WFDF 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) Opens
01 August 2016
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) began today in Wroclaw with an opening ceremony and showcase game taking place at the Polemarsowe Fields in front of a thousand enthusiastic local and international spectators.
A total of 988 athletes representing 49 teams from 29 countries playing the sport of Ultimate will contest the Men’s and Women’s divisions at WJUC. The event runs from today, July 31st, through August 6th, 2016. The Tournament brings together the best U20 players from in the world, with 640 young men and 348 young women athletes. The week long competition will culminate in the finals to be played on August 6th at 11am (Women’s) and 1pm (Men’s).
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.
WFDF announces host of the WFDF 2017 All Africa Ultimate Club Championships, Nairobi, Kenya
07 July 2016
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.
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.
WFDF announces host of the WFDF 2018 World Masters Ultimate Club Championships to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba - Canada
04 July 2016
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.
Road to Wroclaw 2017: WFDF announces national teams qualifying for the World Games Ultimate event
29 June 2016
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.
WFDF announces results of elections to the Athletes’ Commission
28 June 2016
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.
Final call for nominations for WFDF Athletes` Commission elections 2016
31 May 2016
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.
WFDF Development Grants Program - 2016 Call for Applications
31 May 2016
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$24,000, US$5,000 is budgeted for individual grants to the community, with individual grants limited to no more than US$1,500 each. WFDF also hopes to expand this year its disc missionary program, providing discs to travelers to areas with limited disc activity.
Slovak Association of Frisbee achieves recognition by the Slovak Olympic Committee as full member
30 May 2016
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Slovak Association of Frisbee (SAF) was accepted as a full member of the Slovak Olympic Committee (SOC). The SAF membership was accepted during the 49th general assembly of SOC on 22nd April 2016, per the notice provided by SAF Secretary General Martin Keseg to WFDF.
“We are excited to announce this great news for the Flying Disc community in Slovakia and all friends of our sport around the globe,” stated Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President. “This full recognition comes as we prepare for the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships taking place next month in London where, we are sure, Slovakia’s athletes will perform well.”
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to present its call for development grants applications for 2017. In 2017 a total of US$ 24,000 has been budgeted for development projects including the WFDF coaching clinics and other projects. The individual disc community grants program constitutes approximately 25% of the development budget, with individual grants limited to no more than US,500 each. WFDF also plans to expand this year its disc missionary program, providing discs to travelers to areas with limited disc activity. The deadline for the submission of grant applications 23 April 2017 with the first disbursements expected in June 2017.
Today the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) released its updated list for 2016 of average Spirit of the Game scores by country. Intended to accompany the recently updated WFDF World Ultimate Rankings, this list takes into account scores received by all teams attending recent WFDF World Championships and Continental Championships for Ultimate over the past three years, including the Spirit scores from the 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships in London and World Junior Ultimate Championships in Wroclaw. The full list by country in alphabetical order follows here.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has reached a cooperation Agreement with the Olympic Channel to collaborate on content. Together with the World Air Sports Federation and World Bowling, WFDF joins the 36 other International Federations (IFs) and IOC Recognised Sports Federations who have previously announced similar agreements with the Olympic Channel this year.
“The Olympic Channel is dedicated to promoting all sports and athletes within the Olympic Movement,” said Mark Parkman, General Manager of the Olympic Channel. “As we look ahead to 2017, we are excited to work with air sports, bowling and flying disc to promote their sports and to help grow their audiences worldwide.”
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) today has announced the results of its 2016 elections. The WFDF Member Associations voted on open positions on the Board of Directors and on the Ultimate Committee to serve from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018.
“We are pleased to see the high caliber of our elected board be maintained in this latest election,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “I am honored to receive the support of our Members and to receive their trust to serve another two year term as WFDF’s President. I am also excited that we managed to increase the number of women on the Board to four out of fourteen, reflecting more closely the gender mix of our elite athletes globally. As does every International Sports Federation, we depend on the support of volunteers taking on roles and functions within our organization on various levels. I would like to use this opportunity to express gratitude for our team of volunteers for all their contributions, and to thank our staff for their ongoing efforts.”
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has selected VC Ultimate as Sponsor and Official Apparel / Merchandise Supplier for the period 2017-2018, renewing a relationship initially awarded in 2015. VC Ultimate, based in Toronto, Canada, will have the exclusive rights to develop and sell any and all official event merchandise and apparel for the WFDF’s world and continental championships over this period. In return, this partnership will provide benefits to the players and teams, event organizers and to WFDF. VC Ultimate will also work with WFDF to develop and market WFDF-branded gear to be sold through their Canadian, American and European online stores.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with Discraft Inc. as a WFDF Sponsor and Official Disc Supplier for the period 2017-2018, renewing the relationship which was first formalized in 2015. Discraft Inc., based in Michigan, USA, will also have the exclusive rights to produce “Official WFDF Ultimate Discs” during the term of this Agreement.
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that its Congress has accepted Bolivia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Uruguay as new WFDF member associations. With the acceptance of these four new national member associations, WFDF now has 71 member associations in 69 countries.
“After a thorough and multi-year development and evaluation process conducted by WFDF in close co-operation with the new member associations, the applications sent in by the BFDA, CFDA, RUFA and UFU were accepted by the WFDF Congress upon recommendation of the Board of Directors unanimously,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “I am extremely delighted about this announcement of the approval of these four new members, particularly given that we continue to grow on our emerging continents, with two new members in South America, one from Africa and another from Asia. This shows the great success of our development work including the coaching skills clinics and development grants which we allocate every year. We are looking forward to approving six more new members in the first half of 2017 as these are in close contact with us working on the approval process.”
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors, based on the recommendation of its Medical and Anti-Doping Committee (MADC), has approved a WFDF transgender athlete policy. “The chair of our Medical and Anti-Doping Committee and board member Dr. Jamie Nuwer guided us through the thorough evaluation process since the International Olympic Committee Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism in November 2015,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 World Team Disc Golf Championships (WTDGC 2017) will be played in the city of Colchester on the Classic Course at the University of Essex from Wednesday 23rd – Saturday 26th August, 2017. Located in southern England, Colchester hosted the 2012 European Disc Golf Championships and has been re-designed and re-equipped with new baskets for this event. Technical Director Charlie Mead has coordinated with the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and they have determined that the WTDGC 2017 will be a Major event. This will help bring interest from the top players in the world for points and rankings and also increase visibility among the community.