1. Round Robin (Group Play)
2. Elimination (Knockout)
1. Round Robin (Group Play)
2. Elimination (Knockout)
1. RR to Single Knockout
2. RR to Multiple KO Brackets
(Winners & Consolation)
3. RR to Winner’s RR
301 Double-In, Double-Out
501 Straight-In, Double-Out
For more details, please see our FAQ.
Log in to your account on My DartConnect and click “Go to My Events” button to run your own event.
Digital Steel supports a wide variety of formats and competitions.
You’ll be able to run 2 FREE EVENTS as part of the certification process afterwards standard rates will appy.
Online competitions require all entries to have either a FREE Guest Account or a Paid Premium Membership.
DartConnect recommends that all participants provide a valid email address for in-person competitions.
How much experience do I need?
DartConnect highly recommends that you have at least some prior experience running darts competitions before entering the Digital Steel Certification program.
This may include, but is not limited to:
Prior use of other software (ex: challonge, compusport, brackalope, etc.) is not required but will be very helpful in learning how to use DartConnect Digital Steel.
Your level of experience will determine how quickly and easily you will complete the certification process. If you have never run a competition before, we recommend you work alongside an experienced tournament director before attempting to run your own.
How much does it cost?
Becoming Digital Steel certified is FREE. There is no registration fee to participate, but please note:
How do I access certification in my DartConnect account?
Log into your Premium Account on My DartConnect and go to the “Competition Organizer” section to begin the certification process.
Tell me more about the 2 FREE events?
Upon completing the “practice” stage of certification, you’ll get a free 16-entry event as a “dress rehearsal” tournament to do with “friends and family.”
After you’ve finished the first free event, your first “real” event for up to 64 entries will also be free.
After completing the second free event, you’ll have completed the certification process and standard fees will apply to future events.
Can I do Blind Draw Pairs (aka "Luck of the Draw") events?
YES, blind draw format is available.
For blind draws, players are entered as individuals and the system will automatically create random pairings for doubles teams.
If you want to do a “Jack & Jill” or “Pro-Am,” you can run this as a standard doubles event by manually doing pairings offline, then entering them as teams into the tournament.
What is Jack & Jill? If you have an even number of men and women, you randomly pair a man and a woman together so that all teams are mixed gender.
What is a Pro-Am draw? If you have a player ranking system, you randomly pair a high ranked player with a lower ranked player so that all teams are mixed skill.
Are there any limitations or restrictions for events?
Events created with Digital Steel certification are subject to the following limitations:
Can I choose how many legs to play in a match and the leg starting rules?
You’ll be able to select the # of legs for round robin group play and for specific rounds in a knockout bracket.
You can choose either “Best Of” or “Play All” legs.
Match and leg starting rules can also be customized for each competition, including:
Is the "Chicago" match format -OR- "501-Cricket-Choice" available?
YES, you can do the Chicago match format as well as 501-Cricket-Choice (aka “Cork Calls”).
To enable these formats, simply make sure you select ALL of the games you wish to include when creating your event. The selected games will appear in the game menu before every leg.
Game Menu – My Events supports the following games:
What is the “Chicago Match Format” in darts?
There are many regional variations of this format, however below is what’s commonly agreed to as the traditional Chicago rules for darts:
Do you support Double Elimination knockout brackets?
While Digital Steel currently only supports single-elimination knockout formats, double-elimination events can still be supported by the scoring application.
If you would like to learn more about how to do double-elimination events using DartConnect, please submit our event request form or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to provide more playing time for participants, we recommend Round Robin Group Play.
What if the format I want is unavailable?
If your event requirements do not fit the preset formats and restrictions, please complete our custom event request form and a representative will follow up with you.
What is a simulated practice tournament?
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!
Learn how to operate digital steel at your own pace with a practice event in our “sandbox” environment, a safe and non-public system for simulating a tournament.
After you’ve completed the practice, you’ll be able to create a trial event to conduct with friends and family as a “dress rehearsal” and final step before becoming certified.
Practice event format:
You’ll learn how to:
What is the trial "Friends and Family" event?
THE BEST TEACHER = EXPERIENCE
After completing the practice event, you’re one step away from running official Digital Steel tournaments.
The “friends and family” event is meant to be a “dress rehearsal” where you can run an “informal” real event with participants who are aware this is your first time and will be understanding of any issues or delays while you get up to speed.
Note: This event is limited to a maximum 16 players.
The “friends and family” event will have the following format:
You will run a round robin and advance ALL players to either a “winners” knockout bracket or a “consolation” knockout bracket, providing more games to reward your guinea pigs.
What is your billing method and payment policy?
Interim Billing Process
At the start of each week, you will be invoiced for any events that occurred in the week prior. If you run multiple events during a 7-day period, we will make best efforts to consolidate all events into a single invoice.
DartConnect Digital Steel Online Competitions currently bill at the rate of $1 per entry, per competition. A competition may include one or two stages. The billing rate applies to the number of entries for the initial stage.
All invoices for “My Events” must be settled electronically through the options PayPal offers. Settlement with checks, mail orders or cash settlement is not permitted.
It is the organizer’s responsibility to collect the service fee from the event participants.
Failure to remit payment within 5 days of receipt may result is suspension of service.