3.3 Player Misconduct - Official Rules and Regulations of Disc Golf


  1. The PDGA adopts a strict policy of appropriate behavior during events, as well as appropriate comments to the media. Any conduct deemed to be unprofessional is subject to disqualification by the Tournament Director, and may also be subject to further disciplinary actions from the PDGA.

  2. Players are expected to behave in a professional and sportsmanlike manner while participating in a PDGA sanctioned event. Actions that are in violation of this conduct include but are not limited to:

    1. Repeated and overt use of abusive or profane language

    2. Throwing items in anger (other than discs in play)

    3. Overt rudeness to anyone present

    4. Willful and overt destruction, abuse or vandalism of property, including animal and plant life

    5. Cheating: a willful attempt to circumvent the rules of play

    6. Physical attacks or threatening behavior to anyone present

    7. Activities which are in violation of Federal, State or Local laws or ordinances, park regulation or disc golf course rule. Tournament Directors are granted the discretion to disqualify a player based on the severity of the offending conduct. An official warning prior to disqualification may be issued by a Tournament Director where appropriate.

    8. The possession of illegal substances in violation of Federal, State or Local laws. The use of marijuana is not permitted at PDGA events, regardless of the possession of a medical marijuana card.

    9. Excessive use of alcohol at the tournament site.

    10. Possession of alcohol from the start of play until the player's scorecard is submitted is not allowed. Such possession shall result in immediate disqualification at PDGA events sanctioned at B-Tier or higher. The Tournament Director may, at his sole discretion, elect to issue a warning to the offending player in lieu of disqualification solely at PDGA events sanctioned at C-tier and below. If a player has been previously issued a warning for alcohol possession at the same event, all subsequent violations shall result in immediate disqualification.

    11. Overt failure or refusal to enforce the rules of disc golf during competition.

    12. Failure or refusal to cooperate with, or obstruction of any investigation by an official into the competitor's conduct or the conduct of another competitor.

    13. Deliberately seeking to manipulate ones player rating through intentional misplay or withdrawal.

  3. Tournament Directors are required to report any disqualifications to the PDGA as quickly as possible.

  4. Disqualified players shall forfeit any prize money or merchandise and shall not receive a refund of entry fees.

  5. Players who commit Player Misconduct may also be subject to disciplinary actions. To find out more information, see the PDGA Disciplinary Process