Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Annual Meeting January 7th

January signup is also our annual membership meeting.

  • The largest item is Board elections.
    • Volunteers or write-ins are welcome - we definitely need more help!
  • We will cover the picnic/replacement survey results.
  • In 2014 we are going to do a thorough review of the rulebook.
    • Let us know what you'd like us to look at or any suggestions for changes.

If you have any questions or suggestions please let us know.

Winter 2014 Sign Up

Tuesday January 7th, 7pm at Sunset Lanes.
Annual dues are due. $30.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

2014 Events Calendar

The 2014 GVDA Calendar has been finalized. The Annual General Meeting and 2014 Winter Season Signup & Tournament will be on January 7th at Sunset Lanes.

Next year we will also get back the rest weeks between signup and the first night of league play, which should make things a little more comfortable - however, please help us secure the fullest and most well-balanced schedule we can by letting us know your team's intentions as soon as you can. We can help individual players find each other, try to put players in touch with bars and bars in touch with teams, etc.

Please also note that nominations for board members must be received by December 31st. The form can be found here. Nominees and nominators should be GVDA members in good standing. Contact us or talk to one of us if you are interested in joining the GVDA board of directors and want to know more about what is involved.

Note: We will be hosting the 2014 Rochester Open on April 11th/12th. This weekend is less busy in the darts calendar regionally and so we are expecting a larger attendance from out of town. Please mark your own calendars or keep a copy of ours close by!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

ADO Region 5-2 results

ADO Region 5-2 results:
Winner: Greg Von Lienen
Runner up: Ryan Morey
3rd: Dave Keosaian
4th: John Weinreich

Winner: Cali West
Runner Up: Amy DeBruyne
3rd: Morgan Funk
4th: Anne Kramer

Winners will be heading to Vegas in January 2014 to play in the Cricket Nationals.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Playoff Questions

We have gotten a few questions regarding playoffs. Specifically, why only one week with 1 vs. 2?

TL/DR: To put the top 4 teams in playoffs would have resulted in less playing time for ALL teams. The format for this season allowed maximum play throughout the entire season for all teams.

There were several things that played into this decision. Here they are (in no particular order):
  • We went with divisions of 6 to avoid putting teams in a division where they did not belong (either up or down).
  • To avoid multiple byes and/or position rounds we elected to go three times around for each division.  (in general the membership doesn't like position rounds and byes).
  • Holidays at the end of the season - often the playoff finals are the week between the holidays, but it didn't work out this year.
  • If we had a playoff of the top 4 teams the seasons would have to be lopsided in that you would not play all teams an equal number of times. This would have been a potential advantage for some teams and a disadvantage for others.
  • To put the top 4 teams in playoffs would have resulted in less playing time for ALL teams - this allowed maximum play throughout the season for all teams involved.
Please address any further questions to your friendly neighborhood board member.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Midseason Tournament Oct 15

Midsession tournament at Sunset lanes. Normal start time and format. 7pm sign up. Min $240 + 100% payout. Rochester format. 

Don't forget each team should vote (separate from the online survey) regarding what you want to happen regarding a picnic or replacement.
Your team could win $100!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

ADO Qualifier Information

Winner: Robert Stewart

..swept the field with 15 Runner up: Dale LaFrance with 11

Robert Stewart goes through to National (Regional) tournament in October. Winner of this event gets a berth to the National Finals on January 24th in Las Vegas, NV. The players here compete for the men's and women's national titles! Great shooting to all who participated!

Next qualifier..January 2014 - 501 Winmau World Masters. Look for details in December on the ADO section under 'Information' on the web site.

GVDA ADO qualifier page

Still want to be ADO Cricket Champion?

Buffalo Qualifier:

ADO Cricket Singles Championship Qualifier 10/12/2013 12:00 PM $25 BADL
Our Bar 861 Military Rd Buffalo, NY

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

ADO National Cricket Champion starts here

ADO cricket qualifier this Sunday the 6th at Sunset. 11 a.m. sign-up and 11:30 start. Round Robin, play all three legs. $25 entry unless we get 6 then it is $20 entry with the winner moving on to the Regional, which is TBD, but looking to be at the end of the month at the PACC in Syracuse. So far, I have 3 confirmed players...need 2 more. LADIES...any takers? I already heard from Jennifer Nurk, but anyone else interested??

Please let Amy know if you will be attending. Thanks

This is open to Syracuse, Buffalo and other surrounding leagues.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fall Season Starts Tomorrow 8/27

The Fall 2013 season starts tomorrow August 27th.
The schedules are up here: http://thegvda.org/schedule_rg.htm

Please note that the updated schedule page has 2 new features for each team:

  1. A 'schedule' link that generates a list of all that team's matches for the season.
  2. And a 'map' link in case you need directions.

Enjoy and have a great darting season!
Shoot well!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fall Signup - late entries

Missed signup on Tuesday and want to put a team into the fall season starting August 27th? Add a comment on Facebook, email us or call the hotline ASAP to help us schedule the best possible season format we can for all our participating members!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NWDS Hometown Event Sept. 22

We have another NWDS tour Hometown Event coming up on Sept. 22!
Thanks to Amy for keeping this great event going.

Here's the flyer:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fall Season Signups August 20th

Signups and tournament TOINGHT!

Hello everyone, it is getting to be that time of year again. Fall season signups and tournament are August 20th at Sunset Lanes.

  • Team registrations and tournament entries start at 7pm.
  • Tournament registration closes at 7:30; play should start at about 7:40.
  • We can take team registrations as long as we are there.
    • You can also mail–in forms and checks before the 20th.

A few additional things:
  1. Please fill out as much info as you can for each team member on the registration form; we have encountered many out–of–date phone numbers and email addresses. You can download a copy of the form here to prepare it in advance.
  2. We will be doing a complete review of the rule–book this fall so talk to your teams and let us know about concerns or clarifications.
  3. We didn't host a picnic this summer due to low turnout in recent years. We have a survey about the picnic, please have everyone you know in the league submit a response — it is important to us to know how our players feel about this.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Picnic Alternatives Survey

Hello all, we have a survey up for you to give us input on how you think we should proceed with alternatives for the picnic. It would be very helpful if everyone responded.

Click here to take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WVYZJRS


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tom McGinnis

Obituary We are deeply saddened to learn of Tom's passing. Tom was an honorary life member of the GVDA and a pillar of the darts community in Rochester. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and our collective thoughts are with his family at this time.

Calling hours are this Saturday, June 22nd from 3-7 PM at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., 3325 Winton Road South

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Picnic Alternative Suggestions?

Due to very low turnout the last few years we will not be hosting a picnic for the league this summer. It is not really worth the effort and expense when only ~25 people show up.

We have been searching for alternatives some time and a few good ideas have come in. If you have any ideas for an event we could use to replace the picnic, please let us know.

We will have a survey out soon with a selection of options and a write in so that all members have a way to let us know how they like the various ideas.

Summer Season Starts Tonight!

Hello everyone. Summer season starts tonight. The schedule is up.

A few notes:
The new format is designed to be flexible:
This new schedule allows you to start and with two players from each team if you want/need.
Official start time is still 7:30, but if both teams have players and agree you are invited to start earlier.
Please let us know what you think of this trial.

Shoot well and have fun!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Summer 2013 Signup and Tournament

Registration Form - Only $5 for new/renewing members to play summer season! Sponsor tavern fee is $15.

Registration evening is May 14, 2013. Please be prompt bringing in signup forms to help prevent scheduling headaches!

If you are looking to play but don't have a full team or even a part team, come on down for the evening - we have others looking to form or fill team rosters.

McGinnity's - 534 Ridge Rd W

$240+ Signup tournament for new and existing GVDA members: $5 entries accepted starting ~7pm for ~7:45pm start

Signup Event

Thursday, April 25, 2013

501 Qualifier May 5th.


The Rochester qualifier will be held on Sunday May 5th at Sunset Lanes. Sign-in at 11:30 with play to start at noon.

Will need 5 people to play! Cost is $25 per per person with 1 player going to regional event in June.

Format will be round robin, 3 legs per match. If we have more than 5 the cost will go down to $20 per player. I will hold a woman's bracket if I can get 5 women OR we can play with the guys.

The winner of the regional goes to the All Star Challenge and 501 Singles Championship to be held in Stamford CT on August 9th in conjunction with the USA Classic tournament which carries a $20,000 purse.

Please let Amy DeBruyne know if you will be attending. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Division B/C Position Night

Division B:
Carrolls Cork Soakers at Colter's Island of Misfit Toys,
The Retreat Dirty Words at The Retreat Heros,
Mulconry's Highlanders at The Dog House Woodchucks*.

Division C:

Long Pond Point Mongers at Bathtub Billys Armed and Hammered,
Tap and Mallet Bulls Deep at Mayfields Mayhem*,
McGinnitys Snipers at Woodshed Shooting Stars.

* Venue change

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Report From Our NWDS Participant

We hosted a NWDS Hometown event to send someone to the beg event in Vegas.
That person was Howard M, and he sent a report of his experience:

Fantastic tournament!  LOTS of darts. Very tiring!  Very, very tough field indeed!

I barely missed the cut but I think I had a tough bracket.  Timmy Nicoll said that I was actually ahead of him going into the last 2 rounds but he finished strong since his last two opponents had pretty much given up by then.  Allen Nutter was the wild card in our group, excellent player and he shot very well.  I only made top 16 in the consolation and wasn't very happy with that.  Should have done better.

Overall it was a great trip and I'm so glad I went.  Had a great time and definately learned a lot.  Thanks again for hosting the hometown event for us.  It's a great way to get players out to these big events.  Only way to learn!


Monday, April 1, 2013

Metro Schedule for April 2nd

The two games in metro division this week are: 
Casey Jones Old School at Otis Del 2G Marksmen 
Dog House Dirty Kids at McGraw's Pride

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

RIP John "Twinkie" Bleier

John Bleier, AKA Twinkie to those that knew him back in the day, passed away on March 1st from complications related to a brain tumor. He was a long time member of the GVDA.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Website and Social Media Update

Hello everyone!

Many of you have noticed the new web site and blog, and we have received some good feedback on the new site design. I wanted to take a minute to update everyone on what we've been up to.

New website design

The GVDA web remains the authoritative source for all official league information.

  • The new site is designed to be fast and look good on all systems, including mobile devices.
  • The work is not 100% complete yet, but we have come a long way in a short time.
  • Ed Day has put a lot of effort into creating a new web site design, and I wanted to give him a public thanks. Thanks Ed!
  • Please direct any compliments or feedback on the new site design to Ed.


The GVDA News section on the homepage replaces the updates that were formerly located on the scoresheet or at the top of the homepage.

  • You can subscribe via email to the posts from this blog through the widget on the GVDA homepage, or use the widget on the blog itself to subscribe via a news reader.
  • We chose to use Blogger for our news delivery because it allows us a great deal of flexibility in allowing authors to contribute as well as a enables variety of delivery formats.

Social Media

We have had a Facebook Page for a while now and have been trying to use it more. We also recently established Twitter accounts for the league.

  • These services are now synced up with the news blog. New posts to the blog should show up on both Twitter and Facebook in approximately 30 minutes.
  • Facebook: please like us here: https://www.facebook.com/thegvda
  • Facebook: add gvda.darts as a friend: https://www.facebook.com/gvda.darts
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/GvdaDarts
  • While there may occasionally be some traffic on Facebook or Twitter that isn't reflected elsewhere, rest assured that all the important stuff is on the site or news blog. (As an example: bracket images and winners during the 2013 Rochester Open were posted, but are not on the site yet.)

Our Facebook Page
Our Twitter Profile

Thanks for reading and please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions.

Geoff Silkey

GVDA VP & Tournament Director

Monday, March 4, 2013

Midseason Tomorrow!

At Sunset Lanes.
$300 + 100% payout.
Vote on moving league start time to 7pm.
B there or B square!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Reminder: Midseason March 5th at Sunset Lanes

Winter 2013 Midseason Tournament will be on March 5th 2013 at Sunset Lanes.
There will be a 50/50 drawing.

There is only ONE midseason for all players, no seperation by division.

Teams please note: We will also have another vote on moving the start time to 7pm as we didn't get quite enough votes to pass the measure at sign up. Captains please poll your teams for their views on this and if you can't make it, please send a rep in your stead to cast your vote. One vote per team.

Albany Tournament this Weekend

The 15th Tri City Dart Open is being help in the Albany area on March 1, 2, and 3. There are a variety of events and they usually pay out more than promised.

Flyer HERE

Monday, February 25, 2013

Division B and C position night

Here are the matchups for this week's position night in divisions B and C.

Div B Position Night 2/26/13

1. Colter's Island of Misfit Toys at The Retreat Heros
2. The Retreat Dirty Words at Carrolls Cork Soakers
3. The Dog House Woodchucks at Mulconry's Highlanders *
* There is a regular schedule match in another division that takes precedence over position night matches so this match will take place at Mulconry's.

Div C Position Night 2/26/13

1. Tap & Mallet Bulls Deep at Long Pond Point Mongers
2. Bathtub Billys Armed & Hammered at Mayfields Mayhem
3. McGinnitys Snipers at Woodshed Shooting Stars

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

ADO 501 Qualifier this Saturday

ADO 501 Qualifier this Saturday...

Dates: February 23rd

Location: Sunset Lanes

Time: Sign-up at noon with play to begin at 12:30

Format: 501 round robin; all three legs played. Total points at the end wins. If there is a tie, there will be a best of three playoff. (SI/DO)

Cost: 5 players (minimum) - $25 per person; 6+ – $20 per person.

Playing for berth to National (Regional) tournament on March 10th in Syracuse. Winner of this event gets a berth to the Winmau World Masters National Finals on May 17th in Grapevine, TX. The players here compete for a trip to the Winmau World Masters to be held in England!

Let me know by Friday afternoon if you are in. Already have 1 committed - need 4 more to hold it!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

ADO qualifier

The final planned ADO qualifier for the Winmau World Masters will be held Saturday 23rd Feb at Sunset Lanes. Please tell Amy that you're coming. Or tell her you can't - she'd love to talk much ADO with you!

More Information

Friday, January 25, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

Albany Tournament March 1, 2, 3

The 15th Tri City Dart Open is being help in the Albany area on March 1, 2, and 3. There are a variety of events and they usually pay out more than promised.

Flyer HERE

Monday, January 14, 2013

Official Start Time is Still 7:30 PM

We have gotten questions about the vote to move the official start time to 7:00PM. We didn't get a majority vote (based on the total number of possible votes) so the measure did not pass.

Given the results of the vote we think it is worth another look - at midseason we will have a second vote on this issue for implementation beginning with the fall season.

Note: If both caprains/teams/taverns communicate in advance and agree upon an earlier start time that is acceptable. If this happens please let us know so we can have an idea of how often it takes place.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Rochester Open is next weekend!

Hi all, just a reminder that the Rochester Open is next weekend at Sunset Lanes. Events Friday night and all day Saturday. ADO points will be awarded for the main events on Saturday. Last year we paid out over $4000.
Rochester Open 2013 Flyer
Rochester Open Microsite at the GVDA site
Facebook Event
Google+ event

Sunday is a local event "qualifier" for New World Dart Series Tour Stop #2 — Las Vegas, Nevada •April 5 - 7, 2013
Facebook Event

Friday, January 4, 2013

Sad news

All members of the GVDA community will have been saddened to learn of the death of Dale Culver, particularly coming so soon after John Rathmell's. Both men were great ambassadors for the sport in the Rochester area and will be missed by all those that knew them. Our thoughts are with both families.

Calling hours for Dale will be on Saturday 5th January, 11am-2pm, New Comer Funeral Home, 2636 Ridgeway Ave. A collection for charity as requested will be taken at Sunset Lanes during Winter Season Signup on Tuesday January 8th.