Press Release * Official Communication
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 !
Fumio Morooka of WFDF elected as IWGA Executive Committee member
09 April 2014
The International World Games (IWGA) Annual General Meeting in Belek, Turkey, has elected WFDF Board member Fumio Morooka as member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Morooka was elected by the assembly to serve a four year term until 2018. During the same meeting, José Perurena Lopez (ICF – Canoeing) was elected as IWGA President, succeeding Ron Froehlich who had held the post for the last two dozen years. The balance of the Executive Committee of IWGA will consist of Max Bishop (FAI – Aeronautics) as Vice-President, Lukas Hinder (IDSF – Dance Sport) as Treasurer, and Board members Anna Arzhanova (CIMS – Subaquatics) and Tom Dielen (WA – World Archery).
Read more: Fumio Morooka of WFDF elected as IWGA Executive Committee member
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
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Latest WFDF Communiques
26 February 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), the international sports federation responsible for the governance of flying disc sports, is pleased to introduce its new logo and corporate identity. The decision to update the logo was made during the WFDF board’s strategic planning session in Toronto in November 2014 with the goal of modernizing the look of the organization and expressing its growth and development objectives. The new logo was designed with the support of WFDF’s new sponsor and merchandise and apparel partner, VC Ultimate, and was chosen by the board from several alternatives.
15 February 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC) will be held in London, United Kingdom. WUGC will be held from 18 to 25 June 2016 at the University College London (UCL) Sports Ground in St Albans. WFDF expects more than 2,000 athletes from some 35 countries to participate in the WUGC 2016 in five divisions of Ultimate (Open, Women’s, Mixed, Open Masters and Women’s Masters divisions) and one of Guts Frisbee.
03 February 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the updated Appendix to the Rules of Ultimate has been released.
“The Appendix has been revised to incorporate the recommendations that were made regarding Game Advisors as part of the Final Report of the WFDF Spirit of the Game (SOTG) Task Force. Further, a number of other smaller changes and additions are included,” commented WFDF Ultimate Rules Sub-Committee Chair Florian Pfender. “In addition to this, a separate appendix for Beach Ultimate was created to describe all required adaptations for play on sand.”
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.
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