Lawn Darts

General Description

Lawn darts (also called Jarts or yard darts) is a lawn game for two players or teams. A lawn dart set usually includes four large darts and two targets. The game is similar to both horseshoes and darts. The darts are typically 12 inches long with a weighted metal or plastic tip on one end and three plastic fins on a rod at the other end. The darts are intended to be tossed underhand toward a horizontal ground target, where the weighted end hits first and sticks into the ground. The target is typically a plastic ring, and landing anywhere within the ring scores a point.


There are a number of variations of lawn darts, including Traditional and Handly Cup Style. Either variation can be played one-on-one or in teams of two. In the team version the players stand with one member from each team at each and toss the darts to a target about 50 feet away (with variation based on the players skill and the venue in which the game is being played).

Basic Rules

In Traditional Lawn Darts, points are scored when a dart lands in the target area. Usually if a player from each team lands a dart in the target, the scores cancel each other (so if Team 1 got 2 darts into the target, and Team 2 got 1 in, Team 1 would get 1 point and Team 2 would get 0).

Scores are based on darts in the ring plus darts closest to the ring than any of the opposing team's darts. Darts landing inside the ring, or "ringers", are worth 3 points each, and can be canceled by an opponent also throwing a dart into the ring. Additionally, any dart that is closest to the ring (but outside) than any other dart by the opposing team is worth one point. This means that if neither team managed to place a dart into the ring, but Team 1 had two darts closer than any of Team 2's darts, Team 1 would score 2 points. If Team 1 had one dart in the ring, and one dart closer than any of Team 2's darts, they would score 4 points. There is also no steadfast rule about distance. You just throw from a previously agreed upon distance. You continue game play until one team reaches 21!