World Flying Disc Federation

The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is the international governing body for flying disc sports, with responsibility for sanctioning world championship events, establishing uniform rules, setting of standards for and recording of world records. WFDF is a federation of member associations which represent flying disc sports and their athletes in 85 countries. WFDF is an international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a member of ARISF, GAISF, and the International World Games Association, and it is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the state of Colorado, USA.

World Flying Disc Federation
WFDF Logo.png
SportFrisbee sports
CategoryUltimate, disc golf, Guts, double disc court, freestyle
JurisdictionInternational
AbbreviationWFDF
Founded1985 (1985)
Official website
www.wfdf.org

MembershipEdit

WFDF has member associations in 85 countries, from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, The Caribbean and South America. WFDF is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated in Colorado, US, and it was formed in 1985. Disc sports represented include: Ultimate (outdoor, indoor, beach), disc golf, field events (distance, accuracy, self caught flight, discathon), guts frisbee, double disc court, and freestyle. WFDF is a member of Global Association of International Sports Federations (formerly known as SportAccord), The International World Games Association (IWGA), and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE). In May 2013, under the leadership of WFDF President Robert L. "Nob" Rauch, WFDF was granted provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee and gained full IOC recognition on 2 August 2015. It is now one of 42 sports that are members of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

Flying disc sport rose with the invention of plastic and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007. The early years of international flying disc play were dominated by the influence of the International Frisbee Association (IFA) which was founded by Ed Headrick in 1967 as the promotional arm of the Wham-O Manufacturing Company. Many of the international affiliates began as Wham-O distributorships that sponsored tours of well-known Frisbee athletes. Several groups of individual disc event stars like Ken Westerfield and Jim Kenner touring Canada in 1972.[3][4] The brothers Jens and Erwin Velasquez and the team of Peter Bloeme and Dan "Stork" Roddick made several tours of Scandinavia and the rest of Europe in the mid-1970s; Jo Cahow and Stork went to Australia and Japan in 1976 and Victor Malafronte and Monica Lou toured Japan around the same time. Stork—starting as head of the sports marketing arm of the U.S.-based Wham-O in 1975—played a crucial role in encouraging the establishment of national flying disc associations (FDAs) in Sweden, Japan, Australia, and in many of the countries of Western Europe. The FDAs began with freestyle and accuracy competitions but as Ultimate and disc golf caught on, the associations began to broaden their focus.[5]

The concept of an independent world organization for the development and coordination of all of the disc disciplines began in 1980 at an Atlanta, Georgia, meeting of 40 international disc organizers. A loose federation led by Jim Powers was formed from that meeting but never took off. The following year, the relatively well-established national flying disc associations of Europe formed the European Flying Disc Federation (EFDF). In 1983 Wham-O was sold to Kransco and the IFA was disbanded. Spurred on by the demise of the IFA, Stork called a meeting at the US Open Overall Championships in La Mirada, California. A plan was presented by Charlie Mead of England and a formal decision was made to establish a worldwide disc association in Örebro, Sweden during the 1984 European Overall Championships. This decision was confirmed later that year by other flying disc countries in Lucerne, Switzerland, during the World Ultimate and Guts Championships, and thus the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) was born.

The first WFDF Congress was held in Helsingborg, Sweden in July 1985, where the first set of statutes was adopted and the first board was elected. The first president was Charlie Mead (England), the first secretary Johan Lindgren (Sweden) and the first treasurer Brendan Nolan (Ireland). Membership was composed of the national flying disc associations and US-oriented organizations such as the Ultimate Players Association, Freestyle Players Associations, and Guts Players Association. Committees were established to oversee international play and rules for each of the disc disciplines. Over the remainder of the 1980s, WFDF took on an increasing role in overseeing and promoting international disc tournaments with Stork as President and Lindgren as Secretary-Treasurer.

In 1992, Robert L. "Nob" Rauch was elected President of WFDF and Juha Jalovaara become chair of the Ultimate Committee. Over the next two years, WFDF was reorganized to better reflect the increasing growth of Ultimate and the diversity of WFDF's membership. The disc committee structure was simplified into a broad category of team sports (Ultimate and Guts) and individual events (golf and the overall disciplines). The role of the Rules Committee was expanded, headed by Stork, to ensure consistency and an annual rules book was printed. With a variety of representation, the categories of membership were further defined, with national associations able to join as regular, associate, or provisional (non-paying) members depending on level of participation and resources. WFDF's corporate standing was reorganized and incorporated in Colorado, obtaining US tax-exempt status. WFDF, with a fairly nominal budget, found help with the increasing use of e-mail that permitted reasonable communication and coordination. In 1994, the application to join the International World Games Association (IWGA)—championed by Fumio "Moro" Morooka of Japan—was prepared and eventually accepted by the IWGA leading to Ultimate's participation in the 2001 World Games in Akita, Japan, and in each of the subsequent competitions.

In May 2013, under the leadership WFDF President Robert L. "Nob" Rauch, WFDF was granted provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee and it is now one of 42 sports that are members of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations.

PresidentsEdit

Name Nationality From To
Charlie Mead   Great Britain 1985 1986
Daniel "Stork" Roddick   United States 1987 1991
Robert L. "Nob" Rauch   United States 1992 1994
Bill Wright   United States 1995 2004
Juha Jalovaara   Finland 2005 2008
Jonathan Potts   Australia 2009 2010
Robert L. "Nob" Rauch   United States 2011 Present

Event resultsEdit

WFDF World Ultimate Club ChampionshipEdit

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 14–21 July 2018

Year 2018   Gold   Silver   Bronze   Bronze
Open SF Revolver   Sydney Colony   Toronto GOAT   Austin Doublewide  
Women's Seattle Riot   Medellín Revolution   Boston Brute Squad   Denver Molly Brown  
Mixed Seattle BFG   Boston Slow White   Philadelphia AMP   Boston Wild Card  

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 29 July - 4 August 2018

Year 2018   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Masters Men Boneyard   All Bashed Out   Johnny Encore  
Masters Women iRot   Mu-Syozoku   Ripe  
Masters Mixed Molasses Disaster   512   SF Bridge Club  
Grandmasters Men Johnny Walker   Surly   Tombstone  

Lecco, Italy, 2–9 August 2014

Year 2014   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open Revolver   Sockeye   Johnny Bravo  
Women's Seattle Riot   Fury   Scandal  
Mixed Drag'n Thrust   Polar Bears   The Ghosts  
Masters Boneyard   FIGJAM   Johnny Encore  
Women's Masters Vintage   Godiva   Golden Girls  

Prague, Czech Republic, 3–10 July 2010

Year 2010   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open Revolver   Sockeye   Buzz Bullets  
Women's Fury   UNO   Riot  
Mixed Chad Larson Experience   ONYX   Mental Toss Flycoons  
Masters Troubled Past   Surly   Eastern Greys  

Perth, Australia, 11–18 November 2006

Year 2006   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open Buzz Bullets   Thong   Chilly  
Women's MUD   UNO   Huck  
Mixed Team Fisher Price   Brass Monkey   Slow White and the Seven Dwarfs  
Masters Vigi   One Last Ditch Shot at Glory   Eastern Greys  

Honolulu, US, 4–10 August 2002

Year 2002   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open Condors   Death Or Glory   Sockeye  
Women's Riot   Ozone   Lady Godiva  
Mixed Donner Party   Hang Time Trigger Hippy
Masters KWA Skeleton Crew Old And in the Way

St. Andrews, Scotland, 12–20 August 1999

Year 1999   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open DoG   Liquidisc   Condors  
Women's Women on the Verge   Schwa   Spirals  
Mixed Red Fish Blue Fish   Osaka Nato   RippIT  
Masters Cigar   Return of the Red Eye   Tempus Fugit  

Vancouver Canada, 27 July – 2 August 1997

Year 1997   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open Sockeye   Double Happiness   Furious George  
Women's Women on the Verge   Schwa   Lady Godiva  
Masters Beyonders   Tempus Fugit   Gamecock  

Millfield United Kingdom, 22–29 July 1995

Year 1995   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open Double Happines   DoG   NYC  
Women's Women on the Verge   Ozone   Red Lights  
Masters Seven Sages   Gummibears   Princeton Alumni  

Madison, Wisconsin US, 24–31 July 1993

Year 1993   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open New York Ultimate   Double Happiness   Rhino Slam!  
Women's Maine-iacs   Lady Godiva   Women on the Verge  
Masters Seven Sages   Hapa Haolies   Rude Boys  

Toronto Canada, 22–28 July 1991

Year 1991   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open New York   First Time Gary   Windy City  
Women's Maine-iacs   Lady Godiva   Lady Condors  
Masters Three Stages   Third Coast Ultimate   Mo' Better Masters  

Cologne Germany, 26–30 July 1989

Year 1989   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open Philmore   Elvis   Looney Tunes  
Women's Lady Condors   Smithereens   Stenungsunds FC  

International World Games Ultimate ChampionshipEdit

Kaohsiung Taiwan, 19–21 July 2009

  1. US
  2. Japan
  3. Australia

WFDF 2009 World Overall Flying Disc championshipsEdit

Jacksonville, Florida, 9–12 July 2009 Open Division

  1. Conrad Damon – US
  2. Jack Cooksey – US
  3. Harvey Brandt – US

Women's Division

  1. Mary Lowry – US
  2. Stina Persson – SWE
  3. Marygrace Sorrentino – US

WFDF World Ultimate and Guts Championship (WUGC)Edit

London, Great Britain, 18–25 June 2016

2016 Spirit   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Men's   New Zealand   United States   Japan   Australia
Women's   India   United States   Colombia   Canada
Mixed   Finland   United States   Australia   Canada
Masters Men   New Zealand   United States   Canada   Great Britain
Masters Women's   New Zealand   United States   Canada   Australia
Guts   United States   United States   Japan   Great Britain

Sakai, Japan, 7–14 July 2012

2012   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   United States   Great Britain   Canada
Women's   Japan   United States   Canada
Mixed   Canada   Australia   Japan
Open Masters   Canada   Australia   Japan
Women's Masters   United States   Canada   Japan
Guts   Japan (Red)   United States   Japan (White)

Vancouver, Canada, 2–9 August 2008

2008   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   Canada   United States   Japan
Women's   United States   Japan   Canada
Mixed   Canada   Japan   United States
Masters   United States   Canada   New Zealand
Junior Open   United States   Canada   Germany
Junior Girls   Japan   Australia   United States
Guts   United States (Red)   Japan (White)   Japan (Red)

Turku, Finland, 1–7 August 2004

2004   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   Canada   United States   Australia
Women's   Canada   Finland   United States
Mixed   United States   Canada   New Zealand
Masters   United States   Canada   Great Britain
Junior Open   United States   Canada   Germany
Junior Girls   Canada   United States   Sweden

Heilbronn, Germany, 12–20 August 2000

2000   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   United States   Sweden   Canada
Women's   Canada   Japan   Finland
Mixed   United States   Canada   Finland
Masters   United States   Germany   Canada
Junior Open   Sweden   Canada   United States
Junior Girls   United States   Canada   Finland

Blaine, Minnesota, US, 15–22 August 1998

1998   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   Canada   Japan   United States
Women's   United States   Japan   Canada
Mixed   Canada   United States   Germany
Masters   Canada   United States   Netherlands
Junior   United States   Sweden   Canada

Jönköping, Sweden, 10–17 August 1996

1996   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   United States   Sweden   Finland
Women's   Sweden   United States   Japan
Masters   Sweden   Canada   United States
Junior   Sweden   Germany   United States

Colchester, United Kingdom, 21–28 August 1994

1994   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   United States   Sweden   Canada
Women's   United States   Netherlands   Canada
Masters   United States   Canada   Germany
Junior   Sweden   United States   Germany

Utsunomiya, Japan, 17–23 August 1992

1992   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   Sweden   Canada   Japan
Women's   Japan   Sweden   United States
Masters   United States   Germany   Japan
Junior   Chinese Taipei   Japan

Oslo, Norway, 8–14 July 1990

1990   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   United States   Sweden   Finland
Women's   United States   Sweden   Finland
Masters   United States   Canada   Germany
Junior   Sweden   Finland   United States

Leuven, Belgium, 29 August – 3 September 1988

1988   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   United States   Finland   Sweden
Women's   United States   Netherlands   Sweden
Junior   Sweden   Finland   United States

Colchester, United Kingdom, 25–31 August 1986

1986   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   United States   Sweden   West Germany
Women's   United States   Great Britain   Finland
Junior   Sweden   Finland   Great Britain

Lucerne, Switzerland, 2–9 September 1984

1984   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   United States   Sweden   Finland
Women's   Finland   Sweden   Austria
Junior   Sweden   Austria

Gothenburg, Sweden, 29 August – 3 September 1983

1983   Gold   Silver   Bronze
Open   United States   Finland   Sweden
Women's   United States   Finland   Sweden
Junior   Finland   United States   Austria

SourcesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Executive Board meeting wraps up in St Petersburg". International Olympic Committee. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  2. ^ Eisenhood, Charlie (31 May 2013). "WFDF Receives International Olympic Committee Recognition". Ultiworld. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  3. ^ "History of Frisbee and Flying Disc freestyle". FPA. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Toronto Ultimate History". 1970's. Retrieved 25 October 2014. Note: In 1972 Ken and Jim were retained by Irwin Toy ( Frisbee distributing licensee ) to perform at special community and sporting events across Canada.
  5. ^ "History of Frisbee and Flying Disc freestyle". FPA. Retrieved 6 June 2017.

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