I Just saw that par infinity is doing this up north and thought it could be great for us too!
Welcome to PDGA Sanctioned Leagues
— Kevin McCoy
You may already have some sort of local league play or ‘action’ in your area. We are going to make your league better by offering PDGA player ratings to the equation. Chuck and Roger’s rating system is arguably the most exciting part of being a member. It’s always fun to go online and see what your rounds end up being rated. Some area leagues offer pseudo ratings but PDGA leagues are going to offer official ratings that will actually affect your player rating. This is beneficial in many ways;
- It gives players more rated rounds that equates to more accurate player ratings.
- It will allow offering handicap events which are popular with recreational players.
- It helps to determine which division is best suited for players.
I was involved in a very successful club in Tulsa and I really have a strong desire of wanting to help strengthen clubs and leagues. Giving something back to the club is essential to making the PDGA work for them. Here are some of the benefits the clubs will get out of the running leagues.
- Special Promotional PDGA Membership Discounts
- ½ of the $1 league fee stays with the league for course improvements, baskets, charities, etc.
- Exposure and advertising for your league through PDGA.com
Here is how PDGA Sanctioned Leagues are going to work initially. The first phase for 2012 will roll out in March, once daylight savings kicks in. We are offering sessions of 6 to 10 weeks for your league. We are going to start out keeping it simple with basic singles play, but in later phases we will be able to offer other formats.
- Anyone interested in becoming a league director can contact the PDGA and get a League Director package.
- It will be a $25 PDGA sanctioning fee
- The PDGA will provide the league director a League Director Spreadsheet.
- The spreadsheet will be able to track the results of your league auto-magically.
- Each league then is able to view results on the league page on PDGA.com.
The spreadsheet the League Director will receive will be a simplified TD report in Excel spreadsheet format. It’s a very simple page that just tracks names and scores, for uploading to the PDGA website. And, for the more dedicated TD's that want to input more data it can be used to track more detailed stats like your Birdies, Bogies, wins, losses, etc.
We are keeping it simple at first to make sure we have the kinks worked out. Eventually we will be able to offer many different types of formats that you may be play at your local action.
- Handicapped leagues
- Global league where you can compete against players across your state or all over the world
- Team leagues where teams will to play against other teams in a match play like system
- We will even be able to offer Doubles leagues and Mulligans
So if you like this idea and want to see the PDGA grow, buy into this plan, and start a disc golf league in your area. I guarantee this is a great path for us to succeed. My belief for true growth of the PDGA is grassroots - the home town recreational players. There are a lot of players that may have family, job, and responsibilities at home that they can’t chase their disc golf dreams every weekend, but are just as competitive. The PDGA leagues are going to provide the platform for the home town hero’s to compare themselves to the big dawgs. Even if it’s just compared by a rating it will be a very beneficial way to build memberships and get more value out of your memberships.
— Kevin McCoy