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Updated on April 10, 2014

Everything You Need To Run A Dart Tournament

Read on for dart tournament sign up sheets, free bracket downloads and more.

I am often asked where you can find dart tournament brackets, and for tips on running a dart tournament as I have been running a weekly blind draw at my local sports bar for several years. I thought I'd create this lens to give everyone somewhat of a one stop answer.

Here you will find:

Recommended gear for running a dart tournament

Free Signup Sheets for dart tournaments

Dart Tournament Brackets for dart tournaments

Tips on running a dart tournament

Recommendations from an experienced dart tournament director

Frequently asked questions

Knowing your dartboards are setup and measured correctly is important to the players. Visit my other lens: Regulation Dartboard Setup for the details.

Feel free to download and use these signup sheets for your dart tournament needs. They provide space for up to 48 players, with easy to use columns for entrée fees paid in, a high out pot, mystery out pot and an extra side pot. I designed them myself and have been using them for over four years.

Using these signup sheets

The signup sheets are relatively self explanatory. At the top you can keep track of the venue and date. On the next line, fill in the amounts for your entrée fee and side pots.

Reading the columns left to right, we have:

Checkouts - If you are offering a high out and/or mystery out pot, mark each players checkouts in this column. There obviously is no need to mark any players that did not pay in for the pot.

Draw (Grey Column) - Use this column to write down the number in which that player was assigned from the draw. You can run the draw any way you feel comfortable, but it is recommended you have a couple of witnesses present just to insure yourself from being accused of fixing anything. Some directors like to have each player draw their own number, others like to have one volunteer do the draw.

Player, Entrée Fee, Out pots - The next columns are simply used to write down the players name and check each column in which that player paid for. Make sure when a player calls in and says "I'm running late, write me down" that you do not check any of the columns until they arrive and give you the cash.

Below that, you have a box to the right for calculating your payouts. Simply write in the total entrée fees, any add in cash from the club and double check your math. I have the sheet indicating the way I like to do the weekly payout which is 3rd place receiving their entrée fees back and the remainder split 70%/30% between 1st and 2nd place. If I have 16 or more players, I'll usually bump the 3rd place payout up by at least 25%, still splitting the remainder 70%/30%.

You can then use the box to the left to write down your winners and have a record of each tournament.

What to have for running a dart tournament

Let me start with a suggested inventory of the things I find making life easy as a weekly tournament director:

I like to carry a laptop bag with all of my gear in it, giving me a handle and plenty of pockets for all of the items I tend to use no matter how frequent. A briefcase will also work well, or whatever suits your needs and taste.

First and foremost I carry a notebook. In that notebook I have my blank brackets ready to go, blank signup sheets and some notebook paper for jotting down notes or dart players contact information.

Next, I have two Crown Royal bags with poker chips in them. In one bag I have the chips numbered 1 through 32 for drawing partners. In the other bag the chips are numbered 41 through 170 for drawing the mystery out each week.

Some people have been known to use a deck of playing cards for the draw, however I advise the chips in order to avoid possible confusion. For example, where I live it is illegal to have playing cards out in any establishment that serves alcohol. So I carry my numbered poker chips in a Crown Royal bag for drawing players, the mystery out and any other need when playing at a pub.

Aside from those essentials I also like to have spare pens as players tend to walk off with the one I am using when my head is turned. I also carry a stack of the local dart shops business cards to hand out, flyers for my tournament plus any other ADO or League tournaments that may be of interest.

I have a calculator handy as I like the bigger buttons as opposed to using the calculator on my cell phone. Generally it is only used for calculating the payouts.

While not necessary for running the tournament, I also carry a handful of push pins for hanging flyers in the dart area, a phillips screwdriver and a hammer for any emergency dartboard bracket surgery or a new board install, extra dartboard brackets and hardware and just for kicks I have a giant eraser that says "Big Mistake" that I enjoy harassing scorekeepers with from time to time.

And finally, I always make sure I have plenty of dry erase markers, grease pencils or chalk for the scoreboards. I also keep receipts for these little things as they do add up, and I provide them to the venue when it is convenient for them to reimburse me for t

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I like to use the following brackets for a few reasons. First off, I can print them and punch them with a three hole punch to keep in my notebook. Second, that gives me the ability to match up the bracket with that particular tournaments sign up sheet, which indicate what players were there and what the payouts were. I can then keep that notebook with the records handy for the club owner, and for my own reference.

As far as deciding whether or not to run the tournament single or double elimination, that will depend on how much time you have and what format you are playing. All of the tournaments I run are double elimination, 501/Cricket/Bulls Choice. However I will call the losers bracket either a single game bulls choice or two out of three depending on the amount of players and the amount of time - and dartboards - we have at the venue.

If you find that any of these are 404 unavailable, just give it a few minutes and try later. Usually that means the server is down or restarting. If the files do not ask you to save or open, right click on the link and select "save target as" or "save link as".

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Generic Tournament Bracket - This bracket accommodates up to 32 players

32 Team Darts Bracket
32 Team Darts Bracket

When you're finished with the draw, list your players/teams starting with space number 1, followed by 2 and so forth until you've added everyone to the bracket. Once all have been placed, you can mark any empty spaces with "Bye". A Bye is treated just as any other team or player, except Bye always gets a loss. Play out the tournament following the coded matches and arrows until both extremes have been met. The winners from both sides play the finals, and the winner of the losers bracket must defeat the team in the winners bracket twice in order to win the finals.

Click here or on the image above to download this bracket in PDF format for printing.

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How do I match up partners after the draw?

The way I like to match up partners is to simply write down half the number of players, one line at a time down the left side of a scratch sheet of paper. I then write the remaining numbers from bottom to top adjacent to that column of numbers. Matching these up line by line gives you your draw for the tourney.

Where I live the "Modified Blind Draw" is what players are used to. A modified blind draw insures that no two ladies will have each other as a partner. When drawing modified for this, always draw the ladies first, making sure they aren't drawing each other. Should a number come up that does pair up two ladies, set that number aside until all the ladies have been assigned numbers. Then return the number to the remaining ones and continue the draw as normal.

How can I boost attendance for my dart tournament?

Fliers are a staple in your local dart players lives. It is relatively easy to Google up a picture of a dart board, and in a word processor such as Microsoft Word or any graphics program you may have, create an eyecatching flier to pass out anywhere and everywhere you think dart players may wind up.

Having the venue add money to the pot is also a great way to attract players. The bigger the payout, the more players you will see rolling in. If you are averaging 12 to 16 players each tournament, don't hesitate to ask the club owner to consider kicking in $2 per head. As attendance grows you can get more from the venue. Don't be afraid to eventually keep at least $1 per head - or negotiate for some free aiming fluid - if you are volunteering to run an in house dart tournament.

Finally, a mystery out pot is a nice progressive pot that more often than not carries over to the next tournament. Once your mystery out gets big and dart players get word of it they will be showing up to try to win it!

What if I have an odd number of players?

Generally what I have done is wait until signups are closed to see how many players I have. If I have an odd number, I'll play to make it even. If there is an even amount I sit out and enjoy watching the matches, keeping score when needed.

You can however run an "odd man out". Determined by the draw you will have one player left over. That player waits until the first team has been knocked out of the losers bracket. You then have a coin toss between the two players who were knocked out and the winner of the toss becomes the odd mans partner, joining them in the winners bracket to start again.

Who enforces the rules?

The tournament director should take responsibility and show sportsmanlike conduct as well as leadership when it comes to any debates over the rules of play. Having said that, knowing the rules of darts is beneficial. Many dart leagues have their rulebooks online as well as the professional dart associations.

What I have found is that players will often bring up issues that are pretty common. For example, if a dart falls out of the board before the scorekeeper has written the score, it does not count. If the dart is staying put at the board in some odd way from a deflection, the point MUST be touching the board.

It is the simple things you will find dart players debating, and knowing the rules will benefit you in handling any potential conflicts.

I appreciate feedback both positive and negative. It helps dart players and readers point me in the right direction. Please let me know if this lens helped you in any way or if you have any suggestions, tips of your own or questions that may go well with the FAQ. Thanks!

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      Rags180 LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I've had a domain name expire that is causing the issue, I'll have this fixed in a couple of minutes. Thanks for the heads up!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Rags180 LM: takes ya to a search engine website either way. :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When I try to click on your bracket links or even right click on them to save them to my computer I am getting a search engine website with dart information. I'd like to have some brackets for starting a soft tip blind draw tournament with a mystery out. Do you have an actual bracket I can use or do I have to search the web?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi can anyone plz tell me how you do a round robin followed by a flow chart ?

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      Rags180 LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: James, right click on the link to the bracket you'd like and select "save target as" or "save link as" to download it to your computer and print. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice sight. great sign in sheet, even has high/low. Lots of people have not even heard of this. Could not print BRACKETS, came up on screen as HTLM. HOW TO CHANGE FOR PRINT?

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      excellent lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i am running a 8 week tourny and need to know how to work out the odd players from 9 up then from 17 up and so on if anyone can help in detail so i can print for my competition runners to have at hand if they get stuck can anyone help please

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      Rags180 LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: That looks pretty cool! Thanks for the link!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Did you ever try www.konkuri.com? With Konkuri you can create a random bracket or refine it manually without using any word or other document to be filled up by hand.

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      Pete Schultz 7 years ago

      our local darts (steel tip) league lost the leaders doing the schedules, recording results, compiling season records etc. We may have to go to this form and invite all the other steel tip throwers to our home pub....It will still be fun, and we won't have to travel anywhere. Thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @Rags180 LM: Thanks for all the help! You have some great ideas! I appreciate it!

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Great lens! I would have had no idea how to throw a darts tournament, but you make it sound pretty easy with all of these forms and suggestions. I think this would be a great idea for a charity fundraiser too. Blessed by a squidangel

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      Rags180 LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Melissa,

      There are a few things that work great at a benefit tournament. You can get some numbered tickets and a jar and run a 50/50 raffle where the winning ticket receives half of what is in the jar. Sell the tickets for $1 each or 6 for $5 and bank half of the amount for the fund raiser. You can also do a silent auction. Have players and/or others donate items and display them with a piece of paper where people can write down their bids, highest bidders win and funds are raised. We've also had great success with a cake auction. People can make the cakes/pies themselves or bring one from the grocery store. We've auctioned off $30 worth of cakes for $150 in the past as players are generous at events like these and - well - everyone loves cake and pie!

      As for the tournament I'd stick with the blind draw unless you are expecting more than 32 players, in which case you could run two events. That really all depends on the venue, the amount of time and boards you have available etc... If you hit up some local bars and restaraunts you can usually get them to donate gift certificates and/or beer koozies, keychains etc. for chalker prizes or to raffle off if they are of significant value. The dollar store always has fun things you can pick up cheap for chalker prizes as well.

      On a last note, if possible try to keep about $2 per player aside from the payouts to add to the fund raiser. You can also run side 50/50 pots such as a high out, mystery out and honey pot.

      Best of luck with it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am looking to throw a dart tournament as part of a bennifit. My brother was in a farming accident? What is best to do for prizes and to try to draw a good turn out? Is it best to do one tournament bring your partner or is it always better to do luck of the draw? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @Rags180 LM: hi there im was just wondering if you could help me im trying to arange a 1 night tourny but don't really know how to unless i only get 8 or 16 players but im stuck on anything between any help on how to get round this would be appreciated very much. my time bracket for the night is from 8-12pm

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      Rags180 LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Looks interesting!

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      Rags180 LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: That all depends on how many players you have and how much time you have to run it. Generally a blind draw doubles, best two of three winners bracket and one game losers bracket with 16 to 24 needs no more than four boards to run smoothly. (based on the weekly tournament I run here locally). From there the more players you have the more boards you might consider.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Check out - www.probrackets.com. This software is currently used to run steel and soft-tip dart tournaments all over the midwest.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      very helpful how many boards you recommend at a tourny

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      Rags180 LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: If you're running a singles event, I would have everyone draw a number or card and simply fill out the bracket in the numerical order they drew. If you're running a doubles event use the method above for the draw but the one player who didn't match up with a partner becomes the "odd man out". The first team to be eliminated you flip a coin to see who becomes the odd mans partner and returns to the winners bracket with them. Good luck with it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I need to set up a schedule for 12 weeks for a 10 team cricket dart league and have no Idea of how to do this. Can anyone PLEASE help me out ??? The league starts January 24th...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have eleven players could you tell me the order that they would play

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      Rags180 LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thweety, check out League Republic. It is a free online system for scheduling and running a league season along with optional stats. http://www.leaguerepublic.com/

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      Rags180 LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Cheryl, I'd check out League Republic and use the system. You can find the link on my other lens https://hubpages.com/sports/dartsprograms

      Good luck with the season!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am trying to set up brackets for 20 people playing doubles on a cricket league( EX: 1/2 vs. 3/4 ). Any idea of how to do this? WE play for 12 weeks.

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      Rags180 LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Tracie P] Hard to say with only 4 teams. I'd pay it out about like this:

      Top 2 Payout: 1st $40 2nd $20

      Top 3 Payout 1st $30 2nd $20 3rd $10

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Need to pay out 4 teams of 2 players. Played each team 3 times @ $5 each. wat would recommended pay back be??

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The best resource for round robins, especially when you assign partners for a team tournament is http://www.devenezia.com/downloads/round-robin/ Look up pairings for Whist or ask a question in their forum.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Rags180] This table goes up to 32 http://bellsouthpwp.net/w/b/wbport/chess_etc/crens...

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      Rags180 LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Mal Gape] Try right clicking on the link and selecting "save link as" Mal, or if you're using Vista you may as well give up. I've been told Vista wont download these.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      When I get these brackets up they`re all gobeldegook, I can`t make head nor tail out of them.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The method I use for pairing up is to use a deck of cards. If I'm running an A/B league blind draw, I'll have a card for each team. Usually something like A-9 for a 9 team tourny. first have A league draw a card. write down the number for the player. re-shuffle the cards, have the B league draw. The two numbers that match are partners. Using numbers on the bracket, I fill in based on number of card. If I'm doing a straight blind draw, I'll have 1-9 in black, and 1-9 in red. Do a draw, the two numbers red-black are partners. in theory, you could probably do up to 26 teams that way. Just figure on matching spades/diamonds, clubs/hearts or whatever.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thanks, i'll do that.

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      Rags180 LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Josh] Josh, you will need to draw up a Round Robin sheet for 16 players - you can maybe use two of the 8 player sheets for reference - and write down one player name as "BYE". Each player will shoot each other and have one bye round.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      How do you have a 15 Player Round Robin tournament bracket because I am having a darts tournament in March?

      Thanks

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      Rags180 LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to john] I'd print two of the 32 bracket and tape them together John. Just change the letters to accommodate the additional 32, fill it out top to bottom and the byes will show themselves.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am looking for a 64 team double elimination tournament format. to print off.

      We are running a tournament in feb and I already have 50 teams signed up. I would also like to know where to put byes in if i don't get all 64 filled

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Rags180]

      I had a look. Perhaps I need to explain it better.

      I have 9 rounds. Each round consists of 7 games of 4 people per game. Total is 63 games.

      So if I use:

      Round 1

      1/2 v 3/4

      5/6 v 7/8

      9/10 v 11/12

      13/14 v 15/16

      17/18 v 19/20

      21/22 v 23/24

      25/26 v 27/28

      Then in the remaining rounds player 1 for example can't play in a game with players 2,3 or 4 in it because he/she has already been in a game with those people.

      Hope that helps a bit more.

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      Rags180 LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Gary] OK, Gary, I think I figured something out. Take a look at this table:

      http://www.a-stitch.com/darts/scramble.html

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      Rags180 LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Gary] Me and a couple of other guys are knocking this around Gary, we get it but its the partners that makes it a tough draw.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i think i would do well in the tournament because i have got a decent throw and i can hit 100 most of the time and my finishing is very good the highets check out that i have done is 141

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Rags180]

      each round has 28 players in it - 7 games of 4 people - for example:

      Round 1

      1/2 v 3/4

      5/6 v 7/8

      9/10 v 11/12

      13/14 v 15/16

      17/18 v 19/20

      21/22 v 23/24

      25/26 v 27/28

      What I want to know is the next 8 rounds so that no player has played with or against the same player twice.

      I been looking everywhere and I can't find a suitable draw for this.

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      Rags180 LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Gary] Heya Gary,

      You could do the draw any way you like - poker chips, torn pieces of paper, closest/furthest from the bull - then simply run the rounds as follows:

      Round 1: 1|4 vs 2|3

      Round 2: 2|4 vs 1|3

      Round 3: 3|4 vs 1|3

      Round 4: 1|4 vs 2|3

      Round 5: 2|4 vs 1|3

      Round 6: 3|4 vs 1|3

      Round 7: 1|4 vs 2|3

      Round 8: 2|4 vs 1|3

      Round 9: 3|4 vs 1|3

      I supposed to break up the flow of partners you could also consider writing down each round and drawing for it each time. Am I understanding you correctly?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have been tyring to find a bracket to run the following but am unable to.

      I have 28 players playing doubles. 7 games x 4 people = 28 players.

      I want to run 9 rounds so that every player plays with 3 different people each round.

      Anyone got any ideas?

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      Rags180 LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Rags180] 11 X 17 Bracket has been added and uploaded.

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      Rags180 LM 9 years ago

      [in reply to johnny morris] Heya Johnny, I am working on an 11" X 17" bracket that goes up to 32, in the meantime the link for the 28 players can be used as 28 teams, just use the link above.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hi i am looking for a darts Tournament Sheet for 28 pairs can you help me

      please

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great site! Very informative!

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      Rags180 LM 9 years ago

      Heya Mal,

      Right click on the link and select "save as", select a place on your PC to save the file and go for it. Your browser is trying to open the file and isn't recognizing it.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I`ve tried to download the tournament brackets, however, all I get is gobeldeegook, How do I download it properly?

      Cheers

      Mal