Editor's Note: These
10 "Commandments" were originally written by Sarah
Parsons (of Fort Worth, Texas) in the early 1970's, and
have been reprinted countless times in darts league
newsletters, darts magazines, and tournament programs.
In soft-tip darts, electronic
dartboards score dart games automatically. But, in steel-tip
(Steel-Point Darts) darts games played on bristle dartboards, a scorekeeper, called the Chalker, stands next to
the scoreboard and keeps score.
It is traditional for the
winning darts team to thank a good chalker with a
handshake and perhaps a free drink.
know where Sarah Parsons is now? Please let CyberDarts know.
Commandments" For Keeping Score
1.Scorekeepers Shall Not talk while
2. Scorekeepers Shall Not move about while keeping score, stand
3. Scorekeepers Shall Not look at the shooter, stand facing the
4. Scorekeepers Shall Not call out a score, of one dart or all
three -- unless the shooter asks you!
5. Scorekeepers Shall Not tell a shooter what to shoot or what
combination to shoot for an out!
6. Scorekeepers Shall Not change a score unless it is brought to
the attention of both shooters (teams).
7. Scorekeepers Shall Not change a score - regardless - if that
player (team) has shot again and a second score written
down. An error in a dart shooter's score MUST be corrected
before he (team) shoots again or it stands.
8. Scorekeepers Shall Not lean out to see where a dart is or is
going nor shall he follow the darts with body or head
9. Scorekeepers Shall Not show any sign of disgust or excitement
while at the scoreboard!
10. Scorekeepers Shall Not change the side of the scoresheet of the
player in three leg matches. If you start a darts player on the
left side of the scoresheet, continue to keep his score on
the left, regardless of what the Bull shots are.