MAD have unveiled their plans to transform grass roots darts with the announcement of four show-piece events, plus world title ‘belts’ and a regional system.
Fronted by PDC professional and JDC Chairman Steve Brown, MAD (Modern Amateur Darts) will provide a platform for all non-professional players across the UK and Europe.
The ‘show-piece’ events are comprised of: the National League Championships, the British Amateur Open Finals, the Golden Gauntlet and the Champion of Champions.
In addition, players will also be given the opportunity to compete for world title belts in a similar model used in combat sports such as boxing and MMA.
The titles up for grabs include: Super Regional, National, Continental and World, with both men’s and women’s championships taking place.
The four divisions will work on a pyramid system, with Super Regional titles due to be defended every four weeks and all other titles every five weeks.
Any player can place a bid for a title challenge, with champions earning prize money with each successful title defence.
MAD will initially crown honorary European and World Champions – who will be awarded with a title belt to represent their status and achievement.
MAD National League Championships
The National League Championships are the culmination of the year’s league play.
The finals consist of the 16 Super Regional teams competing in a seeded, four-group round-robin, followed by a knock-out phase.
Each Super Regional team is made up of the 24 best performers from the three previous quarterly Super Regional Championships.
The event will be open to any MAD member and will carry a £10,000 prize fund.
MAD British Amateur Open Finals
64 qualifiers will face off in a 16-group round-robin, followed by a knock-out.
Finalists must qualify at regional level, then again at Super Regional level.
The event is open to any MAD member and will carry a £30,000 prize fund, with £10,000 to the winner and prize money paid out to all 64 players.
MAD Golden Gauntlet
The Golden Gauntlet will consist of 30 players: the 16 Super Regional champions, the three National Champions, the European Champion, World Champion five MAD icons and four wildcards.
The event will be a random draw, quick-fire format which sees the winner stay on.
It will begin with two players competing and a new entrant joining immediately once a match has been completed.
The winner will receive £10,000 – which could be achieved by winning just one game.
MAD Champion of Champions
This ‘News of the World’ style event will feature 256 players, with one qualifier from each MAD region.
It will incorporate a best of three legs format from start to finish throughout both the qualifiers and finals.
The event, which carries a £30,000 prize fund, is open to all MAD members and will feature a random draw.
The minimum bids for each title are as follows:
£500 for a Super Regional title match
£1,000 for a National title match
£1,500 for a Continental title match
£2,000 for a World title match
MAD (Modern Amateur Darts) officially launches on Saturday evening with a series of live streamed title matches.
Five separate title belts will be on the line as a host of familiar names battle it out for the right to become the inaugural champions.
Notable names in action include reigning BDO World Champion Wayne Warren, former World Champions Scott Mitchell and Richie Burnett and World Masters champion John O’Shea.
Matches will be held behind closed doors and will be shown exclusively live on YouTube via the link below.
Saturday December 12
European Championship title match
John O’Shea 5-9 James Richardson
[Best of 17 legs]
Welsh Championship title match
Jim Williams 8-2 Richie Burnett
[Best of 15 legs]
Scottish Championship title match
Ryan Hogarth v Gary Stone
[Best of 15 legs]
English Championship title match
Paul Hogan v Darryl Fitton
[Best of 15 legs]
World Championship title match
Wayne Warren v Scott Mitchell
[Best of 21 legs]