World Flying Disc Federation

WFDF ready for the World Urban Games

13 September 2019

The World Flying Disc Federation and its athletes and officials are ready to commence the Flying Disc Freestyle competition at the inaugural World Urban Games (WUG), being held 13-15 September in Budapest. Freestyle Flying Disc is one of six competition sports to be featured, with the others being 3x3 Basketball, BMX freestyle, Breaking, Roller freestyle, and Parkour. The Games will take place at the Nagyvásártelep (Market Hall) in the south of Budapest, just 15 minutes from the city center. The whole area, originally built in the 1930s, is being regenerated specifically for the WUG.

With 24 athletes from nine countries in the competition, the Flying Disc discipline of Freestyle combines aspects of gymnastics and dance with the basic game of throw and catch, and it is one of the most artistic and technically-challenging disciplines in Flying Disc sport. Mixed gender teams of two athletes will perform choreographed routines consisting of throws and catches of varying degrees of difficulty, and moves such as air brushes, nail delays, and triple-spinning catches. Routines will be for three minutes in length and are evaluated by judges who base their scores on the difficulty, artistic impression, and execution of the routine. The team with the highest score wins (70 is a perfect score).

Much of the action will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel at http://www.olympicchannel.com. The schedule is as follows (all times UTC+2, or CET time):

  • Prelims: Sept. 13 — 14:45-17:15
  • Semi-finals: Sept. 14 —10:45-12:00
  • Finals: Sept. 14 — 16:00-16:45
  • Awards: Sept. 14 — 16:45-7:00

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Finland crowned winners at WFDF 2019 World Team Disc Golf Championships

10 September 2019

Finland defeated Germany 8-0to win the 2019 WFDF 2019 World Team Disc Golf Championships (WTDGC), which were held in Alutaguse, Estonia from 21-24 August 2019. Taking the gold medal had been the ambition for the Finnish team from the beginning of the event — they sent their strongest team and did not lose a match throughout the Championships.

Though the German team played well and pushed the Finns in the final round of games, they came up short but a silver medal was above their level of expectation coming into the event. Seeded seventh and in their first WTDGC, they outperformed all their opponents until this championship round.

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Freestyle teams announced for GAISF’s World Urban Games

04 September 2019

The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce the Freestyle athletes who will compete at the inaugural World Urban Games (WUG), to be held September 13-15 in Budapest. Freestyle Flying Disc is one of six competition sports to be featured, with the others being 3x3 Basketball, BMX freestyle, Breaking, Roller freestyle, and Parkour. The Games will take place at the Nagyvásártelep (Market Hall) in the south of Budapest, just 15 minutes from the city center. The whole area, originally built in the 1930s, is being regenerated specifically for the WUG.

In order to strike a balance of world regional talent, and to field top-quality teams for the WUG competition, the WFDF Freestyle Committee -- in consultation with the Freestyle Players Association -- used the following selection priorities: diversify freestyle athletes to represent as many countries as possible, emphasize youth, utilize the FPA competition rankings, and consider recent competitive success. For WUG, WFDF will featured a mixed gender pairs competition with 12 teams from 9 countries.

The qualifying athletes are:

1. Juliana Korver/Ryan Young (USA)

2. Emma Kahle/Daniel O’Neill (USA)

3. Bianca Strunz/Fabian Dinklage (GER)

4. Ilka Simon/Waldemar Wagner (GER)

5. Maxine Mittempergher/Edo Turri (ITA)

6. Anna Bragagnolo/Andrea Rimatori (ITA)

7. Joakim Arveskar/Vendella Arveskar (SWE)

8. Meirav Pinhas/Yuval Reikoren (ISR)

9. Benedicte Audet/Brett Schramek (CAN)

10. Marysia Ryszarda Krajewska/Kuba Radwanska (POL)

11. Sophie Rickers/Gordon Brown (GBR)

12. Paola Andrea Garcia Palaez/Pablo Azul (COL)

“The WFDF Freestyle community is ecstatic to have this opportunity to present their sport through the inaugural World Urban Games in Budapest,” said Kevin “Skippy Jammer” Givens, WFDF board member and chair of the Freestyle Committee. “Being able to present Freestyle in a multi-sport event has been a long time goal. We look forward to future opportunities for the growth of our sport that participating in this event will catalyze.”

“We are extremely pleased that the Flying Disc sport of Freestyle will be featured on GAISF’s World Urban Games programme as a competition sport,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “Freestyle is a youthful and modern sport which fits quite well in beautiful Budapest’s urban setting along the Danube. We are excited to showcase the skill and artistry of our athletes and are confident it will be an attractive event for both local spectators and social media audiences.”

WFDF has been promoting Freestyle this year leading up to the WUG. A group of ambassadors traveled to the island of Sal, Cape Verde, to introduce hundreds of young people to Flying Disc Freestyle through demos and workshops, as part of the inaugural African Beach Games, which took place from 14-23 June 2019.

Powered by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the World Urban Games is set to become the ultimate global showcase for a new generation of urban sports. The WUG is the ultimate celebration of new-generation sports forged by the spirit of youth. It is a showcase for the skill, style and power of the most inspirational urban athletes on the planet. The World Urban Games comprises a wide-ranging program of competitive and showcase urban sports complimented by a Festival of youth-focused music, art and culture. These multi-sport games will be held every two years and will feature a wide range of events.

Competitive Freestyle combines aspects of gymnastics and dance with the basic game of throw and catch, and it is one of the most artistic and technically-challenging disciplines in Flying Disc sport. Teams of two or three players perform choreographed routines consisting of throws and catches of varying degrees of difficulty, and moves such as air brushes, nail delays, and triple-spinning catches. Routines are typically three to five minutes in length and are evaluated by judges who base their scores on the difficulty (10), artistic impression (10), and execution (10) of the routine. The team with the highest score wins (30 is a perfect score).

   

WFDF 2019 World Team Disc Golf Championships open in Estonia

21 August 2019

The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2019 World Team Disc Golf Championships (WTDGC) opened today.  This third edition of the team disc golf championships is being held at Mäetaguse Disc Golf Park in Alutaguse, Estonia, with a participation of 17 countries over four days of competition. The nations represented are Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and the United States.

The WTDGC event will feature four divisions (Open, Women’s, Master’s and Junior) with teams consisting of a minimum of 6 players with a team having the option to bring up to 12 players. Teams will compete in multiple competition matchplay formats throughout the Event with each round including players seeded within their team. WFDF’s premier Disc Golf event includes 142 registered players with 102 contesting each match. A total number of 256 matches is played with 336 rounds on the front-nine eagle course and back-nine bear course, and 432 on the full 18

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WFDF presents results of Global Disc Sports Community Survey

16 August 2019

The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has published a report of the results of the third edition of the Global Disc Sports Community survey. The first one was launched in February 2014 and the survey was designed to gather input from athletes, coaches, administrators, tournament directors and anyone else involved with disc sports from around the globe, with the second edition executed in 2016. This recent survey was launched in June 2019 and responses were collected through 21 July 2019 and was open to anyone.

“WFDF thanks everyone who participated. This is very useful to our efforts to get input directly from the athletes and other members of the community,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “We wanted to gather demographic information about the disc sports community that could be used to support promotional efforts to further the sport, and to get input on a variety of topics that are currently being discussed.”

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