At 11:00 PM there was still too much light for us not to catch Steve and Jerry in an embrace. By 2:00 AM the lights on the boards were very helpful. We ended up being just a couple days after the summer solstice (longest day of the year) which made the lights necessary only for a couple hours in the early morning hours.
This tournament was one of the smoothest events I have ever run. A lot of you know that I create a document months before any tournament called a Tournament Execution Plan. The plan documents how I will set up the venue, fund the tournament, specifies the format for events based on number of entries, etc. Having that document on hand makes it easy for me to get assistance with the tournament and being assured it will operate as planned. I am happy to share examples of this with anyone who is interested.
Another good tool for running a dart tournament smoothly, is having a set of rules published and sticking to them. This saves a tournament director the countless questions all day about format, starting, scoring, etc. The picture at the left is a set of rules I developed specifically for this tournament. I need to give the Sister City Dart Classic in Juneau credit for this. They have a "Rules of the Road" document that I have plagiarized for a few tournaments now.
Running a tournament that is all blind draw events was much easier than our typical dart tournaments. We did modified round robin for all four of the events, which allowed more playing time for everyone. This tournament was a marathon! I think Jeff Garlough and I were the only players that played all four events. We finished between 2 AM and 3 AM both nights, and had to return at 10 AM each day. The evening events were like herding cats sometimes as I tried getting players to their assigned boards. There were plenty of distractions like live music, bonfire, great food, karaoke, horse shoes, and a few colorful side shows that I am not comfortable putting into words (or posting pictures of).
Overall, it was a great time. I had no complaints the whole weekend, even when players had to crawl under the deck to retrieve a dart.
That pretty much wraps up the weekend. Mark your calendar for next year's Kenai Dart Festival on June 22-24, 2018. We'll get a flyer with all the particulars on this page before the snow flies. In the meantime, enjoy your summer.
Saturday was hot,. It wasn't record breaking temperatures, but definitely one of the nicest days we've seen this summer.
Enough wind will move the portable standards. This happened during the finals on Sunday. We ended up tearing down all the boards except for the one we were on and strapping it to the deck.
Because of the wind, there tends to be more bounce-outs. These seem to find there way between the slats in the decking more times than not.
Friday started off with plenty of light. We did have the foresight to put up a wind wall at the end of the deck where the prevailing winds were coming from. It wasn't very windy, but it doesn't take much wind to change the flight of your dart.
Saturday evening was our busiest night as the AMVETS had grill-your-own-steak night and karaoke along with the blind draw. The mixture of non-dart-playing locals and visitors, combined with our dart players, made it difficult keeping everyone at their matches. A lot of us had so much time in the sun during the day, that we were trying to be indoors as much as possible as the temperature started to decline.
It was a close and windy final, but Susie and I had to settle for second.
Saturday night 501, 1st Place
During the sunny weather, the lights on the boards did not help much with shadows. We left them on all day Saturday because we knew we would need them at night. We removed them Sunday morning as we did not have an evening event that day.
Barely able to function after battling windy darts, Jeff and Irene pose for 1st place.
Dart weekends are like going into battle... not everyone is going to be there at the end. The players that didn't show up for Sunday were replaced by fresh recruits and the show went on! Sunday brought wind that got progressively worse as the day went on.
Carrie Keays and Jeff Garlough were the champions Saturday morning.
Sonja Olson and Kirk Gallagher with their second place earnings.
Saturday night 501, 2nd Place
Saturday night 501, 3rd Place
Sharon Peterson and Aaron Holland with their third place earnings.
That's Mike Wood and Sonja Olson taking 3rd place in the 501 DO/DO event.
I don't know how Chris Cronce and Susie Aguvluk got drawn together, but it was enough to take 1st.
Irene Goodwin and I made it to third place Saturday morning.
It'll probably take me a few days to get everything from this past weekend on this page. So, keep checking.
Last weekend (June 23-25, 2017) we held the inaugural Kenai Dart Festival at the AMVETS Post 4 in Kenai. I learned a few things about running a dart tournament outdoors. I already knew, or thought I knew, a lot about outdoors darts from my experiences at Irene Goodwin's Moose-Goose-N-Mosquito Open in Wasilla the past few years. Here's a few things I learned:
Natalie Trevino drew Jeff Garlough in the 501 DO/DO event to grab second place.
As the Saturday night event moved into the short hour of darkness, the karaoke wrapped up, the locals filtered out, but the darters kept on playing and the bartender kept serving. Irene missed this event, but left her hoody behind, which came in real handy for me as I did not bring a jacket that day. I think wearing Irene's hoody was some kind of good luck for me, as it was the only event I placed first.