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getting involved in league darts ?
i'd like to ask the experienced members of the nutz team on behalf of the beginner nutz including myself how you would go about joining a league and what to expect of league matches .
i'm getting to a standard where i think i could play in a league without to much embarrassment to other team members lol. i have the problem of not knowing anyone else who plays darts outside of the forum. only noticed one pub near by with a board and i've never seen anyone use it ever so i doubt they are involved in any league play at all.

questions are

how would i find a pub involved in league play. is there regional boards/councils etc you can contact , would it be through the B.D.O in the uk. what about other countrys ?

when do the seasons start and finish ? what would be the best time to try and join?

what would be expected from you ? if no places would you be put down as a reserve ?

what kind of formats do the leagues play ?

that'll do from me of starters . any other newbies feel free to ask your own questions within this thread and hopefully the other guys can help us out.


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jamie
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Alright bud,

how would i find a pub involved in league play. is there regional boards/councils etc you can contact , would it be through the B.D.O in the uk. what about other countrys ?
Not sure how you would go about finding a team near you really apart from trying google/facebook...our league isn't run through any professional body but you can join the N.I.D.O through the league which means you can enter the N.I Open which a lot of the BDO players enter and Gurney won this year before moving across to the big leagues.(I think it has BDO ranking points). You can also enter all qualifiers such as the N.I Masters etc.

when do the seasons start and finish ?
I think all seasons are different. Ours starts around September and runs until the start of May - That involves playing each team twice in the league and 5 or 6 different tournaments.

what would be the best time to try and join?
I wouldn't worry about the timing. I would find out when your local league runs and show interest to your potential team by going up and watching a few games maybe marking a few to show your interested and dedicated before trying to step in and play...then when given the opportunity step in and try to prove your worth.

what would be expected from you ?
All league standards are different and expectations can change from season to season....Last year me and my mate joined our current team and nothing was expected and we more than held our own and the team finished 6th in the league....This year we got a few more players in and are challenging for the league with 3 games left and all cups so theres a bit more pressure as we have to play for our place. Again going and watching your local team would prob be your best bet here.

if no places would you be put down as a reserve ?
Some teams have 2nd teams if there are enough players..If not they usually try to accommodate everyone so that they don't lose heart....We don't have enough for two teams but most weeks we don't have everyone available and when we do everyone go's anyway and watches due to us all being good mates.

what kind of formats do the leagues play ?
Again all leagues are different... Our league format is 3 Doubles matches and 6 singles so there are a minimum of 6 players and a max of 12. we then have tournaments through the year such as individuals, doubles, lucky pairs, trebles, 1001, and team knockout cups.

Dont know if that'll be much help Jamie but i'm on the tonic Saucey and just going on what I have experienced in the last year and a half! I would dive in and try find somewhere near you..the match practice will do you the world of good....I know it helped me
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Jamie, here in Adelaide, most pubs or licensed clubs are involved in dart leagues. To get into a team, you need to know what night they play.

I currently play in 5 different leagues over 4 nights a week. I have 2 different leagues on Thursdays that play once a fortnight on opposite Thursdays.

My Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday leagues have at least 3 different divisions to accommodate players of all levels.

All that is expected of us is to turn up every week, even if you have to sit out the night and chalk a couple of games and to adhere to the code of conduct. Other than that, you play to the best of your ability on the night and have some fun.

It helps to get into a team if you have a mate that plays, because they can recommend you.
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really appreciate your replys lads . i'm thinking maybe 2 more months and i'll need to try against other people to improve , i hate losing so i want to get as good a possible before trying , i doubt anything can help you more than actually playing other opponents though .


cheers


jamie
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(03-27-2013, 12:06 AM)jamie373 Wrote: really appreciate your replys lads . i'm thinking maybe 2 more months and i'll need to try against other people to improve , i hate losing so i want to get as good a possible before trying , i doubt anything can help you more than actually playing other opponents though .


cheers


jamie

I found at the start I could be practicing very well but as soon as the match play started I got hit with nerves and felt a bit of pressure, especially if I started with a stray 1 or 5...thankfully this soon goes as the experience improves
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Jamie, try and get as much practise with an opponent as you can. Like Hamo said, nerves will kick in on you when you start playing league.
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(03-27-2013, 12:56 AM)Jimbo21 Wrote: Jamie, try and get as much practise with an opponent as you can. Like Hamo said, nerves will kick in on you when you start playing league.
Preferably an opponent you don't usually play so it will replicate the real thing as much as possible. All the best with it anyway mate
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i reckon you are both right . during warm up ( to play Nscore) i cant hit ton ton40 ton so on ,once i have to think of out shots or start going behind i lose nerve , that why i'm looking to play league to kick the next step up . it's good to have you guys on board though to have the insight first . cheers
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everyone suffers from nerves i won my leauge game monday nite 3 -2 our format best of five 501 srtraight off 5 aside back to the point now i hit afew tons a140 took out a 102 finish but i did not play half as well as in practice it just so different when u step up to the oche to throw your first 3 darts in the match as u all know darts is not a team sport per say u are are up there on your own
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Hi Buddy
To find a pub team you could try looking up your County Website as they have quite a bit of information on there other than that it is a case of travelling around the pubs on Each night of the week to see when teams may be playing.
All areas and leagues are different and you can join most teams at any point of the season although you may not be able to play in the league games but you can have a throw with them and get to know them for the new registration period.
With most teams they have practice times before matches or on a different night so go along and show them what you can do and you may get in the side straight away. Always worth a look.
Most formats are 501 some double in but mainly in the midlands straight off with some cup games double in. Our village league plays 501 for the pairs and 401 for the singles but this baffles me but the say it helps the lesser able players to have a chance but I still beat them but just quicker lol.
The best way to learn the ropes is playing players that are better than you as it will improve your game. Experience counts for a lot in darts as it steadies the nerves. Play as often as you can too.

Cheers buddy and good luck with it

Gun
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cheer big gun +1 bud . gonna start seacrching round this week and try and sniff out some pubs and see whats going on. think i have to push myself that bit further to improve but also to continue enjoying playing
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Get a practise buddy and play each other, breaks up the boredom of practicing on you own and if you practice in each others house its cheaper.
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yeah i am struggling to keep going at practice at home, end up on here talking about darts rather than playing a lot of the time.
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