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Call for Coaches

As more coaches are being trained, Darts Alberta has implemented a new system to apply as a coach for the Youth and Adult Teams.

  • Darts Alberta Coaches must have successfully completed the NDFC Level 1 Coaching course (online) and the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions module (classroom). Consideration may be given to someone that is in the process of completing the on-line course or already registered for the classroom course, depending on other qualifications or experience and the qualifications of other candidates.
  • Each applicant must complete the Darts Alberta Volunteer Application and submit this to Darts Alberta by no later than February 29, 2016.
  • Each applicant will be required to meet the screening criteria as outlined in Darts Alberta Policy 022.
  • Each applicant must be available, preferably in person or by teleconference, for the interview process that will be held on the evening on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Ponoka.

Note that when completing the application for coaches, the options are listed under “Appointed Positions”. If interested in either Youth or Adult, please click on your preferred choice in the drop down menu and make a note of your second choice in the Comments Section.

Should a coach have any questions regarding training, certification or the selection process, please contact administrator@dartsalberta.com for more details.
 

Positions Up for Election at the 2016 AGM

The Annual General Meeting notice has been posted and the agenda is included on the back of the AGM Shoot Poster. The Darts Alberta Board wanted to remind all of our members about the positions that are up for election:

  • First Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Youth Director
  • Membership DIrector

If interested in a position, we strongly encourage you to review the position description to get a better idea of what those roles and responsibilities woudl be. All position descriptions can be viewed under "About Us" / "Board Members", either at the top right of the webpage or under each of the current members in that position.

Darts Alberta has updated their Volunteer Screening Policy which includes the submission of a volunteer application form. If interested in more than one position, list your most preferred position in the drop down menu and any other positions in the Comments Section. Individuals can submit their application in advance or bring it with you to the AGM. All Board Members must comply with the Screening Policy, which for some positions require a police record check.

2016 Member League Doubles Championship

Unlike most tournaments, this event has a registration deadline at the end of February. This is to allow the event organizers with the necessary time to verify that both team members are registered as Member League members with Darts Alberta, as well as to confirm eligibility to compete as a team (only one elite per team).

Based on feedback from members and clarification of elite status lists, some changes have been made for the 2016 Member League Doubles Championship.

  • The doubles champions will still receive their airfare and shared accommodations for the 2017 GVO.
  • The runners up will now each receive a coupon for free entry into a singles event at a Darts Alberta Ranked Tournament.
  • Although an elite list is being published now to provide an idea of those currently with "elite" status, the Darts Alberta Elite List will be updated directly following the Provincial Championships. The Darts Alberta ranking list published after the 2016 Adult Provincials and the NDFC Official Ranking List published on January 1, 2016 will now be used for the purposes of the list of elite players for the Member League Doubles, rather than in the past when official ranking lists were used that were almost a year old.

The funding of this event is paid from Alberta Sport Grant Funds and the intention is to get our intermediate league members competing in provincial competitions.

It is important to note that members need to take the elite list into consideration when choosing partners to play in the event. Teams are still encouraged to register early; however, should there be any two elite players on a team (based on the republished list as of mid-February), those elite players will need to find new non-elite partners. Although the criteria for the elite list has changed, this has been the practice for several years now.

See poster for details

Current Elite List as of January 25, 2016

 

2016 Annual General Meeting and Tournament

Due to increasing participation over the last few years and the challenge finding venues with a sufficient number of dart boards, Darts Alberta has made some modifications to this year's events:

  • 2016 Member League Doubles Championship - Saturday, March 19 - more information to follow
  • 2016 Youth AGM Shoot - Saturday, March 19 - see poster for details
  • 2016 Annual General Meeting - Sunday, March 20 - agenda and link to key documents on the second page of the AGM Shoot poster
  • 2016 Adult AGM Shoot - Sunday, March 20 - see poster for details - Adults must be in attendance at the AGM to participate in the tournament

2016 Provincial Championship Details & Eligibility Lists

All zone results are in and those guaranteed to participate in the 2016 Provincial Championship have now been published. If you are planning on participating in the event, please ensure that you review all of the pertinent information and links listed below as well as the tournament poster and eligible lists.

Special room rates have been made available at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre not far from the venue. The rates and booking details are included on the poster.

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Tournament Participant Survey Links

The following surveys are currently active:

Win your Entry Fee into the Alberta Provincials

Darts Alberta is conducting a dart player demographics survey, including how often you play and how much you would typically spend during league play or at tournaments.

Albertans have the opportunity to win their entry fee into the 2016 Provincial Championships (up to a maximum of $80.00). Out of province participation is also encouraged and anyone from outside of Alberta has the opportunity to win $75.00 toward their entry fees at any ranked tournament in Alberta.

This survey will take only 10 minutes or so to complete and all personal information will be kept confidential.

The survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WR9CFJK

Darts Alberta encourages all members to share this post on their Facebook page to maximize participation.

Award Presentation

—Saturday, October 3, 2015

A special presentation was made on Saturday morning to Shawn Burt for achieving his Perfect Game (180, 180, 141) during the 2015 Ontario Open just prior to the National Championships in St. Catharines. Sandi Orr, DA Administrator and Provincial Director, presented Shawn with two plaques; one on behalf of the National Darts Federation of Canada and one from Darts Alberta.

Congratulations again Shawn!


Photo by Brenda Dietrich, DA First Vice

Youth Darts starting in Fort McMurray

Congratulations and a well deserved thank you to all of the adult volunteers and coaches that have gotten together to form the first-ever youth dart league in Fort McMurray on Sunday afternoons.

See their poster for more information about registration and weekly play.

Fall 2015 eNews

Darts Alberta published two electronic newsletters annually—one in the fall and one in the Spring. Click here for the Fall 2015 issue.

Past issues can be found by clicking on "on-line newsletters" in the News link on the left side menu.

Membership Renewal Time

All NDFC Membership Cards expired on September 30th. There are a variety of ways you can renew your membership. TIME SAVING TIPS for those purchasing their membership in person—complete the form ahead of time, print it and bring it with you to the Klondike Open or your Zones Playoffs.

  1. Purchase your membership from the Darts Alberta Membership Director at the Klondike Open next weekend where you can get your card at the same time instead of waiting for it in the mail
  2. Purchase your membership from your Zone Director at your upcoming Zone Playoffs
  3. Complete and email your membership form and etransfer funds to payments@dartsalberta.com
  4. Complete and print your membership form and sent it with your cheque to the Darts Alberta Post Box listed on the form

Membership Form (in PDF fillable form)

See Adult Member Leagues to see if you're eligible for the reduced rate for all Member League members.

Final Day of National Coaches Week

DARTS ALBERTA RECOGNIZES ALL DART COACHES DURING NATIONAL COACHES WEEK – SEPT 19 to 27, 2015

Darts Alberta would like to thank all of our members for allowing us to share with you the recognition of all our 2015 Nationals Coaches and Youth Club Coaches during National Coaches Week.

Passion and Commitment—the 2 key attributes needed to become a Dart Coach!! The rest you can learn!

Darts Alberta administers the National Dart Coaching Accreditation Program on behalf of the NDFC! Darts Alberta is proud to announcement the launch of the new eLearning opportunity for those interested in pursuing a volunteer coaching career in the sport of darts.

As one of our youth coaches quoted “coaching youth darts is more rewarding than any championship title”. If you have the passion and commitment to be a dart coach, there is a wealth of courses available to give you the necessary competencies to coach at the club, provincial and national level.

The Youth are the future of our sport! If you’re interested in becoming involved in an existing youth club, our youth clubs are always looking for additional volunteers and coaches. If you’re interested in starting a new youth club in your area, Darts Alberta has a very comprehensive Youth Club Development Manual that contains a wealth of information and resources to help you get started. The Board is also here to help in any way we can.

Many Darts Alberta members think that to be a Coach at the National Championships, you have to be a member of the Board or Coach at the Youth Club level. But Coaching Accreditation is the key to becoming a Nationals Coach. For more information on how to become a dart coach, see the National Dart Coaching Accreditation Program.

In conjunction with National Coaches Week, Darts Alberta is also pleased to announce the launch of our new Coaching Accreditation Grant Funding Program. Although priority will be given to those coaching in the youth program, any Darts Alberta member can apply for grant funding to pursue a volunteer dart coaching career. For more information on this grant funding program, see Darts Alberta Policy 028 – Individual Coaching Development Funding or contact the Darts Alberta Administrator.

 

 

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Day 8 of National Coaches Week

DARTS ALBERTA SALUTES THE 2015 ADULT TEAM COACHES!

A big "THANKS COACH" goes out to Sandi OrrLesley Johnston and Darryll Walsh—coaches of the 2015 Adult Team Alberta in St. Catharines Ontario!!

Although we haven’t included the names of any former coaches for fear of missing someone, Darts Alberta wishes to say THANKS to each and every Adult Nationals Coach for all of your hard work and dedication coaching at the Adult National Championships over the past 30 years!!

SANDI ORR

 

 

Sandi Orr has volunteered for our sport for over 25 years. Sandi was instrumental in getting the NDFC National Coaching Program off the ground and because of her hard work, these NDFC Coaching courses are now available on-line for coaches from across Canada. She was one of the first coaches in Canada to be certified as a Community Sport Dart Coach, Competition–Introduction Dart Coach and Competition–Development Dart Coach. 2015 marked Sandi’s 12th time coaching at an Adult Nationals. She has also coached at one Youth Nationals, one Pacific Cup, two World Masters and three World Cups.  

 

 

Lesley Johnston is a former Team Alberta member (2007) and began pursuing her coaching accreditation in 2008. Lesley is certified as a Community Sport Dart Coach and Competition–Introduction Dart Coach and is now pursuing accreditation as a Competition–Development Dart Coach. 2015 was Lesley’s fourth time coaching the Alberta Adult Team (Gander – 2010, Thunder Bay – 2012, St. John’s – 2013).

LESLEY JOHNSTON
DARRYLL WALSH

 

 

2015 was Darryll Walsh’s first experience coaching at the Adult Nationals. Darryll began his coaching accreditation this spring and is already certified as a Community Sport Dart Coach and Competition–Introduction Dart Coach. Darryll is eager to further enhance his coaching knowledge and experience by pursuing his accreditation as a Competition–Development Dart Coach this winter.  

2015 Click here for PDF VERSION

Click here for more information on the Adult Provincial / National Championship Program.

Day 7 of National Coaches Week

DARTS ALBERTA SALUTES THE 2015 YOUTH TEAM COACHES!

A big "THANKS COACH" goes out to Julie Narain, Ryan Storch and Angela Hovey—coaches of the 2015 Youth Team Alberta in St. Catharines Ontario!!

Although we haven’t included the names of any former coaches for fear of missing someone, Darts Alberta wishes to say THANKS to each and every Team Alberta Coach for all of your hard work and dedication coaching at the Youth National Championships over the past 25 years!!

JULIE NARAIN

 

 

 

Julie Narain is a trained Community Sport Dart Coach and Competition–Introduction Dart Coach. Julie was one of the coaches at the 2014 Adult Nationals. Although 2015 was her first experience as the Head Coach of the Youth Team Alberta, she has many years of experience coaching youth darts in both Ontario and Alberta.

 

 

Ryan Storch is the Head Coach of the Calgary Youth Dart Club. 2015 was Ryan’s second opportunity to coach the Youth Team Alberta. Ryan Storch is a trained Community Sport Dart Coach and working toward his certification as a Competition–Introduction Dart Coach.

RYAN STORCH
ANGELA HOVEY

 

 

Although 2015 might have been Angela Hovey’s first experience coaching Team Alberta at the Youth Nationals, she is no stranger to coaching youth darts. Angela has not only coached her own children when they were actively involved in youth darts, she also volunteered with the youth program in Ontario before moving to Alberta in 2008.  Angela is a trained Community Sport Dart Coach and Competition–Introduction Dart Coach.

Click here for PDF VERSION

Click here for more information on the Youth Provincial / National Championship Program.

Day 6 of National Coaches Week

DARTS ALBERTA SALUTES THE GRANDE PRAIRIE YOUTH DART CLUB COACHES!

A big "THANKS COACH" goes out to Christina Clark and Jason Page—coaches of the first-ever Darts Alberta Youth Club in Grande Prairie!!

Although we haven’t included the names of former coaches for fear of missing someone, Darts Alberta wishes to say THANKS to each and every former youth coach in Alberta for all of your hard work and dedication to the youth program over the past 30 years!!
 

CHRISTINA CLARK &
JASON PAGE

 

 

Christina Clark and Jason Page began the first-ever Grande Prairie Youth Dart Club in 2014 and was successful in attracting 10 new youth players to the Alberta Youth Program. Due to other personal and work commitments, the Grande Prairie Youth Dart Club was inactive this past season.

With a 2½ year old grandson that will no doubt be encouraged to play the sport, Christina and Jason would love to see other coaches get involved to resurrect the youth club for these future generation darters.  Christina and Jason would more than willing to help any new coaches get things started again in Grande Prairie.
 

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Click here for more information on all Darts Alberta Youth Clubs.

Day 5 of National Coaches Week

DARTS ALBERTA SALUTES THE EDSON YOUTH DART CLUB COACHES!

A big "THANKS COACH" goes out to Alvin Wilhelm and Karen Wilhelm—coaches of the Edson Youth Dart Club!!

Although we haven’t included the names of former coaches for fear of missing someone, Darts Alberta wishes to say THANKS to each and every former youth coach in Central Alberta for all of your hard work and dedication to the youth program over the past 30 years!!
 

ALVIN & KAREN WILHELM

Alvin and Karen Wilhelm began the Edson Youth Dart League over ten years ago when their two children were actively involved in the youth program. Alvin and Karen were among the first youth coaches to participate in the NDFC Level 1 and Level 2 Dart Coaching Technical Courses in late 2006 after the completion of the pilot earlier that year.

They coached their youth club members at many Provincial Championships over the years and hosted the Youth Provincials for the first-time ever in Edson in 2010. Alvin and Karen continue to promote youth darts in the Edson area in hopes of once again resurrecting their youth club.
 

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If you know any youth in the Edson area that are interested in learning the sport of darts, please contact Alvin or Karen. 

Click here for information on all Darts Alberta Youth Clubs.

Day 4 of National Coaches Week

DARTS ALBERTA SALUTES ALL SOUTHEAST ALBERTA YOUTH DART CLUB COACHES!

A big "THANKS COACH" goes out to Scott Collins, Shauna Collins, Rob Kochie, Leslie Kochie, Raine Darbyshire and Nikki Huber—coaches of the Southeast Alberta Youth Dart Club in Medicine Hat!!

Although we haven’t included the names of former coaches for fear of missing someone, Darts Alberta wishes to say THANKS to each & every former youth coach in Southern Alberta for all of your hard work and dedication to the youth program over the past 30 years!!


—2014/15 Southeast Alberta Youth Dart Club Coaching Team

SCOTT COLLINS

 

Scott Collins has been the Head Coach of the Southeast Alberta Youth Dart Club for the last two years and volunteered with the club for a few years prior to that. Scott is no stranger to darts or the youth program. As a third generation dart competitor, Scott was a five-time member of Team Alberta at the Youth Nationals (1992-1995) and holds the title of Canadian Senior Male Youth Singles Champion. Scott continued on in the adult program and represented Team Alberta at the 2000 and 2002 Adult Nationals. Scott not only shares his competitive skills and knowledge with his two sons (now the fourth generation of Dooley dart players), he shares this with all of the youth players in the Southeast Alberta Youth Dart Club.

 

 

Shauna Collins started playing darts in the mid 90’s, playing in Calgary’s Community League with her Mom. From there she went on to play in both the Calgary Pub League and Calgary’s Ladies League. After moving to Medicine Hat in the early 2000’s Shauna took some time away from the game to focus on her new family. For the last several years, on and off, Shauna has played in the Medicine Hat Dart League. Shauna says her greatest accomplishment has been coaching the Southeast Alberta Youth Dart League over the last few years.

SHAUNA COLLINS
ROB KOCHIE

 

Rob Kochie has been playing darts for 27 years. Darts runs in his family. Through a lot of practicing and honing his dart skills, he now has four City championship titles (Men’s Singles twice, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles). His most honored accomplishment was becoming a coach of the Southeast Alberta Youth Dart Club in 2014.  It allows him not only to watch, help and coach his own daughters, but also to give back to sport that gave him so much as a youth growing up. Rob believes that today's youth are the future of our sport and his goal is to have a lasting impression on not only the youth athletes he coaches but to the sport itself.

 

 

Leslie Kochie begin playing darts when she moved to Medicine Hat in 2000. Her Mom played in a league and she thought she’d give it a try. She really enjoyed the sport and continued to play. During her years competing, she’s won three League Championships (Mixed Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Women’s Singles). But Leslie finds that being a youth club coach is far more rewarding than any championship title. Leslie enjoys showing and teaching our future dart champions about the game. She finds it a truly humbling and wonderful experience to see how enthusiastic these kids are to learn.

LESLIE KOCHIE
RAINE DARBYSHIRE

 

Raine Darbyshire started playing darts in the basement when she was 14 years old, and when she turned 19 went on to play with her parents at their local Legion in Northwestern Ontario.  Raine moved to Alberta 12 years ago. Darts has played a big part of her life. Because of her enjoyment and love of the sport, she taught her husband Ernie how to play. Raine and Ernie created the Irvine Mixed Dart League which is still going 10 years later. Because she loves to teach, especially when it’s something she’s very passionate about, Raine became a coach with the Southeast Alberta Youth Dart Club last season. Raine really enjoys working with the youth and is looking forward to taking the NDFC Level 1 Coaching Course this season to enhance her coaching skills.

 

 

Nikki Huber followed in her Dad’s footsteps—playing darts since her early twenties. Nikki is a two-time member of Team Alberta, competing in the 2008 and 2009 National Adult Championships. After the passing of her Dad, Nikki developed Dartitis. Nikki told us "you know the old saying those who can’t–teach", so she's decided to start coaching at the youth club level.

NIKKI HUBER

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The Southeast Alberta Youth Dart Club currently meets on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm at the Medicine Hat Legion (702 – 2 Street SE, Medicine Hat). The season runs from mid-September to May. All youth from 9 to 18 are welcome to join the regular program. A Tykes Division is also available for those aged 6 to 9.


—2014/15 Southeast Alberta Youth Dart Club Members

Click here for information on all Darts Alberta Youth Clubs.

Day 3 of National Coaches Week

DARTS ALBERTA SALUTES ALL OF THE JASPER PLACE YOUTH CLUB COACHES!

A big "THANKS COACH" goes out to Basil McKay, Sandra Milne and Trevor Turner—coaches of the Jasper Place Youth Dart Club in Edmonton!!

Although we haven’t included the names of former coaches for fear of missing someone, Darts Alberta wishes to say THANKS to each and every former youth coach in the Edmonton and Morinville areas for all of your hard work and dedication to the youth program over the past 30 years!

BASIL MCKAY

 

 

Basil McKay is the Head Coach of the Jasper Place Youth Dart Club. Basil began coaching youth darts back in 90’s when his son was an active competitor in the youth program. Although the Jasper Place Youth Dart Club became inactive for a few years, Basil returned to coach youth darts when the club was resurrected in 2014 and now coaches his grandchildren in the youth program. Basil was the Assistant Coach of the Youth Team Alberta when the Youth Nationals were hosted in Edmonton in 2002.

 

 

Sandra Milne, an Assistant Coach of the Jasper Place Youth Dart Club, was one of several adult competitors that worked hard to get the club going again in 2014. Although this past year might have been her first experience at the Adult Nationals, Sandra is not unfamiliar with the pressure at the National level, as a three-time Team Alberta member at the Elks and Royal Purple National Championships. Sandra will be pursuing her accreditation as a Community Sport Dart Coach this fall.

SANDRA MILNE
TREVOR TURNER

 

Trevor Turner is the other Assistant Coach of the Jasper Place Youth Dart Club. Originally from MacKenzie, BC, Trevor continued actively in the sport when he moved to Edmonton in 2008. Although there were no youth dart clubs in MacKenzie, he is no stranger to darts or coaching youth. Since the age of 21, Trevor was actively involved as an officer in the Air Cadets Squadron. Trevor hit his first-ever 170 finish in the Edmonton City Dart League and is a former League Singles Championship. Trevor now shares his love of the game and his wealth of knowledge and competitive spirit with his youth dart athletes.

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The Jasper Place Youth Dart Club currently meets on Sunday mornings from 11 to 1 pm at the Jasper Place Legion (10427 – 174 Street NW, Edmonton). The season runs from mid-September to May. All youth from 9 to 18 are welcome to join.


—Jasper Place Youth Dart Club participants at the 2015 Youth Provincials

Click here for information on all Darts Alberta Youth Clubs.

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