Pearl Vodka & Lady Bligh Rum & Lord Calvert Whiskey Leagues & Tournaments
We are proud to announce that we are joining Partners Promoting Darts! They are a group of operators that run the Pearl Vodka Tournaments and Remote leagues and Tournament of Champions that you may have heard about. The group is called Partners Promoting Darts (PPD), and they run the Pearl Vodka\Lady Bligh Rum\Lord Calvert Whiskey Leagues and Tournaments.
There are 2 different branches of the PPD Pearl Vodka Darts:
The first branch of PPD is the Remote Leagues and Monthly Tournaments that they run.
For leagues, they run an insanely awesome amount of remote leagues. These are known on their website as “Extreme Team.” Players go to the website http://www.dartstoc.com and sign up for either 2, 3, or 4 person teams at the G3 Bullshooter location of their choice. Sign up for this under the 2014 tab under Extreme Team on their website. Then they choose their day of the week and time. This allows us to offer more league options on different nights and against different people! It's great for our G3s out in the middle of nowhere where there is no league, for players in cities looking for more competition, for small towns that only have leagues 1 day a week, for summer when we don't have too much going on, and for players who want to do just a doubles or 3-man league for a change, too. It just gives everyone more choices. Games and Length: 6 teams play 20 weeks (5 rounds), 7 or 8 teams play 21 weeks (3 rounds), 9 or 10 teams play 18 weeks (2 rounds). You play 501 freeze rule, Cricket, and 501 stacked. All Open In/Open Out. 4 person teams play 15 games each week - each person plays 9 games, last game is 701 stacked. Triples play 12 games. Doubles play 15 games. If there is a conflict with regular traveling leagues, you will be notified as soon as possible to choose a different day of the week, time, or location. Please be aware of the local traveling leagues when you sign up for an Extreme League so that there are no conflicts.
For tournaments, PPD runs a monthly Saturday tourney - their All-Star Series. Players can sign up on their website ahead of time for them, then go to the bar of their choice with a G3, and plug the board with the entry fees. PPD deposits their winnings through PayPal or mails them their winnings (along with some occasional prizes and swag from Pearl Vodka and other sponsors). To qualify to play in the monthly All-Star Series, you will need to play in one of the aforementioned PPD (through the http://www.dartstoc.com website) remote leagues for 24 games. If you play in the PPD Remote league and qualify to play in the tournament, the first tournament we’d be eligible to play in would be the one on August 9th. See the poster attached here below for more details about the tournaments.
The second branch is the Pearl Vodka Tournament Of Champions. This will be changing to the Lord Calvert Whiskey Tournament Of Champions for 2015.
The Tournament of Champions (or TOC) is the thing a lot of players have been talking about. The Operators (like Midstates) buy vouchers for their players to "earn" during the season (July 15th to July 14th) to go to the TOC in Kansas City in November that year. Once the vouchers for the TOC are sold out, there is no more room for any more operators to join that year. This year, for the November 2014 TOC, all the vouchers were sold. The good news is that we are purchasing vouchers for the November 2015 TOC. The eligibility period for the November 2015 TOC starts July 15, 2014.
Now there are 2 levels to membership in the PPD. There's Associate Membership and Full Membership. I mentioned that they don’t have any room for a Full Membership for us this year yet, but the good news is their “year” ends on July 14th of every year (To help you remember this important information, July 14th is actually Emily’s birthday. Now you can remember both of those things forever – Haha!). In the meantime though, we are Associate Members until July 15th, 2014. This gives us access to play in their Remote Leagues (Extreme Team) and the Monthly Tournaments (All Star Series) for now. We will be Full Members after July 15th, 2014. All PPD remote games played after July 15th will count towards the 350 game requirement to attend the tournament. All Extreme-Team remote league games count for TOC and All Star Series eligibility requirements for players of PPD member/vendors who own TOC vouchers. Midstate will have vouchers for 2015's TOC which 2015 TOC statistical year starts on July 15th 2014......so all games after that date will begin to count for 2015's TOC eligibility. Meanwhile, all remote league games count for the 2014 All Star Series eligibility.
Although the TOC year goes from July 15th to July 14th every year, still sign up for the Extreme Team remote leagues under 2014. Extreme Team runs by the calendar year January 1st to December 31st but the games will count towards the TOC based on when they’re scheduled. For example, let’s say I sign up for a triples league under Extreme Team 2014. We start July 10th. The first week would count towards the 2014 TOC (which we’re not a part of). The next week I would play, July 17th, would count towards the 2015 TOC (which we DO have vouchers for). If I tried to be sneaky and rescheduled my July 10th match for after July 15th, well, it would still count towards the 2014 TOC because it goes by the scheduled match date.
Vouchers – what are vouchers? Vouchers are how we are able to send 16 men and 8 women to the TOC in November of 2015. To be eligible to earn one of our voucher, you will need to play 350 games in league. You are able to track your progress on the PDD website http://www.dartstoc.com under the Pearl Vodka box, choose 2015 (or choose 2014 if you’re nosy and want to see all the data I’ve entered so far), and choose male or female. Now hitting 350 games just makes you eligible for a voucher. To actually win a voucher, you must have the most POINTS. You will need to be in the top 16 qualifying men or 8 qualifying women. Points are earned from playing league, playing in particular tournaments, and winning in particular tournaments. The point system is listed below, and as soon as the DartTOC website is updated, it will be there as well. It should be updated on that website on or around July 15th when the TOC starts.
As I mentioned before, I’m still working on some of the database stuff. I’m sending over our match history so that your names will be in their system. Some of you are in there, the rest will be in there soon. Regardless of whether or not your name is in the system, you can still sign up for the Extreme Team remote leagues. Also, we've bought more G3s to put out there to participate in this and will be putting them out there as soon as we can. We'll also be working this summer with many of the existing bars with G3s to get their internet up to where it needs to be to participate. Currently, not every G3 is set up to work right, but it's a matter of fixing or upgrading the internet at that bar. Don't worry, we're going to be working on those bars this summer to get them ready ASAP. Many locations are available to start playing, and they’re on the website to go. Some locations are not on the website yet, but we hope to get them there soon.
MORE INFO - If you want more information, I made a (hopefully) helpful video. It’s posted on our website here and on YouTube at http://youtu.be/ecucp313aS0 but as I have never made a you tube video before, I apologize in advance for its ... lameness and shaky camera.
So you can start signing up now for Extreme Team leagues! If you get enough games in by August 5th, you’ll be able to register to play in the August 12th tournament. We’re excited to be a part of the Pearl Vodka and PPD group and look forward to getting you in on these great events! The PPD website is http://www.dartstoc.com and Facebook Group (which I encourage you to join!) is https://www.facebook.com/groups/644094115665517/
UPDATED POINTS SYSTEM TO EARN VOUCHERS
Welcome to Midstate Amusement Games master point list. Starting July 15, 2014 all players are eligible to compete for vouchers to qualifiers to earn a spot in the Tournament of Champions Finale in Kansas City, MO in the October of 2015. Qualifying Vouchers to earn you a spot at the TOC are won by the top 16 men and top 8 women who meet the MPR or PPD requirements, have played at least 350 games through either Midstate Amusements league system (Traveling, In-house, or Remote) or online through the PPD Extreme Team Remote Leagues, and ultimately have the most points by July 14, 2015. The top qualified 16 men and 8 women with the most POINTS on July 15, 2015 will win a Qualifier Voucher.
To Qualify For A Voucher: The league operator (Midstate Amusements) certifies the player has participated in a minimum of 350 league and or tournament games by 11:59 PM July 14, 2015 in any combination of cricket and 01 where the league operator has retained statistics that can be shared with officials, which statistics demonstrate the player has achieved a minimum average Mark Per Round (MPR) or Point Per Dart (PPD).
For Men: 2.5 MPR or 25 PPD or higher.
For Women: 1.65 MPR or 16.5 PPD or higher.
Players earn points the following ways between July 15, 2014 and July 14, 2015:
• 2 points for every match played in a doubles league
• 3 points for every match played in a triples league
• 4 points for every match played in a four person league
• 5 points for participating in specific tournaments (list will be published of authorized tournaments eligible for points after the dates have been set with the bars/locations this Fall) up to 75 points per PPD year July to July.
• 2 points for winning in aforementioned tournaments up to 30 points per PPD year or until you met the 75 point limit for tournament participation.
• 25 points for participating in the Oshkosh City or Fond du Lac Area tournament. You may only receive the points for 1 of the tournaments even if you’re able to attend both.
• 10 points for each member of your team for winning your division at the aforementioned Oshkosh City or Fond du Lac Area tournament.
Leagues matches must be played between July 15, 2014 and July 14, 2015. Rescheduling matches to play later or ahead will count as the date they were scheduled, not the date they were played. If you don't play a match scheduled before July 14, 2015 until after that date, those games will not earn any points towards either this TOC or the next. Extreme Team Remote leagues run all the time, so if you need more points, that will be a great option. See the Darts TOC website for more details. League games played through another operator other than Midstate Amusements will not count towards your games or points here. You may qualify for a voucher with more than one operator, however, by meeting their requirements separately. Of course, that's over 700 games, but if you want an extra voucher, you are certainly welcome to do so! The tournaments in which you can earn more points will be determined by Midstate Amusements and the bars. We will be contacting the bars in the next couple of months to arrange a schedule. For example, in the city of Oshkosh, the Oshkosh Tour of Tournaments tournaments will be eligible for points. Tournaments need to have prior approval in order to be a point-giving event. If a bar/location does not provide the proper documentation required afterwards - a list of all players complete first and last names and the name(s) of the winner(s) - the points may not be awarded. Any player found to be playing under another name in a league or tournament in order to earn them more points will have both players disqualified and void all their points for the year. Any other efforts to cheat this system will be dealt with by the loss of points and possibly other consequences for league. Please don't make me have to set up punishment guidelines and let's all just play by the rules. If you need any clarification on the rules in any way, please don't hesistate to contact us.
All PPD players are welcome to play in Ancillary Events at the TOC tournament in October if you have played at least 200 games, but only players who have earned a Qualifier Voucher as explained above may play in a Qualifier to earn a spot in the Finale (See flyer and Rules on http://www.dartstoc.com).
To attend the Ancillary Events at the TOC: Midstate Amusement Games certifies the player has participated in a minimum of 200 league and/or tournament games by 11:59 PM July 14, 2015 in any combination of cricket and 01 where the league operator has retained statistics that can be shared with PPD officials.
If you have any questions about PPD, the TOC, or anything regarding these leagues or point system, please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This document will be a living document. When things change, I will be adding that information here. Thanks! Please be sure to read this entirely and watch the short video if you have any questions. Otherwise contact Emily at email@example.com. Thanks and have fun!