Steeplechase darts is a fun and exciting variation of traditional darts that adds a new level of challenge and strategy to the game. It’s perfect for both beginners and experienced players, and can be played with two or more players. In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about how to play steeplechase darts, including the rules, scoring, tips and strategies, and variations.
Steeplechase is a term that has various meanings for different people. Originally refers to a horse obstacle course race, which was later modified for people and turned into an Olympic competition. In the game of steeplechase darts, there are no physical obstacles, and the players do not jump, but the game has a unique twist that sets it apart from other dart games.
How to Play Steeplechase Darts
The objective of steeplechase darts is to be the first player to work your way around the dartboard, from 20 to 5, and then the bullseye. There are a few spots on the board where you have to hit the triple, which are known as the “fences.” The game is played similar to other around the clock style games, but with the added twist that you can only progress one spot per round. This adds an extra level of strategy and excitement to the game, as it allows losing players to catch up and potentially win the game.
To begin playing steeplechase darts, each player will get three darts to try to hit the inner single 20 section. If they succeed, they move clockwise to the one segment the next round. Then 18, then 4, and so on. If a player fails to hit the target with their 3 darts, their turn is over, and they must try again on that number the next round. They cannot move on to the next number until they hit their current target.
Scoring SteepleChase Darts
It’s important to note that you can only proceed one space per round, even if you hit your target on the first dart. Your turn is over, and you must wait until the next round to proceed. Every few numbers, you will run into a “fence,” which traditionally are 13, 17, 8, and 5. When you get to these numbers, the singles segment is no longer in play, and you must hit the triple to proceed. If you fail to hit the triple after three rounds, you are out of the race.
Once you get fully around the board and hit the triple 5, you must hit the red bullseye to win the game. Scoring steeplechase is easy because no scoring is necessary. As long as each player can keep track of what number they are on, you’re good to go. If for some reason you have to mark it, just the player names and their current number is enough.
Steeplechase Darts Rules
- The game begins with the first player throwing three darts at the inner single 20 section. If they succeed, they move clockwise to the one segment the next round. Then 18, then 4, and so on.
- If a player fails to hit their target with their three darts, their turn is over, and they must try again on that number the next round. They cannot move on to the next number until they hit their current target.
- Each player can only proceed one space per round, even if they hit their target on the first dart. Their turn is over, and they must wait until the next round to proceed.
- Every few numbers, players will run into a “fence,” which traditionally are 13, 17, 8, and 5. When they get to these numbers, the singles segment is no longer in play. They must hit the triple to proceed.
- Players only get three rounds to try and make it past a fence. If they fail to hit the triple after three rounds, they are out of the race
Steeplechase Darts is a fun and challenging game that is perfect for darts enthusiasts and horse racing fans alike. With these rules, tips, and strategies, you’ll be ready to win your next Steeplechase Darts race!