Members of the Cowichan Valley Dart League take part in the Ice Breaker Tournament at the Duncan Community Lodge last Sunday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Dart league looking to grow

Cowichan Valley Dart League preparing for 2019-20 season

If you’re trying to find a new target to aim for, look no further than the Cowichan Valley Dart League.

In existence for more than 30 years, the league is about 100 players strong, and always looking for new members.

With two tiers of play, the league is open to newcomers and experienced dart throwers. The A league is more competitive, and while the B league still has lots of good players, it’s more laid back and a good place for beginners to start.

Newcomers will be placed on a team with an experienced captain who can show them the ropes.

“No one needs to know how,” league president Brian Quinton said as about 36 members gathered at the Duncan Community Lodge for the Ice Breaker Tournament on Sunday. “With a bit of practice, it’s no big deal. They can develop their own throwing style.”

Don’t worry about not being perfect.

“We all miss,” Quinton said, laughing. “In this game, random darts count. Sometimes you get lucky.”

Regular season play starts Sept. 9 and runs until April, with 28 weeks of play. The league gathers on Monday nights at locations throughout the Cowichan Valley, from Chemainus to Mill Bay, including the Cobblestone and Black Swan pubs, Legion halls, and the Eagles Hall.

“We go to quite a few different venues,” Quinton said. “A different one each week.”

New members are accepted until the end of the year, but it works better to sign up before the season starts so players can be assigned to teams.

The league currently has players all the way from their 30s to their 80s, and everyone is welcome to sign up.

“It’s a bunch of people who get together once a week, have some fun and throw some darts,” Quinton said.

For more information about the Cowichan Valley Dart League, email Quinton at Brian_Quinton@hotmail.com

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