The first pre-season captain's meeting was held Monday May 11 at the Stratford Bar and Grill and it was a great success. 95% of the teams had someone there to pick up their packet and pay their dues and the few that didn't made contact with the MVDO board for not being there. Thank you all for cooperating. There was good dialog between the MVDO Board and the members on hand. Stratford Bar even feed everyone putting out 10 pizzas and 100 toasted ravs. Thank you all again.
Starting with this summer season the MVDO is adopting 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 will be Monday, May 11 at 6 pm at the Stratford Bar. We are looking into getting a meeting room, but if not 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.
Congratulations to all the winners
Open Team Championship
Stratford Inn (Darryl Marler) - Open Team Champion
Luna Lounge (Bobby Hasty) - Open 'B' Team Champion
Open Doubles Championship
Hotshots #6 (Dale Hughes) - Open Doubles Champion
Hotshots #5 (Boomer Shockley) - 'B' Doubles Champion
Open Cricket Championship
Hotshots #5 (Jim Herget) - Open Cricket Champions
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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