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Devil’s Night Dubs

Devil’s Night Dubs

Devils Night Dubs will feature a Soup & Chili Bar as a fundraiser for Diva Feeva 2019.  Please sign up below to support the divas!

 

Is field work hurting your Disc Golf game?

Is field work hurting your Disc Golf game?

Most any dedicated disc golfer will tell you that field work is the basis of their success on the course.  The majority of disc golf clinics have a loose field work structure as well. Field work can help correct common mistakes made on the course. If you’re not familiar with this method, field work is done in a large field, and you’ll typically throw multiple drives or approach shots with various discs to learn their flight pattern and lock in your form. Maybe you throw 5-10 drives to start with. You can throw approaches or putts from each of those initial drives. Maybe you empty your bag, putters and all, to see how far and accurate you can throw.

Another well used method that is recommended by most competitive (or passionate) disc golfers is putting practice. Practice 100 putts a day, work on putting with 90% accuracy, etc. This is an awesome way to get real world experience and prepare you for what you might face on the course.  Putting practice can also be a fun way to find your favorite putter if you’re just starting out.  For beginners, try the Innova Aviar, the Discraft Challenger, or maybe the Dynamic Disc Warden!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repetitive motion activities like field work can fine tune your muscle memory.  There are many factors to consider on any given disc golf shot.  What is the wind doing? What’s the elevation? What disc should I throw?  If we can rely on muscle memory for good form, we can execute all the other things more fully without meticulous concentration. And while repetitive motion may seem like a benefit, it’s important to know that repetitive movement can also lead to future injuries.  Continuous stress on a joint by using similar, uninterrupted movements can lead to inflammation or micro tears in the soft tissue. These injuries, if left untreated, cause loss of flexibility, redness and swelling and may eventually lead to repetitive motion disorders like carpal tunnel, tendinitis/tennis elbow and possibly even arthritis.

Disc golfers who throw back hand are more susceptible to tennis elbow, which is caused by a backward over extension of the wrist.  Those who throw forehand are more susceptible to golfer’s elbow, which is caused by a forward over extension of the wrist.  Even if disc golf is your main physical activity, you probably experience repetitive movements in your everyday life.Lifting, typing, even walking on your tip toes can be considered repetitive and may harm the joints.

Does this mean we should stop doing field practice and limit our time on the course? Let’s break this down. In 1 round of disc golf, assuming you’re throwing par, you’ll be throwing 54 times. The average throws or putts during field practice is around 100.   So, looking at these numbers, field work is equal or less than a full 18-hole round of disc golf.

But if repetitive motion can be a potential danger to the joints, how can we manage to keep our game AND body in tip-top shape? We work from the inside out. It’s important to create good habits whenever repetitive movement or actions are involved.  If you’re moving your body in the same way over and over it’s beneficial to have good posture and technique. Move with purpose, find a few drills that work for you.  Know what your end goal is before you start.  Are you looking for distance or accuracy? Thinking, and working this way will lower the probability of causing lasting damage to the joints.  Adding counter active stretches to your disc golf routine is another easy way to prevent lasting injury.  This includes extension (lengthening/straightening) and flexion(bending/shortening) of the joints. If you stretch one way, stretch the other. When we use these stretches in our routine we can find full range of motion in each joint. This means that no one part of the joint is overworked and instead, all parts are working together.  Using full range of motion has potential to add distance to your drive as well!

 

Try a nice Cat-Cow stretch, small and large arm circles,side body stretches, or gentle neck circles.  Wrist and ankle rolls feel wonderful after a long day as well.  For more disc golf specific stretches check out “yoga for Disc Golf” classes if you’re in the KC area.

 

 

 

 

 

If injuries occur, let them heal completely! This may seem like a no-brainer, but even if you have a slight injury, take time off from throwing.  Of course, you’ll be itching to play, but the tissues in the body and specifically the joints need time to rejuvenate. Keep stiffness away with Epsom salt baths, saunas, and gentle stretches. You may also wish to use the R.I.C.E method for the first few days after an injury occurs. This is a well-known method for nursing sprains, shin splints or other painful inconveniences, the main goal of this method is to reduce swelling and pain by keeping excess blood flow away from the injury.

Rest- Don’t be afraid to take time off the course! It’s important for the healing process to rest our joints. A few days off the course can be a motivator to revise our mental game. Get back to those positive thoughts and remember the reason we work so hard to improve our physical game in the first place.

Ice-  most beneficial in first days following injuries. Ice will alleviate pain and reduce blood flow and inflammation.

Compression- wrapping the injured joint for extra support,reducing blood flow to the injury.

Elevation– keeping injury at or above heart level when icing, laying or sitting to reduce blood flow to injured joint.

If you struggle with chronic inflammation or stiffness in the knuckles, knees, or any other joints, try using an arnica product. Arnica (found in gels, salves, creams and more) is a wonderful alternative to Ibuprofen gel and is known to reduce swelling, bruising, and soreness. Icing or heating your joints in between rounds is another option for those on a budget.

You can help injuries heal and prepare for success with nutrition.Reach for nutritious foods that won’t weigh you down and keep snacks in your Disc Golf bag. STAY HYDRATED. Dehydration can happen quickly and can cause stiffness in the joints, nausea and dizziness.   A recommendation would be to start increasing your water intake a week before a long tournament.  Start with an extra glass of water each day. If you are someone who detests a plain glass of water, you can add fruit, herbs, flavor drops, or even cucumber to your water. Take caution when adding citrus to water on sunny days. Citrus oils are photo-toxic meaning they can burn skin when exposed to the sun. Keeping your skin hydrated helps tremendously. Your skin is your biggest organ, and your first defense against the elements. Sunscreen before sun exposure, lotion after.

Vitamins are a great way to give your joints some extra love, and make you feel better overall! Vitamin supplements can betaken daily to keep your joints healthy and pain free. Omega-3 and Glucosamine are among the most popular vitamins used but always consult your doctor first.  For a more accessible option, try green tea or ginger extract.  Both are naturally anti-inflammatory and are said to minimize joint pain even in arthritic bodies.

As with all things, strive for balance. Work, recover, prepare, repeat. Field work and putting practice can be great assets when used correctly.  Use correct form to create reliable muscle memory.    Stretch before and after repetitive movement to repair and prepare your joints, muscles, and soft tissue.  Rest your overworked joints and let all injuries heal completely.  Fuel your body with clean foods and lots of water, and don’t forget the sunscreen……and don’t forget to smile!

October Calendar

October Calendar

Our schedule for October is final!  

A few highlights…

Brunch is BACK!

Join us October 14th at Stephanie Robert’s house. Followed by disc golf at Cliff Drive. More info here.

Devils Night Dubs Fundraiser

We’ll be serving chili, soups and fixing as a fundraiser.  Please let us know if you can donate a food item.

Click to Download your very own free of charge KC Diva calendar!

Introducing KC Diva FPO’s in Training

Introducing KC Diva FPO’s in Training

The KC Disc Golf Divas have experienced some exciting growth over the years. With growth comes change, and transition creates opportunities.  Now in our 9th league season, we have some upcoming additions to announce!

Beginning July 9th, we will be adding a 2nd league to our Monday night schedule. Both will continue to meet at Rosedale on Monday nights, April through September. We will organize cards and groups as you arrive beginning at 5:30pm. Tee off at 6pm.

Introducing KC Diva FPO’s In Training

For Competitive and Advanced Women

This is for women that have an interest in taking the next step and playing in disc golf tournaments or for tips and advice to improve their overall tournament play. You do not have to officially be a disc golfer competing in professional divisions to play, just aspire to be one.  We hope this league will help to give our  intermediate and advanced women disc golfers the additional skills and confidence they need to begin playing professional disc golf. Led by professional disc golfer, Kaylee Kincaid, consider this a disc golf bootcamp where we will be developing a field of FPO Women right here in Kansas City. We also plan to have guest appearances by other touring women professional disc golfers in the future.

Format will be singles and run as a mini tournament.  Cost will be $4 per week; $5 if you are not a KCFDC.org member. Payout per other KCFDC leagues.

We’re also bringing our KC Diva bag tags back for this league. Tags will be in play automatically each week. New tags available to purchase soon for $6. We will be tracking scores and progress as well.  Spread the word!

 

 

Ladies Night Out

KC Diva’s Casual Recreation League

Our core mission of introducing new women to the sport will not change. We will continue to offer a beginner friendly and supportive environment that is welcoming to new players. Led by Rhonda Crosby, this league is also for those that just want to play a round for fun with no competition involved.

Starting July 9th, Ben Crosby will once again be running a free casual league for the guys at the same time Monday nights.  If you are like many other women, you normally travel to the course and play with your husband or boyfriend. Why not get some girl time and play with the Divas and he can play with the guys. 

 

Other KC Diva Beginner Leagues: For those with schedules that don’t allow you to make it Monday evenings, there is also a beginner friendly women’s league at Rosedale on Wednesday mornings 10:00am. This league is  free and run by Becca Kephart.

 

Family Doubles Night Anyone?

We hope to get more families involved and introduce them to a new fun outdoor activity. If there is enough interest, we thought it would be fun to offer a family night of doubles once a month this summer. Juniors would partner with a parent or another adult, aunt, uncle, or family friend.  We have a couple of amazing little divas here in Kansas City that are becoming true ambassadors to the sport- Ava Meyer and Maddy Quade.  They would love to have more juniors join them. Format would be Alternate Shot Doubles but is open to feedback.  

Please let us know what you think!

 

 

 

Memories from the 2018 KC Diva Feeva and Women’s Global Event

Memories from the 2018 KC Diva Feeva and Women’s Global Event

It’s been a few weeks now since this years KC Diva Spring Feeva and Women’s Global Event and we have more photos and video to share with everyone.  We’ve really enjoyed all the stories and feedback.

The proud victories.

The first time tournament experiences.

The reunions of traveling players and new friendships formed.

The funny champagne stories and other shenanigans.

And of course, the great disc golf played all weekend!

Keep the stories coming! If you have some moments captured on video or photo remember to use #2018WGE and #2018DIVAFEEVA in your posts so we can all enjoy them!  You can also submit your feedback directly to the PDGA here.

 

Together we create goose-bump moments!

Over the past 4 years, KC Diva Spring Feeva has evolved into something far beyond what we could have ever imagined.  There’s a special energy in the air that words just cannot explain but it stems from our shared love of the game and respect for each other. It’s a sisterhood and celebration and each year you bring more friends to the party. Cheers!

 

Credits:

Submitted Video footage by Mike Fenton, and Sammi Tounsley of Girl Friends Guide to Disc Golf

Video editing by Melissa Von Lintel

Music produced by Becca Kephart of Ladies of the Chains Podcast

We are so thankful to have had so many talented and awesome people providing media coverage of the event.

Photography: Madigan Sanders and Gary Birge

Entire Video crew: Mike Fenton, Sammi Tounsley (Girl Friends Guide to Disc Golf),  Jose Ossa (Flying J Disc Golf), Jordan Renzelman.  We’ll continue to share video as it is available.

More fun media coverage we’ve received for this years event!

  • I absolutely LOVED my conversation with Steve Hill.  I could just ‘feel’ his support and enthusiasm for women’s disc golf through the phone, LOL.  Read the interview with Steve Hill of the PDGA (formerly of Ultiworld)
  • Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson discuss the record-breaking PDGA Women’s Global Event weekend, including Sara’s WGE experience (00:45); the KC Diva Spring Feeva (3:50); and some of the other numbers that point toward the event’s success (5:57). Sara breaks down observations from the Global Scores (9:22) before the hosts cover the hot rounds from the weekend (13:45). Listen to PDGA Radio Episode 13
  • We were also honored to be apart of the beginning episodes of the Ladies of the Chains Podcast. This women focused disc golf podcast is the brainchild of one of our KC Divas, Becca Kephart.
  • Thanks to (Crazy) John Brooks, we were featured during part of the “Real Deal” show on local radio station KKFI 90.1. 

 

Columbia, Omaha and Iowa Ladies in the House!

Ladies from Columbia Mo

Ladies from Iowa

 

 

Omaha Ladies

So fun to see all the women from other cities coming back to Kansas City’s Diva Feeva every single year. Their numbers are growing and we’re definitely going to be incorporating a special award in coming years for the most Team Spirit!

It’s especially rewarding to see these ladies head back to their home towns with a freshly ignited passion to grow women’s disc golf in their area.

The Girlfriend’s Guide to Disc Golf is incredibly grateful to Rhonda Crosby for giving us the opportunity to participate in KC Diva and film at the event. We value all of the hard work that went into this tournament and the genuine love we felt for all the women who attended the event. This is an excellent example of how we should be growing the sport for women, and we at GG2DG hope to emulate this in Iowa.– Sammi Tounsley

 

 

Stats for the 2018 KC Diva Spring Feeva

137 registered participants, (130 that actually played), making us the WGE with the most participants this year!

11 states represented

14 in Junior Divisions 

17 said this was their first disc golf tournament

63 said this was their first Women’s Global Event

10 Juniors in the 9 and 10 year old division. We were the biggest FJ10 for this years WGE and the 2nd ever biggest FJ10 field

50 was the Hot Round of the day: Sarah Gilpin shooting a 50 on the Dynamic Discs Green Course in Round 2

 

Congratulations to our 2018 Champions

 

 

Open: Sarah Gilpin

Pro Masters: Tavish Carduff

Advanced: Nova Politte

AM Masters 40: Debbie Blosser Polkinghorne

AM Masters 50: Noemi Bjerkaas

AM Masters 60: Vicki White

Intermediate: Terrynn Robertson

Recreational: Tina Giltrap

Novice: Jessica Davidson

Juniors 15: Lillian Waldman

Juniors 12: Addison Lee

Juniors 10: Virginia Polkinghorne

See Complete Event Results on PDGA >> 

 

 

 

Women’s Global Event: By The Numbers

2,125 total participants in this years PDGA Women’s Global Event.

80 events worldwide, far surpassing the previous record of 62 in 2016.

39 states with events, up from 26 in 2016.

14 countries with events, up from 10 in 2016. New entrants to the festivities included Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, and Slovakia.    Read the full article and stats on PDGA.com >>

 

There was so much excitement and energy leading up to this years Women’s Global Event and we all felt connected, even before the event itself. I’m sure I speak for all of you, how grateful we are to the PDGA Women’s Committee for all they have done with the WGE and women’s disc golf.

My favorite part of the Women’s Global Event is hearing the stories of ladies who made this their first tournament ever. Women’s tournaments in general are the best place to start off your tournament experience, and I’m so happy that many women decide to take the leap of faith each year. Events like the KC Diva Spring Feeva make ladies feel so welcome and supported that it creates the best foundation to build our field sizes.– Valarie Doss, PDGA Women’s Committee Chair

 

How Diva Feeva Placed Globally:

PDGA Women’s Global Results Here >> 

Open Women: (Field size 213) 

Sarah Gilpin: 10th

Pro Masters Women 40+ (Field size 52 )

Tavish Carduff: 22nd

Tracey Lopez: 36th

Jennifer Brockman and Amy Crowe: tied for 39th

Advanced Women (Field size 290)

Itzy Galven &  Nova Politte: Tied for 8th
Megan Kreitzman: 21st

Amateur Masters Women 40+ (Field size 127)

Debbie Polkinghorne: 6th
Fresa Jacobs: 13th
April Jenkins: 21st
Suzanne Hillyard & Carrie Ricketts: Tied for 26th
Elisabeth Borg-Bowman: 43rd
Kim Van Brunt: 48th

Amateur Masters Women 50+ (field size 55)

Noemi Bjerkaas: 4th
Joy McNatt: 12th
Teresa Duff: 18th
Susie Castro Gautreaux-Souder: 39th
Le Wilson: 40th
Catherine McLaughlin: 49th

Amateur Masters Women 60+ (Field size: 23)

Vicki White: 4th
Kerry Rivera: 18th

Intermediate: (Field size 333)

Terrynn Robertson: 3rd
Jess Lauridsen: 6th
Jackie Morris: 10th
Nicole Becker: 15th
Emily Pealer & Melissa Turk: 19th
Jennifer Leftwich: 30th
Samantha Bonacci: 31st
Rylee Ferguson & Bailey Polkinghorne: Tied for 41st

Recreational Women (Field size 423)

Tina Giltrap 100th
Kayleigh Bracht, Jessica Files, Desiree Poth and Brittany Trainor Tied for 113th

Novice Women (Field size: 283)

Jessica Davidson: 61st
Amanda Dyhouse: 68th
Terri Kreitzman & Sara Stueve-Vliet: Tied for 86th

Junior Girls ≤15 (Field size: 31 )

Lillian Waldman: 20th

Junior Girls ≤12 (Field size: 38)

Addison Lee: 24th
Claire Zell: 28th

Junior Girls ≤10: (Field size: 47)

Virginia Polkinghorne: 2nd

Alyssa Soriano: 4th
Ava Meyer: 12th
Hayleigh Shintaku: 15th
Samara Whited: 21st
Madeline Quade: 22nd

 

 

 

Kansas City raised $200 for the Disc Golf Foundation

Thank you to everyone that played the Spring Feeva Dubs on Friday hosted by Launchpad Disc Golf. Twenty percent of all proceeds went to support the ‘Disc Golf Foundation’. They are partnering with Throw Pink to coordinate funding eligible for Girl Scout activities such as: providing equipment, instructional disc golf clinics, and supporting troop disc golf outings. We were able to donate $200 to this great cause!

 

 

 

Our Juniors have grown over the past 4 years!

 

The Juniors played 2 rounds on the Diva Green Course. They were filmed by Sammi Tounsley their first round. You can see a sneak peek on the Facebook Page here. We can’t wait to see the completed video coverage!

 

THE ACES

 

THE COURSES

 

Due to the loss of our beloved Swope Disc Golf Course, we had to choose a new home for Diva Feeva. We ultimately chose Rosedale Disc Golf Course, (Up Top course) which has been home to our women’s league for many years. 

When registration opened in January 2018, we had a cap of 90 players.  Five days later, we filled and began a waitlist! Exciting yes! The problem was that there were several other ladies that wanted to play but were not able to pull the registration trigger yet. It’s a Women’s Global year afterall and the more the merrier.

To increase the field beyond 90, we needed two courses but having ladies split across 2 separate locations is just not how we roll. Rosedale has two courses, Up Top and Down Under. However, not all of the Down Under course holes were appropriate for our beginner friendly event so we set out to figure out a way to create our own “Diva Feeva” signature courses.

To accomplish this, we reached out to some Kansas City folks we knew that could help with the new course designs to make  Diva Green and Diva Pink courses a reality.

With an estimated 200 hours of work in the weeks before, our local volunteers were able to create these two unique courses using the existing courses multiple pin settings and some temporary tee pads. We received compliments all weekend on how wonderful the courses flowed and how beautiful and well maintained the park was.

 

Those flags were sexy!

Having the holes on each course clearly marked and identified was going to be key for overall play so we color coordinated with our own custom flags! Flags were also identified by the course sponsor. We’re extremely grateful to Dynamic Discs Kansas City (Green Course) and KC Disc (Pink Course) for their course sponsorships!

 

After Event Fun

Our new photo booth backdrop took a beating in the morning storm but eventually dried out. Happy to see the ladies having fun and using it.

 

No Diva Feeva tournament is complete without our traditional Flowers and Mimosas!

 

Banana CTP winners! A new tradition added this year. *see 2017 Diva Feeva for back story 🙂

 

Kansas City Supports Women’s Disc Golf!

I’d like to include a final thank you. Not only to our generous sponsors but to our entire Kansas City disc golf community! We have one of the oldest and most active disc golf clubs in the country and this is evident by the number of people that come out to support us. The KC Flying Disc Club and it’s members have encouraged and supported us from the beginning and continue in many ways throughout the year.  Please continue to support our sponsors and Kansas City community of friends.

 

HALL OF FAMERS IN THE HOUSE

We were honored to have not one but FOUR Disc Golf Hall of Fame inductees at KC Diva Feeva this year: Rick Rothstein, Crazy John Books, Lynne Warren and Duane (CD) Steiner.  I really wish we had taken a photo of them together.  FAIL!

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO KC DIVA FEEVA 2019

We’ve already been discussing some preliminary plans for Diva Feeva 2019! No time like the present while it’s still fresh in our minds. Look for a survey coming soon because we’d love your feedback.

Hope to see you at an upcoming KC Divas league night or other women’s event this season. Omaha Ladies Open on July 14th is next stop on the calendar!

Much Love, Peace and Disc Golf!
Ben and Rhonda Crosby

Divas Who Dish with Becca Kephart

Divas Who Dish with Becca Kephart

Guest article by Crispian Paul

In 2016, after a ten year break from the sport, Denver-raised Becca Kephart immersed herself in Kansas City’s disc golf scene. Fast forward a couple of years and Becca is establishing her voice in women’s disc golf. In her own words, she“love[s] disc golf so much” that in March 2018, she began producing and starring in a disc golf podcast called Ladies of the Chains, which focuses exclusively on women’s disc golf. This has rapidly resulted in opportunities for Becca (and some of her friends and guests from the podcast) to provide periodic FPO commentary for The Disc Golf Guy, Terry Miller’s YouTube broadcasts, sponsorships and a trip to the 2018 Glass Blown Open to meet people and get the word out about the show.

 

Becca, an only child, grew up playing sports and music with her parents. She says cannot remember when she first began playing, in Fort Collins, CO but she and her husband started about 14 years ago. She loved it, even though she “didn’t know how to play” and asked her husband to go play frequently. They fell off due to life happening and took a break. Now 100% committed to her passion, Becca enjoys competing and hopes to play “around 10 tournaments this year”.

 

1) What is the best advice you have for a new female disc golfer?

Don’t get overwhelmed and it’s okay to feel uncomfortable. The DG community is a great community, but it can take some time to feel comfortable—it took me about a year.

 

2) If you could only play with three discs, driver, mid and putter, what would they be?

[A] 150 class MVP Wave, if this is the only driver I can use. It can be manipulated to do most needed shots. [An] MVP Matrix, it’s my favorite mid. [An] Axiom Envy, I putt with it in the plasma plastic and it’s a great driving putter too.

 

3) What part of your game are you most proud of and what would you change?

I worked really hard for the first year on my drives, and it’s something I continue to tweak, but throwing a disc farther than I ever thought I could is really fun. I keep working on dialing in my upshots, it’s getting better, but I still waste too many good drives with poor upshots.

 

4) Favorite snack(s) to have in your disc golf bag?

I very rarely snack during rounds. I usually get too focused on the disc golf. However, I do like to have some quick sugar energy like taffy or starbursts with me. I used to always carry a banana, but then I found I never actually ate it.

 

5) Name three non-disc items you always like to keep in your bag?

PDGA rule book, towel, Sharpie.

 

KC Divas at Phoenix Family Girls Camp

KC Divas at Phoenix Family Girls Camp

We had a great time this week sharing our love of Disc Golf with the Phoenix Family Girls Camp. It’s always a rewarding experience to introduce disc golf to kids that might not normally be exposed to it and seeing the smiles and fun they are having. We hope that it will become a new outdoor activity to enjoy with their families for years to come.

Thanks to all of our volunteer coaches today, Kathryn Meyer, Anne Quade and Becca Kephart. Ava Meyer and Maddie Quade are not just great helpers but true assets to the team because they are coaches that the other girls can relate to. They each started playing disc golf with their families and that’s our goal and ‘hook’ with these clinics- introducing disc golf as an affordable and easily accessible outdoor activity for the entire family.

 

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Our next outreach clinic for the 2018 season is coming up on June 21st at Camp Win hosted by the Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (Win for KC). This will be the KC Divas 4th year at Camp Win! We typically see 300+ girls at Camp Win every year, so if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, we have a couple of volunteer coaching spots still available so get in touch.

Playing Your First Tournament? Relax and Get the FAQ’s

Playing Your First Tournament? Relax and Get the FAQ’s

Guest article by Crispian Paul

Before you go into any Professional Disc Golf Association affiliated event or tournament, it is your responsibility to read and be familiar with The 2018 PDGA Official Rules of Disc Golf and Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events (which are combined). This two-sided booklet is available from the PDGA website to print, purchase or view online (www.pdga.com). Your local disc golf retailer may also carry them. Here’s a “newbie” friendly look at what to expect for your first tournament and where to find more information. It’s likely you may play with more experienced tournament players, in which case, don’t hesitate to ask them questions.

 

What should I wear? What can I bring? How should I act?

You must wear shoes of some sort and a shirt at all events. In general, your appearance should be neat and clean. There are rules that apply to all major events and are recommended by the PDGA for all other events but remain at the discretion of the event director. You are expected to be courteous and attentive to your game and that of your cardmates. Watch your own and others’ throws both to locate them more easily and to protect your cardmates and others by watching for flying discs nearby (“FORE!”).

For players or caddies, animals are not allowed at PDGA events. You are not allowed to use of drugs, including marijuana, regardless of local or state laws, nor are you allowed to drink during any part of your round(s) between the two minute warning and when your card is turned in. You are not allowed to drink alcohol to excess at the tournament site. If you smoke or use tobacco products/e-cigs/vape, your card must agree to that and this is prohibited entirely at Major events. These rules also apply to any caddies and players are responsible for the behavior of their caddies. Consult the Competition Manual (for Disc Golf Events) Section 3 for additional information about dress and behavior and section 812 in the Official Rules (of Disc Golf).

 

*Do we still play even if there is bad weather?

The answer is almost always yes. Sometimes there will be weather delays and, rarely, cancellations. For additional information, consult the Competition Manual section 1.07.

 

*What do I do when I arrive?

Arrive early for check-in and the player’s meeting. Check in at Tournament Central. If you are playing a “shotgun start” where all players start at the same time, there will be a board numbered 1-18 (to coincide with your assigned first hole). This contains the names of all players in the event/pool. Your name will be grouped with other names under a number and an official scorecard. If your name is the first name in the group/on the card, it is your responsibility to get that card and begin the scorekeeping for your group. The “card” refers to both the physical scorecard and the people in your group.

 

*It’s time to tee off. What do I do? Who throws next?

Go to your assigned teepad and wait for two horn blasts and/or people yelling “two minutes!” Refrain from any further practice throws and make ready to play. There will be a long blast when it’s time to start. High five your opponents—most fun wins!

You will tee off in the order that is written on the card, initially. You have two minutes to throw your first tee shot of the round and thirty seconds for any shot thereafter (don’t worry—thirty seconds is longer than it sounds!) After all players have thrown off the teepad, the person whose disc is farthest from the target is next and so on until you reach the target.

Sometimes, for pace of play, a person who is not next in the throwing order may throw if the player who is to throw next agrees or if it will not affect the player who is next. Wherever your disc has landed is the lie (at the start of each hole, the teepad is your lie). If you are using a mini marker (required should you want to pick up the thrown disc), place your marker disc on the front edge of your disc. You must have one supporting point in the area of your lie at the time of releasing the disc, even if that is near a permanent obstacle, in an awkward stance or you are doing a “run up”.  If you would prefer to play from your previous lie after a “bad” throw, you are allowed to do so with a one stroke penalty. Sometimes this can save you strokes, depending on your lie and abilities.

Stay back from other players as they throw. You must complete every hole on the course. For more information, consult the Offficial Rules Sections 8002, 807 and 811.

 

*How are scores kept? What is the order after each score is taken?

Each player is responsible for keeping score for a part of the round, which is roughly the number of holes divided by the number of people on the card. Alternately, if a player or a caddy volunteers to keep score for the entire round and all members of the card agree, this is okay too. When it is your turn to score, you will say the hole being scored and the name of the person at the top of the card. They will state their score (including any penalty strokes) and you write that down and move to the next person and so on. Then you state the order of play for the next hole. Whoever had the lowest score on the last hole will start the next hole and so one. Ties do not change the order, so if two people tie on a hole, the order will be the same as the previous hole, and may go back several holes depending upon the round. Don’t worry if you don’t get the hang of it right away, someone will help you!

 

*If something is in the way of my throw or my stance, can I move it?

If it is a permanent or integral part of the course, no. If is is moveable and not attached to a permanent part of the course (i.e. a broken limb which is not attached to a tree) it can be moved. It is also acceptable to ask people to move their property, including vehicles. You are not allowed to break branches or damage flora. For more information about this topic and much of the following, consult the Offficial Rules Sections 803-806.

 

*I keep hearing terms and I’m not sure what they mean. Help me out!

Out of Bounds, AKA OB—An area designated as not in play, and thus out of bounds. This would also include most bodies of water. In order for a disc to be OB, it must be completely surrounded by out of bounds or there must be clear and compelling evidence it landed out of bounds (such as if the card sees it go into a pond).

Mandatory (or “Mando”)—A designated and marked obstacle that dictates the route your disc must take on a specific portion of the course. There is a perpendicular plane extending away from the obstacle and your disc must be on the designated side of the obstacle before the plane is crossed.

Drop Zone AKA DZ—Designated area of a hole designed for rethrows, typically when a required route or lie is missed.

Relief—Distance you are allowed to take away from an OB line, certain objects, etc., with or without a penalty depending upon the sitiuation.

 

*My disc landed in a tree. Now what?

Mark your lie directly below where your disc is in the tree and play from that lie without penalty unless a two meter rule is in effect, which is rarely used and must be declared by the Director beforehand.

 

*I threw my disc and we can’t find it. Now what?

A disc is declared lost when every member of the card has begun searching for it, someone has stated clearly that the clock has started and is counting to three minutes (cell phone, counting out loud etc), and the disc is not found when time is called, even if later found. If the disc is declared lost, the player returns to their previous, approximate lie as agreed upon by the card and throw with a one stroke penalty. If the disc is lost off of the teepad, the player must re-tee because that was the previous lie.

 

*I got a penalty stroke for a violation and I don’t agree with my cardmates. What do I do?

If there is any dispute by your cardmates about a call and there’s a chance the player is safe, such as in a very close OB call, the benefit of the doubt goes to the player. However, if you incur a penalty after the cardmates have agreed a violation occurred and you disagree with the call, you can declare your intent to appeal to an event official and take a “provisional” and play the hole out as your cardmates would have you as well as how you believe it should be played/scored differently. Wait until you turn in your card or are able to speak to an official for a ruling and the proper score can be  recorded.

 

*What if I witness or suspect a violation?

In disc golf, the responsibility lies with the player and the player’s card to enforce the rules. Therefore, it is acceptable to immediately, politely and directly address it with that person. Disc golf as a sport relies on its players to self-referee and we help legitimize our sport when we do so courteously.

 

*Our round is over. Now what?

Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it! You and your cardmates will carefully count scores. If you miscount your score and it is turned in with an incorrect score, you will receive whatever your actual score is plus two penalty strokes. The person who won the card with the lowest score turns the card in to the tournament officials. If it is the first round of a two round day, you will have a lunch break. Be sure to ask what you start time will be and check your starting hole on the board between rounds. If it is the final round of the event, wait and see where you are at in the standings and collect any winnings.

 

Don’t let any of this overwhelm you. In all reality, you will find even tournament disc golf can be fun and relaxed. You and your cardmates will find a flow that works for you in most cases. Be respectful to your course and cardmates and take it one throw at a time. If you have fun, you’ll never feel like you’ve “lost”.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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