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RULES & GUIDELINES
League shall be called City of Brighton & Hove Men’s Darts
headquarters of the League will be at the Secretaries residence.
League shall be governed by the Committee of seven or more which
are voted in at the AGM and shall stand for three years. They
shall meet on a regular basis or when necessary.
list of these rules should be displayed in every pub for
reference on match nights..
member, player and official is responsible and accountable for
their own conduct in connection with City of Brighton & Hove
Men’s Dart League (BHMDL). They must conduct themselves at all
times in accordance with the highest standards of discipline and
sporting behaviour. Any conduct that falls below these
standards and that harms or undermines the BHMDL in any way
shall constitute a Disciplinary Offence under this Rule.
It is not possible to draw up a definitive and exhaustive
list of types of conduct, behaviour, statements or practices
that may amount to a Disciplinary Offence under this Rule. For
purposes of illustration only, and not by way of limitation,
each of the following types of behaviour may constitute a
Disciplinary Offence under this Rule:
Acts/statements that breach
the BHMDL Playing Rules.
Acts or statements that are, or conduct
that is, discriminatory by reason of gender, sexual orientation,
race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or
Any conduct, behaviour, statements or practices, whether at a
match venue or on Social Media which are offensive, indecent,
violent and/or insulting and/or that brings or may bring into
disrepute the sport of darts and/or BHMDL. Disciplinary action
could range from a verbal warning to lifetime ban from BHMDL.
The Committee’s decision is final.
League Committee will decide how many divisions there will be
according to the number of entries and desired length of
season. The Committee also reserve the right to place newly
registered teams in a division of the Committee’s choosing.
Complaint for whatever reason should be in writing and sent to
the League Secretary within 7 days. This will then go forward
to the Committee, whose decision shall be final.
All teams will pay a registration
fee of £75 per team, for Summer & Winter Leagues, (September
to August of the following year) these fees to be paid before
the first match of the Winter season, or the right to play shall
be forfeited. Any team leaving the league for whatever reason
after paying the entry fee shall forfeit that fee. The Committee
has the right to refuse the entrance of any team or venue.
pubs must register their teams with the League Secretary as
required by the Committee, complete with registration fee.
copy of registration forms will be available from the website.
All new player registrations must be by Email or a letter sent
by post (NO phone registrations will be accepted) and are
subject to the committee approval, whose decision is final.
This will take 3 days. Full
names must be used.
player may transfer to another team with the agreement of the
Committee. No player may join a team after 50% of League matches
have been played.
can only have 15 players registered at any one time. Teams can
add and remove players so they do not go over the 15 players. Teams
can also register Lady player’s on top of the 15 male players
who can play if a team is short of male players on any match
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING shall be called at the end of the
financial year, as directed by the Committee. All members can
attend but only two votes per team, per proposal. At this
meeting officers of the League shall be elected from the
registered members of the previous season (every three years).
final interpretation of these rules remain the right of the
Committee. Rules only to be altered at the AGM, or at an EGM,
at which no other business shall be discussed other that the
reason the EGM was called for. All proposals put forward should
be in writing and with the League Secretary at least 7 days
before the commencement of the Meeting. Alternatively, a postal
ballot may be needed.
Licensee reserves the right to refuse admission to his public
house of any member of another pub’s team. The League has no
minimum age limit, but if your team has any under 18 players it
is the responsibility of the team Captain to contact the
Licensee of any venue to confirm the pub rules on under 18’s.
Failure to do so may result in the team forfeiting the game to
League matches shall take place on Tuesday
nights and shall commence by 8:45pm. Teams should
arrive at the match venue around 8:30pm to toe the oche by
8:45pm. All games shall be on a standard black dart board in
good condition, otherwise the Home team will forfeit the match.
It must be 5ft 8ins from the floor to the centre. Plumbing to
the toe line should be permanently marked by a raised oche at
7ft 9¼ins from the front of the board. On match nights the
matchboard must be of good quality and made available to away
teams for practice no later
Captains (or players in competitions) shall agree that the board
and conditions of play are satisfactory and according to the
rules. NO protest
appertaining to this rule will be entertained after the match
Captains shall exchange teams by listing out their team and
matching up with the opposing team’s Captain. Full
names must be
used. All Teams must keep a book as a written record of games
played with players full
for each such game, which must be made available to the
Committee if so requested.
League/ Summer League and all Cup Games: The Away Captain gets
the choice if a singles or doubles is played in the odd number
games i.e.1,3,5,7,9,(11). The Home captain gets to call the
games in the even games i.e. 2,4,6,8,10. Home team to chalk on
all games. Chalking must show player’s score and balance,
either manually or computerised.
Away team throws first in the odd numbered games, Home team in
the even numbered games. If a game goes to one leg all, whoever
threw first in leg one will throw first in the third leg
the event that a team are short of male players then up to 2
registered women may be allowed to step in and make up the
can list one substitute who will play if the opposing Captain
calls a player who is not present in the pub at the time. If
the substitute is used the player he replaces cannot play for
the team that night. If no substitute is named before the match
commences, or a second player is not present when called, the
team will lose that game.
discrepancy in the scoring must be challenged BEFORE throwing
any further darts. Mistakes CANNOT be
challenged after further darts have been thrown.
is the responsibility of the WINNING
TEAM or home team in
the case of a draw to phone or E-Mail (email@example.com)
or text in the result to the League Secretary by Friday
following the match, Constant faulty in giving results could end
up with the team losing points or even ejection for the league
The League Secretary should also be informed of any finish of
100 and over & 180’s scored.
winning team will be awarded two points in both Summer and
Winter Leagues. In the Winter League, Teams who draw will
receive one point each. The Team with the most points at the
end of the season shall be adjudged the winner of the division.
In the event of a tie, games difference will decide. In the
event of a tie on games difference, a play-off on a neutral
board will be arranged to determine the winner. Relegation and
promotion shall be decided by the Committee prior to the
commence of the season.
games (where a team fails to inform their opponents or the
League Secretary of their inability to comply with the fixture)
will be awarded to the opponents to NIL. If a team fails to
fulfil 3 fixtures in the Winter Season or 2 fixtures in the
Summer Season, the Committee have the right to remove the team
from the League and their results being scratched. The Committee
also has the right to refuse that team from entering the
following season. Any team failing to honour fixtures may
forfeit their chance of hosting a finals night at the end of the
any team withdraws from the League, all points and games
involving this team will be cancelled.
a team withdraws from the League, players may transfer to
another team with the approval of the Committee.
team found to have played an unregistered player will forfeit
the match to NIL. No player may compete for more than one team
on one night, or play in another League on match nights.
Trophy will be awarded to the player with the highest finishing
score in each division during the Winter League.
TEAM GAME FORMATS
Cup – Format.
2 x trebles (801 up), straight start, double finish, one game;
3 x doubles (601up), straight start, double finish, one game; 6
x singles (401up), Straight start,
double finish, best of three games. The Committee will decide
the amount of Division. Team will drawn from the hat in their
Winter League –
Premier & Division 1 - 3 x doubles, (501up), Straight start,
double finish, best of 3 Legs; 7 singles, (501 up) , Straight
start, double finish, best of 3 Legs.. Division 2 & 3 - 3 x
doubles, (401up), Straight start, double finish, best of 3 Legs;
7 singles, (401 up) , Straight start, double finish, best of 3
Ben Truman Cup/plate –
2 doubles (601 up), Straight start, double finish best of 3
legs, 7 singles (401 up), Straight start, double finish, best of
3 legs, losing teams in the first round go into a Plate
**If a team fails to turn up for the first round game they
forfeit the right to take part in the Ben Truman Plate.
President Trophy/ Carousel Cup –
Committee to decide the split between the cups - Presidents
Trophy / Carousel Cup will be split into two, the top two
division playing for one and the bottom two division for the
other. 3 x doubles (501up), Double start, double finish, best of
3 legs; 6 singles (401 up) Double start, double finish, best of
league will run singles (one for just the lower two divisions to
enter) (£2), men’s doubles (£4), mixed doubles (£4), Captains
(Free), Captain & Vice Captains (Free), and a Team Champion
doubles both players must be registered with the same team
there are representing.
A replacement player
may take the place of a competitor in the pairs first game of
the Men’s doubles or Mixed doubles only (they can only play if
they did not enter the competition originally). The original
competitor may not return to the competition. No replacement can
be made after the pair’s first game. All Play-off night will
take place on a Tuesday night incorporated within the fixtures,
(if there is adequate time in the League fixture), all will
commence at 8:45p.m. unless otherwise advised by the League
In doubles competitions, if one player is absent, the remaining
player will have one throw to the opponents two.
Before the start a ‘nearest the bull throw’ to decide who throws
first in the opening leg. If
the match goes one leg all, whoever throws first in the first
leg throws first in the final leg.
Mens Singles, (best of 5 leg all rounds) 501 up Premier Division
1 & 401 up Division 2 & 3,
Men’s Pairs, (best of 5 legs all rounds) 501 up
Straight Start, Doubles Finish.
Mixed Pairs, (best of 3 legs) 601 up Straight Start, Doubles
Team Champion, (best of 5 legs all rounds) 401 up Straight
Start, Doubles Finish,
Captain & Vice Captains Singles, (best of 3 legs) 401 up
Straight Start, Doubles Finish
Captain and Vice Captains Pairs, (best of 3 legs) 601 up
Straight start, Double Finish (except the final is best of 5
Winners to advise the league secretary of the result within five
Finals nights (last 8 or 16) will be held at the
best venues in the League (also semis & finals), even though
this may mean more pubs do not get a finals night. A volunteer
chalker for the first game then the loser chalks next game and