(WTNH)–During these summer months, those of us at SportzEdge are always looking for a sport off the beaten path.
That’s why our own Erik Dobratz recently met up with some guys from the New Haven Dart League. It’s 350 members strong, and if you’re looking for a new activity or a way to meet some people, this just might be the sport for you.
Darts dates back to the 1800s, and has been played in a variety of ways all over the world.
Even Queen Elizabeth bent her elbow now and again.
The game is alive and well in our state, as the New Haven Dart League is 350 members strong and growing. League member Steve Capaso has been playing for 30 years.
“It’s much more difficult than people think it is,” Capaso said.
And no matter what you’re particular skill level, if you want to join the league they’ll find a spot for you.
“A ‘C’ player would be the guy just coming into the league. He might know a little bit, he’s learning. You have ‘B’ players which are better, and the ‘Super B’, and then you have the “A” guys, these are the guys that are tough to beat.”
Like Bill Anderson, who’s played in national dart tournaments with some of the best players in the world.
“I started playing darts when I was 7 years old,” Anderson said. “I used to have to walk up on a chair and pull the darts out.”
Anderson owns Artie’s Bar and Grill in Durham—one of the 35-plus pubs throughout New Haven County that are involved in the league.
And despite the fact that he’s one of the top players in the league, Anderson likes helping new players learn about the sport.
And if playing on a team or in a league is not your thing, how about playing against someone halfway around the world.
You can do that with Darts Live, which allows people all over the world to play live on camera. Both players can see each other.
In this game, Anderson beat a player from Japan. So if you think darts may be for you, go give it a try.
“After a year or two you can get halfway decent, like anything else you have to put the time into it,” Caspano said.
During the summer the New Haven Dart League plays ten weeks plus playoffs and it will cost you 20 bucks to join.