Teams set for Season Opener on Sept. 12

Ace in the Hole

John W. (captain)
Bob S.
Daniel K.
John M.
Patrick M.
Ralph M.

Team Two

Brian C.
Dave G.
Matt S.
Michael F.
Mike M.
Steve L.

Team Three

Bill S.
Charlie D.
Dave H. (DQ)
Mike L.
Scott M.
Thomas O.

Team Four

Jason M.
Jeffri U.
Kevin A.
Michael C.
Peter N. (alt.)
Tim Y. (alt.)
Tom W.

Opening Night for the fall season will be Sept. 12. All matches this season will take place at 8 pm on Mondays at Cathedral Station, and the final matches for the fall season will be on December 19.

Teams will vote for a captain and create a team name, and need to procure a sponsor (sponsorship is $50 per year (two seasons). Check with league treasurer Tim Y. on securing a sponsor. League dues for now will remain at $20 per player per season. If you haven't already paid, please see Tim on Opening Night.

Several league members have asked about where the best places are to buy soft-tip darts and accessories. The BSDL recommends Woodway Darts in Somerville, also known as Dutchman Darts. The store is located at 1198 Broadway, near Teele Square. It is about a 10-minute walk from Davis Square and the Red Line, and there are several bus lines that stop right in front of the store, which is open until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Mention the BSDL. Sometimes he gives a 10% discount, sometimes he doesn't. The website does have some soft-tip darts for sale, but you have to search for them.

Mike C. Wins Cricket Tournament

Comes-From-Behind to Win 2 Games in Final

The Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League would like to congratulate Mike C. for winning Monday's Cricket Tournament at Cathedral Station!

Mike came-from-behind and beat Mike M. twice in the Final Round. The turning point happened in the first game when Mike fired a RO7 (17s. 18s, 15) that gave him a lead he would not relinquish. Both Mikes were teammates on the two-time defending champion Dart Vader team this past season.

The league would like to thank the 11 players who participated in the tournament as well as Brian and the staff at Cathedral Station, which kindly provided some food.

Repeat -- Dart Vader Wins Championship

The Force was strong enough to produce a sequel.

Battling tough down the stretch, Trophy Room Dart Vader ended any drama early by winning its first two games en route to a 5-2 victory over Cathedral Station Red Rum to repeat as champions of the Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League on May 23 at Cathedral Station.

The title was the second straight for Dart Vader, which ended the season by winning 11 of its last 14 games, finishing five games ahead of second-place Club Cafe Purple Pain.

Playing on Cathedral 2, league commissioner Dave H's victory over Tom in the final 301 game gave "DQ" the overall individual title with a record of 24-13. Tom finished close behind, with a record of 28-17.

Team captain Michael C. fired a hat trick, while DQ secured the tonnage title with a toss of 109 for Dart Vader (58-47 overall, 10-5 match record). Dan and Jason (136 and 131, respectively) added tons for Red Rum (49-56, 6-9). The league would like to pass on best wishes to Jim C. at his new gig in Birmingham, AL., who played in the final game for Dart Vader.

On Cathedral 1, Club Cafe Purple Pain (53-52, 8-7) finished in second place, winning the first four games en route to a 4-3 win over Cathedral Station Soylent Green (50-55, 6-9). The highlight of the match was a close final individual cricket game between Jeffri and Steve. Although Jeffri notched a great round of 8 (3 15s, 3 17s, 2 19s) for PP, Steve responded with a hat trick to clinch the game for the Green.

The Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League would like to thank the fine staff of Cathedral Station, which kindly provided some food and beverages for the final match, and great hospitality throughout the year. The BSDL would also like to thank our other sponsors: Trophy Room and Club Café!

And once again, the league would like to thank everyone for a great season (one of the BSDL's most competitive seasons in history), and congratulations to Dart Vader team captain Mike C, Dennis, DQ, Jim, Mike M and Patrick for a job well done!

Repeat champions! Trophy Room Dart Vader (left to right) DQ, Mike C., Michael M., Jim C., Dennis G. Not pictured: Patrick M.


1st Place: Trophy Room Dart Vader                                                  2nd Place: Club Cafe Purple Pain


3rd Place: Cathedral Station Soylent Green                                        4th Place: Cathedral Station Red Rum

Results from May 23

Club Cafe Purple Pain 4 -- Cathedral Station Soylent Green 3 @ Cathedral 1

Trophy Room Dart Vader 5 -- Cathedral Station Red Rum 2 @ Cathedral 2

FINAL Spring 2016 Team Standings:

Team Wins Losses Average GB Match record
Team Three 0 0 --0-0-0
Ace in the Hole 0 0 --0-0-0
Team Four 0 0 --0-0-0
Team Two 0 0 --0-0-0

For full league statistics, please click here.






DQ Wins Cricket Tournament

Congratulations to league commissioner Dave Hodges (DQ) for winning the Cricket Tournament on Feb. 2 at Cathedral Station! After defeating Mike M, Bob, Tom and Mike C., DQ lost once to Tom, forcing a deciding game, won by Dave.

15 players competed in the tournament, and it was a great time for all. The league provided a couple of prizes for the winners, and we would like to thank Gary and the gang at Cathedral Station for providing some food and great service, as well as Tim for preparing some additional food, including his traditional buffalo chicken dip.


Dart Vader Wins Fall Championship

Trophy Room Squad Beats Doggie Style, 4-3

The Force was strong with them.

Mike M's 301 victory over Matt in 301 clinched the title as Dart Vader, sponsored by the Trophy Room, went on to beat Dogs R Us Doggie Style, 4-3, Dec. 21 at Cathedral Station to win the Fall Championship of the Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League.

Dart Vader (50-34 overall, 7-5 match record) beat second-place Doggie Style (46-38, 7-5) by four games. Club Cafe Purple Pain (42-42, 7-5) and Cathedral Station Red Rum (42-42, 6-6) finished 8 games out, followed by Cathedral Station Soylent Green (30-54, 3-9) at 20 out.

Mike C. led the charge for Dart Vader -- finishing the season with 16 wins out of the last 17 games. His victory over Sean in Individual Cricket allowed him to claim the Overall Title with a record of 25-11, edging Sean's 21-10 record by percentage points. DQ, Mike M. and Jim all finished in the overall Top 10.

Once again, the league would like to thank everyone for a great season (one of the BSDL's most competitive seasons in history), and congratulations to Dart Vader team captain Mike C, DQ, Mike M and Jim for a job well done!

About Our Newest Home -- Welcome to Cathedral Station!

Cathedral Station is a Sports Bar and Pub catering to the LGBT community and its neighbors in Boston's South End. Operated by much of the same management as our old home Fritz, Cathedral Station is a Sports Bar and Pub that welcomes everyone. The location provides a bar area, dining area, entertainment area with pool table and dart boards, as well as an outdoor patio area.

Providing a large assortment of beverage options, including eight beers on draught, Cathedral Station also serves dinner between 5 pm and 9:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.

The bar is easily accessible on the SL4 and SL5 routes of the Silver Line, and is about halfway between Back Bay Station on the Orange Line and Broadway Station on the Red Line. For those of you who drive, there is a FREE 40-car parking lot behind the building, which can be accessed from Perry Street.



About the Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League:

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 LGBT 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.  

Where we play/Sponsors:

1222 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Cathedral Station is on the corner of Washington and Perry Streets, just west of Berkeley St. There is free parking behind the bar off Perry St. (SL4 and SL5 Silver Line: Berkeley Street)

168 Neponset Ave., Boston, MA 02122 (Dorchester)

Close to I-93 on Neponset Ave. in Popes Hill.

209 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116

Near the intersection of Berkeley St. and Columbus Ave.

26 Chandler St., Boston, MA 02116

Located at Berkeley St. and Chandler in the Chandler Inn.