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/

Exclusive! Bravedart Battles COVID Fears.

OCHE legend Jamie Harvey has revealed he is terrified that catching Coronavirus would kill him and is fearful of the consequences for others in a similar position.

Jamie Harvey a.k.a ‘Bravedart’ has previously battled cancer, but Covid-19 holds additional fears for the legendary Scottish player. (Pic: PDC)

The former world No.4 was diagnosed with throat cancer 11 years ago, had a 10-hour op to save his life, then underwent chemo and radiotherapy. He also had his voicebox removed and had a permanent laryngectomy stoma fitted to enable him to speak. In all, he lost four stone during the extensive treatment.

Yet battling Bravedart has lived up to his nickname by continuing to play in local leagues and attending big events over the past five years. But Harvey, 64, admits he is frightened of catching COVID-19 and the lack of relevant information.

Jamie revealed:

“I wish I could put my mind at rest but I can’t. Having had a laryngectomy my voice box was removed and a plastic valve inserted instead.

“I can’t breath from my nose or mouth, I breath from a hole in my neck”.

The Coronavirus is here looks like for a long time. I am 64-years-old, my concerns for me and other people who’ve had a laryngectomy are what do we do, we can’t breath through our mouths or noses only through the orifice in our necks.”

“The daunting thing is I have been in and out of hospitals for a few months now. Also the local doctor’s surgery. Not once has any doctor or nurse explained to me what we do to protect themselves against this disease which is spreading faster than butter”.

“They say do not touch face or mouth. That’s no use to us as I myself have to clean my stoma about on average between 20 to 40 times a day, not one specialist doctor or local surgery doctor can tell me what hygiene we are to do during this worrying time.

“There’s also no mention about anything at any time what kind of masks we wear for our throats. “l’ve got to put my finger on the button on my neck to talk to anybody. I think especially the doctors don’t know enough about the effect on people who have had a laryngectomy or this disease. 

“Please doctors and nurses get your fingers out and help us because my finger is in my hole for the rest of my life. 

“Hopefully I won’t catch this virus because it will kill me. Thoughts please I’m lost? They must help people with who have had a laryngectomy, it’s frightening.”


Clayton Is Key. Welshman Helps Out In Covid Crisis.

JONNY CLAYTON reckons he’s ready for the new normal on the oche of playing with a stage ‘lollipop social distancing’ man. The World No.16 Welshman has become a key worker for Carmarthenshire council making sure the self-isolating get their shopping during the coronavirus crisis.

The Ferret was gaining moment in 2020. Covid-19 has arrested that for now!

Clayton, 45, resumes his lucrative hobby of darts to bid for a semi-final place in the Low6 Home Tour online streaming event tonight (Tues) against Scott Waites, Max Hopp and Carl Wilkinson. In a recent German tournament, it was played with a ‘stop and go’ stage referee to tell the players when to step forward to the oche.

He said: “If the Matchplay goes ahead then, as far as I know I’m in it. If there is a stage lollipop man, it’ll be funny and different!“It’s just something that we are going to have to do. It will be strange but it’s important for the sport to get going again if it’s safe.

“Without a crowd, it’s always going to be strange, you get fired-up with the fans and the banter. The fans do play a big part but we need to get used to it if we have to.

“I played in the UK Open a couple of years ago behind closed doors because of the Beast From The East cold weather.”

“I remember it being quite odd, but I remember more being freezing cold playing in Minehead, that’s what bothered me the most, not there being any fans. “But it’s important to get back playing. It’s been boring not being so busy with the darts”.

“I’ve been delivering food to the vulnerable every Wednesday and also doing emergency work for the council like water leakages or ceilings have come down”.

“I’m always busy me. I don’t sit still for long. I’ve bought a second home and that will be where we live and sell this one. So I’ve been doing lots there as well. The only problem is that I’ve not been able to get any building materials, so it’s been frustrating.

“I like keeping darts as a hobby. If I gave up my job, I don’t know what I’d do all day. Playing darts to earn a living is extra pressure and I don’t need that!”

Clayton kicked off 2020 in epic fashion, beating Michael van Gerwen in his first TV match of the year at the Ladbrokes Masters in Milton Keynes – before hitting a nine-darter at the UK Open in early March.It has been suggested that the Matchplay could be run at the Marshalls Arena where he beat MVG, the same venue as where the snooker is being played this week.

But he admits that the pandemic has flushed his momentum down the pan, adding: “I started off the year pretty well. Don’t get me wrong, my floor tournaments weren’t the best. But my TV performances were really good. I beat Michael (Van Gerwen) and got a nine-darter, I felt I was going in the right direction for a big year.

“You build confidence obviously and this has put a stop to it. How dare coronavirus do that to me!“

Seriously though, sport is sport. Nothing is guaranteed. I personally think I’m more than capable of beating anyone with a bit of luck and consistency.

“If everything sits in place, I know I can get results in any tournament. But nothing in sport is set in stone so you need to keep going and battling.

“Maybe I should live up to my nickname The Ferret in darts. I got it from my rugby days, because I was quiet and small in the scrum.“ In darts I’d be happy to win trophies when I’m not expected to. Just the quiet one who sneaks up to win majors.”

Clayton, who has racked up over £250,000 in prize money in two years as an oche part-timer, faces an interesting last 32 Home Tour group against Waites, Hopp and Wilkinson. But thus far the online tournament has been all about the underdogs.

He said: “I just play in my spare room, that’s where my dartboard is. So I’ve no had anything special to do to get set up for playing live at home.“I’m not a massive practice player, I’ve not got any routines. So basically I don’t know how to take this Home Tour event but it was good to win my group. It’s a weird feeling to be doing this live in my spare room.“I just find darts a weird sport.

If you are on form you can beat anybody but if you’re not you could be the worst player ever. It just depends if you turn up on the night.”


Faversham Darts Raise Money for NHS

Faversham Darts got in on the act of web-based lockdown events by hosting a series of match-ups last night, including several county players and a guest appearance from recent Remote League winner and former PDC World Championship last-16 contender, James Richardson.

JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG)

Over £500 was raised for the NHS through player and viewer donations, not least of all Richardson himself who pledged £5 for every 180 thrown and £2.50 for every 140. He threw plenty, and almost crowned the night with a 9-darter – missing double 12 to gasps from the Faversham hosts.

Darts has thrived in these strangest of times. The home entertainment of the traditional pub sport has hit new levels of interest with boards and accessories flying out of the factories and livestream tournaments all over the internet – the world waking up to the fact that you don’t need to be in the same room as someone to have a good old tungsten tussle. Faversham made their admirable attempt at putting a spectacle together for darts fans, bringing a couple of ‘undercard’ games before the main event which pitched Richardson against Kent County A player, Peter Allen.

The undercard games were as much a technology test for the organisers as anything – overcoming a host of technical issues in trying to dual-stream the event across both Facebook and YouTube, before settling on one channel and hitting full flow by the time the darts got really interesting.

Richardson was imperious against Allen, leading to an offer from the organisers for viewers to bid for an opportunity to play him as an encore. It was one of the undercard stars and another Kent County A player, Ryan Hope, who despatched Jamie Preston 7-0 earlier in the evening and who clearly had the wind between his sails, that stepped up to the challenge for a bid of £50. The encore didn’t disappoint, delivering 11 more 180s between the pair (6 for Richardson, 5 for Hope) and a ding-dong contest that eventually Hope clinched 10 legs to 8 with an impressive 3-dart average of 92.

In an act of pure sportsmanship, Richardson conceded the darts back to Ryan in one leg when the computer scores were out of kilter, to avoid having to reset the match stats. After all, this was about putting on a charity show for a great cause, giving local darts fans some entertainment and letting a few players blow off some cobwebs.

Well done to all involved. Let’s see some more of the pros mixing it with grass roots!

The Hague European Championships Delayed Until October.

With the Coronavirus effecting every darts event the world over, the Stichting HSG team have taken the decision to move the disability European Championships to the back end of the year.

Hans Willink, Chairman of Stichting HSG, said: “The new dates are October the 16th to 18th 2020 at the stunning venue Lourdeskerk in The Hague, and we very much look forward to welcoming all players from across Europe. A huge thanks to our sponsors Vegro and Winmau, who are both massive supporters of disability darts and without their help we wouldn’t be in a position to put on such a large scale event.”

The tournament carries an impressive prize fund of 7,000 euros and the finals on the Sunday will be broadcast live and for free via Winmau TV.

The event will be played under the jurisdiction of the Dutch Darts Federation (NDB) and according to the rules of the newly formed World Paradarts organisation.

Ian Flack, Winmau’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We are proud to continue our association with Hans and his team. The players always love taking part in Stichting HSG events and they are staged with the utmost professionalism and with a large element of fun! Good luck to all participants.”

Registration closes on the 17th of May 2020 and you can register via these links:

Singles: https://www.vthecdd.nl/register/

Pairs: https://www.vthecdd.nl/register-pairs/

National teams, that are not registered yet, are welcome to apply by sending an email to: registration@vthecdd.nl

Full tournament details are available here: https://www.vthecdd.nl/


Announcement previously published at winmau.com

WDF Reschedule Europe Cup Youth Event.

With all things considered in relation to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided that the WDF Europe Cup Youth tournament, originally scheduled for 8-12 July 2020 in Hungary is to be cancelled.

The WDF Executive have been in communication with the nations set to host the next two Europe Cup Youth events, the Hungarian Darts Federation and the Austrian Darts Federation.  The following rearrangements have been mutually agreed.

WDF EUROPE CUP YOUTH
2020 – Cancelled
2021 – Hungary to host
2022 – Austria to host

WDF Youth Commissioner Dietmar Schuhmann said, “According to the traditional friendship and coordination between Austrian and Hungarian darts, this was a natural compromise for us to make, with the circumstances as they are in relation to COVID-19.  The WDF and it’s member nations share the view that we all want what is best for those competing.  In this situation, the appropriate action has been taken to consider the health and safety of all WDF youth players and event staff.”

The WDF would like to thank both the HDF and ADF for their cooperation during this difficult period and look forward to future Europe Cup Youth events.  Dates for 2021 will be confirmed in due course.


WDF Cups Director posted announcement to all WDF members in Europe by email 29/04/2020

More Disruption for PDC: May and June’s Events & World Cup Under Threat.

The PDC’s ranked events during May and June, along with the BetVictor World Cup of Darts, will not now take place as planned and are the latest amendments to the calendar during the ongoing suspension of tournaments.

Scotland’s Peter Wright and Gary Anderson may be unable to defend their World Cup of Darts title this year. (Pic : L Lustig/PDC)

PDC events have been unable to take place for the past month following the restrictions imposed globally due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Unibet Premier League’s remaining planned dates have already been rescheduled for later in 2020, with the World Series of Darts events in New York and Copenhagen also being moved in the calendar.

The five planned European Tour events in May and June – which were to be held in Graz, Budapest, Riesa, Sindelfingen and Trier – will not now take place as scheduled, along with four Players Championship events, two PDC Unicorn Development Tour weekends and a Challenge Tour weekend.

In addition, the popular 32-nation BetVictor World Cup of Darts, which was scheduled for June 18-21, will now be postponed, and it is hoped to move this event to a date later in 2020.

The Hungarian Darts Trophy in Budapest has been moved to September 4-6, with the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts – which had originally been planned for the same weekend – now set to not take place in 2020.

The PDC’s intention is to arrange as many ProTour and secondary tour events as possible into the second half of 2020, or as and when work and travel restrictions are eased.

Germany last week extended their restriction on mass gatherings to the end of August, meaning that the four European Tour events in the country which had been rescheduled for July and August cannot now take place as planned.

In the unlikely event of restrictions being eased to make tournament play possible before July, the PDC would advise players appropriately of any plans.

Affected PDC Events
May 1-3 – Hungarian Darts Trophy (ET6) – NOW September 4-6
May 2-3 – Development Tour 9-12
May 15 – European Tour 8 TCH Qualifier
May 16-17 – Players Championship 13-14
May 22-24 – International Darts Open (ET7)
May 29-31 – European Darts Grand Prix (ET2)
June 6-7 – Challenge Tour 9-12
June 13-14 – Players Championship 17-18
June 15 – European Tour 9-10 TCH Qualifiers
June 18-21 – BetVictor World Cup of Darts
June 20-21 – Development Tour 13-16
June 26-28 – European Darts Matchplay (ET8)
July 3-5 – German Darts Championship (ET9)
July 10-12 – German Darts Open (ET10)
July 31-August 2 – German Darts Grand Prix (ET4)
August 7-9 – European Darts Open (ET3)

The PDC is continuing to work with its partners in rescheduling tournaments, with further details to be announced once available. Further announcements in relation to the current situation can be seen at this page once available.

Fans with tickets for affected European Tour events or the BetVictor World Cup of Darts will be contacted by their point of purchase in due course in relation to their booking.


Feature Pic: L Lustig / PDC

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PDC Asian Tour Rescheduled.

The PDC have again shown themselves to be undeterred by the current difficult times. So far they have seemed on top of the various difficulties and, instead of simply wiping out there season, have sought to postpone and then reschedule events wherever possible. (DW Ed.)

The latest PDC statement of intent come from the affiliated Asian Tour:

The 2020 PDC Asian Tour is now set to begin in August, with five weekends of action planned to take place in a rescheduled season.

The global Coronavirus pandemic had seen the planned double-header weekends in March and April postponed.

The previously planned weekends in Seoul on May 9-10 and in Kobe on May 30-31 have now been postponed to later in 2020, with new dates for the 2020 season being confirmed.

The PDC Asian Tour season is now set to commence on August 29-30 in Taipei, with the Seoul weekend moving to September 19-20.

A weekend in Fukuoka will follow on September 26-27, with further weekends to then be played in Nanchang on October 31-November 1 and Kobe on November 14-15.

Any further additions to the PDC Asian Tour schedule will be announced in due course.

2020 PDC Asian Tour
August 29-30, Taipei
September 19-20, Seoul
September 26-27, Fukuoka
October 31-November 1, Nanchang
November 14-15, Kobe

Players are reminded of the advice to have appropriate travel insurance should any further changes to the schedule be required, and to only confirm flight and/or hotel bookings once their entry is confirmed.

For further details and entry information, please visit www.pdc-asia.tv or follow Professional Darts Asia on Facebook


Hendo Worries Over Wife. Scots Star’s NHS Worker ‘Hero’.

John Henderson admits he’s “worried” for the health of his NHS hero wife during the coronavirus crisis.

The Huntly star, like the rest of the darts circuit, is stuck at home working hard on the practice board during the UK lockdown.

But Hendo, 46, has revealed that he fears for his missus Veronica working on the frontline as a Theatre Co-Ordinator at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

He said: “Obviously it’s a worrying time for everyone. Veronica is still going to work every day as per usual.

“It’s naturally a lot more hectic for her and the risks are higher. She books in all the surgery to be done and that’s been complicated because of ops being cancelled and stuff.

“I am worried about her, but I always am. This is a fairly normal situation for any frontline NHS worker to be honest.

“Right now the entire population has woken up to the NHS workers being heroes, but they are every day of the week, every week of the year. They are used to dealing with the hardest cases on a day to day basis.

“So life isn’t a great deal different in that respect. We have obviously discussed the risk of the virus but nothing stops Veronica, she just gets on with it. That’s always the attitude of NHS staff, they just have this incredible Dunkirk spirit.

“I’m extremely proud of her and all the NHS. It’s at times like that everyone appreciates what they do, but people should do all year, every year not just during this crisis.”

Cult hero Hendo also admits that he is sticking rigidly to Government guidelines to protect his own health as a diabetes sufferer.

He added: “It’s not just about me, everyone needs to stay safe. I have to be very careful because I fall into the vulnerable category.

“I am doing as I’m told with one bit of exercise a day when I walk Veronica to work. The rest of the time I’m just on lockdown at home.

“I’m doing far more practice than I usually do. Normally I do two or three hours a day, I’m doing up to twice that at times.

“I think the general belief is that when we do get back to the Pro Tours, every player will be hitting 115 averages because they’ve been bored and practising so many hours a day for so many months!

“All I do is practice because daytime TV is dreadful. There’s also no sport to watch, no football, life is rubbish without sport.

“I just clean the house and practice. Sadly I’m rubbish at cooking, I should maybe train to be better during this time. I’m a dab hand at a Pot Noodle, but that’s about it!”


Pix by Taylor Lanning ,Text By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia) Courtesy of Red Dragon Darts

PDPA Launches Financial Support Scheme.

Darts World are delighted to note that the PDPA is stepping up to assist pro, and semi-pro, darts players during the Covid-19 difficulties. It is often, wrongly, imagined that professional players have huge amounts of money and would be able to manage,

Long standing PDPA Chairman -Peter Manley.

However, many of those in the lower rankings have had their other sources of income dry up completely and need urgent assistance.

The PDPA acts as a type of Union for players and has acted accordingly. We hope they continue to keep the situation under review and help players and their families as and when needs change.

The PDPA statement is carried below:

A statement released by the PDPA on Tuesday March 31 read:

The PDPA has announced measures to assist PDC Tour Card Holders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As always, our Members’ health and wellbeing is our utmost priority. Additionally, the financial impact on our Members due to the pandemic is something which we and the PDC continue to monitor daily.

Therefore, for our Members’ benefit we announce the following:

  • An Immediate Emergency Fund of up to £1,000 for any Tour Card Holder in real need of immediate financial assistance. This fund is SPECIFICALLY for Members who are currently suffering a real negative financial impact due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This applied-for payment will be non-repayable.
  • A PDPA/PDC Hardship Fund for any Tour Card Holder who requires further financial support in the months ahead in the form of an advance against future prize money. The details for this fund will be forwarded to all Tour Card Holders in due course.

Our Tour Card Holders will be emailed with full information about these packages and how they can apply for this support. If any Tour Card Holder does not receive this email, please contact the PDPA as soon as possible, with contact details available at www.pdpa.co.uk.

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