The American Darts Organization is a national governing body that promotes and organizes darts throughout the United States. The ADO has established
standards for rules of play at both the local league level and in tournament play. They organize and run playoff programs which
allow players to represent the U.S. at the National and International level. They also have an extensive Youth Program to teach the kids about the sport of darts
and have a playoff program for the Youths so they may win scholarship money and trips to play in National and International competitions.
Here are some of the many things the ADO has to offer:
The M.V.D.O. is a charter member of the ADO joining with the ADO's inception in 1976. For the ADO the US is broken into "Areas". The M.V.D.O. is located in Area 6 which also
includes Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas. Each Area has a manager. The Manager for Area 6 is Steve Brown who is located right here in
Each area is then broken down into regions. The M.V.D.O. is located in region 6-2 which includes the St. Louis metropolitan area (including Southern Illinois), Jefferson City, Columbia, Kansas City and Cedar Rapids, IA. Each region has a director. The 6-2 Regional director is Dave Madison from the M.V.D.O.
In 1975, there was no network of dart organizations. But there were hotbeds of activity - in Philadelphia, New York,
Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Virginia. Tom Fleetwood of Bellflower, CA and Ed McDevitt
of Philadelphia had tossed around the idea of a national organization and decided it was time to act. An invitation was sent to known organizations
to attend an informal meeting to discuss the formation of the American Darts Organization. That meeting held in conjunction with the Michigan
Open dart tournament in Detroit in October, laid the foundation for the ADO.
The ADO began operation January 1, 1976 with 30 charter member clubs and a membership of 7,500. Today the ADO has a membership that averages 250 clubs on a yearly basis representing roughly 50,000 members.
The ADO did a survey with a wide range of its members and here is what they discovered: