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by Tito Soncuya

Meeting -  From Foundation to Federation Meeting -  From Foundation to Federation Meeting -  From Foundation to Federation Local Organization Leaders

Darterong Pinoy in 1998, was the first dart event organized by the National Dart Foundation of the Philippines. It introduced multiple events in one day, single knockout format in all events and the seeded format in a major tournament, all standard practices today. This has since been the historical roots and the thrust of the foundation - to be at par with international standards, to set standards for dart excellence, to elevate darts as a mainstream sports, to change the image of darts and to provide a new vision for the growth of darts. The foundation undertook new directions and innovations such as the TusokAral - dart clinics, Dart Mall Tour, TV Specials, ndfpdarts.com website, NDFP ranking events, Robson Dart League, Darterong Pinoy – Free Registration tournaments, Philippine Qualifier WDC to name a few. In the end, the foundation helped shape how darts is played today.

Today, Philippine darts is in a phenomenal dart revival, but unlike before, this new explosive growth of darts is anchored on a solid foundation, nurtured by a viable dart infrastructure. The foundation helped dart organizers create dart organizations, regional coordinators to regional federations, local tournaments to national tournaments. This dart infrastructure is led by the regional dart federations, aided by the vibrant nationwide local dart organizations, generating the support network for the nationwide recurrent dart activities and calendar of events where darters can prepare for through out the year.

Given this infrastructure, a new competitive dart environment is developing, our top darters are being sharpened, a new base of darters is expanding and new talents are being harnessed and molded. As we consolidate this new environment, we now look for new horizons beyond the Philippine shores.

Historically, the National Dart Foundation of the Philippines started as an advocacy group, derided by the boldness of its ambition and ridiculed in its vision for change. The foundation persevered, their vision and innovations has taken roots, a vibrant infrastructure is in place and a new dart culture is evolving. These happened with the affirmation and support of the federated nationwide darters. They have taken the moral integrity and authority to lead and has taken leadership in Philippine darts.

Hence forth, the National Dart Foundation of the Philippines as an advocacy and catalyst for change has outlived its formation. The future of Philippine darts lies in the men and women who pursued our vision and struggled to create a new dynamic and honorable dart environment. Leadership integration with these individuals, local organizations and regional federation can only be facilitated with the formation of the National Darts Federation of the Philippines. National representation is essential as we chart the course of Philippine darts, we need to build national consensus rather than dictate and we need to accommodate rather than exclude.

We enjoin darters to expand the formation of the nationwide local dart organizations and to support and be part of the National Darts Federation of the Philippines.



Updated Dec. 14, 2007  

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