ABOUT THE BRITISH DARTS ORGANISATION
On June 3rd, 2005 the application by The British Darts Organisation for darts to be recognised as a bona-fide sport was unanimously agreed by the sports councils of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Founded in 1973, THE BRITISH DARTS ORGANISATION (BDO) is recognised globally as the world’s leading darts organisation with over 1,000 officials and a calendar that produces in excess of EIGHT HUNDRED darts events annually.
The BDO is firmly established as governing body for the sport of darts in Britain, and as such is fully committed to regulating, organising, promoting, staging, administrating and fostering darts nationally, internationally and worldwide for men, women, boys and girls to ensure the on-going growth of the sport for all participants irrespective of gender, age or ability.
The BDO represents darts from grass roots right through to professional standard. As such it is all-inclusive and representative of the sport.
The BDO comprises sixty-six member counties in Britain, and has sixty-nine associate countries worldwide.
Each BDO county stages its own domestic events, with some staging open events for men, women and youth. Each county has a Super-League for men and women and some have their own youth sections.
The BDO is administered by a board of directors, democratically elected annually at its AGM. It is funded by subscription from its member counties, and also receives revenue from various sponsors, etc.
Update: On August 7th 2011, the existing BDO Board was almost completely voted off (including founder Olly Croft MBE), and a new more forwarding thinking board replaced it, which includes world champion Martin Adams. More info of that event can be found here.
The BRITISH INTER-COUNTY DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS (BICC) are pivotal to the BDO playing system and are responsible for producing players who regularly go on to achieve success at national, international, world and professional levels within the sport. The BICC is famously acknowledged as ‘the production line of darts’ because of its unfailing ability to produce top players year in year out.
Played every 3-4 weeks from September/October to April/May, the BICC comprises forty-three English counties, sixteen Scottish counties and seven Welsh counties, which produce a Premier Division and Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 in England and Wales, plus two Scottish Divisions.
England and Wales have 10 counties per Division, fielding Men’s and Women’s A and B teams, and each team has 12 men and 6 women players. This produces a total of 36 players (men and women) per county competing at Inter-County level every 3-4 weeks throughout the season.
The two Scottish Divisions – Scotland North and Scotland South – are contested by eight counties in each Division. There are 28 players per team. All counties play alternate home and away fixtures throughout the season, and the points scored produce annual League Tables.
Each County has its own County Darts Super League from which County players are selected for each of its County Teams. This produces thousands of BDO players (men, women and youth) who compete within the BDO Inter-County and County Super Leagues annually.
The BDO and its member counties stage hundreds of competitive darts events each year involving men, women and youth, and is responsible for the overall growth of the sport of darts from grass roots level right through to County, National, International, Professional and World levels.
Major annual darts events:
- THE WORLD PROFESSIONAL DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Played annually since 1978 and televised by BBC TV Sport.
- THE WOMEN’S WORLD PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP has been played annually since 2001.
- THE WINMAU WORLD MASTERS: Played annually since 1974 and televised by BBC TV Sport, this is the oldest established ‘major’ in world darts, and the only one with 4 separate finals: Men, Women, Boys and Girls Masters.
Other annual tournaments include:
- THE BRITISH INTER-COUNTY DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS (BICC) Played every month between all British counties from September/Oct to April/May.
- THE SIX NATIONS CUP
- THE BDO GOLD CUP
- THE BDO BRITISH OPEN
- THE BDO INTERNATIONAL OPEN
- THE BDO BRITISH CLASSIC
- THE BDO BRITISH TEENAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- THE BDO INTER-COUNTY YOUTH KNOCKOUT CUP
- THE SCOTTISH OPEN (SDA)
- THE WELSH OPEN (WDO)
- THE BDO BRITISH MASTERS
- THE BDO INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIX
- VARIOUS WEEKEND TOURNAMENTS