How Darts Can Be Covid Secure.

THE UK is seemingly headed for an imminent, though staged, release from the Covid-19 lockdown it seems prudent to look around the world and see how things are shaping up toward the return of ‘normality’ on the darts circuits. Darts World looked to our friends in Denmark who are a couple of stages further along the road:

Lido Dart Club in Horsens is one of the many Danish dart clubs that can now open the doors for its members.

Denmark is in the third phase of its reopening after the corona eruption. In this connection, indoor sports is back on the list of permitted activities, which means that the Danish dart clubs can open up to their members.

However, the reopening of the Danish darts clubs does not occur without restrictions and guidelines. The Danish Dart Union has issued a statement on which guidelines the clubs recommend to adhere to. The full message can be found here.

First, DDU points out that the health authorities’ guidelines and the current Danish legislation still do not allow assemblies larger than 50 people.

DIF guidelines relevant to DDU

However, the Danish Sports Federation has also had a hand in matters, with a view to making recommendations for compliance in the respective Danish dart clubs. These recommendations and guidelines can be read below:

  • If possible, keep a distance of 2 meters for activities in motion or for physical exertion. However, sports and sports activities with physical contact can be carried out if you pay close attention to the recommendations of the health authorities – especially hygiene and
    contact contamination – and otherwise follow the guidelines below.
  • The current assembly ban must always be respected (as of June 8, 50 people). There must be more than one assembly ban at one sporting facility – but only for so long, there are talks about different activities and groups, each of which stays within the assembly ban.
  • If there are several groups present in / at the same sports facility, make sure that there is sufficient distance between the groups so that they do not form a single group. The recommendation is that there be at least 2 meters between each lane. It is possible to divide large lanes into smaller zones. Here cones, tops, leashes, partitions or other clear markings are used that clearly delimit the path / zone. Course sizes and area of ​​activity are different in the respective sports, which is why the assembly density can vary from sport to sport. However, the assembly density must not fall below 4 sqm per person.
  • Organisers can run a competitive tournament if it complies, with social distancing and general health recommendations can be complied with in a proper manner.
  • In competition and tournament activities, the general guidelines for grouping and zones should be followed. Individual conventions must not be held where more than a total of more than the current assembly ban (pt. 50) meet across the board, as the assembly ban is thus not upheld.
  • There should be either staff or volunteers present during the activities tasked with preventing the building of close assemblies.
  • There must be one trainer or volunteer present at group for activities for children and young people.
  • The participants of the activities must, upon arrival at the sports facility, place themselves in the group with which they participate during the activity. Groups may not be merged and participants may not switch between different groups during the activity.
  • Social activities may be arranged in connection with the sporting activities, but attention must be paid to the fact that the groups from the sports activities are not merged with each other and that the assembly ban and distance requirements are complied with. Social activities should include staff or volunteers who are tasked with ensuring that groups are not merged and that the assembly ban and distance requirements are respected.
  • Bathing and changing facilities and toilets may be opened if the health authorities’ instructions for cleaning can be observed and if they can be arranged so as to avoid queuing. In addition, facilities, associations and other players are encouraged to find good local solutions for cleaning and supervising changing rooms.
  • Clubhouses, etc. can be kept open. When opening cafes and canteens, special attention must be paid to complying with the recommendations of the National Board of Health. It will be the owner of the individual facility that will decide in particular whether to allow access to toilets and clubhouses and possibly more detailed guidelines for this.
  • Frequent and thorough cleaning of common contact points should be done at least once a day and more often with many touches.
  • If props are used in connection with the activities and use of facilities (eg rackets or golf clubs), it is recommended that personal props are used as far as possible. If this is not possible, special attention should be paid to cleaning common contact surfaces.

DDU’s own guidelines

In addition to the guidelines recommended by DIF, DDU has also formulated its own recommendations for the reopening of the associations. These recommendations read as follows:

Darts Props

  • Use your own arrows, the same chalk or chalk holder, the same chalkboard etc.
  • If you use the club’s dart props, they must be handed in after use and cleaned according to the club’s own recommendations.

Distance between players

  • If possible, use every other course/lane/ Oche in the club.
  • When you pick up the arrows from the board go away opposite the board leader.

Drawing guidelines

  • The board leader must avoid face-to-face with the players.
  • Do not touch the players arrows.
  • Use the same chalkboard own chalk / chalk holder and chalkboard sponge.

Special conditions regarding cleaning and club rooms.

  • If you are in rented premises, be it the municipality or private, then there may be some special guidelines determined by the landlord.
  • If you share leases with others, then it is important that you cooperate on common guidelines for the premises.
  • It’s all about breaking contagion chains, so we recommend the clubs to draw up their own club rules on cleaning toilets, liquor stores, disposable towels, cups, fixtures, light switches, cash registers, refrigerators, set schedules with the record of the time of cleaning so you have documentation for the municipality, etc.

And then just the one with alcohol

  • At the same time, we request and encourage the clubs to take their precautions in relation to the pouring of alcohol, including the necessary protective equipment, as well as not to indulge in
    drunken persons, in order to limit any. infection.

The entire DDU booklet with guidelines for reopening can be found here.

If your involved with darts events, whether social, charity or other the information above is thorough, useful and very timely. (DW Ed. Team).


Mant thanks to our Danish friends at: www.dartnyheder.dk/

Wayne Warren: I am Done With The BDO.

Wayne Warren does not have much sympathy leftover for BDO’s current leadership and therefore does not believe in a future for the formerly powerful organisation.

“If god threw darts he’d through em like Wayne Warren!”

He won the BDO World Championship back in January, but now 57-year-old Wayne Warren says he no longer believes in a future for BDO. Instead, he chooses to focus on WDF tournaments and a possible future in the PDC next year. Warren was speaking to journalist Phil Barrs

Warren won the BDO title on January 12, after defeating his compatriot Jim Williams in the final. However, the victory resulted far from the career boost that any previous world champion could have expected in advance. 

Because after the victory Warren received only £23,000, a fraction of the previous year when Glen Durrant claimed the title. In fact, Warren’s prize money was the lowest cash prize awarded to a BDO World Champion since 1989.

Wayne stated:

Everyone dreams of becoming a world champion. I’ve been dreaming of that myself since I was a kid…..

– But getting what I got – it can’t be right, can it? It’s a nightmare, not a dream.

Wayne Warren’s frustrations stem, among other things, from the fact that players prior to the BDO World Cup had been informed that the prize money would be reduced – though not to the extent that it was. Warren seems to blame BDO chairman Des Jacklin for.

“The only thing Des has done just a little bit right was to move the World Championships to the O2. 

But what he has done otherwise has not been good enough…..

“We knew full well that the prize money would not be £100,000 at all, but I had heard rumors that it would be £50,000 or £60,000. “So I couldn’t fathom it when I got an email saying it was reduced to 23,000 pounds. It’s a damn big reduction”

Wayne continued.

“The original premium would have been life-changing for someone my age. It is simply a joke. It’s a disaster, to be honest. 

BDO is done. There will be no more BDO if you ask me.

“BDO no longer has my interest. I want to dedicate myself to WDF tournaments now, and then we take it one step at a time. But BDO is done for me….”

Although Warren turns 58 by June, he still has ambitions for a future in the PDC, to which he expects to attend Q-School until January.

” I expect to attend Q-School. I was originally signed up this year, but when I got that email from BDO, ……. so I didn’t have my head with me. 

But I have the level of winning a Tour Card, Wayne Warren concludes.


A different form of this article was originally published, here.

Words: Daniel Tyge Thybøl