Especially for beginners, it is often difficult to integrate into organized darts at the beginning. Newly founded teams often have difficulty finding out where they can register for regular league operations, for example.
This is precisely why we would like to go into this in more detail in this article. We will explain to you which leagues and associations there are in German darts.
This makes it easier for you to find the right dart league. So at some point you can take part directly in the league . We will also introduce you to the DDV, the German darts association, in detail.
DDV – the German darts association
Before the first dart league there was the first dart association. The DDV is something like the umbrella organization for darts in Germany and is made up of 13 regional associations .
The association is still relatively young compared to other sports. It was not until 1982 that it was decided to found the umbrella organization for German darts.
The association has now grown steadily and now has well over 16,000 members – an all-time record! The DDV is also the organizer of a number of individual and ranking tournaments.
The German Masters are particularly worth mentioning in this context. The German Open, one of the largest tournaments in the world, is also organized and hosted by the DDV.
Important: The DDV has been a member of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) since 2010. This makes the German Darts Association the only darts association recognized by the DOSB. This meant that darts (only steel darts) were officially recognized as a sport in Germany. However, e-darts are not yet considered an officially recognized sport.
Relationship between DDV and PDC
As is well known, the PDC has been holding a number of tournaments in Germany for years, where the halls in Germany are regularly sold out. This shows how much darts is booming in Germany.
The PDC was originally founded to enable professional dart players to earn money with their sport . For example, to make a living through high prize money. This means that amateur players are left behind a bit, as the prize money in other dart associations is significantly lower .
There are currently only a few darts professionals in Germany. However, most of the German players who play for the PDC today initially started their careers at the DDV .
Dart league system in Germany
Even though steel darts and e-darts are often mixed together, they are basically two sports . This creates a separation between the steel dart and e-dart Bundesliga.
The Bundesliga in e-darts is organized by the DSAB . In addition, the federal leagues in e-darts are organized differently . This is mainly because e-darts currently have a significantly larger following in Germany than steel darts.
There is also a noticeable development here that could probably even out the relationship over time. However, this is still the current state of affairs.
The Bundesliga in e-darts is divided into five leagues . Unlike steel darts , there are only two leagues .
In e-dart there is the Bundesliga Hesse, the Bundesliga South-West, the Bundesliga North-Bavaria, the Bundesliga North Rhine-Westphalia and the Bundesliga West .
The five German champions will be played in these five seasons.
E-dart sport is also organized in the amateur sector in the regional associations . District league, district league and regional league. These three classes usually form the basis of the Bundesliga.