World Flying Disc Federation adopts new age division names for youth championships beginning in 2016
29 April 2015
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that it has adopted new division names for youth Ultimate championships. Beginning in 2016, the former “Under 23” age category will be designated as the “Under 24” division and the former Juniors “Under 19” age category will be designated as the “Under 20” division. While the actual age limits are not changing, this revision of nomenclature was undertaken to try to minimize confusion about the age guidelines.
Read more: World Flying Disc Federation adopts new age division names for youth championships beginning in 2016
WFDF Seeks a Director of Communications and Global Media
16 April 2015
WFDF is establishing a new position of Director of Communications and Global Media and is seeking interested candidates. The Director would assist the executive staff and officers in writing press releases, identifying content and managing WFDF’s Facebook and Twitter pages, establishing a youtube and/or other video presence, and ensuring that WFDF takes advantage of the evolving opportunities in social media in order to better communicate with all of WFDF’s stakeholders and audience. This is a volunteer (unpaid) position but this will be a high impact role in raising the visibility of flying disc sports globally within the disc community and the general population.
Read more: WFDF Seeks a Director of Communications and Global Media
WFDF releases updated World Ultimate Ranking list
07 April 2015
Today WFDF released an update to the World Ultimate Ranking list for WFDF member nations who have participated in major events over the past four years. This update takes into the account the recent results from the World Championships of Beach Ultimate, held from March 8 to 13 in Dubai. This ranking system provides a benchmark for WFDF’s member associations to understand how they compare against other nations in terms of performance and the depth of their elite Ultimate programs.
Read more: WFDF releases updated World Ultimate Ranking list
WFDF welcomes Kenya and Qatar as member associations
06 April 2015
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that the WFDF Congress has voted to approve Qatar and Kenya as WFDF provisional member associations. A total number of 50 regular member participated in the ballot, totaling 126 out of 132 votes available. With one abstention totaling 4 votes, the new member associations were approved unanimously. The approval of the memberships of the Kenya Flying Disc Association (KFDA) and Ultimate Players Association of Qatar (UPAQ) brings the total WFDF membership to member associations in 60 countries, with another four disc sport organizational members in Beach Ultimate, Freestyle, Disc Golf, and Guts.
Read more: WFDF welcomes Kenya and Qatar as member associations
IWGA announces Beach Ultimate Mixed Team from Germany as Team of the Month March 2015
04 April 2015
Congratulations to the Flying Disc Beach Ultimate Mixed Team from Germany, IWGA Team of the Month for March 2015. The team from Germany spoiled the USA clean sweep at the WFDF World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) in Dubai. Whilst team USA dominated the field at these World Championships, taking gold in six of the seven divisions of play, Germany secured one title with its win in the mixed gender division and took its first gold medal ever in WFDF-sanctioned World Championship Ultimate play.
Read more: IWGA announces Beach Ultimate Mixed Team from Germany as Team of the Month March 2015
Hungarian Frisbee Association (HUFA) achieves full recognition by the Hungarian Olympic Committee as regular HOC member
25 March 2015
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Hungarian Frisbee Association (HUFA) has become a full, regular member of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC), after the unanimous decision of its Congress of March 10, 2015.
“This is great news for the Flying Disc community in Hungary and all friends of our sport around the globe,” stated Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President. “It shows that WFDF consistently keeps growing in terms of National Olympic Committees recognizing our sport on their territory wherever possible and we are happy to see such a great country like Hungary be upgraded to full membership of HOC on our list of member associations being recognized by their NOCs."
Read more: Hungarian Frisbee Association (HUFA) achieves full recognition by the Hungarian Olympic Committee as regular HOC member
Team USA Dominates the 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate in Dubai
16 March 2015
Team USA dominated the field in the 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU), taking gold in six of the seven divisions of play. Germany spoiled the USA sweep, taking its first gold medal ever in WFDF-sanctioned World Championship Ultimate play with its win in the Mixed gender division. The WCBU, co-sanctioned by the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) and the Beach Ultimate Lovers Association (BULA), was held at the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) Resort in Dubai from 8-13 March 2015. More than 1,100 players on 71 teams from 24 countries participated in this showcase event of Beach Ultimate, which featured 380 games in seven divisions of play over the course of the week.
Read more: Team USA Dominates the 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate in Dubai
BULA & WFDF World Championships of Beach Ultimate running in Dubai, UAE
09 March 2015
The 2015 BULA & WFDF World Championships of Beach Ultimate are running on the Jumeirah Beaches in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 8-13 March 2015. More than 1,100 players from 25 countries are registered to participate in this Beach Ultimate showcase event.
All information, latest news, stunning articles, reports, videos and highlights are available from the official event website of the WCBU.
Read more: BULA & WFDF World Championships of Beach Ultimate running in Dubai, UAE
Ultimate Central and the World Flying Disc Federation Announce Partnership for WFDF 2015 World U23 Championships
05 March 2015
Ultimate Central, an event management platform for the sport of Ultimate, and the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), Ultimate's international governing body, today announced a partnership which will allow WFDF to run the WU23 website, payment, registration, schedule creation, and scoring on the Ultimate Central platform.
Recently, WFDF made the strategic decision to unify web platforms and processes around its major events. Historically, independent event organizers were tasked with finding their own web platforms, registration systems, and tournament management systems for scoring, bracket creation, and statistics, and there was little coordination to use what had been developed previously, leading to significant duplication of efforts and inefficiencies. "Ultimate Central's integrated CMS, registration, and tournament management platform will allow us to provide organizers with one single solution to run sanctioned events, saving them time and money of developing and troubleshooting custom systems and making sure event websites remained available for years to come," said Brian Gisel, chair of WFDF's Ultimate Committee.
Read more: Ultimate Central and the World Flying Disc Federation Announce Partnership for WFDF 2015 World U23 Championships
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Latest WFDF Communiques
27 October 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) Board of Directors has reacted enthusiastically to the announcement that the initial edition of the ANOC World Beach Games (WBG) in 2019 will include the Flying Disc sport of Beach Ultimate. The San Diego Organizing Committee for the WBG have released the list of 19 sports being included in their sports programme for the initial edition of these games, all of which are different disciplines to any contested in the Olympic programme. The announcement followed meetings between San Diego and ANOC officials at last month’s Asian Beach Games in Danang. San Diego has proposed that the event be held from 10-20 October 2019.
16 October 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF’s Board of Directors and Ultimate Committee are pleased to announce that the WFDF 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA from Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st July 2018. The event will be held at the Lebanon Sports Complex, which has 28 full sized Ultimate fields, with the finals to be held at a local high school stadium. WUCC is the premier club championships event for the flying disc discipline of Ultimate. The event is held every four years and is comprised of city club teams who are endorsed by their National Federations. The 2018 WUCC will be comprised of Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions, with Masters Division competitions held separately for the first time.
14 October 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced today that it had established an Advisory Council to assist its board and officers with the development of strategic policy initiatives. The six person Advisory Council is comprised of Vincent Gaillard, who will serve as chair, Peter Bayer, Val Belmonte, Mary-Clare Brennan, Jay Stuart, and Christian Wassmer.
13 October 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF is seeking enthusiastic, skilled and committed candidates for its 2016 Elections. Complete nominations must be received by the Nominating Committee by Friday, November 4, 2016. The target date for the start of the elections is November 15, 2016, with a targeted end date of December 15, 2016. Results should be announced by December 31, 2016 subject to confirmation of acceptance by elected candidates.
08 October 2016 - Official Communication
Will be forced to restrict registrations and team sizes despite 50% increase in expected capacity
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announces that it had received requests for bids to send teams to the 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) from an unprecedented and unexpected number of countries. After working with the local event organizers, the event capacity was able to be increased to 120 teams, but WFDF will still have to restrict registrations and team sizes for the event because of absolute capacity constraints. The WCBU will be held on the beaches of Royan, France, over the week of 18-24 June 2017.
07 October 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced today that its board had appointed José Pires of France as interim chair of the Beach Ultimate Committee. He will also join the board and serve through December 2016. Pires replaces Patrick van der Valk, who had resigned for personal reasons. Pires, who had been the Deputy chair of the committee, does not intend to run for election in December and so the search for candidates for the next two-year term beginning 1 January 2017 has begun immediately.
27 September 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has opened a closed tender process for establishing a multi‐year WFDF Official Disc Supplier and Sponsorship for the period from January 2017 through December 2018. This RFP is by invitation only and WFDF has invited the four companies that currently manufacture approved championship-level 175 gram Ultimate discs to be involved in the tender process. The selected company will receive the exclusive rights to produce “Official WFDF Ultimate Discs” for sale through merchandise channels and will be the supplier of the “Official Game Discs” during all WFDF Ultimate Championship events during this period, unless otherwise agreed.
27 September 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it is putting out a request for proposal (RFP) for the WFDF Sponsor and Official Apparel/ Merchandise supplier partnership for the two year period from January 2017 through December 2018. The selected company will receive the exclusive opportunity to develop and sell any and all official event merchandise and apparel for the WFDF Ultimate Championship events during that period (with other WFDF disc sport events optional).
16 September 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC 2017) will be staged from Monday 24th – Saturday 29th July 2017 in the city of Basingstoke at the Down Grange Sports Complex in Great Britain.
“The successful bid came from the Basingstoke Disc Golf Club (BDGC) which was selected from four very strong bids coming from the European, North American and Asian regions, and was viewed favorably on the overall experience it offered to participants and its proximity to central Europe which meant it would attract many specialty disc golf and freestyler players from the Continent,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
02 September 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2018 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC 2018) will be staged in the city of Waterloo at RIM and Kiwanis Parks from Sunday 19th – Saturday 25th August, 2018. Located in the Greater Toronto Area, Waterloo is home to the third largest Ultimate league in Ontario, with 850 active members and an established youth league.
The tournament organizing committee (TOC) will be headed up by Andrew Portwine, who sits on the Ultimate Canada and the Ontario Ultimate Boards of Directors, and who has acted as Tournament Director for the Canadian University Ultimate Championships in 2011 and the Canadian Ultimate National Championships which hosted 86 teams in 2014. “The TOC will be comprised of many returning staff from past Canadian National events, bringing both experience and the skills to successfully host WJUC 2018,” said WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “We expect they will be able to put on a world class event that will properly showcase the talent and skill of our next generation of global competitors.”
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