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New Youth Director Appointed

The Darts Alberta Board of Directors appointed a new Youth Director after recently receiving Tim Prokop’s resignation. First off, thank you Tim for your enthusiasm and your input as a Board Member. We wish you all the best in your new business endeavour that prevents you from continuing in this role.

The Board has appointed Julie Narain as the new Youth Director. The Board took into consideration that there were other candidates that stood for election in March and this decision was not taken lightly. Julie brings a wealth of personal experience with the National Youth Program in both Alberta and Ontario, and has served on the Board of the Directors for almost three years. Combined with her knowledge of the inner workings of the organization, her past experience with the youth program and the fact that this is an extremely critical time of year in the youth program, the Board felt Julie was the most suitable choice to ensure continued success of the Darts Alberta Youth Program.

2015 Snoflake Open

Several players have contacted Darts Alberta regarding the status of the 2015 Snoflake Open. In discussions with the league's President this afternoon, this confirms that the tournament will be happening, it will be both DA and NDFC ranked and will be held from Friday, February 6 to Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Sands Hotel in Edmonton.

TOURNAMENT POSTER

2015 Provincial Championship Details & Eligibility Lists

All zone results are in and those guaranteed to participate in the 2015 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, the tournament poster and eligible lists.

A total of 64 women are accepted into the provincial championship. This includes the 6 players that are eligible to accept their invitation directly to the provincials.

With only 39 zone participants, all are eligible. The women’s list, in alphabetical order, includes the seeding for Day 1 of the event.

The 2014 Men’s Zone Playoffs had a total of 86 participants. A total of 80 men are accepted into the provincial championship. This includes the 8 players that are eligible to accept their invitation directly to the provincials.

For the remaining 72 spots, the following is a breakdown of the allotment of participants eligible to enter from each zone:

  • Zone 1 – Medicine Hat area – 2 zone participants
  • Zone 1a – Lethbridge area – 6 zone participants
  • Zone 2 – Cochrane area – 3 zone participants
  • Zone 3 – Calgary – 26 zone participants
  • Zone 4 – Red Deer area – 4 zone participants
  • Zone 5 (inactive)
  • Zone 6 – Edmonton – 26 zone participants
  • Zone 7 (no zones held this year)
  • Zone 8 – Grande Prairie area – 5 zone participants

The men’s list of eligible participants (in alphabetical order) shows those guaranteed a spot in the 2015 Provincials. For those listed as PENDING, eligibility is dependent on the number of guaranteed players that show up to participate. It is important to note that some players compete in the Zone playoffs and although they may have a guaranteed spot, they often choose not to travel to the provincials. This opens up additional spots for zone participants listed as pending and any individuals wishing to buy into the event that didn’t compete in zones.


If more than 80 men show up to register, the following order is used to determine eligibility:

  • All those players listed as guaranteed, then
  • Any pending zone participants, based on the maximum allotment per zone as listed above. If additional spots are still available, these will be filled with from other zone participants based on a formula that includes seeding points and current Darts Alberta ranking, and finally,
  • Any individuals that wish to buy into the event that didn’t complete in zone playoffs provided space is available.

Anyone planning on participating in the 2015 Provincial Championships should be aware of the following key points:

  • The 2015 National Championships are being held in St. Catherines Ontario. If you make the team, you will be required to be in attendance from Sunday, June 14 through Friday, June 19. There are optional ranked tournaments the weekend prior and the weekend after.
  • Only the top 8 men and top 8 women will advance to form Team Alberta.
  • As a member of Team Alberta and this being a casino year, the Team Qualifier / Commitment Fee will be $400.00 per person with the opportunity to earn $200.00 back in they work the next casino at the end of June 2015. This will entitle each team member with transportation, shared accommodations, a team shirt, banquet ticket and their entry fee into the nationals – all paid by Darts Alberta.

The format of play, for both the men's and women's events, is a round robin advancing to a double knockout:

  • Under 32 players – 8 sections of up to a maximum of 4 players with all players advancing to a 32-draw
  • 33 to 40 players – 8 sections of up to a maximum of 5 players with the top 4 advancing to a 32-draw
  • 41 to 48 players – 8 sections of up to a maximum of 6 players with all players advancing to a 64-draw
  • 49 to 64 players – 16 sections of up to a maximum of 4 players with all players advancing to a 64-draw
  • 65 to 80 players (men) – 16 sections of up to a maximum of 5 players with the top 4 advancing to a 64-draw

All details regarding the 2015 Provincial Championships are contained on the poster. Should you have any questions, please contact the DA Administrator (administrator@dartsalberta.com) or the DA Tournament Director (tournament@dartsalberta.com).

2015 Darts Alberta Casino Dates

June 26 & 27, 2015 are the Darts Alberta Casino dates at the Palace Casino in West Edmonton Mall.

Our former First Vice, Anne Marie Coroluick, will be coordinating all of our volunteers. 2014 and 2015 Youth and Adult Team Alberta members can earn a portion of their commitment fees if they either work the casino or personally recruit a volunteer to work on their behalf. 2014 adult team members and parents of our youth team members are encouraged to contact Anne Marie (amcorol@shaw.ca) to secure a volunteer spot to earn your reimbursement.

Volunteer forms will also be available at the 2015 Youth and Adult Provincials for any new team members.

It is important to remember that the proceeds earned from our bi-annual casino are primarily used to fund the entire youth program as well as travel to the Adult and Youth Nationals.

Other volunteers are also always needed, so please feel free to contact Anne Marie to sign up.

 

Looking for Feedback from 2014 Chris Hatter Memorial Participants

Did you attend the 2014 Chris Hatter Memorial? If you did, we want your feedback.

This survey is the sixth in a series of surveys that will continue throughout the ranking season in order to help improve ranked tournaments throughout Alberta and make them more consistent.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and it should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete. Not only is it appreciated when participants provide suggestions for improvement, we'd also appreciate any feedback on what was done well. Please click on the following link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TSJFYG9)

Looking for Feedback from 2014 Challenge of the North Participants

Did you attend the 2014 Challenge of the North? If you did, we want your feedback.

This survey is the fifth in a series of surveys that will continue throughout the ranking season in order to help improve ranked tournaments throughout Alberta and make them more consistent.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and it should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete. Not only is it appreciated when participants provide suggestions for improvement, we'd also appreciate any feedback on what was done well. Please click on the following link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TWH5BG8)

Darts Alberta Highlights Newsletter

A new initiative has been created to better communicate with our members - Darts Alberta Highlights. This newsletter will be published periodically to highlight what's happening in darts and circulated at major events in Alberta. These newsletters can also be found on the website by clicking on "News" and "On-line Newsletters".

For those of you that may have picked up a copy at the 2014 Klondike Open, please check out the on-line version for updates to the Upcoming Events section.

Members are encouraged to provide suggestions or submit articles by contacting news@dartsalberta.com.

Byes Directly to Provincials

Each year, several Darts Alberta members receive byes directly to Provincials without having to compete in the zones, or they can choose to compete in the Zone Qualifier Playoffs at no charge. Those eligible are the Top 4 men and the Top 4 women on the Official April 30th Darts Alberta Ranking List and the reigning singles champion from each of our Darts Alberta Member Leagues should that event have more than 8 participants. When the singles championships have less than 8, the champion would still receive a free entry into the Zone Qualifier Playoffs.

With Zone Qualifier Playoffs fast approaching, a preliminary list has been published with the information available to Darts Alberta. This list will be updated as more information becomes available. If you are a reigning champion and your name does not appear on the list, please contact your League President to confirm this with Darts Alberta.

Looking for 2014 Klondike Open Participant Feedback

Did you attend the 2014 Klondike Open? If you did, we want your feedback.

This survey is the fourth in a series of surveys that will continue throughout the ranking season in order to help improve ranked tournaments throughout Alberta and make them more consistent.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and it should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete. Not only is it appreciated when participants provide suggestions for improvement, we'd also appreciate any feedback on what was done well. Please click on the following link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CDNBCCL)

The Pioneer of Darts

It is with a heavy heart that Darts Alberta announces the passing of Len Worrell on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  Len Worrell was a pioneer in Western Canadian Darts.

Len joined the Edmonton City Dart League in 1952. In 1957, he played a major role in the creation of the “Klondike Open Dart Tournament”. Ironically this same weekend, competitors from throughout Canada are competing in the 57th annual Klondike Open.

Len is a recipient of many awards and titles of recognition, but the most prestigious was his induction into the Alberta Sport Hall of Fame for being one of 100 Albertans to receive the Alberta Centennial Award for Sports and Recreation in 2005.  His name appears on a plaque with many infamous sport figures such as Kurt Browning, Ron MacLean, and Peter Lougheed. 
  Len Worrell with Sandi Orr at the 2006 Induction Ceremony in Red Deer

 

Just to name a few, Len’s recognition for his contribution to the sport of darts include:

  • National Darts Federation of Canada Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Life Member of the Edmonton City Dart League Association
  • Life Member of  Darts Alberta
  • Life Member of the Southern Nevada Dart Association
  • Life Member of the National Darts Federation of Canada
  • Recipient of the City of Edmonton Citation
  • Recipient of the Province of Alberta Achievement Award
  • Chairman of the First Royal Canadian Legion Dominion National Championship in 1976, of which he received a Medal of Merit

Len served 5 terms on the NDFC Board of Directors as the Provincial Director in 1977, 1978, 1992, 1996 and 1997.

In addition to the sport of darts, Len gave a great deal back to his community serving on many other Boards including:

  • Edmonton Cardiac Institute
  • Edmonton Klondike Days Association
  • Sourdough Raft Race Association
  • Army Navy & Air Force – Sir Winston Churchill Branch – Board of Trustees

Len will be sadly missed by dart communities around the globe and we send our condolences to his wife Leta and their family. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Click here for further details.

New Darts Alberta Ranked Tournament is a Good Possibility

In recent discussions with Ellison Smith our Zone 2 Director and the President of the Cochrane Dart League, research is being conducted in the Cochrane area for a venue to host a new Darts Alberta Ranked Tournament.

Ellison is hoping to have more information by the Klondike Open. Although a definite date is not set, we'll keep players updated as plans progress.
 

2014 Pro Am Results

The 2014 Pro Am Tournament was again a huge success! The event was held in Ponoka on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Grassroots participants are nominated from their member leagues and get paired together in this event with an Elite player. Although Darts Alberta typically allows only a maximum of 16 grassroots entries, a total of 20 grassroots players were permitted to register because of the overwhelming response.  A special thanks goes out to all elite players (past and present) for contributing to the success of this program.

Congratulations to the 2014 Pro Am Champions, Gary and Dan! Click here for the full results.

Dan Stotz (nominated by the Medicine Hat Dart League) and Gary Spurway
with Darts Alberta's First Vice President - Brenda Dietrich

 

Ranked Tournament Surveys Receive Overwhelming Response

Darts Alberta would like to thank all of the participants for taking the time to provide feedback on the 2014 Calgary Open. Many took a great deal of time to provide additional feedback that will assist both Darts Alberta and the organizers to continously improve the ranked tournament system in Alberta. This particularly survey has now been closed.

This was the third tournament survey conducted since April and these surveys will continue throughout the upcoming season. We hope that tournament participants will continue to provide Darts Alberta with this valuable feedback.

Looking for Ranked Tournament Feedback - Rodeo City Open

Did you attend the 2014 Calgary Open? If you did, we want your feedback.

This survey is the third in a series of surveys that will continue throughout the ranking season in order to help improve ranked tournaments throughout Alberta and make them more consistent.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and it should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete. Please click on the following link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TMBF9Z9).

 

Pro Am Deadline Fast Approaching

TO ALL ELITE ATHLETES AND LEAGUE GRASSROOTS AWARD WINNERS:


The deadline for the 2014 Pro Am is August 1, 2014. There are spots remaining for both the Grassroots Award Winners and the Elite Athletes. Grassroots Award Winners should send their registration and fee as per the instructions found in the package presented to you at your league banquet. Elite Players...please print the poster/registration form and mail your registration and fee. To determine your eligibility as an elite athlete, please review the Elite List.

If you are not an award winner and not on the Elite List, but are interested in competing in the Pro Am, please contact Laura Nett (2ndvicepresident@dartsalberta.com) to get placed on the waiting list should there be spots still available after the August 1 deadline.

 

DA Welcomes new members to the Board

Darts Alberta is pleased to welcome our newest members to the Board of Directors:

  • Laura Nett is your new Second Vice President
  • Tim Prokop is your new Youth Director

Brenda Dietrich has now moved into the position of First Vice President. Laura, Tim and Brenda have been working with their predecessors over the last 3 months in preparation of their new responsibilities. Welcome aboard!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and all members of Darts Alberta, thanks goes out to Tammy Murschell who has spent the last two years as our Youth Director and a special thanks to Anne Marie Coroluick who has served on the Board of Directors since 2003, originally as Treasurer and most recently as First Vice President.
 

Click All Board Members to see the full list of your Board of Directors.

Being a Successful Dart Player Despite Physical Adversities

Alberta's own Wayne Chapman of Calgary was interviewed by CTV news as well as recently by Ripley's Believe It or Not. For those of you that may not have had the chance to compete against Wayne--he has no fingers. Wayne's quite fond of his nickname "Knubbs" and not only loves the dart competition, he does quite well for himself. Wayne is currently ranked 25th on the Darts Alberta ranking list.

Congratulations Wayne and keep up the great darts!

Click here for the full CTV news story.

Alberta's Shaun Narain - Runner Up in World Soft Tip Stage 2

Despite all of his travels over the past several weeks (Manchester to Hamburg to Halifax and back to France), Shaun Narain continues to make a name for himself on the world stage. Only this time, during the World Soft Tip championships. Shaun was runner up against Haruki Muramatsu from Japan after defeating Paul Lim and Ray Carver of the US. See article for more details.

Congratulations Shaun!

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