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American Baseball Darts Association

The A.B.D.A. is the group of people who are dedicated to the American Style darting game and community. And I'm going to tell you that it's important to have someone who tries to bind all the ways we can approach the game of American Darts into something that we call all share.

They are the peeple who administer and maintain the American Darts Wall of Fame.

They are also responsible for administering the PA State Dart Tournament. Here is a list of the teams who have Won the PA State Dart Tournament.

Let's take a look at the stated "objectives" of the organization.

Objectives

  1. Organize all American Dart Leagues under one (1) sanctioning body.
  2. - I'll be honest, I'm uncomfortable with the word "sanction". It smells like . . . threat, punishment, or "official permission necessary". But it's also "legalspeak" and I can see how words like that make their way into things when you're trying to put together document called "Objectives & By-laws".

    What I know of the A.B.D.A. is rather inclusive, open-armed experiences. George Haines was a big part of the A.B.D.A., and he stopped in the bar one Saturday afternoon. He was looking for directions to the Natalie Fire Company. He met some shooters from there at several dart tournaments. Hearing that they were hosting a tournament, he wanted to show support and join in.

    He wasn't on the hunt to see if what they did was in line with ABDA rules. It was "Hey, these guys come and shoot darts with us. We should go shoot darts with them!". That's a spirit I can get behind.

    And for the record, American darts definitely only needs one sports governing body.

  3. Obtain sponsors to help promote the game of American Darts.
  4. - Sponsorship is difficult. Pool tables suck up quarters. Electronic dartboards suck up quarters. And those games now have someone holding a pile of silver that they can put back into the game via sponsorship. American darts is missing that kind of opportunity.

    Still, this is a worthy objective, and I bet as ground is gained on this front, the game will grow noticeably.

  5. Compile a set of rules that will enable all leagues and tournaments to be consistent in all events and assets of the game.
  6. - Without this, American darts could have turned into "pool room 8-ball", where every town, or tavern would have their own "house rules". And I'm not against people playing the game whatever way they would like. We're supposed to be having fun, it says so on the signs!

    But, it would be something different if you show up to a tournament and it's "pull the reds, one first dart mulligan per game, and whitehorse in the 9th automatically ties it!".

    How would you ever compare averages between your league and a league that shoots with those rules? Part of what makes our sport so interesting is the variety of games. But setting some sort of common ground so players from different regions can compete against each other is a MUST.

  7. Maintain a web site to post statistics and news from all leagues and league members.
  8. - Absolutely great idea. There should be one spot where you can go and it's kindof like the record-keeping spot for darts on the net. Dave Hascup is already doing a fantastic job with the American Darts Database! Having a central site for leagues to send in whatever information they'd like to share keeps shooters connected.

  9. Establish standards for A.B.D.A. league qualifier and national championship tournaments.
  10. - This goes back to setting some shared standards. Toes behind the line, piggy back darts don't earn points, split wires favor the shooter. We need some common ground.

  11. Set dates, formats, and locations for upcoming tournaments.
  12. - By this I'm sure they mean States and Nationals. These are not "in house" events. Someone needs to coordinate all the aspects of those tournaments, and that's a good deal of work. That's a burden that is shouldered by the A.B.D.A.

  13. Appoint regional directors, and set up regions for the geographical areas they represent.
  14. - ahh, the joys of growing pains. Certainly when there is an interest in American darts in a particular spot of the country, it's nice to have someone local there to help guide things.

That's a look at the Objectives of the ABDA. One thing I have to say is that whatever these guys are doing, it is from the love of the sport. No one pays any dues to the ABDA. These guys are volunteering their time and efforts. I'm sure they are driven at first by interest in the sport, and passion. And as the years pass and passion wanes, I expect a sense of duty takes over.

The official A.B.D.A. website is in transition. There was a wealth of information there that has to be ported to a new site, and that will take some effort, requiring a good amount of time. Until their site is online, below is a posting of the By-Laws.

By-Laws

  1. Endgrain basswood dartboards will be the official boards of the A.B.D.A. for all tournaments and sanctioned events.
  2. Wooden dartboards will have a red cork center, and shall meet the established standards set for classic American boards.
  3. Teams may use the dart brand (Apex, Darto, Widdy) of their choice. All team players must use the same brand of dart. If opposing teams choose to use different brands of darts for a match, then it is the lead off shooter's responsibility to change the darts each inning.
  4. The center of the cork will be measured at 5 feet 3 inches from the floor to the center of the cork.
  5. The toe line will be a measurement of 7 feet 3 inches from the face of the dartboard to the shooter side of the toe board.
  6. The toe board will be made of wood with a radius of no more than 4 feet, and will measure 107.5 inches from the center of the cork to the outside radius of the toe board. This measurement will be angled.
  7. A light will be inserted in the top housing of the dartboard holder. This light must not reflect back into a shooter's view of the board.
  8. All shooters must have their league average(s) (last 2 years) posted online and link accessible from the A.B.D.A. Player Averages Verification Page in order to have a starting qualifying average for participation in tournaments. Previous A.B.D.A. National Championships and/or PA State Dart Tournament average(s) (last 2 years) will also be factored into determining an entering average for all shooters. Our practice of dropping tenths of a point will apply to the final entering average only. The legitimacy of player averages may be disputed or upheld by the tournament director.
  9. Any district representative will have the right to disqualify any shooter for unruly behavior during any tournament. It is in the best interest of the A.B.D.A. to promote sportsmanship in the game.
  10. The winning team of the match is responsible for keeping the scores of the game, and for returning the score sheet back to tournament officials.
  11. The final score sheet must be signed by both team captains at the end of the match. Each team captain will receive a copy of the game score sheet, with the original being returned to tournament officials.