How to be the scorekeeper in a dart match.
Scoring a dart match always looks easier the further you are from the chalkboard. Basic subtraction and addition can become incredibly difficult when you're in the spotlight, at the scoreboard. Here are a few things every darter should know before agreeing to be a scorekeeper for a dart match.
No matter how tempting it is, don't look at the dart thrower on the line. As the scorekeeper for the dart match, you are in the line of sight for the players as they throw. Therefore, it is very important to stand still and face the dartboard. Whatever you do, DO NOT look directly at the players as they throw. This is very distracting for most dart throwers. Other "no-no's" are tapping the chalk board, writing down scores per dart (always wait until all three darts have been thrown), and giving words of encouragement or advice to the dart thrower.
Scorekeeper's responsibilities. You are the official referee for the match, so it's important to know your responsibilities. You should call out the total score of each player's throw. As the scorekeeper, you can tell the darter how many points are required to finish the game. You also have the final decision on any controversy, such as who is closest to the middle of the dartboard. You may warn or disqualify the throw of a player stepping over the line. You can also re-adjust the dartboard if it is turned during a game.
Scoring the match. The proper way to score an '01 match is to write the score per throw on the outside of the chalkboard and the total score on the inside, so the two opponent's scores are side by side on the inside of the scoreboard. For a cricket dart match, score the points at the top of the board and work your way down. You can note all stars next to the name of the darter at the top of the board. Also make sure that the scoreboard is easy to see from the dart line. Sometimes a scorekeeper will accidentally block the scoreboard by standing in front of it. Try to allow a clear view of the dart scores.
Act professionally and don't be afraid to ask questions. As a scorekeeper it's important to be calm and unbaised. Make sure not to laugh, sneer or otherwise demean a bad throw. Also, do not establish rules after the game has begun. Never tell the thrower what double he has left or provide any strategy on how to finish the game. If you are not sure about a score, ask the thrower to confirm your math. Players should tell you the total scored per turn, however not all darters do this. If you're having difficulties recording a dart score, ask for help. Everyone knows how hot it is under the spotlight.