WFDF releases 2014 annual census of its member associations
17 July 2014
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.
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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.
Read more: WFDF announces results of first ever Global Disc Sports Community Survey
United States Olympic Committee recognises USA Ultimate
25 June 2014
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.”
Read more: United States Olympic Committee recognises USA Ultimate
WFDF releases updated Appendix to the Rules of Ultimate
18 June 2014
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.
Read more: WFDF releases updated Appendix to the Rules of Ultimate
Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) recognizes Japan Flying Disc Association (JFDA)
18 June 2014
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.
Read more: Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) recognizes Japan Flying Disc Association (JFDA)
WFDF Seeks Bids to Host WFDF 2015 Asia-Oceanic Guts Club Championships (AOGCC)
05 June 2014
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.
Read more: WFDF Seeks Bids to Host WFDF 2015 Asia-Oceanic Guts Club Championships (AOGCC)
WFDF Board of Directors approves final report and recommendations of Spirit of the Game Task Force
04 June 2014
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.”
Read more: WFDF Board of Directors approves final report and recommendations of Spirit of the Game Task Force
WFDF Athletes’ Commission elections 2014 – call for nominations
03 June 2014
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.
Read more: WFDF Athletes’ Commission elections 2014 – call for nominations
WFDF Seeks Bids to Host WFDF 2016 World Ultimate & Guts Championships
02 June 2014
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.
Read more: WFDF Seeks Bids to Host WFDF 2016 World Ultimate & Guts Championships
Pope Francis is introduced to Frisbee !
27 May 2014
Pope Francis is introduced to Frisbee! Andrew Hochstedler, an American expat who plays with the Turkish Ultimate Team “Türk Kasi,” recently met the Pope in connection with the 2015 Assisi Youth Conference in Rome and presented a disc to him. The artwork on the disc presented shows the name of the team which was founded and led by Brother Hochstedler. The picture shows Pope Francis with the disc that was presented (photo by Joel Perera).
Read more: Pope Francis is introduced to Frisbee !
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Latest WFDF Communiques
27 January 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has released the first ever World Ultimate Country Ranking list for WFDF member nations who have participated in major events over the past four years. The top ten countries per the new ranking system are: United States of America, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Japan, France, Colombia, Austria, and Italy. The rankings will be updated on a rolling four year basis based on performance in WFDF’s five major Ultimate World Championships.
27 January 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to pass on the news that the Beach Ultimate Lovers Association (BULA) has launched a totally redesigned website at beachultimate.org. BULA is a member of WFDF and is co-host of the upcoming BULA & WFDF World Championships of Beach Ultimate which will be held 8-13 March 2015 in Dubai.
21 January 2015 - Official Communication
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 2015-2016. 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 beginning with the WFDF World Under-23 Ultimate Championship this summer in London. 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.
12 January 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) has released its 2015 International Program Guide, which provides in-depth information on disc golf activities and protocol in all countries outside of the USA and Canada. In 2014, the 10th year of the PDGA’s International Program, there were 3,100+ International Members, 360+ sanctioned events, and 28 PDGA affiliated countries in Europe, Asia, and Oceania.
04 January 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) today has released its strategic plan for the period 2015-2018. This four-year strategic plan was developed by the members of the WFDF Board of Directors during its recent face-to-face meeting in Toronto after reviewing input from Member associations and 3,400 individual members of the disc community through a global questionnaire. This document spells out WFDF’s vision and values, its core strategies, and the tactics for achieving them.
18 December 2014 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) today has announced the results of its 2014 elections. The WFDF Member Associations voted on open positions on the Board of Directors and on the Ultimate Committee to serve from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016.
WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch commented: “We are particularly pleased about the interest and high participation of our member associations in this year`s election. The WFDF Board composition was confirmed as an extremely qualified and experienced slate of candidates for the upcoming period of two years.”
Read the full Press Release including biographies here.
18 December 2014 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) today announced the appointment of the Spirit of the Game Directors for the 2015 BULA & WFDF World Championships of Beach Ultimate (www.wcbu2015.org): Richard Moore from Australia will be the Spirit Director and Kate Barabanova from Russia will be the Assistant Spirit Director.
The highly anticipated event will be held 8-13 March 2015 in Dubai and will host over 1,000 athletes from 25 countries who will compete in the fully self-refereed team sport of Beach Ultimate. As for all flying disc sports, Spirit of the Game (SOTG) is the most important rule. It involves elements such as fair play, rules knowledge and the respect that players hold for one-another.
09 November 2014 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has officially recognized a new world record for the longest outdoor throw of a flying disc. On Saturday October 25, 2014, Germany’s Simon Lizotte threw the disc an incredible 263.2 meters (863.5 feet) while competing at the Fall Desert Wind Open Distance event in Primm, Nevada, USA. Lizotte’s throw flew the length of two and a half regulation football (soccer) pitches. Lizotte was using a 157g Innova Blizzard Boss disc and threw with a 17mph wind at his back, with the throw confirmed by a spotter using an approved distance finder.
29 October 2014 - Official Communication
WFDF announces that the Congress has revoked the regular membership of the Flying Disc Federation of India (FDFI) and subsequently approved the application from the Ultimate Players Association of India (UPAI) for regular membership.
“This has been a very difficult process as we of course wanted to give our incumbent member FDFI the most favorable opportunity to present their case,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
27 October 2014 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has conveyed on WFDF the status of an “IPC recognised International Federation (IF).” IPC Chief Executive Officer Xavier Gonzalez signed the letter confirming the approval of WFDF’s application sent last month outlining Wheelchair Ultimate activities in several countries including the USA, Canada, Germany and Japan.
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