MISSION The mission of the Washington State Team Disc Golf League (TDG) is to provide a social environment to foster competitive and progressive handicapped disc golf play for all skill levels of the players that have contributed to the community to grow the sport of disc golf. The TDG league is a fundraiser event to benefit the growth of disc golf in Washington State.
OVERVIEW The TDG league will consist of 8 Events and 18 Teams. In order to establish a divisional league with EIGHT Team Matches (Events), there will be a Schedule Draft to determine the team schedules in each division. The TDG league will be divided into TWO divisions (Central and South). PDGA Rules, PDGA Competition Manual, and the spirit of the game will be enforced.
COST & PAYOUT Teams will provide a sponsorship “Donation” to the TDG league prior to the start of the season. The team “Donation” will be $400. The “Donation” will be used for Expenses, Prizes, and the Course Improvement Fund (donated to local course projects). Changes to a Team’s Roster after the Event Team Match Sheets are posted will incur a $25 “Donation” per roster change. Roster changes after Event 3 shall require approval by the TDG Division Commissioner and reserved for unexpected circumstances (injury, family, etc.) and will incur an additional $50 “Donation”.
TEAMS & PLAYERS Teams will have at least SIX, but no more than NINE players on the Roster. There are no player restrictions for a team, although a mixed team of Amateur, Women, and Professional players would be preferred. Team Rosters must be submitted at least THREE weeks prior to the start of the First TDG Event. Players shall compete in at least TWO singles matches to be eligible to play at the League Championship. Players shall only play in ONE doubles match per Event. Players shall play in ONE singles match prior to playing in a SECOND doubles match from the start of TDG league.
EVENT FORMAT The Event team match shall consist of TWO teams for TWO rounds. The format for each round will be FOUR matches of Handicapped Singles and ONE match of Handicapped Doubles. Before the AM Round, a coin flip will be used to determine which team will submit their scorecards to the other team for the AM Round. Teams will alternate for the PM Round. If a team is not able to field all the required round matches, then the doubles match is fielded first and all other matches are played as singles, except if a team has less than FIVE players a round, then all matches will be singles.
CAPTAIN RESPONSIBILITIES for TDG LEAGUE 1. Submitting and setting their team roster and collecting funds for the “Donation” 2. Coordinating with the opposing team Captain to determine Event matchups 3. Determining their team’s player lineup for each round 4. Recording their team’s player scores and the “W L T” records on the “Team Match Sheets” 5. At the end of each Event, submit the “Team Match Sheets” to the Division Commissioner (DC) 6. Host (or co-host) ONE TDG Event at an approved course 7. The “Host” team will prepare the course, layout, and any special course rules 8. The “Host” team will take care of all course arrangements and course full notifications 9. The “Host” team is responsible to set the course SSA to the DC one week prior to the Event
EVENT SCORING Each player in a winning match will earn ONE point for their team. Teams will forfeit ONE point per player for each match that they don’t field. Any match ending in a tie will earn a ½ point to each player. The total team points for the TWO rounds will determine the “W L T” for the Event. Results from each Event shall determine the divisional standings based on the “W L T” record. TWO Event “Ties” are equal to ONE Event “Win”. A player with an incorrect player handicap recorded on the scorecard prior to the match start and the error is noticed after the round is completed will receive a ONE throw penalty.
The divisional team standings are determined by the team WIN %. The Tiebreaker Rule used in determining the Divisional Standings will be as follows: 1) Team with the higher total team points. 2) Team that won the previous match-up during the current league. 3) Team single Event “W L T” record in a descending order from the previous Event to Event 1until tie is broken. 4) Team single Event “points” in a descending order from the previous Event to Event 1 until tie is broken. 5) Coin Flip (Best 3 of 5) with Captains alternating coin flip choices. Team with the better prior year divisional rank will have the first coin flip choice.
ACE PRIZE The Ace Prize is complimentary and available to all players on a TDG team roster playing in an official match. At the end of the TDG season, players with an Ace will be rewarded with $50 per Ace. TDG doesn’t have a traditional Ace Prize. If there are no Aces, then no Ace Prizes awarded.
HANDICAPPING The PDGA rating system is used to determine the Round Ratings. The TDG handicapping system uses the estimated Course SSA, Official Player Ratings, and TDG Round Ratings to determine a Player’s Event Handicap. All players must have a handicap prior to playing in a TDG match. Handicaps will be calculated before each Event. Any rated round that is SIXTY points below a TDG Player’s Rating will not be used to calculate their handicap for the following Event. Doubles rounds shall not be rated. Handicaps used for the Doubles matches will be determined by using the handicap of the player with the Lower Handicap (Higher Player Rating) from each doubles team.
A player without an official rating, calculated from events with round ratings, shall use a "Captain Rating" established by their Team Captain. If a player with a "Captain Rating" performs better than +3 throws than their TDG Player’s Rating, then the match will be forfeited. The "Captain Rating" will be removed from the TDG Ratings Calculator after playing TWO singles matches. Players with a “Captain Rating” shall play in TWO singles matches prior to playing a doubles match.
Player Handicaps will be different for each Event due to the course difficulty and Player Ratings being updated after each Event. The TDG Ratings Calculator does the complex calculations and handicaps are shown on the Event Team Match Sheets. A Player’s Event Handicap will be determined by using a Player’s Rating (PR) from the TDG Ratings Calculator and the Event Course estimated SSA to set the Rating Points per Throw (RP/T). The calculated handicap values will be rounded to the nearest 0.5 increment and used to determine a Player’s Event Handicap. The 0.5 increment handicap could result in some matches that will not end in a tie.
The estimated Course SSA will be used to determine the “Event Handicaps” for each Event. SSA =Rating Points per Throw; 45 = 11.5, 46 = 11, 47-48 = 10.5, 49-51 = 10, 52-54 = 9.5, 54-56 = 9, 56-59 = 8.5, 59-61 = 8, 62-66 = 7.5. RP/T values may use 0.25 increments, if desired.
PLAYER RATINGS The starting Player Ratings are established for WA Team Disc Golf (TDG) by using an objective order of preference from known calculated round ratings. During the TDG season, Player Ratings will be updated after each Event based on the player’s performance in singles matches. Using the PDGA latest update before the start of the TDG season, the starting player ratings will be determined by the following criteria, in a descending order, until a Player’s Rating is established.
1. PDGA Rating with 8 or more rated rounds 2. TDG Rating with 5 or more rated rounds (previous two years, priority to last year) 3. PDGA Rating with 7 or less rated rounds 4. TDG Rating with 4 or less rated rounds (previous two years, priority to last year) 5. A Player’s rated rounds from a recent PDGA sanctioned event(s) 6. If NO history of rated rounds, then a “Captain Rating” will be established
CAPTAIN RESPONSIBILITIES for EVENT DAY PLAY 1. The TDG website is the official source for Handicaps, Standings, and Results 2. Captain winning the coin flip will decide which round to determine matchups 3. Captain will submit Scorecards to other team: (8:30am & before Lunch Break) 4. Scorecards - Pick up in the morning from Division Commissioner (DC) 5. Scorekeeping - Digital scoring using UDisc league, backup scoring is group choice 6. Scorekeeping - Player groups will use two independent scorekeeping methods 7. Players with a “Captain Rating” have special rules to follow 8. Players shall only play in ONE doubles match per Event 9. Players shall play in ONE singles match prior to playing in a SECOND TDG doubles match 10. Players shall play in TWO singles matches as soon possible 11. Team Match Sheets - The official record and final results for the Event 12. Team Match Sheets - Use “W L T” to indicate a player’s match result. If NA, leave Blank 13. Team Match Sheets - Each player Win is (1) point. Each player Tie is (½) point 14. Team Match Sheets - Record the player’s gross score (not the Handicapped score) 15. Team Match Sheets - Competing teams will submit ONE Team Match Sheet 16. Team Match Sheets - Shall be submitted to the DC at completion of the Event
TEAM DISC GOLF COVID-19 POLICY
++ A player listed on a team roster is receipt that the player has been briefed on the COVID-19 policy and has acknowledged the Event Participant COVID-19 Waiver.
Event Participant COVID-19 Waiver:
"I understand that participation in this event carries with it risk of injury or death and I, on behalf of myself, my heirs, administrators, executors, and assigns expressly release, forever discharge, and hold harmless Washington Team Disc Golf (WATDG), Chris Gilberts, Sam Huff, and Max Spears (the "Releasees") for all personal injury, loss, damage to property, or death in connection with my participation in this event. Further, I understand and acknowledge that there currently exists a global pandemic associated with the disease COVID-19, that I am participating in this event at my own risk, that any safety precautions designed to protect against the spread of COVID-19 undertaken by the Releasees does not guarantee I will not contract COVID-19, and that, the foregoing notwithstanding, it is my specific intent to affirm my foregoing release of the Releasees with respect to any personal injury, loss, damage to property, or death I may experience from COVID-19 in connection with my participation in this event."
Players shall perform a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the assigned WATDG Event course property (EACH ROUND OF PLAY).
1) Do you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms?
2) Have you had a recent exposure to a person tested positive for COVID-19?
If a player answers YES to any question, then round play will be denied, and the player will be asked to leave the course and not play the Event.
++ SELF ASSESSMENT FOR COVID-19 IS AN EVENT REQUIREMENT
COVID EVENT SCORING POLICY 1) Team event starting hole assignments (3 holes) will be determined before event day and posted on the Event Team Match Sheets at the WATDG website.
2) Event Round Scoring will be performed by using the official scoring method and confirmed by another player in the group by using another method (UDisc or scorecard). The scoring method scores will be compared and transferred to the Team Match Sheet for Event results. All submitted results are final.