Press Release * Official Communication
WFDF and PDGA Sign Memorandum of Understanding and PDGA Reinstated as a WFDF Disc Sport Organizational Member
04 February 2014
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) and the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to renew cooperation between the organizations in organizing and promoting the development of Disc Golf activities internationally. The agreement was signed last week by WFDF President Robert L. “Nob” Rauch and PDGA Executive Director Brian J. Graham after approval by their respective Boards of Directors. As part of the agreement, the PDGA will be reinstated as WFDF Disc Sport Organisational member, regaining its status as a charter member of WFDF going back to its formation in 1985.
Read more: WFDF and PDGA Sign Memorandum of Understanding and PDGA Reinstated as a WFDF Disc Sport Organizational Member
Team USA and Flying Disc wins “Team of the Year” award by International World Games Association
02 February 2014
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the International World Games Association (IWGA) has named Team USA as the “Team of the Year” for its performance in the 2013 Flying Disc competition. Team USA had secured the Gold Medal for the mixed gender Ultimate event in the 2013 World Games for a third consecutive time, also winning in the World Games in 2009 in Kaohsiung (TPE) and in 2005 in Duisburg (GER). Team USA had bested Australia in last year’s championship finals in Cali, Colombia.
Read more: Team USA and Flying Disc wins “Team of the Year” award by International World Games Association
WFDF Congress approves Argentina as regular national member
29 January 2014
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Congress has accepted the Asociación de Deportes con Disco Volador de la República Argentina (ADDVRA) as regular national member association of the World Flying Disc Federation.
“We are pleased to welcome Argentina as a full regular member of WFDF and view it as furthering the development of Flying Disc sports in South America,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
Read more: WFDF Congress approves Argentina as regular national member
WFDF Call for Sanctioned Event Bids – WFDF 2015 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships (WU23)
27 January 2014
WFDF’s Ultimate Committee and Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the following upcoming sanctioned event:
- WFDF 2015 World Under-23 Ultimate Championship (WU23)
Applicants are requested to inform WFDF on their intention to bid no later than March 15, 2014. The deadline for submitting completed bids for WU23 is April 30, 2014, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than June 30, 2014.
Read more: WFDF Call for Sanctioned Event Bids – WFDF 2015 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships (WU23)
WFDF introduces “Real Winner” online educational tool, will require participation of a limited number of competitors in 2014 WJUC and WUCC
26 January 2014
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), in a move to enhance its Anti-Doping educational efforts for athletes participating in the 2014 World Championships, has contracted with the “Real Winner” educational Anti-Doping online tool. WFDF is going to use the tool to educate a limited number of athletes competing in the 2014 WFDF World Junior Ultimate Championships and the WFDF World Ultimate Club Championships in Lecco, Italy. Three athletes from each team in the WUCC and WJUC events (including their captain) will be required to complete the Real Winner education course prior to the events. Information will be sent separately to participating teams over the next month.
Read more: WFDF introduces “Real Winner” online educational tool, will require participation of a limited number of competitors in 2014 WJUC and WUCC
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
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Latest WFDF Communiques
31 May 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is proud to call for nominations for the 2016 WFDF Athletes` Commission elections to be held during the World Ultimate and Guts Championships 2016 in London.
Please refer to the information linked here on tasks of the Commission and conditions for nominations. Nominations must be sent to WFDF under ed(at)wfdf.org no later than 8 June 2016 and include a disc sport related CV.
31 May 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to present its final call for new grants applications for 2016. For 2016, out of a total development budget of US,000, US,000 is budgeted for individual grants to the community, with individual grants limited to no more than US,500 each. WFDF also hopes to expand this year its disc missionary program, providing discs to travelers to areas with limited disc activity.
30 May 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Slovak Association of Frisbee (SAF) was accepted as a full member of the Slovak Olympic Committee (SOC). The SAF membership was accepted during the 49th general assembly of SOC on 22nd April 2016, per the notice provided by SAF Secretary General Martin Keseg to WFDF.
“We are excited to announce this great news for the Flying Disc community in Slovakia and all friends of our sport around the globe,” stated Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President. “This full recognition comes as we prepare for the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships taking place next month in London where, we are sure, Slovakia’s athletes will perform well.”
29 April 2016 - Official Communication
More than 20 games to be live-streamed online over the weeklong event
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships from London will be presented on the leading online platform Livestream.com. Select round-robin, quarterfinal, semifinal, and final competitions will be presented June 19 -25, featuring multi-camera coverage, live commentary, and high-quality graphics. In addition, Livestream.com will archive the competitions online through April, 2017.
13 April 2016 - Official Communication
In addition to the telecast, more than 20 games will be live-streamed online over the weeklong event
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate Championships from London will air on CBS Sports Network. The two-hour program will air twice across North America on Saturday, June 25 (same day delay) and will feature the Mixed Gender Finals competition and include highlights of the Men’s and Women’s Finals, in addition to footage from preliminary rounds of play and features.
13 April 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate, in association with BULA (WCBU 2017) will be held at Plage de la Grande Conche in Royan, France from Sunday, 18 June to Saturday, 24 June 2017. The French Flying Disc Federation (FFDF) will oversee the Tournament Organizing Committee made up of an experienced team from the local regional league “Flying Disc Poitou Charentes,” members of the FFDF, and local France Sport sponsors and partners.
27 March 2016 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that it has awarded a total of US,000 in development grants to be used to create and fortify Beach Ultimate leagues with six projects on four continents. WFDF had put out a call for applications in November 2015 for the 2016 Beach Ultimate development grant program with a focus on funding projects brought by member associations or individuals to start or grow local Beach Ultimate leagues.
25 March 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Charlie Mead of the United Kingdom as new WFDF Disc Golf Committee chair and Board member. The appointment comes as a replacement for outgoing Disc Golf Committee chair Michael Downes who stepped down from the position after the Professional Disc Golf Association (“PDGA”) terminated its memorandum of understanding and membership with WFDF effective 29 February 2016.
01 March 2016 - Official Communication
World Team Disc Golf Championship co-hosted by WFDF and PDGA will still be hosted in August 2016
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) announces that it is going to reorganize its Disc Golf Committee after the Professional Disc Golf Association (“PDGA”) gave notice it was officially terminating the Memorandum of Understanding previously signed on 27 January 2014 and not renewing its membership in WFDF, effective 29 January 2016. WFDF is in the process of reconstituting the WFDF Disc Golf Committee, which had been a joint committee designated by the PDGA, into one comprised of representatives of WFDF country members who oversee a multi-disciplinary association in order to properly manage disc golf activity within the context of WFDF’s Olympic Movement responsibilities.
24 February 2016 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that it has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to secure funds for producing a world-class TV Broadcast production and comprehensive video streaming program of games during the 2016 WFDF World Ultimate and Guts Championships taking place in London, United Kingdom from 18 to 25 June 2016.
The campaign, which was launched today on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, is running through 23 March 2016 and aims to secure funding for deliverables such as 20+ free worldwide streaming games of ultimate (also available on free VOD), 10+ mini-documentaries to be shared for free online, a Broadcast of a two-hour feature program on a US sports network and the production of an event documentary.
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