Press Release * Official Communication
WFDF Announces Recommendations of Conduct Committee, Issues Joint Press Release with FIFD and EUF
28 December 2012
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) has completed its report by the Conduct Committee of allegations of theft by a number of members of the Italian delegation to the 2012 World Juniors Ultimate Championship and the European Under-17 Ultimate Championship in Dublin this last August. This follows the completion of a review by the Federazione Italiana Flying Disc (“FIFD”) and by the European Ultimate Federation (“EUF”) earlier in the fall. A significant amount of merchandise was stolen from the official vendor, Five Ultimate, although it was subsequently returned when the team manager for FIFD learned of the scheme.
WFDF 2014 World Ultimate Club Championships to be held in Lecco, Italy
01 December 2012
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2014 World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) 2014 will be hosted in the city of Lecco, Lombardy (Italy). The event will be held from August 2-9, 2014 at the facilities at the Nuova Poncia Polo & Country Club in Lecco featuring 33 Ultimate fields. The finals will be staged in the Stadio Rigamonti-Ceppi, the main stadium of the city of Lecco on August 9, 2014.
The successful bid came from the Ultimatevents s.r.l. group headed by Max Vitali. Ultimateevents has already hosted two WFDF sanctioned Ultimate events in Italy: the World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) 2011 in Lignano Sabbiadoro and the World Under-23 (WU23) Ultimate Championships 2010 in Florence. The bid was supported and endorsed by the Federazione Italiana Flying Disc (FIFD), led by President Francesco Franceschetti.
WFDF Releases Revised Version of Official Ultimate Rules
30 November 2012
The WFDF Ultimate Rules Sub-Committee is pleased to release an updated version of the WFDF Rules of Ultimate for 2013.
This version will come into effect as of 1 January 2013. A number of changes have been made which are aimed at producing a better flow of play, fairer outcomes, a closer alignment with the USAU rules, as well as enabling self-refereed play to work as effectively as possible.
A variety of resources have been produced to help athletes and administrators to understand and learn the changes.
WFDF elections 2012 - list of candidates published
27 November 2012
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) today has released the list of the candidates for the 2012 elections. The WFDF members will vote on positions on the Board of Directors and on the Ultimate Committee to serve from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014. The elections start on 27 November and will run through 27 December 2012, 24:00 hrs UTC.
The following candidates have sent in nominations for the respective positions which are going to be elected during the 2012 elections:
Spain to Host the 2013 BULA & WFDF European Championships of Beach Ultimate
13 November 2012
The World Flying Disc Federation today announced that the BULA & WFDF 2013 European Championships of Beach Ultimate (ECBU2013) will be held on Calafell Beach, Tarragona (Spain) 27-30 June 2013. All European nations are invited to send national teams to participate in the Open, Women, Mixed, Masters, Women Masters, Mixed Masters, and Grand Masters divisions.
WFDF Board of Directors/Ultimate Committee Election Announcement 2012
02 November 2012
WFDF is seeking enthusiastic, skilled and committed candidates for its 2012 Board of Directors and Ultimate Committee Elections. Complete nominations must be received by the Nominating Committee by November 13, 2012.
Target date for the start of the elections is 27 November 2012 with a targeted end date of 27 December 2012. Results should be announced by December 31 2012 subject to confirmation of acceptance by elected candidates.
The following positions are open for election to two year terms to the Board of Directors or the Ultimate Committee. All terms will commence on 1 January 2013 and conclude on 31 December 2014.
WFDF to Have First-Ever In-Person Board Meeting November 3-4
20 October 2012
The WFDF Board is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first ever in-person Board meeting on the weekend of November 3-4 at the Hilton Garden Inn at JFK Airport in New York. The primary focus of the meeting will be to discuss the elements of the organization’s strategic plan. All WFDF Members and players are invited to submit issues or suggest topics that might be considered by the board in their discussions.
Certain portions of the meeting will be moderated by Dr. David Barkan, a consultant specializing in facilitating strategic and collaborative group development and planning. David is also a long-time Ultimate player and thus has a particular appreciation for the issues facing disc sports.
Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President, stated: “While the board has met ten times a year by conference call over the last couple years, it is difficult to tackle the big picture issues without being in front of each other as a board. We have always tried to run the organization on a lean budget, but we feel that this will be an effective investment in WFDF’s future and we hope to make it a biannual event going forward.”
The national and organizational associations that comprise WFDF’s Membership meet annually at the Congress (most recently in July in Sakai Japan) but this will be the first full board meeting held in person.
Israeli National Girls’ Team at WFDF 2012 WJUC Achieves Milestone in World Sports Participation
23 August 2012
The young women’s team representing Israel at the recent WFDF World Juniors Ultimate Championship in Dublin, Ireland achieved a landmark for the sport of Ultimate and their country by fielding a team composed of both Arab and Jewish athletes. Prior teams at the World Junior Ultimate Championships had been comprised entirely of Jewish athletes. While other Israeli sports teams have occasionally had one or two Arab players on them, few Israeli teams have had this measure of balance. The Women’s Juniors (under-20) team was composed of 10 Jewish and 6 Arab players.
According to the Israeli team’s head coach, Miranda Roth Knowles, former Team USA World Champion player and Gold Medalist at the 2005 IWGA World Games, and current Director of Coaching for Ultimate Peace, “the team practices regularly, boasts numerous cross-cultural friendships, and prides itself on team unity, cohesion, and as being a sign of hope for co-existence. Interaction between these Arab and Jewish Israeli youth would be highly unlikely without involvement in this sport, since day to day Israeli life is mostly segregated.”
Call for bids - WFDF 2013 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC)
22 July 2012
WFDF’s Overall Events Chair Jack Cooksey and the Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the WFDF 2013 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC). The deadline for submitting completed bids for WOC 2013 is August 31 2012, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than September 30, 2012.
All potential bidders should notify WFDF of their intention to bid (no actual details required) by Friday, August 3, 2012.
WFDF announces elected members of the Athlete`s Commission
17 July 2012
The members of the Athlete`s Commission with WFDF President Robert "Nob" Rauch (right) and WFDF Executive Director Volker Bernardi (left): Ryan Purcell (RSA), Anna Haynes (AUS) and Matt Doyle (CAN) (from left to right).
WFDF is pleased to announce the results of the elections to the first ever WFDF Athlete`s Commission. Seven candidates from six countries stood for the elections to the Commission during WUGC 2012 in Sakai, Japan.
The elected members for the first term of office lasting two years are Anna Haynes (Australia), Ryan Purcell (South Africa) and Matt Doyle (Canada). The Athlete`s Commission will strengthen Athlete`s representation in the decision making process of WFDF.
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