I’ve seen that the BDO head honcho’s may be seeing sense and are going to allow a vote to remove the current 365 day ban on darts players who attempt PDC Q School, or even also take part in the PDC youth and challenge tours. That would allow current BDO players to try to gain a PDC tour card, then also play on the PDC 2nd tour, and continue to take part in BDO sanctioned events.
I think this can only be good – allowing those who just want to play darts, and as much darts as they can, to do so, free from politics. This is much closer to the BDO’s aim of “Darts for All”. It will now only be PDC full tour card holders (128 players) who will still not be allowed to take part in BDO events.
Good on the BDO if it’s true – and I hope the counties vote to make this modernising move – please take some of the petty politics out of our game!
From a source on Facebook:
“At the BDO Meeting today some interesting news came out for all Counties to discuss with their membership.
The current 365 day rule which prevents any member of a Darts Body not recognised by the BDO from the event.
They have now as a board decided to propose lifting this ban on any player albeit the 128 Tour Card Holders.
This is a rule that comes from an actual PDC/PDPA Contract.
This as a County we find very encouraging as you all know we have been big advocates of PDC Participation
since we have had many amongst the Tour..
As a result of this proposed ruling any player that goes to Q School in January and does not gain a 128 Tour Card
they will be eligible to play in the challenge tour/ youth tour and also enter any event organised by the BDO
i.e. BDO Gold Cup/ Winmau World Masters/ Lakeside and also all opens organised by Counties.
Myself Brian and Les as Executives are very encouraged by this news as I am sure many of our players will also.
We now wish that all members receiving this email please state yes or no to the proposal.
Please do reply to this email as it affects us directly now and in the future.
This is a copy of the Email I have sent out today to all members.”