WFDF and PDGA Sign Memorandum of Understanding and PDGA Reinstated as a WFDF Disc Sport Organizational Member
04 February 2014
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) and the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to renew cooperation between the organizations in organizing and promoting the development of Disc Golf activities internationally. The agreement was signed last week by WFDF President Robert L. “Nob” Rauch and PDGA Executive Director Brian J. Graham after approval by their respective Boards of Directors. As part of the agreement, the PDGA will be reinstated as WFDF Disc Sport Organisational member, regaining its status as a charter member of WFDF going back to its formation in 1985.
Read more: WFDF and PDGA Sign Memorandum of Understanding and PDGA Reinstated as a WFDF Disc Sport Organizational Member
Team USA and Flying Disc wins “Team of the Year” award by International World Games Association
02 February 2014
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the International World Games Association (IWGA) has named Team USA as the “Team of the Year” for its performance in the 2013 Flying Disc competition. Team USA had secured the Gold Medal for the mixed gender Ultimate event in the 2013 World Games for a third consecutive time, also winning in the World Games in 2009 in Kaohsiung (TPE) and in 2005 in Duisburg (GER). Team USA had bested Australia in last year’s championship finals in Cali, Colombia.
Read more: Team USA and Flying Disc wins “Team of the Year” award by International World Games Association
WFDF Congress approves Argentina as regular national member
29 January 2014
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Congress has accepted the Asociación de Deportes con Disco Volador de la República Argentina (ADDVRA) as regular national member association of the World Flying Disc Federation.
“We are pleased to welcome Argentina as a full regular member of WFDF and view it as furthering the development of Flying Disc sports in South America,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
Read more: WFDF Congress approves Argentina as regular national member
WFDF Call for Sanctioned Event Bids – WFDF 2015 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships (WU23)
27 January 2014
WFDF’s Ultimate Committee and Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the following upcoming sanctioned event:
- WFDF 2015 World Under-23 Ultimate Championship (WU23)
Applicants are requested to inform WFDF on their intention to bid no later than March 15, 2014. The deadline for submitting completed bids for WU23 is April 30, 2014, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than June 30, 2014.
Read more: WFDF Call for Sanctioned Event Bids – WFDF 2015 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships (WU23)
WFDF introduces “Real Winner” online educational tool, will require participation of a limited number of competitors in 2014 WJUC and WUCC
26 January 2014
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), in a move to enhance its Anti-Doping educational efforts for athletes participating in the 2014 World Championships, has contracted with the “Real Winner” educational Anti-Doping online tool. WFDF is going to use the tool to educate a limited number of athletes competing in the 2014 WFDF World Junior Ultimate Championships and the WFDF World Ultimate Club Championships in Lecco, Italy. Three athletes from each team in the WUCC and WJUC events (including their captain) will be required to complete the Real Winner education course prior to the events. Information will be sent separately to participating teams over the next month.
Read more: WFDF introduces “Real Winner” online educational tool, will require participation of a limited number of competitors in 2014 WJUC and WUCC
WFDF Call for Sanctioned Ultimate Event Bids – 2015 PAUC and AOUC
18 January 2014
WFDF’s Ultimate Committee and Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organizers for two upcoming sanctioned events.
• WFDF Asian-Oceanic Ultimate Championship 2015 (AOUC)
• WFDF PanAmerican Ultimate Championship 2015 (PAUC)
The last Continental events were the 2013 Continental Club Championships (as opposed to national teams events) held in Singapore (AOUCC) and Brazil (PAUCC), respectively. The AOUC and PAUC are held on a quadrennial basis alternating with the AOUCC and PAUCC.
Read more: WFDF Call for Sanctioned Ultimate Event Bids – 2015 PAUC and AOUC
WFDF appoints Karina Woldt as its first Event Manager
16 January 2014
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to welcome Karina Woldt as WFDF Event Manager, a new part-time paid staff position. Karina, 33, an Australian national, will begin work immediately out of the city of Hannover, Germany, where she currently lives with her family, as the newest addition to WFDF’s virtual global office. WFDF’s administrative staff is led by Executive Director Volker Bernardi headquartered in Harxheim, Germany (near Frankfurt), and includes Daniel "Stork" Roddick, who serves part-time as WFDF Senior Advisor and World Record Keeper out of Pasadena CA, USA. WFDF is legally incorporated in the state of Colorado, USA.
Read more: WFDF appoints Karina Woldt as its first Event Manager
WFDF Working Group on Indoor Ultimate rules and events established
11 January 2014
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that a Working Group on Indoor Ultimate events and rules was established by the Board of Directors during their last meeting.
The group is composed of experts on the field of Indoor Ultimate WFDF member associations from three continents as follows.
Read more: WFDF Working Group on Indoor Ultimate rules and events established
Team USA nominated by World Games for the “Team of the Year” award 2013 – vote open for all supporters through 31 January
09 January 2014
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Mixed Team from the USA has been nominated by the International World Games Association (IWGA) as a candidate for the 2013 “Team of the Year” award. The announcement was made by IWGA earlier this week underlining that “everybody can support their athletes in the public vote for the Athlete and Team of the Year awards and in particular for the teams as far as Flying Disc is concerned.” This is the first time such awards will be made.
Read more: Team USA nominated by World Games for the “Team of the Year” award 2013 – vote open for all supporters through 31 January
WFDF 2013 Elections Results Announced
22 December 2013
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) today has announced the results of its 2013 elections. The WFDF Member Associations voted on open positions on the Board of Directors and on the Ultimate Committee to serve from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015.
WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch commented: “We are very pleased about the election of this extremely qualified slate of candidates. We also are excited to be having our first independent (non-disc sports related) board member – Vincent Gaillard – join us at this important juncture in WFDF’s history, having received provisional Recognition by the IOC in May. We also want to thank outgoing board members Kate Bergeron, who served as a board member since 2007, for all of her contributions and Simon Hill, having served as Ultimate Committee chair since early 2011.”
Read more: WFDF 2013 Elections Results Announced
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Latest WFDF Communiques
22 July 2014 - Official Communication
The WFDF 2014 World Junior Ultimate Championships are under way in Lecco, Lombardy, Italy from 20-26 July 2014.
The daily newsletter provides recaps, results, special information and forecasts from the event.
The daily newsletter - Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - material from Skyd Magazine.
17 July 2014 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that it has published 2014 annual census of its member associations. The census, which has been done continually since 2002, reports that there were 145,592 athletes who were members of the 60 disc sports associations in 56 countries that are members of WFDF. Of the total, 29% are women, 16% are under 19, and 16% are over 35.
16 July 2014 - Official Communication
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.
25 June 2014 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that USA Ultimate (USAU) was recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on 10 June 2014 as a USOC Recognized Sport Organization.
“We are extremely excited to hear the news about the formal recognition of USA Ultimate, WFDF’s largest member association, by the United States Olympic Committee,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “This is an important acknowledgement of the successful role USAU plays in organizing the entire gamut of Ultimate events in the US from elite competition to grass roots development. It is also another confirmation from the Olympic Movement that our focus on ‘spirit of the game’ is seen as a selling point and not a hindrance to acceptance in the world of sport.”
18 June 2014 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the updated Appendix to the Rules of Ultimate is released. The Appendix incorporates the recommendations that were made regarding Game Advisors as part of the Interim Report of the WFDF Spirit of the Game (SOTG) Task Force.
This Interim Report was released, along with the Final Report, on June 4. The Final Report included additional recommendations regarding the role of Game Advisors, and these additional recommendations, if approved by Congress at Lecco in August, will be considered for future updates.
18 June 2014 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Japan Flying Disc Association (JFDA) was approved by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) on 9 June 2014 as a JOC-recognized organization.
“We are extremely pleased about this news from Asia about the formal recognition of our largest member association on the continent by the Japanese Olympic Committee,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
05 June 2014 - Official Communication
WFDF’s Board of Directors and Ultimate Committee are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the WFDF 2015 Asia-Oceanic Guts Club Championships (AOGCC).
The AOGCC 2015 will be the first ever Club Championships in the Asian-Oceania region for the flying disc sport of Guts. The event is expected to be held bi-annually and is comprised of club teams competing in the Guts divisions.
04 June 2014 - Official Communication
Interim recommendations already adopted for implementation at WUCC, other proposals to be reviewed at Congress
WFDF is pleased to announce that the final report and recommendations of the Spirit of the Game (SOTG) Task Force have been approved by its Board of Directors and now are published for review by the Flying Disc community under this link to the final report and recommendations.
“We are extremely pleased to publish this final report of the SOTG Task Force, which received unanimous support by the Board of Directors. It is the culmination of nearly nine months of work by all of the members of the task force in evaluating some difficult and, at times, contentious topics,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “The task force was led by Rueben Berg who organized the discussions clearly and kept the group very focused over the entire period. I am pleased with the result and believe that the revisions which are to be introduced in two phases have achieved our stated objectives.”
03 June 2014 - Official Communication
WFDF had established its first ever Athletes’ Commission with elections held during the WUGC 2012 in Sakai, Japan. As the initial term of the Commission members comes to an end in 2014 during World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC), WFDF is now putting out a new call for nominations for the Athletes’ Commission to be voted on by the participating athletes at the WFDF 2014 WUCC in Lecco, Italy.
The WFDF Athletes’ Commission was established to promote open communication with, and solicit feedback from, current elite flying disc athletes, and give them a formal role in the decision-making process of WFDF. The WFDF Athletes’ Commission has as its main focus the issues facing athletes in the sport of Ultimate, as this is our largest disc sport constituency and the one that is involved in the World Games.
02 June 2014 - Official Communication
WFDF’s Board of Directors and Ultimate Committee are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate & Guts Championships (WUGC).
The WUGC is the premier world championship event for the flying disc disciplines of Ultimate and Guts. The event is held every four years and is comprised of national teams competing in Ultimate in the Open, Women’s, Mixed, Open Masters, Women’s Masters divisions, and in Guts. The event was first held in 1983 in Gothenburg Sweden and was most recently held in 2012 Sakai, Japan.
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