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Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events


  1. Pre-registration is required for PDGA Majors, Elite Series/National Tour, A-Tier events and is recommended for all other tiers.
  2. A player is not officially entered in the event until their entry fee has been received and confirmed by the event.
  3. All openings in the field of play will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis unless divisional or Pro/Am class caps have been publicized up front with registration, in which case each division or class will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. See exceptions to first-come, first-served below.
    1. Exceptions

      Some exceptions to first-come, first-served are appropriate to reward local clubs and volunteers for their grassroots work and service, to give Tournament Directors (TD) a useful tool to raise money for a tournament that benefits all of the event’s players, and to allow TDs to prioritize growing specific demographics of the sport in their area as they find appropriate.

      1. None of these exceptions apply to PDGA Majors or PDGA Elite Series events (NT & DGPT) as those events already have established registration criteria through their event agreements with the PDGA. A-Tiers that are held concurrent with a National Tour event may utilize these exceptions.
      2. In all cases, any use of Exceptions must be completely transparent and publicly posted in a timely fashion and in a manner that provides the opportunity for any player to meet the requirements to be included within the specific Exception(s).
      3. The below listed permitted exceptions (2,3, & 4) classed as Unlimited, Limited, and PDGA Affiliate Club, are the ONLY exceptions allowed for PDGA sanctioned events beyond a complete 100% first-come, first-served registration.
    2. Unlimited Permitted Exceptions

      These Unlimited Permitted Exceptions are not limited by percentage of event spots, but the specific early registration tiers for the Unlimited Permitted Exception must be first-come, first-served to any player who meets the specific requirements of that registration tier.

      1. TDs may offer early registration tiers based on PDGA Player Ratings to give higher rated players priority (Examples: NT, DGPT, USADGC.)
      2. TDs may offer early registration tiers based on qualification through PDGA sanctioned qualifier events that were publicly available to all players. (Example: PDGA Worlds, USDGC, USADGC, or a Points Series Finale.)
      3. TDs may offer early registration tiers based on specific divisions that are otherwise underserved. These are limited to female-only divisions, junior divisions, or senior (age 50 and older) age-based divisions.
    3. Limited Permitted Exceptions

      Usage Requirements:

      1. TDs may use one or more of the three below-listed Limited Permitted Exceptions but at no time may they allocate more than one-third (33%) of an event’s player spots in total to any combination of the Limited Permitted Exceptions used. Two-thirds (67%) of the event spots must remain for first-come, first-served registrations.
      2. If the event has assigned Pro/Am class caps for registration, no more than one-third (33%) of the Pro spots and one-third (33%) of the Amateur spots may be allocated in total to any combination of the Limited Permitted Exceptions used. Two-thirds (67%) of the event spots must remain for first-come, first-served registrations for both Pro and Amateur.
      3. If the event has divisional registration caps, no more than one-half (50%) of the spots in any division may be allocated to any combination of the Limited Permitted Exceptions used. One-half (50%) of the event spots must remain for first-come, first-served registrations within any offered division.
      4. The Limited Permitted Exceptions are as follows:
        1. Affiliate Club Membership Exception

          TDs may offer early registration to the paid members of local disc golf clubs who are hosting, running, or otherwise facilitating the event’s success and who are registered as PDGA Affiliate Clubs. Club membership must not be exclusive and must be publicly posted so anyone can meet the requirements to be part of the Affiliate Club Membership Exception if they so choose.

        2. Event Sponsorship Exception

          TDs may offer early registration to players who agree to sponsor the event (or an event sponsor’s designated player) at a level determined by the Tournament Director. The sponsorship opportunity must not be exclusive and must be publicly posted so anyone can meet the requirements to be part of the Event Sponsorship Exception if they so choose.

        3. Volunteers Exception

          TDs may offer early registration to volunteers for their work in prepping the course etc., for the event at a level determined by the TD. That volunteer opportunity must not be exclusive and must be publicly posted so anyone can meet the requirements to be part of the Volunteer Exception if they so choose.

    4. PDGA Affiliate Club Permitted Exception – “Club Members Only” Events
      1. PDGA Affiliate Clubs with large numbers of members may run a PDGA sanctioned event where registration is open only to the paid members of the PDGA Affiliate Club.
      2. Club membership must not be exclusive and must be publicly posted so anyone can meet the requirements to be part of the Affiliate Club if they so choose.
      3. Registration must be first-come, first-served to all the Affiliate Club members.
      4. Since they are not open to the general public, such events will be designated as an “X” tier (XC, XB, XA, etc.) and the event name must include the phrase “ - Club Members Only Event”, example: “Shooting the Breeze with the Augusta DGC – Club Members Only Event”
  4. Waitlists will be maintained (overall, by class, or by division) based on the caps that have been publicized in advance.
  5. Entries received via online entry shall be date and time-stamped based on the actual time the entry fee was received at the online entry point.
  6. In the event that multiple entries are received simultaneously, the player with the lowest PDGA number shall have priority.
  7. Events must post pre-registration lists and waitlists on pdga.com and/or the official tournament registration site, and update those lists at least weekly.
  8. Only paid registrants should be listed on the published tournament list.