Tournament Player’s Guide

The Ultimate Player Experience!

Events powered by Digital Steel keep you focused on competing without worrying about scorekeeping, match assignments or reporting results.

Choose In-Person Experience if you’re attending an event in a public venue.  Choose Online Experience if you’re participating in a virtual tournament held over the Internet.

Select Your Player Experience

In-Person Player Experience

  • Connect to the Event

    What’s Your DartConnect Email?

    When registering for the tournament, always submit the same email you use for your DartConnect membership. Emails must be unique and can’t be shared with another player.

    Don’t have a DartConnect membership? Create a FREE Account:

    If you do not want to become a member, use your personal email address to receive:

    • Event confirmations
    • Board call notifications
    • Match reports
  • Is this a WDF event?

    Special Player Rules & Guidelines

    If the tournament features WDF sanctioned events offering global ranking points, players are subject to special rules and guidelines.

    Learn more about these important aspects of WDF ranked events:

  • Board Group Format

    Commonly Used for 501 Singles Competitions

    This competition format is commonly used for 501 Singles by the PDC, WDF and many others around the world. This format can also be used for team competitions.

    Learn how “Board Groups” is different from brackets with random board assignments:

    • Players are organized into groups that are assigned to the same board(s)
    • Each group plays a “mini-bracket” down to a “group winner”, then switches to random boards
  • Tournament Registration

    Before You Arrive at the Venue

    In-person events may require players to “check in” ahead of time by submitting their email address, similar to airline “passenger check in”.

    Events requiring “Player Check-In” will be listed here:

    Note: Events may have separate online pre-registration or onsite registration for individual competitions; check with tournament organizers.

  • Board Call Notifications

    Don‘t Worry, We’ll Remind You

    You’ll receive an automated email notification when your board is assigned.  Premium DartConnect Members can receive a text message by selecting that option in their account profile.


  • Scorekeeping Made Easy

    Accuracy Without Effort

    Keeping score with DartConnect is simpler and faster than any other method. All it takes is a few minutes to learn the basics and a few legs played to get up to speed.

    First time using DartConnect?


  • Practice Using the Scoring App

    Try it on your smartphone, tablet or PC!

    You can play simulated tournament matches to prepare for the real thing.

    Learn How To:

    • Set Up a Match
    • Enter Scores
    • Correct Mistakes & More!
  • DartConnect TV

    FREE & Mobile-Friendly!

    DCTV Icon

    DCTV puts the entire event in the palm of your hand:

    • Board Assignments
    • Brackets & Fixtures
    • Live scores
    • Match reports
    • Player performance stats
    • And lots more!

    Try it on your mobile phone and tell your friends!

  • Friends & Family Can Follow Along

    FREE Fan Alert Nofications

    Eliminate distracting calls and texts! 

    Anyone in the world can follow your progress and receive Free Fan Alert notifications with a link to your live scoreboard on DCTV.  Share this with your followers on social media!

In-Person Player Experience

Online Player Experience

NEW! Goodbye Connect Codes… Playing Online Tournaments Just Got Easier! Learn More

  • Connect to the Event

    What’s Your DartConnect Email?

    When registering for the tournament, always submit the same email you use for your DartConnect membership. Emails must be unique and can’t be shared with another player.

    You must have either a FREE Guest Membership or a paid Premium Membership to participate in a Digital Steel online event.

    Don’t have a DartConnect membership? Create a FREE Account:

    Email address is required for:

    • Connecting your scoring app to the tournament
    • Event confirmations
    • Board call notifications
    • Match reports
  • Event Group Chat

    Stay in touch with organizers & opponents

    Online tournaments use different free services to create a central location for players to coordinate. Contact your organizer ahead of time to find out which service will be used and if there are any special requirements, such as creating a separate account.

    Commonly used services:  Facebook, Discord, Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Whereby and others.

  • How Will You Keep Score?

    Tablet, PC or Smartphone?

    The DartConnect scoring app works on almost all devices and operating systems.

    Using DartConnect Online – Guidelines & Best Practices:

  • Do I Need a Webcam?

    Required or Optional?

    While a webcam to show the board and/or player is not required to use DartConnect, online tournaments typically require this to ensure an honest competition. Check with the tournament organizer to confirm.

    New! DC VideoConnect is now available!
    Easily add video chat for your tournament match.

  • Board Call Notifications

    Don‘t Worry, We’ll Remind You

    You’ll receive an automated email notification when your board is assigned.  Premium DartConnect Members can receive a text message by selecting that option in their account profile.


  • Automated Match Process

    More Play, Less Work

    Your match will be waiting for you in the scoring app, with the format pre-programmed and ready to go.  Save the match, and results are reported while you relax and stay sharp.

    NEW! Digital Steel online matches now feature a code-free setup process — it is no longer necessary to manually generate and exchange a connection code between opponents. Click here to learn more.

    See it in action!

  • Scorekeeping Made Easy

    Accuracy Without Effort

    Keeping score with DartConnect is simpler and faster than any other method. All it takes is a few minutes to learn the basics and a few legs played to get up to speed.

    First time using DartConnect?

  • DartConnect TV

    FREE & Mobile-Friendly!

    DCTV Icon

    DCTV puts the entire event in the palm of your hand:

    • Board Assignments
    • Brackets & Fixtures
    • Live scores
    • Match reports
    • Player performance stats
    • And lots more!

    Try it on your mobile phone and tell your friends!

  • Friends & Family Can Follow Along

    FREE Fan Alerts & DCTV!

    Eliminate distracting calls and texts! 

    Anyone in the world can follow your progress and receive Free Fan Alert notifications with a link to your live scoreboard on DCTV.  Share this with your followers on social media!

Online Player Experience