Press Release * Official Communication
WFDF announces 2012 World Ultimate and Guts Championships to take place in Japan
10 August 2011
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced today that it has awarded the 2012 World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC) to the Japan Flying Disc Association (JFDA). This quadrennial event will be hosted in the city of Sakai, Japan, 7 – 14 July 2012. Upon the recommendation of the Ultimate and Guts Committees, the WFDF Board of Directors approved the bid from the JFDA during their latest meeting, thus returning the World Championships to Japan for the first time since 1992.
Read more: WFDF announces 2012 World Ultimate and Guts Championships to take place in Japan
Harvey Brandt and Lori Daniels take Gold at 2011 WFDF World Overall Championships in Fort Collins
22 July 2011
Harvey Brandt won the Open Division title with a total of 342.5 points and Lori Daniels took gold for the Women with 70 points in the 2011 WFDF World Overall Flying Disc Championships which were held in Fort Collins, Colorado, 18 - 23 July 2011. This was the 10th World Overall Championships sanctioned by WFDF (the first was held in 1987) and featured seven individual disc disciplines: accuracy, discathon, freestyle, disc golf, self-caught flight, double disc court, and distance.
WFDF Pan-American Ultimate Championships (PAUC) to be held in Medellín, Colombia, on 24 – 27 November
08 June 2011
WFDF is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2011 Pan-American Ultimate Championships (PAUC) will be held in Medellín, Colombia, from 24 – 27 November 2011. Upon the recommendation of the Ultimate Committee, the WFDF Board of Directors approved the bid from the Asociacion de Jugadores de Ultimate en Colombia (AJUC, Ultimate Players Association in Colombia) during their last meeting, thus accepting the Colombian bid for the first event of this kind in the Americas. PAUC will be a club level championship, with up to two teams per country per division (open and womens) permitted.
“We are excited to announce the first ever Pan-American Ultimate Championship. It is a goal for WFDF to strengthen the Continental Ultimate Championship series to complement our World Championships”, stated WFDF President Robert L. “Nob” Rauch. “Of note, local organizer Mauricio Moore and his team view the event as a test run for the 2013 World Games and expect it to generate excitement for Ultimate in advance of those games. Further, the event will be run in conjunction with a social development project sponsored by the Institute of Sports and Recreation of Medellín INDER”.
Read more: WFDF Pan-American Ultimate Championships (PAUC) to be held in Medellín, Colombia, on 24 – 27 November
WFDF Asia Oceanic Ultimate Championships (AOUC) to be held in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, 1 to 4 December 2011
05 June 2011
WFDF is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2011 Asia Oceanic Ultimate Championships will be held in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, from 1 to 4 December 2011. Upon the recommendation of the Ultimate Committee, the WFDF Board of Directors approved the bid from the Chinese Taipei Flying Disc Association (CTFDA) during their latest meeting, thus returning Ultimate to the venue of the 2009 World Games competitions.
The National Stadium as main venue of the World Games in Kaohsiung 2009, where Ultimate was the most successful competition attracting some 50.000 spectators, will be the showcase venue for the Championship finals on 4 December 2011, commented Robert (Nob) Rauch, WFDF President.
Read more: WFDF Asia Oceanic Ultimate Championships (AOUC) to be held in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, 1 to 4 December 2011
WFDF Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Peace and Sport
09 May 2011
World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the organization known as Peace and Sport (“P&S”). The purpose of the MoU is to establish the basis for cooperation between the two organizations to pursue programs targeted at youth in troubled areas where sports may be used as a reconciliation tool to further the goal of peace. P&S currently has projects in Israel/Palestine, Colombia, Burundi, India/Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Timor, and Haiti. WFDF pursues its development goals through support of Ultimate Peace, a non-profit organization founded and run by David Barkan and Linda Sikorsky of the USA, for which WFDF currently serves as fiscal sponsor, and it is expected to leverage its relations with the two organizations to pursue activities in the near term in Colombia and Israel.
Read more: WFDF Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Peace and Sport
Poland accepted as a full WFDF National member
19 April 2011
The Polish Ultimate Players Association has been accepted as a WFDF full National Member by an electronic vote of the WFDF Congress, approving their membership unanimously by the votes cast. Please join us in welcoming this Federation as a full National Member. WFDF now counts a total membership of 56 members (36 full Members and 20 provisional members) in 54 countries. The positive support by the WFDF Congress on the Polish membership proposal and the current votes on Hungary and Slovenia are further steps in the process of upgrading the WFDF membership on a global level, stated Robert Nob Rauch, WFDF President. WFDF will move forward in encouraging our current provisional members to develop and consequently apply for full membership. Currently the Congress is voting electronically on the full membership for the national federations of Hungary and Slovenia.
Search for interested bidders for WJUC
24 February 2011
WFDF is seeking for bidders for the World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) 2012 based on the new version of the Bid Guidelines 2011. Further information to follow. Deadline for submitting bid documents will be 28 March 2011.
Search for interested bidders for Events 2011 and 2012
24 February 2011
WFDF has revised the bid document and based on the new version is looking for formal applications to host the following events: Asia Oceania Pacific Regional Event (2011), Pan American Regional Event (2011), WUGC 2012 and WJUC 2012. Further information to follow. Deadline for submitting bids will be 28 March 2011.
WFDF appoints Volker Bernardi of Germany as Executive Director
02 February 2011
The World Flying Disc Federation has announced the appointment of Volker Bernardi from Germany as its new Executive Director. Mr. Bernardi, who will serve as the first full-time Executive Director of WFDF, has assumed his duties effective immediately. Kevin “Skippy” Givens, former part-time Executive Director, will stay on as Administrative Consultant through March 31, 2011 to assist in the transition. Mr. Bernardi will establish a home office near Frankfurt, Germany to serve a WFDF’s administrative headquarters.
“We are extremely pleased to bring on someone with Volker’s Olympic Movement experience to WFDF,” stated Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President. “Although he is not a disc player, with his professional sports background we are confident Volker can assist us in effectively addressing the challenges and opportunities we are facing at WFDF, including developing our anti-doping programs, improving our global development efforts, upgrading our internal communications and governance standards, and further supporting our events and current and prospective members. And we want to especially thank Skippy Givens for all of his contributions over the last three years. Skippy has done a great job carrying out his responsibilities in a part-time position and WFDF is much better for all his efforts.”
Read more: WFDF appoints Volker Bernardi of Germany as Executive Director
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Latest WFDF Communiques
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. 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.
16 September 2013 - Official Communication
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
20-26 July 2014
2-9 August 2014
Lecco, Italy, Italy
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7-8 December 2013
McPherson, Ks, United States
7-8 December 2013
7-8 December 2013
Joué les Tours, France
7-8 December 2013
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
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