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Five Tips for Being Tournament Ready

Guest article by Crispian Paul

 

Take care of your body

We’ve all heard this before, drink enough water, eat well and get enough rest. Most people need at least 8 cups of  water per day—even more if it’s warm or you’ve been sweating a lot. Also, don’t forget to replace your electrolytes if either of these are true.

Make sure that you are well nourished in the days leading up to and on the day of the event.   Whatever you choose before your round and between rounds, make it something that will sustain you without being too heavy. Then, maybe snack throughout your day to keep your energy up.

Getting enough rest is important in all aspects of life, including disc golf. Sleep allows our bodies to rejuvenate and our cells to regenerate. Try not to play injured and seek medical advice if you must.

Wear your sunscreen and reapply! Also, try to wear  UVA/UVB blocking sunglasses and hats if you are able to tolerate them, as they protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

 

Plan ahead and be prepared

 

 

 

Read the rules and know them. Have access to the PDGA rule book if it is a PDGA event. Scout the course in advance if you can. Know how long it will take you to get there and how long you will need to warm up before check-in or your player’s meeting and be sure you have plenty of gas in your vehicle the night before so you can have a stress-free morning.

Keep an eye on the weather reports for the days leading up to your tournament. No one wants to go play a tournament round in inclement weather without the proper gear. It’s always a good idea to bring plastic bags of varying sizes (for your phone, keys, etc) and multiple towels, even towels to put under your potentially wet or dirty bag at the end of the day. In addition, extra shoes, socks and even clothing can make your rounds and trip home much more comfortable. Try to find out and plan for the course’s unique conditions, (e.g poison ivy, water). Will there be food available nearby for purchase during your lunch period or do you need to pack lunch and snacks?

Plan for what bag additions you would like to have available to you. Some items to consider: Any necessary medication, sunscreen, bug spray, a notebook, extra pencils, hand warmers/gloves/ear covers, an extra mini, a permanent marker, snacks, extra water, a bandana for your face (no one wants to accidentally get poison ivy by using your disc/mud wiping towel to wipe your face!), alcohol wipes or other poison ivy cleanser.

 

Choose your bag wisely

 

First, be sure you  have water, a mini marker, a pencil and a rulebook or access to one, at minimum.  As far as discs, throw what you know and keep it simple. The day of a tournament is not the day to start trying out new discs. Throw your most predictable discs and be sure you have a couple replacements available for your absolute, “must have” discs (just in case). Be sure you have the appropriate discs for the wind conditions. This is where more stable discs will come in handy.

 

Develop a pre-tournament routine that works for you

Most players like to have a quick stretch, and “test out” the wind and warm up their arm with some practice drives in a variety of directions, followed by some upshots and some practice putting.

 

Some like to walk the course, especially if it is one with which they are unfamiliar. Alternatively, some like to at least walk—or even play—trouble holes on a course, such as a narrow in bounds or over water. Finally, some players like to take some quiet time, do some yoga, meditate or listen to music before a round in order to relax. Speaking of being relaxed…  

 

Prepare your mental game

Unless you’re a top professional, and even then, chances are that every person is nervous at least once during a tournament. Practicing and being prepared will all help you keep a positive mental game.

 

Beyond that, having some quiet time, a mantra, meditation, yoga, listening to music you enjoy—these are all relaxation tools for the player. Remind yourself that you are not there to compare yourself to anyone else. In the end, you are there to play the course to the best of your ability and to have fun. You can only throw one shot at a time. If you have a poor shot or play a hole poorly, try not to let it carry over through your rounds.

 

Who wants to make a HOT MESS and also HELP A CAUSE

Who wants to make a HOT MESS and also HELP A CAUSE

Last weekend to register for the Diva Feeva Brunch & Paint Fundraiser!
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Join the KC Disc Golf Divas and Terese Babcock of Eseret Art for a fun brunch and painting event at The Create-It Studio in the West Bottoms area in KC.

Sunday April 15, 2018 – 11am – 2pm
Create-It Studio
1409 W 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64101

This fundraiser session will let you create a Hot Mess painting of your choice, eat some yummy food, maybe drink a mimosa (or three), and also help raise funds for the KC Diva Spring Feeva this coming May.

In addition to your art masterpiece, your registration includes:
Brunch, mimosas, and 1 raffle ticket for an Innova disc golf bag and other cool goodies inside! We’ll be drawing for the raffle prize winner at this event.

Terese Babcock of Eseret Art, will be leading the art project where you will create your own one-of-a-kind Hot Mess masterpiece from a selection of stencils.

Hot mess is a form of painting that involves a funky background, a white distress layer, then an optional overlay of text. We’ll all use the same techniques but you get your choice of these designs (and others) and the colors you’ll use for it.
Here are some examples of the “HOT MESS” paintings you can select from when you register.

If you want to do a more free paint, you’re more than welcome to do that as well. We all just want to be creative, have fun, and raise some funds for the Divas!

Don’t forget we need you to register in advance, so go here and make that happen: https://eseretart.com/product/divas-brunch-painting

 

 

 

 

1st Annual Ankeny Ladies & Junior’s Classic Disc Golf Weekend

1st Annual Ankeny Ladies & Junior’s Classic Disc Golf Weekend

I love seeing women step into the role of tournament director to start more women focused events. Alison Wiley, a long time disc golfer from Ankeny Iowa, is doing just that but has also created a special event for Junior players as well!
You’ll find registration for both events on DiscGolfScene here.

I asked Alison to share with us more about this unique, fun and family friendly event weekend.

After years of enjoying the atmosphere of women’s only tournaments I thought it was time to create our own here in the Des Moines area.
I would like to cordially invite you to the 1st Annual Ankeny Ladies & Junior’s Classic Disc Golf Weekend. Ladies will play Saturday, April 21st and Juniors (kids and teens) are on Sunday, April 22nd. There will be lots of fun disc golf and prizes for closest to the pin and “ring of fire” putting games. It will be held at Heritage Park in Ankeny Iowa. For the first year, there will be homemade trophies for 1st place in all divisions. These will be PDGA sanctioned disc golf tournaments to grow the sport in our local area. All PDGA women’s divisions will be offered and all juniors divisions as well.

After years of enjoying the atmosphere of women’s only tournaments I thought it was time to create our own here in the Des Moines area. My love of women’s only tournaments stems from attending the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships in Peoria Illinois from 2002-2007. I had never felt such a feminine camaraderie in such a male dominated sport until then. Naturally when the KC Divas started hosting their own women’s only tournament in 2015 I had to be a part of it! Four years later and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

I also grew up playing in the juniors division at a time when there weren’t many other children playing disc golf. I now have children of my own and it’s time for them to play disc golf in the junior divisions and play with other kids who share their same passion.

We hope to grow this event exponentially by next year so be sure to check out our inaugural events. It’s time to grow the sport within these two realms and we would love for you to attend.

Sincerely,
Alison Wiley

Introducing the Ladies of the Chains Podcast

Introducing the Ladies of the Chains Podcast

Earlier this year, Becca Kephart launched Ladies of the Chains, an exciting new podcast specifically for women in disc golf.

I asked Becca to share with us her thoughts behind the creation of the podcast and what to expect in future episodes. Here’s what she had to say …

 

The podcast features rotating hosts to give many perspectives about our game and hopefully continue to connect women disc golfers across the globe.

The idea for the Ladies of the Chains disc golf podcast started when I realized that in the budding disc golf media, there was a significant lack of female voices. With a background in music composition and sound engineering, I knew I had the capability to make such an idea a reality.

What really makes the podcast successful though is all of the wonderful female disc golf voices I’m surrounded by in Kansas City. How fortunate it was for me to come back to disc golf in an area with not only an active disc golf community, but a fantastic women’s league!

The podcast features rotating hosts to give many perspectives about our game and hopefully continue to connect women disc golfers across the globe. As we continue to establish ourselves, we will dive into a variety of topics related to the women’s game and disc golf as a whole. The question I am always asking myself as I plan a podcast episode is: What can we add to the conversation? There are many disc golf podcasts right now, and I hope we can be unique not only in being an all women podcast, but in the topics we choose to elevate.

Upcoming podcast plans include episodes on the mental game, the business of disc golf, a special GBO episode, and more. We are always looking for discussion topics and ideas, we can be reached on FaceBook or our website: www.ladiesofthechains.com.

Currently, disc golf media is growing and evolving at a very quick pace. Hopefully we can grow something great right here in Kansas City that is progressive and moves women’s disc golf forward.

Becca Kephart

 
 

Yoga for Disc Golf Series

Yoga for Disc Golf Series

This is a series of articles and classes with local Disc Golf Diva and coach Jaimee Crosby. In this first class, she will share with you some useful tools to add to your disc golf routine to help with injury prevention this disc golf season. Check calendar for next upcoming class. Classes are co-ed and there is a casual round following the yoga class. Format will vary based on turnout.

 

We all know the importance of preparation for disc golf competition. This may look like a day of field practice, throwing 100 putts a day.  Eating healthy and staying hydrated.

But what does your warm up routine look like? What does your cool down look like?

  • Feeling tight before and after you play?
  • Suffering from chronic injuries?
  • Having trouble keeping your head in the game?
  • tired before the end of your round?
  • Have trouble sleeping before competition?
  • Problems with digestion?
  • Limited in your range of motion?

We put our bodies through a lot for the love of the sport. It’s time to give back to yourself with YOGA!

I have taken certain aspects of the disc golf game (driving, putting, getting around obstacles, poor footing) and have selected yoga poses for them.

Joint injuries (shoulder, elbow, ankle) are some of the most common reported injuries in the sport and there are stretches to help.

Join us on March 25th at Water Works park for the first of many ‘yoga for disc golfers’ events.  Class begins at 12:30 and is co-ed followed by a casual round. These classes are accessible to everyone and beginner friendly.

During this particular yoga class, we will focus on injury prevention.

Tournament season has just started, and the last thing any golfer wants is a preventable injury or sore muscles.   We will focus on certain muscle groups that protect our most important joints. While strengthening these muscle groups we will also create space in the body to lesson tension and pressure on your inner organs and again, your joints.

So how can you put these to use on the course?

I have used my experience with putting (straddle/stagger), driving and approach (fairway or around obstacles) to tailor this yoga practice specifically to the disc golfer and how we use our bodies.

Bring a yoga mat (loaner mats available upon request) and a smile.

XOXO,

Jaimee

 

Brunch and Paint

Brunch and Paint

Join the KC Disc Golf Divas and Terese Babcock of Eseret Art for a fun brunch and painting event at The Create-It Studio in the West Bottoms area in KC.

Sunday April 15,2018
11am – 2pm
Address: 1409 W 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64101

Terese will have a special disc golf painting she’ll teach us, or you are free to do you own thing- either way it will be fun and you can take your masterpiece home with you.

Invite your friends!

Event is BYOB. Food and bottled water will be provided.

Cost is $40.
50% goes to support the 2018 KC Diva Spring Feeva all women disc golf tournament on May 12th.

Please RSVP/Register before April 8th here:
https://eseretart.com/product/divas-brunch-painting

Disc Golf Clinic Series for Women

Disc Golf Clinic Series for Women

One of our own KC Disc Golf Divas and professional women’s disc golfer, Kaylee Kincaid will be hosting these one hour clinics geared specifically for women once a month. All skill levels are welcome and the clinics are free. Each month will focus on a specific part of your game.

If you are wanting to start playing more tournaments, this is a great opportunity to get some pro tips and prepare yourself for the 2018 disc golf tournament season. Playing in the KC Diva Spring Feeva? This will help you feel more confident!

Following each clinic, there will be an optional round of disc golf with some friendly competition.

Check our calendar for the next upcoming clinic.

 

Use the comments section below to let Kaylee know what parts of your game you are most interested in improving.

 

WOW! So that just happened!

WOW! So that just happened!

Our mission from the beginning has been to provide an unforgettable disc golf experience for ladies of all ages.  We strive for this each year and 2018 will be no different. This event could not have grown to be one of the premier women’s only events without the women that play in it each year.

Based on previous years, we knew we would fill at 90 players, but we never anticipated we would do it in less than a week! It’s YOU, the women that make it so special. Your friendships, love, encouragement, and feedback the last few years continue to motivate us

We also have a tremendous support system within our local community. Kansas City loves disc golf and supports women in the sport. You’ll feel and experience this from checkin to when you leave the course on Saturday.

Ok so on to the announcements and updates…

Registration Update:

It’s a Women’s Global Event so we said BOO to a waitlist!  However, per Women’s Global guidelines “the exact same course layout must be used for both rounds”.

We didn’t want to split up across town if we could avoid it, and using all of the down under course made us a little nervous. With all that in mind and after MUCH discussion and consideration, we’ve got a plan!  We will be creating 2 unique courses at Rosedale “up top” which will include utilizing some of the safer holes from the “down under” course. This will allow up to 144 women to play! The registration page has been updated and those previously on the waitlist have been promoted.

The final layout of these courses and schedule of play for divisions will be announced and posted as soon as we have that information available. Thanks for your patience. We’re excited about the possibilities!

Our Junior Divisions:

With a choice of playing just one round in the WGE, it was put to a vote and all the junior girls said “2 rounds please!”  What champs! We currently have 6 junior girls registered- let’s invite more! If you know of a young lady that you think would have a great time and wants to meet some new friends, please share the event. We have a few junior sponsorships available. If the entry fee is of concern, please have them contact us and we’ll make sure to get that little detail worked out so they can play.

Division Changes:

If you want to change the division you are currently registered in, we ask that you contact us ASAP. Keep in mind, there are now caps on some of the Amateur divisions so we cannot guarantee that we can move you.

Official Withdrawal & Refund Policy:

  • We request that all cancellations be emailed to us at divafeeva@kcdiscgolfdivas.com.Withdrawal requests received on or before April 12, 2018 will receive a full refund. (Sorry but any paypal or disc golf scene fees are not refundable.)
  • Withdrawal requests received April 12 – April 27, 2018 will receive a full refund only if we are able to fill your spot. If we are not able to fill your spot, we will refund 50% of your entry fee.
  • Withdrawal requests received after April 27, 2018 will receive a full refund only if we are able to fill your spot. If we are not able to fill your spot, we will refund 25% of your entry fee.

Women’s Global Event:

In addition to a Diva Feeva players pack, all competitors will receive a Women’s Global Event (WGE) player’s pack as well. This year’s WGE players packs will be distributed virtually.  From the PDGA Women’s WGE frequently asked questions page:
For 2018, we have transitioned to an all Virtual Player’s Pack which will be available to all competitors of the WGE. Link to the Virtual Player’s Pack will be sent to all competitors via emails on or before April 30, 2018. 

The charity the WGE is supporting this year is the Disc Golf Foundation. This organization has been involved in our sport for more than 15 years and is motivated to make a big impact in 2018. We look forward to supporting their mission to facilitate more female disc golf players by introducing disc golf to Girl Scout troops across the U.S. and internationally! More information about DGF can be found on the official Disc Golf Foundation website and DGF Facebook page.

You can follow along with the PDGA Women’s Global Event on social media to keep track of all event updates, giveaways, and announcements:

Please use #2018WGE so we can all stay connected!

 

Recommended Hotel & Lodging:

Baymont Inn and Suites Kansas City (formerly Oak Tree Inn)
Located off I-35. exit 234; This hotel is located just 5 minutes from Rosedale with convenient access major highways and popular local attractions.
Phone: 913-677-3060
Please note that many of their rooms are single beds and the doubles are limited.

If you are a PDGA member, your benefits discount can be used but will need to be arranged through the information here: https://www.pdga.com/members/benefitsWe are in process of working with them to provide the discount to all Diva Feeva competitors.

Local Hosts:

We’re looking for some local KC ladies that are willing to open their home to the ladies traveling. If you live within a reasonable drive from Rosedale and are interested in hosting, please get in touch with us.

That’s all for now. We’ll be sending out updates periodically as the event planning progresses.
Can’t wait to see you all in May!

XO,
The Diva Feeva Team

 

 

2018 KC Ice Bowl Team Challenge

2018 KC Ice Bowl Team Challenge

 

Hey Kansas City Beer League, Launchpad, Truly Unique, Dirty Birds, Rogue of Rosedale, Team Sendit, Whiskey Discs… and any other disc golf groups or teams in the Kansas City disc golf community I don’t know yet… Our gang, the KC Disc Golf Divas, would like to challenge your gang to a friendly competition!

We’ve experienced unexpected changes and sadness in our disc golf community this past year from lost courses to lost friends. Let’s move into 2018 with a positive and common goal: to help the Kansas City Ice Bowl reach its goal of raising $10,000 for Bishop Sullivan Center. We’ve come close to reaching it in previous years, so let’s work together to make it happen this year as a community.

There are some incentives and perks for raising specific amounts of money. However, bragging rights for being the group/team that raises the most money will be an even greater reward. There is also a special traveling trophy in the works by Jeff Gradinger of DGNomad that will be a part of KC Ice Bowl for years to come.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the team pledge sheets here
  2. Get your team together and distribute; or have everyone that is participating print a copy for themselves.
  3. Have your team start asking friends, family, and coworkers for help. If you plan to play in the Ice Bowl, you could have them make a pledge for each hole you play, or a donation of any amount is appreciated. You could also come up with other unique fundraising ideas as a team.
  4. Submit your pledge sheets and the donations at the Ice Bowl on January 28th, or by February 2, 2018 at Disc Golf World.
  5. Be the group that raises the most donations collectively and get your group name on the trophy and other perks and incentives!

 

Win or lose, Ice Bowl is a great time for an even better cause! We hope you’ll join us.

News for the 2018 disc golf season

News for the 2018 disc golf season

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, DISC GOLF DIVAS!
This is an especially busy time for all of us with the holidays just around the corner so I wanted to get a few things on your calendars. I also have some exciting news and plans for the 2018 season I want to share. Let’s use the time at our monthly brunches over the winter to discuss more.

2018 KANSAS CITY ICE BOWL CHALLENGE
The KC Disc Golf Divas will be challenging other disc golf groups or organizations to a fundraising contest. I’m talking Beer League, Dirty Birds, Launchpad, etc… we will be calling them out. The common goal: to help the Kansas City Ice Bowl reach its ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for Bishop Sullivan Center. There are some incentives for raising specific amounts of money. However, bragging rights for being the group that raises the most money will be an even greater reward. There is even a special traveling trophy in the works that will be a part of KC Ice Bowl for future years! Win or lose, it’s a great time for an even better cause! Pledge sheets available to download and print here. 

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 KC Diva Spring Feeva + PDGA Women’s Global Event
The 4th Annual KC Diva Spring Feeva is planned for Saturday May 12th 2018. We will also be a participating PDGA Women’s Global Event.

Are you interested in joining the 2018 Diva Feeva Planning Team? Please get in touch with Rhonda or Amy Crowe asap. We will be holding an open planning meeting in January where we hope to learn more about everyone’s unique skills and strengths to best benefit the team & event.

COMPETITIVE LEAGUE PLAY & BAG TAGS
Kaylee Kincaid will be running a competitive level league for us this winter. This will be in addition to our normal league. It’s a great opportunity to get some pro tips and prepare yourself for the 2018 disc golf tournament season. During these more competitive rounds, I would also love to see a return of our Disc Golf Divas bag tags. Dates to be added to schedule soon.

THE DISC GOLF DIVAS COMPETITION SCHOLARSHIP
We are in the process of developing a scholarship program that will help local women disc golfers that have a desire to compete in PDGA sanctioned events but do not yet have a commercial sponsor. More details and qualification outline to be announced on our website soon.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

December:
10th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
17th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
24th: NO OFFICIAL LEAGUE
31st: NO OFFICIAL LEAGUE

January:
7th: Divas Brunch at Tiffany & Monica’s; Disc Golf at Shawnee Mission Park
14th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
21st: League 1:00pm @ Swope
28th: Kansas City Ice Bowl. NO OFFICIAL LEAGUE

February:
February 4th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
February 11th: Diva’s Brunch at Crispian’s; Disc Golf at Lakeside in Olathe. Also our annual bring your own valentine dubs event!
February 18th: League 1:00pm @ Swope
February 25th: League 1:00pm @ Swope

Also in February is our 1st fundraiser for 2018 KC Diva Spring Feeva. We’ll be serving lunch at the Frostbreaker tournament. Let us know if you’d like to help or contribute.

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