Soft-tip dart players across the world gathered at Bally’s in Las Vegas, Nev. for the AMOA-National Dart Association’s (NDA) Team Dart 2011, held April 29- May 7. This year, Team Dart boasted more than 14,000 event entrants from seven countries competing for over $500,000 in prize money.
Unique from other tournaments, the NDA prides itself on offering a tournament for players of all skill levels ranging from beginners to professionals. All participants are classified into levels according to their individual or team’s skill rating. In fact, there are anywhere from 1 to 21 levels in any one event each year depending on the number and skill levels of entries. All levels in Open events pay the same amount of money for each place, be it Level 1 or Level 21.
The association’s operator members work very hard all year to provide opportunities for their sanctioned players to compete in leagues and become eligible for the annual Team Dart tournament. Approximately 166 NDA operators sent teams to Team Dart this year. Team Dart entry qualifications include being a NDA-sanctioned player and playing at least 96 league games in a specified period for the NDA coin-op vending company who enters the player in the tournament.
Team Dart 2011 kicked off Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, with Singles and Doubles Cricket and 501. Players had the option of participating in up to 10 events throughout the nine days of competition.
Team Dart 2011 events included:
- Open Singles 501, Levels 1-18
- Open Masters Singles 501 DI/DO, Levels A & B
- Ladies Masters Singles 501 DI/DO
- Open Singles Cricket, Levels 1-21
- Open Masters Singles Cricket, Levels A & B
- Ladies Masters Singles Cricket
- Senior Singles Combo, Levels 1-4
- Open Doubles 501, Levels 1-12
- Open Masters Doubles 501 DI/DO
- Ladies Masters Doubles 501 DI/DO
- Open Doubles Cricket, Levels 1-13
- Open Masters Doubles Cricket
- Ladies Masters Doubles Cricket
- Mixed Doubles Combo, Levels 1-5
- Masters Mixed Doubles Combo
- Mixed Doubles 501, Level 1-5
- Masters Mixed Doubles 501
- Mixed Triples 701, Levels 1-4
- Mixed Masters Triples 701
- Mixed Triples Combo, Level 1-6
- Masters Mixed Triples Combo
- Open Team Cricket, Levels 1-5
- Open Masters Team Cricket
- Ladies Masters Team Cricket
- Open Team 501, Level 1-5
- Open Masters Team 501 DI/DO
- Ladies Masters Team 501 DI/DO
An international competition would not be complete without an International Challenge. Teams from Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United States competed Wednesday, May 4, for international bragging rights until next year’s competition. The German women’s team defeated Spain, taking the title for the second year, and the USA men’s team defeated France. A special thanks to Team USA sponsor, Mike Bates with Dart Masters.
Final results for the International Challenge are as follows:
Women’s International Challenge
1st Place: Germany
2nd Place: Spain
3rd Place: USA
4th Place: Canada
Men’s International Challenge
1st Place: USA
2nd Place: France
3rd Place: Germany
4th Place: Canada
5th Place: Spain
Top overall money winners for this year’s event were Ben Dersch with Bullseye, Inc. in Wisconsin and Stacy Bromberg with D & B Electronic Darts in Nevada.
Top shooters in each level in Team Cricket and 501, with a minimum of 24 games played during the tournament, receive Top Gun awards. This year’s Top Gun recipients are:
Open Team Cricket
|Scott Miller||Masters||Bullseye, Inc||Madison, Wis.|
|Carolyn Nessmann||Ladies Masters||Sam’s Amusement Company||Kenosha, Wis.|
|Kevin Luke||Level 1||AJ’s Entertainment||West Richland, Wash.|
|Rick Reddell||Level 2||Darts Plus, LLC||Overland Parks, Kan.|
|Paul Krenz||Level 3||Aactive Coin Machines, Ltd.||Canada|
|Donnie Holden||Level 4||NTS||
|Casey Rau||Level 5||VVS, Inc.||Lincoln, Neb.|
Open Team 501
|Scott Miller||Masters||Bullseye, Inc.||Madison, Wis.|
|Lisa Yee||Ladies Masters||Troy Vending||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|Paul Boleu||Level 1||Bumpers, Inc.||Spokane, Wash.|
|Chris Morgan||Level 2||Bumpers, Inc.||Spokane, Wash.|
|Billy White, Jr.||Level 3||Darts R Fun||El Cajon, Calif.|
|Troy Royaux||Level 4||France Darts||
|Max Lovejoy||Level 5||Dolphin Coin, Inc.||Mt. Pleasant, Mich.|
During the Wednesday night Opening Ceremony and Player Party, the NDA inducted Jim Stansfield of Stansfield Vending and Bob Wiles of Arachnid, Inc., into the NDA Hall of Fame. Their contributions to the NDA are invaluable and deserve to be recognized at the highest level. For their dedicated service, Maggie Jones, NDA President, presented them with Hall of Fame awards.
Also during the Opening Ceremony and Player Party, the NDA thanked its sponsors for their continued support of the tournament and the association. In attendance to accept their awards were Donovan Fremin with the Amusement & Music Operators Association, Sam Zammuto with Arachnid, Inc., Mate Vukoja with Cyberdine d.o.o., Jose Maria Cervera with Gaelco Darts S.L., Chris Peppard with Medalist Corporation, Helmut Schneller with NSM-Löwen Entertainment and Cathy Scarbrough with Shelti. The following NDA manufacturer sponsors, Arachnid, Inc., Cyberdine d.o.o., Gaelco Darts S.L., Medalist Corporation, NSM-Löwen Entertainment and Shelti, provided 324 dartboards for the tournament floor. It was on these machines that the best of the best battled for the title of World Champion. Manufacturers also provided games in their onsite booth for players to enjoy outside of competition.
The hard work and dedication of the Team Dart Tournament Committee, Administrative and Tournament Staff, Set-up Crew and NDA Certified Referees was also recognized. Honored staff included:
Administrative and Tournament Staff and Set-up Crew
NDA Certified Referees
Thanks to MVP Awards, Inc., Laramie Screen Printing and A-Z Darts for their continued support of the NDA and Team Dart.
Team Dart 2012 will be held at Bally’s Las Vegas, April 13-21. Reserve your room by calling 800.634.3434. Watch for details at www.NDAdarts.com.