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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!
Registration page

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

 

 

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