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This documentary was made for my senior project at SUNY New Paltz with friends Luke Dicola, Matt Hunter, and Luke Mailander. I chose the topic because my father has always been a dart player and I grew up hearing about the sport. I’ve found that although dart boards are a commonplace fixture at most bars, society is generally unaware of the competition, tournaments, and community that surrounds it. My production team had a great time talking with local and professional players and learning more about the world of competitive darts.
On March 23rd at 12:30 p.m., Harris County Darts Association member and past President, main supporter and originator of the Texas State Team Championship tournament, Chuck Reynolds, lost his fight with cancer. Chuck requested that his body be donated for research, therefore information on any memorial services is not available, at this time.
Our thoughts and prayers go out, to Chuck’s family and friends.
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Queen Mary Classic XI
It offers a darts-orientated holiday in one of the most sought-after destinations on the planet.
The itinerary combines both social darts and tournament darts with prize money plus a social program designed to enable you to enjoy all that Barbados is justly famous for.
You will meet darts players from around the globe who share your common love of darts. Previous participants have come from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Austria, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, St Lucia, The Bahamas, Guyana, the Cayman Islands and, of course, Barbados.
The Festival Hotel, Rostrevor, has become a firm favorite with participants. Situated in the popular St Lawrence Gap, it is within walking distance of a variety of bars, restaurants, banks and shops – with Jobus, the social darts hub right across the street. And you will have a magnificent view of the ocean from your room – just yards away!
The World Darts Federation (WDF) has been working hard over the past several years to have the sport of darts recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). To be recognized by the IOC, a sport must first be recognized by SportAccord. A few years ago, the WDF was successful in being recognized by SportAccord. The WDF is to darts what FIFA is to soccer and FIBA is to basketball. The WDF is currently applying for recognition from the IOC for the sport of Darts, and one of the many criteria for recognition is compliance with the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In order to meet this requirement, random drug testing must be done at a number of WDF tournaments each year.
As most of you that attended the WDF ranked Las Vegas Open know, members from the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) were in attendance. 3 male players and 1 female player were selected randomly to do the drug testing. Please note that this can happen at any WDF ranked event in any country and players will not be notified in advance.
For full information on the WDF anti-doping rules, visit the WDF website at:
ADO Communications Director
The largest ever field of 40 Men and 16 Women will be competing for the most prestigious titles in World Darts.
The first three World Professional Championships from 1978 to 1980 were contested by just 16 Men, but from 1981 to 2013 the field was 32 Men. The Women’s World Championship was introduced by the BDO in 2001 and has always been contested by 8 Women. Now it is being increased to 16 Women from the 2014 Lakeside World Professional onwards.
“This is a significant, exciting and progressive step forward”, says BDO Tournament Director Wayne Williams. “Not only does it illustrate the global increase in the higher standards of BDO and WDF players, but it also satisfies the growing TV audiences created by TV coverage from BBC, ESPN and Europsort.
“Needless to say, we are delighted to be providing even more valuable opportunities for our players – men and women – as we move the BDO forward and enhance the most prestigious Championships in world darts”.
The additional 8 Men for the 2014 World Pro will earn their places from competition within the worldwide regions of the WDF: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia, Baltic & Scandinavia and the USA. All have regional ranking tables which are accessible on the BDO website from the Tables drop-down menu.
The remaining 32 players will come from the BDO Invitational Table, the World Professional International Play-Offs and include the Winmau World Masters Champion if not already qualified.
The 16 Women will come from the BDO Invitation Table, the World Professional International Play-Offs and include the Winmau World Masters Champion if not already Qualified.
The BBC contract for the BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships has been extended by three years up to an including 2016.
Congrats to the following players who have made the 2012 ADO National Team: Larry Butler, Tom Sawyer, Darin Young, Joe Chaney, D.J. Sayre, Gordon Dixon, Cali West, Marilyn Popp and Brenda Roush.
Congrats to the 2013 ADO World Cup Team: Robbie Phillips, Larry Butler, Darin Young, Tom Sawyer, Brenda Roush, and Cali West. The alternates are Gordon Dixon and Stacy Bromberg.
The 34th Capital City Classic scheduled for February 22nd – 24th, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin Texas must be rescheduled due to circumstances beyond our control. The hotel just inform us that they double booked the date and we are being bumped out.
The hotel is currently trying to find a suitable hotel replacement for this event, however, to date, all hotels with adequate space are not available for the February weekend. You will be notified as soon as a new location and date has been secured.
The new date will also be posted on our website, www.austindarts.org
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, but wanted you to know as quickly as possible so you could cancel any arrangements you might have made.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.