Title:
Darts scoreboard
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The game of darts may be played in a number of different ways with each game having its own rules and scoring processes. The present invention discloses a multi-purpose scoreboard utilizing a series of cylinders to record scoring results. The unit can be wall mounted. A darts scoreboard. mechanism containing horizontal cylinders on both sides of the scoreboard utilized as scoring markers to record the corresponding players results for thrown darts during the game. The horizontal cylinders are turned manually to record the results of the player and allows the opposing player to view the results and game status. The frame of the darts scoreboard has openings for each horizontal cylinders which reveals one of four possible indicators. The darts scoreboard contains vertical cylinders which record the individual players score and the team scores. The frame has openings for each vertical cylinder which reveals one of ten possible indicators.



Inventors:
Rauch, Peter Mandt (Sherman, TX, US)
Application Number:
11/978507
Publication Date:
12/03/2009
Filing Date:
10/30/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63F9/00
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Primary Examiner:
GRAHAM, MARK S
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Peter, Mandt Rauch (211 EAST Houston Street, Sherman, TX, 75090, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A darts scoreboard for darts games, the scoring system comprising: (a) a rectangular shaped panel of hard materials suitable for housing the cylinders. (b) A series of horizontal cylinders fitting inside the panel for scoring (c) A series of vertical cylinders fitting inside the panel for scoring (d) an oval shaped cut out to expose a portion of each cylinder (e) means of manually turning each cylinder while ensuring they remain in the housing. (f) means of connecting scoreboard to a wall.

2. The darts scoreboard of claim 1, further comprising of horizontal cylinders housed in the panel which are turned manually to record the players score. Each horizontal cylinder comprised with four different markings, a blank space, one letter X, two letters X and three letters X, utilized to record the players score.

3. The darts scoreboard of claim 1, further comprising of vertical cylinders housed in the panel which are turned manually to record the players score. Each vertical cylinder comprised with ten different markings being numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0 utilized to record player and team scores.

4. The darts scoreboard of claim 1, further comprising of a front panel containing numbers 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, D, T, B corresponding the horizontal cylinders to record players scores. D representing doubles, T representing triple and B representing Bullseye.

5. A method for maintaining and recording the score of a darts game, comprising: a) Providing a darts scoreboard, the scoreboard comprising a combination of horizontal and vertical cylinders housed in a frame, with indicators to record results of thrown darts, individual and team scores. b) Manually turning the horizontal cylinders to record results of darts thrown c) Manually turning the vertical cylinders to record the score of either an individual or team.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a score board for the game of darts that combines flexibility of playing several different dart games while utilizing one single scoreboard.

Dart games are based on attempts by one or more players to throw darts at a particular section or area of a dart board, each area associated with a value or score for defining the progress and success at winning the dart game.

A dart board has a bullseye at it center and is otherwise divided into 20 sectors which are pie shaped, numbered from 1 to 20. An outer annular ring scores double within its respective sector. A thinner inner ring scores triple. In most dart games, the ability to easily view the player's opponent's score allows the player to determine a strategy and measure which player is leading the game.

Conventionally, darts are scored on a chalkboard, greaseboard, and more recently utilizing various electronic scoreboards. Some of the inherent problems with these traditional scoreboards are dust created by chalk, difficult to read scoring, required supplies such as chalk, dry erase markers, and erasers with the need to erase and clean the boards, and the undesirable appearance of messy boards or electrical cords.

Given the drawbacks of the historical darts scoreboards, there is a need for an effective scoring system for recording and displaying with highly visible easy to read symbols and numbers to track the progress of numerous darts games which is easy to us, is clean, involves the players activity, is attractive to the home and affordable to produce.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention meets these needs and is directed to a dart scoreboard, having a plurality of cylinders which is simple to use, has advantages over traditional scoring boards and is attractive decor for the home or public place where darts are played. After players throw the darts into a numbers dart board, with sectors numbered between 10 and 20 or the bullseye, a cylinder is turned manually revealing an indicator to record all the successful scores, based upon the particular game of darts being played. The indicators make a clear presentation to the players and spectators standing eight feet back from the dart board that, based upon the particular game of darts being played, the status of each players standing in the game, the score, and the progression towards successfully winning the darts game. The darts scoreboard of the present inventions allows for two individual players or two teams of any number to record results of thrown darts.

The wood veneer finish along with the attractive design, construction and ease of use of the invention has shown to enhance interest in the game of darts. Chalkboards and greaseboards tend to be messy, hard to read, contribute to dust, allergies, requires supplies such as erasers, chalk and markers and tend to be less appealing than the invention, allowing spectators to show and interest in keeping score with the darts scoreboard of the invention.

The solid wood veneer finish and the design and appearance of the invention has been much-admired by players who find the visual presentation of the state of the darts games to be far improved over the conventional traditional chalkboards and greaseboards. Players also find the construction and finish to be visually appealing and complimenting to the decor in their space where darts are being played and darts scoreboards are often placed adjacent to the dart board, secured to a wall.

During the following description of the presently preferred embodiments of the invention, in conjunction with the drawings, other objects and advantages of the inventions will become apparent.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective of the front view of the darts scoreboard of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a side view of the Darts Scoreboard

FIG. 3 is a schematic view of the “X” cylinder embodied in the darts scoreboard

FIG. 4 is a schematic view of the “numbers” cylinder embodied in the darts scoreboard.

FIG. 5 is a side view of the placement locations for the “X” cylinders embodied in the darts scoreboard.

FIG. 6 is a top view of the placement locations for the “numbers” cylinders embodied in the darts scoreboard.

FIG. 7 is a vertical side view of the darts scoreboard specifying dimensions.

FIG. 8 is a drawing specifying the dimensions of the “X” cylinder placement holes.

FIG. 9 is a view and specifications for the fastening system on the back side of the darts scoreboard.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Referring to FIG. 1, a front view of the darts scoreboard of the present invention is illustrated. The scoreboard is a rectangular shaped panel containing twenty eight cylinders with four indicia on each cylinder for recording results of thrown darts, one space is blank, one space has a marking with one X, one space has a marking with two X's, and one space has a marking with three X's. The X cylinders are turned manually to record results of thrown darts and presenting a status of each players darts game. The darts scoreboard of the present invention has indicia including the numbers 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, D (representing doubles), T (representing triples) and B (representing Bullseye). The darts scoreboard of the present invention contains twelve each cylinders with each marked with numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 utilized for various scoring systems and number of games won in various darts games by turning the cylinders manually. The darts scoreboard of the present invention has oval cutouts, allowing for the viewing of the X cylinders and number cylinders.

Referring to FIG. 2, a side view of the darts scoreboard of the present invention illustrating the thickness and height specifications and illustrating the location of the X cylinders.

Referring to FIG. 3, a schematic diagram of the X cylinders of the darts scoreboard of the present invention. The handle by which the X cylinder is manually turned to record results of thrown darts contains a guide rail groove. When the cylinder is recessed into the darts scoreboard of the present invention, a guide rail is fastened to the side of the darts scoreboard, holding the X cylinders in place and allowing for smooth turning of the X cylinders and aligning the corresponding results for the oval viewable cutout described in FIG. 1. There are a total of twenty eight X cylinders in the darts scoreboard of the present invention, fourteen on the left side and fourteen on the right side, corresponding to the indicia as described in FIG. 1. The X cylinders allows for displaying four different results through the oval viewable cutout described in FIG. 1. One display is blank, indicating the player has not scored any positive results for the corresponding number or indicia as described in FIG. 1. One display has one X mark, indicating the player has scored one positive result for the corresponding number or indicia as described in FIG. 1. One display has two X marks (XX), indicating the player has scored two positive results for the corresponding number or indicia as described in FIG. 1. One display has three X marks (XXX), indicating the player has scored three positive results for the corresponding number or indicia as described in FIG. 1.

Referring to FIG. 4 a schematic diagram of the Number cylinders of the darts scoreboard of the present invention. The handle by which the Number cylinder is manually turned to record results of thrown darts contains a guide rail groove. There are a total of twelve Number cylinders contained in the darts scoreboard of the present invention. When the cylinder is recessed into the darts scoreboard of the present invention, a guide rail is fastened to the top of the darts scoreboard, holding the Number cylinders in place and allowing for smooth turning of the Number cylinders and aligning the corresponding results for the oval viewable cutout described in FIG. 1. Each Number cylinder allows for displaying ten different results through the oval viewable cutout described in FIG. 1. The Number cylinder is marked with the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. The players manually turn the Number cylinders to record various scores based on the scoring system of various darts games.

Referring to FIG. 5 a side view of the darts scoreboard of the present invention detailing the screw locations for the guide rail for the X cylinders as described in FIG. 3. The X cylinders are recessed into the darts scoreboard of the present invention and held in place by a guide rail, which is secured to the darts scoreboard utilizing three screws as show in FIG. 5.

Referring to FIG. 6 a top view of the darts scoreboard of the present invention detailing the screw locations for the guide rail for the Number cylinders as described in FIG. 4. The Number cylinders are recessed into the darts scoreboard of the present invention and held in place by a guide rail, which is secured to the darts scoreboard utilizing two screws as shown in FIG. 6.

Referring to FIG. 7 a side view schematic of the darts scoreboard of the present invention explaining the length dimensions and thickness of the darts scoreboard of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 8 a schematic drawing of the darts scoreboard of the present invention detailing the hole placement, diameter, and hole depth on the side panel of the darts scoreboard of the present invention for the X cylinders as described in FIG. 3.

Referring to FIG. 9 an illustration of the system of fastening the darts scoreboard of the present invention to a wall. The top of the scoreboard will have a counter sunk hole allowing the player to attach the darts scoreboard of the present invention by placing a screw in the counter sunk hole and into a solid wall or by utilizing an appropriate anchoring system.