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GDL Guidelines

All players in the GDL are classed as equal. No player is any different regardless of their age, sex, race, sexuality, ability, or anything else. If you abuse another player for whatever reason, you will be banned from the GDL without refund. 

The nominal fee for being a GDL Tour Card Holder is £9.95 per month or £99 per year. This is payable in advance every month for monthly subscriptions and the anniversary of the first annual payment. You are paying to have a tour card. You do not pay entry to any of the qualifiers or majors.

Players are placed in one of three grades: Below 54avg, 54-63.9 avg. or 64+ avg. Your average will be determined by the GDL team based on information you provide about your online darts presence.

All GDL Online World Tour matches are leg play except for the World Championships, which will be set play, and all legs start at 501.

Players MUST confirm their entry to each qualifier and league season as they see fit by filling the relevant opt-in form on the website.

Players will be advised that the draws are ready to be viewed by way of social media posts or by a notification on the GDL app

Once the draw is available, players can get in touch with each other by any means of communication that are available to them including the app, Twitter, Facebook etc. Contact details will be on player profiles. To view your opponent’s player profile, click on their name in the draw bracket. If there are no contact details, please submit a support ticket and we will give you the details and update that player profile asap.

All players will be advised of deadlines that the match must be played by.

If a match is unlikely to be played within the given deadline, raise a support ticket and ASK, before the deadline, for an extension. Don’t tell us – we don’t like that 🙂

IF NO TICKET IS RAISED BEFORE THE DEADLINE, BOTH PLAYERS WILL BE TIMED OUT

When requesting an extension you will be asked to provide the following information, you should already have this when raising the extension ticket:

1) Please ask your current opponent if they are okay with that
2) Also ask your current opponent if are okay to play the next game before the deadline of the next round if they win (and obviously you’ll need to play by the deadline if you win)
3) Please ask your next opponent if they are okay to have his window to play shortened

If these three are all okay then you can play the game late once a member of the admin team has reviewed the evidence and confirmed, else you’ll have to forfeit.

Please send screenshots of these conversations when you’ve spoken to them and attach to your support ticket.

If a player does not respond in good time to their opponent, then a support ticket must be created, with evidence of communication not being received. Order of Merit points are only awarded to players in matches which they complete. For example, a player receiving a bye and then withdrawing themselves will not receive Order of Merit points for the bye.

Side note: All league matches must be played. No league walkovers are given for any reason.

If you do not play a GDL league match for 21 consecutive days, we will remove you from your league due to the issues caused by players being late playing games. If any player is removed from a league at any stage during the season, the player’s results will become null and void, as if the player was not ever part of the division. 

If you do not play a GDL match at all for 90 consecutive days and your membership subscription has ceased, you will lose any and all ranking points that you have accrued.

If a player voluntarily leaves their league, there is a £20 admin fee to cover the work required in removing a player’s fixtures and results.

Please show respect for your opponent before, during, and after your game. Communicate with each other. If you’re going to be late or can’t make it, tell your opponent and politely advise of the situation. A minimum of 1 hour’s notice is required to cancel a match unless there is a specific urgent reason to do so. Multiple instances of this happening could lead to you being withdrawn from the competition. There are very few reasons for it to be considered acceptable to not contact your opponent in advance should anything change.

The formats of games and tournaments will be available on the relevant hub for the tournament. To get to the hub, find the link in the menu.

Matches must be played on an appropriate scoring website/app such as nakka.com or lidarts.org. this needs to be agreed upon by the players. Each match must be played on camera by a video call or using the cam function on the scoring websites.

Both players must be satisfied with the quality of the view of their opponent’s board before the match starts. If you are not happy with the view, you have the right to A) ask for a better view and B) if the opponent refuses or is unable to provide a better view, refuse to play the game. If there are any issues, raise a ticket. Some players may wish to record the match in case of any issues. You do not have to tell your opponent you’re recording the match.

Be aware that some people might only have their living room to put their board up, for example, so a little bit of background noise can’t be helped sometimes. If there is too much noise going on in your opinion, you have the right to A) ask your opponent to reduce the noise, turn the music down etc. or B) refuse to play the game until things are to your liking. We hope and believe, however, that this type of thing will be rare within the GDL.

The match will begin with a bull-up. The player that created the match will throw first for the bull. Only 25 and 50 count and if the players score the same, then they throw again, with the other player throwing first for the bull.

During the match, the process for each turn must be as follows:
1. Throw the darts
2. Call out score
3. Enter score
4. Retrieve darts

If there are any big trebles or winning doubles hit, be sure to make it clear that the dart is in the declared section of the board.

Either player can ask respectfully for their opponent to give a clearer view of the darts in the board and the player that threw the darts must oblige by making it clear the dart is in the section declared. Either push/pull the dart away from the wire or move the camera closer to the board.

The request to see the darts must be made before the score is entered on the match. The throwing player must be aware that their opponent has the right to ask to see a clearer view and, as such, must not rush to take their darts out of the board and must follow the process outlined above.

Standard rules apply for winning a leg.

When the match is completed, the winner must take a full screenshot of the result, including ALL stats and go to gdl180.com/results or click the results button on the hub page.

Carrying over of ranking points between Majors:
 
Players who are identified for moving UP a grade by the GDL between Majors will receive the following amount of points towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for their new grades, depending on which point in the year they move UP:
 
  • Moved UP after the Open: 100 pts carried to the new grade

(Note: this was recalculated after the expansion of the World Championships to 64 players per grade, in the interest of fairness to all players)

  • Moved UP after the Matchplay: 150 pts (Middle to Upper) or 125pts (Lower to Middle) carried to the new grade
  • Moved UP after the Grand Prix: 250 pts carried to the new grade

This has been calculated so that players moving UP a grade aren’t punished too harshly for improving their game but also so that players that are remaining in the same grade aren’t too harshly punished for new players joining the grade.

Players who are identified for moving DOWN a grade by the GDL will carry ALL points towards the ‘Race of the Worlds’ for the new grade. None of these points will count towards the previous grade. (These will be small amounts of points)

Carrying over of ranking points between Qualifiers:

Should a player reach a standard far greater* than their current grade DURING the qualifiers for a major, they will be moved up a grade. The following actions will then take place:
 
1. Accumulated OoM points will be carried over towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for the new grade, up to a maximum of the limit listed on the “Carrying over of Ranking Points (between Majors)” section for the previous Major
 
2. The player has the chance to qualify for the new grade Major. Qualification is confirmed by achieving one of the following:
 
     2.1 Player finishes in the top 32 of the ‘Race for the Major’ in the new grade. The player would qualify for the new grade Major as normal, in this situation.
 
     2.2 Player plays 3 x qualifiers in the new grade, finishes outside the top 32 of the ‘Race for the Major’ but accumulates 70% (or greater) of the points that the player in       32nd place in the OoM accumulates. In this case the player will play a prelim match against the player placed 32nd** in the OoM before the Major.
 
     2.3 Player plays 2 x qualifiers in the new grade, finishes outside the top 32 of the ‘Race for the Major’ but accumulates 55% (or greater) of the points that the player in       32nd place in the OoM accumulates. In this case the player will play a prelim match against the player placed 32nd** in the OoM before the Major.
 
     2.4 Player plays 1 x qualifier in the new grade, finishes outside the top 32 of the ‘Race for the Major’ but accumulates 35% (or greater) of the points that the player in         32nd place in the OoM accumulates. In this case the player will play a prelim match against the player placed 32nd** in the OoM before the Major.
  
3. The player moving up a grade will NOT be eligible for the Major of the grade they just came from, based on being consistently 20% or greater better than the 3DA threshold
 
4. ALL points earned in the previous grade will still count towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for that grade
 
*standard far greater = must have reached the semi-final or better in a qualifier and be consistently 20% better than the grade boundary average
 
**If more than one player qualifies via these methods, the prelim matches will be against the next player up on the OoM i.e 31st then 30th….
 
Players who are identified for moving DOWN a grade by the GDL between qualifiers will carry ALL points towards the ‘Race of the Worlds’ and Major for the new grade. None of these points will count towards the previous grade. (These will be small amounts of points) 
 

Eligibility to the World Championships:

***Any player who is moved UP a grade during the season becomes ineligible for the World Championship of the grade they moved from if their 3-month rolling GDL 3-dart average moves above 7.5% more than the grade 3-dart average threshold for the grade they came from.

 

Any player who is moved UP a grade during the season remains eligible for the World Championship of the grade they moved from if their GDL 3-dart average is within 7.5% of the grade 3-dart average threshold for the grade they came from.

 

Players are eligible for one Grade World Championship only, the highest Grade that they qualify for

 

Those who have moved UP a grade and deemed too good*** to qualify for the Worlds of the grade that they came from BUT failed to finish inside the top 64 of the new grade, are entitled to play a preliminary round at the Worlds for their new grade as long as they either reached a quarter-final or better in a major or a final of a qualifier in the grade that they came from. The preliminary round will be against the player ranked 64th in the ‘Race to the Worlds’ OoM. If more than one player qualifies via these methods, the prelim matches will be against the next player up on the OoM i.e 63rd then 62nd….

 

World Championship seeding:

The X players who have moved UP a grade but still eligible for the World Championship that they came from (see ‘Eligibility to the World Championships’ section) will be seeded 1 to X, in the order of order of merit points they won in the grade they moved from (and separated by standard tiebreakers if needed). This will then be followed by the top ranked players who remained in the grade, ordered by standard order of merit rules to make up 64 players in total.

We hope there are no issues between players but if there are, you must raise a support ticket.

We are all adults here and most issues can be resolved with mediation.

Any decision made by the GDL are full and final. 

DO NOT GO SHOUTING ON SOCIALS ABOUT ISSUES YOU HAVE HAD before trying to work it out between us. Let’s sort it out sensibly.

ANY PLAYER FOUND TO BE CHEATING WILL NOT ONLY BE BANNED FROM ALL GDL COMPETITIONS FOR LIFE, BUT THEIR NAME AND DETAILS WILL BE SHARED AROUND TO OTHER DARTING ORGANISATIONS.

Use of illegal substances is strictly prohibited. Anyone found to be using them during a GDL match or admitting to using them before the game to enhance performance will be given an immediate ban from all GDL competitions indefinitely.

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