Indiana Fun: Dartball

Indiana Fun: Dartball

Dartball in Indiana

Dartball in Indiana

What’s kind of like playing darts but not like playing darts? It’s dartball!

I know, I know – I had never heard of Dartball, either–that is up until two months ago when somehow I ended up on a team (boy do I bet they regret that move!).

Dartball in Indiana

Now, Dartball is kind of like darts but for a few key differences: instead of lightweight, easy to throw darts, you have darts specifically made for the game, which are heavier, thicker, and, well, I kind of feel like I have to whip them at the board just to make the 15 feet to the other end (men have 20 feet to go).

Where do you throw the darts? Hopefully you can make it to the Dartball board. It’s a ginormous diamond shaped piece of wood that is divided into orange 1st, 2nd, and 3rd bases–and the coveted home run!

The other sections are red, green, or white and labeled single, strike, ball, or out. Guess which one my dart prefers to land on? Unfortunately, it’s not the homer…yet!

If it lands off the board you’ll need to break out your silver coins! You’ve got to pay up and, oh yes, you will be teased! Not that I know from personal experience of anything.

There’s No “I” in Dartball

We have a dartball board for practice and a different one for games, too. It helps the nicer board stay legible a bit longer!

When we play against a team, teams play six innings and snacks are always provided by the “home” team. Our team takes turns supplying food. You KNOW that whenever church ladies have to do anything with food it’s impossible to resist! Teams are from our own church as well as other area Indiana churches.

A game of Dartball takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get through (depending on how good everyone is doing).

All ages play this one. Friendly competition is a good thing! It’s been a lot of fun.  Even though I have not discovered a hidden talent at dart-throwing, it definitely helped pass what could have been some long Indiana winter nights. Dartball is certainly creating a community.

Indiana Fun

There is always something to do in a small town, and for us this winter, it’s been Dartball!

Want to see the Dartball practice board? You can really tell that it’s gotten a lot of (mis)use–and check out those crazy darts! If dartball sounds like a great time to you, local churches are the place to start. Most do not require membership or participation in the life of the church either. Play ball!

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  1. Kim Tracy Prince April 28, 2010 at 12:30 am

    This is crazazy cool. I want one! (here from SITS too)

  2. Melissa B. March 20, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Small towns are the best, aren’t they? SITS sent me by, and I’m glad they did!

    On, Wisconsin! You’d Better Win Tomorrow…
    .-= Melissa B.´s last blog ..On, Wisconsin! You’d Better Win Tomorrow… =-.

  3. Amber March 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Wow, that actually sounds like a lot of fun!

    Good luck on your tournament… I bet you will totally bring it! 😛

    Also, what you said about church ladies and cooking is SO TRUE. Whenever we have the Greek Orthodox Festival here I am all over it… their cookies and main dishes are sooooo good!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! 🙂

  4. Jessica Nunemaker March 18, 2010 at 9:23 am

    For those who don’t know — it’s the Dartball Tournament! I am *so* bringing it!

  5. Vicki Robinson March 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Nice article….I am printing it off and going to bring for everyone to see tonight. ARE YOU READY!!!! WE WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME THIS EVENING … SEE YOU AT 6 PM

  6. Amber March 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Sounds like fun!
    .-= Amber´s last blog ..Our Next Base =-.

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