There are now many dart tournaments in Germany. Due to the great boom , numerous regional associations and leagues have been founded that offer regular ranking tournaments.
But many leisure tournaments are also on the rise. At such a dart tournament the level is usually a little lower as beginners usually take part.
At larger ranking tournaments, however, it is easy to see how darts Germany is now positioned in the amateur sector . In this article we give you tips on how to find, play and organize darts tournaments.
Find a dart tournament – what options do beginners have?
For a beginner with no tournament experience, the following question often arises. How can I even find a darts tournament in my region ?
Here we would like to give you a little help as a beginner. This makes it easier for you to get started in dart tournaments. The first option is via Facebook .
There are several large groups , especially on Facebook, where you can get information about dart tournaments. In addition to social networks, there are also other sources you can use to find out more.
There are also some dart calendars on the internet. The website Dartkalender.de in particular offers you the opportunity to look for some dart tournaments in Germany and darts dates in the area .
There is also another platform: dartverwaltung.com . Here you can find all leagues and tournaments from your region . But if that's not enough, you can also get information from the official regional association . Each federal state has a darts association that organizes and regulates all official ranking tournaments.
In my case, Rhineland-Palatinate, this is the RPDV (Rhineland-Palatinate Dart Association). This initially enables all hobby players to take part in the so-called challenge tournaments .
Infobox: Here you can gain your first tournament experience . This is also how I gained my first experience in competition. That's why I can only recommend it to you. This is how you get to know new people and make your first contacts with the entire darts scene in the region.
Playing dart tournaments – rules and differences to hobby tournaments
If you are attending an official darts tournament for the first time, there are a few rules you need to follow as newbies. The newcomers at such tournaments in particular are often watched closely.
Basically you play in a normal challenge tournament. This is usually a best-of-3, 501 double-out mode. So this is nothing new for you as a player. However, what is new in contrast to many hobby tournaments is the possibility of fighting your way back into the tournament via the losers' bracket .
In ranking tournaments, registered dart players also collect points for the respective dart ranking.
For example, if you come up against a strong opponent in the first round, you are not automatically eliminated. In this case you get a second chance in the losers round . In principle, you can use these to play your way to winning the tournament.
But if you lose a second game here, then the tournament is over for you. This option is not offered at many hobby tournaments.
The loser acts as the dart writer
Another special feature is that the loser of a game acts as a scorer in the next match. As a newcomer to a tournament, you should also know this in advance. Otherwise, you could be looked at askance after a defeat.
Nowadays, as a scribe, you no longer have to write on a blackboard . You can also enter the scores using a PC program . However, you should also be familiar with the spelling on the scoring board .
This scoring board usually consists of two columns per player . On the left, write down the number of points you threw. The remaining number of points is noted on the right.
A diagonal line through the last score and the last score shows how many points are left.
And a little something at the end. If you get a three-digit shot, you should high-five your opponent . This is a tacit rule and common practice at many tournaments and among many players. If your opponent doesn't respond to it, you can of course leave it next time.
Organizing a dart tournament – what you should pay attention to
Last but not least, we would like to give you a few tips for your own dart tournaments .
First of all, you should be clear about whether you want to organize ranking tournaments or hobby dart tournaments . We don't think it's a bad idea if the rules of a hobby tournament are adapted to those of a ranking tournament.
This is how you learn to play under regular competition conditions . You are also well prepared for the first ranking tournaments.
You can also find all further information about the organization in our e-book by myDartpfeil founder Lukas. In this e-book you will find all the common game modes for a darts tournament.
The field of participants is usually divided into 16, 32 or 64 players . If there are fewer players on site, bye tickets will be awarded . Players with these byes then only enter the tournament in the second round.
Prize money and organizations
How you handle the prize money is also important. It's also nice if the entire participation fee is paid out at the end. At least in hobby tournaments.
In a ranking tournament it is often the case that part of the fee is retained by an association .
You should also make sure that there are enough boards available . No player likes it when they are only allowed to play for a few minutes every two hours. In addition, the image of a tournament also suffers from poor organization.
Here we would like to give you a guideline:
- Field of 16 participants: At least two boards
- Field of 32 participants: At least four boards
- Field of 64 participants: At least six boards
This way you avoid waiting times that are too long and keep all players happy . In any case, we wish you much success!
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