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Some familiar faces on Thursday night
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Chad and Rob playing some Cricket
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Old and new stars
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Peter's about to do the draw
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Someone might win a new hair cut
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I said six ladies not sex
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Dave and Ross
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Harvey and Brian in Trenton
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Here are some guidelines and rules for the format of play in the NCSDL.

Each night of play consists of 9 sets. Each set is worth one team point marked as a W or L on the score sheet.  Each set is best of three legs. A coin toss at the beginning of each set determines who begins the first leg. Winner of the coin toss starts the first leg and the loser of the coin toss begins the second leg. If a third leg is required ( each team wins one of the first two legs ), then diddle for the middle determines the starter of the third and final leg. The winner of the coin toss has choice for bulling first. Sets 1, 2, and 3 are 501 straight in double out. Sets 4, 5, and 6 are 301 double in double out. Sets 7, 8, and 9 are standard tournament American Cricket. Sets 1, 4, and 7 are teams ( doubles ). Sets 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9 are singles. Overall, each player will play 3 sets of doubles or teams and 3 sets of singles.

Before the beginning of the match, each team must fill out their line up for the night. This will determine which opponent is played in the singles sets. The order of the line up is irrelevant for the doubles sets. Teams can alter the starter of the doubles legs, as long as the order is not disturbed during the leg. However, the order on the sheet will be used to determine which opponent to play during the singles sets. Players must play the same opponent in all three singles sets. That is, the order on the sheet for the singles sets must be consistent. Player 1 for the 501 singles must also be Player 1 for the 301 singles and the cricket singles.

In the case that a player cannot make a night of play, he/she may use a spare to replace him/her. In the case that a spare cannot be found in time or that neither players of a team can make it, a make up match must be performed within one week and the score sheet submitted on the following week of play. The opponents must be contacted in advance. Contact information is provided on the Contact page of the site. If make ups are not performed within one week then the offending team will be awarded 0 points.

For privacy reasons, the contact sheet has been password protected now. This is primarily to prevent bots from copying the information and making it available on the WWW and to phone lists for solicitation. Only NCSDL members are given the username and password information to access the contact list. If you forget your access information then you can PM me on Facebook or see me on Thursday night. It is important to test your logon information at the beginning of the year to ensure that you can access the contact sheet when necessary. Also, it is a good idea to print out a copy for yourself if you feel a printed copy is better for you or you have difficulty remembering the access information. So why not just print out copies for everyone instead of online contact information you might ask? First off, 40 teams mean 80 copies. Most of which get left behind or lost anyway. Often people need to access the contact list from work or away from home. Printed copies will likely be left at home and therefore, unavailable in some circumstances. Most members of NCSDL today have access to computers at work or have smart phones which they can use to access the contact list from anywhere. So, an online contact list ensures that the list is more accessible to the players when they need it. And, for those who prefer to have a printed copy, they can simply access the list online at the beginning of the season and print off their own copy. If you don't have online access, your teammate or friend can surely print a copy for you. At worst, anyone who requires a copy and does not have online access can request a printed copy from me.

Please also note that many players in the NCSDL travel in from areas outside Ottawa such as Smith Falls, Almonte and Gatineau. So, please be respectful and understand that it is important to advise your opponent in advance if you cannot make it and to provide them as much warning as possible. It is not very much fun to travel in to Ottawa on Thursday night after work only to find out that the opponent team has cancelled. This is why the contact information is of critical importance and must be as accessible as possible.

At the end of the match, one player from each team must sign the score sheet and ensure that the sheet is filled out completely and correctly. Any high finishes or least dart games must be recorded and initialed by one player of each team. Please ensure that the date is filled out, names are clearly recorded, wins and loses are clearly recorded and the total scores for the night are recorded, in addition to singing the sheet and recording any high finishes or least dart games. Failing to complete the sheet properly or clearly may result in errors in the stats! Also, please do not forget to put your board away in the NCSDL cabinet.

NCSDL follows the official NDFC rules as far as general dart playing rules. The following are a few notable rules that may be experienced from time to time:

10.2 A dart shall only score if the point remains in or is touching the face of the dartboard until being retrieved by the thrower or the total score announced by the caller.

10.3 The score counted is that segment which the point of the dart first entered and remained in. (E.g. if the point passes under the wire into another segment, the score is that of the original segment not the segment into which the point passed into.)

11.5 Any darts thrown after the player has achieved the required finish shall not be counted, as the leg is over at the time that the required finishing double is scored.

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