NDA Dart Smart Program Yields Valuable Ideas, Contacts, and Award Recipients

With the biennial education program for AMOA-NDA (National Dart Association) soft-tip dart league coordinators postponed by two years, the strong, pent-up enthusiasm for the event displayed by attendees was evident from start to finish. A total of 90 OP/DLC ~ Including 48 charter holder members~ participated in the program, making it one of the highest-attended NDA educational offering in many years.

Conducted July 21-23 at the Rosemont Chicago O’Hare Hilton—adjacent to Chicago’s mega-airport—the meeting included a series of presentations & panel sessions mostly directed by dart league coordinators & owners of amusement route businesses.

The content covered a wide range of topics: remote leagues and tournaments; league basics; biggest challenges; top traits of successful league coordinators; marketing to millennials; using Google tools; and an update on CompuSport. In addition, three of NDA’s four manufacturer sponsors gave updates and answered questions on their equipment and a pair of top NDA referees led a primer on rules and the path to becoming an NDA-certified referee.

As usual, a key component was the interaction between attendees throughout the day and evening. From the Opening Welcome Reception and Dart Tourney among participants to the group outing at Impact Field, home of the baseball minor league Chicago Dogs—and the meals, beverages and breaks in between—the informal exchange was nonstop.

The meeting wound down on a light note, with attendees breaking into teams and vying for prizes as part of a Dart Smart Trivia Contest. Members of the winning team earned some NDA-branded bottle openers and teddy bears.

NDA thanks President Stefan Reichert of DSAB in Germany for skillfully presiding over the 1.5-day program; NDA Membership Manager Kim Freese for coordinating all the many details of the meetings; the members of the Dart Smart Committee for putting the content together; the presenters and panelists who shared their expertise with the group; and finally, to all the attendees who invested time and money to participate.
NDA Conducts 2022 Annual Membership Meeting

New leadership was elected, achievement awards were presented, a change in the association’s management and an increase in NDA sanctioning fees were among the highlights at the recent NDA Annual Membership Meeting.

Held immediately after the end of the Dart Smart program on Saturday, July 23 at the Rosemont Chicago O’Hare Hilton Hotel, the meeting included a video tribute in memory of NDA Secretary/Treasurer Jim Piontek of Encompass Vending, Green Bay, WI, who died on June 13, 2022, following a long battle with cancer. He was 50 years old.

Starting next January, Randy Oliver of TNT Enterprises, Yankton, SD, will succeed Stefan Reichert as President. The other officers for 2023-24 will include Preston Obrigewitsch, Badlands Music, Dickinson, ND, who will fill the vacancy in the Vice President position, and Ace Leiding of River City Amusements, Sioux City, IA, who will become the new Secretary/Treasurer.

New directors elected at the meeting included Nate LaFleur of IF Lafleur & Sons, Devils Lake, ND and Chelsey Adams of Bullseye Amusement, Madison, WI. Both will serve three-year terms on the NDA board, commencing next January.

NDA also welcomed AMOA President Tim Zahn of American Amusement Arcades, Bloomington, MN, who congratulated attendees on their participation and achievements, and also provided an update on the programs, services and events of AMOA, NDA’s sister association in the coin-op industry. As well, Jim Tartal of Scottsdale Music, Scottsdale, PA, the recently-appointed AMOA Liaison Director on the NDA board, was welcomed to his first NDA gathering.

Also at the meeting, it was announced that, starting September 1, 2022, NDA’s operations will be managed by Rachel Kamuda, who currently serves as NDA’s Associate Executive Director, succeeding William T. Glasgow, Inc., which directed NDA for the past six years.

Also being implemented in the next NDA fiscal year which begins September 1, 2022, the fee for NDA sanctioned players will increase by $2, to $10 from $8. The recommendation to increase the sanction fees, which have not been raised in more than 12 years, was approved by the majority of members—both by those in attendance at the meeting and by those casting votes via proxy.

The meeting closed with a series of award presentations—including member sanctioning achievements and milestone anniversaries. Arachnid 360 was honored for its 33 years of membership and active support of the NDA.

And two lucky attendees left Dart Smart and the NDA Membership Meeting as winners of new dartboards.  Both Arachnid and Phoenix Darts generously donated dart machines as part of a special giveaway to encourage participation. And with 90 attendees at the meeting this year, it worked!

The pair of winners were: Danielle Hagen of Lake States Vending, Jackson, WI who won a new Arachnid board; and LeRoy Wozniac of TNC Amusements, East Troy, WI, whose name was picked as the random drawing winner of the Phoenix dart board. 

Congratulations CALEB GARCIA of Hancock Amusement, Waveland, Mississippi. CALEB is our 2022 Champion Dart Smart CHAMPION. The following NDA Members Marking Milestone Sanctioning Player Numbers & Anniversaries;       
Bullseye Amusement
Chelsey Adams & Mary Lavine
Sanctioning 501-600 players
D & R Star
Lisa McCormick
Sanctioning 501-600 players
D & S Vending
Jackie Smith
Sanctioning 601-700 players
ECS, Inc.
Jeff Paulsen
Sanctioning 601-700 players
River City Amusement
Ace Leiding
Sanctioning 501-600 players
J & J Amusements
Sam Westgate
Sanctioning 1,001-2000 players
MG Leagues
Randy Oliver
Sanctioning 3,001 players
Amusement Devices
Kelly Tank
10 Year Anniversary
Sandra Brandt
J & S Electronics
25 Year Anniversary
Troy Vending
Suzanne Lawson
30 Year Anniversary
MG Leagues
Randy Oliver
30 Year Anniversary