The Beantown Soft Tip Dart League (BSDL) is a not-for-profit soft tip dart league. Matches are played at and sponsored
by local gay and lesbian bars in Boston, as well as several individually
sponsored teams. The BSDL is one of the fastest-growing sports in Boston's
gay, lesbian and bisexual community. The BSDL was started back in the spring of 2002. To gauge the interest of darts in the GLBT community, the BSDL began as a short eight-week season, and had a surprisingly good turnout of four teams comprised of three players each. Helping to build a sense of community
and friendship between host bars and players is our mission. Playing
darts with a competitive spirit and providing a social atmosphere to
meet new people and make friends is our goal.
The term "soft-tip" applies to dart points which are made
of plastic rather than steel. The plastic points were originally intended
as a "safety" dart to replace those steel points which someone
obviously discovered can pierce flesh. The dartboards used are molded
in plastic and are full of holes to accommodate the darts. Each hole
is beveled to ease the darts' entry. These are typical of the electronic
dart boards that are becoming increasingly popular. But in the
BSDL, we use the traditional English bristle board that is usually associated
with steel-tip darts.
Because matches are played at bars, anyone over
21 years of age is invited to join the league. BSDL does not discriminate
on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, economic
status, ability, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation.