Press Release * Official Communication
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.
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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
WFDF - 2013 Election Announcement
22 October 2013
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.
Read more: WFDF - 2013 Election Announcement
WFDF 2014 World Junior Ultimate Championships to be held in Lecco, Italy
12 October 2013
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.
Read more: WFDF 2014 World Junior Ultimate Championships to be held in Lecco, Italy
WFDF to Investigate Feasibility of Introducing Wheelchair Ultimate
10 October 2013
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.
Read more: WFDF to Investigate Feasibility of Introducing Wheelchair Ultimate
WFDF to Establish a Task Force to Consider its Position on the Spirit of the Game and On- Field Officiation Issues for Ultimate
30 September 2013
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
WFDF and BULA seek host organizers for the WFDF & BULA 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate
24 September 2013
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
. 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.
Read more: WFDF and BULA seek host organizers for the WFDF & BULA 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate
WFDF 2015 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC) Bids Sought
16 September 2013
WFDF’s Board of Directors and Overall Committee are seeking bids from potential host organizers for WFDF 2015 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC). The deadline for submitting completed bids for WOC 2013 is 15 December 2013. It is expected that the committee and board's final bid selection will be announced by 28 February 2014. All potential bidders should notify WFDF of their intention to bid (no actual details required) by 31 October 2013.
The WOC, which is held biannually, features competitions in seven flying disc disciplines — Freestyle, Double Disc Court, Discathon, Accuracy, Disc Golf, Distance and Self-Caught Flight. Events shall be held to crown the World Overall champions in the Open, Women’s, and Masters Divisions.
For information about any of these events or on the bidding process and for a digital copy of the bid guidelines, please contact Jack Cooksey, WFDF Overall Chair (
). The Bid Guidelines and bid budget template to be used for any application also can be accessed under this link: http://www.wfdf.org/downloads/cat_view/27-documents-for-wfdf-events
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Latest WFDF Communiques
12 November 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is excited to announce its new online retail presence, in partnership with its Official Apparel Sponsor and Merchandise Supplier, VC Ultimate. VC Ultimate, with online stores in Canada, the United States and Europe, has designed and produced dozens of WFDF and WFDF-event branded apparel items based on the theme of worldwide inclusiveness and cultural representation.
“WFDF is very pleased with our partnership with VC Ultimate,” stated Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President. “They are incredibly creative and have designed an apparel line for us that speaks to the global disc community. We feel that this partnership has provided benefits to all three separate audiences -- teams/players, tournament organizers, and WFDF – in providing top-quality apparel at our events and online to the disc community.”
“Designing the WFDF apparel line has been an honor and a real pleasure,” said Adriana Withers, a VC Director. “Meeting players from so many countries has been inspiring, and we’ve tried to design the WFDF gear to be appealing to everyone, regardless of nationality. The idea behind the WFDF World collection is rooted in our community’s connectedness and mutual respect for each other, and the ability to find a disc and a smile in so many places around the globe.”
Please visit the VC Ultimate online store in your region to check out the new WFDF collections:
Canada & International: http://ca.vcultimate.com/collections/wfdf
30 October 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is seeking potential host organizers for the WFDF 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate, in association with BULA (WCBU 2017). Expressions of interest are due by November 30 and final bids are due by January 15, with the final decision expected to be announced at the end of February 2016.
For more information please see attached.
23 October 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF is seeking enthusiastic, skilled and committed candidates for its 2015 Elections. Complete nominations must be received by the Nominating Committee by Friday, November 6, 2015. The target date for the start of the elections is November 15, 2015, with a targeted end date of December 15, 2015. Results should be announced by December 31, 2015 subject to confirmation of acceptance by elected candidates.
12 October 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors, upon recommendation by the WFDF Overall Committee led by Tomas Burvall (SWE), have approved new WFDF World Record standards and policies. This new policy is now in force and can be found here.
“We are extremely delighted to introduce these new World Record standards and policies,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “There is no impact on our very large number of existing records. However, with increasing interest in the pursuit of new world record attempts, the new guidelines should work far more smoothly and eliminate some of the difficulties around verification and maintenance of standardization. These records will continue to be administered within WFDF by Dan “Stork” Roddick.”
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 email@example.com.
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.
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