Marking Etiquette in America

Discussion in 'General Dart Talk' started by Patrick_Mcginty, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Patrick_Mcginty

    Patrick_Mcginty New Member

    When are you guys going to enforce a loser marks philosophy at your tournaments, I have been to a few and find it ridiculous that games are held up in a desperate search for markers or players are having to mark their own matches. This doesn't happen often over here in the UK and can't understand why your governing org dosen't stipulate that losers must mark at the start of each tournament. It's a very selfish way to act and undermines the sportsmanship of American dart players.
     
  2. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Part of the problem is that there isn't one governing body with all encompassing power over all tournaments and formats etc etc. Most US tournaments are run by local leagues who adhere to a minimum (at least) of standards required by the ADO in order to be 'sanctioned' so those winning or placing well can earn ADO ranking points. At least that's the way it was.

    For many tournaments I played in it was 'loser scores/chalks the next match' but mostly that was a league rule and not a tourney rule. For many they use incentives but, sadly, yes, in the US etiquette is not what it is in the Commonwealth countries.
     
  3. Patrick_Mcginty

    Patrick_Mcginty New Member

    It's a great shame as it interferes with the flow of a tournament, it's something that ought to be instilled in all young dart players as part of the game, many struggle with simple arithmetic when working out finishes and this would help to combat that and create a better all round player.
     
  4. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Oh I agree but then I grew up playing in Canada so perhaps I'm biased?

    The US also has the ADA and now the CDC and of course several orgs running electronic darts with no need to chalk/score at all since the machine does it. I think we just sort of live with the way things are though admittedly I gave up the big tournament circuit back in 2006 after the Las Vegas Desert Classic so can't really say what they are doing now.
     
  5. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Welcome back, by the way ;)
     
  6. Patrick_Mcginty

    Patrick_Mcginty New Member

    Thank you Eric, love the new forum software.
     
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  7. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    You're quite welcome.

    And thanks :) I love the new software myself! Lots to do yet and to learn about it but it's fantastic stuff!
     

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