I Believe

I’ve always been intrigued by the power of the mind.  Although this video is about Olympic athletes, the concepts can be applied to any competitive sport.  The following quotes come from the video.

“The brutal irony of elite sport is that however good you are, however many sacrifices you’ve made, it all counts for nothing if you cannot  deliver when it really matters.”

“Any belief can have astonishingly powerful effects, providing it is held with sufficient conviction.”

There are more nuggets like this in the video.  Perhaps there is something in this video for you.  Enjoy!

Here I Come – The World Stage 2

I’m heading to Hong Kong for The World Stage 2 in April 2012.  Woohoo!  I’ve been to many tournaments in my 20+ years of playing, but I have never been to a tournament where I’ve had this much anticipation and excitement.   Not only am I excited about the opportunity to play in The World event, but it will be my first time in Asia.  I just wish my Cantonese was stronger.

When I land and meet the locals for the first time, they will look at me and say, “Ne hou ma?”  And I will say with my Texas accent, “I’m doing great, how are you?”  I bet that will throw them for a loop.

Things I look forward to…..touring around Hong Kong, eating wonderful and tasty food, not being the shortest person in the room, high level darts, and representing my sponsors on the world stage.

Look for me to post my excellent adventures when I return.

There’s an Elephant in the Room

The idea of separating the North American professional darts game from the non-professional game is not as easy as it seems. I could present many positive examples for why the creation of a separate professional game is a solid idea, but I am certain that this idea will not succeed in the near future for one specific reason. There’s a giant elephant in the room that nobody talks about.

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The Professional Game

I’ve been reading a number of different threads from Facebook related to the state of steel tip darts in America.  No, I don’t have a Facebook account, but I have friends who copy and send me threads on topics that may interest me.   Many of the threads that I’ve read lately contain passionate, and sometimes heated, conversations regarding what needs to change, the reasons for change, the people who would benefit from the change, how to instigate change, how to implement the change, etc.   While the opinions and reasons vary, most people are ready for a change.  In my opinion, there are two key changes that need to occur first.  Once these changes are made, the direction of future changes becomes clearer and easier. Continue reading

2012 – New Year and New Opportunities

The game of darts in North America in 2012 promises to be quite different from years past.  For starters, the American Darts Organization has a new President, the PDC North American Pro Tour is kicking off, Major League Darts has scheduled a National Championship, and DARTSLIVE is expanding throughout North America.  There hasn’t been this much excitement and activity since the Lucky Strike tournament series back in the early 90’s. Continue reading

Streamlining Tournaments [Poll]

At a recent U.S. tournament I attended, event conflicts caused major delays and players were required to suffer long wait times to play their matches.  I realize that some conflicts will arise when you have multiple events.  I also realize that some conflicts can be resolved by changing the way things are handled.  But even if procedural changes are put in place, I still have the opinion that there are too many events in a U.S. tournament weekend.  Continue reading

Coach vs Player

Everybody who participates in a sport or game knows the difference between a coach and a player.  When two different people have distinct roles and responsibilities of a coach and a player, it’s pretty clear what the differences are.  But look in the mirror my dart playing friend.  For most of you, both the coach and the player exist in that one person that you see in the mirror.  While you’re looking into the mirror, ask yourself, “How well is this coach doing his/her job?  How well is this player performing?”. Continue reading