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
19 April 2017 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of its Beach Ultimate Committee, has approved of a new set of Rules of Beach Ultimate and the corresponding Rules Appendix 2017. The new rules came into effect on April 1, 2017 and will be used at the WFDF 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) being held in Royan, France, in association with BULA, from 18-24 June. There are some differences in this set of rules that will affect the game of Beach Ultimate, specifically the length of timeouts, determination of gender mix in the Mixed Division of play, the field size, and the use of yellow discs as the official game disc for TV broadcast games.
14 April 2017 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that it is revising the eligibility age for female players participating in the Mixed Masters division, lowering it from 33 years to 30 years. The change was made to conform to the eligibility age that has been in place for the Women’s Masters division.
“After lengthy discussion and a unanimous vote in favor, the WFDF Ultimate Committee had recommended that change, bringing the eligibility age for females participating in the Women’s Masters and Mixed Masters divisions to the same level, avoiding unnecessary confusion and inconsistency,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
06 April 2017 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has approved a new form of sanctioned competition, the international test match. An International Test Match is a bilateral game of Ultimate between teams representing two regular WFDF member associations. The eligibility requirements for international Ultimate Test matches can be found here.
05 April 2017 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that its Congress has accepted Armenia as new WFDF member association. With the acceptance of the Armenian National Frisbee Federation (ANFF), WFDF now has 72 member associations in 70 countries.
“We are pleased to welcome Armenia into the WFDF family,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “Their admission as national member number 70 marks a milestone in the program we started four years ago to work with loosely organized flying disc players in countries around the world and support their efforts to institutionalize their governance and pursue membership in WFDF. We are looking forward to approving five more new members in the first half of 2017, four of them within one month’s time, as each of these have been working with us closely for more than a year on the approval process and have recently submitted full and complete applications for membership.”
28 March 2017 - Press Release
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) has confirmed that it will sanction the WFDF 2017 World Team Disc Golf Championships (WTDGC) at the XA tier level. In addition, team registration for the WTDGC has been extended to June 9th in the light of considerable interest from many countries that have asked for an extension to the registration process. WTDGC will be held August 23-26 in Colchester, England and it will be hosted by DiscZoo. Teams must be submitted by national disc sports federations who are World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) members, or by the national disc golf association for countries where disc golf is not part of a national disc sports body or a direct member of WFDF.
23 March 2017 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed new members to its WFDF Sport for All and Development Commission as well as its Entourage Commission. The appointments came after a decision by the board to expand the scope of WFDF’s development projects using the grants offered by WFDF to members and Flying Disc groups, and to bolster the resources of the entourage work being done by WFDF.
The appointments include the addition of recently appointed WFDF Sustainability officer Johanna von Toggenburg (GER) and Thierry Fulconis (LUX) to the Sport for All and Development Commission, with Thierry representing the interests of our smaller countries and member associations. Separately, Peter Kramer (HUN) will be added to the WFDF Entourage Commission.
23 March 2017 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has approved seven new members of the Disc Golf Committee to work together with WFDF Disc Golf Committee chair and Board member Charlie Mead (GBR). The appointments come as result as an extensive search conducted by WFDF to find suitable members for the Committee to organize and promote Disc Golf across the globe.
01 March 2017 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors have appointed Johanna von Toggenburg as the first ever WFDF Sustainability Officer.
“The appointment of Johanna von Toggenburg as our first ever Sustainability Officer marks another important step in fulfilling our commitment to stage sustainable world events and make sure that WFDF operates under best of class governance procedures,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
20 February 2017 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to present its call for development grants applications for 2017. In 2017 a total of US$ 24,000 has been budgeted for development projects including the WFDF coaching clinics and other projects. The individual disc community grants program constitutes approximately 25% of the development budget, with individual grants limited to no more than US,500 each. WFDF also plans to expand this year its disc missionary program, providing discs to travelers to areas with limited disc activity. The deadline for the submission of grant applications 23 April 2017 with the first disbursements expected in June 2017.
13 January 2017 - Official Communication
Today the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) released its updated list for 2016 of average Spirit of the Game scores by country. Intended to accompany the recently updated WFDF World Ultimate Rankings, this list takes into account scores received by all teams attending recent WFDF World Championships and Continental Championships for Ultimate over the past three years, including the Spirit scores from the 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships in London and World Junior Ultimate Championships in Wroclaw. The full list by country in alphabetical order follows here.
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