Press Release * Official Communication
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
WFDF to establish Working Group on Indoor Ultimate rules and events
09 December 2013
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that a Working Group on Indoor Ultimate events and rules will be established by the Board of Directors and it requests nominations from its member associations for participation in the group.
“After having been approached by several member associations to assist in coordinating Indoor Ultimate activity, WFDF is establishing a working group to help organize this discipline,”commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “We are aware that Indoor Ultimate is growing, and our objective is to define a unified set of competition rules and event guidelines for Indoor Ultimate so that it can continue to grow with consistency across the globe.”
Indoor Ultimate is often played in cold weather countries during winter months and it features a smaller playing area, fewer players on each team, shorter stall count and a number of other variations from traditional Ultimate rules because of the limitations of indoor spaces. The Working Group will be composed of representatives from WFDF member countries where there are already Indoor events taking place. Nominations should be made by Member associations no later than 15 December 2013.
WFDF Launches a Development Grants Program to Support Projects by Member Associations or Individuals - Also establishes a Disc Missionary Program
26 November 2013
The WFDF is pleased to announce that it has established two new programs to support the global development of flying disc sports.
Under the Development Grants Program, funding will be provided to support worthy ideas brought to the board by Member Associations or individuals. For the purposes of the program, “development” is defined broadly, and could include the introduction of disc sports into new countries, the expansion of disc sports activity in developing countries, gender inclusion projects, programs for spirit of the game education, youth programs, coaches training, anti-doping education, etc. Grants will be for amounts up to US$1,500 including the value of discs that may be a part of the request, with most grants expected to be in the range of US$250-400. WFDF is also making available a Disc Missionary Program, where flying disc athletes travelling to areas where disc sports are not actively practiced may receive a package of 10 discs to distribute. The applicant must provide information about the trip and explain how they intend to introduce disc sports to a new population. Discraft has generously agreed to contribute the discs being made available under these programs.
Tomas Burvall appointed to the WFDF Board of Directors as Overall Chair, to serve out the remainder of the term of Jack Cooksey
25 November 2013
WFDF is pleased to announce that Tomas Burvall from Sweden has been approved by the WFDF Board of Directors as the new Chair of the Overall Committee, replacing Jack Cooksey (USA) with immediate effect. In serving for the remainder of Cooksey’s term which ends in December 2014, Burvall will also be a member of the Board of Directors until the next regular elections. Cooksey is stepping down due to increased work demands.
WFDF elections 2013 - list of candidates published
17 November 2013
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) today has released the list of the candidates for the 2013 elections.
The WFDF members will vote on positions on the Board of Directors and on the Ultimate Committee to serve from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015. The elections started on 15 November and will run through 15 December 2013, 24:00 hrs UTC.
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