Amateur darts enters a new era
- Credit: Modern Amateur Darts
A new dawn has launched in amateur darts with Modern Amateur Darts (MAD) setting out their intentions for a future structure to the sport, giving local players a chance to aspire for the very top.
The big news being the new Championship Title system, which is inspired by systems used already in combat sports, such as boxing and MMA.
There will be four divisions as part of this on a pyramid system with Super Regional, National, Continental and finally World level.
Any existing champion in this pyramid can go higher but automatically vacates their title. These titles will be defended on a regular basis with Super Regional to be defended on a 4-weekly cycle with all other titles going on a 5-weekly cycle.
Any player can bid for a respective title shot with a financial bid needing to be submitted to MAD and will include the Champions Purse, which takes into account travelling and the right to being paid as the current champion. As well as MAD fees and media promotion fees.
The value of this bid increases the more prestigious the title, so it starts at minimum of £500 for the super regional title match all the way to £2,000 for a World title match, giving the champions an opportunity to earn good money through multiple defences.
For each of the Super Regions, they can crown an inaugural champion, which will be revealed in due course. England, Scotland and Wales will crown a national champion, which will be determined through the WDF rankings.
In addition, the MAD Showpiece Events have been introduced alongside the League System and Major Invitational Events.
There will be four in all with the National League Championships culminating the league system for the year with 16 Super Regional Teams playing a four group round robin followed by a knockout.
It will carry a £10,000 prize fund and each team is made up of 24 of the best players from the three previous quarterly Super Regional Championships.
Then it is the turn of the MAD British Amateur Open Finals, which sees 64 qualifiers face off in a 16 group Round Robin followed by a knockout.