## Sunday, December 23, 2012

### Eleven Plus Darts

Beginners
It is not wise for a beginner to concentrate on the 20 sector, when playing darts, because it is all too easy to hit the 5 or the 1. It may be far better for the beginner to aim for the bulls-eye – after all you may, by chance, get a good score. Many players prefer the 19 sector because a hit and two misses can give 10 + 7 + 3 which makes 29. The 20 sector gives 20 + 5 + 1 which is 26.

Fairly Expert

The sheer joy of hitting a treble 20 gives, I understand, a long lasting thrill. As I have never hit one I can only witness the unbridled joy of the dart thrower.

General Hints
Cold hands can easily cause the unwary thrower to miss vital shots. I have even heard of experienced player who bring a hand warmer to their games!

Winning the toss to see who throws first can be important – because the following player has to catch up.

The Dart Board
The dart board, in England, has twenty sectors numbered from 1 to 20. The board had doubles, trebles, an outer ring and a bulls-eye. The bulls-eye is worth 50 points. You have to throw a double to end the game.

Eleven Plus Mathematics

Ending on 9: 1 and a double 4
Ending on 29: 5 and a double 12
Ending on 39: 7 and a double 16
Ending on 180: Treble 20, Treble 20 and double 20

We can now see that the eleven plus candidate needs:

To aim for the bulls eye
Go for trebles when possible
Make sure you child’s hand are warm before starting on an eleven plus exercise
Let you child win at least some eleven plus arguments
Work on mental arithmetic exercises
End the exercise with a smile and a well done. You child may want to do double the amount of work next time.