World Flying Disc Federation

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World Flying Disc Federation
WFDF
WFDF.png
Sport flying disc sports
Category Ultimate, disc golf, Guts, double disc court, freestyle
Jurisdiction International
Founded 1985 (1985)
Official website
www.wfdf.org

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 international flying disc associations, with no individual members.

Membership[edit]

WFDF has member associations in 65 countries, from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, The Caribbean and South America. WFDF is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated in Colorado, USA, 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 SportAccord (formerly known as GAISF), The International World Games Association (IWGA), and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE). Flying disc sport rose with the invention of plastic and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007.

History[edit]

The early years of international flying disc play were dominated by the influence of the International Frisbee Association (IFA) which began 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.[1] 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.

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.

WFDF presidents[edit]

  • Charlie Mead (GB) 1985–1986
  • Daniel "Stork" Roddick (USA) 1987–1991
  • Robert L. "Nob" Rauch (USA) 1992–1994
  • Bill Wright (USA) 1995–2004
  • Juha Jalovaara (FIN) 2005–2008
  • Jonathan Potts (AUS) 2009–2010
  • Robert L. "Nob" Rauch (USA) 2011–Present

Upcoming Sanctioned Events[edit]

WFDF World U23 Ultimate Championships
Toronto, Canada, 21–28 July 2013[2]

2014 World Ultimate Club Championships
Lecco, Lombardy, Italy, 2–9 August 2014[3]

Current WFDF World Championship Rankings[edit]

WFDF World Ultimate Club Championship[edit]

Lecco, Italy, 2–9 August 2014

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

Prague, Czech Republic, 3–10 July 2010

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

Perth, Australia, 11–18 November 2006

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

Honolulu, USA, 4–10 August 2002

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

St. Andrews, Scotland, 12–20 August 1999

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

Vancouver Canada, 27 July – 2 August 1997

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

Millfield United Kingdom, 22–29 July 1995

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

Madison, Wisconsin USA, 24–31 July 1993

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

Toronto Canada, 22–28 July 1991

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

Cologne Germany, 26–30 July 1989

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

International World Games Ultimate Championship[edit]

Kaohsiung Taiwan, 19–21 July 2009

  1. USA
  2. Japan
  3. Australia

WFDF 2009 World Overall Flying Disc championships[edit]

Jacksonville, Florida, 9–12 July 2009 Open Division

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

Women's Division

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

WFDF World Ultimate Championship[edit]

Sakai, Japan, 7–14 July 2012

2012 Gold Silver Bronze
Open USA United States Great Britain United Kingdom Canada Canada
Women's Japan Japan USA United States Canada Canada
Mixed Canada Canada Australia Australia Japan Japan
Open Masters Canada Canada Australia Australia Japan Japan
Women's Masters USA United States Canada Canada Japan Japan

Vancouver, Canada, 2–9 August 2008

2008 Gold Silver Bronze
Open Canada Canada USA United States Japan Japan
Women's USA United States Japan Japan Canada Canada
Mixed Canada Canada Japan Japan USA United States
Masters USA United States Canada Canada New Zealand New Zealand
Junior Open USA United States Canada Canada Germany Germany
Junior Girls Japan Japan Australia Australia USA United States

Turku, Finland, 1–7 August 2004

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

Heilbronn, Germany, 12–20 August 2000

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

Blaine, Minnesota, USA, 15–22 August 1998

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

Jönköping, Sweden, 10–17 August 1996

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

Colchester, United Kingdom, 21–28 August 1994

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

Utsunomiya, Japan, 17–23 August 1992

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

Oslo, Norway, 8–14 July 1990

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

Leuven, Belgium, 29 August – 3 September 1988

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

Colchester, United Kingdom, 25–31 August 1986

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

Lucerne, Switzerland, 2–9 September 1984

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

Gothenburg, Sweden, 29 August – 3 September 1983

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

WFDF World Guts Championship[edit]

Sakai, Japan, 7–14 July 2012

  1. Japan (Red)
  2. USA
  3. Japan (White)

Vancouver, Canada, 2–9 August 2008

  1. USA (Red)
  2. Japan (White)
  3. Japan (Red)

Source[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ultimate Canada Hall of Fame". Ken Westerfield Inductee. Retrieved 25 November 2013 Note: In 1972 Ken and Jim were retained by Irwin Toy ( Frisbee distributing licensee ) to perform at special community and sporting events across Canada.. 
  2. ^ http://www.wfdf2013-u23.com/index.php/site-media/videos/tuc-videos
  3. ^ http://www.wfdf.org/news-media/news/press/2-official-communication/528-wfdf-ultimate-committee-announces-bid-allocation-mechanism-for-2014-world-ultimate-club-championships

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