Rules and Regulations

The following provides the current rules and regulations for all playing and non-playing personnel at World Darts Association events. All rules and regulations are up-to-date as of January 2019. The WDA reserve the right to change or add any rules to this list without any prior warning.

 

1 INTRODUCTION

1.1 The Rules contained in this document have been drawn up in accordance with the standard international darts playing rules, including some changes to better reflect the WDA’s organisation. All rules laid out are to the benefit and safety of all involved at WDA organised events.

 

2 DEFINITIONS

 

2.1 Various words and phrases are used in these Rules for which purpose they have the meanings defined below:

“Bye”

An uncontested Match, resulting in automatic progression for the sole Player or Team involved;

“WDA”

The World Darts Association. A division of DS Group Corporation, a registered limited company by shares.

“WDA Rules”

The rules and regulations drawn up by the WDA that are international standard rules for playing the sport of darts.

“Darts Event”

A darts match or tournament organised under the jurisdiction of or in accordance with the WDA rules;

“Double”

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;

“Guest”

Any person who has been invited to the event by a Player or Promoter

“Marker”

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;

“Match”

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;

“Member”

Any staff member or other personnel directly employed by the WDA;

“Official”

Any official or officials appointed by the Promoter to officiate at an Official WDA Event;
“Player”
Any darts player whether or not a Member and whether or not registered as a darts player with the WDA and participating in any darts event or activity held under WDA rules;
“Players’ Association”

Any official association representing the interests of playing members;

“Playing Attire”

The clothes and accessories worn by a Player during a Match;

“Promoter”

any organisation or individual promoting or organising, in whole or in part, a Darts Event under WDA Rules;

“Recorder”

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;

“Referee”

The Official appointed to take charge of match play at a match board or on stage during a Darts Event;

“Regulations”

The Articles of Association of The World Darts Association as amended from time to time;

“Scorer”

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.

“Character”
An alter-ego persona of a player, solely for entertainment purposes.

“Playing Stage”

The darts board, at which the player(S) are scheduled to play on. On TV tournament majors, this will be only one board. At open events there will be many boards, with given numbers.

“TV”
A televised WDA Event.

“Face”

A player playing the ‘good-guy’ for the spectators/fans

“Heel”

A player playing the ‘bad-guy’ for the spectators/fans

“Player Entrance”

Otherwise known as a walk-on. This is when the player walks to the stage using music, a video and/or valet. Mostly used at TV Events.

“Darts Diva”

Otherwise known as a walk-on girl. A Darts Diva accompanies a player to the stage. Mostly used at TV Events.

“Storyline”
A put-on act, for entertainment purposes. Storylines, allow the players to interact with the fans more and get the fans attention. Only used at TV Events.

CODE OF CONDUCT AND PLAYING RULES OF THE WORLD DARTS ASSOCIATION

3 CODE OF CONDUCT

3.1 No Player or Member shall act in a manner which may reasonably be considered to be prejudicial to the interests or standing of the WDA or which could reasonably be considered to injure or discredit the WDA or bring the game of darts into disrepute. Player are encouraged to engage with spectators, players and personnel as either a face or heel, BUT all behaviour and actions must be within reason and, when on TV, strong language is no allowed before the watershed.

3.2 All Players and Members will steadfastly adhere to the WDA Rules. Any breaches will invite disciplinary action in accordance with the WDA Rules.

3.3 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 WDA Rules, or carry out any other instruction relating to the Darts Event, must do so immediately.

3.4 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 WDA.

3.5 Players may 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 result.

3.6 Players are allowed to make their own ‘character’ personas, to add to the entertainment factor of the WDA.

3.7 All Players, Members and Guests will not be judged on any behaviour which may reasonably be construed as gamesmanship before, during or after any Match at any Darts Event, as long as they inform the WDA Officials and opponents first and that their behaviour is tactful, professional and for the sole benefit of entertainment.

3.8 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.

3.9 Male, Female and Youth players will be treated in the same, equalled manner as their counter-parts. Unless otherwise stated all events will be mixed and that players need to act in the same manner and respect as all players. No racist, sexist, or any other unacceptable language will be allowed and any player caught using such language will be disqualified from the current event and banned from all future WDA events.

 

4 GENERAL PLAYING RULES

 

4.1 Players shall provide their own darts which shall bare no restrictions on length or weight. Each dart may consist of a needle shaped point, which shall be fixed to a barrel. At the rear of the barrel shall be an attached flight 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). Any darts can be customised and shaped to meet the individual needs of the player.

4.2 The Promoter reserves the right to seed Players at any Darts Events in its absolute discretion.

4.3 All Players and Teams shall abide by and play within the WDA Rules and any supplementary rules laid down, from time to time, in an entry form, programme or otherwise by the WDA or the Promoter.

4.4 All Players and Teams shall play under the supervision and direction of the appointed Promoters in all Darts Events.

4.5 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, with a replica being issued upon the trophy return.

4.6 Any Player failing to comply with any of these General Playing Rules during or after a Darts Event may be liable to disqualification from that Event at the discretion of the Tournament Officials.

4.7 The interpretation of these General Playing Rules in relation to a Darts Event may be determined by the Promoter whose decision on interpretation shall be final and binding.

4.8 Information concerning any interpretation in accordance with Playing Rule 5.7 may be forwarded to the WDA Director Committee for consideration of any amendment of these General Playing Rules.

4.9 Any matter not expressly covered by these General Playing Rules may be determined by the WDA Director Committee whose decision regarding determination shall be final and binding.

4.10 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) or if any match stipulation address other throwing conditions (i.e. fan chosen events).

4.11 All darts should be thrown in an over arm or under arm fashion, one at a time, by and from the Player’s hand (As long as the throw does not endanger any WDA Personnel, Players, Spectators, Special Guests).

4.12 A typical “Throw” shall consist of a maximum of three darts thrown consecutively by a Player unless a leg, set or match is completed in less than three darts thrown by that Player. However, match conditions may alter this rule.

4.13 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.

4.14 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-thrown.

4.15 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.

4.16 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 and the player may finish on the bull.

4.17 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.

4.18 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.

4.19 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.

4.20 If, as a result of any error declared under Clause 5.19 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.

4.21 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 Shot. Throw a dart after the referee has declared Game Shot is acceptable and will not cause disqualification or forfeit.

4.22 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”). Players can walk up to the board, however, if they touch the board or dart(s) then that will conclude their throw regardless if or how many darts they still have to throw. Players asking the referee or scorer on where the dart has landed is allowed.

4.23 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.

4.24 The Referee will have the final say in all matters relating to starting and finishing.

4.25 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.

4.26 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.

4.27 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.

4.28 A protest about the score attained or called, after the retrieval of the darts from the board, may or may not be upheld depending on the circumstances.

4.29 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.

4.30 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.

4.31 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.

4.32 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.

4.33 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.

4.34 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.

4.35 All dartboards shall be of the “Bristle” type unless otherwise stated.

4.36 All dartboards shall be of the “1 – 20 Clock” pattern unless otherwise stated.

4.37 The inner narrow band shall score treble the segment number.

4.38 The outer narrow band shall score double the segment number.

4.39 The outer centre ring shall score 25.

4.40 The inner centre ring shall score 50 and shall be called the “Bull”.

4.41 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.

4.42 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) unless otherwise stated.

4.43 The dartboard shall be fixed such that the 20 segment is coloured black and is at the top of the dartboard unless otherwise stated.

4.44 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.

4.45 The changing of a dartboard shall only be carried out by an Official.

4.46 Other dartboards may be used only with the prior approval of the WDA.

4.47 In Tournament play, all floor dartboards shall be adequately lit by a suitably positioned light fitting at each dartboard (namely, 100 watt minimum intensity).

4.48 Dartboards used in Stage Finals shall be adequately lit by suitably positioned light fittings (namely, 2 x 100 watt minimum intensity fittings).

4.49 All light fittings must be fitted with screens to, as far as possible, divert light from the Players’ eyes when standing at the Oche.

4.50 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.

4.51 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. Unless otherwise stated.

4.52 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). Unless otherwise stated.

4.53 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). Unless otherwise stated.

4.54 During match play, no player should 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. However, if the player should do so, the throwing player must re-focus and take their throw as normal.

4.55 A Player wishing to throw a dart, or darts, from a point on either side of the raised Oche should 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.

4.56 Any Player in breach of Clause 4.54 or 4.55 may 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 may not score and may be declared invalid by the Referee.

4.57 Checking the Oche and Playing Area dimensions will be done prior to every stage and televised tournament by or on behalf of the WDA and Player. No further adjustments will be allowed at any time during the stage or televised tournament, unless the conditions force through any further adjustments. Adjustment to the Oche and playing area dimensions shall only be carried out by an appointed match official.

4.58 In other Darts Events a Player or team captain may 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 may, 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.

4.59 In all televised events, the stage finals may be subject to an exclusion zone for the competing Players. The exclusion zone will be clearly marked and will measure at least 20cms on either side of the Oche and at least 80cms behind the Oche.

4.60 The Player with the Throw, after retrieving his darts, will be obliged to turn (left or right) and walk back to the non-playing position without stepping in to the marked exclusion zone.

4.61 The non-throwing Player must not enter the exclusion zone behind and encourage not to stand at the side of the Oche until the throwing Player has completed his or her Throw.

4.62 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.

4.63 Unless stated otherwise Darts Events shall be run on a knockout basis.

4.64 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).

6.65 The Promoter reserves the right to cancel or change any date, Tournament Venue and scheduled Darts Event without prior notice.

6.66 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.

4.67 All 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.

4.68 Any Player or team found guilty of deliberately losing a leg, set or match may be disqualified from any further participation in that particular Darts Event and may also be subject to any other penalty or sanction that the WDA may decide to impose. However this rule will be waived if players deliberately lose for entertainment purposes (i.e. for televised games).

4.68 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 (Unless the WDA asks/requires them to do so, as per the event format), 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.

4.69 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.

4.70 Any Player or team not fulfilling the playing commitments of a Darts Event by failing to complete all scheduled matches, including Grand Finals, may forfeit the right to receive any trophies, prizes or prize monies that may be due in relation to that Darts Event.

4.71 If any additional expenses are incurred due to a default in relation to this Clause 4.70 by a Player or team then that Player or team (as the case may be) shall be liable for those additional expenses.

4.72 Admission fees into any Tournament Venue are not refundable, unless under special or mitigating circumstances.

4.73 Entry fees into any Darts Event are not refundable except in special or mitigating circumstances or in the absolute discretion of the Promoter.

4.74 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.

4.75 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.

4.76 The first named Player or representative on a team entry form will 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.

4.77 Only the Player or Players named on an entry form as the competing individual or team will be eligible to play in the relevant Darts Event.

4.78 No Player or team shall enter more than once in any respective Darts Event, unless the rules of that Darts Event allow.

4.79 No Player may not play in more than one team in any respective Darts Event, unless they are eligible to do so and at the discretion of the WDA.

4.80 All Players participating in a singles or pairs Darts Event must play under his or her chosen name, either their real name or a ‘stage/character’ name. Each may also include a ‘nickname’, however, they must play under their chosen name.

4.81 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 will be deemed as an acceptance by that Player or team of these General Playing Rules in relation to that Darts Event.

4.82 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 will be final and binding in all matches relating to that Darts Event.

4.83 All Players shall register at each Darts Event at scheduled times which are predetermined by the Promoter.

4.84 Any Player failing to register by the notified time will, be given no more than ten further minutes to register. Failure to register after the additional time will be eliminated from that Darts Event, in which instance no entry fee shall be refundable.

4.85 Players shall be allowed to register more than once in relation to any respective Event in any one playing season.

4.86 Any Player or team that is not in attendance when called upon to play at the nominated time will, may forfeit that leg, set or match, whichever, at the discretion of the Tournament Director, is applicable. In such instances no Entry Fee shall be refundable. Players will be given plenty of time to get to their playing stage.

4.87 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. Marking matches is compulsory for winning or losing players. The WDA will do its best to arrange our own markers or find volunteers to mark WDA darts events. Only when no marker is available, will players then be asked to mark matches.

4.88 The Promoter reserves the right to alter scheduled times and the playing format of a Darts Event whenever it is deemed necessary.

4.89 The Promoter will 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, unless the WDA allow such changes.

4.90 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 Venue.

4.91 The Promoter reserves the right to seed Players or teams in the draw for a Darts Event.

4.92 No substitutes shall be allowed in a Darts Event run for individual Players. Unless authorised by of a WDA Official.

4.93 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 Promoters.

4.94 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.

4.95 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. Players must be decide between throwing first or second. The match Referee, Officials, Markers cannot decide who throws first. If anyone but the player chooses who throws first after the bull, may be given a warning, further disciplinary action if continued. The bull winner can delay play, if anyone else makes that decision. Play will not be resumed until the player decides. The matches cannot be cancelled unless a player forfeits.

4.96 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.

4.97 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 correct

Order of Play.

4.98 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 Match Referee 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 or

25 will count in deciding the order of play. Players MUST FIRST be told if they would like the dart to remain in the board, when throwing for the bull.

4.99 If a dart rebounds from the board or falls out of the board during a throw then that will count as “0” or “miss” and the next player will need to hit the board to win the bull. Only at the discretion of the players and match referee can another dart be used, when a bounce-out occurs when throwing for the bull.
4.100 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.

4.101 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.

4.102 On conclusion of a Match the winning Player shall immediately advise the control desk, with or without a card, of the result.

4.103 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.

4.104 Each Player is entitled to throw 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, unless the players are having a break during the match. If no number is specified, this shall be deemed to be nine. During players TV entrances

4.105 No practice, other than that allowed under Rule 4.104, shall be allowed on Match boards after the Darts Event has officially started.

4.106 Practice Boards may be provided in or adjacent to the Tournament Room for the exclusive use of Players in that Darts Event only. The WDA will also try to arrange practice boards are available at all events. The WDA is under no responsibility to provide practice boards for any event.

4.107 In tournament play all Players shall play under the supervision and direction of the appointed Promoters and Officials.

4.108 No person shall be allowed within the playing area other than a Referee, Marker, Scorer, Recorder or Player.

4.109 Only a Referee, Marker and any dart board indicator operator will be allowed to be situated in front of a Player actually at the Oche throwing darts. However, the waiting player may ‘wander’ around the stage as long as they DO NOT step into the Exclusion Zone.

4.110 Stage Officials are will be 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.

4.111 In “Stage Finals” the Players shall engage in Match play under the supervision and direction of Stage Officials and in between throws may 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.

4.112 During Match play Players can remain silent and only the Player at the Oche shall direct enquiries to the Referee. Prompting may be allowed by any other Player, any spectator or any Official as long as no offensive language is used.

4.113 Any Player in breach of Clause 4.112 may first be warned by the Referee in the presence of the Player’s captain or team manager. Any subsequent breach during the same match may 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

4.114 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.

4.115 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. However, the order can be changed during matches.

4.116 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.

4.117 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.

4.118 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. On TV Events, for entertainment purposes ONLY, players will be allowed unlimited (But justified) time off the stage and can walk off the stage at any time (For storyline purposes only).

4.119 During Match play, any Players using strong, or offensive language or seen to be making offensive gestures shall be deemed to have brought the Sport of Darts into disrepute and may become liable to Disciplinary Proceedings being taken against them by the WDA.

4.120 In some Darts Events the “tie-break” principle is brought into operation when the Match result has reached equality in sets or legs for each Player or Team with the final set or leg remaining to be played. The terms of the “tie-break” shall apply to the last leg of a final set of a match.

4.121 Each Player shall throw for the Bull to determine which Player shall throw first in the last leg of the final set, in a “tie-break” leg. The Player who threw second in any initial determination shall throw first for the Bull. With the bull winner decided to throw first or second.

4.122 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.

4.123 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. Please refer to Clause 4.98.

4.125 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.

4.126 The Player who wins the last leg of the final set of a Match is the winner of that Match.

4.127 It is optional for players to shake hands with the match Officials, Markers and other players before or after the match. The WDA will not discipline any player who does not shake hands before or after the match. We do consider such actions as a sign of good manners.

 

5 Playing Attire and Match Entrance

 

5.1 Players are permitted to wear jeans: Players may also wear trousers or skirts made with denim or corduroy material which have been fashioned in a “jeans style”. Training shoes will be allowed. The WDA gives all players a relaxed dress code, within reason. The WDA encourages all players to play in their own custom, personalised attire.

5.2 Headgear can be worn, including masks, sun-glasses.

5.3 Players are permitted to wear anything over their approved Playing Attire in any introductions, match play on stage, interviews and presentations and are very much encouraged to use Entrance Attires, when walking to the Playing Stage at TV Events.

5.4 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.

5.5 Players are encourage to be creative, when choosing their playing attire.

5.6 During Player Entrances, players are encourage to interact with fans and be creative. Players may choose to enter via the stage walkway or through the crowd or neither.

5.7 The WDA is under no responsibility for any altercations between players and fans and the WDA reiterate that all players are independent performers whose actions have nothing to do with the WDA. The WDA will investigate all incidents, occurred at WDA Events and will work co-operatively with all authorities and other parties involved. Any player choosing to enter through the crowd do so at their own risk.

5.8 Players are strongly encourage to provide an entrance song, with their own entrance video. The WDA will provide songs and videos for players, unless players prefer their own. Any video footage, provided by the player, is copyright of the player. Any WDA footage is copyright of the WDA.

5.9 The WDA advise all players to look at professional-wrestlers, when choosing their attire, entrance song and video.

 

6 Drugs, Alcohol & Other Substances

 

6.1 No smoking shall be allowed by any Player or Official whilst engaged in a match played on stage which is being covered by television or in a match played at an Open Event. Smoking is banned from all WDA Events and players MUST NOT smoke before any match, inside or outside the venue. The WDA does not condone smoking and will help any player to give up smoking. If any player is found to have smoked before a match they WILL be disqualified from that event and banned from all WDA Events for 6 months.

6.2 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. Or at any WDA Event whether it be inside or outside the venue. Any player found smoking at a WDA Event WILL be disqualified and banned from WDA Events for 6 months.

6.3 Any Player found to be in breach of Clause 6.1 or 6.2 shall be liable to forfeit that respective match and shall be reported to the WDA for disciplinary proceedings to be considered.

6.4 Any Official found to be in breach of Clause 6.1 or 6.2 shall be reported to the WDA for disciplinary proceedings to be considered.

6.5 The WDA, or 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.

6.6 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. Unless special permission is given by the WDA Chairman and it will be solely for entertainment purposes. If permission is granted, alcoholic drinks must be ‘watered-down’, so alcohol level is low.

6.7 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. Unless special permission is given by the WDA Chairman and it will be solely for entertainment purposes. If permission is granted, alcoholic drinks must be ‘watered-down’, so alcohol level is low.

6.8 Any Player found to be in breach of Clause 6.6 or 6.7 may be liable to forfeit that respective Match and shall be reported to the WDA for disciplinary proceedings to be considered.

6.9 Any Official found to be in breach of Clause 6.6 or 6.7 may be reported to the WDA for disciplinary proceedings to be considered.

7.0 The WDA, 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. The WDA RESTRICTS alcohol limit to just one pint before a match. Only after a player has finished playing, for the day, can they consume more. Anyone found to have consumed more WILL be disqualified from the event and banned from all WDA Events for 2 months.

7.1 The WDA adopts a full anti-doping regime with regard to the Sport of Darts.

“The anti-doping rules of the WDA 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 WDA effective immediately from 1st January 2015”

7.2 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 WDA at the organisations registered address or contact www.patient.co.uk at the earliest opportunity so that you can compete without risk of failing a Drugs Test. They will provide you with assistance and support in how you should deal with matters. In urgent situations if you cannot contact EMIS or PiP then you may contact UK Anti-Doping directly – the link is www.ukad.org.uk.

7.3 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 WDA is available to help and to maximise the chances of players being able to compete in events, not the other way round.

The WDA 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 WDA.

 

8 Copyright

 

8.1 The entire contents of these General Playing Rules are the copyright of the WDA and may not be reprinted, copied, duplicated or otherwise reproduced, wholly or in part, without the prior written consent of the copyright owner.

8.2 When a Darts Event is being staged outside the jurisdiction of the WDA, the Organisers of that Darts Event may be given consent to state that “the WDA General Playing Rules apply” on entry forms and other Darts Event literature. Consent to do this can only be obtained by making application through contacting the WDA, by email or by post. E-mail: wdaevents@ds-group.org.uk

 

9 DISCIPLINARY RULES AND PROCEDURES

 

All WDA Disciplinary matters will be carried out by an independent sports panel, separate from the WDA. Players should try to manipulate the disciplinary panel in anyway. The WDA will not tolerate any player who does not wish to abide by WDA Rules.

 

9.1 Disciplinary Powers of the WDA has the following powers to discipline Members or Players for any breach of the WDA Rules:

(a) To charge a Member or a Player with a breach of the WDA 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 WDA Rules that a Member or a Player has breached the WDA Rules;

(c) To hear the charges or complaints and to determine whether a Member or a Player has breached the WDA Rules;

(d) Notwithstanding the obligation to serve a Notice of Hearing 7 days before the appointed Hearing date, a required number of WDA Disciplinary Committee (minimum of 3) may immediately suspend or ban a Player or Member from WDA sanctioned events if the least 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 WDA Disciplinary Committee of the determination and the reasons for so doing.

(e) Discipline a Member or a Player for a breach of the WDA Rules including without limitation by way of expulsion, public reprimand, fine and/or suspension as the WDA may deem fit including without limitation the power to suspend the operation of any disciplinary measure;

(f) To hear appeals from any decision on a charge or complaint or disciplinary action;

(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 WDA under this rule, subject to the prescribed procedures in the WDA 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.

9.2 Disciplinary Committee

(a) There shall a Head of Disciplinary Committee appointed by resolution of the WDA. The WDA shall also appoint a Vice-Head of Disciplinary Committee to act when the Head of Disciplinary Committee is unable to act.

(b) There shall be a Disciplinary Committee appointed as required from time to time by the Head of Disciplinary Committee which is to consist of no less than five individual Members. The Head of Disciplinary Committee may be one of those Members and may:

(c) Chair hearings by the Disciplinary Committee Appeal Board.

(d) There shall be a Disciplinary Committee Appeal Board appointed as required from time to time by the Head of Disciplinary Committee which is to consist of no less than five individual Members. The Head of Disciplinary Committee may be one of those Members and may chair appeals to the Disciplinary Committee Appeal Board:

(a) 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 Head of Disciplinary Committee, the appeal shall be heard by a Disciplinary Committee Appeal Board appointed and chaired by the alternate Vice-Head of Disciplinary Committee.

(b) The Committees referred to in this paragraph 2 shall have the same powers as the Council to discipline a Member or a Player.

9.3 Procedure for Laying Charges and Making Complaints

(a) Any Member or Player or any person who has responsibility under the WDA Rules for any matter referred to in the WDA Rules may make a complaint in writing to the WDA that a Member or Player is in breach of the WDA Rules.

(b) Where the WDA receives a complaint in writing or is of the opinion that a Member or a Player may have breached the WDA Rules, the WDA 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 the Disciplinary 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 Head of Disciplinary Committee of the proposed action.

9.4 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 7 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.

9.5 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 WDA 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.

9.6 Notice of Committee Determinations

The Committee must cause written notice of any determination it makes 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 WDA Rules;

(iii) Any right of appeal which the Member or Player may have under the WDA Rules against the determination.

9.7 Notice

(a) A determination by a Committee takes effect 7 days after the notice 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 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 determination.

9.8 Right of Appeal

(a) A determination by the Disciplinary Committee may be appealed by the Member or Player lodging with the Head of Disciplinary Committee a notice of the appeal:

(i) In the case of a determination by the Disciplinary Committee within fourteen days after the notice 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.

(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.

(c) The Committee to which an appeal has been referred must conduct the appeal hearing in accordance under the necessary procedures

(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 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 WDA may at any time intervene in an appeal commenced by a Member or Player and may conduct the appeal hearing itself in accordance with the procedures in the WDA Rules. The decision of the WDA shall be final and there is no further right of appeal.

9.9 Claim for Reserved Determinations

No Member or Player who has a penalty of any kind imposed by a determination of a

Committee has any claim against the WDA, Members or any officer, employee, contractor or agent of the WDA even if the determination is subsequently found to be invalid or is overturned on appeal by the Member.

9.10 WDA Rules

The WDA Rules may prescribe an administrative fee to be paid by a Member or Player and such other requirements as the WDA thinks fit in relation to any hearing against a Member or Player. The WDA Rules may also prescribe that the WDA 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.

9.11 Alternative Dispute Resolution

(a) The Head of Disciplinary 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 WDA 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 WDA Rules.

9.12 Records and Minutes

(a) The Head of Disciplinary Committee 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 shall be forwarded to the Head Disciplinary Committee 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

Head Disciplinary Committee shall keep all such notices as a permanent record.

(c) The WDA may make take the WDA 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 WDA may by ordinary resolution delegate someone other than the Head of Disciplinary Committee to keep the records.

 

10 APPENDIXES

 

10.1 WDA rules as to discipline and conduct.

10.2 The WDA will have power when making any decisions final.

10.3 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;

10.4 To make and enforce rules and regulations regarding the participation of Players and/or Members in, and the conduct of darts tournaments or matches;

10.5 To make and enforce rules of the game of darts; and

10.6 To discipline Members and/or Players for breaches of any rules and regulations and to provide procedures, rules and regulations in relation thereto.

10.7 The WDA is not responsible for the actions of any player in a match, during interviews, backstage during an event or outside the WDA. ALL PLAYERS ARE INDEPENDENT PERFORMERS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN ACTIONS. The WDA will only proceed with disciplinary procedures if a player acts or behaves in any manner that brings the WDA and the sport of darts into disrepute.

10.8 All those in attendance at WDA Events are responsible for their own safety, health and personal properties. This clause refers to all players, WDA personnel, spectators, guests and players families. The WDA is not responsible for any injury or loss of personal belongings at WDA Events. The WDA advises all those in attendance to be wary and aware of their surroundings and do try to avoid bringing valuable personal property to WDA Events.

10.9 To determine the order of player entrances, players may either toss a coin, throw for the bull (To choose first or second) or decide between themselves. Once a decision is made, both players must inform the match announcer of the order they have decided on.