The Pro Developmental Singles League (PDSL) was established in 2006 to provide serious dart players with the opportunity to hone their skills for professional, long-format competition.
Where does the PDSL play? The PDSL operates anywhere that players can form a bracket. We have had brackets in MA, NY, NC, NH, RI and CT, and can accommodate virtually any state in the USA. The minimum requirements are a host sponsor with enough boards to accomodate matches and between 6-8 players of similar ability. If a player can not find enough players for a bracket, the league will attempt to match them with others or place them in an existing bracket.
What are “brackets” and how are skill levels defined? One division or “bracket” will consist of between 6-8 players, with one player designated as “bracket representative” (much like a team captain) whose responsibilities include collecting fees and entering match reports over the Internet. Brackets should try to have parity, but can consist of a mix of players at different skill levels determined by 3-dart average or PPR (points per round): Masters=80+ppr; A=60+ppr; B=45+ppr; C=under 45ppr. Please contact us for more details on how player averages are recorded and tracked.
Season Format - Mondays is default league night, but can be any other night that the sponsor and players can agree on. The league will play a 14 week season (15 weeks for 6-player brackets), round-robin schedule. In the event that a player can not attend a league match, makeup matches should be played within two weeks of the scheduled date at the sponsor site, with a 2-week period at the end of the season for remaining matches. Players who finish with incomplete seasons may lose playoff eligibility.
Match Format - During the regular season, all legs played are 501 Straight In / Double Out. Format consists of best of 5 sets, each set being best of 5 legs. Match duration is approx. 1.5-2.5 hours. Brackets with lower-skilled players may opt to play a shorter best of 3 legs per set format if matches last longer than 2.5-3 hours, but the entire bracket must play the same format. Division standings are based on total win/loss record. Match reports are filed over the Internet and into our central database using a web browser by the bracket rep or their designated assistant.
Playoffs - At the end of the season a playoff tournament is held in each level to determine league champions. Regional playoffs are followed by a central league championship, but format and structure undergo frequent updating due to league growth, plus travel limitations will need to be addressed for geographically dispersed groups. Click here for additional details regarding PDSL playoffs.
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