We're just over two weeks into the 2021 PDGA Elections and 15,887 ballots – 17.66% – have been cast as we select the next three members of the PDGA Board of Directors as well as several State and Provincial Coordinators.
It’s been a steady climb in participation throughout the 2021 election. A week ago, the percentage of ballots returned was at 15%.
The Professional Disc Golf Association announces the resignation of Will Schusterick from the PDGA Global Board of Directors effective Dec. 31, 2020. Schusterick, a three-time United States Disc Golf Champion, was elected to serve on the BOD in July and will step down to focus on personal matters.
“Unfortunately, I will have to withdraw from the PDGA Board of Directors,” Schusterick said. “Due to recent events with my family, I will not have the time needed to properly serve as an active board member of the PDGA. I want to thank everyone for their support and will see you on the course.”
The PDGA Board of Directors is providing notification that it is considering a change to the current bylaws of the organization. The bolded language below represents the proposed change, which is now open for a public commenting period through June 2, 2020. If approved, it will take effect on September 1, 2021.
Board members David Foss and Nate Heinold, who are up for re-election this year, recused themselves from deliberating or voting on the matter because this change is being considered during the current election cycle.
The PDGA Board of Directors is providing notification that it is considering three possible changes to the current bylaws of the organization. These changes include language related to discrimination; election and appointment of former PDGA employees or consultants; and future candidacy of Board members who were removed or resigned. The bolded language in each section below represents the proposed changes, which are now open for a public commenting period through April 29, 2020. Any feedback regarding these changes should be sent to the Board of Directors.
To our loyal and passionate members around the world, thank you for your continued support and dedication to the PDGA during these very difficult and uncertain times. The world is experiencing an unprecedented health crisis that impacts the lives of each and every individual. While it seems small by comparison, our global disc golf community has also been significantly affected by this pandemic.
This amendment will remain in effect for all PDGA events sanctioned as of 3/12/2020, that are taking place between 3/12/2020 and 12/31/2020. This policy will be reviewed, and if deemed necessary, be renewed or modified for events in 2021 no later than 11/1/2020.
PDGA Board of Directors Member Mike Sullivan joins this week's podcast. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
Steve and Sara announce the PDGA Rookies of the Year and Players of the Year (6:05) on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio. Plus, what’s going on with Paul McBeth’s ankle injury (15:00)? PDGA board member Mike “Sully” Sullivan drops by to discuss the organization’s disciplinary policy overhaul (21:30).
At this year’s Fall Summit, the PDGA Board of Directors approved a sweeping update to the Disciplinary Process. This proposal was workshopped by the Board, staff, and Disciplinary Committee members, and the Board then made further changes in response to member feedback provided at the summit. The primary goal of these changes is to increase transparency and accountability through improved communication with our members.
At its November 12, 2019, teleconference, the PDGA Board of Directors established a policy regarding the use of cannabidiol (CBD) products during PDGA-sanctioned events. This policy was created with guidance from the PDGA Medical Committee.
The PDGA Board of Directors held a vote at the September 3, 2019 teleconference to elect the PDGA officer positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary for the coming year. The results are listed below.
The PDGA Medical Committee has been formed to provide expert advice on a wide variety of issues concerning the health and well-being of disc golfers. Members of the committee have been selected through an interview process and represent a diverse group of medical and fitness professionals:
The PDGA Board of Directors held an online vote that closed on September 1, 2018 to elect the PDGA officer positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The results are listed below.
A Board of Directors is a requirement for non-profit status and is mandated by the PDGA bylaws. In addition to semi-annual summit meetings, the Board and staff conduct monthly teleconference calls and ongoing communication to accomplish required business. Some of the Board’s main activities include: setting PDGA policies; hiring and supervision of an Executive Director responsible for headquarters, staff, and ongoing operations; financial management including annual budget; identification of responsible future Board members; and representing the membership’s visions for the future of the sport and the association.
On the evening of September 5th, 2017, the PDGA Board of Directors held a vote during their monthly teleconference for the officer positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The results are listed below.
This is a historic occasion for disc golf and for the PDGA in Europe! As detailed in the PDGA Europe Transition Concept Paper section of the International Program Guide, over the past year the PDGA has begun the process of transitioning PDGA Europe from a Committee to our organization’s formalized and largely self-governing continental body for Europe.
Per the requirement of the PDGA Bylaws, the PDGA Board of Directors provides this notification that they have scheduled a discussion regarding a possible change to the current bylaws of the organization. The Board of Directors is considering an amendment during their May 9th, 2017, meeting. To avoid a conflict of interest, this potential change to the bylaws would not allow employees or paid consultants to also be a member of the Board of Directors. This concept has been reviewed by our legal counsel and the following verbiage is being considered:
Today, we have not one but two exciting announcements for the disc golf world! Not only have the latest winners of the PDGA Innovation Grant Program been selected, but we are proud to roll out a much-anticipated change in the structure of the program itself. Starting with this latest batch of applicants and continuing indefinitely for the PDGA Innovation Grant Program, the number of grant applicants to be awarded has been doubled from five to 10 and the maximum potential grant amount has been increased from $500 to $1,000!
On the evening of October 11th, 2016, the PDGA Board of Directors held a vote during their monthly teleconference for the officer positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The results are listed below.
During the 2015 PDGA Board of Directors Fall Summit, I made a statement that caused the room to go silent. A few of the staff looked up from their keyboards with muffled smirks on their faces. One veteran board member appeared to be aghast. A folded piece of paper was passed around the big table and when it got to me, I was thinking there might be YES, NO and MAYBE boxes next to the words “Do you want to be my boyfriend?” like the notes confiscated by middle school teachers. “My first summit and I’ve already caused a stir,” I thought to myself.
On May 20th, 2015, the PDGA Board of Directors appointed Hans Nagtegaal #44969 as a replacement for former Board member Karolyn O'Cull #16994. Hans' term will end on September 1st, the same date that Karolyn's would have. Hans will be campaigning to keep his seat during the quickly approaching PDGA Elections. Voting will take place online between July 1st and July 31st, 2015 and the new terms will begin September 1st, 2015.
Hans Nagtegaal was born in and currently lives in The Netherlands. He started playing disc golf in 2010, and has since developed an impressive resume as an advocate for the sport.
On Tuesday evening September 2nd, the PDGA Board of Directors met for the September monthly teleconference. The first order of business was the election of Board officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The process for the election of Board officers is available in Section 4 of the PDGA Bylaws. Rebecca Duffy, Dave West, Robert Decker and Kevin Mccoy will serve as officers and members of the executive committee until the next board officer elections in 2015.