How to Start a Darts League

No doubt, even the earliest darters had a desire to take on opponents in a test of dart-throwing skill.

Organizing competition, for darts and most other sports, often means starting a league.  Darts leagues might consist of a dozen or so darters in a local bar, a city or county league, state, or national organizations.

Darting groups may go by various names: League, Association, Organization, or Club.

Basically, a league consists of a group of people who decide to formalize a series of regularly occurring darts matches.To start, a simple verbal agreement between a few people is enough for a few players who want to meet each week. They generally play a “season” of matches, over a specified period of time.

They often decide to give an award of some type to the winners, bringing up the necessity of paying dues to finance the prize. Awards may be in many forms: trophies, certificates, pins, jackets, patches, trips to tournaments, or money.

As more people join and competition heats up, rules are adopted to settle disputes, and avoid future ones. Officers are generally elected to setup schedules, compile statistics, and handle any money collected through dues.

A newsletter may be published, although the 21st century has see many darts league newsletters move online to web sites and Facebook pages.

Once a few dozen people have joined the league, more formal organization becomes desirable, if not essential.

A checking account will be needed for handling the group’s funds. Putting the club’s money into an individual’s banking account is not a good option, so the league must get some sort of business license in order to get a bank account.

Once the group has a checking account and a business license, it may come to the attention of tax authorities, who are always interested in any group with cash flow. Many leagues apply for non-taxable status, usually by declaring themselves to be a not-for-profit organization.

Most dart leagues progress along this general growth plan in a very informal and somewhat disorganized manner, until they reach a membership of several hundred members. At that point, league officers sometimes become concerned about the amount of money being handled, as well the liability potential of supervising hundreds of darters who might just happen to occasionally become inebriated.

Incorporation is the most common at this point, along with the legal requirements for reporting to various government and tax authorities, and more strict rules on how meeting and business must be conducted

Future articles will cover each step, and the good & bad in each.

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