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Darts Regulations Authority (DRA) What is it?

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General Rules for Dart Games

General rules for dart games and dart board setup can be found can be found on the Darts01.com website, however, if you are looking for darts regulations, rules and anti-doping, anti-corruption of the professional side of darts the please read on.


Professional Darts Rules and Regulations

There is little difference in the rules for the professional side of darts. The dartboard size, height and throwing distance are the same as you would play in a local pub league and details of these measurements can be found on the Darts01.com website.

Some of the differences will be to the oche height. In the professional game, the oche is raised and is not just a line drawn on the floor, however, significant differences with be to dress code, event sponsorship, dart shirt adverts, and no alcohol on stage during televised events. There are also rules as regards floor marking games and registration.

In the case of the BDO / PDC, the bulling-up process to who starts the match first also is different. PDC Stage events also have a player exclusion zone so that the opposing player is kept at a distance during the throw. To find these rules visit the darts organisation authority organising the event, PDC, PDPA, BDO, WDF, EDO, WDA, SDA, NIDO etc. Most professional darts events are organised under the PDC, BDO or WDF ruling.


What is the Darts Regulation Authority?

The Darts Regulation Authority, the professional body of professional darts.

The Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) has been established as a not for profit company.  Its members and management largely come from the world of darts and its management council. As more individuals or groups (whether incorporated or not) join, the membership of the DRA will grow but the DRA will always remain independent and outside the control of other entities in darts.

The aim of the DRA is to become the recognised regulatory authority for the Sport of Darts worldwide with the responsibility for providing and administering rules and regulations that will improve the image of the sport of Darts within both the professional and amateur game.

The challenge for the current Committee is to ensure good governance within Darts. Playing standards, commercial revenues and the reputation of the game are undoubtedly in the ascendancy. Professional Darts has never been more popular and it attracts large sponsorship and prize money. It is the responsibility of the DRA to protect and enhance that position both within Darts and outside. Through management of the drug testing programme, review of DRA rules, disciplinary hearings and its many other functions the DRA are committed to protecting that good name for the sake of everyone involved in Darts; players, officials, sponsors, media, fans and spectators alike.

The DRA has the power to fine, suspend or ban a player for misconduct or for breaking rules.  A player that is found in breach of the rules can appeal against a DRA ruling and in a case of a fine this may be reduced or postponed in some cases.

Cases that are brought to the DRA are published and declarations are shown on the DRA website.

The DRA has a clear Anti-doping and Anti-Corruption policy which again can be read on the DRA website.

For full details and contact information please visit the Darts Regulation Authority website.





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