WFDF Releases Revised Version of Official Ultimate Rules
30 November 2012
The WFDF Ultimate Rules Sub-Committee is pleased to release an updated version of the WFDF Rules of Ultimate for 2013.
This version will come into effect as of 1 January 2013. A number of changes have been made which are aimed at producing a better flow of play, fairer outcomes, a closer alignment with the USAU rules, as well as enabling self-refereed play to work as effectively as possible.
A variety of resources have been produced to help athletes and administrators to understand and learn the changes.
Read more: WFDF Releases Revised Version of Official Ultimate Rules
WFDF elections 2012 - list of candidates published
27 November 2012
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) today has released the list of the candidates for the 2012 elections. The WFDF members will vote on positions on the Board of Directors and on the Ultimate Committee to serve from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014. The elections start on 27 November and will run through 27 December 2012, 24:00 hrs UTC.
The following candidates have sent in nominations for the respective positions which are going to be elected during the 2012 elections:
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WFDF Board of Directors/Ultimate Committee Election Announcement 2012
02 November 2012
WFDF is seeking enthusiastic, skilled and committed candidates for its 2012 Board of Directors and Ultimate Committee Elections. Complete nominations must be received by the Nominating Committee by November 13, 2012.
Target date for the start of the elections is 27 November 2012 with a targeted end date of 27 December 2012. Results should be announced by December 31 2012 subject to confirmation of acceptance by elected candidates.
The following positions are open for election to two year terms to the Board of Directors or the Ultimate Committee. All terms will commence on 1 January 2013 and conclude on 31 December 2014.
Read more: WFDF Board of Directors/Ultimate Committee Election Announcement 2012
WFDF to Have First-Ever In-Person Board Meeting November 3-4
20 October 2012
The WFDF Board is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first ever in-person Board meeting on the weekend of November 3-4 at the Hilton Garden Inn at JFK Airport in New York. The primary focus of the meeting will be to discuss the elements of the organization’s strategic plan. All WFDF Members and players are invited to submit issues or suggest topics that might be considered by the board in their discussions.
Certain portions of the meeting will be moderated by Dr. David Barkan, a consultant specializing in facilitating strategic and collaborative group development and planning. David is also a long-time Ultimate player and thus has a particular appreciation for the issues facing disc sports.
Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President, stated: “While the board has met ten times a year by conference call over the last couple years, it is difficult to tackle the big picture issues without being in front of each other as a board. We have always tried to run the organization on a lean budget, but we feel that this will be an effective investment in WFDF’s future and we hope to make it a biannual event going forward.”
The national and organizational associations that comprise WFDF’s Membership meet annually at the Congress (most recently in July in Sakai Japan) but this will be the first full board meeting held in person.
Israeli National Girls’ Team at WFDF 2012 WJUC Achieves Milestone in World Sports Participation
23 August 2012
The young women’s team representing Israel at the recent WFDF World Juniors Ultimate Championship in Dublin, Ireland achieved a landmark for the sport of Ultimate and their country by fielding a team composed of both Arab and Jewish athletes. Prior teams at the World Junior Ultimate Championships had been comprised entirely of Jewish athletes. While other Israeli sports teams have occasionally had one or two Arab players on them, few Israeli teams have had this measure of balance. The Women’s Juniors (under-20) team was composed of 10 Jewish and 6 Arab players.
According to the Israeli team’s head coach, Miranda Roth Knowles, former Team USA World Champion player and Gold Medalist at the 2005 IWGA World Games, and current Director of Coaching for Ultimate Peace, “the team practices regularly, boasts numerous cross-cultural friendships, and prides itself on team unity, cohesion, and as being a sign of hope for co-existence. Interaction between these Arab and Jewish Israeli youth would be highly unlikely without involvement in this sport, since day to day Israeli life is mostly segregated.”
Read more: Israeli National Girls’ Team at WFDF 2012 WJUC Achieves Milestone in World Sports Participation
Call for bids - WFDF 2013 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC)
22 July 2012
WFDF’s Overall Events Chair Jack Cooksey and the Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the WFDF 2013 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC). The deadline for submitting completed bids for WOC 2013 is August 31 2012, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than September 30, 2012.
All potential bidders should notify WFDF of their intention to bid (no actual details required) by Friday, August 3, 2012.
Read more: Call for bids - WFDF 2013 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC)
WFDF announces elected members of the Athlete`s Commission
17 July 2012
The members of the Athlete`s Commission with WFDF President Robert "Nob" Rauch (right) and WFDF Executive Director Volker Bernardi (left): Ryan Purcell (RSA), Anna Haynes (AUS) and Matt Doyle (CAN) (from left to right).
WFDF is pleased to announce the results of the elections to the first ever WFDF Athlete`s Commission. Seven candidates from six countries stood for the elections to the Commission during WUGC 2012 in Sakai, Japan.
The elected members for the first term of office lasting two years are Anna Haynes (Australia), Ryan Purcell (South Africa) and Matt Doyle (Canada). The Athlete`s Commission will strengthen Athlete`s representation in the decision making process of WFDF.
Read more: WFDF announces elected members of the Athlete`s Commission
Panama accepted as a provisional WFDF member
02 February 2012
The Panama Ultimate Frisbee Association (Asociacion de Ultimate Frisbee de Panama, or AUFP) has been accepted as a WFDF provisional Member by an electronic vote of the WFDF Congress, approving their membership unanimously by the votes cast. WFDF now has a total of 56 members (39 full Members and 17 provisional members) in 54 countries.
Read more: Panama accepted as a provisional WFDF member
WFDF 2011 Election Results Announced
19 December 2011
The World Flying Disc Federation Nominating and Election Committee is pleased to announce the results of its 2011 elections. In uncontested elections as officers and board members, Thomas Griesbaum (GER) was elected as Secretary, Sandie Hammerly (USA) as Treasurer, and Simon Hill as Ultimate Committee Chair. Kate Bergeron (USA), Brian Gisel (CAN), and Michael Hu (TPE) were elected as at-large board members out of a field of five candidates. Also, all Ultimate Committee candidates were approved. All 37 WFDF members in good standing cast their votes in the election, which was tallied using the "Single Transferable Voting Mechanism."
Read more: WFDF 2011 Election Results Announced
WFDF 2012 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) host announced
07 December 2011
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced today that it has awarded the 2012 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) to the Tournament Organising Committee (TOC) headed by Dominick Smyth and authorised by the Irish Flying Disc Association (IFDA).
This bi-annual event will be hosted in the city of Dublin, Ireland, 12 – 18 August 2012. Upon the recommendation of the Ultimate Committee, the WFDF Board of Directors approved the bid from the IFDA during their latest meeting. The last WFDF WJUC event had been held in Heilbronn, Germany, in 2010.
Competitions will be held in two divisions: junior open and junior women’s at the Dublin City University (DCU). During the event the European U17 Championships is expected to be held at the same venue.
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Latest WFDF Communiques
07 May 2013 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Congress has accepted the Frisbee Sport Federation of Iceland (FSFI) as a regular national member association of the World Flying Disc Federation.
“The approval of Iceland as a full regular member shows the ongoing support of our member associations for recognizing new Flying Disc nations. Iceland has been a WFDF provisional member for several years before this upgrade and their membership status results in all Nordic countries now being WFDF regular member associations,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
22 April 2013 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has announced the bid allocation mechanism for the 2014 World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC). The event is going to be held in the city of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy.
As a principle, all countries get at least one bid for each division in which they sent at least one team at the previous edition of the WUCC, which was in Prague in 2010 (77 teams). Countries that finished in the top 10 of the open, women’s, mixed and masters divisions at the World Ultimate and Guts championship (WUGC) in 2012 get a bid for that division (38 teams). WFDF’s Regular Members who don’t have an automatic bid from the above two allocations get a single bid in the division of their choice (10 teams). Provisional Members who sent a team to WUCC 2010 get a single bid in the division of their choice (5 teams). Italy as host nation was awarded one additional single bid in the Masters division to allow at least one team in each division from the host country (1 team). For the Women’s Masters, there will be a single bid for each of six countries participating in WUGC 2012 plus 1 bid for each of Finland and Italy (8 teams). Additional quotas apply as per the table annexed to this release.
22 April 2013 - Official Communication
The Spirit of the Game Ultimate Sub-Committee of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has published a 4-game Spirit of the Game scoresheet. The sheet reduces paper use by 75% and simplifies the work for teams and administrators by displaying four games on one sheet.
The new scoresheet can be found here. WFDF believes that an important part of maintaining and promoting good spirit of the game is by providing direct feedback, and we encourage the collection of spirit scores at the end of each game and the awarding of a spirit prize at the end of all Ultimate tournaments.
15 April 2013 - Official Communication
WFDF’s Ultimate Committee and Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the WFDF 2014 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC).
The deadline for submitting completed bids for WJUC 2014 is 30 June 2013, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than end of August 2013. All potential bidders should notify WFDF of their intention to submit a bid (no actual details required) by 15 May 2013.
12 April 2013 - Official Communication
The WFDF Ultimate Committee is pleased to announce new WFDF Rules Accreditation Requirements for WFDF-sanctioned Ultimate events. The requirements, which will stipulate specified minimums of players on each team roster that are rules certified, will be introduced for all Ultimate events in 2013. As a self-officiated sport, the objective of this accreditation is to ensure that all players are fully versed in the rules to ensure that there is no confusion on playing within the “spirit of the game.” Full details regarding the Rules Accreditation Process are available from each specific event website and from the Accreditation section of the official Rules of Ultimate website: http://rules.wfdf.org.
07 April 2013 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation has announced that the 2013 WFDF Congress will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 July 2013, in conjunction with the WFDF 2013 World Under-23 Championships in Toronto, Canada. Per the WFDF Bylaws (article III, Section 5.1) any Member wishing to submit a motion for consideration at the meeting must do so not less than 75 days prior to the date of the meeting. Therefore, the deadline for members to submit items for consideration is 6 May 2013.
21 March 2013 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2013 Pan-American Ultimate Club Championships (PAUCC) will be hosted in the city of Aguas de Lindóia City – São Paulo, Brazil. The event will be held from November 14-17, 2013 at the facilities at the Oscar Inn Eco Resort which can accommodate nine Ultimate fields. PAUCC 2013 expects 30 teams in three divisions of competition: open, women's and mixed. The finals will be staged in the main stadium of the city of Aguas de Lindóia City on November 17, 2013.
"WFDF is pleased to host our Pan-American Ultimate event this year in Brazil, especially with it being such an important sports market in the next several years with the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016,” stated WFDF President Robert "Nob" Rauch. “We look to showcase top Ultimate competition in the region and promote our sport not only in Brazil but in neighboring countries with their fast-growing disc sports communities.”
20 March 2013 - Official Communication
Agreement is part of USA Ultimate’s comprehensive package that features coverage of USAU’s College Championships and National Championships.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), the international governing body for all flying disc sports, and USA Ultimate (USAU), the national governing body for the sport of Ultimate in the United States, announced today a broadcast partnership with ESPN to produce and air the 2013 U.S. Open Ultimate Championships, which is being co-hosted by WFDF and USAU. The agreement is part of USAU’s comprehensive package that also includes coverage of USA Ultimate College Championships and National Championships. ESPN will produce and distribute live coverage of the US Open on ESPN3, ESPN’s live online sports network accessible throughout the USA and in 10 Latin American countries, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. All of this professionally produced programming will be available on the USAU website 30 days following the live broadcasts, making them free and accessible worldwide.
17 March 2013 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that the Congress has approved the Uganda Ultimate Frisbee Association (UUFA) as a full National Member association. The Portuguese Association of Ultimate and Disc Sports (APUDD) was also upgraded from Provisional member to full National Member association. The acceptance of these two new regular members brings the WFDF membership to 58 member associations in 55 countries.
“We are excited to see both of these associations approved for full National Membership. We are particularly pleased to accept a new member from the African continent where there has been a growing interest in disc sports,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “And, of course, it is gratifying to see the progress that has been made in Portugal in the three years since they were first accepted as a Provisional Member.”
“The newly established WFDF Sport for All and Development Commission will provide guidance and support for all disc sports group in countries that have yet to become members as we encourage them to consider WFDF membership. I welcome President Alex Matovu from UUFA in Uganda as a member of this Commission and am certain he will be focused on supporting his disc sport neighbors in Africa.”
15 March 2013 - Press Release
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), in an effort to enhance its governance procedures and to get input from leading disc sport experts from around the globe in several key areas, announced today the creation and composition of four new Commissions: Sport for All and Development, Athletes’ Entourage, Ethics, and Youth and Sport. Together with the Athletes’ Commission and Women in Sport Commission that were previously established, this brings WFDF into full compliance with the institutional framework for best practices outlined by the International Olympic Committee for international sports federations.
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