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First Ever Women’s Disc Golf Symposium

First Ever Women’s Disc Golf Symposium

 

  • Date: Wednesday, February 1st @ 8:30pm EST / 7:30pm CST
  • Broadcast: SmashboxxTV – YouTube
  • Duration: 2-3 Hours
  • MC: Valarie Jenkins – PDGA Women’s Committee Chair

In celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day on February 1, 2017,  the PDGA Women’s Committee will be hosting the first ever, PDGA Women’s Symposium.

Speakers and Topics:

Speaker Topic
Zoe AnDyke Growing Disc Golf Through Teaching
Jenny San Filippo Women’s Leagues: How to Attract, Encourage, and Retain Participants
Erin Oakley Women’s Tournaments: How to Attract, Encourage, and Retain Participants
Sarah Hokom History of Women in Sports and How it can Influence Change in Disc Golf

Tune in and learn more about women in disc golf and how you can support and help grow the sport!

2016 Diva Feeva Wrap Up

On May 14th at Swope Park Disc Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo an extraordinary event occurred. 89 ladies from 8 different states, from ages 7 – 60, shared a disc golf experience like no other here in the Midwest. 81 of the 89 actually competed, and for many it was their very first tournament experience.

Video credit: Melissa Petrin

Thank you to Melissa Petrin for her hard work filming and doing interviews to help capture the event. She was also was responsible for getting us covered in the local media. Check out the video that aired on Time Warner MetroSports Channel.

This has been a dream come true for myself and my assistant director, Amy Crowe. Just seeing that many women competing and having a great time together brought a few tears throughout the day. Our mission with the Kansas City Disc Golf Divas has always been to grow the sport for women. We started doing this locally with our leagues and other activities. Now with this event, we have a greater reach and can share the sport with women in the entire Midwest. More women playing disc golf and more friendships made that we hope are for a lifetime.

This year we were also a part of the 3rd biennial PDGA Women’s Global Event (WGE) and over 1600 other women across 11 countries and 28 states also competed simultaneously in events like ours! Collectively, this created the largest PDGA sanctioned event for a single demographic ever. With WGE events held in the United States, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Estonia, Iceland, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, the WGE reached more new countries and countless new players from around the world.

Thanks and big hugs to Valarie Jenkins, Sara Nicholson and the entire WGE planning team for their hard work and dedication to making this such an amazing event. Read more about this  international success story here! 

 

Cover Photo: The largest 2016 WGE (97 women), The Chick Flick/Women of DGOD WGE event in North Plains, OR. (Photo Credit: Jessica Boone, PDGA Women's Committee member.)

Cover Photo: The largest 2016 WGE (97 women), The Chick Flick/Women of DGOD WGE event in North Plains, OR. (Photo Credit: Jessica Boone, PDGA Women’s Committee member.)

 

Congratulations to our division winners:

Open: Paige Bjerkaas
Masters: Nova Politte
Advanced: Mariah Flagg
Advanced Masters: Elisabeth Borg-Bowman
Advanced Grandmasters: Joy Mcnatt
Intermediate: Nadya Vorobyeva-Santiago
Recreational: Fresa Jacobs
Novice: Susan Broockerd
Junior V: Virginia Polkinghorne

Here are the Global Results

 

Thank you once again to all our fabulous sponsors of the KC Diva Spring Feeva! Be sure to check out our final sponsor page here with a list of their businesses and websites.  Please be sure to thank them for helping us bring this event to Kansas City.

Thank you to our friends and volunteers for their assistance, encouragement, tips, and overall support that contributed to the success of this event.

The course was BEAUTIFUL thanks to Patrick Smith, Gary Birge and everyone else that played a part in setting up the Diva Feeva layout.

Special thanks and gratitude goes to Amy Crowe!  She has put in countless hours of work helping organize the event. She is a tremendous asset to our team and a great friend. I could not have done this with out her.

Last but not least I thank my husband, Ben Crosby, who has supported me all these years with my mission to promote women’s disc golf. I can’t imagine having another Tournament Director for this event.

See you next year!
Much Love,
Rhonda Crosby
Co-Tournament Director and O.D. (original diva)
 

Growing Disc Golf through Youth and Schools

Growing Disc Golf through Youth and Schools

Bring your Kids and Join Us for the 3rd Annual Juniors Championships Saturday October 10th at Foxhill Elementary School

 

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In support of Growing the Sport, why not bring your family out for a fun day of disc golf. This is not just for the competitive golfer. It’s an opportunity for kids to play tournament golf that is geared exclusively for juniors, but any skill level is encouraged to play. It’s one round and the kids are divided into 5 different appropriate age groups. Raffle and other prizes throughout the day, CTP and Ring of Fire. There’s also a BBQ lunch served.

>>Download Flyer and Information<<

A majority of the event proceeds are donated to United Way.  Bill Lentz, the Fox Hill P.E. teacher and tournament co-director’s goal every year is to raise $300 for United Way.  Fox Hill has hosted a Frisbee tournament and disc golf event in KC for numerous years and we hope to continue  growing this event and raising money for United Way. The flyer states that is the 3rd annual KC Juniors Open, but this event started as a frisbee and hula hoop event fundraiser for United Way is one of the longest frisbee events in KC’s rich history going steady for 24 years.

 

A conversation with John Theiss,
one of the organizers of the Juniors Open

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John Theiss: PE teacher for the Blue Springs School District for 13 years and playing disc golf for 14 years

Course designer and member of the Disc Golf Course Designer Group

Designed five 18 hole courses
One 9 hole school course
One 4 hole school course

 

I recently had a conversation with John to get his thoughts and perspective on growing the sport and how he sees the future. He had great advice to share and ideas on promoting disc golf through school programs and more.

Where do you see the future of disc golf heading?

 John: The future of disc golf will grow exponentially once disc golf becomes part of our state PE curriculum.  In my short time playing, I have seen tremendous growth and change in our sport.  There have been changes in how events are run locally, more events are available now than ever, and new courses are popping up everywhere.  All of these changes are great and point to growth, but the real growth occurs once all children have been exposed to the sport.  Disc golf must be a mandated activity for physical educators to teach.  When kids are introduced and instructed in schools, it provides a sense of legitimacy that varies from  parents dragging their kids out and trying to teach them.

You have a real passion for promoting our sport to kids. What lessons have you learned and advice can you give others that might have the same passion?

John: My  passion is all things related to disc golf, but not strictly promoting it to kids. I am very fortunate to have a profession where I am able to impact disc golf, been privileged to design, and able to instruct thousands of students.  With my main professional P.E. goal of promoting lifetime fitness, disc golf is an activity that aligns perfectly.  Youth are an untapped population in the disc world and anyone can make a huge difference in this group, not just P.E. teachers.  YOU can make a difference and one does not need to be a P.E. teacher.  Do not wait for someone else to do make things happen at your local school.

Team sports are fantastic and our country embraces team sports, however, team sports are not for everyone. I witness large percentages of my student population struggle with traditional team sports.  Disc golf  provides opportunities for full inclusion and teaching a disc golf lesson is one that encourages everyone to be active and engaged. All students have a piece of equipment versus waiting around or watching. All physical abilities can participate, those with poor hand eye coordination or foot agility can achieve skill progression and mastery, and my student in a chair is able to throw rollers  as far or even further than his classmates. Disc golf levels the playing field and students can quickly progress, master skills, and interact together in cooperative but competitive environment.

“Some lessons learned along the way, why install permanent baskets at your neighborhood school, purchasing discs and baskets, and the matching baskets program”

We’d love for you to share more about how you went about putting in the school courses. Tell us more about your experiences and how you were able to make this happen.

Having permanent baskets was important for me and I wanted my students to have real baskets to utilize in class and outside of class providing families and students a place to play after school.  Fold up baskets are great for some teachers, but lugging them out and setting them up takes some prep time and over the years they start to show wear and tear.   I was passionate about installing permanent baskets for my school (but the price was a big factor) and luckily one year our PTA donated money for our 4 hole course designed on a perimeter loop of a field.   My passion for school courses did not stop at my school and I continued to push and have since put in numerous baskets at schools using the DB-5 from Lightning Golf Discs.  From my experiences, schools can be easier than parks departments to get courses installed.  I have worked with various park departments and two school districts, but I have found schools are more willing to approve the project and have less bureaucratic measures and red tape slowing you down.  The biggest hurdle with schools is money.  However, you can write grants, ask the PTA to earmark the money for this year or next, sell tee sign sponsorship, do a walk-a-thon or exercise -a-thon to raise funds.    I have written several grants and it can be a very difficult process to find outdoor grants that are not specifically geared towards  S.T.E.M.  (science, technology, math). Do not get discouraged when searching for grants, writing grants, or working with schools to convince them to install a course.  Schools often have some of the best overgrown and neglected spaces between sports fields and buildings that are just waiting for you and your energy to install a course. Once one school installs some baskets, often times the other P.E. teachers in the district will jump on the disc golf band wagon and the domino effect has begun.

If you teach elementary school or want to get a disc golf program started at your child’s school, finding the right discs are also very crucial.   Students need to feel successful and experience skill mastery in order to stay engaged.  I recommend that you call a manufacturer and ask them to mold your discs as light as possible.  If you do not get the answers you want, call around.  Someone will be willing to help you out today since the market has so many new companies.  When working with elementary kids, I use weights starting from 117g to 150g.  Most of my students in grades K-5 stay in the low weights of 117g to 130g until they  are turning them over.  I know that sounds super light, but if you purchase a stable disc, they fly predictable and have great glide. I also look for a plastic that has some flex so they are not as stiff in case they make contact with other students.  I tend to go with an approach and putt disc that has some flex.  Discs that have beveled edges are too dangerous, even mid ranges discs are too firm on the edge and can be pose safety issues with errant throws.  Go with a slower lightweight flexible disc that they can control.

I would also like to see the Matching Baskets Program thru the Disc Golf Foundation be offered to elementary, middle and high schools.  After building two 18 hole courses at schools that required numerous resources, funding was our major obstacle.  How many colleges or universities are hurting to muster up the funds required to purchase 18 baskets?  Many universities have large activity fees focused towards building massive student rec centers.  For 1/10 of 1 percent of the cost to build a rec center, universities could build a disc golf course.

We need to get more permanent courses in at schools and the cost of 9 or 18 baskets is quite large when considering other costs for installing a course.  I believe that when elementary, middle, or high schools  have the adequate space and interesting terrain and features, they should have an opportunity to be considered for Matching Baskets.  Disc golf grows when more students have a access to it thru the instructional approach of a teacher versus being exposed to the sport on college campuses.

In addition, schools need help from basket manufactures by providing  affordable permanent outdoor baskets. Businesses  must make a profit,  but it would be nice if schools were given  wholesale basket prices that are offered to retailers.  Some retailers may be upset by this notion, but if you have a course nearby, that will drive more business into your store.   I have had two different store retailers (Disc Golf World and Discs Unlimited) sell baskets barely above their cost for my school courses.

Schools should be able to buy baskets at wholesale prices. This enables schools to have extra resources for tee signs, tee pads or for machinery needed to clean and clear land.   So the revenue problem, in my opinion, can be handled two ways to help grow the sport. Matching baskets for all schools that qualify (with appropriate land for 9 or 18 holes) or cheaper basket pricing for schools.

I started my quest for a school course only three years into playing.  Since then I have continued to grow and learn as a player, teacher, and designer.   Folks will ask me questions about their city and the absence of a course.  I ask them, “Why are you not going to your park board and making your wishes known? Why are you not asking questions at your kid’s school and all that great land behind the playground? You can do this! You can make a course happen!   You do not need to be a teacher or designer. There are many folks out there that can help you but you can be the driving force to get the process started.  Go to your local club or  local disc golf store and ask for help. You just have to have the energy, passion, and be ready to get your hands dirty to make it happen.”

Want to help GROW THE SPORT? Do you have any advice or ideas to share? Please leave your comments and feedback below.

 

Summer wrap up and events for the rest of 2015

Summer wrap up and events for the rest of 2015

Hello my disc golf divas! It’s been a busy summer and I apologize that it’s been awhile since I posted- Lots to share so let’s get started…

League Schedule Change for Fall

Our summer women’s league at Rosedale will be ending for the season. Monday September 28th will be our last night at Rosedale until next April.

We’ve welcomed several new divas at league this season and on our facebook group. Sadly, we’ve also had to say good bye to divas that have moved away. Thanks to all the ladies that came out and the guys that supported us! Special shout out to LaRon “Who Man” Harris for coming out and supporting us with your clinics.

Even though summer is coming to an end there is still a lot of disc golf to be had here in Kansas City.

KC Disc Golf Divas fall league – a.k.a Mimosa League

Beginning Sunday October 4th, KC Disc Golf Divas move to Swope Park at 1 pm. The fall & winter version of Disc Golf Divas league is also known as “Mimosa League”. We were crowned the Mimosa League a few years ago by our disc golf brothers, KC Beer League. Be sure to say hi to them when you’re out at Swope on Sundays. You can’t miss em – just look for the Mule and a LARGE group of the best people you’ll ever meet on the course. They’ve always been some of our best supporters.

I’ll provide a round of Mimosa’s to begin our rounds once a month – the rest of the month is left to any divas that want to share 🙂

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It’s fitting to continue this KC Divas Mimosa tradition with the success of our inaugural KC Diva Feeva women’s only tournament this past May.

The Diva Feeva volunteers (primarily men) surprised all players with mimosas and roses after they finished the last round. They didn’t even share their plan with me, the event organizer, so I was as surprised and touched by this show of love as all of you.

First Sundays Disc Golf Social at Swope

The first Sunday of every month the KC Disc Golf Diva’s will be hosting First Sundays Disc Golf Social at Swope. More details to follow but this will be co-ed and we’ll also be encouraging families to attend. We hope that it will attract more new players and lifetime disc golf families by helping them get acquainted with our disc golf culture and family.

I’ve listed below the disc golf events local to our Kansas City area that are happening this fall and winter. This is my favorite time of year for disc golf! I’ve been on the injured list since July and looking forward to being able to play in some of these events. I hope you’ll join me.

Remaining 2015 Disc Golf Events in Kansas City Area

 

SEPTEMBER

(note: 2 events at Thornfield in September. If you have not had a chance to play this beautiful private course, I encourage you to take the opportunity)

  • Saturday September 19th: 6th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity Disc Golf Tournament. Thornfield. More info
  • Saturday September 19th: KC Parks and Rec WOW (Wonders of Wildlife) week at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park. The Divas will be volunteering to help Dan Cashen on this great family event. More info
  • Saturday September 19: Trilogy Challenge @ Smithville Lake. More info
  • Sunday Sept 20: 4th annual Roc vs Buzz competition @ Swope Park More info
  • Saturday Sept 26: 8th Annual Ozanam Open Charity Disc Golf Tournament @ Thornfield. More info.

OCTOBER

  • Saturday October 3rd: KC Divas Party. Time and location to be posted.
  • Sunday Oct 4th: KC Divas league moves to Sundays at Swope – 1pm (October thru March)
  • Saturday October 10: 3rd Annual Kansas City Juniors Open Charity Disc Golf Tournament @ Foxhill. More info.
  • Saturday Oct 17: Mighty Mo @ Cliff Drive and Waterworks. More info
  • Sunday Oct 18: 1st Annual Bad Rock Creek Open. More info
  • Friday Oct 30: Halloween Glow Event @ Rosedale

NOVEMBER:

  • Sat Nov 7 – Sun Nov 8: Kansas City Flying Disc Club Championship. More info
  • Sat Nov 14: Annual KCFDC Elections. More info
  • Saturday Nov 21: Big Blue Monster @ Blue Valley. More info

DECEMBER:

  • Sunday Dec 6: Winter Wonderland @ Rosedale
  • Sunday Dec 13: Double Down at Swope

 

Feel free to share what events you plan to attend in the comments below!

5 ways to support KC Diva Spring Feeva

The past couple of months as I’ve talked about the Inaugural KC Diva Spring Feeva event, the most common question I am asked in the disc golf community is, “how can I support you- what do you need?”

So to make it super simple , here is the list of top 5 ways to support KC Diva Spring Feeva:

1. Purchase a Dyemax Fundraiser Disc:

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Check out these beauties! For just $20.00, one (of ONLY 10) can be yours! All proceeds to support the KC Diva Spring Feeva! You can purchase these and other KC Disc Golf Divas discs at all Diva’s leagues, Dynamic Disc Kansas City store, Disc Golf World and select Dynamic Discs events.

Special thanks to Michael Krueger for donating the cost for our first run of fundraiser discs.

 

 

2. Purchase Raffle Tickets:

For your chance to win one or all of the following:

  • Portable Disc Golf Basket
  • Dynamic Discs Bolt Ranger Disc Golf Bag
  • Nutsac Disc Golf Bag
  • Weekend stay at the Marriott Hotel
  • More items added weekly

Tickets are 1 for $3.00 or 2 for $5.00. You can purchase tickets at all Diva’s leagues, Dynamic Disc Kansas City store, and select Dynamic Discs events.

Drawing to be held at the KC Diva Spring Feeva event, May 9 2015 at Swope Park. You do not have to be present to win.

Special thanks to Scott Reek and Dynamic Discs for their raffle donations.

 

3. Volunteer:

Our tournament director, Ben Crosby, is putting together an all male volunteer staff for the day of the event so that all interested women have the opportunity to play.  Volunteer positions include hole spotters, registration and check-in staff, general setup and tear down help, and even caddies.  Many have already stepped forward and we thank you! Ben will be in touch with you soon with more details. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ben Crosby and/or complete our volunteer form here.

 

4. Become a Sponsor:

 As a sponsor for this event, you will receive media attention from your association with KC Disc Golf Divas, you will help introduce the sport to more women, and you will encourage greater involvement of women in organized competition.

You will find more information on the various sponsorship opportunities on our sponsorship page here.

For other support options that might better serve your needs, please contact us. We are more than happy to discuss other creative possibilities.

5. Be a part of the Gallery:

The entire Kansas City disc golf community is invited and encouraged to come out on May 9th to support the KC Diva Spring Feeva with a gallery atmosphere. Come out to Swope and spend the day with us. Find out more about the event and registration here.

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