All PDPA/PDC players are governed by the DRA: An annual Fee is required by each player to be able to continue to play in DRA sanctioned events.
DRA Sanction Fee:
All PDPA Members must pay an annual fee to the DRA (DRA Sanction Fee) for 2018 this DRA Fee will be £50:
To pay this fee for 2018 please: CLICK HERE and pick the £50 PayPal button on the list (3rd one down) you will receive an automated receipt to your email address, we will be informed this has been paid. Please note this is a requirement and you will not be able to play in any DRA sanctioned events until this is paid.
If you have played in the World Championship or entered the PDC Q-School, this fee will have already been paid.
Details of The DRA Fee:
Dear PDPA Member
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.
After discussions with the PDC and the PDPA we have decided to licence PDPA Members. This means that when you are playing in any event or exhibition you will be subject to DRA rules. The DRA are also planning to licence Managers and Agents and to sanction events.
This means that all licensed Managers and Agents will be subject to DRA rules and all sanctioned events will be able to use the DRA discipline process.
It is important that a professional sport is governed to ensure that it is recognised as a properly regulated and corruption free sport. This is essential to keep the interest of TV and sponsors that have enabled the prize money and your potential earnings to increase year-on-year.
The governance of the sport comes at a cost. In order to cover the costs of the licencing of members there will be a £50 annual fee levied on all PDPA members per season. This means that you will be a DRA Licenced Player and this will be a condition of your participation in PDC events.
There have been a lot of developments in the sport over the past three years. The number of events has increased. Next year there will be the new Challenge Tour to add to the number of events that are overseen by the DRA.
There has been a marked increase in the number of cases dealt with by the DRA. This means that the process has needed to be quicker and most cases are now dealt with in 3-4 weeks. We have developed an association between the DRA and Sport Resolutions UK, the independent dispute resolution service for sport in the UK: all hearings are now conducted at their offices in central London.
It has become clear to us that the rules need to be overhauled and improved to reflect a modern sport. This includes a more comprehensive section on betting and insider information, the identification and creation of new offences under the rules to deal with such matters as late withdrawal from events.
Failing to mark or comply with media requests, and late attendance at events. We see the need for the creation of a fast track process for dealing with minor offences or where an offence is admitted by a player.
We will develop these changes in conjunction with the PDC and the PDPA and ensure that you are aware of the agreed changes.
The DRA perform an important and necessary role in professional darts. The modern professional approach exercised by the PDC’s rapid expansion of the sport has to be mirrored in the professionalism of the sport’s governing body.
Chair of the Darts Regulation Authority