The Sure Way to the
Playing a sport may be a leisurely
endeavor, but for a serious and eager sports enthusiast, there is
more to it than just mere play. There is the need and hunger to
Hitting the target, that is the most obvious goal of playing darts.
Still, it is not just about finishing the game. It is about aiming
for the goal in every chance possible. It is about hitting the
bulls eye in any chance possible.
One has to aim for progress and to be able to compete at the top
level. The aim therefore is to reach the professional circuit of
playing darts as a sport. As a player then, it is important to know
the proper way to enter the pro circuit.
Starting as Amateur
There are amateur tournaments that can be first joined to gain more
exposure, training and experience. This is a good way to start.
For example, in the United States, the ADA or American Darters
Association provides venue for single players to play and display
their dart prowess. The American Darts Organization on the other
hand is considered as the largest national dart league in the world.
It organizes the members according to their respective region. It
also promotes the sport by encouraging teams of various pubs and
Professional Dart Circuit
After a good enough exposure and training, and once the player is
confident enough, it is probably high time to endeavor for the
professional circuit. The circuit will mainly consist of a series of
open events for professional dart players.
Seeking Professional Tournaments
Different countries or states have their respective leagues and
tournaments both for amateur and professional competitions. All one
has to do is to check out for local announcements. The local pubs
may provide for this one. There are also resources available online
that provide timetables for daily games, even for the annual big
There are major darts publications that circulate. They usually come
with advertisements for open competitions. This is the best way to
seek for a tournament. Once the first move is made, it will be quite
easier to learn your way to the next step.
Making It to the Pros
Are there any requirements to make it to the pros? This is the first
thing that comes to mind. There is no strict requirement although
generally, it is contemplated that a player must be eligible to join
to be part of a professional circuit.
Of course, an entry form must first be submitted to officially join
a professional circuit. Any required documentation must be properly
submitted. Usually there is a membership fee or association fee. The
applicant will then be considered in good standing upon fulfillment
2. Residence / Organization Requirement
Some tournaments require that the player must be a local resident or
a citizen. Some may even require that the professional circuit
participants be a member of a certain league or organization.
Of course, before aiming for the pros, the player must be equipped
with adequate skills to be a proper participant. There is an average
score that must be maintained depending on the category.
Generally, it will be very helpful to have an extensive knowledge of
the rules of the game. Add to this a more than sufficient amount of
practice. Indoor dart playing may have more lenient rules. However,
in playing competitive darts, it will involve particular rules and
scoring. Players will even be challenged by expecting other
variations of the rules.
Most associations or circuit tournaments have their own code of
ethics. They require that the professional darter be able to conform
to the respective requirements and expectations. Such details may be
What the preceding items provide are the basic requirements that may
be expected. Further conditions can still be imposed, depending on
the organization or tournament. However, this final point is
actually a strong ingredient that must not be missed in aiming for
To make it to the pro circuit, one must definitely have a real and
deep passion for the game. This passion will require that the player
is more than able to play the game. The dart player must be very
willing and enthusiastic, not only in playing and winning, but in
learning and improving. This will be the most enabling tool to make
it in the professional circuit. With this at hand, the player will
definitely weather any pressure, challenges and hindrances to
succeed in the professional circuit.