INDIANAPOLIS –The AMOA-National Dart Association (NDA) is proud to welcome two new board directors for 2015. Ricky “Rabbit” Stoddard and Trevor Foster began their duties Jan. 1. Joining them are newly elected officers, President Alvin Gerlach, Vice President Mary Lynn Lavine and Treasurer Shawn Smith.
The full NDA board of directors met for the first time in January to discuss the future of the organization and the electronic darting industry as a whole. Key initiatives discussed were the importance of reaching a new generation of darters, growing additional tournament opportunities and increasing education opportunities and resources for members.
“The Board of Directors is actively working to enhance NDA programs and propel the industry forward one dart at a time,” said Alvin Gerlach, NDA president. “I am honored to serve as president as we head into a milestone year for Team Dart and get closer to other exciting tournaments and events.”
The annual NDA Junior Tournament, first introduced in 2014, is one way the organization is working to grow participation among younger players. Open to NDA-sanctioned players 20 and under that meet the qualifying requirements, the 2015 Junior Tournament will be held June 19-21, in Bloomington, MN. Full details are available at www.NDAdarts.com/junior.
In order to reach a younger audience of darters, enhancing online engagement has also been a focus of the NDA and will continue to be as technology advances. Promoting the fun and safe environment that playing darts provides to junior players is a key piece of this initiative. Players can download a cutout of Junior, the tournament mascot, pose with him and post to social media for recognition.
Through NDA Regional Tournaments players and operators have benefited by having additional and local opportunities to compete. With classification based on skill and more than 300 winners last year at NDA Regionals, players have a great chance of winning no matter what level they play.
The NDA is excited to announce that the following locations have been selected for this year’s Regional Tournaments: Phoenix, Nov. 20-22; Indianapolis, Dec. 4-6, and Rockford, Illinois, Jan. 8-10, 2016. More details will be released as these dates grow closer.
The NDA exists to serve its members and provide a unified voice for the electronic dart industry. By providing education to members and the resources they need to enhance their business, the NDA is protecting and enhancing the industry as a whole. Launched late last year, members can subscribe to weekly marketing tips to help develop their business and raise awareness of electronic darts in their communities.
Building on the 30th anniversary of Team Dart May 1-9, at Bally’s Las Vegas, instructional and information videos about Team Dart and NDA tournaments are available on the NDA YouTube channel, and at www.NDAdarts.com.
The NDA is looking forward to increasing these resources as planning begins for the join bi-annual education conference with the Valley National 8-Ball League Association, League SMART 2016. More announcements about this education opportunity will come available in the next year.
For more information on the NDA, membership or tournaments visit www.NDAdarts.com, or call 800.808.9884.
The NDA is an international trade association of coin-operated vending companies representing approximately 250 members and 45,000 players worldwide. The NDA was formed by and for coin machine operators to promote the sport of electronic darting exclusively on operator-owned equipment. The Association offers a variety of programs, materials and supplies to support its members in increasing the profitability of their dart operations. The NDA is sponsored by the Amusement and Music Operators Association (AMOA), Arachnid, Inc., Cyberdine d.o.o., Gaelco Darts S.L. and NSM-Löwen Entertainment.
For more information about membership in the NDA, its annual international Team Dart competition, regional tournaments or biennial League SMART educational conference, contact Kim Paugh, CAE, Associate Executive Director at 800.808.9884, or visit the NDA website at www.NDAdarts.com.