INDIANAPOLIS –The AMOA–National Dart Association held its second annual Junior Tournament in Bloomington, Minn., June 19-21. Seventeen NDA operators sent 138 players to the tournament, all competing for great prizes and showcasing their love of electronic soft-tip darting.
Only the second year for the event, the tournament boasted a successful 270 event entry certificates. Participants traveled from seven states; Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin, and represented a variety of ages and skills. From the youngest to the oldest, it was clear that these players were excited to be playing the sport they loved!
Tournament events featured Singles Cricket, Singles ’01, Doubles Cricket, Mixed Triples Combo and Doubles ’01. Mixed Triples Combo provided fun for the whole family by allowing a NDA-sanctioned adult player to join in on the competition.
“Having attended both years of the NDA Junior Tournament and seeing my own kids enjoy the game, it is great to know we are offering an opportunity for the next generation of darters to grow and compete,” said NDA President Alvin Gerlach. “Darts teaches kids so many important life values; sportsmanship, teamwork, comradery. I hope as we offer this tournament in the years to come we see it continue to grow as more and more kids take up the sport.”
Through this new tournament junior leagues are on a rise, as many operators expanded their league offerings to get players qualified. Junior Tournament participants must be a NDA-sanctioned player, and are required to have played a minimum of 48 league games within the qualifying period.
More information about the NDA, membership benefits and tournaments can be found by visiting www.NDAdarts.com.
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.