wall that's close to an electrical outlet. Most electronic dartboards can be powered with batteries but it's a good idea to have an outlet nearby just in case the batteries run out and you don't have any left.

Use a hammer and nail to hang the dartboard so the bull's eye is 68 inches from the floor. Use a tape measure to get the height correct.

Use a tape measure to mark a point on the floor that is eight feet from the dartboard. This is the official distance you need to be when throwing darts. You can mark this point with anything including a rug or tape.

Turn the power switch on (usually on the side of the dartboard) and begin playing.

Tip

Regardless of the type of game you're playing with your electronic dartboard, there is one important rule you must follow that's different from standard boards--the board is never wrong. Once in a while your board will register a dart incorrectly (either in your favor or not in your favor). The rule is to take the score you are given, even if it's very wrong.

About the Author

David Montoya is an attorney who graduated from the UCLA School of Law. He also holds a Master of Arts in American Indian studies. Montoya's writings often cover legal topics such as contract law, estate law, family law and business.