We have all been in this situation either at darts league or a comp we wait for the most important person when it comes to our match, no not the opponent but the marker.
Notable sometimes with there absence as they have just come off the board playing and have gone the bar or to the toilet or in some instances performed a world famous back door boogie. We have all done it i'm sure at some point in our darting careers, but we always then moan about those that do it but why to some if not most is there this fear of marking the board for a game of darts.
This past weekend i watched the BDO British Classic and Open and then to my shock i spotted on social media people moaning about MC Kerrie Crompton making some scoring errors and having to check scores. Well played to Kerrie for then tweeting out the following post
Well said, and its the same across the darts pubs of Britain and not just Stoke on Trent i'm certain, you can mark a excellent game and then when you write down an incorrect score there will be someone behind you sitting down who shouts out "oi that score is wrong!" you are possibly in most cases already aware of this and are waiting to change it when the player who is throwing has thrown their 3 darts, you might not have a clue but why do some people feel the urge to shot out mistakes like this or in the case above take to social media to moan, my feeling is that they have never been up there and marked a game of darts for fear of getting it wrong.
I like most have heard them all i cant add up, i cant take away these are the most common ones i have been told, yet when they hit on there throw T19, T7, S3 they can tell you straight away when they have scored, the mind boggles it really does.
I started darts like most i guess, not a clue on the maths front, i'm no good at math didn't pass it at GCSE and didn't really need to use it in my day job back then. I would turn up at the pub on a Tuesday night for a chuck with my friend and we would spend hours trying to wok out the scores, i recall one night we walked into our local and we had been in all day on the Sunday playing darts and the landlord has left us a present on the side of the board on a piece of string, a calculator, when i asked him about it he laughed and said i was fed up of hearing you guys trying to work out the scores so felt i would help. In fairness it did for me at that time, it got me use to typing in 19x3=57 after a few times you would recall this and not need the calculator, then over time the taking away on the board got easier, everyone has there own way of doing it, take it away from the end column first or add up if its 95 and take the first column away, but the fact i guess is that with darts we need to at some point need to do the math and its up to us how we get to the end result, i have seen markers use there hand whilst i'm throwing to add up if it works for you carry on.
Have i ever left a comp without marking, YES, i'm not happy with the fact i can say yes and not proud of the way i walked off, but we have all done it. Would i happily go up on a stage and mark a game of darts in front of thousands, yes i think i would like to have the opportunity to, i once marked a game for Dave Chisnall in a final of an event and no i didn't make the semi final i just volunteered to do the mark to help out, and if asked again i would step in and help and im sure i would make mistakes its part of the human DNA to make them but its how we react and embrace the mistakes that counts.
I have not attended many darts knockouts in recent months but im sure it was a un written rule that when you come off the board if you did not want to mark you left £3 or £5 on the table and then they would find you a marker, i once knew a chap who would attend a comp not enter to play but make around £30 just from marking. However from looking on forums and Facebook groups it appears more and more players are now walking away from the mark, its there turn at the bar or they are busting for a pee, do all players a favor and before the event state to the organiser you will be leaving money on the board to mark, arrange with your teammates to mark the game so the next player is not waiting for someone to step up to the mark. Do i agree with the if you cant mark you shouldn't be playing, no i dont, we all struggle with maths, heck i have seen Rachel Riley struggle with the numbers of countdown and she is like well smart, so it gets us all at times, but can we keep comments to ourselves or step up to do the big calling jobs instead of been a critic i think we all know that answer.
And if you have like i have in the past, walked away from marking a game as you didn't want to mark it, contact the organiser and say sorry and offer to be a marker at there next event, because there will be a day when you get to a board final and you might not have or might have wait for a marker and it could effect how you play, look at it that way.
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