WFDF announces results of first ever Global Disc Sports Community Survey
16 July 2014
WFDF is pleased to announce that it has published a report of the results of the first ever Global Disc Sports Community survey, which was launched in February 2014. The 2014 survey was designed to gather input from athletes, coaches, administrators, tournament directors, and anyone else involved with disc sports from around the globe. The survey was conducted in February and March 2014 on www.surveymonkey.com and was open to anyone.
“WFDF had previously conducted surveys of its Member Associations in 2011-2013 but this was the first attempt to get input directly from the athletes and other members of the community,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch on the objective of the survey. “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. We thank everyone who participated.”
There were a total of 3,379 responses. This should be seen in the context of the 145,592 athletes represented by WFDF’s Member associations, or roughly a 2.3% participation rate. Of the respondents, 91% state that Ultimate is their primary disc sport, although 20% indicate they have also been actively involved with disc golf. Over 24% of respondents have participated in a World Championship event, while 29% participate at only local or regional events, and 40% travel outside their local community seven times or more a year. Not surprisingly, 56% of respondents are 17-23 years of age. Geographically, respondents came from 75 countries, with 21% residing in the US, 12% in Germany, 10% in the UK, 6% in Colombia, 5% in France, 4% in Canada, 4% in Poland, and 3% in Spain.
“In highlighting some of the opinion topics, we note that respondents gave reasonably high marks to the Championship events of WFDF, averaging “good” or “2” on a five point scale where “1” was excellent,” added Rauch on WFDF’s performance perception. “Events are the highest priority followed by the growth and development of the sport. And over 45% feel that Olympic Games’ participation is the highest or an extremely high priority. Respondents broadly think that the “professional” leagues in the USA are good for Ultimate but believe that the leagues should stick with existing rules and work with established associations governing Ultimate. There was strong agreement with the statements that ‘Ultimate is not ‘Ultimate’ without ‘spirit of the game’’ and that ‘being self-officiated is a great branding opportunity for Ultimate.’ In North America, less than 8% do not think that WFDF should experiment with Observers, while for respondents living in the rest of the world, 53% of players believe WFDF should experiment with Observers while38% disagree. With respect to the role of WFDF’s new Game Advisors, players in Canada and the USA are far more comfortable with a more active role in making and enforcing calls onfield than players elsewhere in the world. In any case there is a pretty consistent desire to see further synchronization between the WFDF and North American rules of Ultimate.”
Detailed summary results are provided in the published report which can be accessed here (link).
Latest WFDF Communiques
10 July 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to congratulate the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the organization. Disc Golf is the second largest discipline within the sport of "flying disc" and has been experiencing exponential growth in the last decade. To commemorate this special anniversary, we put together a video of many disc golf hall of famers and long time frisbee players wishing the PDGA a Happy Birthday. Enjoy!
The PDGA has posted a short history of the sport and its association which can be found on its website here or can be accessed for download in pdf form here.
07 July 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 All Africa Ultimate Club Championships (AAUCC 2017) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from Friday 2nd June to Sunday 4th June 2017 at the Kenya Science Campus of the University of Nairobi, with the championship games to be played at the Nyayo Stadium. AAUCC will contest the mixed division and expects 10-12 teams from around the Continent to participate.
05 July 2016 - Official Communication
Today the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) released an update to the World Ultimate Ranking list for WFDF member nations who have participated in major events over the past 4 years. This update reflects the recent results from the World Ultimate and Guts Championships, held from June 19 to 26 in London.
The full World Ranking is stored here.
04 July 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2018 World Masters Ultimate Club Championships (WMUCC 2018) will be staged in Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba, Canada from Sunday 29th July to Saturday 4th August, 2018 at Little Mountain Sportsplex and Independent Jewelers Ultimate Park. The tournament organizing committee (TOC), Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports, is a non-profit sports organization which has hosted the largest ever Canadian Ultimate Championships as well as several events annually with more than 50 teams in attendance.
29 June 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce the national teams qualifying for the Ultimate event in the 2017 IWGA World Games which will be held in the city of Wroclaw (POL) from 20 to 30 July 2017. Per the WFDF qualification system, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Poland, and the USA will participate in the IWGA Flying Disc Championship. WFDF’s qualification process is based on results across the mixed, mens’ and womens’ championships during the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships in London with the five top combined results together with the automatic host country bid.
Read the full Press Release including the World Games ranking here.
28 June 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 elections to its Athletes` Commission, where John McNaughton (AUS), Alison Smith (GBR) and Felix Angue (PHI) were chosen out of a field of five candidates. The election voters were the athletes participating in the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships that was concluded on Saturday 26 June in London. The three were chosen to serve on the Athletes’ Commission for a term running from 2016 to 2020.
31 May 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is proud to call for nominations for the 2016 WFDF Athletes` Commission elections to be held during the World Ultimate and Guts Championships 2016 in London.
Please refer to the information linked here on tasks of the Commission and conditions for nominations. Nominations must be sent to WFDF under ed(at)wfdf.org no later than 8 June 2016 and include a disc sport related CV.
31 May 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to present its final call for new grants applications for 2016. For 2016, out of a total development budget of US,000, US,000 is budgeted for individual grants to the community, with individual grants limited to no more than US,500 each. WFDF also hopes to expand this year its disc missionary program, providing discs to travelers to areas with limited disc activity.
30 May 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Slovak Association of Frisbee (SAF) was accepted as a full member of the Slovak Olympic Committee (SOC). The SAF membership was accepted during the 49th general assembly of SOC on 22nd April 2016, per the notice provided by SAF Secretary General Martin Keseg to WFDF.
“We are excited to announce this great news for the Flying Disc community in Slovakia and all friends of our sport around the globe,” stated Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President. “This full recognition comes as we prepare for the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships taking place next month in London where, we are sure, Slovakia’s athletes will perform well.”
13 April 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate, in association with BULA (WCBU 2017) will be held at Plage de la Grande Conche in Royan, France from Sunday, 18 June to Saturday, 24 June 2017. The French Flying Disc Federation (FFDF) will oversee the Tournament Organizing Committee made up of an experienced team from the local regional league “Flying Disc Poitou Charentes,” members of the FFDF, and local France Sport sponsors and partners.
WFDF Partners & Sponsors
worldflyingdisc @ Social Media
World Flying Disc Federation