Its been a few weeks since our last blog post and in this time we have been building up the name of Darts In Stoke and trying to build a good community and group following, this been said we have decided for the first time in over 8 years nearly 10 years to run a darts event a knockout and to say i'm nervous about the event would be a under statement.
Why be nervous i'm only running the event, yes that is correct but i have been to events before which have been run poorly and then afterwards seen a backlash of people saying i would never attend again and i dont wish for that to happen to these DartsInStoke events. We want to offer events to the darting community of Stoke and Staffordshire a place where if they give up there Saturday or Sunday afternoon they can have an enjoyable afternoon of darts, yes not everyone can do the day in questions and yes some will not like the format but as in life you cant please every sole as much as you try to.
For this event we asked the local leagues on Facebook and players what they would like to see and the outstanding winner was a 501 double start, double finish event so we have decided to run this and also a BO5 games allowing players at least 3 games of darts if not all 5.
A Grand Slam style event has been suggested to us but we wanted to ease our way back into running events so the idea of a slam sounds great and will no doubt get more players in the door as you could be guaranteed 4 or 5 games but with just myself on the control its not going to be easy anyway.
A fear when you run an event on your own is always the surge of players you will get, on average events locally have been seeing numbers of around 30-40 players i can cope with this for sure but if i was to get more in the door on the day my word am i going to feel the heat of the event.
So im now in the process of evaluating how to run the event what i need to make sure the day goes smooth, i will be running the event from my laptop with paper as a back up in case of any problems. A while back i run a NFL fantasy draft event with friends and we got to Rd4 and my laptop broke so i dont really want that to happen, so paper will be my back up for sure. I have 3 boards to use so games should move quickly and at the venue there is another practice board to allow players a place to practice whilst they wait so another box ticked here.
For any event to run the players need to be helpful, when you win let me know, if you loose stay and mark of arrange for someone to do this for you, i will be asking players if you dont mark leave £2 on the table for someone to mark the game for you, there is always someone at these events who is happy to collect some cash for marking.
However my only rule is i cant play or enter, i did this in the past and it gets messy so for now happy to sit by the door and put scores into a computer and shout out who is on next.
All details for the DartsInStoke D.I.D.O Knockout can be found below.
Till we chat again, enjoy your darts and mind the oche folks.
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