The MAD Dawn
By MAD Official 12/12/2020
Steve Brown's mission to improve the lot of amateur dart players, and replace the BDO as their natural home, is moving ahead at a rapid pace. More developments will be unveiled this weekend.
Fuller details of MADs competitive structure, and even the first competitive matches, are expected from as early as 3pm Saturday afternoon. (Keep an eye here and on our social media accounts for updates)
Bristol-based Brown, founded the Junior Darts Corporation a decade ago and has since transformed the junior game, establishing an academy system and promoting the Junior World Championship.
The MADfather (a former World Championship qualifier and tour cardholder in his own right) revealed a plan that outlines his plans to recover the future of amateur darts as well as providing opportunities for those who don’t hold a professional tour card.
Legends of the game Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld have been briefed on Brown’s plans and backed the newly-formed Modern Amateur Darts (MAD)to succeed.
Brown and his team have been steadily releasing more details, often combined with media partners Darts World, regarding the MAD structure over the last few months. Here is the story so far before the upcoming launch.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away........
MAD will form a league system and a multi-tournament circuit for amateur players, with both regional and major championships being held throughout the duration of the season.
With an already vastly successful professional scene in place as well as the currently evolving county scene, MAD aims to sit between the grassroots and the professional game in order to provide further opportunities within the sport.
Both league and tournament directors can apply to have their event dish out ranking points towards the MAD ranking system, with both male and female players over the age of 18 being eligible to join for a small monetary charge.
Upon local leagues and competitions becoming affiliated to MAD, teams, and individuals can then also secure affiliation to the organisation, allowing them to represent both themselves and their region at the end-of-season events.
The MAD system will initially be established on British territory with 16 super regions, before gradually moving further afield with global franchise ambitions in order for the amateur game/system to progress internationally.
THE MAD MAJORS
As we reported earlier, four major events, including an inaugural MAD World Championship, are intended to be established over the next year or so, with all registered players eligible to qualify.
All four tournaments will be held in the UK and feature 64 rightful participants, with points towards the annual ranking system up for grabs as well as a respectable prize fund with players will be invited based on their performances in various MAD ranked tournaments and the number of ranking points they maintain by attending open events up and down the country.
Both sponsorship and broadcasting enquires are currently being weighed up within the MAD hierarchy, with the potential for their planned majors to be broadcast in various forms.
MAD REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
After securing affiliation with MAD thanks to a small monetary compensation, players can gain points towards the regional rankings based on victories, checkouts, maximums and other aspects of their performance.
A team total will subsequently be totalled on a weekly basis, with the top team in each region progressing to their annual super regional championships alongside other members of their league team. Super regionals championships will be contested between the 16 regions within each super-region.
Meanwhile, the best individual performers will be selected to represent their region in the quarterly Inter-Super Regional Championship, once again against the other 15 regions within their respective super regions.
After being selected to represent their region, players will subsequently be able to progress further and wear the colours of their super region at the National Championships, contested annually between the 32 franchise super regions.
Modernised software and systems are already being developed and tested to ensure that the ranking system runs smoothly and that all statistics and results can be appropriately recorded.
Both super-regional and regional directors are currently being appointed by Brown and his MAD staff in order to closely monitor all 32 franchises and ensure all is conducted correctly.
England, Scotland, and Wales have been carefully split up into 16 super regions, from England Warriors to Wales Sharks to Scotland Bravehearts.
All super regions will be made up of 16 regions within them and administered by their respective super regional director who would have been appointed by MAD based on their expertise surrounding grassroots darts.
• England Nomads (Middlesborough, Darlington, Washington, Blyth, Newcastle, Hartlepool, Durham, Stockton-on-Tees, Bishop Auckland, Redcar, Gateshead, Sunderland, Whitley Bay, South Shields, Hexham, Ponteland)
• England Crusaders (Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Crosby, Penrith, Kendal, Whitehaven, Dalston, Morland, Milenthorpe, Wetheral, Keswick, Ulverston, Orton, Gosforth, Staveley, Shap)
• England Ospreys (Hull, Scunthorpe, Bridlington, Grimsby, Beverley, Hessle, Howden, Scarborough, Whitby, Thirsk, Hornsea, Gainsborough, Filey, Ripon, Milton, Market Weighton)
• England Falcons (Liverpool, Manchester, Wigan, Bolton, Stockport, St Helens, Chester, Burnley, Oldham, Fleetwood, Blackburn, Rochdale, Preston, Warrington, Blackpool, Macclesfield)
• England Apaches (Stone, Telford, Nuneaton, Stafford, Solihull, Tamworth, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sutton Coldfield, Derby, Burton, Coventry, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Uttoxeter)
• England Terriers (Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Harrogate, York, Wakefield, Halifax, Pontefract, Castleford, Wetherby, Skipton, Selby)
• England Royals (Birmingham, Hereford, Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Evesham, Halesowen, Stratford, Walsall, Leamington Spa, Stourbridge, Rugby, Tenbury Wells, Meriden, Ledbury, Malvern, Worcester)
• England Eagles (Luton, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich, Colchester, Peterborough, King’s Lynn, Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, Stevenage, Kettering, Spalding, Bishop Storford, Huntingdon)
• England Titans (High Wycombe, Kingston upon Thames, Dartford, Slough, Watford, Croydon, Staines, Uxbridge, Bromley, Southend, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Harlow, St Albans, Romford, London)
• England Warriors (Bristol, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Salisbury, Poole, Yeovil, Dorchester, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Bridgewater, Frome, Cirencester, Devizes, Oxford)
• England Invaders (Portsmouth, Chichester, Basingstoke, Maidstone, Isle of Wight, Gillingham, Worthing, Dover, Brighton, Margate, Canterbury, Southampton, Guildford, Bournemouth, Reading, Andover)
• England Knights (Exeter, Plymouth, Truro, Torquay, Redruth, Bude, St Austell, Tavistock, Paignton, Exmouth, Newquay, Falmouth, Barnstable, Bodmin, Minehead, Tiverton)
• Wales Patriots (Brecon, Llandovery, Welshpool, Abergavenny, Monmouth, Sennybridge, Bangor, Llandudno, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Denbigh, Isle of Anglesey, Ruthin, Wrexham, Caernarfon, Betws Y Coed)
• Wales Sharks (Newport, Cardiff, Barry, Swansea, Neath, Bridgend, Port Talbot, Risca, Carmarthen, Merthyr Tydfil, Milford Haven, Cardigan, Caerphilly, Markham, Lampeter, Aberystwyth)
• Scotland Highlanders (Inverness, Elgin, Aberdeen, Peterhead, Perth, Dundee, Forfar, Arbroath, Stirling, Dunblane, Kirkcaldy, Brechin, Dunfermline, Aviemore, Montrose, Thurso)
• Scotland Bravehearts (Dumfries, Stranraer, Kilmarnock, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paisley, East Kilbride, Aidrie, Livingston, Falkirk, Hamilton, Motherwell, Musselburgh, Selkirk, Ayr, Dunbar)
SUPER REGIONAL DIRECTORS
Super regional directors will be appointed by MAD based on their experience surrounding the grassroots game and their interest of taking control of their super-region.
A number of directors have already been named by the organisation, just months after their establishment, with well-known tournament, hosts Scott Hunt, Alan Hodgson, and Bedwyr Davies amongst those involved.
Elected super-regional directors will immediately be tasked with making employments of their own in 16 regional directors to control and monitor specific ongoings within each region.
Super Regional Directors
• Scotland Highlanders – Daryl Stewart
• Scotland Bravehearts – Alan Kerr
• England Nomads – Scott Hunt
• England Crusaders – Marc Ayres
• England Ospreys – Carl South / Dave Ladley
• England Falcons – Alan Hodgson
• England Apaches – Darren McCloskey
• England Terriers – Simon Harris
• England Royals – Tant Maycroft
• England Eagles – Jamie Elliot
• England Titans – Laura Turner
• England Warriors – Robbie Long
• England Invaders – Stefan Evrard
• England Knights – Brian Ivey
• Wales Sharks – Bedwyr Davies
• Wales Patriots – Phil Smith
Whilst providing opportunities for amateur players and budding professionals, Brown and his MAD team have also revealed the innovation of acknowledging past world champions and the like for their services to the sport.
Having entertained millions worldwide throughout their illustrious careers, all previous world champions that currently don’t hold a professional tour card, from 16-time world champion Taylor to Martin Adams, have been listed amongst a group of MAD Icons.
Aside from those who have lifted the sport’s showpiece stagings, MAD has also instated a number of past winners of major honours, such as former World Matchplay winners Colin Lloyd and Larry Butler.
Meanwhile, Fallon Sherrock, Anastasia Dobromyslova, Deta Hedman and Trina Gulliver have been included within a list of trailblazing female throwers to also receive the elusive status.
MAD Icons will be encouraged to attend and sprinkle some stardust on the initial MAD events, whether that be to compete or to simply be recognised for their efforts in attempting to grow the sport.
POTENTIAL FOR NON-UK STAGINGS
Franchise tournaments have proved particularly successful in cricket globally, and that is also a long-term aspiration of Brown.
Having franchised England, Scotland, and Wales into 16 Super Regions, MAD’s unique format could soon be expanded into Europe and eventually become a worldwide system.
Darts will therefore continue to grow globally irrelevant of the country’s size or darting prestige, all run by the latest behind the scenes technology for scoring and documenting leagues and competitions.
Who knows where MAD's embryonic system could lead? Within the next five years, we could witness England Warriors facing Sweden Vikings and Australia Scorchers in a globe-spanning tournament.