Provincial playdowns are played each year so players can earn a spot on Team Nova Scotia to represent Nova Scotia at the National Championships. The team consists of 8 women and 8 men. They travel to the National Championships in June.
The process starts in January with Regional playoffs in each of the four (4) regions (Central, Fundy, Valley and Cape Breton) on 3 different weekends in January. Players may compete in any region regardless of where they live but can only compete in one (1) region. Players are ranked in their region based on their results from the playoff. The number of players qualifying for Provincials from each region is based on the number of players participating in a division and the total number of players participating in all four (4) combined.
Provincials are played in late March and happens over two (2) days. The first day players are seeded into divisions based on their regional results. After round robin play concludes the top twenty-four (24) men and women advance to the second day. Points are carried forward which were earned from the players advancing and they play the remaining players. The second round starts on Saturday and concludes on the Sunday. The top eight (8) women and the top eight (8) men make up Team Nova Scotia. Ties for the eighth position and the alternate position will be broken on the dartboard.