Imagining A New Normal

18 May

May 22, 2020

Changes announced today from the Professional Disc Golf Association for Nebraska. Here is an update from Scott Hoffman, the Nebraska State representative for the PDGA. “PDGA sanctioned events are back on in Nebraska starting June 18th. If they will have more than 25 players in attendance – 1 round events must be flex start or tee times – 2 round events will have to have tee times for each round.”

There are further restrictions in some areas. For example Lincoln has a restriction of gatherings to be 10 or less until June 30.

 


May 18, 2020

With South Dakota and Minnesota now allowing PDGA sanctioned disc golf tournaments, how does Nebraska stand and what might the new normal could like?

Things change often, it’s a fluid landscape with the pandemic. In doing some research to back a claim made by a few that “no organized sporting events are allowed” the closest thing I could find is “Individual sports such as golf and tennis (including doubles tennis) are not prohibited under any Directed Health Measures, however, participants must still practice social distancing.” The quote is from a KOLN new story on May 11 titled Gov. Ricketts provides updates on youth sports guidelines. So what’s holding us back? Gatherings of 25 or more.

What might disc golf tournaments look like in the near future? With a tournament of 72 players the standard of a shot-gun start would be a problem. Too many people gathered at once for a player meeting and to pass out player cards. Another option is timed starts.

Consider the Glass Blown Open, the largest disc golf event in the world with over 1,600 competitors. My experience with pre-assigned tee times has been to start with an 8:00am-ish start. Almost nobody but our card around the check-in table, up to 3 people putting at a practice basket, and plenty of open space for mid and drive practice. At ten minutes prior the tee time the card of 4 gathers at headquarters. We meet with the tournament director and he reviews the out of bounds or other problem areas. There are five people total at tee one, easy to implement social distancing.

How might assigned tee times look for a tournament in Nebraska? Imagine pre-registering for a C tier and being assigned a tee time at least two days in advance. Show up at the course around 45 minutes prior to your assigned tee time, get in some putting, midrange and driver warmup shots. Arrive at headquarters five minutes before your assigned tee time, listen to a course out-of-bounds review by the TD and then go play the round.

Turn in your card, check the final scores posted. Pro payouts could be done using PayPal or Vemo, or mailing a check. And for amateur payouts retailers could honor a credit voucher similar to what Disc Gauntlet is doing with DZ Discs.

Here is a hypothetical tee time schedule for a disc golf tournament of 72 players doing two rounds on a course that is normally completed in three hours or fewer. The last card would be done by 7:00pm, which is about when the sun sets in early October.

 

card 1st round total players
1 8:00 AM 4
2 8:12 AM 8
3 8:24 AM 12
4 8:36 AM 16
5 8:48 AM 20
6 9:00 AM 24
7 9:12 AM 28
8 9:24 AM 32
9 9:36 AM 36
10 9:48 AM 40
11 10:00 AM 44
12 10:12 AM 48
13 10:24 AM 52
14 10:36 AM 56
15 10:48 AM 60
16 11:00 AM 64
17 11:12 AM 68
18 11:24 AM 72
2nd round
1 12:30 PM
2 12:42 PM
3 12:54 PM
4 1:06 PM
5 1:18 PM
6 1:30 PM
7 1:42 PM
8 1:54 PM
9 2:06 PM
10 2:18 PM
11 2:30 PM
12 2:42 PM
13 2:54 PM
14 3:06 PM
15 3:18 PM
16 3:30 PM
17 3:42 PM
18 3:54 PM

Sooner or later we will be back to enjoying disc golf competition. Until then tournament directors could plan and share their strategies for a smooth startup when the time comes.

 

Additional Resources

Keep Playing

10 May

Nebraskan’s are able to continue playing disc golf around the state despite restrictions. Although during this time of social distancing the regularly scheduled leagues and tournaments are postponed.

Disc golfers have adjusted and are playing within the guidelines. As usual, groups of five players or less is recommended. And while maintaining a distance of at least six feet we avoid touching each other with high fives and fist bumps, avoid handling discs that belong to others, and avoid putting-out when within fifteen feet of the basket.

Popular means for disc golfing during the pandemic:

  • glow golf – 8:30pm is a popular start time and the course is not as busy.
  • bracket tournaments using a match play format. Two players meet at a course and time convenient for both.
  • challenges – One idea of a challenge round is to throw only forehand drives. Or try a round throwing only a putter.
  • lessons – Contact your course pro for tips on throwing techniques and disc selection.
  • course grounds work – Remove fallen debris from the course, or put on gloves and pick up trash. May want to use hand sanitizer before entering your vehicle and be sure to not touch your face.

The Professional Disc Golf Association has statement on COVID19. There you can read about the current sanctioning status and mitigation techniques.

Exercise is beneficial to a person’s physical well being. It benefits mental health too which is also important to manage during these times. So get out there and keep playing!

 

 

January 2020

3 Jan

As nebdisc begins it’s twentieth year of sharing disc golf news for Nebraskans we are excited to see events currently scheduled for all but five weekends in the 2020 season.

For details see the nebdisc calendar page, it is kept up to date. Or have a look at this January version of the schedule in PDF. Some of us will be printing it and putting it on the refrigerator. Promoters are encouraged to put a copy at their local course.  ThrowWhere-Jan2020

The upcoming tournaments are:

Sat 4 Jan Ashland, Mahoney St Park Mad Dog 2020
Sun 12 Jan Ashland, Mahoney St Park Hunters Helping the Hungry
Sat 18 Jan Hastings, Lake Hastings 11th Hastings Ice Bowl
Sun 19 Jan Omaha, Hummel Park Winter Warriors II
Sun 26 Jan Lincoln, Tierra Park Lincoln Ice Bowl #30
Sat 1 Feb Omaha, Seymour Smith Park OMDGA Ice Bowl

Winter leagues are running and will continue into March in Beatrice on Saturdays and in Lincoln on Sundays.

Indoor putting leagues are underway in Grand Island at Prairie Pride Bewing, in Omaha at Nebraska Brewing’s tap room on Thursdays and in Lincoln at [UPDATE: NOW AT THE ICE BOX] Barry’s Bar & Grill on Thursdays.

Fall Disc Golf 2019

6 Oct

It’s a great time of year to play disc golf. Get out and enjoy the weather, get some exercise, meet up with friends.

League Options

Beginning October 5, Richard Maher is hosting a league on Saturdays at Chautauqua Park in Beatrice. Play starts at 1:30pm and the cost is $5. If things go well it will continue to run until the beginning of March. And in Lincoln the Disc Gauntlet guys have scheduled glow rounds on Tuesdays at Tierra Park. Starts at 6:30pm, the first meeting is October 8. Late in the fall the Tierra Fall/Winter league will officially begin on Sundays at 1:30pm and run until March 1. And beginning November 6 is the indoor putting league at Nebraska Brewing & Tap Room in Omaha.

Tournament Options

Tournaments are available on the eastern side of Nebraska every weekend until Thanksgiving!

Date Location Name PDGA Sanction
5 & 6 of October Hummel Seymour Roper E & W Nebraska Team Challenge
Sat 5 Oct McCook CASA BYOP Doubles
Sat 12 Oct Omaha, Hummel Park Hummel Fall Doubles
Sun 13 Oct Blair Bring It To Blair! C
Sun 13 Oct Glenwood, IA Longest Drive
Sun 13 Oct Kearney, Centenial Discraft Ace Race
Fri 18 Oct Omaha, Seymour Smith Hyzer-Ween OLO fundraiser
Sat 19 Oct Indian State Caves, Auburn, Peru IAP Iron Man C
Sun 20 Oct Omaha, Seymour Smith Rumble Royale C
Sat 26 Oct Omaha, Seymour Smith Fall Classic Doubles
Sun 27 Oct Oakland Oaktober Throw C
Thur 31 Oct Auburn Skeleton Scramble
Sat 2 Nov Omaha, Seymour Smith OMDGA Club Member Championship
Sun 3 Nov Waverly Rakin’ in the Fun C
Sun 10 Nov Plattsmouth Oak Hollow Affair C
Sun 17 Nov Springfield Battle at Buffalo Park C

What Happened?

24 Jun

Lot’s happening in the disc golf world! I’ve taken some time off from this blog and so let’s catch up.

The Lincoln area had and Ice Bowl in January, Winter Wizards putter tournament in February, and in March was the Thaw Out the Throwers with 26 players braving the cold for a C tier. Also the Shammrock Showdown Doubles and St Patty’s Day mini. In April was the Blooming Beast C tier. The Star City Shoot-out was in May along with the Quick Draw Mini and High Noon Doubles, and remember the Memorial Day Triples too. There was also the putter league at Blue Blood Brewing in the winter months, and of course winter league at Tierra Park on Sunday afternoons.

Disc Gauntlet is a disc golf startup with Ben Langley and Jake Hedden at the helm. They have been hosting C tier tournaments, mostly in southeast Nebraska. Locations have included Lincoln, Maryville (MO), Beatrice, Falls City, and York. Everything has not gone perfectly every time, but these guys are dedicated, good listeners, and adapting well to TD life. Looking forward to more events on the schedule from Disc Gauntlet.

Omaha had a lot of events so far this year. There’s the Ice Bowl along with the Iron Man Doubles in Blair, Lake Cunningham, and Seymour Smith Park. The Spring Fever Fling filled with 90 players in April. Then in June was the Tour de Omaha.

Other communities with events include: Hastings, Norfolk, McCook, Ashland, Burwell, Ord and Loup City.

To find out what else is happening be sure to use the nebdisc calendar. It is updated weekly.