Regular & Post-Season Guidelines

I. College Disc Golf Regular Season Overview

Timeline

PDGA Tournaments

Team Events and Fundraisers

Conference Championships

College Disc Golf Membership

Eligibility and Roster Verification

II. College Disc Golf Post-Season Overview

Regional Qualifiers

National Championship

Women’s Division

Alaska & Hawaii Exception

Eligibility and Roster Verification

III. College Disc Golf Regular Season Guidelines

Timeline

Regular Season Registration Guidelines

Regular Season Competition Guidelines

IV. College Disc Golf Post-Season Guidelines

Timeline

Post-Season Registration Guidelines

Post-Season Competition Guidelines

V. Violations and Sanctions

I. College Disc Golf Regular Season Overview

  1. Timeline

The official College Disc Golf Regular Season will begin September 1st and end March 9th.

  1. PDGA Tournaments

Teams are encouraged to participate in Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) sanctioned tournaments and events. However, these will not impact the conference championships or bid allocations to the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship.

  1. Team Events and Fundraisers

Teams are encouraged to run their own events (e.g. invitationals, tournaments, and leagues). However, these will not impact the conference championships or bid allocations to the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship.

  1. Conference Championships

Conferences will be formed through the cooperation of various school clubs, programs, and individuals. Potential conferences must apply to College Disc Golf for official status and be comprised only of teams located within their designated region. Conference championships must consist of at least one round of alternating team doubles play and are encouraged to be PDGA-sanctioned events. The results of these conference championships will determine bids to the regional qualifiers and must be submitted to the College Disc Golf results system within 48-hours of completion. A total of 18 bids will be given out for each regional championship - the allocation of bids depending on conference size.

  1. College Disc Golf Membership

Collegiate teams competing in College Disc Golf events are required to have all players be members of the College Disc Golf organization for the current season. Memberships remain active for the entire season and are assigned to the individual.

  1. Eligibility and Roster Verification

 College teams will be required to submit their registrar-certified roster of participating players at the start of the season and update accordingly. The tournament director of their respective conference championship will confirm rosters before their event. Teams participating in conference championships will be expected to do so only with players who meet, or who will meet, the College Disc Golf Eligibility Rules for the College Disc Golf National Championship (CDGNC).

II. College Disc Golf Post-Season Overview

  1. Regional Qualifiers

Interested parties such as school clubs, programs, and individuals can apply to run a College Disc Golf Regional Qualifiers. Regional Qualifiers must consist of at least one round of alternating team doubles play and are encouraged to be PDGA-sanctioned events. The results of these conference championships will determine bids to the National Championships and must be submitted to the College Disc Golf results system within 48-hours of completion. A total of 34 bids will be given out for the National Championship - the allocation of bids depending on conference size.

  1. National Championship

The College Disc Golf organization will be responsible for running the College Disc Golf National Championship. The date for the 2020 College Disc Golf National Championship is April 1-4.

  1. Women’s Division

Female players have an automatic qualification to both the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship. They may also bring an unlimited number of teams.

  1. Alaska & Hawaii Exception 

These two states are not required to participate in a conference championship and will receive automatic bids to their respective Regional Qualifiers (which are not included in the 18 bids awarded per region).

  1. Eligibility and Roster Verification

College teams will be required to submit their registrar-certified roster of participating players to College Disc Golf one week before participation at both the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship. College teams participating in the Regional Qualifiers will be expected to do so only with players who meet, or who will meet, the College Disc Golf Eligibility Rules for the College Disc Golf National Championship.

III. College Disc Golf Regular Season Guidelines

  1. Timeline 

The official College Disc Golf Regular Season will begin September 1st and end March 9th.

  1. Regular Season Registration Guidelines

  1. College Disc Golf Membership
  1. Teams competing in any College Disc Golf event must be members of College Disc Golf for the current College Disc Golf Season.
  2. Memberships cover all College Disc Golf teams at member schools for the entire season.
  1. Each team does not need an individual membership.
  1. Conference Championships Requirements
  1. The events which are considered to be official conference championships will be any PDGA-sanctioned events in which rostered college teams play one another in at least one round of alternating team doubles and is previously approved by College Disc Golf.
  2. Official conference championships must only take place at PDGA-sanctioned competitive events which are college-specific.
  3. Conference championships must conclude at least 10 days before the scheduled regional championship.
  4. The results of the conference championships will count towards regional championship bids provided that the teams’ rosters pass the regular season eligibility check.
  1. Conference Championships Eligibility
  1. College teams participating in conference championships will be expected to do so only with players who meet the College Disc Golf Eligibility Rules for the College Disc Golf National Championship.
  2. Only conference championships results where a team’s roster included only CDGNC eligibility-verified players on their registrar-certified roster will be included to determine bids to the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship. Eligibility verification includes not only verification of required academic status through the school’s registrar, but also adherence to all aspects of the college disc golf eligibility rules, including the 6 years rule and other requirements.
  3. Teams that are found to have violated the letter or spirit of these rules or whose behavior undermines the competition structure (e.g. misrepresenting the composition of a team at a specific event, misrepresenting the composition of a team over the course of the season, intentionally playing with ineligible players, etc.) may be subject to ramifications as outlined in the College Disc Golf Season Guidelines section, Violations and Sanctions. Roster violations should be reported to College Disc Golf at info@collegediscgolf.com 
  1. Gender Division Eligibility
  1. Females are eligible to compete in the Men’s and Women’s divisions.
  2. The eligibility of transgender athletes will follow both the PDGA and International Olympic Committee (IOC) standards.
  1. Clarifications and Exceptions
  1. Split Squads - A team is permitted to split into Champion/First/Second Flights for the purpose of participating in the conference championships (if so decided by the conference).
  2. Champion/First/Second Flight Movement - Player eligibility for all teams from a school will be verified without respect to flight affiliation, in order to allow teams to make final flight determinations up until the National Championship. Reasonable movement of such players during the regular season is acceptable. However, deliberate mis-designation of a group of players at the conference championships in order to influence rankings will be considered a roster violation and may be subject to ramifications as outlined in the section, Violations and Sanctions. If such deliberate mis-designation of players is discovered, College Disc Golf reserves the right to assign a conference championship results to whichever team it deems appropriate.
  1. Regular Season Competition Guidelines

  1. Event formats, tournament rules, card allocations, etc. are all at the discretion of the conference leadership, provided they meet the event requirements as outlined in the PDGA guidelines for a sanctioned event.
  2. In order for conference championships to have their results count:
  1. The event must meet the PDGA definition of disc golf.
  2. There must be at least 1 round of 18 holes, of alternate shot team doubles completed.
  3. Events that are suspended due to inclement weather or other unavoidable reason will be counted only if the teams have completed at least one full round of disc golf.
  1. Forfeit rule
  1. As a general rule, College Disc Golf prohibits the forfeiting of scheduled conference championships. The competition format of an event and the season as a whole rely on the conference championships being played. All teams entering the conference championships should expect that their opponents will participate.
  2. If one team (or individual) is not ready to play at tee-time, strokes may be assessed, in accordance with the PDGA rules.
  3. Teams that withdraw from the conference championships within 7 days of the event without approval from the tournament director may be subject to sanctions.
  1. Exceptions
  1. The safety of athletes is a top priority and must be considered when determining whether a conference championship should be played and under what conditions.
  2. Tournament formats and event schedules must fall within the guidelines set forth for PDGA-sanctioned events.
  1. Sanctions - College Disc Golf reserves the right to sanction teams that forfeit conference championships. These may include, but are not limited to: bid allocation penalties, team and/or player/coach suspensions, and team and/or member conduct hearings. Forfeitures will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all pertinent facts and perspectives.

IV. College Disc Golf Post-Season Guidelines

  1. Timeline

The 2020 National Championship will be held on April 1-4 and the Regional Qualifiers will run throughout the College Disc Golf Season.

  1. Post-Season Registration Guidelines

  1. Post-Season Requirements
  1. The events which are considered to be official Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship will be PDGA-sanctioned events coordinated by College Disc Golf in which rostered college teams play one another.
  2. Official Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship must only take place at PDGA-sanctioned competitive events which are college-specific.
  3. The results of the Regional Qualifiers will count towards the National Championship bids provided that the teams’ rosters pass the regular season eligibility check.
  1. Team Information
  1. A team’s registrar-certified roster should be updated periodically and any changes must be submitted at least one week before participation in both the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship to info@collegediscgolf.com.
  1. Players must be separated into their respective categories, including substitutes and (for the National Championship) Champion/First/Second Flights.
  1. Teams may not be allowed to participate in the Regional Qualifiers or the National Championship if their roster materials do not arrive by the roster deadline.
  2. After the roster deadline, roster additions or flight changes are only permitted by contacting College Disc Golf at info@collegediscgolf.com 
  3. Teams should make a copy of their roster prior to sending it to College Disc Golf for their records. The copy should be brought to the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship in case it needs to be referenced.
  4. Upon request, College Disc Golf will provide all teams in attendance with access to the rosters of all teams competing at the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship.
  1. Post-Season Eligibility
  1. College teams participating in Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship will be expected to do so only with players who meet, or will meet the College Disc Golf Eligibility Rules for the College Disc Golf National Championship.
  2. Teams’ registrar-certified rosters, submitted to College Disc Golf in order to register for the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship, will be cross-checked against teams’ rosters from regular season conference championships. Teams should deal with their registration as early as possible in the spring.
  3. Only Regional Qualifiers where a team’s roster included only CDGNC eligibility-verified players on their registrar-certified roster will be included to determine bids to the National Championship. Eligibility verification includes not only verification of required academic status through the school’s registrar, but also adherence to all aspects of the college disc golf eligibility rules, including the 6 years rule and other requirements.
  4. Teams that are found to have violated the letter or spirit of these rules or whose behavior undermines the competition structure (e.g. misrepresenting the composition of a team at a specific event, misrepresenting the composition of a team over the course of the season, intentionally playing with ineligible players, etc.) may be subject to ramifications as outlined in the College Disc Golf Season Guidelines section, Violations and Sanctions. Roster violations should be reported to College Disc Golf at info@collegediscgolf.com.
  1. Gender Division Eligibility
  1. Females are eligible to compete in the Men’s and Women’s divisions.
  2. The eligibility of transgender athletes will follow both the PDGA and International Olympic Committee (IOC) standards.
  1. Clarifications and Exceptions
  1. Split Squads - A team is permitted to split into Champion/First/Second Flights for the purpose of participating in the National Championship.
  2. Champion/First/Second Flight Movement - Player eligibility for all teams from a school will be verified without respect to flight affiliation, in order to allow teams to make final flight determinations up until the National Championship. Reasonable movement of such players during the regular season is acceptable. However, deliberate mis-designation of a group of players at the conference championships in order to influence rankings will be considered a roster violation and may be subject to ramifications as outlined in the section, Violations and Sanctions. If such deliberate mis-designation of players is discovered, College Disc Golf reserves the right to assign a conference championship results to whichever team it deems appropriate.
  1. Player Minimums
  1. A valid roster will consist of at least the following number of players and (for the National Championship) their combined PDGA ratings must average to the following caps:
  1. Champion Flight - 3 (max 4 players); any rating
  2. First Flight - 3 (max 4 players); max 935 rating
  3. Second Flight - 2 (max 4 players); max 900 rating
  4. Women - 1 (max 2 per team; no max teams); any rating
  1. Players that do not have a rating will count as the maximum cap for the flight they will be playing.
  2. Teams registered with fewer than this amount of players at the roster deadline must contact College Disc Golf at info@collegediscgolf.com in order to play in the Regional Qualifiers or the National Championship if additional players are found.
  3. Champion/First/Second Flight - In the event that there are less than 4 players on a flight, in team doubles the individual without a partner will only have one throw per turn.
  4. Women’s Division - Female players will engage in regular doubles play with a partner. However, if there are less than 2 players on a team, the individual without a partner will only have one throw per turn.
  1. Registrar Certification Clarifications and Exceptions
  1. The team’s roster and registrar instruction form must be signed and certified by your school registrar in order to participate in post-season competition.
  2. Each individual certification must include hours enrolled and degree program.
  1. For schools on the quarter-system, verification of enrollment in two of the three quarters (fall, winter, spring) must be included.
  2. All players must be enrolled as a full-time or a half-time student. Students enrolled as less than half-time are eligible only if they are enrolled in the last semester and/or all classes available for their degree program (e.g. prerequisites course needed before remaining classes).
  3. Students who graduate in the Fall of the current school year are eligible to compete in the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship.
  1. Rosters are final once the roster deadline has passed. Additions or changes may only be made by contacting College Disc Golf at info@collegediscgolf.com.
  2. Failure to abide by any of the above rules may result in ramifications outlined in the section, Violations and Sanctions.
  3. Player Information
  1. All players participating on a team for the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship must be listed on the team roster. The ramifications for having a player not on a team’s roster participate in the post-season competition are outlined in the section, Violations and Sanctions.
  2. All players listed on the roster must be current PDGA members in good standing. Players who are not current members must login to their accounts and purchase a membership prior to being rostered. Non-members who do not register by the post-season competition dates will be ineligible to play until they have the appropriate membership. The ramifications for having a non-member participate in post-season competition is outlined in the section, Violations and Sanctions.
  3. Players may appear on only one roster and may not switch teams for any portion of post-season competition. The ramifications of having a player participate in more than one division, or be on more than one roster, are outlined in the section, Violations and Sanctions.
  1. All players are limited to competing in the College Disc Golf National Championship six times. Players that have competed in their sixth National Championship are no longer eligible to compete in Regional Qualifiers or conference championships.
  2. All players must be certified as amateurs or professionals per the PDGA. Those who meet the standards and qualify as a Premier Professional (formerly Touring Professional) or were designated as a Premier Professional within the past five years are not eligible to participate.
  3. All players on the team must meet the player requirements and the team must meet the team requirements of the College Disc Golf Eligibility Rules throughout the entire post-season competition.
  1. Eligibility status will be checked by College Disc Golf through the rostering process, in conjunction with information from school registrar offices, as well as using information from the PDGA and team records.
  2. College Disc Golf reserves the right to use additional relevant information, should it become available, in a fair and consistent manner to ensure player and team eligibility standards are met throughout post-season competition.
  3. Player eligibility status may be re-checked at any point prior to, during, or following the post-season. Rosters will be randomly re-verified with school registrar offices following each post-season competition (i.e. conference championships, Regional Qualifiers, and the National Championship).
  4. Failure to abide by any of the above rules may result in ramifications outlined in the sections, Violations and Sanctions.
  1. Post-Season Competition Guidelines

  1. Spirit of the Game
  1. Disc Golf has traditionally relied upon a spirit of sportsmanship which places the responsibility for fair play on the players themselves. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of the bond of mutual respect between players or adherence to the agreed-upon rules of the game. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate adverse conduct from the disc golf course. Such actions as taunting of opposing players, dangerous aggression, or other ‘win at all costs’ behavior are contrary to the Spirit of the Game and must be avoided by all players.
  1. Conference Championships
  1. Any team may participate in conference championships provided they have met the team and player requirements for participation. There is no additional qualifying process.
  2. Conference alignments will be determined by individual agreements amongst schools and teams that are located within the same region.
  3. Conferences should consist of a minimum of at least 3 schools and no more than 10 schools.
  1. Bids to Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship
  1. Automatic Bids
  1. After the 2019-2020 Season, there will be Regional Qualifiers of which schools will be assigned based upon their geographic region of residence.
  2. A total of 34 bids will be given out for the National Championship to be divided amongst the different regions based on the number of teams in each region.
  3. A total of 18 bids will be given out for each regional championship to be divided amongst the conferences based on the number of teams in each conference.
  1. For 2019-20, teams only need to participate in a conference championship to attend their regional championship - there will be no bid allocations to attend the Regional Qualifiers.
  1. Unaccepted Bids/Disqualification - In the event a bid is declined by a team (or the team is disqualified), that bid will be awarded to the next highest finishing team in the conference championship or regional championship. If no more teams are present, then the bid will transfer to the next largest conference or region.
  2. For the purposes of tournament logistics, College Disc Golf may impose a deadline by which teams must decide whether or not they will attend a regional championship or the National Championship. The deadline may be associated with submission of a tournament entry fee. College Disc Golf may keep entry fees from teams that pull out of the tournament beyond a certain date, provided that date and the fee are reasonable, in accordance with the PDGA refund policy.
  1. Name/Logo/Uniform Guidelines
  1. College Disc Golf reserves the right to alter, or require a team to alter, a team name, player or coach nickname, team logo, jersey graphic, or uniform and/or suggest alternatives at or in conjunction with a College Disc Golf event should College Disc Golf personnel determine that the existing name, logo, graphic, or uniform might hinder the mission of the organization or the goals of a specific event. This includes, but is not limited to: sexual references, profanity, drug references, and any discriminatory language or graphics. Alterations must meet with the approval of College Disc Golf personnel.
  2. All players are required to wear a matching shirt to the Regional Qualifiers and the National Championship. Collared shirts, names on jerseys, and school branded apparel is encouraged.
  1. Miscellaneous Rules
  1. College Disc Golf will follow PDGA standards and guidelines for conducting a sanctioned event.
  2. Rules changes (i.e. those outside of the current edition of the PDGA Official Rules) may be permitted, but must be communicated in detail during the sanctioning application process and must be pre-approved by the PDGA.
  3. Forfeit rule
  1. A team must play all rounds of the regional championship and the National Championship. A team that forfeits a round will forfeit the entire tournament.
  2. Any team that attempts to decide a round by any manner other than playing disc golf on the course will forfeit that round. If all teams on a card choose not to play, then they will be disqualified.
  3. If a team falls under the minimum number of participants requirement, due to injury or any other reason, they will be disqualified from the tournament.
  1. At the discretion of College Disc Golf, consideration may be given to situations that might warrant an exception being made, provided it does not affect the fairness or integrity of competition.
  1. Spectators
  1. Spectators (that are not caddies) are permitted to follow a card to watch. However, they must stand at a reasonable distance and cannot intrude on pace of play.
  2. Those who are found to distract players may be asked to leave the event.

V. Violations and Sanctions

Failure to abide by any of the College Disc Golf Season Guidelines may result in sanctions. These sanctions may be imposed on a team or individuals associated with a team deemed to be in violation of the guidelines, and may include, but is not limited to suspension or disqualification from College Disc Golf competition. To help teams follow the Season Guidelines and avoid violations, College Disc Golf will continue to work to improve registration procedures and communication of information pertaining to the season. As these improvements are made by the organization, teams will continue to be held more fully responsible for following policies and procedures. Because consistency in holding all participants to the same administrative and competitive standards is vital to the integrity of the College Disc Golf Season, because many violations lead to unfair advantages in competition, and because it is often difficult to determine intent, guideline violations will result in serious repercussions. Such repercussions will provide an incentive for players and teams to understand the guidelines fully, follow the guidelines carefully, and avoid intended or unintended violations in the future.