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If it's useful and commemorative, then that is what competitors want most in the player’s packs at tournaments that they are attending.

We asked a simple question: Besides discs and shirts, what are your favorite player pack items?

Towels led the charge in the responses on the PDGA's Facebook and Twitter.

While custom-stamped discs and shirts are standards in most packs, players said that useful items, such as towels, water bottles, minis, umbrellas and socks, were among their favorites to receive.

Here’s an interesting idea that serves a few purposes:

A boom in disc golf and the desire to compete in PDGA-sanctioned tournaments has led to a frenzy when it comes to registering for events and at the moment, the demand simply outweighs the supply.

However, there are options available for tournament directors when it comes to accommodating more players into events.

Here are a few ideas for maximizing the number of players at your event:

The latest upgrade to the PDGA Digital Scorecard allows players to share their tournament triumphs with ease. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Farewell to screenshots.

With the latest upgrade to the PDGA Digital Scorecard, there's no longer a need to show everyone that you need to charge your phone battery when showing off your tournament recap.

Recently, the PDGA technology team added a share feature as a part of the PDGA Live experience. It includes everything you want to show off — your final score, your event rating and more.

See those trusty scoreport cards? Maybe you don't need them. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

  • Score board or score port
  • Water Supplies – Coolers, Ice (keys to water filling station if required)

All items below should be contained in a waterproof bin (Rubbermaid, etc.).

The true spirit of organized amateur athletics is competing in a sport purely for the love of that sport and the act of competition itself.

“True Amateur” is the designation used by the Professional Disc Golf Association in reference to those amateur events, or the amateur portion of an event, which promote that true spirit of amateur athletics by presenting only trophies to the top finishers of the tournament rather than a payout in merchandise. Instead, all players in the event receive equal value through their tournament experience due to the tournament amenities that are provided.

There are several levels of sanctioned PDGA events and each level or tier has its own set of requirements and regulations based on the PDGA Tour Standards. The top levels of events, which include World Championships, PDGA Majors, National Tour events, and A-Tier events require current PDGA membership in order to participate. PDGA Majors and National Tour events also require that the competitors have passed the PDGA Certified Official Rules Exam.

The PDGA Event Sanctioning Process

This is your step-by-step guide to sanctioning a PDGA event.  If you have questions or need any assistance with these steps or with your event, please ask [email protected].

1)  Select a date and tier then have it approved by your area’s PDGA Coordinator.

This is a companion that follows the PDGA guide for How to Plan For a PDGA Event. This document assumes that the TD is running a two-day event, but the guidelines apply regardless of how many days your event might be.

Note: These are merely suggestions and best practices.

Running a tournament can be challenging but enjoyable. All it takes is planning, advanced preparation, and a dose of common sense during the actual event. Most PDGA members know how to play. Show them a good time at your well-run event.

Here’s an outline of the items you’ll need to consider:

Congratulations to Evan McKee, PDGA #28702, for winning the Motel 6 contest!

Tournament Director Evan McKee was one of 54 event entrants who will be taking home the prize of 2 complimentary nights at a Motel 6 and a $100 American Express gift card. McKee was able to attain 10 room reservations at Motel 6 from competitors at his August event, Hell on the Border, in Fort Smith, AK. Congratulations to you, Evan!

All tournament directors are encouraged to enter. It’s simple:

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