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Attn: UK Amateur Dart Players

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To: UK Amateur Super League and County Players

Monday 20 July 2020

A message from the founder of DartConnect:

For the last several years we have enjoyed working with the PDC, making floor matches available to fans and friends around the world. Our recent experience with the WDF at the World Cup in Romania, various European competitions and the Scottish Open had us looking forward to the Welsh Open and beyond.

Then the current health crisis disrupted the game of darts everywhere.

This appears to have also contributed to the uncertainty of the future of County and Super League play in the UK. Our mission is to make the game more accessible to everyone and we are ready to accommodate all levels of play, in whatever capacity is appropriate. We fully respect and support whatever direction the counties and players elect for the future of UK darts.

We will enter into formal conversations with the organization(s) that are selected to represent the future of UK darts. As always, DartConnect is open to discussing opportunities that involve system integration and data sharing. In the meantime, to learn more about the DartConnect services and pricing, please visit www.dartconnect.com.

We look forward to returning to in-person darts as quickly and safely as possible.

David Macher
CEO and Founder
DartConnect

New Updated Quick Keys for 01

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DartConnect users will notice some changes to the app’s quick keys for scoring 01 games.

Below are the new number layouts for Basic, Advanced and Master Quick Keys. The biggest change is larger buttons for the big scores of 100 and 140, which also allows 2 additional quick keys to replace them in the margins.  When the keypad is used, the large keys will disappear and reveal the “+, – and 0” keys.

Quick Key sets can be changed in the user settings by tapping the gear icon.

Basic Quick Keys

Advanced Quick Keys

Master Quick Keys

VIDEO: Pro Tip – 01 Rapid Score Entry

 

DartConnect’s quick keys and one tap remainder make it the fastest way to enter scores for 01 games.

PDC Live Darts Returns At Last

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PDC Summer SeriesHeld within the “Bubble” concept that all professional sports have been forced to implement, the PDC ProTour is finally back from its Coronavirus hiatus and DartConnect will be there with full LIVE coverage.

Five straight days of competition, dubbed the “Summer Series,” faces the biggest changes in the tour’s history as play resumes with strict social distancing measures. Staff markers will be absent to reduce occupancy, resulting in players marking games for one another with DartConnect.

This means the players themselves will be responsible for feeding the live scoreboards to fans on DartConnect TV, another ProTour first.

The PDC Summer Series
08-12 June 2020
Milton Keynes, UK
Daily Start Time: 1100 GMT / 1200 BST

 

Cricket Scoring: The “D” and “T” Buttons Are NOT Shortcuts!

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Possibly the most misunderstood feature of the DartConnect app is how to properly use the “D” and “T” buttons when scoring a game of cricket.  “D” stands for “Doubles” and “T” for Triples.

A lot of people incorrectly assume that these buttons are “shortcuts”, meaning if you hit three singles of the same number, a single tap of the “T” button is all you need, and the same idea for the “D” button. While this has no affect on the main cricket stat, Marks Per Round (MPR), this will not allow for DartConnect’s unique advanced cricket stats:  Missed Dart Percentage and Triple Accuracy.

The correct way to score cricket using DartConnect is to tap the buttons that EXACTLY match what your darts hit.  For example, when you hit a triple, tap the respective “T” button and when you hit a double, tap the respective “D” button. If you hit a single, then tap the respective number button.  Let’s say you hit three singles, the correct input is three taps of the number button.  Including “Enter”, this means you will tap the scoreboard a maximum of 4 times to enter your score.

DartConnect’s Unique Cricket Stats

While Marks Per Round is the most common measurement for cricket skill, DartConnect provides advanced statistics made possible by entering scores electronically:

Missed Dart Percentage – quite simply, this measures how often your darts don’t count towards your score. This can be a great way to measure accuracy and improvement over time.

Triple Accuracy – you could loosely consider this the cricket equivalent of “100+ scores” in 01 stats as it indicates the extent to which you are a “heavy scorer” and is a great augment to round out your MPR.

Both of these stats can provide a better understanding of where you excel and where you need improvement.  Better yet, data collection is completely automated.

All you have to do is keep score and DartConnect does the rest!

First Ever PDC Markers’ Charity Cup Goes Online

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Darts from home with the world’s best scorekeepers.

This weekend members of Professional Darts Corporation’s official scorekeeping staff will participate in the first ever “Markers’ Charity Cup” to benefit the WHO’s Covid-19 Global Response Fund.

They bring you LIVE scores from the ProTour – now it’s their turn at the oche!

The tournament will be the first official charity event run remotely using Digital Steel, DartConnect’s tournament system optimized to work with the scoring app’s online play features.  Players will play from their home boards while staff leader, Mem Martin, runs the entire competition from her home office.

PDC Markers’ Charity Cup

Held Saturday – 13 June 2020 / 1200 GMT

Match Reports, Stats, Results & More!

Join us in supporting the cause & contribute today!

Congratulations!

PDC Markers’ Charity Cup Champion:

JAMES EVAN

Scenes From the Day!

DartConnect’s Role in the Future of Darts

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“Get More People, to Play More Darts, More Often”

– The DartConnect Mission Statement

A special message from the founder of DartConnect

Since our official launch in February 2013, our goal has been to make the game of steel-tip darts more accessible to everyone.

While there can be competing agendas within the sport, we believe the true challenge for darts lies in the multitude of activities that compete for consumer’s time and mindshare. Never in history have there been so many entertainment and sporting options.

However, if we achieve our Mission Statement, EVERYONE benefits, including:

  • Governing Bodies
  • Amateur Leagues & Tournaments
  • The Professional Game
  • Equipment Manufacturers & Retailers
  • And Most Importantly: Current and Future Players

We stand committed to providing the highest level of service and product innovation to anyone who is willing to make the effort to run a competition, volunteer for a board position, or simply promote the game at their local pub. DartConnect does not engage in exclusive league/tournament service agreements with any organization.

By connecting people through the game of darts, we create a growing community that is capable of great things, including raising over $15,500 USD for those affected by the current health crisis. We invite every organization to contact us to discuss how we can collaborate to grow the sport and be well positioned for the post-pandemic world, when in-person competition resumes.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to explore our evolving online options as a means of keeping the community connected.

Stay safe,

David Macher
CEO & Founder

Video: Connecting the World with DartConnect

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Flashback to 2019!

The newest DartConnect trailer produced for the 2019 PDC World Series of Darts in Las Vegas.

Produced and directed by L. David Irete

New Official DartConnect Tablet Holders – Available Now!

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ALL NEW DESIGN!

Keep your tablet safe and secure with the new official design manufactured by Target Darts!

New & Improved!

Key Features:

  • Compatible with phones and tablets up to 14″ tall
  • Accommodates  most device cases
  • Single screw adjustment slider
  • Durable, Super Strong 1/4 inch thick Polycarbonate
  • High gloss, professional finish

The ongoing design evolution continues! Thanks to our partnership with Target Darts, we present our best tablet hanger yet.

The perfect tablet complement at tournaments, league night, and for your home practice area!

Upgrade Your Practice Rooom Today!

Find an approved Target Darts retailer near you.

The “MAN” has a knack for throwing perfect darts…

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SALUTING PERFECTION

Canada’s Shawn Brenneman, affectionately known as “The MAN,” followed up on his historical performance from 2017 by adding another perfect 501 on May 6, 2020.  This time his victim was fellow countryman Kiley Edmunds.

In Virginia Beach, Shawn’s “perfecto” came against another Canadian ace, PDC player Jeff Smith. America is breathing a sigh of relief that Shawn lives in the north.

Brenneman was the first ever player to notch dart’s grandest achievement on the DartConnect scoring app during sanctioned competition at the 2017 Virginia Beach Classic. Well, he’s just made history AGAIN with the first ever 9-darter in CDC competition!

Captured forever on DartConnect TV, Shawn’s prowess on the oche will live on and may never be surpassed. Review the reports from these two legendary matches at the links below.

Shawn Brenneman’s Perfect 501s:

Virginia Beach 2017:
View Match Report

Championship Darts Circuit Champions League 2020:
View Match Report

Sky Sports Spotlights Online Darts Revolution

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Online darts participation is skyrocketing during the Covid-19 global lockdown, forcing amateurs and top professionals alike to the Internet to get their steel tip fix.

Sky Sports, who televises the lion’s share of professional event “majors” like the PDC World Championships, takes a closer look at how online darts is evolving.

From professionals seeking the fill the void of live sports entertainment to every day folk looking for a fun way to pass the time in isolation, Sky Sports’ Paul Prenderville explored the numbers with DartConnect founder, David Macher, who said: Read more