2. Code of Conduct
3. General Playing Rules
3.2 Starting and finishing
3.5 Oche and Playing Area
3.8 Order of Play
3.11 Playing attire
4. Australian Grand Prix
4.1 Round Robin
4.3 Pro Tour Points
4.4 Oceanic Masters
4.5 World Series of Darts
4.6 Australasian Championships
5 Tournament Play at a Darts Event
6.0 Disciplinary Powers of the DPA
6.1 Right of Appeal
6.2 Claim for Reserved Determination
7. Amendments and Additions
Dartplayers Australia (DPA) aims to be recognised as the Premier Darts League and Promotor of darts in Australia offering all players the opportunity to join the very best players in the World on some of the biggest stages around the World, in conjunction with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC)
Dartplayers Australia endeavour to succeed in being recognised as the Premier Darts League and Promotor in Australia by administering rules and regulations that will improve the image and profile of Darts within the Professional and Amateur ranks in Australia and New Zealand. The DPA Rule book sets the standards of behaviour for players in all DPA sanctioned events.
The Rules contained in this Rule Book shall apply to all players participating in DPA sanctioned events and all Players agree to abide by them.
CODE OF CONDUCT AND PLAYING RULES OF DARTPLAYERS AUSTRALIA
2 CODE OF CONDUCT
2.1 No Player shall act in a manner which may reasonably be considered to be prejudicial to the interests or standing of the DPA or which could reasonably be considered to injure or discredit the DPA or bring the game of darts into disrepute.
2.2 No Player shall use any Social Media platform or Public Forum in a manner which may reasonably be considered to be prejudicial to the interests or standing of the DPA or which could reasonably be considered to injure or discredit the DPA or bring the game of darts into disrepute.
2.3 All Players will steadfastly adhere to the DPA Rules. Any breaches will result in disciplinary action.
2.4 Any Player or Players Guest who is asked by the Tournament Director or Venue Staff to leave a venue at which a Darts Event is taking place or carry out any other instruction relating to the Darts Event, must do so immediately.
2.5 No Player will abuse, ignore or refuse reasonable requests from DPA Staff, Venue Staff or a Sponsor at any Darts Event.
3 GENERAL PLAYING RULES
3.0.a Players shall provide their own darts which shall not exceed an overall maximum length of 30.5cms (12ins) nor weigh more than 50 grams. Each dart shall consist of a needle shaped point which shall be fixed to a barrel. At the rear of the barrel shall be an attached flighted stem which may consist of up to a maximum of three separate pieces (namely any combination of; a flight, a flight securing device and a stem).
3.0.b All Players and Teams shall abide by and play within the DPA Rules and any supplementary rules laid down, from time to time, by the DPA or the Promoter.
3.0.c All Players and Teams shall play under the supervision and direction of the appointed Officials in all Darts Events.
3.0.d Any trophy awarded to a Player shall be retained by the relevant Player, unless it is of a challenge or perpetual type, in which case it shall be returned to the DPA on request.
3.0.e Any Player failing to comply with any of these General Playing Rules during or after a Darts Event shall be liable to disqualification from that Event or the next event, at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
3.0.f The interpretation of these General Playing Rules in relation to a Darts Event shall be determined by the DPA whose decision on interpretation shall be final and binding.
3.1.a A Player shall throw darts from a standing position, excepting only in those circumstances when a physical disability or physical injury requires a Player to adopt a non-standing position (for instance from a wheelchair or similar form of support).
3.1.b All darts must be deliberately thrown in an over arm fashion, one at a time, by and from the Player’s hand.
3.1.c A “Throw” shall consist of a maximum of three darts thrown consecutively (without interruption for any throw by any other Player) by a Player unless a leg, set or match is completed in less than three darts thrown by that Player.
3.1.d If the throwing Player physically touches any dart which is in the dartboard during a Throw, then that Throw shall be deemed to have been completed.
3.1.e Any dart bouncing off or falling out of the dartboard prior to being retrieved by the throwing Player after that Player’s Throw does not count and shall not be re-thrown.
3.2 Starting and Finishing:
3.2.a In every Darts Event, each leg shall be played with a straight start from 501 to the finish at zero which must be on a “Double”, unless stated otherwise in the playing format of a particular Darts Event.
3.2.b The “Bull” shall count as 50 and if 50 is required to complete a leg, set or match then the Bull shall count as double 25.
3.2.c The “Bust” Rule shall apply, namely if a Player scores more than the number required then that score shall not count and the Player’s score shall revert back to the score the Player had prior to the Opponent’s last throw.
3.2.d A Game Shot called by a Referee or Scorer is valid only if the thrown darts;
(i) Achieve the required finish and
(ii) Remain in the dartboard until retrieved by the Player whose Throw it was at the time of calling the Game Shot. A leg is not completed until all darts are retrieved from the dartboard by the Player who has thrown.
3.2.e If a Game Shot called by a Referee or Scorer is declared invalid then the throwing Player shall have the right to continue the Throw which is in progress in an attempt to achieve the required finish.
3.2.f If, as a result of any error declared under Clause 3.2.e the throwing Player has retrieved a dart, or darts, then the Referee shall replace the dart, or darts, in or as near as is practicable to the same position or positions and then invite the throwing Player to complete that Throw.
3.2.g Any dart or darts mistakenly thrown by a Player after scoring the Game Shot shall not be counted as the respective leg, set or match is concluded by the Game Shot.
3.2.h No indication of the required double to make the Game Shot shall be given by the Marker or the Referee (namely, for instance, “32 required” is permitted but not “Double 16 required”).
3.2.i The first Player to reduce the score required to exactly zero by obtaining the required “Double” is the winner of that leg, set or match, whichever is applicable.
3.2.j The Referee will have the final say in all matters relating to starting and finishing.
3.3.a A dart shall only score if the tip of the dart remains in or touches the face of the dartboard within the outer double wire and, having been “called”, is retrieved from the face of the dartboard by the Player throwing that dart.
3.3.b A scoring dart is counted by reference to the segment into which the point of the dart enters and remains in or touching the face of the dartboard.
3.3.c Darts shall be retrieved from the dartboard by the throwing Player but only after the score has been called by the Referee or recorded by the Marker.
3.3.d A protest about the score attained or called, after the retrieval of the darts from the board, will not be upheld.
3.3.e All scores and subtractions made should be checked by the Referee, the Marker and the Players after each Throw and, where practicable, before the next Player’s Throw commences.
3.3.f All requests by a Player to check his or her own score recorded, or subtraction made, must be made before that Player’s next Throw, and in any event such requests can only relate to that Player’s last completed Throw.
3.3.g All requests by an Opponent to check the score recorded, or subtraction made, of another Player must be made before the Opponent’s second
Throw following the Throw in relation to which the alleged error occurred.
3.3.h Errors in calculations shall stand as displayed on the scoreboard unless corrected prior to the next Throw of the Player whose score is in error, or prior to the second Throw of the Opponent following the Throw in relation to which the alleged error occurred.
3.3.i The actual score required by a Player must be shown on the score board, clearly visible in front of the Players and the Referee.
3.3.j The Referee shall act as an umpire in all matters pertaining to these General Playing Rules when conducting a Darts Event and shall, if it is necessary, consult with scorers and other officials before announcing any decisions during the course of match play.
3.4.a All dartboards shall be of the “Bristle” type.
3.4.b All dartboards shall be of the “1 - 20 Clock” pattern.
3.4.c The inner narrow band shall score treble the segment number.
3.4.d The outer narrow band shall score double the segment number.
3.4.e The outer centre ring shall score 25.
3.4.f The inner centre ring shall score 50 and shall be called the “Bull”.
3.4.g All the wires forming the doubles and trebles segments, inner and outer centre rings which together form the dartboard, shall be affixed to the face of the dartboard in such a manner that they lie flat on the face of the dartboard and feature no gaps or splits.
3.4.h The dartboard shall be fixed in such a manner that the perpendicular height from the floor (to be at the same level as the Oche) to the centre of the Bull shall measure 1.73 metres (5ft 8ins).
3.4.i The dartboard shall be fixed such that the 20 segment is at the top of the dartboard.
3.4.j Subject to these General Playing Rules a Player or team captain shall have the right to request that a dartboard be changed during the course of a match. Such a request will only be considered by the Referee or an
Official provided the opposing Player or team captain concurs with the request. Such change shall only be made before the start of or after the completion of a leg.
3.4.k The changing of a dartboard shall only be carried out by an Official.
3.4.l Other dartboards may be used only with the prior approval of the DPA.
3.4.m In Tournament play, all floor dartboards shall be adequately lit by a suitably positioned light fitting at each dartboard.
3.4.n Dartboards used in Stage Finals shall be adequately lit by suitably positioned light fittings.
3.4.o In Stage Finals, the general level of illumination can be augmented by the use of “floodlights” and “spotlights” provided that in the opinion of the Referee such lighting does not create shadows on the dartboard during match play.
3.5 Oche and Playing Area:
3.5.a A raised Oche must be placed in position at the minimum throwing distance and shall measure from the back of the raised Oche 2.37 metres (7ft 9.25ins) along the floor to a plumb line at the face of the dartboard.
3.5.b The diagonal distance from the centre of the Bull to the back of the raised Oche at floor level shall measure 2.93 metres (9ft 7.5ins).
3.5.c During match play, no player shall tread on any part of the raised Oche nor shall the player deliver any dart whilst his feet are in a position other than behind the toe edge of the raised Oche.
3.5.d A Player wishing to throw a dart, or darts, from a point on either side of the raised Oche must keep his feet behind an imaginary straight line, the position of which shall be adjudged by the Referee, extending on either side of the raised Oche.
3.5.e Any Player in breach of Clause 3.5.c or 3.5.d shall first be warned by the Referee in the presence of the Player and, where applicable, the Player’s captain. Any dart subsequently delivered in breach of these Clauses shall not score and shall be declared invalid by the Referee.
3.5.f In all televised events, the stage finals will be subject to an exclusion zone for the competing Players. The exclusion zone will be clearly marked and will measure at least 30cms on either side of the Oche and at least 90cms behind the Oche.
3.5.g The Player with the Throw, after retrieving his darts, will be obliged to turn to his / her right and to walk back to the non-playing position without stepping in to the marked exclusion zone.
3.5.h The non-throwing Player must not enter the exclusion zone behind or at the side of the Oche until the throwing Player has completed his or her Throw.
3.5.i In all televised events, the stage finals will be subject to the scrutiny of a Second Referee. The powers of the Second Referee will be as wide ranging as those of the Referee but will be confined to matters not concerned with the actual scoring and adjudication of the Match. In particular, the Second Referee will supervise the exclusion zone and general behaviour which is out of sight of the Referee.
3.6.a Entry fees into any Darts Event are not refundable except in the absolute discretion of Dartplayers Australia.
3.6.b All entrants names, together with the appropriate entry fees, are to be submitted on the specified closing time and date.
3.6.c Only the Player or Players named as the competing individual or team shall be eligible to play in the relevant Darts Event.
3.6.d No Player or team shall enter more than once in any respective Darts Event, unless the rules of that Darts Event allow.
3.6.e No Player shall play in more than one team in any respective Darts Event.
3.6.f All Players participating in a singles or pairs Darts Event must play under his or her own name.
3.6.g The submission of a Player name or team for a Darts Event and the acceptance of that entry form by the Official shall be deemed as an acceptance by that Player or team of these General Playing Rules in relation to that Darts Event.
3.6.h Dartplayers Australia reserves the right to refuse or cancel any entry at any stage prior to, during or after a Darts Event, and the decision shall be final and binding in all matches relating to that Darts Event.
3.6.i Any Player failing to register by the notified time will, save in exceptional circumstances to be decided by the Tournament Director, be eliminated from that Darts Event, in which instance no entry fee shall be refundable.
3.6.j Any Player or team that is not in attendance when called upon to play at the nominated time will, save in exceptional circumstances to be decided by the Tournament Director, forfeit the match. In such instances no Entry Fee shall be refundable.
3.6.k Players should be in attendance at their assigned Match board when their match is due to be played and when they are due to mark a Match. Failure to do so may render the Player liable to disqualification or suspension from the next tournament at the absolute discretion of the Tournament Director.
3.6.l Dartplayers Australia reserves the right to alter scheduled times and the playing format of a Darts Event whenever it is deemed necessary.
3.7.a The Tournament Director and a minimum of one (1) Official shall perform the blind draw for each event. Once the Draw has been made no changes will be made even if a Bye is created by non-attendance.
3.7.b The results of the Draw will be published online at the Dartplayers Australia’s official website as well as on Dartplayers Australia’s Social Media Platforms. Players agree to their names and photo being published.
3.7.c No substitutes shall be allowed in a Darts Event run for individual Players.
3.7.d No substitutes shall be allowed after the first round of a team Darts Event unless the playing rules of the particular event allow for reserve members of a team to be used, or in extenuating circumstances, allowed in the absolute discretion of the Tournament Director.
3.8 Order of Play:
3.8.a The Order of Play for Round Robin events shall be as players are drawn and noted on the Official Sheet, first name throws first; for a Knockout the Order of Play shall be determined by a throw at the Bull, first name throws first.
3.8.b The winner of the throw at the Bull shall throw first in the first leg or set and all odd alternate legs or sets thereafter in that respective Match.
3.8.c Darts that hit and remain in the Bull or the 25 bed shall be retrieved by the Player before the opponent throws a dart if the second Player so requires. It is at the discretion of the Tournament Director to decide how the original dart is marked. A Promoter can at its own discretion direct that in a particular Darts Event only those darts that hit the bull or 25 will count in deciding the order of play.
3.8.d If a dart rebounds from the board or falls out of the board during a throw then the Player shall throw a further dart, or darts, until one remains in the board.
3.8.e Each Player shall throw for the Bull to determine which Player shall throw first in the last leg of the final set. The Player who threw second in any initial determination shall throw first for the Bull.
3.8.f Darts that hit and remain in the Bull or the 25 bed shall be retrieved by the Player before the opponent throws a dart if the second Player so requires.
3.8.g The outcome will be based on the Player’s dart that enters the board, remains in the board and is judged by the Referee to be nearest the Bull.
3.8.h If the Order of Play has not been correctly adopted then that respective leg shall be stopped and then re-started using the correct Order of Play.
3.8.i If legs have already been completed using an incorrect Order of Play then the results determined in those legs shall stand but the next leg shall be started using the correct Order of Play.
3.8.j In some Darts Events the “tie-break” principle is brought into operation when the Match result has reached equality in sets for each Player or Team with the final set remaining to be played. The terms of the “tiebreak” shall then apply to the last leg of the final set of that match.
3.8.k The Player who wins the last leg of the final set of a Match is the winner of that Match.
3.9.a On the Conclusion of a Round Robin the highest ranked player shall immediately provide the Officials desk with the results sheet
3.9.b On conclusion of a Knockout Match the Marker shall immediately advise the Officials desk of the result.
3.10.a Each Player is entitled to a specified number of practice darts to be thrown at the assigned Match board prior to the Match commencing. No other practice darts may be thrown during that Match without the prior permission or instruction of the Referee or appropriate Official.
3.10.b No practice, other than that allowed under Clause 3.10.a, shall be allowed on Match boards after the Darts Event has officially started.
3.10.c Practice Boards may be provided in or adjacent to the Tournament Room for the exclusive use of Players in that Darts Event only.
3.11 Playing Attire:
3.11.a Players are not permitted to wear jeans
3.11.b This restriction shall also apply to any form of “track suit” attire.
3.11.c Players are to wear dress pants only.
3.11.d Players must wear a collared shirt.
3.11.e Players must wear covered footwear unless the Player provides written medical reason from a qualified practitioner
3.11.f No training shoes/Joggers will be allowed unless the Player provides written medical reasons from a qualified practitioner
3.11.g No headgear, other than on religious grounds, or medical grounds with written medical reasons from a qualified practitioner, shall be worn without the permission of the Tournament Director.
3.11.h Players are not permitted to wear anything over their approved Playing Attire in any introductions, match play on stage, interviews and
presentations, other than at the discretion of the Promoters for Televised Darts Events
3.11.i In all Darts Events the Playing Attire of any participating Player shall be subject to the Officials approval. Any unacceptable Playing Attire must be changed before that Player can participate in any introductions, Match play on stage, interviews and presentations.
3.11.j If playing in any event where a Player qualified for the event via a DPA tournament or Order of Merit, such as World Youth Championships, World Series of Darts or the PDC World Championships, the Player will wear a playing shirt that is provided or approved by DPA staff.
3.11.k DPA and Harrows Logos must be visible on playing shirts for floor and TV events in the UK.
3.11.l Any Player refusing to meet with an Officials request in respect of that Player’s Playing Attire shall be liable to forfeit that match.
3.12.a Non Smoking Laws must be adhered to at all Darts Events hosted within Australia
3.12.b No smoking shall be allowed by any Player or Official whilst engaged in a match played on stage which is being covered by television.
3.12.c No smoking shall be allowed by any Player or Official whilst engaged in televised introductions to match play, during any televised interviews either on or off the stage and during presentation ceremonies made on the stage.
3.13.a The DPA, or a Promoter, shall reserve the right to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic drinks in any other Match under its jurisdiction if it is considered to be in the best interests of the promotion of the sport of Darts to do so.
3.13.b Players must not be intoxicated during a Darts Event
3.13.c Players must leave the venue immediately if asked by DPA or Venue Staff where a Player is deemed to be intoxicated, Failure to do so may
render the Player liable to disqualification or suspension from the next tournament at the absolute discretion of the Tournament Director.
3.13.d No alcoholic drinks shall be consumed or introduced into public areas by any Player or Official whilst engaged in a Match played on stage which is being covered by television.
3.13.e No alcoholic drinks shall be consumed or introduced into public areas by any Player or Official during televised introductions to Match play, during any televised interviews, either on or off the stage, and during presentation ceremonies made on the stage.
3.14.a Players must not be under influence of illicit or illegal Drugs during a Darts Event, Failure to comply may render the Player liable to disqualification or suspension from the next tournament at the absolute discretion of the Tournament Director.
4. Australian Pro Tour
4.0 Tournament and Championship Playing Rules
4.0.a To Compete in any event of the DPA Australian Pro Tour, a Player must be eligible, and available, to travel to London from Mid-December to Early January to compete in the PDC World Championships.
4.0.b The Australian Pro Tour Winner will receive entry to the PDC World Championships. Entry into the PDC World Championships may be in the preliminary round or the first round; this decision is solely at the discretion of the Professional Darts Cooperation.
4.0.c The Australian Pro Tour Winner will be determined by the player who has the highest overall Pro Tour ranking points.
4.0.d If multiple players are on the same amount of Pro Tour ranking points the winner of the Australian Pro Tour will be determined based upon the Pro Tour points and highest prize money received.
4.0.e Dartplayers Australia reserves the right to cancel or change any date, Tournament Venue and scheduled Darts Event with reasonable notice
4.0.f Unless stated otherwise Friday Darts Events shall be run as a knockout and Saturday and Sunday Darts Events will be a Round Robin to knockout basis.
4.0.g Less than 32 players in attendance at a Darts Event may be played as a Round Robin to Knockout of 16 players unless advised by Dartplayers Australia or the Tournament Director prior to the commencement of the draw.
4.0.h Knockout will be best of 7 legs for the Final 32, followed by the best of 11 legs for the Final 16 to the overall Winner.
4.0.i All legs will be 501 start unless advised by Dartplayers Australia or the Tournament Director prior to the commencement of the draw.
4.0.j Decisions on all matters pertaining to the General Playing Rules in any Darts Event shall be made by the Tournament Director whose decision shall be final and binding.
4.0.k All Players shall play within these General Playing Rules and, where necessary, any supplementary Rules laid down in formal written or electronic communications.
4.0.l Any Player or team found guilty of deliberately losing a leg, set or match shall be disqualified from any further participation in that particular Darts Event and shall also be subject to any other penalty or sanction that the DPA may decide to impose.
4.0.m No Player nor any team that has been knocked out of a Darts Event shall play again in that Darts Event either as a substitute Player or team or in his/their own right, except in those circumstances when a breach of the General Playing Rules has occurred which has materially affected the losing Player or team, such breach not having been occasioned by the losing Player or team. The Tournament Director may, in its own discretion, reinstate the Player or team in the Darts Event either in substitution for or in addition to the winning Player or team.
4.0.n If a Player or team representative is absent at any official presentation ceremony to receive trophies, prizes or prize monies, then that Player or team representative may forfeit the right to receive any such trophies, prizes or prize monies that may be due.
4.0.o Any Player or team not fulfilling the playing commitments of a Darts Event by failing to complete all scheduled matches, shall forfeit the right to receive any trophies, prizes or prize monies that may be due in relation to that Darts Event.
4.0.p Any player who has been invited and accepts an invitation to an alternative World Championships event will be ineligible to play in the DPA qualifiers for the PDC World Cup and PDC Championships of that same year.
4.0.q The Australian Pro Tour Winner will have $1500.00 paid towards return flights to the United Kingdom for the PDC World Championships. All other costs will be at the Players Expense.
4.0.r If a player does not attend the PDC World Championships they do not receive the $1500.00; if that money has already been paid on behalf of the player it must be reimbursed to Dartplayers Australian within 14 business days.
4.1. Round Robin
4.1.a Thirty Three (33) or more players registered will be played as a Round Robin to knockout; taking 32 players form round robin to knockout
4.1.b Round Robin will be best of Five (5) legs, in case of a drawn result a playoff of One (1) leg 1001 will be played by all drawn parties
4.1.c DPA reserves the right to change the Round Robin Format from best of 5 legs to best of 3 legs if venue space or time constraints are of concern. Tournament Directors will advise of this decision prior to the commencement of play
4.1.d If player numbers total more than 48 and playing boards totals less than 16 the DPA Tournament Director reserves the right to change the Round Robin format for best of 5 legs to best of 3 legs.
4.2.a Thirty Two (32) or less players in attendance at a Darts Event will be played as a Round Robin to Knockout; taking 16 players from round robin to knockout
4.2.b Knockout will be best of 7 legs for the first stage, followed by the best of 11 legs for all remaining stages down to the overall Winner.
4.3 Pro Tour Points
4.3a Players will receive Pro Tour Points for Events they play in. The points will be broken down as such:
(i) Winner = 20 Pro Tour Points
(ii) Runner Up = 16 Pro Tour Points
(iii) Semi Finalists = 12 Pro Tour Points
(iv) Quarter Finalists = 8 Pro Tour Points
(v) Last 16 = 4 Pro Tour Points
4.4 Oceanic Masters
4.4.a Players wishing to enter the Oceanic Masters will be required to have played a total of five (5) Dartplayers Australia or Dartplayers New Zealand Events throughout the year; these events will include Pro Tour,
Grand Prix and World Series of Darts Qualifying events sanctioned by DPA or DPNZ
4.4.b The Oceanic Masters Winner will have $1500.00 paid towards return flights to the United Kingdom for the PDC World Championships. All other costs will be at the Players Expense.
4.4.c Entry into the PDC World Championships may be in the preliminary round or the first round; this decision is solely at the discretion of the Professional Darts Cooperation.
4.4.d If a player does not attend the PDC World Championships they do not receive the $1500.00; if that money has already been paid on behalf of the player it must be reimbursed to Dartplayers Australian within 14 business days.
4.5 World Series of Darts
4.5.a Friday Night events will be the World Series of Darts Qualifying Tour
4.5.b Points will be allocated for each World Series of Darts Qualifying Tour event. The points will be broken down as such:
(i) Winner = 20 Qualifying Points
(ii) Runner Up = 16 Qualifying Points
(iii) Semi Finalists = 12 Qualifying Points
(iv) Quarter Finalists = 8 Qualifying Points
(v) Last 16 = 4 Qualifying Points
4.5.c The World Series of Darts Qualifying Tour Winner will receive a Wildcard to the World Series of Darts events in Australia /New Zealand
4.5.d Dartplayers Australia cannot advertise details of the Venues for the PDC World Series of Darts until the media embargo is lifted and the PDC has made its official statement regarding the event
4.5.e The PDC, at its discretion, along with its promoters in Australia and New Zealand will allocate DPA and DPNZ three (3) “wildcards” to each of its World Series of Darts events
4.5.f Players who wish to enter qualifying events for the PDC World Series of Darts must be a Permanent Resident, Citizen or Passport Holder of Australia or New Zealand
5.6 Australasian Championships
5.6.a Men's teams will be 8 players and Ladies will be 6 players. 2 Team Managers will also be required.
5.6.b Men's Teams will consist of a Playing Captain + 3 players of the captains choosing. If a Captain wishes to be ‘non-playing’ the Captain will be able to choose 4 players for the State Team
5.6.c Ladies Teams will consist of a Playing Captain + 5 players chosen in conjunction with the men's captain.
5.6.d Men who wish to make themselves available for the Captains selection in their state teams for will be required to play all 3 events held within their state, with the exception of those players from the ACT who will be required to play in a minimum of 3 events within Australia.
5.6.e State Ladies teams will be by invitation; however any lady who plays in their state Pro Tour event will be given first option to be a part of their state team over all invitational places.
5.6.f Trials for the remaining 4 positions will be held over 2 days on the weekend set by the DPA; the state captain and manager will be responsible for running the trials (round robin to knockout) with the top 2 from each day making up the final positions in the team. State trials are open to any person in the state who has played in at least 1 Pro Tour event.
5. Tournament Play at a Darts Event:
5.0.a In tournament play all Players shall play under the supervision and direction of the appointed Promoters and Officials.
5.0.b No person shall be allowed within the playing area other than a Referee, Marker, Scorer, Recorder or Player.
5.0.c Only a Referee, Marker and any dart board indicator operator shall be allowed to be situated in front of a Player actually at the Oche throwing darts.
5.0.d Stage Officials are expected to restrict their own movements to a minimum during the course of a Player’s Throw and they are not permitted to smoke or drink alcohol during a Match.
5.0.e In “Stage Finals” the Players shall engage in Match play under the supervision and direction of Stage Officials and in between throws shall be located in such a position as to afford an unrestricted view of proceedings for all Players, Officials, and spectators and, in some Darts Events, for television/video cameras or other means of visual recording.
5.0.f During Match play all Players shall remain silent and only the Player at the Oche shall direct enquiries to the Referee. No prompting shall be allowed by any other Player, any spectator or any Official.
5.0.g Any Player in breach of Clause 5.0.f shall first be warned by the Referee in the presence of the Player’s captain or team manager. Any subsequent breach during the same match shall incur the immediate disqualification of that Player from that match. The voicing of an enquiry or protest in a reasonable manner to the Referee relating to the match then in progress shall not constitute a breach of Clause
5.0.h A Player at the Oche is entitled to consult with the Referee on the amount scored or required at any time during a throw. However, the Player shall not be advised on how to finish.
5.0.i n Team events where Players throw in rotation, the order of throwing must be determined and displayed on the Match board before the first Throw of that leg, set or Match, whichever is applicable.
5.0.j Any protest must be lodged with the Match Board Referee at the time of the alleged violation and a judgement given on the spot before the leg, set or match is allowed to continue. Any late protests will not be honoured.
5.0.k If a Player’s playing equipment becomes damaged or is lost during the course of a Throw then the Player shall be allowed an appropriate amount of time at the discretion of the Referee in which to repair or replace the playing equipment.
5.0.l A time limit set by the Referee, and taken only with the Referee’s permission, shall be allowed in the instance of a Player requiring to leave the playing area in exceptional circumstances during the course of Match play. The Referee has total discretion on what constitutes “exceptional circumstances” in this regard.
5.0.m During Match play, any Players using offensive language or deemed to be “mouthing” any offensive language or seen to be making offensive gestures shall be deemed to have brought the Sport of Darts into disrepute and shall be disqualified from further participation in the Match and may face a suspension from the next Tournament.
6.0.a Dartplayers Australia has the following powers to discipline Players for any breach of the DPA Rules:
(a) to charge a Player with a breach of the DPA Rules;
(b) to hear complaints from another Player for any matter referred to in the DPA Rules that a Player has breached the DPA Rules;
(c) to hear the charges or complaints and to determine whether a Player has breached the DPA Rules;
(d) a DPA Tournament Director may immediately suspend a Player from DPA sanctioned events if the alleged complaint to be so serious that immediate suspension is necessary. In such circumstances the Player will be informed immediately by a member of the DPA of the determination and the reasons for so doing.
(e) discipline a Member or a Player for a breach of the DPA Rules including without limitation by way of expulsion (whether from membership of the DPA or from the physical area at which a DPA Event is taking place), public reprimand, fine and/or suspension as the Council may think fit including without limitation the power to suspend the operation of any disciplinary measure;
DPA Rule Book (Updated January 2017)