General Information

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Overview
Each year, the Advanced Singles League operates six seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Late Summer, Fall, Late Fall). These seasons run consecutively over the course of the year. Four of the six seasons are tied to ADO national competitions. The other two seasons were originally ad hoc but over time became formalized as open playoff rounds.

Weekly Tournaments
Each week, The Advanced Singles League is run as a modified round robin or double elimination tournament with a $10 entry fee. 100% of the entry fees are paid back in prize money each week. There is no explicit week to week commitment to play. That said, for players who pay the $25 per season league fee, the match results and statistics are compiled over the course of each season and will be used to seed eligible players into the championship tournament on the last week of that season (regular seasons only). Additionally, the match results and statistics compiled over the course of each season and will be added to the yearly standings used to rank eligible players for the Coopers Cup Singles Championship.

Winter, Spring, Fall and Summer Seasons, Regular Seasons
The Advanced Singles League runs 4 regular seasons where the top players earn tickets to respective ADO National Qualifiers. ADO Tickets are awarded to the top finishers in the championship tournament held at the end of the season. Prizes will be one ADO Ticket for each $110 in league and venue matching funds that have accumulated over the course of the season.

The league and the venue each contribute $5 per player entry. These monies are used to pay the $110 entry fee required to participate in an ADO National Qualifier. This usually works out to 1 ADO ticket awarded for every 11 player entries (player count is accumulated across sessions).

Late Summer and Late Fall Seasons, Interim Seasons
At the discretion of the Tournament Director, Advanced Singles League may opt to run a Late Summer and/or a Late Fall interim season. The players will not compete for ADO tickets during interim seasons and there may be no season championship. During interim seasons each week is run as an independent event. However, for players who pay the season league fee, the match results and statistics are compiled over the course of the season and will be added to the yearly standings used to rank eligible players for the Coopers Cup Singles Championship.

League Fees and Player Rankings
Players are not required to pay the league fee to play each week. However, players must pay the league fee each season to be eligible to accumulate points, win ADO tickets, play in the season championship and be invited to the Coopers Cup Advanced Singles Championship at the end of the year. Subsequently, each player is responsible for paying the event entry fee whenever they play.

During the interim sessions (Late Summer and Late Fall) we are not playing for ADO Tickets, instead we are playing for the entry fees and points. We are adding the sponsor contributions to the nightly payouts.


ADO Playoff Program
Four ADO playoff programs are hosted by the ECDO every year. ECDO Advanced Singles League players can earn free trips to ADO National Qualifiers, and ultimately National and International competitions, by competing in these playoff programs. All ECDO Advanced Singles League events are played under the supervision of the ECDO ADO Representative and are played in accordance with the established ADO Tournament rules.

Each season, players must first compete in a series of weekly tournaments hosted by the ECDO and run by the ECDO ADO Representative. Results are accumulated over the course of the season and the top 8 finishers are invited to compete for the ADO tickets accumulated over the season. The entry fee at a National Qualifier is $110 so each tournament series raises $110 per person sent. This money is raised through ECDO Advanced Singles League league fees, hosting bar contributions, and sometimes the ECDO will kick in some extra money.

All players qualifying via the ECDO Advanced Singles League qualifiers will play in a National qualifier. The region 1-2 ADO National qualifier is supervised by either the ADO Area 1 Regional Manager or the ADO Region 1-2 Director. However, players are able use their ticket to play in any National Qualifier any where in the country.

For every 8 entries at the National Qualifier, one person will win a free trip to the National Finals competition wherever it may be. See the listings below. Finalists will receive airfare or gas reimbursement, entry into the National Finals, and a $150 cash stipend upon arrival at the Finals.

Each National Finals is different. You will be competing against National Qualifier winners from all over the country. So these are some of the top players in the USA. In some cases you will play for prize money and National Championships. In other cases you may be competing to represent the US in International competition. Like the regional competitions, the National competitions will be held in conjunction with a larger weekend tournament.
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ADO/Winmau World Masters
Singles League Winter Season – generally run in January and February
1-2 National Qualifier – generally held in early March at the Battle In The Grove in Forest Grove, OR. Winners get free air fare to Nationals and $150 spending cash.
National Finals (for 2019) – April 26th, 2019 at the Cleveland Darts Extravaganza in Cleveland, OH
National Finals Winners – win a trip to the Winmau World Masters in England on October 25-27, 2019

501 Singles Championship
Singles League Spring Season – generally run in March, April and May
1-2 National Qualifier – generally held in late May at the Oregon Open. Winners get free air fare to Nationals and $150 spending cash.
National Finals (for 2019) – Friday January 17, 2020 at the Las Vegas Open in Las Vegas, NV
National Finals Winners – National 501 Championship and cash

U.S. Team
Singles League Summer Season – generally run in May, June and July
1-2 National Qualifier – generally held in early August in Seattle, WA as part of the Emerald City Classic. The ECDO is the host organization for this regional. Winners get free air fare to the US Team tryouts and $150 spending cash.
National Finals (for 2019) – Friday November 8th, 2019 at the Seacoast Open in Andover, MA
National Finals Winners – win a spot on the 2014 America’s Cup team

National Cricket Championships
Singles League Fall Season – generally run in September, October and November
1-2 National Qualifier – generally held in early November at the Portland Open. Winners get free air fare to Nationals and $150 spending cash.
National Finals – (for 2019) – Thursday January 16, 2020 at the Las Vegas Open in Las Vegas, NV
National Finals Winners – National Cricket Championship and cash
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General A.D.O. Playoff Information
The following information is provided for ADO players and/or Member Associations interested in participating in the annual AMERICAN DARTS ORGANIZATION Playoff Program. This information should help to answer many of your questions regarding ADO Playoffs. For additional materials and information, please consult the “ADO Playoff Rules & Regulations” and/or your ADO Regional Director or Area Manager.

ADVANTAGES:
The ADO Playoff Program benefits YOUR members, YOUR association and YOUR local pub owners, alike. These benefits can include:
• “Visibility” for YOUR association outside the local area, which may result in added revenue for YOUR ADO Sanctioned Tournament events.
• Additional revenue to cover entry/travel costs for YOUR player/s to participate at the Regional level.
• Provides added business opportunities for YOUR local pub owners.
• YOUR Local Members can gain: additional tournament experience; added recognition for their darting skills; free travel to out-of-town playoffs and tournament events; ADO shirts and Special Awards; opportunity to REPRESENT THE U.S.A.
GOALS:
• To provide EVERY ADO MEMBER the opportunity to play Darts at the Association, Regional, National and World levels.
• To determine 501/ Cricket singles U.S. Champions and U.S. Representatives for National and World darts competition.
PURPOSE:
• To fund travel, hotel, uniforms and affiliated administrative expenses for ADO Player/Team Representatives in Regional, National and World darts events (Masters, All-Star / 501 Championship, U.S. Team & Cricket Championship events).
ELIGIBILITY:
• To participate a player must be a member in good standing with the ADO or one of its affiliated associations, leagues, or clubs. Every ADO Affiliated association/league/club is entitled and encouraged to hold playoffs for each of the events comprising the ADO Playoff Program.
• To participate foreign players must be able to prove they have been continuously domiciled in the U.S. for a period of 6 months plus 1 day (i.e. green card/passport valid for more than six months). For competitions that lead to international representation, foreign players must have been registered with the ADO Office and must have been continuously domiciled in the U.S. for a minimum of three years without representing another country.
RULES:
• ADO Member associations/leagues/clubs will determine the following: number of playoffs; playoff date/s and time/s, in accordance with deadline dates on ADO Tournament Calendar; number of entries to advance to the Regional Playoff, provided the association forwards the entry fee for each player directly to the Regional Director.
• All Playoff events are played under the supervision of the ADO Representative, ADO Regional Director or their appointed representative.
FORMAT:
• Association/Local Playoffs: The host club will determine the format for their own ADO Playoffs.
• National Qualifiers: Round Robin, 3 straight legs, 1 Point per leg (excluding tie-breakers) with 1 player advancing per 8 participants.
• National Finals: Round Robin/Round Robin for events that determine a team Round Robin/Knockout for events that determine individual Champions
FEES:
• Youth – see ADO YOUTH PLAYOFF RULES & REGULATIONS
• Association: The host club will determine the entry fee for their own ADO Playoff/s.
• Regional: ALL adult events – $110 per player ($880. per region) by association check or money order made payable to ADO, Inc. ONLY. CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED – PERSONAL CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
• National: NONE
EQUIPMENT:
• All ADO Regional/Area/National Playoffs will be played on the NODOR/DMI dartboard, the official Dartboard of the ADO; unless otherwise approved.
ADO POINTS:
• Players who finish in the Top 16 in each adult Regional Playoff will earn ADO Championship Points, in accordance with the “ADO Regional Playoff Points Structure”, included in the playoff Rules & Regulations.


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