Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events
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 a tournament warning or immediate disqualification by the Tournament Director, and may also be subject to further disciplinary actions from the PDGA.All players must adhere to a professional standard of sporting ethics, courtesy, and integrity while participating in a PDGA-sanctioned event and when commenting to the media. Conduct that violates this standard is subject to courtesy violations called by players (see 812, Courtesy), penalties issued by the Tournament Director, and any further disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the PDGA. 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 toIf a player violates the above standard, the Tournament Director may opt, in their sole discretion, to issue a tournament warning for a first offense (except as specified in 3.03.C). Otherwise, the Tournament Director will immediately disqualify the player. Actions that violate this standard include, but are not limited to:
- Repeated and overt use of abusive or profane language.
- Throwing items in anger (other than discs in play).
- Overt rudeness or threatening behavior to anyone present.
- Willful and overt destruction, abuse, or vandalism of property, including animal and plant life (see 803.03, Damaging the Course).
Cheating: a willful attempt to circumvent the rules of playPublic display or use of alcohol, even where otherwise lawful or permitted, from the two-minute warning until the player’s scorecard is submitted at an event sanctioned at C-Tier level or below (see 303.C.4 for penalties at events sanctioned at B-Tier or above). This rule does not apply to L-Tier events, where, if event venue rules permit it, players of legal age may consume alcohol during the round. Physical attacks or threatening behavior to anyone presentExcessive use of alcohol or public intoxication at the tournament site. Activities which are in violation of federal, state or local laws or ordinances, park regulations or disc golf course rules. Tournament Directors are granted the discretion to disqualify a player based on the severity of the offending conduct. An official tournament warning prior to disqualification may be issued by a Tournament Director where appropriate.Overt failure or refusal to enforce the rules of disc golf during competition (see 801.02.B, Enforcement). 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 federal, state or local laws, or the possession of a medical marijuana card.Obstruction of, or failure or refusal to cooperate with, any investigation by an official into the player’s conduct or the conduct of another player. Excessive use of alcohol or public intoxication at the tournament site.Deliberately seeking to manipulate one’s player rating through intentional misplay or withdrawal (see 811.E, Misplay). 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 disqualificationActivities not listed here or in 3.03.C Courtesy, which are in violation of federal, state or local laws or ordinances, park regulations or disc golf course rules.
- The following actions also violate the above standard. Players who commit one or more of these violations will not receive a warning, and will be immediately disqualified by the Tournament Director:
- Cheating: a willful attempt to circumvent the rules of play.
- Physical attacks upon anyone present.
- Public display or use of illegal or prohibited substances in violation of any applicable law (national/federal, state/provincial, local/city/county, et al) from the two-minute warning to the time the player's scorecard is submitted.
- Public display or use of alcohol at PDGA events sanctioned at B-Tier or higher, or of marijuana at PDGA events sanctioned at any Tier level, even where otherwise lawful or permitted, from the two-minute warning to the time the player's scorecard is submitted.
- Players are required to report any player misconduct to a Tournament Official when available or to the Tournament Director directly at the completion of the round.
- Tournament Directors are required to report any disqualifications and player misconduct to the PDGA as quickly as possible.
- Disqualified players shall forfeit any prize money or merchandise and shall not receive a refund of entry fees.
The public display or use of tobacco products by event staff, players, and by extension their caddies, is prohibited at all times at PDGA events of any Tier that solely offer Junior divisions (i.e., divisions beginning with MJ and/or FJ prefixes), including the PDGA Junior World Championships.
Such public display or use is also prohibited at all other PDGA Majors and Elite Series events, as well as those events held concurrently with those Major and Elite Series events, from the two-minute warning until their scorecard is turned in.
- This prohibition includes all smoking and chewing tobacco products, as well as electronic and vapor cigarettes, whether tobacco-based or not. This prohibition does not apply to smoking cessation products that do not produce vapor, such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches, or nicotine lozenges.
- For players and their caddies, any violation of these prohibitions will be treated as a courtesy violation, and violators will be asked to put away the product until after the round has concluded. Subsequent violations will be handled per 812.C Courtesy with penalty throws assessed. Repeated violations may result in disqualification in accordance with 3.03 Player Misconduct.
- At all non-junior events to which this policy applies, the Tournament Director may opt to provide designated smoking areas out of the public eye for players, caddies, and event staff to use during the round, and all rules concerning the pace of play still apply (see 3.02 Pace of Play).
- At PDGA events of any Tier that solely offer Junior divisions, including the PDGA Junior World Championships, no designated smoking areas will be provided.
- In cases where local laws and policies conflict with this policy, please contact the PDGA Tour Manager for guidance.
Outline of Contents
Disc Golf Rules and Standards
- Official Rules of Disc Golf
- Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events
- Section 1: Tournament Procedures
- Section 2: Division Qualifications
- Section 3: Player Code of Conduct
- Translated Rules of Disc Golf
- Becoming a PDGA Certified Rules Official
- Tour Standards
- Technical Standards
- Disc Golf Rules History