Friday, January 11, 2019

Mid-Town Steel Tip Dart League (Spring 2019)

Mid-Town Steel Tip Dart League Schedule

Steel Tip is alive and well in Mid-Town Kansas City. Not on a team? Feel free to come on down, since Chez Charlies and Blarney Stone are practically in the same building you can always find someone up for a game on a practice board.

Monday, January 7, 2019

The 2019 Missouri Open and From Here Knows Where.

The 2019 Missouri Open and From Here Knows Where.

The 2019 Missouri Open is in the books. The results should be posted here soon. 

So what were my results order.

Mixed Triples Cricket: Top 4 (Made a critical error that probably cost us going to finals),
Singles 501: Out First Round (I played well, maybe too welI, busted 98 in leg 3)
Doubles 501: Top 4 (Starting to get tired, missed a lot of darts at doubles)
Singles Cricket: Didn't play (like I said, I got tired. There is more to be gained tomorow with a big dinner and proper rest)

Mixed Triples 601: 2nd Place (Like I said, with proper rest came the finals)
Doubles Cricket: Top 8 (We just got outplayed my Eric Gregory and his partner)

From here knows where? The thing about life is, it's equally unfair for everybody. Some people are born with more talent than others. That's no excuse to not work harder than others to achive the same end. Life deals some of us a longer road to hoe, so be it.

I learned a lot from bicycle racing. I'm going apply some of those training stratagies to darts. Periodization is a form of scheduling training in phases. These phases are based upon increasing and decreasing both volume and intensity. For example you want to focus on the Governor's Cup in August. You want to develop a plan to peak around that weekend.

For the most part: as you increase intensity, you must decrease volume; conversely as you increase volume, you must decrease intensity. To put it another way. You can't practice all the time, and never compete; And you can't compete all the time, and never practice. There has to be a ratio between the two.

Macrocycles: Year Long Plan
Mesocycles: Develop a plan to achieve a certain goal
Prep Period:
  Base Period:
Build Period:
Peak Period:
Recovery Period:
Microcycle: Training Week:

Also you are going to see, I'm going to employ an amount of physical fitness. Sure it's a game of eye-hand coordination, but when does it hurt to be stronger and faster with more endurance. My example is when the home run race was going on between Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGuire. What the record for home run each each is around 50, then all of a sudden 3 guys emerge hitting 60+ a year, then it was revealed they were taking steroids. AS far as baseball pitchers go, who are the best? Mostly Bigger heavier guys. Who are the best dart players? Bigger heavier guys.


Now for some pictures I took along the way that have nothing to do with darts.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The New Year January 2019

So the new year begins. There is a lot going on in January. First is the Missouri Open. It used to be the Missouri State Championship. But to get more participation, it's now open to anybody.

A funny story about the Missouri Championship and why I made the distinction between the tournament being a "State Championship", and an"Open". The best I ever did was to win Cricket at the Missouri Championship. My thought was, I was State Champion of Cricket, but the State Champion was only recognized for the Winner of 501. I tried to argue my point, but to no avail. What we did agree on there was a State CHAMPION (501), and State cHAMPION (Cricket) with a little "c"...Hence I got the nickname "Little c". 

Then the next week the Big Boys come to this are in Wichita.

If you want to stay local, Then there is a tournament at RC's in Martin City. 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

2018 Woody Tournament Results

Better late than never ...I guess. Last weekend Was the "Grand Woody" tournament in Kansas City. The "Grand Woody" tournament is a Charity event that benefits "Toys for Tots",  held at Eclipse Bar and Grill.

Its called "The Grand Woody" because everyone plays with the same "Widdy Darts".
They are wood darts with turkey glued to them for flights  made for American Style DartsWiddy Dart Board, Company is a family owned and operated company that was established in 1910 in Philadelphia PA by Charles Widmeier Sr..

Here are a couple inks about American Style Darts.

The entry for every event is  1 Toy (min. $5 value) to enter the tournament or an extra $5 surcharge will be added to your first event, plus $10 for each event. Normally people go well over that amount like Michael Walters who donated 104 toys this years with the help of Terri Stevenson, Terry Barnes Maness, Melody Foster, Jo Ann Anderson, Morgan Dotson, David L. Anderson Jr., Aaron Bell, Tammie Bell, and some others.

Special thanks to Kevin Reilly, Julie Melondendorp, Bill Pittman, and Brian Greenstreet for running the event. In fact Kevin Reilly, Bill Pittman, and Brian Greenstreet have been running this event since it began 25 years ago.

....and the winners are.
Blind Draw (Record 84 Entries): Derek Hinkle and Steve Osborne

Mens Doubles: Danny "Book'm Dano" Bribiesca and Douglas Fitzgerald

Womens Doubles: Melissa Holland and Dawn Fisher Bazzell

... and for the BIG HARDWARE...Mens Singles: Clayton Hudgens

Womens Singles: Becky Sprague

...and of course the kids because we collected over 8 Barrels of toys and donated $3594 to Toys 4 Tots

We also got to see "The Corporation" back together. Back when the Kansas City dart league had over 1200 players in the 80's and early 90's, "The Corporation" was the number one team. Back then teams had 6 players. 

(Steve Osborne, Pete Codrington, Dave Ryan, Dale Blankenship (5 time Winner of the Grand Woody), Bob Beard, Time Kessler, and Gary Holland

...and the Sponsors. 
Eclipse Bar and Grill

Horizon Darts


RC Jones and Associates

Fortress Security and Alarms 
573 286 2884

For past and future information check here

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Ryan Mooneyham Wins Both ADO Regional Cricket and 501 Qualifiers

November 17 and 18 were the regional qualifiers for the national cricket and 501 championship in Las Vegas. and both were won by Ryan Mooneyham. I only played Saturday, and I came in second. The key to his success from my experience playing him is he never seemed to have a bad round. Including his ability to pound the bull. Just like Shark Tank when he hit 2x Double Bulls for the match, he did it 2 more times Saturday.

Here he is, all smiles, and why shouldn't he be? Ryan Mooneyham, your going to Vegas Baby Vegas!  But who is Ryan Mooneyham? Here's a little interview.

SS: What city do you live in? 
RM: I'm from Springfield Missouri

SS: What Dart Association do you play for? 
RM: I  play under the flag OMDA or Ozark Mountain Dart Association

SS: I heard you are the new Area 6 Manager, now that Matt Stoner is ADO Vice President, What does that entail? 
RM: I am the new Area 6 manager for the ADO. Jason Snodgrass is 6-2 and Steve Webb is 6-5. I oversee now the entire area 6 for tournaments and regional playoffs

SS: When did you start playing darts? 
RM: I started playing darts in Indianapolis IN at a friends house. I like to play. This friend is who my ex wife left me for. I became determined to be better at darts than him. Well I discovered tournament play and league play. My first tournament I ever entered was Blueberry Hill in St Louis MO and my first league was in Springfield MO via the OMDA. I started playing darts in 1998 with my first league trophy collected in 2002

SS: What kind of darts do you shoot with?
RM: What got you into playing darts? I shoot a 24 gram Harrows Retina in Steel Tip and a 22 gram Colonial in soft tip plus a 20 gram Accurate Dart called Evolutions

SS: Tell me about how you practice? 
RM: Practice to me is the most important part of my game. I only practice for the game of 501. Cricket is what I shoot the most in soft. I put most of my time into outs and doubles. I struggle with check out percentages and I tend to score well. So I spend my time on the short game. I also practice to relax. To unwind. I can calm a rough day with a good hour on the dart board.Depending on the event I normally practice an hour a day. Close to competition I can practice up to 3 hours a day. I also enjoy shooting a match online with Jason Snodgrass via Skype and Dart Connect The game of darts is what I play. I don't care if it is soft or steel tip, I just want to play. I want to earn all players respect and I play hard every time win or lose. I enjoy playing. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

How About 131 Out?

How about 131 out? It wasn't long ago if you went for 80 it was considered showboating to go D20-D20 (40-40), but now if your opponent is on a double (40 or less), you consider going for it because 2 doubles are bigger than a triple and a double. So I'm going to make an argument for starting 131 with an unconventional T14 (42).

The out chart will tell you T20-T13-D16 (60-39-32), or T20-T17-D10 (60-51-20). Some might go T19-T14-D16 (57-42-32) because a single 19 leaves 112 which is a good path to go. Heck if you miss left and hit T7(21) that leaves 110; T20-D25 (60-50) a 2 dart out. 

Why not go T14-T19-D16? This way if you go high and hit T9 (27) leaves 104 (T18, D25); Miss low T11 (33) leaves 98 (T20-D19). Plus if your intention is to take 131 you are going to have to shoot at T14 anyway, so why not do it when you can benefit from both adjacent triples?