Press Release * Official Communication
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.
Read more: WFDF Call for Sanctioned Ultimate Event Bids – 2015 PAUC and AOUC
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.
Read more: WFDF appoints Karina Woldt as its first Event Manager
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.
Read more: WFDF Working Group on Indoor Ultimate rules and events established
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.
Read more: Team USA nominated by World Games for the “Team of the Year” award 2013 – vote open for all supporters through 31 January
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.”
Read more: WFDF 2013 Elections Results Announced
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.
Read more: WFDF Launches a Development Grants Program to Support Projects by Member Associations or Individuals - Also establishes a Disc Missionary Program
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.
Read more: Tomas Burvall appointed to the WFDF Board of Directors as Overall Chair, to serve out the remainder of the term of Jack Cooksey
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.
Read more: WFDF elections 2013 - list of candidates published
WFDF approves additional bids for WUCC 2014
15 November 2013
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.
Read more: WFDF approves additional bids for WUCC 2014
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Latest WFDF Communiques
28 September 2015 - Official Communication
Since 2011, fifty percent of the money that the WFDF received from the WFDF & BULA Continental and World Championships of Beach Ultimate has been put aside to invest in the development of Beach Ultimate worldwide.
Starting 2016 the WFDF will be allocating $ 5,000/year to fund ideas brought by Member Associations, or individuals, to develop Beach Ultimate. In 2016 the funds will be awarded to worthy programs aimed to start or fortify local/national Beach Ultimate leagues. The maximum amount that will be awarded for one project is $ 1,500, and smaller grant applications are encouraged.
The application procedure and form can be found here.
04 September 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF’s Ultimate Committee, Guts Committee and Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the upcoming sanctioned continental club events to be held in 2017:
WFDF Asia Oceanic Ultimate Club Championships 2017 (AOUCC
WFDF Pan American Ultimate Club Championships 2017 (PAUCC
WFDF Asia Oceanic Guts Club Championships 2017 (AOGCC
WFDF All Africa Ultimate Club Championship 2017 (AAUCC
The 2015 events, which are due to be held over the last quarter of 2015, are going to be held as follows:
AAUCC – Uganda. Sat 12th – Sun 13th September 2015 with 7 teams registered in 1 Division (Mixed)
AOGCC – Chinese Taipei. Sat 17th – Sun 18th October, 2015 with registration still open, 2 Divisions (Open, Women`s)
PAUC – Mexico. Wed 18th – Sat 21st November 2015 with 49 teams registered in 4 Divisions (Open, Women`s, Mixed, Open Masters)
AOUC –Hong Kong. Fri 27th – Sun 29th November 2015 with 25 teams registered in 3 Divisions (Open, Women`s, Mixed)
AOUC and PAUC (National teams) are held on a quadrennial basis alternating with the AOUCC and PAUCC (Club teams).
If you are interested in preparing a bid, we ask for initial indications of interest no later than 15th October 2015. The deadline for submitting completed bids for the above listed events is 1st December 2015, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than 20th February 2015 and the announcement for the event location will be 31st March 2016.
Please note that all bids must be sent in using the official WFDF bid templates which will be emailed to you upon receipt of your expression of interest.
For information about any of these events, the bidding process, or to confirm your expression of interest, please contact Karina Woldt, WFDF Event Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
02 September 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Congress has approved the Georgian Flying Disc Federation (GFDF) as regular and the Chilean Association of Ultimate (AChU) as provisional national members of the World Flying Disc Federation. The acceptance of these two member associations brings the WFDF membership to 65 member associations in 62 countries, adding two key countries in Eastern Europe and South America to the WFDF membership portfolio.
31 August 2015 - Official Communication
Today WFDF released an update to the World Ultimate Ranking list for WFDF member nations who have participated in major events over the past 4 years. This update takes into the account the recent results from the WFDF World Under 23 Ultimate Championships, held from July 11 to 18 in London.
Rankings are based on the finishing position of each country’s top team in each playing division from the most recent Ultimate events as follows:
- World Ultimate Club Championships (2014), WUCC
- World Ultimate and Guts Championships (2012), WUGC
- World Under-23 Ultimate Championships (2015), WU23
- World Ultimate Junior Championships (2014), WJUC
- World Championships of Beach Ultimate (2015), WCBU
“Points are accumulated based on the finishing position of the highest ranked team for each country in each playing division, with a maximum number of points awarded to the first place team equal to the number of countries participating in that division,” explained WFDF Ultimate Committee chair Brian Gisel. “The number of points awarded is reduced by 1 for each lower finishing position. For example, in a division with 10 different countries, the highest ranked country receives 10 points, the second ranked country receives 9 points, the third 8 points and so on. These rankings will be updated at the conclusion of each major event listed above.”
21 August 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that two additional discs for WFDF and USA Ultimate (USAU) championship-level competition have been approved. The Discraft UltraStar, Web Mold II – Hot Stamp and the Yikun Sports UltiPro both were granted championship-level approval by the Disc Standards Working Group. The approval of these two discs brings the total of WFDF and USA Ultimate championship-approved discs to seven – five of which are manufactured by Discraft with a variety of molds and printing processes.
09 August 2015 - Official Communication
Today the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) released its updated list of average Spirit of the Game scores by country. Inspired by the recently published WFDF Power Rankings, and started as an exercise in curiosity, this list takes into account all the teams from each country at relevant World Championships over the past four years, including the Spirit scores from the recent World Championships of Beach Ultimate in Dubai and the U23 in London. Find the full list here.
05 August 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Rob McLeod, also known as “Frisbee Rob,” as WFDF Director of Communications and Global Media. This newly created volunteer position will assist the officers and executive staff in the daily media and networking services like issuing media releases, identifying content and managing WFDF’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and improving the existing presence on youtube and other video platforms.
“We are extremely pleased that we were able to find someone with the media and promotion experience that Rob has within the Flying Disc sports community,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “WFDF needs to take better advantage of the evolving opportunities in social media in order to better communicate with all of WFDF’s stakeholders and audience. Rob recently spent time with the WFDF officers and staff in London for the World U23 Ultimate Championships. We had previously discussed this role with Rob and, after the WFDF Congress last weekend and hearing all of the work that the national flying disc federations are doing to grow the sport, Rob decided to enthusiastically accept this role.”
02 August 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today has granted full recognition to the World Flying Disc Federation at its 128th Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Established in 1985 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the WFDF is composed of 62 national member associations on five continents. WFDF had received provisional recognition by the IOC in May 2013.
“The sport of Flying Disc has been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee today and WFDF is extremely honored and humbled by the decision and support shown by the IOC Session for our sport today. We are very thankful to the IOC membership, the Executive Board and its administration, in particular to the IOC Sport Department and staff, for their guidance and support during the period since WFDF was provisionally recognized by the IOC Executive Board in May 2013,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
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