Dynamic Discs Open Coverage to Air on CBS Sports Network [6/25/2020]
The Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT), Dynamic Discs, and JomezPro are pleased to announce a collaboration to create four 1-hour telecasts of the Dynamic Discs Open, airing on CBS Sports Network this August, with time/dates to be announced later this summer. The production of the hour-long telecasts will be led and delivered by JomezPro, featuring post-production coverage of each of the three rounds of the tournament, as well as a Skins Match to be played on Monday after the tournament.
The Disc Golf Pro Tour is a PDGA Elite Series comprising the largest events, biggest purses, and best fields of competitors in the sport of disc golf. The DGPT has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Dynamic Discs Open is the first event back since the break.
The Disc Golf Pro Tour owns the media rights of all Elite Series events on the tour, normally producing live coverage through the Disc Golf Network and contracting media teams to cover post-production duties. Dynamic Discs approached the DGPT and JomezPro with the opportunity to create a program for television. Dynamic Discs CEO Jeremy Rusco got the deal started. “We are so excited that a whole new segment of our population will see competitive disc golf for the first time. With so many new players trying our sport during the pandemic, it will be good to show them the serious and competitive side of disc golf as well,” said Rusco.
After discussion, JomezPro agreed to lead the production for Dynamic Discs. “We are honored to have the opportunity to bring Disc Golf to a fresh audience on such a large network. We have been working closely with CBS Sports Network to ensure that this project reaches its full potential and hopefully sets the stage for future opportunities to keep growing our sport,” said JomezPro founder Jonathan Gomez.
Central Coast Disc Golf, who will be filming men’s chase card, will work in association with the JomezPro team on this project. The DGPT agreed to alter the existing next-day post-production contracts of both teams to let the project move forward. “We are thrilled to work with a true disc golf production team to deliver content to a national television network,” said Jeff Spring, DGPT CEO & Director.
Fans can expect the JomezPro and CCDG coverage to become available on YouTube in September. “While this project will limit the next-day post-produced footage that is available to existing disc golf fans, the upside of putting disc golf in front of mainstream America will bring long-term benefits to the sport we all love,” said Rusco.
While the Men’s shot-by-shot will be delayed, the Women’s coverage will be next-day. “We are glad that the Women’s division will be represented in the telecast. We felt it necessary to ensure that next day post-production coverage would be available,” said Spring. The Women’s lead card coverage will be filmed and broadcast next-day by GK Pro on their YouTube channel.
Live Coverage from the Disc Golf Network will also remain, with small adjustments. Instead of being available for re-watch on the Disc Golf Network & YouTube, the coverage will only be available to watch Live. Viewers can subscribe to the watch live at www.discgolfnetwork.com.
The DGPT media plan will shift back to both live coverage and next-day post-production for The Preserve Championship being held in Clearwater, MN from July 3-5, 2020. JomezPro will be covering Men’s lead card with GK Pro covering Women’s lead card, Central Coast Disc Golf covering Men’s chase card, and Par Save Productions covering Men’s third card.
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PDGA pushes World Championships to 2021 [6/1/2020]
After continued evaluation of both the local and global impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all PDGA World Championship events in 2020. Events included in this decision include:
- PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships in Ogden, Utah
- PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships in Emporia, Kansas
- PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships in Orlando, Florida
- PDGA Professional Masters Disc Golf World Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee
All four events will run in the same host cities in 2021, with previously awarded 2021 World Championship bids moving back to 2022. New dates for each event will be released when they are available, and future announcements will address any changes to points qualifications for these competitions.
We know you are disappointed. So are we. 2020 has been like a missed putt that catches an edge and rolls away: It wasn’t expected, it’s thrown us a bogey, and now we need to adjust.
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DGPT announces 2 new events beginning June 26 [5/28/2020]
The Disc Golf Pro Tour is adding two new events to replace those that were affected by COVID-19:
- Dynamic Discs Open – June 26-28, 2020 – Emporia, KS (replaces San Francisco Open)
- The Preserve Championship – July 3-5, 2020 – Clearwater, MN (replaces Portland Open)
More details on player attendance/registration and media coverage to come.
New Event Regulations [5/28/2020]
The Disc Golf Pro Tour will be adhering to strict new social distancing policies to ensure a safe environment for all players, staff, and media. The COVID-19 policies and best practices are sectioned into three phases, with Phase 1 including the following guidelines:
- Spectators prohibited.
- Enforcement of social distancing measures, keeping all players, event staff, volunteers, and media at least 6 feet away from each other at all times.
- Sanitization of common surfaces and hand sanitizer available during play.
- Group sizes will be limited to threesomes and field sizes will be reduced for speed of play. Reduced field size will also allow for easier social distancing, and limits potential group sizes.
Additionally, the DGPT will provide optional testing to all players, which will be mandatory for event participation if players show any symptoms of COVID-19 or have come into contact with anyone with the virus.
Texas added to Regions Approved for PDGA Sanctioning [5/26/2020]
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
2020 PDGA National Tour Canceled [5/20/2020]
“Due to several factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the entire 2020 PDGA National Tour. All six tournaments — the Texas State Disc Golf Championships, Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open, Santa Cruz Masters Cup, Beaver State Fling, Delaware Disc Golf Challenge, and Music City Open — will return to the circuit in 2021.
Prior to this announcement, four of six PDGA National Tour events had already been postponed or canceled due to the pandemic. Amid continued uncertainty regarding sanctioning, volunteer staffing, and tournament sponsorship, the Delaware Disc Golf Club and Music City Disc Golf Club expressed concerns about the ability to run their events to their full potential. With the PDGA also reducing staff, including key event and media support, all parties mutually decided it was best to delay the National Tour until 2021.
The Music City Open’s concurrent A-Tier is still set to run as scheduled and will absorb the MPO and FPO divisions. The Delaware Disc Golf Championship, a Pro/Am event, will take the place of the Delaware NT.
While we are disappointed that the PDGA National Tour will not take place this year, we are grateful to our event hosts, who worked diligently to build courses, assemble rock star staff, raise payouts, and create a memorable experience to showcase elite-level professional disc golf. We can’t wait for them to put on a show in 2021.
The Disc Golf Pro Tour, which has currently only seen two of its 11 tournaments postponed, still intends to complete its season and will provide a valuable platform for professional disc golfers and fans alike. The PDGA will support the tour by assisting with publicity and media initiatives, coordination of necessary rescheduling, and other event management needs. We would like to thank majority owner Todd Rainwater and DGPT CEO and Tour Director Jeff Spring for their continued commitment to professional disc golf and look forward to strengthening this collaborative partnership moving forward.
The previously released 2021 PDGA National Tour bid packages will now apply to the 2022 season. Bids are welcome until July 1, 2021.”
2020 PDGA Pro Worlds tentatively rescheduled [5/20/2020]
PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships
tentatively rescheduled for September 23-27, 2020 in Ogden, Utah.
Deadline for final decision: June 1, 2020
“PDGA World Championship events are the premier Major tournaments in disc golf, a vital display of the international growth of and participation in the sport. The COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, has thrown the status of these events into a morass of uncertainty this year. As we begin the process of resuming sanctioning, we want to address the varied questions and concerns about these tournaments in an effort to keep our members informed.
Currently, our most important indicator of the viability to hold any PDGA World Championship events this year will be the ability of international competitors to safely and reasonably travel to join in these tournaments. Simply put, if the world cannot be here, there cannot be a world championship.
Right now, travelers from several countries are restricted from entry into the United States…”
PDGA sanctioning is back [5/14/2020]
PDGA outlined a 5-step process for how to re-open sanctioning everywhere on a region-by-region basis. Check it all out here.
Full list of currently approved regions here: https://www.pdga.com/tdinfo/resources/covid-19-approved-regions
PDGA suggests not playing Disc Golf [3/27/2020]
DISC GOLF TAKES PLACE OUTDOORS, AND ALL OF MY LOCAL AUTHORITIES RECOMMEND RUNNING, BIKING, AND HIKING AS A WAY TO STAY ACTIVE. WHY IS THE PDGA ASKING ME TO SKIP THE COURSE AND STAY HOME?
It’s about “flattening the curve,” a means to slow the spread of the coronavirus so that our healthcare facilities can handle the influx of cases without becoming overwhelmed. Many local authorities have advised that staying home and avoiding unnecessary trips to the store, beaches, or other public venues is the best way to help this happen. While disc golf is outdoors and akin to hiking or running, it does often require travel to a course. Additionally, we have seen many reports of disc golfers congregating in groups, which goes against CDC and WHO recommendations.
Many local authorities have begun to close parks and restrict non-essential gatherings of any size as they attempt to slow the spread. In some cases, baskets are being pulled. The PDGA strongly supports a unified approach to overcoming this global health crisis, and we’re asking disc golfers to join this effort.
We know this is difficult, as many people use disc golf as an effective outlet during stressful times. However, we also want to do our part as a global organization and encourage members to be as safe as possible to help slow the spread. If everyone is out at the course, then we are not doing our part as a disc golf community to answer the call. That’s why we are asking that you skip the course and stay home — for now. This is only temporary, and much like everything with this crisis we will be constantly evaluating this guidance and will be ready (and willing!) to alter it when it is safer to do so.
United States Women's Disc Golf Championships Postponed to 2021 [3/27/2020]
The 2020 PDGA United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships (USWDGC) have been postponed due to the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was set to take place May 22-24 in Northern California.
The USWDGC is a unique event in that women from across the country and around the globe travel for the competition. Indeed, one of the most desirable aspects of the event is the ability to gather and celebrate these women disc golfers, and their health and safety are of the utmost importance. After discussions with tournament director Jennifer Knisley, as well as event partners and stakeholders, the most responsible choice at this time is to postpone for the well-being of all competitors and PDGA members.
PDGA EXTENDS SUSPENSION DATE [3/20/2020]
On the advisement and counsel of the PDGA Medical Committee, the PDGA has extended its suspension of event sanctioning through April 30, 2020.
Please see more with our running update on the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.pdga.com/announcements/covid-19-statement
WOMEN'S GLOBAL EVENT POSTPONED INDEFINITELY [3/18/2020]
PDGA SUSPENDS ALL EVENT SANCTIONING THROUGH MARCH [3/17/2020]
UPDATE: March 17, 2020 at 11:34 a.m. EDT
After careful deliberation, the PDGA Board of Directors has decided to suspend PDGA sanctioning of all events for a minimum of 15 days through March 31, 2020. This decision takes effect immediately and will be re-evaluated in the coming days as information and guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develops.
For more information and details on refunds visit: https://www.pdga.com/announcements/covid-19-statement
SANTA CRUZ MASTERS CUP CANCELLED [3/16/2020]
PDGA UPDATED STATEMENT [3/16/2020]
UPDATE: March 16, 2020 at 4:02 p.m. EDT
The PDGA is aware of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding mass gatherings of more than 50 people, as well as more recent White House announcements recommending groups of no more than 10 people. Staff and the Board of Directors are assessing this rapidly changing situation and its impacts on disc golf events and will offer more guidance as soon as possible.
TOUR SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL [3/13/2020]
PDGA STATEMENT [3/13/2020]
The Professional Disc Golf Association Board of Directors, in close concert with PDGA Staff and the PDGA Medical Committee, has been actively monitoring the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular its impact on mass gatherings and other sports organizations. Staff has also fielded many inquiries from concerned players, tournament directors, and other disc golf stakeholders and takes those concerns seriously.
The PDGA will continue to consult with the appropriate medical experts to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The main priority of the PDGA continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our players and spectators as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus. We will update our position statement as new information comes to light.