International Olympic Committee grants full recognition to the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF)
02 August 2015
WFDF is pleased to announce that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today has granted full recognition to the World Flying Disc Federation at its 128th Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Established in 1985 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the WFDF is composed of 62 national member associations on five continents. WFDF had received provisional recognition by the IOC in May 2013.
“The sport of Flying Disc has been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee today and WFDF is extremely honored and humbled by the decision and support shown by the IOC Session for our sport today. We are very thankful to the IOC membership, the Executive Board and its administration, in particular to the IOC Sport Department and staff, for their guidance and support during the period since WFDF was provisionally recognized by the IOC Executive Board in May 2013,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
“This is an incredible milestone in the 30 year history of WFDF and a further important step for our International Federation in the development of our sport worldwide. There could be no bigger anniversary present to WFDF, which was launched in August 1985, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the IOC as our partner in promoting Flying Disc sports around the globe. Since 2013, we have successfully implemented most of the recommendations made by the IOC promulgating best practices for a sport IF,” continued Rauch. “Since 2013, we have established Continental Associations on all continents, increased number of WFDF national member associations to 62 and the number of associations recognized by the National Olympic Committees to 11, focused on the development of organized activity in Africa, modified the WFDF governance structures to increase the influence of athletes in the decision-making process, and further supported the global growth of Flying Disc sport. Today’s decision will give a further boost to our efforts to increasing the presence of Flying Disc sports in all countries and on all continents.”
WFDF today represents 65 member associations in 62 countries and holds major World Championships in Ultimate Frisbee, Beach Ultimate, Guts, Disc Golf, Freestyle and Field events regularly in Open, Women`s and Mixed divisions of all age categories.
Picture: The IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur following the WFDF presentation video (IOC website screenshot - www.olympic.org).
WFDF’s Board of Directors and Ultimate Committee are pleased to announce that the WFDF 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA from Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st July 2018. The event will be held at the Lebanon Sports Complex, which has 28 full sized Ultimate fields, with the finals to be held at a local high school stadium. WUCC is the premier club championships event for the flying disc discipline of Ultimate. The event is held every four years and is comprised of city club teams who are endorsed by their National Federations. The 2018 WUCC will be comprised of Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions, with Masters Division competitions held separately for the first time.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced today that it had established an Advisory Council to assist its board and officers with the development of strategic policy initiatives. The six person Advisory Council is comprised of Vincent Gaillard, who will serve as chair, Peter Bayer, Val Belmonte, Mary-Clare Brennan, Jay Stuart, and Christian Wassmer.
WFDF is seeking enthusiastic, skilled and committed candidates for its 2016 Elections. Complete nominations must be received by the Nominating Committee by Friday, November 4, 2016. The target date for the start of the elections is November 15, 2016, with a targeted end date of December 15, 2016. Results should be announced by December 31, 2016 subject to confirmation of acceptance by elected candidates.
Will be forced to restrict registrations and team sizes despite 50% increase in expected capacity
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announces that it had received requests for bids to send teams to the 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) from an unprecedented and unexpected number of countries. After working with the local event organizers, the event capacity was able to be increased to 120 teams, but WFDF will still have to restrict registrations and team sizes for the event because of absolute capacity constraints. The WCBU will be held on the beaches of Royan, France, over the week of 18-24 June 2017.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced today that its board had appointed José Pires of France as interim chair of the Beach Ultimate Committee. He will also join the board and serve through December 2016. Pires replaces Patrick van der Valk, who had resigned for personal reasons. Pires, who had been the Deputy chair of the committee, does not intend to run for election in December and so the search for candidates for the next two-year term beginning 1 January 2017 has begun immediately.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has opened a closed tender process for establishing a multi‐year WFDF Official Disc Supplier and Sponsorship for the period from January 2017 through December 2018. This RFP is by invitation only and WFDF has invited the four companies that currently manufacture approved championship-level 175 gram Ultimate discs to be involved in the tender process. The selected company will receive the exclusive rights to produce “Official WFDF Ultimate Discs” for sale through merchandise channels and will be the supplier of the “Official Game Discs” during all WFDF Ultimate Championship events during this period, unless otherwise agreed.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it is putting out a request for proposal (RFP) for the WFDF Sponsor and Official Apparel/ Merchandise supplier partnership for the two year period from January 2017 through December 2018. The selected company will receive the exclusive opportunity to develop and sell any and all official event merchandise and apparel for the WFDF Ultimate Championship events during that period (with other WFDF disc sport events optional).
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC 2017) will be staged from Monday 24th – Saturday 29th July 2017 in the city of Basingstoke at the Down Grange Sports Complex in Great Britain.
“The successful bid came from the Basingstoke Disc Golf Club (BDGC) which was selected from four very strong bids coming from the European, North American and Asian regions, and was viewed favorably on the overall experience it offered to participants and its proximity to central Europe which meant it would attract many specialty disc golf and freestyler players from the Continent,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2018 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC 2018) will be staged in the city of Waterloo at RIM and Kiwanis Parks from Sunday 19th – Saturday 25th August, 2018. Located in the Greater Toronto Area, Waterloo is home to the third largest Ultimate league in Ontario, with 850 active members and an established youth league.
The tournament organizing committee (TOC) will be headed up by Andrew Portwine, who sits on the Ultimate Canada and the Ontario Ultimate Boards of Directors, and who has acted as Tournament Director for the Canadian University Ultimate Championships in 2011 and the Canadian Ultimate National Championships which hosted 86 teams in 2014. “The TOC will be comprised of many returning staff from past Canadian National events, bringing both experience and the skills to successfully host WJUC 2018,” said WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “We expect they will be able to put on a world class event that will properly showcase the talent and skill of our next generation of global competitors.”
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 Asia Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Club Championships (AOUGCC) will be staged in the city of Manila at the Ayala Alabang Country Club in the Philippines from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th of August 2017.
The successful bid came from the Philippine Flying Disc Association (PFDA) with a team headed up by Vice-President Karen Cabrera. The Tournament Organizing Committee (TOC) expects over 60 club teams from neighboring Asia and Oceania countries including Japan, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, India, and Australia to compete in the event. Ultimate divisions played will be the Men’s, Women’s, Mixed, Masters and Junior divisions, with this tournament also expecting to host 8 Guts teams.