BLOOMINGTON, MN -- The climactic competition of the AMOA-National Dart Association's inaugural Junior Tournament drew 125 contestants to the Ramada Bloomington Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport here. The final tournament, held from June 20 through 22, climaxed the first eventful year for the association's new competitive organization for younger players.
NDA reported that the finalists, sponsored by 15 NDA-affiliated vending operators, purchased 236 event entry certificates. The participants represented the seven states of Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Tournament events included Singles Cricket, Singles '01, Doubles Cricket, Mixed Triples Combo and Doubles '01. Players, ages from five to 20, competed in events over the three days of the competition. The Mixed Triples Combo enabled NDA-sanctioned adult players to join the competition and enabled the tournament to provide challenging fun for the whole family.
"We couldn't be more thrilled with the Junior Tournament turnout," said NDA president Lloyd Williamson of Williamson's Sugarloaf Amusement (Winona, MN). "The players had a great experience, as we are able to cater to the next generation of darters and provide them with the opportunity to compete in an international tournament. We are excited to see where this momentum takes us in coming years."
To participate in the Junior Tournament, players must be sanctioned by NDA and are required to have played a minimum of 48 league games during the qualifying period. NDA operators across the country established or expanded their junior leagues in order to provide this opportunity to their players.
Information about NDA, membership benefits and tournaments can be found online at ndadarts.com.
NDA is an international trade association of coin machine operators, representing about 250 members and 45,000 players worldwide. The association was formed to promote the sport of electronic darting exclusively on operator-owned equipment.
photos | YOUTH MOVEMENT: NDA's new Junior Tournament, launched last summer, wrapped up its first year with a festive competition in Bloomington, MN. NDA member operators in 7 states sent 125 contestants, aged 5 to 20, to the playoffs. Above, competitors square off in a hard-fought match; below, the participants gather for a commemorative photo. The Ramada at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport was the host facility.