DRA Rule Book

All SAPDO tournaments will from now on be played under the rules of the Darts Regulatory Authority (DRA) as prescribed in the DRA's rule book attached below. Please ensure that you download the rule book or print it from here to familiarise yourselves with the contents hereof.
58 St Marys Crescent, Hendon, London NW4 4LH 
All  correspondence  should  be  marked  for  the  attention  of  The 
Council and directed to the above address. 
The Darts Regulation Authority is a company limited by guarantee, 
registered in England, number 4509423. 
1. Foreword 
2. Introduction 
3. Definitions 
4. Code of Conduct 
5. General Playing Rules 
5.1-5.9 Administration 
5.10 Throw 
5.11 Starting and finishing 
5.12 Scoring 
5.13 Dartboards 
5.14 Lighting 
5.15 Oche and Playing Area 
5.16 Tournament & Championship playing rules 
5.17 Entry 
5.18 Registration 
5.19 Draw 
5.20 Order of Play 
5.21 Match Assignment/Result/Record Card 
5.22 Practice 
5.23 Tournament Play 
5.24 Tie Breaker 
5.25 Playing attire 
5.26 Smoking 
5.27 Alcohol 
5.28 Drugs 
5.29 Amendments and Additions 
5.30 Copyright 
6. Disciplinary Rules and Procedures 
6.1 Disciplinary Powers of the DRA 
6.2 Disciplinary Committee 
6.3 Procedure For Laying Charges and Making Complaints 
6.4 Notice of Charges or Complaints 
6.5 Procedure at Hearings 
6.6 Notice of Committee Determinations 
6.7 Effect of Disciplinary Notice 
6.8 Right of Appeal 
6.9 Claim for Reserved Determination 
6.10 DRA Rules 
6.11 Alternative Dispute Resolution 
6.12 Records and Minutes 
6.13 Appendix – Regulation 13 of the DRA Articles of Association 
The Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) is a not-for-profit Company, limited by guarantee. One 
of its primary roles is to ensure good governance within the sport of darts. The DRA Council 
comprises five members; Val Pallister, Tim Ollerenshaw, Mike Titmus, Ritchie Gardner and 
Nigel Mawer. They do not sit on the Council as a representative of any other body within 
darts.  They  are  independent  individuals  who  provide  a  cross-section  of  views  and 
experience from different backgrounds. 
The  aim  of  the  DRA  remains  to  seek  recognition  as  the  regulatory  authority  for  Darts 
worldwide with responsibility for providing and administering rules and regulations that will 
improve the image and profile of Darts within the Professional and Amateur ranks. The DRA 
Rule book is the cornerstone of this and sets the standards of behaviour for players in DRA 
sanctioned events.  
This review of the DRA Rule Book brings the Code of Conduct and Playing Rules up to date 
and reflects changes in the sport since their first publication in 2002. This edition supersedes 
any previous version. The Code and Rules contained herein are those which are now in force 
for all DRA sanctioned events. 
The  DRA  will  continue  to  assess  and  review  the  Code  and  Rules  and  will  produce 
amendments  and  updates  to  the  Rule  Book  when  appropriate.  The  DRA  website 
(www.thedra.co.uk) contains the current DRA Official Rule Book and will be used to publish 
any information relating to subsequent amendments. 
Nigel Mawer 
Chair of the Darts Regulation Authority 
2.1 The Rules contained in this Rule Book have been drawn up in accordance with 
Regulation 13 of the Articles of Association of the DRA (a copy of which is reprinted 
as an Appendix to this DRA Rule Book) and shall apply to all members of the DRA and 
to all Players and other parties agreeing to abide by them. 
3.1 Various words and phrases are used in these Rules for which purpose they have 
the meanings defined below: 
an uncontested Match, resulting in automatic progression for the sole Player or 
Team involved; 
the  Darts  Regulation  Authority,  Ollerenshaw  Solicitors,  59  Holly  Walk,  Leamington 
Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4JQ a Company Limited by Guarantee, number 4509423; 
“DRA Rules” 
the rules and regulations drawn up by the DRA from time to time in accordance with 
Regulation  13  of  the  DRA  Articles  of  Association  including  without  limitation  the 
set out in this DRA Official Rule Book; 
“Darts Event” 
a darts match or tournament organised under the jurisdiction of or in accordance 
with the DRA rules; 
a double-score section of the board including the centre Bull; 
“Game Shot” 
a throw, which must land on a Double, which reduces a Player’s aggregate score for 
that leg to zero, thus winning the leg; 
any person who has been invited to the event by a Player or Promoter 
the person appointed by the Promoter to mark scores on official score sheets or an 
official score board during any Match; also referred to as Scorer; 
a darts match between two Players or between two teams of Players as part of a 
Darts Event; 
“Match Board” 
the dart board on which a Match is played; 
any member or members of the DRA; 
any official or officials appointed by the Promoter to officiate at a Darts Event; 
any darts player whether or not a Member and whether or not registered as a darts 
player with the DRA and participating in any darts event or activity held under DRA 
“Players’ Association” 
any official association representing the interests of playing members; 
“Playing Attire” 
the clothes and accessories worn by a Player during a Match; 
any organisation or individual promoting or organising, in whole or in part, a Darts 
Event under DRA Rules; 
any  Official  appointed  by  the  Promoter  to  record  all  Match  scores  and  enter  all 
relevant match play details on official result sheets or record cards; 
the Official appointed to take charge of match play at a match board or on stage 
during a Darts Event; 
the Articles of Association of The Darts Regulation Authority as amended from time 
to time; 
see definition of Marker 
“Tournament Director” 
the person appointed by the Promoter to oversee the running of a Darts Event; 
“Tournament Venue” 
the physical location at or in which a Darts Event takes place. 
3.2 Words importing one gender shall be construed as importing any other gender. 
3.3 Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa. 
4.1 No Player or Member shall act in a manner which may reasonably be considered 
to be prejudicial to the interests or standing of the DRA or which could reasonably be 
considered to injure or discredit the DRA or bring the game of darts into disrepute. 
4.2 All Players and Members will steadfastly adhere to the DRA Rules. Any breaches 
will invite disciplinary action in accordance with the DRA Rules. 
4.3 Any Player, Member or Guest who is asked by the Tournament Director to leave 
a venue at which a Darts Event is taking place under the DRA Rules, or carry out any 
other instruction relating to the Darts Event, must do so immediately. 
4.4 No Player, Member or Official will bet or make any form of wager in connection 
with any Darts Event in which he or she is directly involved as a Player, Member or 
Official. Any Player, Member or Official involved in placing bets on darts matches in 
relation to his or her own performance, or is involved directly or indirectly in betting 
in any way that may be reasonably considered dishonest, may be subject to a ban 
from all Matches and activities of the DRA. 
4.5 Players may not, before or during a Darts Event, make an agreement to produce 
a particular score or to share prize money between those players irrespective of the 
4.6 No Player or Member will abuse, ignore or refuse reasonable requests from a 
broadcaster, the Promoter or the media at any Darts Event. 
4.7 All Players, Members and Guests will desist from any behaviour which may 
reasonably be construed as gamesmanship before, during or after any Match at any 
Darts Event. 
4.8 Every invited Guest is the responsibility of the respective Member or Player who 
may be held accountable for the Guest’s behaviour regardless of whether the 
Member or Player is with the Guest at the time of any inappropriate behaviour by 
the Guest. 
5.1-5.9 Administration: 
5.1 Players shall provide their own darts which shall not exceed an overall maximum 
length of 30.5 cms (12ins) nor weigh more than 50 grams. Each dart shall consist of a 
needle shaped point which shall be fixed to a barrel. At the rear of the barrel shall be 
an attached flighted stem which may consist of up to a maximum of three separate 
pieces (namely any combination of; a flight, a flight securing device and a stem). 
5.2  The  Promoter  reserves  the  right  to  seed  Players  at  any  Darts  Events  in  its 
absolute discretion. 
5.3 All Players and Teams shall abide by and play within the DRA Rules and any 
supplementary rules laid down, from time to time, in an entry form, programme or 
otherwise by the DRA or the Promoter. 
5.4  All  Players  and  Teams  shall  play  under  the  supervision  and  direction  of  the 
appointed Promoters in all Darts Events. 
5.5  Any  trophy  awarded  to  a  Player  by  the  Promoter  shall  be  retained  by  the 
relevant Player, unless it is of a challenge or perpetual type, in which case it shall be 
returned to the Promoter on request. 
5.6 Any Player failing to comply with any of these General Playing Rules during or 
after a Darts Event shall be liable to disqualification from that Event at the discretion 
of the Tournament Director. 
5.7  The  interpretation  of  these  General  Playing  Rules  in  relation  to  a  Darts  Event 
shall be determined by the Promoter whose decision on interpretation shall be final 
and binding. 
5.8 Information concerning any interpretation in accordance with Playing Rule 5.7 
shall be forwarded to the Council of the DRA for consideration of any amendment of 
these General Playing Rules. 
5.9  Any  matter  not  expressly  covered  by  these  General  Playing  Rules  shall  be 
determined by the Council of the DRA whose decision regarding determination shall 
be final and binding. 
5.10 Throw: 
5.10.01 A Player shall throw darts from a standing position, excepting only in those 
circumstances when a physical disability or physical injury requires a Player to adopt 
a non-standing position (for instance from a wheelchair or similar form of support). 
5.10.02 All darts must be deliberately thrown in an over arm fashion, one at a time, 
by and from the Player’s hand. 
5.10.03 A “Throw” shall consist of a maximum of three darts thrown consecutively 
(without interruption for any throw by any other Player) by a Player unless a leg, set 
or match is completed in less than three darts thrown by that Player. 
5.10.04 If the throwing Player physically touches any dart which is in the dartboard 
during a Throw, then that Throw shall be deemed to have been completed. 
5.10.05 Any dart bouncing off or falling out of the dartboard prior to being retrieved 
by the throwing Player after that Player’s Throw does not count and shall not be re-
5.11 Starting and Finishing: 
5.11.01 In every Darts Event, each leg shall be played with a straight start from 501 
to the finish at zero which must be on a “Double”, unless stated otherwise in the 
playing format of a particular Darts Event. 
5.11.02 The “Bull” shall count as 50 and if 50 is required to complete a leg, set or 
match then the Bull shall count as double 25. 
5.11.03 The “Bust” Rule shall apply, namely if a Player scores more than the number 
required then that score shall not count and the Player’s score shall revert back to 
the score the Player had prior to the Opponent’s last throw. 
5.11.04 A Game Shot called by a Referee is valid only if the thrown darts; 
(i) achieve the required finish and 
(ii) remain in the dartboard until retrieved by the Player whose Throw it was at the 
time of calling the Game  Shot. A leg is not completed until all darts are retrieved 
from the dartboard by the Player who has thrown. 
5.11.05  If  a  Game  Shot  called  by  a  Referee  is  declared  invalid  then  the  throwing 
Player shall have the right to continue the Throw which is in progress in an attempt 
to achieve the required finish. 
5.11.06 If, as a result of any error declared under Clause 5.11.05 the throwing Player 
has retrieved a dart, or darts, then the Referee shall replace the dart, or darts, in or 
as  near  as  is  practicable  to  the  same  position  or  positions  and  then  invite  the 
throwing Player to complete that Throw. 
5.11.07 Any dart or darts mistakenly thrown by a Player after scoring the Game Shot 
shall not be counted as the respective leg, set or match is concluded by the Game 
5.11.08 No indication of the required double to make the Game Shot shall be given 
by the Marker or the Referee (namely, for instance, “32 required” is permitted but 
not “Double 16 required”). 
5.11.09 The first Player to reduce the score required to exactly zero by obtaining the 
required “Double” is the winner of that leg, set or match, whichever is applicable. 
5.11.10  The  Referee  will  have  the  final  say  in  all  matters  relating  to  starting  and 
5.12 Scoring: 
5.12.01 A dart shall only score if the tip of the dart remains in or touches the face of 
the dartboard within the outer double wire and, having been “called”, is retrieved 
from the face of the dartboard by the Player throwing that dart. 
5.12.02 A scoring dart is counted by reference to the segment into which the point 
of the dart enters and remains in or touching the face of the dartboard. 
5.12.03 Darts shall be retrieved from the dartboard by the throwing Player but only 
after the score has been called by the Referee or recorded by the Marker. 
5.12.04 A protest about the score attained or called, after the retrieval of the darts 
from the board, may not be upheld. 
5.12.05  All  scores  and  subtractions  made  should  be  checked  by  the  Referee,  the 
Marker and the Players after each Throw and, where practicable, before the next 
Player’s Throw commences. 
5.12.06  All  requests  by  a  Player  to  check  his  or  her  own  score  recorded,  or 
subtraction made, must be made before that Player’s next Throw, and in any event 
such requests can only relate to that Player’s last completed Throw. 
5.12.07  All  requests  by  an  Opponent  to  check  the  score  recorded,  or  subtraction 
made,  of  another  Player  must  be  made  before  the  Opponent’s  second  Throw 
following the Throw in relation to which the alleged error occurred. 
5.12.08  Errors  in  arithmetic  shall  stand  as  displayed  on  the  scoreboard  unless 
corrected prior to the next Throw of the Player whose score is in error, or prior to 
the  second  Throw  of  the  Opponent  following  the  Throw  in  relation  to  which  the 
alleged error occurred. 
5.12.09 The actual score required by a Player must be shown on the score board, 
clearly visible at eye level in front of the Players and the Referee. 
5.12.10 The Referee shall act as an umpire in all matters pertaining to these General 
Playing Rules when conducting a Darts Event and shall, if it is necessary, consult with 
scorers  and  other  officials  before  announcing  any  decisions  during  the  course  of 
match play. 
5.13 Dartboards: 
5.13.01 All dartboards shall be of the “Bristle” type. 
5.13.02 All dartboards shall be of the “1 - 20 Clock” pattern. 
5.13.03 The inner narrow band shall score treble the segment number. 
5.13.04 The outer narrow band shall score double the segment number. 
5.13.05 The outer centre ring shall score 25. 
5.13.06 The inner centre ring shall score 50 and shall be called the “Bull”. 
5.13.07  All  the  wires  forming  the  doubles  and  trebles  segments,  inner  and  outer 
centre  rings  which  together  form  the  “Spider”,  shall  be  affixed  to  the  face  of  the 
dartboard  in  such  a  manner  that  they  lie  flat  on  the  face  of  the  dartboard  and 
feature no gaps or splits. 
5.13.08 The dartboard shall be fixed in such a manner that the perpendicular height 
from the floor (to be at the same level as the Oche) to the centre of the Bull shall 
measure 1.73 metres (5ft 8ins). 
5.13.09 The dartboard shall be fixed such that the 20 segment is coloured black and 
is at the top of the dartboard. 
5.13.10 Subject to these General Playing Rules a Player or team captain shall have 
the right to request that a dartboard be changed during the course of a match. Such 
a request will only be considered by the Referee or an Official provided the opposing 
Player or team captain concurs with the request. Such change shall only be made 
before the start of or after the completion of a leg. 
5.13.11 The changing of a dartboard shall only be carried out by an Official. 
5.13.12 Other dartboards may be used only with the prior approval of the DRA. 
5.14 Lighting: 
5.14.01 In Tournament play, all floor dartboards shall be adequately lit by a suitably 
positioned light fitting at each dartboard (namely, 100 watt minimum intensity). 
5.14.02 Dartboards used in Stage Finals shall be adequately lit by suitably positioned 
light fittings (namely, 2 x 100 watt minimum intensity fittings). 
5.14.03 All light fittings must be fitted with screens to, as far as possible, divert light 
from the Players’ eyes when standing at the Oche. 
5.14.04 In Stage Finals, the general level of illumination can be augmented by the 
use  of  “floods”  and  “spotlights”  provided  that  in  the  opinion  of  the  Referee  such 
lighting does not create shadows on the dartboard during match play. 
5.15 Oche and Playing Area: 
5.15.01 A raised Oche, 38 mm high and 610 mm long (1.5ins high and 24ins long) 
must  be  placed  in  position  at  the  minimum  throwing  distance  and  shall  measure 
from the back of the raised Oche 2.37 metres (7ft 9.25ins) along the floor to a plumb 
line at the face of the dartboard. 
5.15.02 The diagonal distance from the centre of the Bull to the back of the raised 
Oche at floor level shall measure 2.93 metres (9ft 7.5ins). 
5.15.03 In those circumstances where the Oche is set down on a raised playing area, 
then the raised playing area must be constructed such that it is centrally placed in 
relation  to  the  dartboard;  the  minimum  width  at  the  Oche  shall  not  be  less  than 
1525 mm (5ft 0ins) and the minimum depth of the standing area to the rear of the 
Oche shall not be less than 1220 mm (4ft 0ins). 
5.15.04During match play, no player shall tread on any part of the raised Oche nor 
shall the player deliver any dart whilst his feet are in a position other than behind 
the toe edge of the raised Oche. 
5.15.05 A Player wishing to throw a dart, or darts, from a point on either side of the 
raised  Oche  must  keep  his  feet  behind  an  imaginary  straight  line,  the  position  of 
which shall be adjudged by the Referee, extending on either side of the raised Oche. 
5.15.06 Any Player in breach of Clause 5.15.04 or 5.15.05 shall first be warned by the 
Referee in the presence of the Player and, where applicable, the Player’s captain or 
team manager. Any dart subsequently delivered in breach of these Clauses shall not 
score and shall be declared invalid by the Referee. 
5.15.07 Checking the Oche and Playing Area dimensions will be done prior to every 
stage  and  televised  tournament  by  or  on  behalf  of  the  Tournament  Director  and 
Players  Association  representative.  No  further  adjustments  will  be  allowed  at  any 
time during the stage or televised tournament. Adjustment to the Oche and playing 
area dimensions shall only be carried out by an appointed match official. 
5.15.08In other Darts Events a Player or team captain shall have the right to request 
that the Oche and playing area dimensions be checked and adjusted, if necessary, 
only  before  the  first  leg  commences.  The  Official  overseeing  the  relevant  Match 
shall,  at  his  or  her  discretion,  convey  the  request  to  the  stage  manager  or  floor 
controller so that a further check and adjustment, if necessary, can be carried out by 
the  Official.  Such  check  and  any  adjustment  shall  only  be  made  in  the  absolute 
discretion of the Official and before the start of the first leg. 
5.15.09 In all televised events, the stage finals will be subject to an exclusion zone for 
the competing Players. The exclusion zone will be clearly marked and will measure at 
least 30cms on either side of the Oche and at least 90cms behind the Oche. 
5.15.10 The Player with the Throw, after retrieving his darts, will be obliged to turn 
to his / her right and to walk back to the non playing position without stepping in to 
the marked exclusion zone. 
5.15.11 The non-throwing Player must not enter the exclusion zone behind or at the 
side of the Oche until the throwing Player has completed his or her Throw. 
5.15.12 In all televised events, the stage finals will be subject to the  scrutiny of a 
Second Referee. The powers of the Second Referee will be as wide ranging as those 
of the Referee but will be confined to matters not concerned with the actual scoring 
and adjudication of the Match. In particular, the Second Referee will supervise the 
exclusion zone and general behaviour which is out of sight of the Referee. 
5.16 Tournament and Championship Playing Rules: 
5.16.01 Unless stated otherwise Darts Events shall be run on a knockout basis. 
5.16.02  Special  Events  or  Multiple-Team  Play-Offs  may  involve  a  Round  Robin 
process (namely, each Player or team plays every other Player or team in that Event). 
5.16.03 The Promoter reserves the right to cancel or change any date, Tournament 
Venue and scheduled Darts Event without prior notice. 
5.16.04 Decisions on all matters pertaining to the General Playing Rules in any Darts 
Event shall be made by the Promoter whose decision shall be final and binding. 
5.16.05All  Players  shall  play  within  these  General  Playing  Rules  and,  where 
necessary,  any  supplementary  Rules  laid  down  in  formal  written  or  electronic 
communications between the Promoter and the Player. 
5.16.06  Any  Player  or  team  found  guilty of deliberately  losing  a  leg,  set  or  match 
shall be disqualified from any further participation in that particular Darts Event and 
shall also be subject to any other penalty or sanction that the DRA may decide to 
5.16.07 No Player nor any team that has been knocked out of a Darts Event shall play 
again in that Darts Event either as a substitute Player  or team or in his/their own 
right, except in those circumstances when a breach of the General Playing Rules has 
occurred which has materially affected the losing Player or team, such breach not 
having been occasioned by the losing Player or team. The Promoter may, in its own 
discretion, reinstate the Player or team in the Darts Event either in substitution for 
or  in  addition  to  the  winning  Player  or  team.  This  Clause  shall  be  construed  as 
embracing any number of Players up to and including a complete team. 
5.16.08 If a Player or team representative is absent without the Promoter’s or the 
Event  sponsor’s  prior  permission  at  any  official  presentation  ceremony  to  receive 
trophies, prizes or prize monies, then that Player or team representative may forfeit 
the right to receive any such trophies, prizes or prize monies that may be due. 
5.16.09 Any Player or team not fulfilling the playing commitments of a Darts Event 
by failing to complete all scheduled matches, including Grand Finals, shall forfeit the 
right to receive any trophies, prizes or prize monies that may be due in relation to 
that Darts Event. 
5.16.10 If any additional expenses are incurred due to a default in relation to this 
Clause 5.16 by a Player or team then that Player or team (as the case may be) shall 
be liable for those additional expenses. 
5.17 Entry: 
5.17.01 Admission fees into any Tournament Venue are not refundable. 
5.17.02 Entry fees into any Darts Event are not refundable except in the absolute 
discretion of the Promoter. 
5.17.03 All entries are to be made on official entry forms which must be accurately 
completed and returned to the Promoter, together with the appropriate entry fees, 
before or on the specified closing time and date. 
5.17.04 Any entry form found to be inaccurately completed or not submitted strictly 
in accordance with the requirements laid down on the entry form may be refused by 
the Promoter in its absolute discretion. A Player whose entry form is inaccurate may 
be  disqualified  before,  during  or  after  the  relevant  Darts  Event  depending  upon 
when the inaccuracy is discovered. 
5.17.05 The first named Player or representative on a team entry form shall assume 
the responsibility of notifying the second or other named Players of the receipt of 
and the contents of all communications in connection with the Darts Event received 
by him or her from the Promoter. 
5.17.06  Only  the  Player  or  Players  named  on  an  entry  form  as  the  competing 
individual or team shall be eligible to play in the relevant Darts Event. 
5.17.07 No Player or team shall enter more than once in any respective Darts Event, 
unless the rules of that Darts Event allow. 
5.17.08 No Player shall play in more than one team in any respective Darts Event. 
5.17.09 All Players participating in a singles or pairs Darts Event must play under his 
or her own name. 
5.17.10 The completion of an entry form by a Player or team for a Darts Event and 
the  acceptance  of  that  entry  form  by  the  Promoter  shall  be  deemed  as  an 
acceptance by that Player or team of these General Playing Rules in relation to that 
Darts Event. 
5.17.11 The Promoter reserves the right to refuse or cancel any entry at any stage 
prior to, during or after a Darts Event, providing a reason is given in writing to the 
Player concerned, and its decision shall be final and binding in all matches relating to 
that Darts Event. 
5.18 Registration and Call to Play: 
5.18.01 All Players shall register at each Darts Event at scheduled times which are 
predetermined by the Promoter. 
5.18.02 Any Player failing to register by the notified time will, save in exceptional 
circumstances to be decided by the Tournament Director, be eliminated from that 
Darts Event, in which instance no entry fee shall be refundable. 
5.18.03  No  Player  shall  be  allowed  to  register  more  than  once  in  relation  to  any 
respective Event in any one playing season. 
5.18.04 Any Player or team that is not in attendance when called upon to play at the 
nominated  time  will,  save  in  exceptional  circumstances  to  be  decided  by  the 
Tournament Director, forfeit that leg, set or match, whichever, at the discretion of 
the  Tournament  Director,  is  applicable.  In  such  instances  no  Entry  Fee  shall  be 
5.18.05 Players should be in attendance at their assigned Match board when their 
match is due to be played and when they are due to mark a Match. Failure to do so 
may render the Player liable to disqualification or disciplinary action at the absolute 
discretion of the Tournament Director. 
5.18.06  The  Promoter  reserves  the  right  to  alter  scheduled  times  and  the  playing 
format of a Darts Event whenever it is deemed necessary. 
5.19 Draw: 
5.19.01The Promoter shall perform the draws for each event, if appropriate utilising 
an agreed formula with the relevant Players’ Association. Once the draw has been 
made no changes will be made even if a Bye is created by non-attendance. 
5.19.02 Draw charts must be displayed, where possible, at the control desk, in the 
event programme, at the Match board or at a convenient place in the Tournament 
5.19.03 The Promoter reserves the right to seed Players or teams in the draw for a 
Darts Event. 
5.19.04 No substitutes shall be allowed in a Darts Event run for individual Players. 
5.19.05 No substitutes shall be allowed after the first round of a team Darts Event 
unless the playing rules of the particular event allow for reserve members of a team 
to be used, or in extenuating circumstances, allowed in the absolute discretion of the 
5.20 Order of Play: 
5.20.01 It is recommended that the Order of Play shall be determined by a throw at 
the Bull in a 
manner prescribed by or on behalf of the Tournament Director. 
5.20.02 The winner of the throw at the Bull shall have the choice to throw first in the 
first leg or 
set and all odd alternate legs or sets thereafter in that respective Match. 
5.20.03 If the Order of Play has not been correctly adopted then that respective leg 
shall be 
stopped and then re-started using the correct Order of Play. 
5.20.04 If legs have already been completed using an incorrect Order of Play then 
the results 
determined  in  those  legs  shall  stand  but  the  next  leg  shall  be  started  using  the 
Order of Play. 
5.20.05 Darts that hit and remain in the Bull or the 25 bed shall be retrieved by the 
Player before 
the opponent throws a dart if the second Player so requires. It is at the discretion of 
Tournament Director to decide how the original dart is marked. A Promoter can at its 
own discretion direct that in a particular Darts Event only those darts that hit the bull 
25 will count in deciding the order of play. 
5.20.06If a dart rebounds from the board or falls out of the board during a throw 
then the Player 
shall throw a further dart, or darts, until one remains in the board. 
5.20.07  If  the  darts  thrown  for  the  Bull  prove  to  be  a  tie  then  both  Players  shall 
retrieve their 
darts and shall throw again in reverse order until one dart is nearer the Bull. 
5.21 Match Assignment / Result / Record Card: 
5.21.01 An assignment, result or record card may be made out at the control desk 
detailing the Order of Play and indicating the order of throwing. Such a card shall be 
presented to the Referee by the Player. The Referee shall be responsible for ensuring 
that the Order of Play and order of throwing is strictly adhered to during that Match. 
5.21.02 On conclusion of a Match the winning Player shall immediately advise the 
control desk, with or without a card, of the result. 
5.21.03  The  progression  of  Players  shall  be  marked  up  on  Draw  Charts  or  made 
available at the control desk so that Players or spectators can determine the current 
position during the Darts Event. 
5.22 Practice: 
5.22.01 Each Player is entitled to a specified number of practice darts to be thrown 
at  the  assigned  Match  board  prior  to  the  Match  commencing.  No  other  practice 
darts may be thrown during that Match without the prior permission or instruction 
of the Referee or appropriate Official. If no number is specified, this shall be deemed 
to be nine. 
5.22.02 In Round-Robin Events a Player’s practice darts shall be no more than three 
in number for the second and subsequent visits to the Match board. 
5.22.03  No  practice,  other  than  that  allowed  under  5.22.01  and  5.22.02,  shall  be 
allowed on Match boards after the Darts Event has officially started. 
5.22.04 Practice Boards may be provided in or adjacent to the Tournament Room for 
the exclusive use of Players in that Darts Event only. 
5.23 Tournament Play at a Darts Event: 
5.23.01 In tournament play all Players shall play under the supervision and direction 
of the appointed Promoters and Officials. 
5.23.02  No person  shall  be  allowed  within the playing  area  other  than  a  Referee, 
Marker, Scorer, Recorder or Player. 
5.23.03  Only  a  Referee,  Marker  and  any  dart  board  indicator  operator  shall  be 
allowed to be situated in front of a Player actually at the Oche throwing darts. 
5.23.04 Stage Officials are expected to restrict their own movements to a minimum 
during the course of a Player’s Throw and they are not permitted to smoke or drink 
alcohol on stage during a Match. 
5.23.05  In  “Stage  Finals”  the  Players  shall  engage  in  Match  play  under  the 
supervision and direction of Stage Officials and in between throws shall be located in 
such  a  position  as  to  afford  an  unrestricted  view  of  proceedings  for  all  Players, 
Officials, and spectators and, in some Darts Events, for television/video cameras or 
other means of visual recording. 
5.23.06 During Match play all Players shall remain silent and only the Player at the 
Oche  shall  direct  enquiries  to  the  Referee.  No  prompting  shall  be  allowed  by  any 
other Player, any spectator or any Official. 
5.23.07 Any Player in breach of Clause 5.23.06 shall first be warned by the Referee in 
the  presence  of  the  Player’s  captain  or  team  manager.  Any  subsequent  breach 
during the same match shall incur the immediate disqualification of that Player from 
that  match.  The  voicing  of  an  enquiry  or  protest  in  a  reasonable  manner  to  the 
Referee relating to the match then in progress shall not constitute a breach of Clause  
5.23.08 A Player at the Oche is entitled to consult with the Referee on the amount 
scored  or  required  at  any  time  during  a  throw.  However,  the  Player  shall  not  be 
advised on how to finish. 
5.23.09 In Team events where Players throw in rotation, the order of throwing must 
be determined and displayed on the Match board before the first Throw of that leg, 
set or Match, whichever is applicable. 
5.23.10 Any protest must be lodged with the Match Board Referee or floor controller 
at the time of the alleged violation and a judgement given on the spot before the leg, 
set or match is allowed to continue. Any late protests will not be honoured. 
5.23.11  If  a  Player’s  playing  equipment  becomes  damaged  or  is  lost  during  the 
course of a Throw then the Player shall be allowed an appropriate amount of time at 
the discretion of the Referee in which to repair or replace the playing equipment. 
5.23.12  A  time  limit  set  by  the  Referee,  and  taken  only  with  the  Referee’s 
permission, shall be allowed in the instance of a Player requiring to leave the playing 
area in exceptional circumstances during the course of Match play. The Referee has 
total discretion on what constitutes “exceptional circumstances” in this regard. 
5.23.13 During Match play, any Players using offensive language or deemed to be 
“mouthing” any offensive language or seen to be making offensive gestures shall be 
deemed to have brought the Sport of Darts into disrepute and shall become liable to 
Disciplinary Proceedings being taken against them by the DRA. 
5.24 Tie-Break: 
5.24.01 In some Darts Events the “tie-break” principle as set out in this rule 5.24 is 
brought into operation when the Match result has reached equality in sets for each 
Player  or  Team  with  the  final  set  remaining  to  be  played.  The  terms  of  the  “tie-
break” shall then apply to the last leg of the final set of that match. 
5.24.02 Each Player shall throw for the Bull to determine which Player shall throw 
first  in  the  last  leg  of  the  final  set.  The  Player  who  threw  second  in  any  initial 
determination shall throw first for the Bull. 
5.24.03  The  outcome  will  be  based  on  the  Player’s  dart  that  enters  the  board, 
remains in the board and is judged by the Referee to be nearest the Bull. 
5.24.04 Darts that hit and remain in the Bull or the 25 bed shall be retrieved by the 
Player before the opponent throws a dart if the second Player so requires. It is at the 
discretion of the Tournament Director to decide how the original dart is marked. A 
Promoter can at its own discretion direct that in a particular tournament only those 
darts that hit the bull or 25 will count in deciding the order of play. 
5.24.05 If a dart rebounds from the board or falls out of the board during a throw 
then the Player shall throw a further dart, or darts, until one remains in the board. 
5.24.06  If  the  darts  thrown  for  the  Bull  prove  to  be  a  tie  then  both  Players  shall 
retrieve their darts and shall throw again in reverse order until a decision has been 
made by the Referee. 
5.24.07 The Player who wins the last leg of the final set of a Match is the winner of 
that Match. 
5.25 Playing Attire: 
5.25.01 Players are not permitted to wear jeans: neither shall they wear trousers or 
skirts made with denim or corduroy material which have been fashioned in a “jeans 
style”. No training shoes will be allowed unless the Player provides written medical 
reasons from a qualified practitioner. This restriction shall also apply to any form of 
“track suit” attire. 
5.25.02  No  headgear,  other  than  on  religious  grounds,  or  medical  grounds  with 
written  medical  reasons  from  a  qualified  practitioner,  shall  be  worn  without  the 
prior permission of the Promoter following a written application from the Player. 
5.25.03  Players  are  not  permitted  to  wear  anything  over  their  approved  Playing 
Attire in any introductions, match play on stage, interviews and presentations, other 
than at the discretion of the Promoters. 
5.25.04  In  all  Darts  Events  the  Playing  Attire  of  any  participating  Player  shall  be 
subject  to  the  Promoter’s  approval.  Any  unacceptable  Playing  Attire  must  be 
changed before that Player can participate in any introductions, Match play on stage, 
interviews and presentations. 
5.25.05 Any Player refusing to meet with a Promoter’s requirements in respect of 
that Player’s Playing Attire shall be liable to forfeit that respective match and shall be 
reported to the Council of the DRA for disciplinary proceedings to be considered. 
5.26 Smoking: 
5.26.01 No smoking shall be allowed by any Player or Official whilst engaged in a 
match played on stage which is being covered by television. 
5.26.02 No smoking shall be allowed by any Player or Official whilst engaged in the 
televised introductions to match play, during any televised interviews either on or 
off the stage and during presentation ceremonies made on the stage. 
5.26.03 Any Player found to be in breach of Clause 5.26.01 or 5.26.02 shall be liable 
to  forfeit  that  respective  match  and  shall  be  reported  to  the  DRA  for  disciplinary 
proceedings to be considered. 
5.26.04  Any  Official  found  to  be  in  breach  of  Clause  5.26.01  or  5.26.02  shall  be 
reported to the DRA for disciplinary proceedings to be considered. 
5.26.05 The Council of the DRA, or a Promoter, reserves the right to prohibit smoking 
in any other match under its jurisdiction if it is considered to be in the best interests 
of the promotion of the sport of Darts to do so. 
5.27 Alcohol: 
5.27.01 No alcoholic drinks shall be consumed or introduced into public areas by any 
Player or Official whilst engaged in a Match played on stage which is being covered 
by television. 
5.27.02 No alcoholic drinks shall be consumed or introduced into public areas by any 
Player or Official during televised introductions to Match play, during any televised 
interviews, either on or off the stage, and during presentation ceremonies made on 
the stage. 
5.27.03 Any Player found to be in breach of Clause 5.27.01 or 5.27.02 may be liable 
to  forfeit  that  respective  Match  and  shall  be  reported  to  the  DRA  for  disciplinary 
proceedings to be considered. 
5.27.04  Any  Official  found  to  be  in  breach  of  Clause  5.27.01  or  5.27.02  may  be 
reported to the DRA for disciplinary proceedings to be considered. 
5.27.05 The DRA, or a Promoter, shall reserve the right to prohibit the consumption 
of alcoholic drinks in any other Match under its jurisdiction if it is considered to be in 
the best interests of the promotion of the sport of Darts to do so. 
5.28 Anti-Doping: 
5.28.01The DRA adopts a full anti-doping regime with regard to the Sport of Darts. 
By formal resolution passed on 4 September 2008 the DRA resolved that the anti-
doping rules of the DRA shall, as and from 1 January 2009, stand repealed and shall 
be replaced by the following rule: 
“The  anti-doping  rules  of  the  DRA  are  the  UK  Anti-Doping  Rules  published  by  the 
Drug-Free Sport Directorate of UK Sport (or its successor). As amended from time to 
time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as rules of the DRA” 
5.28.02  Drugs  Testing  -  You  may  be  concerned  that  if  you  have  been  prescribed 
medication for a medical condition it may affect your ability to participate in a Darts 
Event. Many prescribed drugs will not prevent you from competing, but some may. 
The key point is to contact the DRA at the Council’s registered address contact the 
DRA at the Council’s registered address or E-mail Tim Ollerenshaw (TimO@moore->
tibbits.co.uk),  at  the  earliest  opportunity so that  you  can  compete  without  risk of 
failing a Drugs Test. He will give you assistance and support in how you should deal 
with matters. In urgent situations if you cannot contact him then you may contact 
5.28.03 Please note that it is an individual’s responsibility to ensure that he or she is 
safe to compete. The thrust of regulation and education is personal liability. If you 
are unsure about how a drug may affect your ability to compete fairly, seek advice 
before you start taking the relevant medication. The DRA is available to help and to 
maximise the chances of players being able to compete in events, not the other way 
5.29 Amendments and Additions: 
The DRA reserves the right to add to or amend any or all of these General Playing 
Rules to meet any purpose deemed to be necessary at any time by the DRA or it’s 
5.30 Copyright: 
5.30.01 The entire contents of these General Playing Rules are the copyright of the 
DRA and may not be reprinted, copied, duplicated or otherwise reproduced, wholly 
or in part, without the prior written consent of the copyright owner. 
5.30.02 When a Darts Event is being staged outside the jurisdiction of the DRA, the 
Organisers of that Darts Event may be given consent to state that “the DRA General 
Playing Rules apply” on entry forms and other Darts Event literature. Consent to do 
this can only be obtained by making application in writing to the The DRA Council, 
Moore-Tibbits Solicitors, 34 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4BE. 
6.1 Disciplinary Powers of the DRA 
In  accordance  with  Regulation  13  of  the  DRA’s  Articles  of  Association  (a  copy  of 
which is reprinted as an appendix to this DRA Rule Book), the Council of the DRA has 
the  following powers to  discipline Members or Players  for  any breach of the  DRA 
(a) to charge a Member or a Player with a breach of the DRA Rules; 
(b) to hear complaints from another Member, a Player or any person with 
responsibility under  the  Regulations  for  any matter  referred  to  in  the  DRA 
Rules that a Member or a Player has breached the DRA Rules; 
(c) to hear the charges or complaints and to determine whether a Member or 
a Player has breached the DRA Rules; 
(d) notwithstanding the obligation under 6.4(a) to serve a Notice of Hearing 
14  days  before  the  appointed  Hearing  date,  a  quorum  of  DRA  Disciplinary 
Committee members (minimum of 2) may immediately suspend a Player or 
Member from DRA sanctioned events if the quorum of members consider the 
alleged  complaint to be  so  serious  that  immediate  suspension  is  necessary 
prior to any Hearing date. In such circumstances the Player or Member will 
be informed immediately by a member of the DRA Disciplinary Committee of 
the determination and the reasons for so doing. 
(e) discipline a Member or a Player for a breach of the DRA Rules including 
without  limitation  by  way  of  expulsion  (whether  from  membership  of  the 
DRA or from the physical area at which a DRA Event is taking place), public 
reprimand,  fine  and/or  suspension  as  the  Council  may  think  fit  including 
without  limitation  the  power  to  suspend  the  operation  of  any  disciplinary 
(f) to hear appeals from any decision on a charge or complaint or disciplinary 
(g)  to  refer  charges,  complaints  or  appeals  for  resolution  by  any  means  of 
alternative  dispute  resolution  which  complies  with  the  rules  of  natural 
justice; and 
(h) to make regulations with respect to the procedures for exercising any of 
the  powers  of  the  Council  under  this  rule,  subject  to  the  prescribed 
procedures in the DRA Rules, including without limitation the regulation of 
the  exercise  of powers  to  cancel,  modify or  suspend  Members’  or  Players’ 
rights and privileges by the Disciplinary Committee. 
6.2 Disciplinary Committee 
(a)  There  shall  be  a  Disciplinary  Committee  Chairperson  appointed  by 
resolution  of  the  Council.  The  Council  shall  also  appoint  an  alternate 
Disciplinary Committee Chairperson to act when the Disciplinary Committee 
Chairperson is unable to act. 
(b) There shall be a Disciplinary Committee appointed as required from time 
to time by the Disciplinary Committee Chairperson which is to consist of no 
less  than  three  individual  Members  but  so  that  there  is  always  an  odd 
number of Members. The Disciplinary Committee Chairperson may be one of 
those Members and may, subject to paragraph 6.2  
(d), chair hearings by the Disciplinary Committee Appeal Board. 
(c)  There  shall  be  a  Disciplinary  Committee  Appeal  Board  appointed  as 
required from time to time by the Disciplinary Committee Chairperson which 
is  to  consist  of no  less than  three  individual Members but  so  that there  is 
always an odd number of Members. The Disciplinary Committee Chairperson 
may  be  one  of  those  Members  and  may  chair  appeals  to  the  Disciplinary 
Committee Appeal Board. 
(d) If an appeal is made to the Disciplinary Committee Appeal Board from a 
determination by a tribunal which had as one of its members the Disciplinary 
Committee  Chairperson,  the  appeal  shall  be  heard  by  a  Disciplinary 
Committee Appeal Board appointed and chaired by the alternate Disciplinary 
Committee Chairperson. 
(e)  The  Committees  referred  to  in  this  paragraph  2  shall  have  the  same 
powers as the Council to discipline a Member or a Player. 
6.3 Procedure for Laying Charges and Making Complaints 
(a)  Any  Member  or  Player  or  any person  who  has  responsibility  under  the 
DRA Rules for any matter referred to in the DRA Rules may make a complaint 
in  writing  to  the  Council  that  a  Member  or  Player  is  in  breach  of  the  DRA 
(b) Where the Council receives a complaint in writing or is of the opinion that 
a Member or a Player may have breached the DRA Rules, the Council shall 
consider the matter and may: 
(i) determine not to proceed with the matter; 
(ii)  charge  the  Member  or  a  Player  with  the  breach  and  refer  the 
matter for hearing by theDisciplinary Committee; 
(iii) refer the matter for hearing by the Disciplinary Committee; or 
(iv) refer the matter for alternative dispute resolution and in any case 
shall notify the Disciplinary Committee Chairperson of the proposed 
6.4 Notice of Charges or Complaints 
If  a  Member  or  a  Player  is  charged  or  if  a  decision  is  made  to  hear  a  complaint, 
notice of the charge or complaint must be served on the Member or Player at least 
14 days before the date of the hearing which specifies: 
(i) the particulars of all charges and complaints to be heard and the grounds 
upon which they are based; 
(ii) the date, place and time of the hearing and the Committee which is to 
hear the charges or complaints; and 
(iii) that the Member or Player may do one or more of the following: 
(a) attend and speak at the hearing; 
(b)  submit  to  the  Committee  at  or  prior  to  the  hearing  written 
representations relating to the matter; 
(c) procure representation at the hearing by any person. 
6.5 Procedure at Hearings 
At any hearing of a charge or complaint, the Committee must: 
(i)  give  the  Member  or  Player  or  Member’s  or  Player’s  permitted 
representative an opportunity to make oral representations; 
(ii) consider any written representations submitted to the Committee by the 
Member or the Player or on the Member’s or the Player’s behalf; 
(iii) make a determination whether the DRA Rules have been breached by the 
Member or the Player; and 
(iv) make a determination of the sanction or sanctions to be imposed on the 
Member or the Player. 
6.6 Notice of Committee Determinations 
The  Committee  must  cause  written  notice  of  any  determination  it  makes  under 
paragraph 5 above to be served on the Member or Player within seven days of the 
hearing which specifies: 
(i) the determination; 
(ii) the date upon which the determination will take effect if the Member or 
Player  does  not  appeal  or  if  the  Member  or  Player  has  no  right  of  appeal 
under the DRA Rules; 
(iii) any right of appeal which the Member or Player may have under the DRA 
Rules against the determination. 
6.7 Effect of Notice under Paragraph 6.6 
(a) Subject to paragraph 6.6 (ii), a determination by a Committee under paragraph 
6.5 takes effect fourteen days after the notice referred to in paragraph 6.6 is served 
on the Member or Player, or on any later date specified in that notice. 
(b)  The  Committee  may  determine  that  the  cancellation  or  suspension  of  a 
Member’s  or  a  Player’s  rights  or  privileges  take  effect  immediately  and  remain 
effective until the period of cancellation or suspension ends or until the Disciplinary 
Committee Appeal Board on an appeal in accordance with paragraph 6.8 determines 
that the cancellation or suspension should be set aside. Alternatively, the Committee 
may determine that the sanction be postponed until an appeal by the Member or 
Player  is  heard.  The  sanction  takes  effect  in  accordance  with  the  Committee’s 
6.8 Right of Appeal 
(a) A determination by the Disciplinary Committee may be appealed by the Member 
or  Player  lodging  with  the  Disciplinary  Committee  Chairperson  a  notice  of  the 
(i)  in  the  case  of  a  determination  by  the  Disciplinary  Committee  within 
fourteen days after the notice referred to in paragraph 6.6 has been served 
on the Member or Player; 
(ii) and in the case of a determination by a Disciplinary Committee the appeal 
is  to  include  copies  of  the  notices  served  on  the  Member  or  Player  under 
paragraphs 6.4 and 6.6. 
(b) The Disciplinary Committee Chairperson must refer the appeal to the Disciplinary 
Committee Appeal Board and must cause notice of the appeal hearing to be served 
on the Member or Player at least seven days before the date of the hearing which 
specifies the matters in paragraph 6.4(ii) and 6.4(iii). 
(c) The Committee to which an appeal has been referred must conduct the appeal 
hearing in accordance with paragraph 6.2 and with the procedures in paragraph 6.5 
and 6.6. 
(d)  Any  determination  of  the  Disciplinary  Committee  Appeal  Board  is  final  and  a 
Member has no right of appeal. 
(e) A notice of appeal lodged under paragraph (a) of this rule must clearly set out the 
grounds of appeal and must clearly identify new evidence (if any) that the Member 
or  Player  seeks  to  rely  on.  The  Committee  to  which  the  appeal  is  referred  shall 
consider only those matters set out in the notice of appeal. 
(f) The Council may at any time intervene in an appeal commenced by a Member or 
Player  under  this  paragraph  6.8  and  may  conduct  the  appeal  hearing  itself  in 
accordance with the procedures in the DRA Rules. The decision of the Council shall 
be final and there is no further right of appeal. 
6.9 Claim for Reserved Determinations 
No Member or Player who has a penalty of any kind imposed by a determination of a 
Committee  under  paragraph  6.5  and  6.8  has  any  claim  against  the  Company, 
Members or any officer, employee, contractor or agent of the Company even if the 
determination is subsequently found to be invalid or is overturned on appeal by the 
6.10 DRA Rules 
The DRA Rules may prescribe an administrative fee to be paid by a Member or Player 
and  such  other  requirements  as  the  Council  thinks  fit  in  relation  to  any  hearing 
against a Member or Player. The DRA Rules may also prescribe that the Company 
may refund the whole or part of a Member’s or Player’s costs incurred in relation to 
a successful appeal by a Member or Player under paragraph 6.8. 
6.11 Alternative Dispute Resolution 
(a)  The  Disciplinary  Committee  Chairperson  or  a  Committee  may,  with  the 
agreement of the Member or Player affected, refer a matter or any issue arising in a 
matter under its control to arbitration, conciliation, mediation, expert determination 
or any other appropriate method of alternative dispute resolution. 
(b)  The  procedural  and  other  rules  applying  in  the  forum  to  which  the  matter  is 
referred will apply to the resolution of the matter. 
(c)  If,  under  the  rules  applying  to  the  method  of  alternative  dispute  resolution 
chosen, the matter is not finally determined so as to be binding on the Member or 
Player after a reasonable attempt has been made to resolve the matter, action may 
be continued against the Member or Player under the DRA Rules. 
(d)  A  Committee  may  take  into  consideration  any  report,  recommendation  or 
determination made in the course of the attempted alternative dispute resolution 
when the Committee makes any determination under the DRA Rules. 
6.12 Records and Minutes 
(a) The Disciplinary Committee Chairperson shall cause detailed minutes to be made 
of  all  hearings  before  the  Disciplinary  Committee  and  shall  sign  and  keep  those 
minutes as a permanent record of the hearings. 
(b) Copies of all notices served on Members or Players under paragraph 6.4 and 6.6 
shall  be  forwarded  to  the  Disciplinary  Committee  Chairperson  by the  person  who 
causes the notice to be served at the same time the notice is served on the Member 
or Player and the 
Disciplinary  Committee  Chairperson  shall  keep  all  such  notices  as  a  permanent 
(c) The Council may make DRA Rules with respect to the keeping of these records 
and the rights of Members or Players (if any) to inspect part or all of the records. The 
Council  may  by  ordinary  resolution  delegate  someone  other  than  the  Disciplinary 
Committee Chairperson to keep the records. 
6.13 Regulation 13 of the DRA Articles of Association 
6.13.1 Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulations 3.10 and 12 of the DRA Articles 
of  Association  the  Council  shall  have  power  by  Ordinary  Resolution  from  time  to 
time and at any time: to make and enforce rules and regulations with regard to the conduct of 
Players and/or Members which could injure or discredit the Association or bring the 
game of darts into disrepute;  to  make  and  enforce  rules  and  regulations  regarding  the  participation  of 
Players and/or Members in, and the conduct of darts tournaments or matches; to make and enforce rules of the game of darts; and  to  discipline  Members  and/or  Players  for  breaches  of  any  rules  and 
regulations made in accordance with this Regulation 13 and to provide procedures, 
rules and regulations in relation thereto.