This year's Ultimate Finale had a different look to it, but in the end it was the same competitive event. Results from the 2020 Ultimate Qualifier Series are as follows:
Ultimate Championship Shootout:
Josh Marschinke def. Jill Preister
Justin Smith def. John Ostrander
Champion: $150.00 --- Josh Marschinke, Fremont
Runner-Up: $100.00 --- Justin Smith, Council Bluffs
Cash bonuses for the highest series point-earners:
The 2021 Ultimate Qualifier Series is already underway. Players earn points through playing leagues & tournaments with bonus points for finishing higher in aforementioned events. More details and information can be found under the Ultimate Qualifier tab.
2019-20 Greater Omaha Leagues' most avid darters will vie for some large payouts on Saturday February 6th, 2021. Due to Covid, the format has been changed to Remote Singles & the payouts lowered a bit; but the competition will still be fierce and many will be watching to see who will be crowned in each skill division. Divisions are based upon each players' overall averages (01 & CR) throughout the Ultimate Qualifier period ... if a player had a higher average in tournaments over a specific number of games, that is the average that was used for placement. If a player has a higher average for a competing vendor, that is the average that was used for placement.
All registrations are due by January 28th, 2021 ... as usual, do NOT procrastinate as some bars fill their spots very quickly. This is one of the "short" leagues, averaging between 9-12 weeks depending upon the league. These leagues will finish their schedule in April.
Sunday 1pm Adult/Youth Doubles EQ 01/CR
Sunday 4pm EQ Doubles CR
Monday 7:30pm EQ Doubles 01/CR
Tuesday 7:30pm EQ Mixed Trips 01/CR
Wednesday 7pm Open Singles (NO HANDICAP)
Wednesday 7pm EQ Singles 01/CR
Thursday 7:30pm Team CR
In a year that just continues to take away events left & right, it is unfortunate that we must add another event to the growing list of 2020 Covid casualties. After going through the Governor's new DHM's, speaking with the Managers at the venue and examining everything ... we have no choice but to cancel the 20th Annual Brodersen's Night B4 Thanksgiving LOD.
With DHM's restricting capacity at the venue to only 75 people, requiring everyone to have a seat and no more than 8 at each table; the logistics were impossible to work out. The tournament averages more than the newly appointed capacity just in players; that doesn't count all of the guests and everyone else who wanders in to join the festivities. The fact is that we all have a duty to make sure that those same people whom we love & care about, whether they be friends, family, customers, etc. are safe and not placed into a situation that could have a very bad outcome. For the reasons stated above, we felt we had no other choice this year.
While it is with deep sadness & regret that this pandemic year has claimed another, we fully expect to return next year for the 20th year even better. We are also aware that many players count on this event to give them one final push into the Ultimate Qualifier's Top 40 or to start them out strong for the upcoming year ... so there will be an announcement made for events to allow those players to still get any needed points.
Trust us when we say that no one involved is happy that this is happening ... Central Distributing, the coin-op vendor ... VFW #2543 who has hosted the event each & every year ... the many players who have helped make this event an annual tradition ... and especially the Brodersen family who love and look forward to seeing so many players come out to enjoy the event they started almost two decades ago.
In a year where most every event has been cancelled, postponed, etc. for our players ... it was only a matter of time before a decision would have to be made regarding our annual Ultimate Qualifier Finale. After a ton of thought and weighing the options, our 2020 Ultimate Qualifier Finale will continue as scheduled on Saturday February 6th, 2021 ... however it will feature a total rework of its format.
First of all, the payouts. Due to the pandemic's complete shutdown of our bars, leagues, tournaments, etc. we are far behind our participation mark to pay out what we usually pay out. It appears that we have about 60% of our usual revenue this year compared to previous years. Due to this, the payouts for this year's Finale will reflect that as well and payouts will be adjusted accordingly.
Along with payouts being decreased, we figured we would alter the format of the event as well. Since the payouts weren't as large, we decided to drop the Round Robin morning event and make it a normal race to 3, double elimination style tournament. This will not only significantly decrease the amount of time it will take to complete the event. Due to other Covid restrictions, such as gathering sizes, etc. we've also decided to transform this year's event into a Remote EQ Singles tournament.
We know that this is unfortunate news, but each year our payouts are based upon a projected amount of participation/revenue and with not only the 4 month shutdown, but followed drop in participation for Summer/Fall leagues ... there just wasn't the money available for our usual payouts. We are hoping that 2021 will bring us back to where we were before the pandemic and our payouts can return to their normal spot or at least close to it.
The start time for the Finale event will be staggered, with the Level 3 & 4 fields shooting at 1pm sharp and Level 1 & 2 fiels
There will 4 divisions made up from the Final Top 40 players based upon their overall averages (league + tourney) over the series.
New payouts for 2020 Finale per level:
$1,160.00 per level
1st - $460.00
2nd - $290.00
3rd - $175.00
4th - $115.00
5th/6th - $50.00
7th/8th - $25.00
9th/10th - $10.00
Finale will be Race to 3 (01/CR/CR/01/CR) ... Double Elimination & feature staggered start times for levels. Levels 3 & 4 will shoot at 1pm sharp & Levels 1 & 2 will shoot at 2pm sharp. There will be NO substitutes for this year's event ... players MUST notify prior to 2/1/21 that you intend to participate & what location you will be playing out of or you will NOT be included in the brackets. Bars will have a maximum of 2 players registered per board so don't procrastinate or you may lose out on your usual home bar. Any moneys not paid out, the result of players not participating, will be rolled over to the 2021 UQ prize pot.
Level assignments can be found on the 2020 Rankings page.
Thank you everyone for bearing with us throughout these uncertain times and navigating the lows that we, as well as many others throughout the Country are going through. We are confident that together we will not only make it through this, but be stronger on the other side.
In what has felt like an eternity, Greater Omaha Leagues has waited patiently to re-open fully and up to this point has been slowly re-offering things amidst the pandemic. It started with a quick Summer session with limited league options to test how smoothly things would go as the pandemic continued.
Our locations were very grateful for those who decided to participate in the Summer session, as many of them had felt the affects of the previous months of pandemic and shut down. We had cancelled all tournaments; both in-person as well as remote, until we knew how things would progress. We've been very cautious in our steps to reintroduce darts to our league family ...
We're excited to announce that (fingers crossed) the Summer session has had very few pandemic related issues and we feel confident that we will be able to begin offering our full schedule of league options for the upcoming Fall session! We will remind players to attempt to socially distance, sanitize, wash your hands, etc. and basically just continue good hygiene practices.
The signup deadline has been set as September 14th with Fall leagues beginning the week of September 21st - 27th, 2020. As always, spots at bars are on a first come, first serve basis as some bars fill their spots very quickly. Do not procrastinate and lose out on the chance of playing at your preferred bar. You may signup on this website through the League Info --- Join Now tab, signup by email firstname.lastname@example.org or directly messaging League Coordinator Steve Garrean Jr. If you are selecting a bar you've never played out of before, please check with the bar prior to signing up to make sure they are open and available for league play on your selected night.
All that being said, we are still holding off on some of our tournament schedule for the time being. We are hoping that we may be able to begin adding some remote tournament options back to the schedule soon ... it may be a while longer before we promote any in-person tournaments given the current situation. We look forward to seeing everyone again and having a great Fall session.
Covid-19 and the ongoing pandemic claims another event ... It is with deep regret that, after much deliberation, we must cancel our inaugural 2020 Greater Omaha Remote Dart Championships event weekend.
This is not something we did as a rash decision, as it is an event that we were extremely excited about. Unfortunately with the ongoing pandemic and a high percentage of players still uncomfortable returning to dart play, we are forced to postpone this event. We will look into the possibility of rescheduling this event for a later date; however the with the outlook of the pandemic potentially lasting into next year, this inaugural event may have to be pushed back to 2021.
We know this is disappointing news and promise to make this event even bigger & better when we are able to host it. We are all going through these tough times together and can't wait until things are closer to the normal we knew prior to the pandemic. Everything is being reassessed day to day based upon all the information available; just know that we are planning to do whatever we can to still make this event a big annual event for years to come.