Many of you are scheduled to play your final match of the season on Thanksgiving night. Please plan accordingly and get those matches made up ahead of time or scheduled to play that Friday night. Being the last week of the season we need those matches completed that week so we can figure out playoff schedules. Thank you.
And just as a reminder or for those that may not know, the MVDO calendar year does not allow for enough open weeks in the year to schedule around holidays. So unfortunately there are times when matches fall on a holiday. Thank you for your understanding.
There is a new blind draw that is being held the last Friday of every month at Arnold Bowl. Curtis Strite is running the tournaments and so far they have been a great success. $10 entry, double elimination, 501/Cricket/Choice. Sign-up starts at 7 pm and the draw starts at 8 pm. The bar runs many shot, bucket and beer specials. The next one will be Friday, Sept. 25.
If in the course of league play you encounter a situation or issue that requires assistance, here is a simple guide to follow:
Rules/Regulations issue - First, check the MVDO rules on the MVDO website - League Rules. If it is not in the league rules go to the ADO Tournament Rules on the ADO website - ADO website. If you still can't find it, ask your division rep first, reps are listed on the MVDO website - Executive Board. If you can't get your division rep, then try another Board member. If you have a complaint about a rule or regulation, it should be brought up at the preseason captains meeting and if a change is necessary, a vote of the membership will be held at the yearly election/MVDO Open in January.
Conduct/Discipline issue - First, contact your division rep, reps are listed on the MVDO website - Executive Board. If you can't get your division rep, then try another Board member.
Protests - Protests must be filed in writing to an MVDO Board member (an email will suffice). Preferably the league Vice President as they are in charge of protests. Email addresses found here - Executive Board. A $10 fee must be sent in with a protest. It will be refunded if protest is uphelp. The protest process is defined in the league rules - League Rules.
Starting with this summer season the MVDO adopted a new policy - on the first Monday of each season there will be a mandatory Pre-season Captains meeting at 6 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to collect your packets for the season with score sheets, schedules, etc., pay your dues for the upcoming season, discuss any rules and regulation changes, discuss any other MVDO business, and possibly to pick up your trophies/plaques from the previous season. The meeting will take no more than one hour, probably less, but just stating never more than an hour. After all discussions are over, everyone in attendance will go up to the front table and collect their packet and pay their dues, if owed. Now before everyone goes nuts, by mandatory we mean that someone must be there to represent your team. It doesn't have to be the captain, it doesn't have to even be a member of your team. It can be anyone. If you know someone going and want them to represent your team they can. If you absolutely cannot get anyone to show up, you can communicate that with a Board member and work out a time to pick up your packet and pay your dues that is more convenient to do so. We are not trying to make this difficult on anyone, we are trying to make it as easy as possible. But failure to show up, or failure to send a representative or failure to communicate with the Board why no one picked up your packet, will result in either fines or forfeits or both. That is still being determined. As far as the dues go, if you already paid your dues at registration or are on a team for a bar that covers dues (such as a Hotshots) you will not be expected to pay your team dues at this meeting. However, if you are not then we expect full payment of all players dues at this meeting. But again, with that being said we are not trying to be difficult. If you do not have all your teams dues you will still have to the end of week 2 to get your team dues paid. But it will be your responsibility to get the dues to the MVDO. We will not come looking for you. Failure to pay dues by the end of the second week will result in forfeit losses for all players not paid up. THIS WILL BE ENFORCED STARTING THIS SEASON AND GOING FORWARD! No more waiting till the end of the season to pay or not paying at all.
Why are we doing this you may ask? Well here is why:
Packet delivery: Each season someone from the MVDO Board or the recorders have to deliver the packets. We cannot mail everyone their packet as it is just too expensive to do season after season. So we do a bar drop. But even a bar drop requires going to dozens and dozens of locations costing gas money and time to those that do it. The Board members volunteer enough as it is and it is not in the job description or pay of the league recorders to do this. Plus, even with a bar drop, it is not a 100% assurance that the teams will receive their packet. So by having a pre-season meeting where each team picks up their own packet, it takes the cost and burden off the volunteers.
Dues: Each season dues collection is a struggle. While many players are very courteous and timely and pay their dues, many players do not. They have to be tracked down all over town to get their money. This is not fair to the Board members that have to run around town looking for you or to your fellow league members when you don't pay. The MVDO needs the revenue from dues to keep running. When you don't pay you hurt everyone. This meeting is a chance for everyone to pay their dues.
Rules meeting: The MVDO over the years has held countless rules and regulations meetings and very few players show up. Then a proposal goes on the ballot and its get voted in and many players get upset but they never attended a meeting to discuss and debate the issue. So this will give the MVDO a chance each season to keep all the players informed about possible rule changes and to give the members a chance to propose possible rule changes.
But I have darts that night, how can I make a meeting at 6:00 PM and play darts at 7:30 PM? This is not an issue. Everyone will be in the same boat. Both teams will have to be at the meeting so common courtesy will state that each team will wait for all members of both teams to arrive. As indicated, the meeting will never go more than an hour so there will be plenty of time to get to any destination in the St. Louis area. The SCDL has been having this pre-season captains meeting for 30 years and it's not an issue. To the SCDL players it is second nature and eventually to the MVDO members it will be too.
The first meeting was May 11 and it went off without a hitch and Stratfors Inn even fed the players pizza and wings. This season's meeting will be Aug. 17 at 6 pm at the Stratford Bar. We will meet in the bar area. Thank you for understanding and if you have other ideas on how to handle any of these issues, feel free to bring them up at the meeting.
Don't forget the new playoff eligibility rule that went into effect this summer - players must play at least 25% of available singles or doubles matches for the season to be eligible for playoffs. The exact number for your division is listed on the standings page below the overall standings.
The mailing address for the MVDO has changed to 12018 Maryland Manor Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63043.
Both of the following playoff changes were voted in by the members and will take effect starting in the summer 2015 season.
Also, the members voted overwhelming to do away with the inter divisional City Championships - meaning A teams vs. B teams and B teams vs. C teams. The new MVDO board will discuss this and and make a decision on if and when to implement this. Thank you all for voting.
For those captains that take advantage of adding your own match results from the Member login, you will now also be able to enter your team's achievements - 180's, 171's, 9 counts, low and high tons, 6 dart 301 games, etc. - for your team. Download instructions here. IMPORTANT - Achievements must be entered before you enter and save your scores (for now we will change this eventually).
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