DDC PA Board Meeting Notes

2018 Nov 11, 8 pm, EDT (UTC-4)

Attendees:  Jim Elsner, Conrad Damon, Hank Bass, Arthur Coddington, Jack Cooksey

Update (status, last meeting, members, budget)

Discussion topics (membership drive, tournament fees, support for producing videos)

hanks DDCPA folder


Membership Dues? - low or no fee, as per many "grassroots" communities

Set goal of "doing anything"

  1. Hank will update members list & "public web page" and share link w/ Jim & update DDCPA links accordingly.
  2. Jim will send letter to Players List to welcome everyone to DDC PA, include link to check info.
  3. Jim will update website (remove membership drive form, convert invite from google form).
  4. Arthur/Conrad will write the 10 rules to get started playing DDC and send to Jim for website posting.

Set goal of growing the group by some measurable %

Tournament Fees:  - disincentive for new folks? keep it small $10-20, but non-zero has value

For DDC-only tourneys - (east coast, tally rally, west coast) small fees & cover newcomers, youth via older players

For DDC within larger tourneys - Ask director to contribute to DDCPA for Harv3000 scoring ...

Set goal of bringing in new players - need ramp/ladder-up path to encourage newcomers a way on the court - an explicit DDCPA function, provide supporting assistance, experts, demos

Jack is working on simple easy courts

Other discussions

Overcoming the "learning curve" barrier.  e.g. single disc court, double disc catch,

Issues to consider re: growing - What to put on website & how to get people there?

Doug Cantor has suggested offered help w/ video production ...

Jim suggests actively engage videographers, 'highlight reels' ...

Jack got in touch w/ Jake, local teacher, makes video projects, disc enthusiast, will get footage for worlds (july '19) at ~$500/day - footage for video publicity & finals for posterity

Market research approaches that could help?  Develop a feedback activity?

Instagram DDC contest ..., capture famous golfers, ultimate players enjoying ddc, ...

Use DDCPA to post simple rules (conrad, arthur), how to start, suggested steps, fun exercises

Look to Sweden as examples of people to highlight, ways to promote the sport, include them in DDCPA

Jim will develop summary action list of this meeting & distribute it

2017 August 26, 12 pm, EDT (UTC-4)

Attendees:  Jim Elsner, Conrad Damon, Hank Bass, Arthur Coddington

1. Items from the March 19th, 2017 meeting

2. DDCPA membership drive

        what do you get ? define membership:

3. Update on U.S. Open Overall Championships in Tallahassee

  1. (http://usopenflyingdiscchampionships.com/)
  2. Possible pairs DDC event prior

4. Candidate board member names to replace Arthur, Jim, and Jack in 2018.
BYLAWS (copy of section on elections below agenda:

5. WFDF sanctioning for a world title to be awarded in DDC in 2018

 6. Other business: NONE

copy from bylaws

Article VII Elections

Section 1 Directors will be elected for a term of three (3) years to serve from the time of installation at the start of the fiscal year after the election to the time of installation of the succeeding directors the following term. Directors may succeed themselves.

Section 2 The directors shall hold office until their respective initial terms have expired. Thereafter, each year the membership shall elect a number of directors to the number of directors whose terms have expired, for a full term of three (3) years. Each director shall serve for a term of three (3) years from the date of expiration of the term of the director to whose office he or she succeeds or until the occurrence of one of the events specified in Article VI Section 6 of these bylaws, whichever first occurs. Any director elected to succeed a director who leaves or is removed from office for any reason prior to expiration of his or her term shall serve the balance of that term. Directors may be elected to any regular or special meeting of the directors duly called and held. Directors may serve an unlimited number of successive terms.

Section 3 Nominations will be received in the year of an election no later than the first weekend of October. Nominations that are accepted will then be published through the DDCPA website and DDCPA membership email list. Procedures for nominations will be determined by DDCPA policy.

Section 4 The elections will occur after November 1st and before November 30th. Ballots will be accessible through on-line voting or email voting.

Section 5 Election results will be posted  on the DDCPA website or through the DDCPA membership email list after the election, no later than December 15th.

Section 6 After assuming office, all pertinent materials will be turned over to the new Director. The past Director may be asked to advise and provide transitional assistance at the discretion of the Executive Director.

2017 March 19, 5:30 pm, Tallahassee, FL

Attendees:  Jim Elsner, Jack Cooksey, Conrad Damon, Hank Bass (via tele-conf), Arthur Coddington, with Dave Taylor observing.

Review of previous business -

  1. previous minutes were approved
  2. Follow-up:  HWB will contact Jade re: DDC FB - ask for link to DDCPA site
  3. Treasury update - we have DDC paypal account set up by JBE.
  4. Annual expenses to be estimated by Elsner & posted in these notes
  5. Website donations button on DDCPA page - Arthur C & Conrad D will assist with this.  JBE will add them as website administrative privileges.

Current Business

  1. Board membership will be staggered as follows:
    6 members total with Director to have tie-breaking authority for split votes
    Terms will be 4 years each
    Every two years, 3 of the 6 positions will be open for filling
    Positions can be filled by returning or new members
    The board will appoint new members and incorporate community feedback and input
  2. To begin the staggered terms, three of the current board members need to have 2y terms.  Initial 2y board members volunteered and were approved and are Cooksey, Coddington, & Elsner.  The others will have 4y terms.
  3. Fundraising Discussion - what are the funds for? - support tourneys, growing pods
  4. Membership - review prior proposal.
    Membership = Free, need email for e-newsletter.
    Jack will take lead on e-newsletter.
    Suggestion is to distribute e-newsletter via existing lists for 1st two years.
    Use sign-up drives at events.

Additional New Business

  1. Conrad noted that DDC rankings have moved from basic text file to databases
    additional metrics for analysis & inspection
    rankings code/engine unchanged for years  - is it good/optimal/appropriate
    Proposal to accept DDC Rankings System as the office DDCPA ranking system for the purpose of facilitating tournament organization and initial seedings.
    VOTED to approve the “conrad” system as the “DDCPA” system
    Jack mentioned “estrava” (sp?)

Action Items from 3-19-17 mtg:

  1. JIM will summarize finances. Email sent to board March 24.
  2. JIM will give access to CD & AC for DDCPA website admin for donation button & ranking integration. Invited AC as Contributor April 2. Only one contributor unless upgrade to business website.
  3. JACK will coordinate the DDCPA e-newsletter.
  4. Hank will contact CA DDC FaceBook page to share web site.
  5. Future tournaments will have DDCPA member sign up (membership drives).
  6. Arthur, Jim, and Jack are doing 2y terms.

Annual Expenses:

Annual Report to the State (Florida): $61.25

Website hosting: $144

Suggested annual registration fee for the DDCPA: $25/yr

Benefits of joining

Dear DDCPA Board Members,

Let's plan to meet next Saturday, August 26 at 12 noon EDT (UTC-4).

Location: https://appear.in/ddcpa-boardroom

2016 December 30

6pm Sweden (UTC+1) / 5pm London GMT/UTC / 12pm Eastern (UTC-5) / 9am Pacific (UTC-8)

1st Board Meeting via https://appear.in/ddcpa-boardroom

Attendees: Jim Elsner, Hank Bass, Conrad Damon, Arthur Coddington


1. Welcoming remarks (Elsner)

2. Purpose of the DDCPA and what we've done thus far (Elsner)

3. Approve ByLaws (comments added for amendments at future meetings)

4. Next steps (Bass)

    A. Grow the Association, discuss membership

    B. Grow the sport, call for ideas, develop in the interim, present next mtg

5. Set Next meeting(s) (Elsner)

6. Summary and review action items (Bass)

Meeting notes (hwb, ed: jbe):

Make it easy to join & easy to get on a court and play - i.e. pod-centric approach; growth through pod play - e-newsletter could be a member benefit.  Lower tier membership, subscribe to newsletter gets you membership - decided we should start with that:

Membership Proposal: Join by subscribing to the DDCPA newsletter.  In return, you get a permanent DDCPA member number, and can opt out of newsletter at any time.

Electronic newsletter (email) will emphasize opportunities to join pod play, contacts, tournaments. Add a "donations accepted" link (via Paypal) to the account. Discussion needed on how to assign initial member numbers.