George Haines

Name:  George Haines


Age:  54


Marital status:  Married


City:  Jim Thorpe, PA


Occupation:  Electronics Manufacturing


Tell us about the beginning of your interest in darts.  My Dad gave me a dart board for Christmas when I was 12.  I practiced at home when I was a kid and then shot in the bars when I was old enough but I didn’t shoot in any leagues though until I was in my late 20’s.


In which league(s) do you play?            Bux-Mont, Jim Thorpe-Nesquehoning, Bethlehem City


How far from home do you play?          10-20 miles.


How many days per week do you engage in darts?        About 5.  Even if it is just a little practice.


What kind of darts do you use: weight/ brand?  American wooden darts with steel tips and turkey feather flights – Apex, Darto, Widdy.


What other activity/sport do you participate in or watch?  Auto Racing & Tennis


What is the most annoying antic you see from other dart players?  The guys that complain that “somebody else” on the team lost the match for them.  It’s never their fault though (even when they are the one having the bad night).


Is league night too long, too short, just right?      Just right for me.


On which team(s) do you play?             Naceville Hotel, Nesquehoning Fire Co., Monocacy Sportsman’s Club


How do you pick a team to play on?  I’ve never really picked a team but you need to enjoy the company of the players on the team where you end up and I have been lucky as far as that goes.


Which other family members play? One brother shoots in a league and another brother shoots occasionally.  My Dad was a good player but he never shot competitively.


Tell us about conflicts darts create in home or work life?  You need to make the time in your schedule or you let down your team.  We all have conflicts from time to time but some players just seem to create their own problems.


What keeps you playing darts?  I just enjoy it so much and I have been doing it for so long that I wouldn’t know what to do without it.


What goals in darts do you have?           I still think I have my best high league average ahead of me yet!


What has been your best moment in darts?  That’s an easy question.  Winning the inaugural A.B.D.A. National Championship on the team “VIP Darts” with my friends Ed Kanick and the late B.J. Gerber.


What’s your advice to a newbie dart player?  Just try to relax and have a good time.  If you find out that you have some natural talent then take it as far as you can and still enjoy it.  Don’t let the bad times get the best of you!  Sooner or later the law of averages will come over in your favor!

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