NEWS AND UPDATES

Managers/Agents Renewal Extension to 31st January 2017

The Agents Registration renewal process is underway and the final date for renewal has been extended until 31st January 2017. Any Agent who has not renewed by that date will have to reapply for registration.

The renewal process is explained here

The renewal application can be found here

Chairmans’ Report 2015

The Chairmans’ Report 2015 can be viewed here.

Managers/Agents Regulations – Update 1st February 2016

The DRA Agents Regulations came into force at midnight 31st January 2016. This means that any person carrying out “Agency Activity” as defined by the Agents Regulations must be registered. Any player using an unregistered agent to carry out such activity will be in breach of the DRA Rules and where applicable, their players contract with the PDC. Any persons carrying out “Agency Activity” on behalf of a player must register with the DRA as soon as possible or the players that they represent may face sanction by the DRA Disciplinary Committee.

“Agency Activity” is defined as: acting in any way and at any time in the capacity of manager, agent, representative or adviser to a Player, either directly or indirectly, in any aspect of the negotiation, arrangement or execution of any kind of commercial arrangement including any sponsorship arrangement.

Manager/Agents Regulations

Update 5th January 2016 – Change of implementation date

Due to the removal of the “Exempted Individual” category it has been decided to change the implementation date of the Agents Regulations to the 31st January 2016.

The final version of the Agents Regulations is available here

The final version of the Agents Declaration form is available here

The application form is available here

The letter with a step by step guide as to how to complete the process is here

Manager/Agents Regulations -Update 24th December 2015

As a result of discussions with the attendees at the meeting at the Holiday Inn, Brent Cross on 16th December 2015 and subsequent discussions with the PDC and PDPA a number of changes were agreed to the Regulations and to the declaration document. The most significant of these was that after strong representations from those present that were supported by the PDC and PDPA, the decision has been taken to remove the “Exempted Individual” category. This means that anyone who wishes to conduct “Agency Activity” as defined by the Agents Regulations will need to apply to become a Registered Agent and there are no exemptions.

Any declaration forms that have already been submitted can be replaced with the revised version.

Please note: Any Manager/Agents applicants who are permanently resident outside the UK should contact info@thedra.co.uk before completing the application process.

The notes on the Manager/Agents Meeting on 16th December are available here.

The revised Agents Declaration form is available here.

The revised Agents Regulations are available here.

Manager/Agents Regulations -Update 8th December 2015

There is an open meeting for prospective Managers/Agents to be held at the Holiday Inn, Brent Cross at 7pm on Wednesday 16th December 2015. The PDC and PDPA will also be in attendance. Please reply to info@thedra.co.uk if you plan to attend.

Manager/Agents Regulations -Update

The application forms are now available for the Agent Registration Process. It is proposed to implement the Agent Regulations from the 7th January 2016 and in order for Agents to be licenced by that time the forms should be completed and returned as soon as possible. Please note that the registration process takes a minimum of 21 days to complete and may take longer over the Christmas period.

A full review will be conducted of the the regulations, their implementation and the process in July 2016 and feedback is welcome together with any improvements that you think can be made.

There is a letter with a step by step guide as to how to complete the process here.

The Application form is available here.

The Agents Declaration form is available here.

The Agents Regulations are available here.

Anti-Doping finding against Richie Burnett

Richie Burnett has been suspended for 18-months following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. He tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following an In-Competition test in 2014. The case was referred to the National Anti-Doping Panel and was heard by a tribunal in June 2015, who imposed an 18-month sanction. Following an appeal by Richie Burnett, the panel re-convened in October 2015, with the appeal being dismissed and the original sanction being upheld. The ban will be backdated and run from 3 November 2014 until 2 May 2016. This was not previously reported as the player has the right to confidentiality whilst the case is ongoing. The initial ruling can be found here and the appeal ruling can be found here.

Players notice 23rd April 2015

Please click here to see the players notice.

Chairmans’ Report 2014

The Chairmans’ Report 2014 can be viewed here.

Player Licensing

In 2013 the DRA Board decided after consultation with the PDC and the PDPA to licence PDPA Members. Players were notified in December 2013 and the licensing came into force in the 2014 season. This means that when you are playing in any event or exhibition the player will be subject to DRA rules. Click here to see the letter to players The reason for this is that the DRA is expanding its role in professional darts to reflect the growth of the sport and the large number of events that are available for players to enter. This reflects the commitment of the DRA to professionalise the regulation of the sport and comply with best practice as regards governance. This is important to ensure that professional darts is recognised as a properly regulated and corruption free sport. This is essential to keep the interest of TV and sponsors that has enabled the prize money to rise significantly year-on-year.

Manager/Agents Regulations

In December 2014 the DRA has put out a draft of proposed Managers/Agents Regulations for consultation with current Managers/Agents of players and to the PDPA. The intention of this is to protect the sport and to provide some protection for players by regulating Managers and Agents. The consultation ends on 10th January 2015 and the DRA together with the PDC and PDPA will consider the returns from the consultation. It is intended to implement the Managers/Agents Regulations for the start of the 2015 season. Click here to see the consultation letter. Click here to see the Proposed Managers/Agents Regulations.

DRA Rules

After consultation with the PDC and PDPA the DRA Rules have had a major review and have been revised and updated. This is to reflect changes in sport regulation and recent cases. The new rules will commence in January 2015. Click here to see the new DRA Rulebook with the changes highlighted in red.

Other Updates

1. Notification of referrals – e-mails to players or members The Disciplinary Committee have revised the notification process. There have been a number of instances where players have claimed not to receive e-mails or notifications sent to them by the DRA. In order to address this, the DRA will send an e-mail to the e-mail address that is registered with the PDPA and PDC. Notification of that a player has been referred will also be sent to the PDPA who will contact the player. Where a player or member is charged with an offence the notification will be considered served where an e-mail is sent to his or her registered e-mail address Please note that the responsibility rests with players and members to ensure that their contact details are up to date and accurately recorded with the PDC and PDPA. The DRA will notify the PDPA when a player is referred to the DRA. 2. The Discipline Process The new rules that come into force in January 2015 will speed up and make the disciplinary process more efficient. It allows for instant fines to be levied in simple cases where the rules have been breached, such as in cases where a player fails to mark or withdraws after entering a tournament. Please see the new rules where the process is clearly laid out. If a player or member is in receipt of a notification of a breach of the rules from the DRA it is important that the player or member responds within the time specified in the e-mail. An early response with explanation/apology is helpful when the Disciplinary Committee decide on the outcome. Lack of response can have an impact on the penalty that may be imposed. 3. Where a fine is levied by the Disciplinary Committee The new rules include that where a fine is not paid within the time allowed the Penalty will be increased by 50%. Failure to pay the fine by the due date without prior dispensation from the DRA may constitute a further offence. Should a player to pay the fine they may be immediately suspended from all DRA sanctioned events until the DRA Disciplinary Committee sits to hear the circumstances of the default. Once there has been a default, the player or member will not be eligible to enter any DRA sanctioned tournament merely upon the payment of any outstanding fine. 4. Players failing to complete a match There have been recent instances of players failing to complete matches. This appears to have been due to frustration on the part of players where they were not playing well. It needs to be made clear that this is not acceptable to other players, to the PDC, to the PDPA, to sponsors or to the betting industry. Although the motivation may be frustration it could be questioned as being match fixing and have an impact on other players rankings and their qualification for tournaments. Where a player does not complete a match they will be referred to the DRA for a breach of DRA rules. It is essential that players compete to the best of their ability at all times and complete matches they are engaged in. 5. Use of social networking sites There have been recent well publicised issues surrounding the use of twitter, facebook and other social networking sites. Players need to act responsibly when using these sites and remember that these are public forums. Inappropriate comments posted relating to other players or various organisations could be seen as harming the reputation of the sport and could lead to a referral to the DRA. The DRA monitor social networking sites and posts that appear to breach the DRA Rules will be dealt with through the disciplinary process. Click here to see the DRA Social Media Guidelines.

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16th August 2011

As the Chair of the DRA I believe that it may be helpful to periodically notify players of the current view taken by the DRA on historic and emerging issues. Since I have taken on the role there are a number of issues that might benefit from such a notification. 1. Notification of referrals, letters and e-mails to players or members There have been a number of instances where players have claimed not to receive e-mails or notifications sent to them by the DRA. In order to address this, the DRA will send an e-mail to the e-mail address that is registered with the PDPA and PDC. Notification of that a player has been referred will also be sent to the PDPA who will contact the player. A letter will also be sent to the address registered by the player with the PDPA and PDC. Where a player or member is charged with an offence the notification will be considered served where an e-mail is sent to his or her registered e-mail address or a letter to their registered address. Please note that the responsibility rests with players and members to ensure that their contact details are up to date and accurately recorded with the PDC and PDPA. The DRA will notify the PDPA when a player is referred to the DRA. 2. The Discipline Process The members of the DRA Disciplinary Committee are keen to speed up the process of discipline and where there is an allegation of the breach of the DRA rules, once the necessary facts have been established the player or member will have 14 days to respond, shortly after which the DRA Disciplinary Committee will hold a hearing to deal with the allegation. If a player or member is in receipt of a notification of a breach of the rules from the DRA it is important that the player or member responds within the time specified in the letter. An early response with explanation/apology is helpful when the Disciplinary Committee decide on the outcome. Lack of response can affect the penalty that may be imposed. 3. Where a fine is levied by the Disciplinary Committee If the fine is not paid within the time allowed the Penalty will be increased by 50%. Failure to pay the fine by the due date without prior dispensation from the DRA may constitute a further offence. Should a player or member fail to pay the fine they may be immediately suspended from all DRA sanctioned events until the DRA Disciplinary Committee sits to hear the circumstances of the default. Once there has been a default, the player or member will not be eligible to enter any DRA sanctioned tournament merely upon the payment of any outstanding fine. 4. Players failing to complete a match There have been recent instances of players failing to complete matches. This appears to have been due to frustration on the part of players where they were not playing well. It needs to be made clear that this is not acceptable to other players, to the PDC, to the PDPA, to sponsors or to the betting industry. Although the motivation may be frustration it could be questioned as being match fixing and have an impact on other players rankings and their qualification for tournaments. Where a player does not complete a match they will be referred to the DRA for a breach of DRA rules. It is essential that players compete to the best of their ability at all times and complete matches they are engaged in. 5. Use of social networking sites There have been recent well publicised issues surrounding the use of twitter, facebook and other social networking sites. Players need to act responsibly when using these sites and remember that these are public forums. Inappropriate comments posted relating to other players or various organisations could be seen as harming the reputation of the sport and could lead to a referral to the DRA. Nigel Mawer Chair of the Darts Regulation Authority