Greater Omaha Leagues recently joined what is becoming North America's largest soft tip dart organization; in an effort to give their players even more opportunities.
The Partners Promoting Darts (PPD) is the organization behind the annual Tournament of Champions (TOC) held in Kansas City, Missouri...but they are much, much more than that.
The PPD is a growing group of operators who have partnered up to promote, build and grow the sport of soft tip darts in North America. They have teamed up to create numerous opportunities for players to play more, play a wide variety of players from all over the Country...as well as gain more competition throughout the year.
Many players are familiar with PPD's annual finale event, TOC, but may not be aware that the PPD and it's partners also offer monthly and quarterly remote tournaments which pay out large amounts of prize money on their own. There are specific restrictions set for players to gain eligibility to play in these events, but the most common one is simple...play in a TOC remote league, which are always being offered on their website www.dartstoc.com. The idea is simple...the more you play, the more opportunities for bonus money you unlock for yourself.
The first event that Greater Omaha League players found themselves eligible for was September's "Super Saturday"...a PPD remote offering which gives the option for players to participate in Singles or Doubles events. The Doubles events are all "Flighted" or divisioned based upon players Combined Player Rating (CPR). There are two ways for players to earn eligibility for Super Saturday... 1) They must have played a total of 6 TOC remote league matches in the previous 90 days or 2) Earned a Super Pool Invitation 7K (SPI) from their operator... So how does one earn a SPI? Greater Omaha Leagues purchased 16 male finale vouchers & 8 female finale vouchers...each Super Saturday event, the 4 male & 2 female with the most total league games played are awarded the SPI and are eligible to participate in the Super Saturday event...even if they haven't played any TOC remote league matches.
In September's Super Saturday, Greater Omaha Leagues had three representations for it's system. In the Singles event, Gabe Ahlers finished 8th place in his bracket, winning $25.00. In the Doubles Level 14 bracket, Dallas Winters & Frankie Winters finished in 9th place, one position out of the prize money. Finally, in the Doubles Level 7 bracket, Steve Garrean Jr & Matt Winters were able to finish in 4th place, earning themselves $100.00 each for their efforts.
It is our hopes that more players will participate in at least one TOC remote league each season in order to keep themselves eligible to participate in these events. The more players we have representing our leagues in these events, the better our chances are to get more of the prize money. The money is right there for the taking, you just have to gain your eligibility and play for it.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCENovember 10-12, 2017 in Waterloo, Iowa
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.Onsite check-in for players for all events
9 a.m.Tournament Hall opens
10 a.m.Open Singles 501
6 p.m.Open Doubles Cricket
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.Onsite check-in for players
9 a.m.Tournament Hall opens
10 a.m.Open Singles Cricket
6 p.m.Mixed Triples Combo*
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.Onsite check-in for players
9 a.m.Tournament Hall opens
10 a.m.Open Doubles '01
*Onsite sign-ups will be accepted for Mixed Triples Combo. Players must be sanctioned and have skill on file or have documentation of their highest known skill rating with them to register. Onsite sign-ups will be accepted up to 2 hours prior to the Mixed Triples Combo event. Payment for the event must be made at the time of registration.
ENTRY FEESSingles Events
Prepaid Player Fee includes coin for all games.
As you may or may not be aware, at the conclusion of each dart league, we host a tournament for each league at one of our league locations. This tournament offers your team a chance to meet and socialize with the other teams in your league and compete against them in a tournament. Winning a tournament earns the team a photo plaque for their sponsoring bar, a small cash prize and their photo on every Greater Omaha Dart League dartboard for the duration of the upcoming season to let everyone know of your accomplishment.
Participating in the tournament is completely optional, but strongly encouraged. Each team will also receive their payback checks (compensation for wins/losses throughout the season) at their tournament. Any payback checks that are not collected at City tournament will be available for pickup at Central Distributing office the following week.
City Tournament Dates
Saturday August 19th, 2017: Team Cricket City tournament Level 1 @ Stoli's Lounge in Omaha, NE, Level 2 @ Big Al's in Council Bluffs, IA. Check-in 12-12:50pm, Shoot 1pm.
Level 1: @ Stoli's Level 2: @ Big Al's
Couples Thursdays One Hit Wonders
D Generation X Just Throwin
Money in the Bank The Dart Project
Waterboys Bev & Her Ninos
Show Us Your Tips 3 Hotdogs & a Bun
Jim Watch Your Step Big Al's
One Hole Off Just the Tips
Your Wife's Box The Dietl Brand
Don't Call Us Cumback Damn It
Maddie & the Rest
Sunday August 20th, 2017: Sunday Doubles Cricket Level 1 @ Stoli's Lounge in Omaha. Levels 2 & 3 @ Big Al's in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Check-in 12pm-12:50pm, Shoot 1pm.
Level 1: @ Stoli's Level 2: @ Big Al's Level 3: @ Big Al's
Family Mafia Kelly & Razor Big Al's
Double D's Fallout Tips Kurt & Doug
Don't Be Scared Homie Just Leave It In Double Trouble
I Da Pappy Kila Squad Butt Darts
Bandeh Sardeh Bros Fighting Irish Hell Froze Over
28 & 3 Fuck It T Bone's Favorite
Chairmen of the Board Being Athletes Broken Flights
Hour of Power Fire Hawks Kiss My Ace
Power of Fireball Big Bud Little Bud Around the Rim
Jeff & Dustin We Are Lucky Hughes
Saturday August 26th, 2017: Monday Doubles 01/CR Level 1 & 2 @ Eagles #365 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Level 3 @ Tiki Time in Beaver Lake, Nebraska. Check-in 12-12:50pm, Shoot 1pm.
Level 1 @ Eagles #365: Level 2 @ Eagles #365: Level 3 @ Tiki Time:
Wolfpack One Hole Out He's Mine Matt
Benchwarmers Jones N 4 It Double Dip
Asian Polacks Cyle & Justin Woosah
NC Connection Matt & Jason Mo Fish
WH Express Here For Beer Jack & Chuckie
Better Than Zinn Sleepers Yogi & Boo Boo
Off in Church Just the Tip The Dart Side
JD & JB Projectile Dysfunction Tiki TNT
Overweight Pornstars Ickss Snow White & Dopey
Worth A Shot TNT Nacho Grannies
I Will Carry You Zach's Bar Who Darted
Sunday August 27th, 2017: Mixed Trips @ Stoli's Lounge in Omaha, Nebraska. Check-in 12-12:50pm, Shoot 1pm.
Saturday September 2nd, 2017: Cass County Coed Doubles @ Eagles #365 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Check-in 12-12:50pm, Shoot 1pm.
Sunday September 3rd, 2017: Adult/Youth Doubles @ The Wolves' Den in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Check-in 12-12:50pm, Shoot 1pm.
In another effort to give their players the spotlight, Greater Omaha Leagues has announced that it will host a two-day tournament to crown its first Men's & Women's Singles Champion in November 2017. The event will be part of what they are referring to as Greater Omaha's Dart Championship Weekend; being held just a couple days after their annual Brodersen's Night Before Thanksgiving luck of the draw which brings close to a hundred players each year.
Hosting the event will be the Plattsmouth VFW, which has been bringing you the Night Before Thanksgiving tournament each year since its inception.
The spin on this event that makes it stand out from the norm is that it is a NO COST tournament. There are no entry fees or game cost for the event. "We wanted to offer a tournament that would benefit our players and let them know how much we appreciate their loyalty to our leagues." said league coordinator Steve Garrean Jr.
The tournament is an "Invite-Only" tournament, meaning only the top 48 males and top 48 females (based upon MPR) as of 8/1/17 were invited to participate in the event. In addition, players must have played in either the Winter or Summer 2017 league and currently be playing in the Fall 2017 league to be eligible to participate in the event. All players listed below have met the aforementioned criteria and only need to play in one of Greater Omaha Leagues' Fall offerings to meet full eligibility. Those leagues are: Sunday 1pm Remote Adult/Youth Doubles, Sunday 4pm Remote Doubles CR, Monday 7:30pm Remote Doubles 01/CR, Monday 7:30pm Fremont Travel Team, Tuesday 7:30pm Remote Mixed Trips, Tuesday Neb City Doubles League, Wednesday Cass Co. Travel Trios and Thursday 7:30pm Remote Team Cricket.
Any invited players who decline their invite, don't play in any Fall leagues and/or no-show the event will be considered a forfeit and an automatic win for their opponent on the bracket.
Winners: 701 O/M, CR, 701 O/M, CR, 701 O/M (Race to 3)
Losers: 701 O/M, CR, 701 O/M (Race to 2)
Cricket Round Limit - 20, '01 Round Limit - 15
Day 1 Schedule:
Check-in: 11-11:45am, Shoot 12pm
Bracket play resumes until apprx. 10pm
Day 2 Schedule:
Bracket play resumes until completion
Results from this event, including photos, will be featured in Bullshooter Magazine and local publications as well.
We would love to be able to make this an annual thing in combination of the Night Before Thanksgiving tournament, but this first year will be the test run for how well it is received and/or plays out.
*If tournament is ahead of schedule, play may be halted early on Day 1 in order to allow semi-finals & finals to be played on Day 2.
**This tournament was designed to help promote players striving to be the best. This is meant to help discourage "sandbagging" and is a benefit to those players who strive to excel.
**Any player who drops out of a Summer or Fall league is automatically ineligible for this event. There should not be a reward given to players who disrupt the league by not completing.
Greater Omaha Leagues' have been offering regular remote dart tournaments to their players and they have been well received thus far. In an attempt to try something new and allow players to socialize a bit more and allow more players to get involved, they have decided to offer a Team Cricket event! This event will be held on Saturday August 5th, 2017 at 1pm.
The four-player teams will select a "home" bar to represent for the tournament (must be a Greater Omaha League Location) and they will play the tournament remotely at that location throughout the day. Winners of each division, based upon skill, will receive a trophy for their hosting bar as well as 5,000 Promo-Nation points each...on top of the usual money winnings.
1st - 50% of division pot
2nd - 30% of division pot
3rd - 20% of division pot
The tournament will be set up similar to the Team Cricket City tournament format, a race to 3, Double Elimination bracket. As always, the tournament will be equalized to insure maximum competitiveness. All teams must be registered and entry payment received by July 28th, 2017.
On June 16th, 2017, Godfather's Pizza in Plattsmouth, Nebraska will host it's first dart tournament. However, it will not be a tournament like others in the area. This will be a Youth-only (18 & under) tournament...it will be the first tournament of a weekly series lasting 12 weeks throughout the Summer months.
Godfather's Pizza, partnering with the Wolfpack Junior National dart team and the Greater Omaha Leagues' Junior dart program will offer a family-friendly environment for youth dart players from all over the area to gather, socialize and enjoy the game of darts in a tournament setting. The tournaments will be held upstairs at Godfather's in the area now known as "The Wolves' Den", the 2018 home of the Wolfpack Junior National team.
Each week from 5pm to 6pm, the youth players can sign up for the tournament for $5.00 (plus quarters for their games), which also includes pizza for them. Bottled water, soda & other snacks will also be available for purchase during the tournaments. Parents can choose to stay throughout the evening or simply check-in with the program director, Matt Winters and return later to pick their youth player up.
Each week the Junior tournament, referred to as "Godfather's Goodfellas", will have a different sponsor...generally a local business who provides gift cards or prizes for the evening's tournament winner. In addition, the winners each week will get their names put on the Champions' plaque that will be displayed for everyone to see. These tournaments will be a mixture of cricket & 501 and be equalized based upon player skill level.
Much like Greater Omaha's Ultimate Qualifier Series, the youth players will earn points each week and at the end of the 12 week series, the player with the most points accrued will win a trophy & a $250 Visa Gift Card! The 2nd highest point earner will win a medal & a $50 Gift Certificate to Alkar Billiards! There may be other random prize drawings throughout the series as well, but the only way to know and have a chance to win is to participate.
Any youth players participating in at least 8 of the 12 weeks of the series will be awarded a Godfather's Goodfellas T-shirt. Anyone else who wants a T-shirt, including parents, they will be available to order for $10 ($12 for 2x - 5x)
When asked about the development of this partnership, Junior Program Director Matt Winters said "It was an obvious choice for us when we were approached about it. Since the inception of the Junior program, we've always wanted a kid-friendly location to grow with the community. Godfather's Pizza offers the perfect atmosphere for kids to enjoy themselves and for parents to feel comfortable enough to allow their children to get to know each other and to learn the game that we all love so much." Winters and Greater Omaha Leagues are excited about the potential to continue the growth of the Junior dart program and believe that the future of darts continues to shine bright through this partnership.
Winters also said that they have ideas for other fun activities as well and hope to expand upon just the tournaments as time passes. He believes that there is a great need for youth activities and healthy opportunities to socialize for the Plattsmouth community and believes that this may be just the beginning.
In just under a month, nearly three dozen local players will compete against other youth players from around the Country to crown 2017's Junior National Champions in soft tip darts. These Junior players had a calendar year to meet the minimum league game requirements with their local operator and hone their skills in an attempt to compete and hopefully become recognized as the best in their division. The National Dart Association (NDA) hosts five different events; each of which is broken down into divisions based upon player's skill level.
Among those Juniors competing will be Greater Omaha's own "Wolfpack" Junior National team, a year-round competition team that is made up of Junior players that practice and compete in leagues & tournaments the entire year in preparation for the NDA Junior Nationals. Members of the Wolfpack have won 10 Junior National Championships to date and have the added pressure of not only defending many of those titles, but doing so in their hometown.
An exciting twist being thrown in this year with Omaha hosting the National event is that for the first time, non-Wolfpack local Juniors will also be competing in the events. Will these youth players from Greater Omaha's Junior program defeat a Wolfpack member? Will one of them be the ones walking away with a National Championship, while a Wolfpack member walks away empty handed? These are certainly situations that make this year's event that much more exciting for the local players.
When asked about the competition between youth players, Wolfpack Coach Steve Garrean Jr. said "Honestly we are all excited to host the 2017 Junior Nationals and all of the kids are really supportive of each other." Garrean went on to add "There is certainly a healthy competition between players, but at the end of the day, all of these kids are friends and are genuinely happy seeing each other succeed." It was also mentioned that many of the Junior players have stayed in touch through social media over the last couple National events. "We're not only building the future of the sport, but building lifelong friendships and relationships...it's so much more than just darts for many of these kids." added Assistant Coach Matt Winters.
Greater Omaha Leagues has really supported the Junior movement since Garrean & Winters began the program in 2014 with just 8 youth players. Now, just three years later, the league sanctioned around 60 Junior players with the NDA in 2016. Garrean is hoping that is just the beginning, stating "We really want to continue reaching out to our surrounding communities to help push forward and continue building upon our Junior program. Seeing the growth of the Junior players over the last few years has been nothing short of amazing...and I'm not referring to just their ability on the dartboard. We mentor them in any way we can and build a family bond in hopes of giving each and every one of them a solid support system, because life can get difficult during adolescence and everyone needs an ear to listen, a guiding word or just a shoulder to cry on from time to time." He concluded with giving a shout out to everyone who has helped with building and growing the Junior program, whether they be parents, Assistant Coaches with the Wolfpack (current: Gabe Ahlers, Jeff Martens, Julie Garrean, Jessica Jordan & former: Wes Babcock), sponsors or those within the community who have shown tremendous support for everything the Junior program has done.
The following local players are competing for National Championships in various events:
The National Dart Association & Greater Omaha Leagues encourages parents, aunts & uncles, grandparents, etc. to come out and support their Junior player as they compete for a 2017 Junior National Championship, but please remember that this is a youth event, so refrain from inappropriate language and practice good sportsmanship for all of the Junior competitors. Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who has continued to support the Junior program...we can't wait to see where it goes from here.