It all started while I was at the Winmau World Masters’ in Bridlington, Oct. 2006.
I looked around the competition room and realized that, even though it is called the WORLD Masters’, there were so very many places on the Earth that were not represented here. Not only was Japan absent, no one from anywhere in South America was present either. I know that Japan has numerous excellent dart players…this I know this from personal experience. But the entire South American continent was still absent. This gave me something to ponder while I watched the Winmau World Masters’ unfold. To be continued.........Article continues CLICK HERE
Every October Winmau Darts hold a World Masters’ Competition in Bridlington, England. This much anticipated event is a Premier competition that draws players from all over the world. The American Darts Organization (ADO) offers a National Competition in which ADO members may compete for one of the coveted places on the team. The ADO then advances 4 men and 2 women from this National Competition to comprise the “core” of the U.S. World Masters’ team. Making the team is a great honor and always, in my opinion, a terrific way in which to see how well an individual competitor fares against some of the best players in the World Darts Federation (WDF). I have been fortunate enough to have qualified for the U.S. Masters’ team about 10 times and always look forward to returning as my best finish to date was runner up in 1995…I am hoping to finish one place higher this year. Last year I exited the competition in the quarterfinals in a close match against Holland’s Francis Hoenselaar, the eventual winner of the ladies’ competition.
AMERICANS ELECTRONICALLY GEARED FOR TWO INTERNATIONAL WINS!!!
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN “DOUBLE GOLD”….TWO FIRST PLACE CHAMPIONSHIP FINISHES ON THE SAME DAY…..AN INTERNATIONAL SWEEP??? I’LL TELL YOU………here’ the National Darts Association’s (NDA) recipe for success……
Ingredients-Sixteen Top United States Competitors
One National Team from each-Canada, France, Germany and Spain
Eight (8) Electronic Dart Boards meeting the standards of the AMOA
One ‘Royal Ballroom’ at the Riviera in Las Vegas, NV
Mix these things together and you get one superb day of darts. At least that’s what happened on Wednesday, May 2nd at 11:00 AM. During a weeklong Team Dart 2007 Tournament there were enough darts thrown for even the most enthusiastic players.
Last year it was called the World Series of Darts. This year it is called the U.S. Open. A Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) tournament by any other name would still be tough competition. I just call it the Conn/Mohegan Sun tournament.
Here, in attendance, is truly the 'cream of the crop' ; 'the best of the best' and a couple hundred talented North Americans looking to make a name for themselves. And, yes, I include myself in this group.
This year, with the support of Halex darts and Bulls Eye News/Marketing, I was entered into the tournament ...opting to skip the Friday Night Madness (FNM) qualifier. This assured me some very tough competition. That's what I wanted and that's what I got in the form of Kevin 'the Artist' Painter, currently # 16 in the world. To go head to head with such a competitor was a welcome challenge for me. And playing him on stage on live TV in England was a bonus.
North America certainly made a statement here......to read the full article written for 'New Darts Life' , a Japanese Publication, simply CLICK HERE...
MEET MARQ MACIAS
Funny ting happened to me at the 30th Annual Austin Capital City Classic this year. I think I met the future #1 US Darts Champion. He’s all of, get this, 11 years old, and none of the men in Austin wanted to draw against him for fear of losing- to a kid! Look out Robert Hamm and Dan Lauby Jr…make room for Marq Macias!
Marq has been throwing darts for all of 1 year but his talent eclipses his short time competing. He started throwing darts with his father in his hometown of Waco, Texas and now beats him on a regular basis. Born Dec. 21, 1997, Marq has already won a doubles event at the local ‘Turkey Shoot’ tournament in Waco. Don’t be misled-this was no small tournament. Marq and his partner split $1300.00 that day. Now Marq is just beginning to travel a little with his parents who wholeheartedly support him.
I am already looking forward to seeing him again in Houston at the Bluebonnet Classic in two weeks time. This young man is so good I’m hoping people will be able to meet him and his parents and watch him throw this Aug. in Conn. I believe it’s just a matter of time before he is on the US World Masters’ team competing on the UK.
Watching Marq compete, I couldn’t help being in awe, not only of his talent, but also at his composure while playing. His cricket strategy was excellent and whoever played him had to give it their ‘all’ or they’d be out of the event in a matter of a handful of throws from the oche.
Oh yeah…and he is already sponsored – by Laserdarts!!!
ADO Singles Nationals – New Rules Proposal
THE WAY IT IS NOW…
The East West Challenge is played in a round robin format, East players against the West players. Each match consists of 3 games. The total number of games won by each team determines how many players progress to the final ‘knock out’ bracket. The final ‘knock out bracket is made up of 8 women and 16 men. Eg: If the East team wins, then 5 women progress from their team and the other 3 positions are filled by the top 3 West women. (For the men I think the Top 9 or 10 men advance from the winning team and 7 or 8 men from the losing team.) Players who progress, randomly draw a playing card to determine their position in the final bracket. The final bracket is played in a ‘knock out’ format and the ‘best of five’ games is played here with and the finals being a ‘best of seven’ match.
THE WAY I FEEL IT SHOULD BE…AND WHY!
Having players compete on a West or East team is great for ‘camaraderie’ and I like the round robin format. Playing 3 games every round is good and allows for lots of darts for everyone.
I do not, however, think that either team should advance more or less individuals to the knock out bracket based on the entire team’s performance. This event is called the ‘ADO 501 SINGLES’ Championship’. It should be each person’s INDIVIDUAL performance that determines who progresses. In other words, after the initial round robin is played, there has been and should continue to be an announcement declaring which team has won the ‘team’ part of the competition. Then both teams should advance their top 4 women and 8 men to advance into the final ‘knock out’ bracket.
Since a round robin has just been completed, these results should be used to SEED the players into the final ‘knock out’ bracket. After all, why else are we playing a round robin if not to see who is performing best on a particular day? Seems silly to play a round robin and then have the best four competitors all randomly end up in the same half of the draw based on a random pick of a playing card.
The ‘knock out’ bracket will continue to be a ‘best of fives’ games format with the finals still being a ‘best of seven’ games format.
This way, I believe, we will get a more true showing of who our top competitors are from the U.S.
What I need from U.S. dart players is your input in this matter. I have told Buddy (ADO Pres) that I am doing this and he gave me his blessing. I just want to make sure that everyone has an equal voice in the decision making process. Tap me with your changes/suggestions. If you like what I have proposed, let me know that too!
Thank you everyone!
World Cup 2009
As I begin to write this, I want to first congratulate Buddy, Laurett, the ADO, and everyone who worked in any way shape or form to help to pull off a great World Cup competition. Your support and spirit carried the team through a long, tough competition.
While competition is always tough, it should, in my opinion, always be held in the proper spirit. Pettiness seemed to creep into this year’s World Cup with a vengeance. Rules were called into play, forfeits demanded and, in at least one case, a forfeit was improperly awarded. I can honestly say, I was more than a little disappointed. This is not the first time these problems have occurred…..it just happened so often this year that I just don’t quite know what to think. I’ll start at the beginning…