Press Release * Official Communication
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.”
Read more: Israeli National Girls’ Team at WFDF 2012 WJUC Achieves Milestone in World Sports Participation
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.
Read more: Call for bids - WFDF 2013 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC)
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.
Read more: WFDF announces elected members of the Athlete`s Commission
Panama accepted as a provisional WFDF member
02 February 2012
The Panama Ultimate Frisbee Association (Asociacion de Ultimate Frisbee de Panama, or AUFP) has been accepted as a WFDF provisional Member by an electronic vote of the WFDF Congress, approving their membership unanimously by the votes cast. WFDF now has a total of 56 members (39 full Members and 17 provisional members) in 54 countries.
Read more: Panama accepted as a provisional WFDF member
WFDF 2013 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships to be held in Toronto, Canada
02 February 2012
The World Flying Disc Federation today has announced that the WFDF 2013 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships will be hosted in the city of Toronto, Canada. The event will be held from July 22, 2013 to July 28, 2013 at the facilities at York University Toronto, Canada, with the finals being held on the main field at the York venue on July 28, 2013. WU23 2013 will welcome 40+ teams from over 20 nations in 3 divisions of competition: Open, Women's, and Mixed. The bid will be hosted by the Toronto Ultimate Club (TUC) who will serve as the WFDF 2013 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships Organising Committee (TOC).
Read more: WFDF 2013 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships to be held in Toronto, Canada
WFDF 2011 Election Results Announced
19 December 2011
The World Flying Disc Federation Nominating and Election Committee is pleased to announce the results of its 2011 elections. In uncontested elections as officers and board members, Thomas Griesbaum (GER) was elected as Secretary, Sandie Hammerly (USA) as Treasurer, and Simon Hill as Ultimate Committee Chair. Kate Bergeron (USA), Brian Gisel (CAN), and Michael Hu (TPE) were elected as at-large board members out of a field of five candidates. Also, all Ultimate Committee candidates were approved. All 37 WFDF members in good standing cast their votes in the election, which was tallied using the "Single Transferable Voting Mechanism."
Read more: WFDF 2011 Election Results Announced
WFDF 2012 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) host announced
07 December 2011
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced today that it has awarded the 2012 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) to the Tournament Organising Committee (TOC) headed by Dominick Smyth and authorised by the Irish Flying Disc Association (IFDA).
This bi-annual event will be hosted in the city of Dublin, Ireland, 12 – 18 August 2012. Upon the recommendation of the Ultimate Committee, the WFDF Board of Directors approved the bid from the IFDA during their latest meeting. The last WFDF WJUC event had been held in Heilbronn, Germany, in 2010.
Competitions will be held in two divisions: junior open and junior women’s at the Dublin City University (DCU). During the event the European U17 Championships is expected to be held at the same venue.
2011 WFDF Board Elections
16 November 2011
The 2011 WFDF Election Candidates have been announced. The following list of candidates have volunteered to run for election for the 2012-2013 WFDF Board of Directors.
Read more: 2011 WFDF Board Elections
Call for Host Bids for WFDF Ultimate Club Championships 2014 (WUCC)
08 November 2011
WFDF’s Board of Directors and Ultimate Committee are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the WFDF Ultimate Club Championships 2014 (WUCC). The deadline for submitting completed bids for WUCC 2014 is January 31, 2012, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than April 30, 2012. All potential bidders should notify WFDF of their intention to bid (no actual details required) by Friday December 16, 2011.
Read more: Call for Host Bids for WFDF Ultimate Club Championships 2014 (WUCC)
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Latest WFDF Communiques
09 December 2013 - Official Communication
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.
26 November 2013 - Press Release
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,500 including the value of discs that may be a part of the request, with most grants expected to be in the range of US0-400. 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.
25 November 2013 - Official Communication
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.
17 November 2013 - Official Communication
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.
15 November 2013 - Official Communication
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.
22 October 2013 - Official Communication
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.
12 October 2013 - Official Communication
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.
10 October 2013 - Official Communication
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.
30 September 2013 - Official Communication
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
24 September 2013 - Official Communication
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
20-26 July 2014
2-9 August 2014
Lecco, Italy, Italy
worldflyingdisc @ Social Media
14-15 December 2013
Россия, Нижний Новгород, Russia
14-15 December 2013
Leek, the Netherlands, Netherlands
14-15 December 2013
14-15 December 2013
Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic
14-15 December 2013
National Indoor Arena Birmingham , United Kingdom
wien, simmering, geringergasse , Austria
20-22 December 2013
21-22 December 2013
Nottingham Wildcats Arena, NG3 7EB, United Kingdom
21-22 December 2013
Brest Belarus, Belarus
RM8 2JR, United Kingdom
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