Frequently Asked Questions
Information on PDGA Membership
The PDGA is a not-for-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors, and hundreds – if not thousands – of volunteer hours to create all the programs managed by still more volunteers and 10 PDGA staff members.The PDGA uses the memberships fees to:
- Organize and manage 3,000 + competitive events worldwide, and the PDGA supports each event with hard-copy and electronic information;
- Manage player points, statistics, and rating system for 35,000+ active members;
- Produce four full-color glossy publication of DiscGolfer Magazine annually;
- Support the annual PDGA Professional World Championships;
- Support the annual PDGA Amateur and Junior World Championships;
- Creating the inaugural 2017 Masters World Championships and the 2018 Junior World Championships;
- Provide outstanding achievement awards to the PDGA player of the year, the TD of the year, the volunteer of the year, and touring players;
- Produce an online disc golf course directory with over 5,500 entries;
- Keep track of demographics that we supply to journalists, PR promoters, and other interested parties;
- Fund the PDGA Innovation Grant Program to create, to increase, and to promote the awareness of the sport of disc golf and the Professional Disc Golf Association through support of innovative project ideas, both domestic and internationally;
- Fund the Marco Polo Program, which supports the introduction of disc golf into new countries by providing support and guidance as infrastructure is developed;
- Design and maintain the PDGA website where members can track their personal statistics in sanctioned events and get up-to-date information on tournament results, disc golf related news, event coverage, and important announcements;
- Facilitate live event coverage of premier disc golf tournaments, including video coverage, hole-by-hole scoring, and more.
- Send out hard-copy and e-notices, membership info, ballots, the weekly E-newsletter and other mass mailings;
- Publish the Official Rules of Disc Golf and manage periodic revisions and updates;
- Manage the Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events, a companion to the rules of play;
- Produce an Information Kit available to PDGA members and non-members alike. The kit contains stats, demographics, testimonials, brochures and is useful for anyone interested in installing a course in their area or promoting the sport in general;
- Print a glossy promo brochure "What Is Disc Golf”? That is available to anyone;
- Organize and subsidize an insurance policy that is available to Tournament Directors for PDGA sanctioned events;
- Develop and maintain rules official certification process;
- Provide Course Marshals at the PDGA Pro and AM World Championships;
- Provide sponsorship to Major, National Tour Elite Series and A-tier (a.k.a “SuperTour events”) which may include the form of a financial contribution, banners, flags, Marshals, and event registration/management assistance;
- Host monthly teleconferences and two annual PDGA Board of Directors Summit;
- Test and approve discs and baskets for sanctioned play;
- Examine other important aspects of disc golf from the environment to sustainability;
- Provide new members with a "welcome" membership package;
- Gratefully acknowledge 10 and 20-year PDGA members with an exclusive bag tag;
- Continue to fund initiatives that work towards broadcasting disc golf via traditional television;
- Open the International Disc Golf Center in Columbia County, Georgia in April of 2007, providing offices for the PDGA staff, the Disc Golf Hall of Fame, and The Ed Headrick Museum. This facility has three Championship courses open to all disc golfers;
- Create and enforce standards for PDGA sanctioned events;
All these PDGA activities and programs build credibility for disc golf and contribute to the formalization and growth of the sport. In short, as a PDGA member, you enjoy all the direct benefits of membership as listed above while also supporting and promoting the development of disc golf. The PDGA supports disc golf around the world and allows multiple opportunities for PDGA members to be active and engaged community members that help with the continuous growth of the sport of disc golf. Impact your local and international disc golf community by joining the Professional Association for all disc golfers.
Yes, a family discount is available. The family discount applies when two or more PDGA memberships share the same address. The second and, or any additional family members that sign up with the PDGA with the same address will receive a five dollar discount on their PDGA membership. The PDGA family membership discount will only send a single subscription of the quarterly publication of DiscGolfer Magazine to the address on file.
Processing and shipping your membership package takes 4-6 weeks. We ship using Business First Class which generally takes 3-10 days once shipped depending on your shipping address. Thank you for your patience.
Absolutely! The PDGA is the Professional Association for ALL disc golfers.
Currently, we do not offer prorated memberships. If you feel you are going to compete in several PDGA sanctioned events before October 1st, then it will be worth it to go ahead and join. When you join the PDGA, any required non-member fees at PDGA sanctioned events are waived. However, if you will not be competing much before then, join after October 1st and your membership will be extended through the following year.
You will receive four issues of The DiscGolfer Magazine. If you join or renew your PDGA membership after the publications release date, then back issues will be included in your welcome/renewal package. Any issues with receiving The DiscGolfer Magazine, please contact the Memberships Manager.
Although some Tournament Directors offer to accept memberships at an event, it can sometimes lead to a lengthy process. Your registration information will arrive with the tournament report, and that report may not be due until 30 days later, depending on the tier level of the event. Your best bet, for future renewals, is to renew online for the quickest processing.
Upgrading your membership enables the PDGA to continue to strengthen our programs, grants, and activities – domestic and abroad – including:
- Innovation Grants
- Competition Endowment Program
- Marco Polo Grant Program – an International Initiative
- Player and Course Rating Systems
- Marking of the PDGA National Tour and PDGA Majors
- Support for the PDGA Website and Media Initiatives
- Upkeep of our Sport's permanent home, the International Disc Golf Center
Birdie Club members receive a Birdie Club logo disc and Birdie Club Bag Tag. Ace Club members receive an Ace Club logo disc, Ace Club logo shirt or Ace Club metal mini and an Ace Club Bag Tag. Eagle Club members receive two personalized Eagle Club logo discs and an Eagle Club softshell jacket. This is a lifetime membership. All members of these clubs are listed on our website and in DiscGolfer Magazine, the PDGA's official publication. Thank you for your support.
If your membership package has not arrived within 6 weeks of being processed, please contact the Memberships Manager with your order number, your PDGA number and your mailing address. Once your address is confirmed, we will have our fulfillment vendor resend your membership package.
The first ratings update to include 2017 events will be March 28th. The Feb 2018 (not shown) is the final update for 2017 events.
|Report Submission Deadline||Ratings Publication Date|
|January 3, 2017||January 24, 2017|
|February 7, 2017||February 28, 2017|
|March 7, 2017||March 28, 2017|
|April 4, 2017||April 26, 2017 (Wednesday)|
|May 2, 2017||May 23, 2017|
|June 6, 2017||June 27, 2017|
|July 4, 2017||July 25, 2017|
|August 1, 2017||August 22, 2017|
|September 5, 2017||September 26, 2017|
|October 3, 2017||October 24, 2017|
|October 24, 2017||November 14, 2017|
|November 21, 2017||December 12, 2017|
|January 9, 2018||January 30, 2018|
Your PDGA Player Rating (PR) is a number that shows how well you have played in PDGA competitions in the past year in comparison to the Scratch Scoring Average (SSA) of the course layouts you played. Players who average the course layout SSA will have a rating of 1000. Top pro players who average scores lower than SSA have ratings over 1000 ranging up to 1050. PDGA amateur men average around 900 rating and women around 825. Each additional throw in your score will reduce your rating from 7 to 13 rating points depending on the SSA of the course.
Players who enter a PDGA event in a division tracked by the PDGA will automatically get their results entered into the ratings system. A new member will receive a Preliminary Rating as soon as they play an event when the TD posts Unofficial Results. A new member will get their first Official PDGA Player Rating once their TD has submitted the tournament report to the PDGA by the deadline for the next Official Ratings update. Only ratings of current PDGA members are published but non-current member ratings continue to be calculated when they play events and supply their member number to the TD.
Your first rating can be calculated after just one valid round of tournament play. It will be posted on the PDGA website the next time the ratings are updated.
Your current PDGA player rating and stats can be found on your PDGA Player Profile. You can search for player profiles by selecting Player Search from within the Membership menu. If you know your PDGA number, you can simply add it to the end of the following URL: www.pdga.com/player/[PDGA#]. For example, to look up Ken Climo's player profile, you can go to www.pdga.com/player/4297.
All amateurs with the exception of aged based divisions, like Juniors or Masters and older, compete in divisions based on rating levels. You may not play in a lower division if your rating is above a certain number. The ratings breaks for each division is shown on page 5 of the PDGA Tour Standards. In addition, there are ratings events where everyone – Ams and Pros – play in a division based on their rating. Players are allowed to enter divisions higher than their current rating, just never below (except in Ratings Events where every player must play in the division their rating places them in).
If you have pre-registered, the TD may allow you to remain in that division as long as the event is within two weeks of the ratings posting date. If you did not pre-register before the new ratings were posted, then you are expected to play in the division (or higher) where your new rating now resides.
Tournament Directors may upload tournament scores using the PDGA Tournament Manager web app. Preliminary unofficial ratings will be calculated for each round (click on the Show Ratings link). The results of the event at this stage are considered "Unofficial Results". When the PDGA receives the official tournament report from the tournament director, course layout assignments are verified, points are calculated, and scores are certifield as official. Round ratings for each event are then officially calculated and player ratings are updated for all members with new events played since the last update.
Every 4-6 weeks, on the scheduled ratings update date, official data is updated on the PDGA website and the events that used to show as "Unofficial Results" will then show as "Official Results".
If you don’t see any scores or unofficial ratings during or just after the event, it’s because the Tournament Director has not uploaded the scores.
Your rating is only updated when Tournament Directors have submitted the reports for events you played in to the PDGA office by the deadline three weeks before each update is posted. If you haven't played in any new events or in those that have been reported to the PDGA, your update date and rating continue to stay frozen at the same values.
Either an event you played quite a while ago just got reported for this update or it’s possible an older event you entered needed to be corrected when a scoring or course layout assignment mistake was reported or discovered.
If you are looking at Unofficial Results or ratings, contact the TD about making corrections. The PDGA office cannot help you since they do not have the tournament report from the TD yet. If you are looking at Official Results and see a problem, send email to [email protected] and include a link to the event.
Propagators are players with a rating above 699 and based on at least 8 rated rounds. Their scores each round are used to determine the course rating (SSA) and subsequent unofficial ratings for each player that round. It takes at least three propagators (also known as props or gators) playing a specific course layout for the online software to calculate unofficial ratings for a round. Propagators are shown on the tournament pages with their rating in bold type.
The unofficial ratings for each round are calculated from only the scores the propagators threw that round. Their scores will naturally vary from round to round even when it looks like the weather conditions are similar either on the same day or even the next week with a completely different set of propagators. The typical variance in a round rating for the same score under similar conditions can range up to 25 rating points (about 5%). If it's more than that, it's possible the weather was significantly different or perhaps the TD did not set the course layouts properly when uploading scores. The good news is that when the official ratings are calculated, the scores of all propagators playing the same layout in more than one round are combined so that everyone will receive the same official rating for the same score in all of those rounds.
Yes, it can sometimes be true by a few percentage points. However, here's the catch. It's not because these top players have higher ratings, it appears to be due to the additional tournament pressure in higher tier events. As mentioned above, it's more difficult to shoot the same score due to tournament pressure. But if you happen to be a local not affected by the same tournament pressure as those visiting town, you may be able to average a throw or two better scores and earn the better ratings. Note: those better ratings aren't just handed to you, you still have to earn them.
Yes. The weather and tournament pressure are automatically taken into account resulting from the typically higher scores propagators shoot in tougher conditions. These higher scores thrown by propagators will produce higher ratings for the same score on the same course layout compared with rounds played in milder conditions and recreational play.
This is true in some cases. The roughly 2%-7% difference (1-3 throws) seems to be due to a little more pressure on players when playing tournaments versus leagues. Presuming the weather conditions are similar, it appears to be the most likely factor to account for the difference. The good news is that this effect doesn't help or hurt the ratings of players overall. No matter how difficult or easy a course plays, the average player rating of the propagators before the round is about equal to the average of the ratings they receive in each round. Check it out and see.
If you do not complete a round due to sickness, injury or other emergency, you will receive a score of 999 indicating you Did Not Finish (DNF) that round. You will not get a rating for that round but will receive ratings for any other rounds you completed before and sometimes after that round (if TD allows). You or someone in your group must inform the TD that you did not complete the round and why. If you complete the round even though sick or injured, you will receive a rating for the round. So keep that in mind when deciding whether to complete the round.
This is considered a Did Not Finish (DNF) with a penalty. You will receive a score of 888 for the round which triggers a penalty lowering your overall rating up to 5 rating points for a 6 month period. If your current rating is within 5 points of dropping into a lower division, your rating will only be dropped enough to keep you in your current division.
When reported by the group to the TD, the offending player will receive an 888 DNF for trying to manipulate his rating. The 888 triggers a penalty lowering the player's overall rating up to 5 rating points for a 6 month period. If their current rating is within 5 points of dropping into a lower division, their rating will only be dropped enough to keep them in their current division.
All rated rounds you have played and have been reported to the PDGA within 12 months of your most recently rated round will be Included in your rating calculation. However, if any one of those ratings is either more than 100 points below your average rating or more than 2.5 standard deviations below your rating – whichever number is smaller – that round will not be included in your current rating update and indicated with a No. This include/exclude calculation is done for each update so it's possible your lowest rated round might be excluded in one update and included again in the next update. The more consistent you play the more likely no rounds will be excluded. Inconsistent play means you'll more likely have one or more low rated rounds excluded. Rounds where you DNF (Do Not Finish) are never counted in your rating.
At least 13 holes must be played by the field to produce an official round rating. For courses with less than 13 holes, scores from two rounds can be combined to produce an official round rating. Official ratings can be produced for rounds up to 36 holes long. The number of holes in each round is weighted to determine a player's PDGA rating.
Every throw equals about 10 rating points on a typical 18-hole course from the long tees. If your scores average 10 throws over SSA, your rating will be 100 points lower than 1000 which would be 900. So a player with rating of 950, who is about 5 throws better than a player with a 900 rating, should probably spot the 900 rated player about 4 to 5 throws if they are trying to level the playing field for the round.
In theory, yes, but it has a very low probability of happening. We know that a propagator will throw more than three shots better than their rating about 1 in 6 rounds. We calculate ratings based on at least 5 propagators. And normally, we have more than 20 in most events. But let's say we just have 5. The odds that all 5 propagators will shoot more than 3 shots better than their rating in a round is 1 in 7776 rounds (1/6 to the 5th power). If we rated 100 rounds a year with only 5 propagators, we would have just one round in 78 years with all 5 propagators shooting more than 3 shots better than their rating.
Dealing with ‘sandbagging’ – players entering a division below their skill level – used to be a challenge. Since 2002, PDGA Player Ratings have been used to group amateur players in competition divisions to prevent players from entering divisions below their rating. In addition, ratings provide one element for ranking the world's top players on the PDGA Tour. Course ratings pave the way for statistical comparisons of courses around the world with the potential to help improve their designs and levels of challenge. Ratings also allow players to handicap their play against anyone all over the world. And based on member surveys, ratings are popular and fun to watch, not only yours but everyone else’s, too.
How would you calculate a fixed rating for a course layout simply by taking measurements, looking at foliage, fairway widths and accounting for hazards? It’s also common for TDs to add temp holes, change tee or pin positions, or use new permanent or temporary courses such that no course rating would be on file to use for that layout. Then, imagine trying to calculate and keep track of those layout ratings on courses with dual tees and 2 or more pin placements per hole that can produce thousands of configurations. Using the scores of propagators with established ratings to produce a course rating for each round has proven to be an effective way to indicate how the course played that round automatically taking all variable factors into account such as number of holes, weather, lighting, time of year and tournament pressure bundled up simply as each of their scores for the round. Having more propagators provides more measurements and improves the accuracy of the numbers. Ball golf uses fixed course ratings for their handicap system. Fortunately, they only have 3 to 5 configurations to track on each course. Unfortunately, weather and tournament conditions cannot be accounted for with their fixed value system.
- Career wins consist of individual wins in any Amateur or Pro division. Doubles wins are not included in this total.
- Career earnings are only displayed for players who are classified as Professional. This includes any Pro who has been reclassified as an Am.
- Player and tournament statistics are compiled from officially processed tournament data from PDGA sanctioned events only. If you just won an event this past weekend, it won't show up until we receive the tournament report from the tournament director and officially process and calculate the results for publishing to the website.
- We may not have complete data for some of those players who have been around for decades. This is only an aggregation of tournament and player data that we have records for in the database. There is an ongoing effort to enter in all the tournament data that was recorded on paper back in the early days of the PDGA.
If you know of a course that is not listed in the directory, you can add it quiclkly and easily. To add a new a disc golf course to the PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory, you'll need a user account on PDGA.com. If you already have an account, login now. If you don't, create a free account.
If you know that a course has been changed, or if you know something about a course in the directory is incorrect, you can make quiclkly and easily make the necessary edits. To edit a disc golf course in the PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory, you'll need a user account on PDGA.com. If you already have an account, login now. If you don't, create a free account. Once you're logged in go to the course information page and click the "Edit" tab.
Please see the PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory Help page for details on how to edit a course.
Use the PDGA Disc Golf Course Search and select a Country from the drop-down list. You can search by City, State/Province, or Postal Code and the results will return all courses in the directory in order of proximity to your search parameters.
FAQs about the approval, design, and construction of a disc golf course.
Yes. They can be acceptable for the lowest tier competitions. Ideally, the PDGA would prefer that those who produce homemade baskets submit a sample and get them PDGA approved as long as the basket doesn’t violate any current patents. The submission process is here.
Yes. However, it’s imperative that a professional designer be involved for the design phase so the course is not only suitable for those who will play it but also as safe as possible. A contact list of designers who can help find someone to help if they themselves aren’t able to help directly is available here. Typically, Eagle scouts have been doing something to improve an existing course versus building a course. Some of these improvements might be building several sets of steps to reduce erosion in places with grades, creating and installing tee signs with nice graphics, or building benches for each hole.
Much depends on whether holes are mostly in the open or in the woods. Wooded holes have much higher upfront costs for clearing, depending on who does the work. However, maintenance can be minimal other than occasionally trimming some new growth limbs and possibly spreading wood chips on the fairways every few years. Open holes require some level of regular grass mowing but every 2-3 weeks may be fine. Hard surface tees may need to have dirt or gravel added in front of the tees every year or two to deal with wear. If natural tees are used, then it may be necessary to move them every few years and fill in the worn areas. Some park departments regularly dump wood chips around the baskets every year to reduce the natural wear that occurs from player traffic.
We’ll assume the land is available already, but that’s an additional major expense if it’s not. A barebones installation with light duty baskets, natural tees and simple wooden signs and do-it-yourself design (not recommended) can be installed for about $350 per hole. A full service community course with a heavy duty basket, dual cement tee pads, nice dual tee signs and two sleeves for basket placements on each hole could run up to $1000 per hole which includes a basic design fee on a property with little clearing to be done. The design fee could be $2000-$3000 higher if the course requires lots of fairway clearing thru woods and the designer is involved in supervising that process. An added cost might be if the clearing is done by outside hired professionals versus park staff and volunteers. Additional amenities that may be considered would be an information sign board at the start of the course and benches at several or all holes. A very nice course can be installed for $20,000 in most places where not much clearing is required.
The chart that can help estimate acreage is available here. The very shortest beginner courses may need only half an acre per hole on average. The more wooded the property, the less space is needed because the woods can provide a safe buffer between fairways. Championship courses might need more than one acre per hole but again that can vary based on the amount of woods involved.
The initial steps are the same as getting a course approved for a public park. The Course Development area on this website has many documents to help with approving, designing and installing a new course. Check the Disc Golf Course Designers group to see if any members are located in your area. They can help you through all steps of the process. If there’s no one on that list nearby, do a search of courses near your zip code and contact some of the people listed as contacts for those courses. The websites for target manufacturers can not only provide information on their target models, but they have helpful advice on course design and installation. Contact information is available here.
The Course area on this website has many documents to help with approving, designing and installing a new course and is located here. Check the Disc Golf Course Designers group to see if any members are located in your area. They can help you through all steps of the process. If there’s no one on that list nearby, do a search of courses near your zip code and contact some of the people listed as contacts for those courses, especially courses in public parks. One of the first steps regardless whether you get additional help is to contact the Park Department that oversees parks in the community. Usually, there’s a master plan that has determined the future plans for park development. That will indicate which parks might be suitable for disc golf and whether the option will even be available. Depending where you live, it’s possible you’ll have different nearby parks managed by up to four different authorities such as city, county, state or federal. So you’ll potentially have to contact up to four different authorities to find out what options and properties may be available for a course.
Since not all players will play each week of a league, the total score across all weeks can’t be used to do rankings, so ranking is instead done by total points earned within each division of the league. Points are awarded based on how many players a competitor either ties (including themselves) or beats within their division during EACH week of play times the points factor for that division.
We first need to figure out how many people a competitor tied or beat each week, then multiply that times the points factor for the specific division in question.
For example, let’s look at players in the MA2 division (which has a points factor of X2for leagues) using the following scores in a hypothetical eight week league:
|Player||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8|
For the eight weeks of league, player "John" tied or did better than:
- 4 players in week 1
- 3 players in week 2
- 2 players in week 3
- 1 player in week 4
- 0 players in week 5
- 1 player in week 6
- 4 players in week 7
- 4 players in week 8
That could be otherwise written as 4+3+2+1+0+1+4+4 for a sum of 19 people that John tied or beat in his division across the eight weeks of league. John will therefore earn 19 (number of people beat or tied) x 2 (points factor for MA2) for a grand total of 38 points.
Following that same equation, the results would be as follows:
- George tied or beat a total of 22 people and therefore earns 44 points.
- Paul tied or beat a total of 15 people and therefore earns 30 points.
- Ringo tied or beat a total of 11 people and therefore earns 22 points.
On the official results page for this hypothetical PDGA League, these players will be ranked in MA2 by the total points that they earned:
- George - 44 points
- John - 38 points
- Paul - 30 points
- Ringo - 22 points
Please note that although this is how the PDGA awards points and represents results for all PDGA Leagues on the “Official Results”, leagues are still allowed to use many different criteria such as handicapping, and/or self-contained weekly rankings/payouts based on straight scoring for the week. Because of these many different possible ways of running leagues, the on-site league results may differ from the official PDGA League results and points awarding.
If you have any questions, please send an email to the PDGA Tour Manager.
Not really. PDGA Ratings are calculated using what's called a zero sum process. The total ratings points earned in a round by the group of players with established ratings (who generate the ratings) will always total the same as the total of their player ratings going into the event.
Let's say a player thinks they can boost their rating in league because they play a course very well. However, many other local league players also play this course well. So even though this player may average 2 throws better on this course, enough other league players also play well enough such that the ratings produced will not average any better from those better scores.
If a player tries to use league rounds to tank their rating, there are already statistical calculations in place to trap that behavior if the TD doesn't already see it and report the problem. Multiple DNF rounds will also be tracked the same way they are tracked for regular PDGA events to discover any pattern of abuse for potential disciplinary action.
PDGA rules must be followed in leagues just as they are in regular tournament play. The one exception allowed for league play is players of legal age may drink during rounds if the park rules allow alcohol to be consumed on the course. However, please drink in moderation since courtesy rules can be enforced to penalize unruly behavior.
If the same league plays more than one day in a week, a separate sanctioning form must be submitted for each week day. For example, if you have a league that meets every Tuesday and Thursday, the PDGA would see that as a Tuesday league and a separate Thursday league for reporting purposes. That doesn't mean the league couldn't continue to locally process their league standings, results and payouts with those days combined.
Yes. Players may play in a different division they are eligible for as they prefer each week. That's one reason why every player must play the same tees and course on a specific league day so ratings are calculated properly.
No and Yes. All players must play the same tees on a specific league day. However, everyone can play a different set of tees on the same course or even another course the following week. The league can move around so the same tees/course are never played twice over a 10-week league. If the courses being played in your league are particularly long and too tough for lower level divisions to play the long tees, we recommend sanctioning two leagues running on the same course on the same night. Have your higher level divisions in one league playing the long tees. The other league would include your lower divisions playing a shorter set of tees on the same course.
The TD determines the basic entry fee per day for each league division. The TD adds $1 fee to each of those entry fees which is paid by each player whether PDGA member or not. From that $1 fee, $0.50 goes to the PDGA and $0.50 goes to the TD to help with their league expenses, compensation and possibly final league prizes. The fee to sanction as a PDGA league is $25.
There's no non-member fee to play in a PDGA league. However, non-members will not receive ratings they can see online nor earn PDGA points.
Yes. Players will earn PDGA points based on how many players they tied or beat in their division during each week of play. League points are 1/2 the amount of points of a C-Tier tournament.
Yes. Some TDs may either want to or be required to sanction their league for the PDGA insurance coverage. It takes at least 5 PDGA members with established ratings over 699 to produce Preview (unofficial) Ratings online each week. However, even if your league has fewer than 5 players with established ratings some or most weeks, the PDGA will use an alternate method to generate official ratings for the current and hopefully new PDGA members in your league once your final league results are submitted.
Yes. Current PDGA members will earn ratings and even non-members will earn them even though they won't be able to see their official ratings until they join or renew. Players will see preview (unofficial) ratings each week when the TD posts the scores online just like regular tournaments.
If some weeks don't display preview ratings, it's likely not enough players entered that week with established ratings (propagators) over 799. At least 5 propagators are required to produce preview ratings. The good news is that once the league report is submitted to the PDGA, players will still receive official ratings for any of the weeks they couldn't see preview ratings.
TDs can run their leagues pretty much however they run them now using best average scores, a points system, best 4 of 10 finish positions or handicaps to determine nightly and final league standings. Payouts will not be reported to the PDGA so amateurs may even get cash payouts if the TD prefers and they will not lose their amateur standing.
Simply sanction multiple league sessions to cover the full length of your league. For example, if your league runs 18 weeks, just sanction two 9-week league sessions to cover it. The main reason for the 10-week limit is so scores get reported to the PDGA within 3 months of the time a league session starts so players can get official ratings for their league rounds without waiting half a year.
PDGA league sessions include 6 to 10 weeks of singles play. No doubles yet. Players enter standard PDGA divisions or the league can be run where everyone participates in one handicap division as long as the TD reports players' raw scores to the PDGA site within standard PDGA divisions so players can earn ratings. The League Director or assistant must be a PDGA Certified Official and they are allowed to play.
Once the Touring Pros for a given year are calculated they are sent an email with information on how to take the Official's Exam free of charge. If you didn't receive this email please contact the PDGA Office.
You may take the exam an unlimited number of times until an acceptable score of 80% is achieved.
The PDGA Rules Official certification is good for three years, unless otherwise noted by the PDGA Board of Directors due to a major rules revision.
Tournament Directors of PDGA Sanctioned events are required to be a Certified Official. Starting in 2011 passing the Official's Exam is now required for all amateurs and professional competitors playing in a National Tour Elite Series or PDGA Major event.
A glow stick or LED light may be attached/taped to any PDGA Approved disc for use in sanctioned events where play occurs after sunset in that time zone.
In addition, these lights, ribbons, or chalk dust may be used with PDGA Approved discs for use during sanctioned play in daylight, specifically when there is sufficient snow cover on the course where the lights, ribbons, or chalk might make discs easier to locate. Non-PDGA Approved discs such as those with built-in LED lights cannot be used at any time during sanctioned play.
On the top menu bar click on "PDGA Tour". There will be a drop-down option stating "Tournament Directors"; click on this and look on the far right-hand column to find "TD Payment".
Under the top menu bar you will see "EVENTS". There will be a drop down menu; click on "Tournament Directors". The forms will be listed in the column on the right-hand side of the page listed as "Documents and Resources". QUICK LINK: http://www.pdga.com/tdinfo/resources
Yes and No. You may compete in amateur divisions at A, B, and C Tier events if your player rating falls within the guidelines: http://www.pdga.com/documents/divisions-ratings-points-factors However, you are now classified as a Professional with the PDGA and are ineligible to compete in Amateur Majors such as the US Amateur Disc Golf Championship and Am Worlds. *Please keep in mind that you may accept prizes in lieu of cash in a Professional division and remain an Amateur.
Please contact Vic Allen, the PDGA Memberships Manager with your request for reclassification. Pro class players may reclassify to Amateur class provided they meet the following criteria:
- The player has not accepted cash while competing in a Professional division within the past year.
- The player has not previously been reclassified from Pro to Amateur within the past five years.
- The player's rating is...
- less than 970 for males who are Open age players (less than 40 during calendar year)
- less than 935 for males who are Master age players (40-49 during calendar year)
- less than 900 for males who are Grandmaster age players (50-59 during calendar year)
- less than 850 for males who are Senior Grandmaster age players (60-69 during calendar year)
- less than 800 for males who are Legend age players (70+ during calendar year)
- less than 875 for females who are Open age players (less than 40 during calendar year)
- less than 825 for females who are Master age players (40-49 during calendar year)
- less than 775 for females who are Grandmaster age players (50-59 during calendar year)
- less than 725 for females who are Senior Grandmaster age players (60-69 during calendar year)
- less than 700 for females who are Legend age players (70+ during calendar year)
Players who do not meet criteria #3 may still request reclassification but need to provide detailed reasons along with any supporting documentation. For example, a player requesting reclassification due to a chronic injury or condition that would prevent them from ever playing at their former level will need to provide a letter and documentation from an appropriate medical professional. Such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the expectation is that the players round ratings would have already shown a decline to below the requirement of Criteria #3.
- Online Registration
- Registration List
- Unofficial Results
- Official Results
An account on PDGA.com allows PDGA members to link to their PDGA membership so they can manage their contact information online and upload a photo for display on their player statistics page. It is also required is for anyone that wants to add, modify, or review a disc golf course in the PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory or comment on a story.
If you don't have an account, or the system doesn't recognize your email address, you can create a new account at www.pdga.com/user/register.
Your PDGA membership might not be linked to an account on PDGA.com. If you don't have an account, or the system doesn't recognize your email address, you can create a new account at www.pdga.com/user/register.
If you have signed up for an account on PDGA.com, and cannot remember your password or username, follow these steps:
- Go to www.pdga.com/user/password and enter your username or email address.
- Find the email with the subject line "Replacement login information..." in your email inbox.
- Click once on the link in the email to open the "Reset password" page in your web browser.
- Enter a new password that you can remember in the “New password” field.
- Enter that same password again in the "Confirm new password" field.
- Click once on the Log In button.
As a TD of a WGE Only event, you will need to submit the sanctioning fee, proof of insurance fee (if needed) and certified officials exam (if needed). The per player fees are waived in addition to the non-member fees.
Note: If you are running a regular tournament and including your female divisions in the WGE, the per player fees and non-member fees are only waived for the participants in Women's Global Event.
Please contact [email protected] if you have any additional questions.
Yes. As a TD, you are required to upload scores for the ladies after each of the first two rounds of your local event on May 14, 2016. All participating WGE tournament directors will upload their scores via the PDGA Tournament Manager as normal. Scores, ratings and rankings will automatically be updated on the WGE results page.
If this is your first time running a PDGA sanctioned event, please familiarize yourself with the PDGA Tournament Manager and the steps to upload scores before the morning of the WGE. It is crucial that you upload each round score and have your course information entered correctly for your tournament to be counted as an official global event. If you have any questions, please contact us prior to the morning of the event at [email protected].
To sanction a tournament please visit http://www.pdga.com/online-sanctioning-agreement and submit a sanctioning agreement.
If you are sanctioning a standalone WGE tournament please indicate “WGE - ” before your tournament name. If you are sanctioning a regular tournament and will be including your female divisions in the WGE please indicate “ + WGE” after your tournament name. (See examples below).
In the Event Notes section of the sanctioning agreement, please indicate that you would like your tournament to be included as a WGE event.
- WGE - Spring Fling (Standalone ladies WGE)
- Spring Fling + WGE (Regular tournament with WGE component for the ladies)
As of January 20th, all 800 player packages have been spoken for and are no longer available for reservation.
The last day to register as a WGE is April 22, 2016.
Note: As of January 20th, all 800 player packages have been spoken for and are no longer available for reservation.
Please note that you must fulfill all of the requirements below for your tournament to show on the online calendar. If you believe you have fulfilled all these requirements, but still don’t see your event on the schedule, please contact the WGE staff.
All you need to do is upload your local player registration list via the PDGA Tournament Manager like you normally would. You can review your current registration on your individual results page and the Women's Global Event results page will be updated automatically with the current list of global participants.
No. The division you register for and play in at your local tournament will be the division you compete in for the WGE. You must play all tournament rounds in the same division at your local event including rounds that will not be included in the WGE.
All participating WGE tournament directors will upload their scores via the PDGA Tournament Manager as normal. Scores will automatically be updated on the WGE results page. Tournament Directors will be uploading scores throughout the day on May 14, 2016.
If this is your first time running a PDGA sanctioned event, please familiarize yourself with the PDGA Tournament Manager before the morning of the WGE. It is important that all of your participants, their scores and your course information are entered correctly to keep the ratings consistent across the competition. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].
You will need a minimum of 1 woman playing in a women's division and a minimum of 3 players (women or men) who are ratings propagators playing on the same course layout during each round. For the rounds to qualify, they must be the first two rounds of the event and played on the same course and layout each round. Propagators are PDGA Members rated 800+ with a minimum of 8 officially rated rounds. Ratings propagators are required to calculate the ratings for the 2 rounds included in the WGE.
You can tell which players in your tournament are ratings propagator by checking to see if their player rating is bold on your individual tournament results page. In the example below, only Mark is a ratings propagator so his player rating is in bold. William and Thomas are not propagators because they do not have a minimum of 8 officially rated rounds. Rudolph isn't current so he cannot be counted on as a ratings propagator.
Yes, all WGE tournaments must be officially sanctioned by the PDGA. To sanction your tournament please visit http://www.pdga.com/online-sanctioning-agreement and submit a sanctioning agreement. Please be sure to specify in the Event Notes that you would like your tournament to be included in the Women's Global Event.
Yes, if there are no local tournaments, you might consider sanctioning and running your own WGE tournament. You will need to complete a sanctioning agreement and meet all sanctioning requirements (current membership, certified official, fee payment) and all WGE tournament requirements (3 propagators on the same layout, upload scores, submission of TD Report. etc.).
Check out the PDGA Tour Event Planning & Management resources for more information on running a tournament.
Yes! Non-member fees have been waived by the PDGA for the WGE. There is one exception. If your local event is classified as an A-Tier event, then membership is required.
Also, it is important to note that your while your round ratings for this event will be calculated for the purposes of determining a winner in each division, to acquire a PDGA player rating you do need to be a PDGA member. To become a new member, you can visit http://www.pdga.com/join.
Just register to participate in one of your local tournaments that have been registered as a 2016 PDGA Women's Global Event. There will be no need to register separately for the Women's Global Event since there will be no additional fee to participate other than your local tournament registration fee. The first 800 women to register for a local WGE tournament were eligible to reserve a Women's Global Event player’s package. As of January 20th, all 800 player's packages have been spoken for and are no longer available for reservation.
All WGE tournaments will be listed on the PDGA Event Schedule for May 2016 and on the 2016 Women's Global Event page as well. Keep checking back for tournaments in your area as they are added to the schedule and get a hold of your local tournament directors and ask them to register their tournament as a WGE event.
Scores from the first two rounds of each participating tournament will be submitted by the individual tournament directors and rated by the PDGA. These round ratings will be totaled and averaged to determine the player's "Global Score." For the rounds to qualify, the event must include two rounds and have at least 3 ratings propagators playing on the same course layout during each round for ratings to be calculated as accurately as possible. The Global Scores will be updated throughout the day to determine our Women’s Global Event Champions and the winner in each division will receive a memorable trophy.