Press Release * Official Communication
WFDF Congress approves Estonian Flying Disc Federation as regular member
05 April 2014
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Congress has approved the Estonian Flying Disc Federation (EFDF) as regular national member association of the World Flying Disc Federation. The acceptance of this new regular member stabilizes the WFDF membership at 60 member associations in 56 countries. “The Congress has admitted the member association from Estonia unanimously. Estonia has been a WFDF provisional member for several years and has previously participated in a WFDF sanctioned event".
Read more: WFDF Congress approves Estonian Flying Disc Federation as regular member
World Games Recognizes the USA Ultimate Team as IWGA "Team of the Year"
27 March 2014
The International World Games Association (IWGA) formally recognized the US National Ultimate Team as the 2013 “Team of the Year” during a special ceremony today at the IWGA headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO, USA. IWGA President Ron Froehlich and President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee William Hybl presented team member Ryan Farrell, team manager Byron Hicks, and USA Ultimate Chief Executive Officer Tom Crawford with the award.
Read more: World Games Recognizes the USA Ultimate Team as IWGA "Team of the Year"
New Rules Accreditation Requirements for 2014 WFDF-Sanctioned Ultimate Events Announced
22 March 2014
The WFDF Ultimate Committee and WFDF Ultimate Rules Sub-Committee are pleased to announce the new WFDF Rules Accreditation Requirements for WFDF-sanctioned Ultimate events in 2014, including both the World Juniors Ultimate Championships and the World Ultimate Club Championships. 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.”
Read more: New Rules Accreditation Requirements for 2014 WFDF-Sanctioned Ultimate Events Announced
WFDF SOTG Committee approves revisions to the Spirit Scoring System
07 March 2014
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Spirit of the Game (SOTG) Sub-Committee as well as the Ultimate Committee have approved a revision to the Spirit Scoring System as a result of the review that was begun last year. The change to the System involves the removal of the fifth question about self-reflection (“How was our spirit compared to the other team?”) and replaces it with a new Spirit category that was felt to be missing, communication. The five scoring categories are now: (1) Rules knowledge, (2) Fouls and body contact, (3) Fair-mindedness, (4) Positive attitude, and (5) Communication.
Read more: WFDF SOTG Committee approves revisions to the Spirit Scoring System
WFDF sanctions 2014 European Disc Golf Championships (EDGC)
07 March 2014
WFDF is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with the Association Championnats d’Europe de Disc Golf 2014 to sanction the 2014 European Disc Golf Championships (EDGC). The event will be held in the city of Geneva, Switzerland, from 20 to 23 August 2014, in the “Centre intercommunal des sports, loisirs et nature Des Evaux.” The bid was prepared and coordinated by Paul Francz & Boris Lazzarotto, representing the TOC for the event.
Read more: WFDF sanctions 2014 European Disc Golf Championships (EDGC)
BULA & WFDF 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
05 March 2014
WFDF is pleased to announce that Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will host the BULA & WFDF 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) from 8-13 March 2015. It will be the first time this premier Beach Ultimate competition for Ultimate Frisbee players will come to the Middle East. Over 1,000 athletes from 60 teams are expected to participate on the beach along Jumeirah Beach Residences.
Read more: BULA & WFDF 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WFDF publishes interim report of the Spirit of the Game Task Force
03 March 2014
WFDF is pleased to announce that the interim report of the Spirit of the Games Task Force has been published for review by the Flying Disc community under this link.
“We are pleased to publish this interim report in order to inform the Flying Disc community on the current status of the discussions of the task force, led by Rueben Berg,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “We hope to generate feedback and input for these discussions from WFDF members and athletes so that we can consider all points of view in a transparent decision making process.”
Read more: WFDF publishes interim report of the Spirit of the Game Task Force
WFDF launches first ever Global Disc Sports Community Survey
19 February 2014
WFDF is pleased to announce that it is launching the first ever Global Disc Sports Community Survey. This questionnaire has been designed to gather input from athletes, coaches, administrators, tournament directors, and anyone else involved with disc sports from around the globe. WFDF hopes to get as much participation as possible in this online survey, which can be found here.
The survey is open as of today and will close on Sunday, 16 March 2014.
Read more: WFDF launches first ever Global Disc Sports Community Survey
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
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Latest WFDF Communiques
31 May 2016 - Official Communication
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.
31 May 2016 - Official Communication
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,000, US,000 is budgeted for individual grants to the community, with individual grants limited to no more than US,500 each. WFDF also hopes to expand this year its disc missionary program, providing discs to travelers to areas with limited disc activity.
30 May 2016 - Official Communication
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.”
13 April 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate, in association with BULA (WCBU 2017) will be held at Plage de la Grande Conche in Royan, France from Sunday, 18 June to Saturday, 24 June 2017. The French Flying Disc Federation (FFDF) will oversee the Tournament Organizing Committee made up of an experienced team from the local regional league “Flying Disc Poitou Charentes,” members of the FFDF, and local France Sport sponsors and partners.
27 March 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that it has awarded a total of US,000 in development grants to be used to create and fortify Beach Ultimate leagues with six projects on four continents. WFDF had put out a call for applications in November 2015 for the 2016 Beach Ultimate development grant program with a focus on funding projects brought by member associations or individuals to start or grow local Beach Ultimate leagues.
25 March 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Charlie Mead of the United Kingdom as new WFDF Disc Golf Committee chair and Board member. The appointment comes as a replacement for outgoing Disc Golf Committee chair Michael Downes who stepped down from the position after the Professional Disc Golf Association (“PDGA”) terminated its memorandum of understanding and membership with WFDF effective 29 February 2016.
01 March 2016 - Official Communication
World Team Disc Golf Championship co-hosted by WFDF and PDGA will still be hosted in August 2016
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) announces that it is going to reorganize its Disc Golf Committee after the Professional Disc Golf Association (“PDGA”) gave notice it was officially terminating the Memorandum of Understanding previously signed on 27 January 2014 and not renewing its membership in WFDF, effective 29 January 2016. WFDF is in the process of reconstituting the WFDF Disc Golf Committee, which had been a joint committee designated by the PDGA, into one comprised of representatives of WFDF country members who oversee a multi-disciplinary association in order to properly manage disc golf activity within the context of WFDF’s Olympic Movement responsibilities.
24 February 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that it has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to secure funds for producing a world-class TV Broadcast production and comprehensive video streaming program of games during the 2016 WFDF World Ultimate and Guts Championships taking place in London, United Kingdom from 18 to 25 June 2016.
The campaign, which was launched today on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, is running through 23 March 2016 and aims to secure funding for deliverables such as 20+ free worldwide streaming games of ultimate (also available on free VOD), 10+ mini-documentaries to be shared for free online, a Broadcast of a two-hour feature program on a US sports network and the production of an event documentary.
16 February 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce a new partnership around Spirit of the Game (SotG) with Early Recognition Is Critical (E.R.I.C). E.R.I.C. is a nonprofit charitable organization that teaches youth about cancer symptom awareness and the importance of healthy living through its Ultimate Frisbee clinics. One of the biggest connections between cancer awareness and Ultimate is self-advocacy. E.R.I.C. teaches kids they need to speak up in a game if they get fouled, just as they need to speak up if they notice cancer-related symptoms.
28 January 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF’s Board of Directors and Ultimate Committee are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the WFDF 2018 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC). The WJUC is the premier world junior championship event for the flying disc discipline of Ultimate. The event is held bi-annually and is comprised of national teams competing in the Junior Uner-20 Men’s and the Junior Under-20 Women’s divisions. The event was most recently held in 2014 Lecco, Italy and will again be held this summer August, 2016 in Wroclaw Poland.
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