Global Cooperation and Promotion of Spirit of the Game in Ultimate is Spreading
17 January 2013
Ultimate is growing quickly all around the world, and fair play, which is called Spirit of the Game within Ultimate circles, is an integral part of the sport. In fact, Spirit of the Game (SOTG) is highlighted in the application that the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) sent to the IOCrequesting to become a recognized international sports federation. Spirit of the Game committees with ties to the WFDF SOTG committee have been popping up all across the globe, many of them in the last couple of years. The SOTG Subcommittee provides an update.
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FPA Freestyle World Championships 2012 - Results of the event in Riccione (Italy) held on 2-5 August
18 August 2012
The Freestyle Player Association (FPA) World Championships 2012 were held from August 2 to 5 in Riccione (Italy). A total number of 67 players from 10 countries (USA, ITA, SWE, GER, SUI, HUN, CZE, GBR, JPN, COL) competed in event. Spectators were given four days of flying disc choreographed routines, amazing tricks and breathtaking moves between 2 - 5 August on the beach of Riccione (near Rimini) in Italy and, as always, the Adriatic Sea coastline continues to be an ideal setting for the premier freestyle disc event (and many Paganello tournaments).
Teams from the USA won the gold medal in the Women`s Pairs, Mixed Pairs and Open Co-Op competition whilst host country Italy took the gold in the coveted Open Pairs event. Lori Daniels and Emma Kahle (both USA) were the winners of the Women`s Pairs Final, whilst Clay Collera and Andrea Dini (both Italy) claimed the title in the Open Pairs event. Charlene Powell and Mike Galloupe (both USA) won the Mixed Pairs Final and Paul Kenny, Daniel O`Neill and James Wiseman (all USA) are the new World Champions in the Open Co-Op Final.
Read more: FPA Freestyle World Championships 2012 - Results of the event in Riccione (Italy) held on 2-5 August
World Flying Disc Federation Releases Spirit Scores from 2012 World Ultimate Championships
10 August 2012
The World Flying Disc Federation today released 2012 World Ultimate and Guts Championships : Spirit of the game results (WUGC) held July 7-15 in Sakai, Japan. The following teams were honored for receiving the top scores in their respective divisions: Philippines Open, Canada Women, South Africa Mixed, New Zealand Open Masters, and Germany Women Masters.
As cited in the first section of the WFDF Rules of Ultimate, all players are responsible for administering and adhering to the rules -- also known as Spirit of the Game (SOTG) -- which places responsibility for fair play on every player in this non-contact sport played with a flying disc. As such, Spirit Scores are considered an integral part of the overall competitive success of participating teams.
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PDGA 2012 Disc Golf World Championships - results
23 July 2012
The PDGA 2012 Disc Golf World Championships came to a close on Saturday, July 21, hosted in Charlotte, NC, USA. Over one thousand players from 13 countries and 47 states on 14 courses participated. In the Men’s Open division, Paul “McBeast” McBeth captured his first world title to become the 2012 Disc Golf World Champion, five throws ahead of second place finisher Ricky Wysocki.
Sarah Hokom became Women’s World Champion, while Valarie Jenkins made an impressive comeback late in the week to take second place. The Amateur World Championship titles went to Spencer Wilken in the Advanced division, with Michelle Frazer taking the Women’s Advanced division.
Full results can be found at: http://www.pdga.com/dramatic-finish-to-worlds
WFDF web server unavailable
22 July 2012
Dear Flying Disc sports friend,
We have been informed by our internet service provider that with regard to the start of operations at the new energy-efficient data center park some services will be temporarily unavailable on our website:
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WFDF announces candidates for the election at WUGC of the Athletes’ Commission
25 June 2012
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce the candidates for the election of the WFDF Athletes’ Commission. The elections will be held during the World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC) in Sakai, Japan in July 2012. Seven candidates for the three positions have been nominated by their respective Member associations, with three members to be elected by the players at WUGC: Matt Doyle (Canada), Adam Goff (USA), Anna Haynes (Australia), Bernhard Otto (Germany), Piero Pisano (Italy), Ryan Purcell (South Africa), and Valeska Schacht (Germany).
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WFDF Call for Sanctioned Ultimate Event Bids - PAUCC and AOUCC 2013
03 June 2012
WFDF’s Ultimate Committee and Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organizers for several upcoming sanctioned events.
WFDF Asian-Oceanic Ultimate Club Championship 2013 (AOUCC)
WFDF PanAmerican Ultimate Club Championship 2013 (PAUCC)
The last Continental events had been held in in 2011 in Chinese Taipei (AOUC) and Colombia (PAUC). The AOUCC and PAUCC are held on a quadrennial basis alternating with the AOUC and PAUC.
The deadline for submitting completed bids for AOUCC and PAUCC is July 10, 2012, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than August 31, 2012. The interested bidders will be allowed to present their bid application to the WFDF 2012 Congress in Sakai, Japan, on 14-15 July 2012.
Read more: WFDF Call for Sanctioned Ultimate Event Bids - PAUCC and AOUCC 2013
Congress Materials Available Online
15 May 2012
In keeping with the notice provisions of the WFDF Bylaws, the Congress Briefing Book was sent to all WFDF Members on May 14. The 2012 WFDF Congress will be held on the mornings of Saturday and Sunday, 14-15 July 2012, in the city of Sakai, Japan, and it will be hosted in conjunction with the WFDF 2012 World Ultimate and Guts Championships (7-14 July 2012). A copy of these materials can be found here.
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Latest WFDF Communiques
09 December 2013 - Official Communication
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.
26 November 2013 - Press Release
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,500 including the value of discs that may be a part of the request, with most grants expected to be in the range of US0-400. 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.
25 November 2013 - Official Communication
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.
17 November 2013 - Official Communication
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.
15 November 2013 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation have approved additional bids to WUCC 2014 for the following countries:
Open Division – Poland, Switzerland, P.R. of China
Mixed Division – Latvia, Finland, Dominican Republic, New Zealand
Womens Division– Slovakia, Russian Federation, Mexico
Masters Open Division – Sweden, Russian Federation, Mexico
Masters Womens Division – France, Colombia
Round 2 Bids are used to bring division numbers to desirable levels. Total teams for WUCC now stand at 48 Open, 32 Womens, 48 Mixed, 24 Masters Open, 10 Masters Women. Currently bids have been given out to 162 teams representing 42 different Nations. Both will be a record for WUCC.
22 October 2013 - Official Communication
WFDF is seeking enthusiastic, skilled and committed candidates for its 2013 Elections. Complete nominations must be received by the Nominating Committee by November 7, 2013. The target date for the start of the elections is November 15, 2013, with a targeted end date of December 15, 2013. Results should be announced by December 31, 2013 subject to confirmation of acceptance by elected candidates.
12 October 2013 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2014 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) 2014 will be hosted in the city of Lecco, Lombardy (Italy). The event will be held from July 20-26, 2014 at the facilities at the Nuova Poncia Polo & Country Club in Lecco, and the finals will be staged in the Stadio Rigamonti-Ceppi, the main stadium of the city of Lecco on July 26, 2014.
The successful bid came from the Ultimatevents s.r.l. group headed by Max Vitali. Ultimateevents is also hosting the WFDF 2014 World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC), which is being held two weeks later at the same venues. The bid was supported and endorsed by the Federazione Italiana Flying Disc (FIFD), led by President Francesco Franceschetti.
10 October 2013 - Official Communication
One of the decisions at this year’s Congress in Toronto was to look into developing Wheelchair Ultimate. This program could be introduced by building on activity that already exists and by approaching local adaptive sports organizations and seeking to incorporate Ultimate into their current activities. We have heard of small leagues in New Hampshire and Montreal, and we would like to see if it is feasible to support a broader initiative. We are now looking for information on any current activity that may exist. We would also like to hear from anyone interested in the project willing to work with their local adaptive sports organizations.
30 September 2013 - Official Communication
WFDF has appointed a task force to review its position on the Spirit of the Game and on-field officiation issues for Ultimate. The Task Force will have two objectives: (1) Reaffirm WFDF’s definition of Spirit of the Game and review, develop and strengthen existing programs in order to promote a clearer and more consistent understanding of how it should be applied; and (2) Answer the question on how does WFDF ensure that Ultimate athletes play a fair game that is also viewable (interesting for spectators in person and on TV/internet to watch). A 12-person panel has been appointed and are tasked with presenting a report to the 2014 Congress in Lecco. Read more
24 September 2013 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) and the Beach Ultimate Lovers Association (BULA) are seeking potential host organizers for the WFDF & BULA 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU2015). Co-hosted by both WFDF and BULA, this tournament is the premier world championship for Beach Ultimate. The deadline for submitting completed bids for WCBU2015 is 30 November 2013. It is expected that the final bid selection will be announced no later than the first quarter of 2014.
All potential bidders must notify WFDF and BULA of their intention to bid (no actual details required) by 25 October 2013. This letter of interest should be sent to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. This letter should address proposed dates, the basic organizing committee and experience, map of the location, and a short description why this host is a great candidate.
Importantly, due to conflicts in the summer schedule in 2015, we are seeking bids for this weeklong event for times other than the months of July and August or the period from 25 September – 5 October 2015.
20-26 July 2014
2-9 August 2014
Lecco, Italy, Italy
worldflyingdisc @ Social Media
14-15 December 2013
Россия, Нижний Новгород, Russia
14-15 December 2013
Leek, the Netherlands, Netherlands
14-15 December 2013
14-15 December 2013
Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic
14-15 December 2013
National Indoor Arena Birmingham , United Kingdom
wien, simmering, geringergasse , Austria
20-22 December 2013
21-22 December 2013
Nottingham Wildcats Arena, NG3 7EB, United Kingdom
21-22 December 2013
Brest Belarus, Belarus
RM8 2JR, United Kingdom
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