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What Are American Dart Boards?

American Dartboards have a rich history dating back to the 1920s, and it’s captivated Darts enthusiasts nationwide ever since.

But what distinctive features set American dartboards apart from their English counterparts? In this post, we’ll explore the materials used for the unique scoring areas and the intricate details that make American dartboards truly unique.

What Is an American Dartboard?

An American dartboard refers to a specific type of dartboard commonly found in the United States and differs from the traditional classic dartboard that you’re probably more familiar with in a couple of ways.

American Dartboard Materials and Face

Unlike English-style dartboards, American dartboards are made from blocks of basswood, of which the end grain faces outwards from the face.

This construction allows the dart tip to penetrate between the wood fibers upon impact, and when the dart is removed, the fibers naturally settle back into place, almost “healing” themselves. In contrast, English boards utilize sisal fibers for a similar effect.

American Dartboard Scoring Zones

The scoring areas on American dartboards differ from their English counterparts in a couple of ways. For example, American boards feature a thin outer ring worth three points, followed by a slightly larger ring inside worth two points. On the other hand, English boards have an outer ring worth double the score and an inner ring worth triple the score.

The bullseye area also varies between American and English dartboards. American boards have a circular target called the “cork” at the center. While English boards have a double-circle configuration for the bullseye, with the inner circle worth double the score of the outer circle.

What Games Are Played On American Dartboards?

The main game traditionally played on American dartboards is ‘Baseball,’ where players aim at innings one through nine, throwing three darts per turn. Each inning has sections worth one, two, or three points, and all points count toward the final score.

While Baseball remains the most popular game, others include ‘Dartball’ and ‘Drive Them In’.


In summary, an American dartboard is a distinct type of dartboard crafted from basswood blocks and featuring a unique scoring layout.

These boards are most commonly used for games like Baseball and offer a dynamic darting experience for enthusiasts across the United States.

Michael Fielding

Michael Fielding

Michael has been playing Darts for more than 20 years and is passionate about helping others improve their game through his own experiences.