21. August 2009 11:52
The other night was our darts teams last fixture of the summer season. At the end of the night, after several beers, talk began of playing an extra night in the week for practise or maybe bringing in some better players.
You see, the trouble with our team is that we're a mid table team. We always seem to finish in the mid to bottom half of the league and sometimes only just above the relegation zone. Everyone enjoys our darts night but it would be nice to win something one year.
I'm one of our worse players so I like the system we currently have for picking the team - if we have more than the required number of players, whoever gets dropped is randomly picked out of the hat. If you've been dropped once, you can't be dropped again until everyone else has been. Then we start the rotation again.
If we changed this so that we picked the best players for every match, I'd probably not get a game unless someone didn't turn up. Now, I know that 'there's no I in team' but my nights out are precious these days so if I do turn up, I really want to play. That said, I too would like to win the odd trophy.
I'm sure this is a common problem for lots of darts teams - how do you do it? Let me know in the comments.
I'm beginning to think that the best way to do it would be to have our current best three players always play then the rest of the team is picked based on the rotation system we already use. This would mean that the lesser players would still get dropped from time to time but at least they know they will get some games. We'd also need to make sure we know who the current in-form 3 players are for any fixture. Fortunately, we record all our stats on DartsNight.com so that should be pretty easy.