Darts tournaments are springing up like mushrooms. Not only the professional darts sport grows without visible end, but also in the amateur area there are more and more possibilities to compete. Here, on the one hand, there is the possibility to register for darts tourn aments in the official structures, on the other hand, more and more clubs also organize their own darts tournaments. Even for private hobby players this is a possibility to compete with others. However, dart tournament schedules regularly make some organizers despair. For this reason, we give in this blog post valuable tips on what you should consider when organizing a darts tournament.
In advance, the organizer should be aware that a darts tournament schedule does not have much in common with a tournament schedule of other sports. There are some peculiarities that need to be taken into account. So first of all we will go into a basic detail in an ordinary darts tournament schedule. In darts, the tournament is usually played in a permanent knockout system. But if you get knocked out you get a second chance. So in a tournament tree in darts there is a winner's side and a loser's side. Even on the losing side, a player can still win the entire tournament at the end of the day.
An example: Two good players meet in the 1st round. Afterwards, the loser plays in the side of the tournament tree where all losers fall. Whoever loses again on this side now, the tournament is finally over for him. Whoever wins everything, however, eventually plays his way to the point where he can even reach the final of the entire tournament.
There are usually two options for tournament formats. Either the players compete against each other in singles or in doubles. It is not uncommon for doubles tournaments to take place immediately or one day before the singles tournament in order to get the hang of things. In terms of organization, it makes sense for people who are organizing a dart tournament for the first time to organize only a singles tournament first.
In order to ensure that the tournament runs as smoothly as possible, it makes sense to set an upper limit for the number of participants. Common upper limits for a dart tournament are for example 16, 32 or 64. But why exactly these numbers? These numbers are the best way to play down dart tournament schedules.
If in the end only 29 of 32 players register, there is also a possibility to react accordingly. In this case, 13 matches will be played and three free tickets will be awarded. Because: if there are 32 participants, 16 players would have to advance to the next round in 16 games. But if there are only 29 participants, 13 games will be played and three players will get a free ticket for the next round. This way, the basic flow is not disturbed.
For this point, we will stick to a classic variant, which is also favored by many organizers of official tournaments. As a rule, a best of 3 legs, 501, double out is played. At least this is the default for the first rounds of the tournament, where many players are still involved. Of course, the dart tournament administration can also specify in advance that the semifinals will be played in Best of 5 and the final, for example, in Best of 7.
When organizing a dart tournament, it is very important that the players do not have to wait too long between their games. For this reason, it is advisable to play on at least two boards if there are 16 or more participants. With 32 people, four boards should be available, while with 64 participants, 6 dartboards are already indispensable. The reason for this is simple: the time required to carry out such a dart tournament is enormously high. It is not uncommon for tournaments to last from morning until late evening. The number of boards should therefore be ensured in any case, if it is clear that the number of participants is far above 16.
With a dart tournament planner you can estimate approximately how long a tournament will last. Once the number of players has been determined, you can roughly calculate when the tournament will be over. With 16 players, a tournament on two discs can be completed in about 3 hours. With 32 players, you should plan on at least 5 hours, even with four boards, due to the higher organizational effort. And even with that you are still well in time. As soon as the number of participants is between 32 and 64, you can assume that a tournament that starts around 12 noon will last until about 7 pm - if not even longer. However, this ultimately depends on the number of boards.
The amount of the starting and prize money should also be fair. An entry fee between 5 and 7 euros is mandatory. As a rule, the prize money is distributed at the end to the first three places in the ranking at a ratio of 50:30:20. It is also often the case that the entire entry fee is played out - unless the organizer pays rent for the event room.
To provide an additional incentive, a few special prizes are awarded in dart tournaments. For example, the person with the most high scores, the highest finish or the best lady in the tournament receives a special prize.
Of course it makes little sense to write a dart tournament planner by hand. For this reason there are various possibilities to do this electronically. For example, in our e-book you will find 8 different dart tournament planners to organize your next tournament quickly and easily.
A second option is the software Dartuoso, which you can download free of charge from the Internet.
If you want to organize a dart tournament yourself, you should at least consider a few small things: