The Southern National Disc Golf Tournament Series is directed by Southern National Disc Golf guidelines. Tournament play in a Southern National Disc Golf sanctioned event is governed by the Professional Disc Golf Association Official Rules of Disc Golf.
1.1 The following classifications shall be used for all Southern National Disc Golf (SNDG) sanctioned tournaments. All female players may compete in duplicate divisions as those offered for male players. Female players may compete in male divisions if they choose, but male players may not compete in female divisions. A director may, by giving adequate public notice, restrict the divisions offered. Absent such notice, the director shall offer for competition any division which has three or more players in attendance with exception to any women and novice in attendance.
1.2 A player may only compete in a single division of a tournament at one time. Where a tournament offers different divisions at different times, a director may allow a player to play in multiple divisions.
1.3 Professional Divisions: In professional divisions, players compete for money.
(1.3.1) Open: The top professional division, available to players of any age.
(1.3.2) Master: A professional division available to players at least 40 years of age in the calendar year the tournament begins.
(1.3.3) Grand Master: A professional division available to players at least 50 years of age in the calendar year the tournament begins.
(1.3.4) Senior Grand master: A professional division available to players at least 60 years of age in the calendar year the tournament begins.
(1.3.5) Legends: A professional division available to players at least 70 years of age in the calendar year the tournament begins.
1.4 Amateur Divisions: Amateur players compete for trophies and/or prizes.
(1.4.1) Advanced: The top amateur division.
(1.4.2) Intermediate: An amateur division for players who have developed basic skills and/or have tournament experience.
(1.4.3) Novice: an amateur division for beginning players.
(1.4.4) Juniors (under 16): an amateur division for players less than 16 years of age on the date the tournament ends.
(1.4.5) Amateur divisions combining age restrictions and amateur skill levels: Examples would include Advanced Master, Amateur Grand Master and Novice Senior Grand Master.
1.5 Amateur status: A player relinquishes amateur status by competing in a Professional division of a SNDG sanctioned event and accepting prize money for finishing in that Professional division. An Amateur player competing in a Pro Division may accept prizes in lieu of cash one time within a six month period and still keep his/her Amateur status. Accepting money for winning any ancillary contest that is not part of the tournament score does not cause a player to relinquish his or her amateur status.
1.6 Player Reclassification: Any player may change his or her classification to a higher classification any time. A player may move to a classification lower than a classification they have not accepted money in (Pro Division) or prizes in (AM Division) after 4 consecutive tournaments of not accepting money or prizes, respectively. A player may move to another classification, if eligible, pursuant 1.1(A director may, by giving adequate public notice, restrict the divisions offered.) in accordance with 1.3, and 1.4.
1.7 A player in the Professional Women’s division may play in a men’s amateur division if there are no other players in her division at a tournament. The points and winnings that she receives will go into the division that she has chosen to play in, making it possible for a female player to have points in a men’s division and eligible to play in that division in the SNDG Championships.
2.1 The Southern National Disc Golf Tournament Series is a calendar year long beginning June 1 thru May 31. Players competing in SNDG sanctioned qualifier tournaments earn points towards qualifying to compete in the SNDG Pro Disc Golf Championship and/or the SNDG Amateur Disc Golf Championship.
2.2 Player's points awarded in a SNDG Qualifier Tournament are recorded in the division the player is registered for per Section 1.6.
2.3 A player competing in a sanctioned SNDG Qualifier tournament is awarded 2 (two) points for finishing one full round of play. A player retains the 2 (two) points in the event of a "Did Not Finish" (DNF) in subsequent rounds.
2.4 A player is awarded an additional 1 (one) point for each player passed in his/her registered division at the end of the tournament.
2.5 A player's cumulative points earned in either the Pro (Section 1.3) or Amateur (Section 1.4) Division determines his/her qualification to compete in the Amateur and/or Pro Championship.
2.6 An invitation to compete in the SNDG Pro Disc Golf Championship may be included in the SNDG Amateur Disc Golf Championship prize packages.
2.7 An Amateur player may earn Pro points and qualify to compete in the SNDG Pro Disc Golf Championship per Section 1.5.
3.1 A SNDG Doubles Tournament and/or Championship team will consist of 2 players. Competing in a SNDG Qualifier or a SNDG Doubles Tournament will qualify a player to enter the SNDG Doubles Championship.
3.2 In the SNDG Doubles Championship, both of the team players must be a SNDG Qualified player having competed in the current SNDG Tournament Series season or a SNDG Doubles Tournament in the current season.
3.3 The team will register in a division qualified for per SNDG Handbook 1.6. The team will register in the higher division if the team players are in two different classifications.
3.4 A player's classification per SNDG Handbook 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5 is not changed by competing in a SNDG Doubles Tournament and/or the SNDG Doubles Championship. (i.e.-an Amateur does not become a Pro by pairing with a Pro and placing, etc...)
4.1 Board of Directors
(4.1.1) Southern National Disc Golf Tournament Series is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of six voting members and Jim Orum as permanent 7th seat, voting only as a tiebreaker.
(4.1.2) There are six elected seats on the Board. Seats 2, 4, and 6 are elected in even numbered years. Seats 1, 3, and 5 are elected in odd numbered years.
4.2 Board Member Election
(4.2.1) Election for no more than three opposed or resigning members is held once a year in accordance with SNDG Handbook Section 4.0.
(4.2.2) Election timeline provides new members to be elected by and announced at the SNDG Pro Championship.
4.3 SNDG Board Member Eligibility
(4.3.1) The individual must be a disc golf player having participated in the current SNDG Tournament Series, earned points, and be at least 18 years of age.
(4.3.2) The individual must have access to and use of the internet including E-mail and AOL Messenger for meetings and communication.
4.4 SNDG Voter Eligibility
(4.4.1) Players who participate in the current SNDG Tournament Series and earned points may vote.
4.5 Board Member Nominees
(4.5.1) Players interested in serving on the SNDG Board of Directors must declare by sending e-mail including name, address, and phone number to the designated election coordinator. Declarations for Board Member will only be accepted and confirmed through e-mail. Midnight May 1 is the deadline for a player to declare. Results will be posted on the SNDG Forum.
(4.5.2) There will be no more than 3 candidates per opposed or resigned seats. If there are more than nine (9) nominees, a vote will be conducted to bring the number of nominees to nine (9) per SNDG Handbook 4.2
(4.5.3) Votes will be accepted via e-mail and must include full name of voter. No nicknames will be accepted (i.e. - Banger, Treeknocker, or T-bone). If unable to vote by e-mail, a player may request a ballot by sending a stamped self addressed envelope to the SNDG. A ballot may also be printed off the SNDG Forum. The candidates for the SNDG Board of Directors will be posted on the SNDG Forum.
4.6 Board Member Candidates
(4.6.1) Voting for candidates to serve on the SNDG Board will begin July 1 in accordance with SNDG Handbook (4.2.2), 4.4, (4.5.3)
(4.6.2) A ballot will be included in the Player Package at both the SNDG Pro Championship and the SNDG Am Championship.
(4.6.3) The SNDG Pro Championship second round two minute warning is the deadline for written ballots to be deposited in ballot boxes provided at the Championship.
(4.6.4) The newly elected Board Members will be announced at the SNDG Pro Championship awards presentation and posted on the SNDG Forum.
4.7 Board Member Attendance
(4.7.1) If a Board Member misses 3 consecutive meetings, he or she will be placed on probation.
(4.7.2) Any Board Member that misses a meeting while on probation will be removed from the Board of Directors.
4.8 Board Member Resignation
(4.8.1) In the event of a board member's resigning, the seat will be filled by the candidate with the highest amount of votes from the most recent election that did not become a board member.
(4.8.2) If the eligible replacement elects to not fill the open seat, the seat will remain vacant until the next Southern Nationals Board Member election.
5.1 A player shall be subject to disqualification or warning of disqualification by the tournament director for committing any of the following acts during a Southern National qualifying or championship event.
(5.1.1) Unsportsmanlike conduct towards players or spectators, such as; loud cursing, throwing things in anger (other than discs in play), or overt rudeness to anyone present (spectator, player, or official)
(5.1.2) Willful and overt destruction or abuse of plant life, course hardware, or any other property considered part of the disc golf course or the park.
(5.1.3) Cheating: a willful attempt to circumvent the rules of play.
(5.1.4) Activities which are in violation of the law or park regulation or disc golf course rule, including the illegal consumption of drugs or alcohol.
5.2 Tournament Directors are granted the discretion to disqualify a player based on the severity of the offending conduct. An official warning of disqualification may be issued by a director where they deem appropriate.
5.3 Disqualified players shall forfeit any prize money and shall not receive a refund of entry fees.
5.4 Any warnings or DQ's according to the guidelines above reported to the board will be counted against that player. A single disqualification or two warnings with a 12 month period will carry a 12 month probation period effective on the date of the disqualification or 2nd warning. During that probation period another warning or disqualification will carry a 3 month suspension from ANY SN disc golf event AND that player will not be allowed to play in any SN championship event for the SN year that the second infraction occurred. The probation period will also be restarted from the date of the second infraction for another year. Another infraction of these rules during the new probationary period will result in a minimum 1 year suspension from SN tournament play, permanent probation, and the player must request reinstatement after that year from the board before participating in another SN qualifier or championship. A third infraction will be dealt with specifically by the board but a permanent ban from SN events will be seriously considered.
5.5 In terms of these rules a tournament event should be specifically defined as all time periods during which a required, tournament associated event is taking place on the facilities of the disc golf course or courses. This should include, but not be limited to, all rounds of disc golf and the player's meeting. Any additional events that the Tournament Director deems included are also eligible to fall under these rules.
6.1 Any Tournament Director may submit an SN Tournament Qualifier Application to have his or her tournament deemed an SNDG Qualifier. SNDG Qualifying Tournaments must adhere to the following guidelines. Further information may be found on the SN Tournament Qualifier Application.
(6.1.1) The tournament must be at least 150 miles away from any other SNDG Qualifier occurring on the same day.
(6.1.2) $2 must be collected from each entrant and sent to the SNDG Treasurer. $1.75 of each qualifier fee is returned to the respective division at the Southern National Am and Pro Championships. $0.25 of each qualifier fee is used for SN expenses.
(6.1.3) The SN requests that each sanctioned tournament consists of at least 2 rounds of a minimum of 18 holes. If a tournament fails to meet the hole request, the tournament director may seek sanctioning through a vote by the Board of Directors. Requests must be made at least 30 days before the event takes place.
6.2 The following dates are protected and may not be used for any other SN Qualifer Tournaments.
(6.2.1) The SN Doubles Championships (SNDC) - the last full weekend of July.
(6.2.2) The SN Amateur Championships (SNAC) - two weekends before Labor Day weekend.
(6.2.3) The SN Professional Championships (SNPC) - Labor Day weekend.
6.3 Charity events may seek a waiver of Southern National Tournament fees if they meet the following criteria:
(6.3.1) The event must be for a specific purpose and/or charity.
(6.3.2) The event must be a one-time event.
(6.3.3) The Southern Nationals must be listed as an event sponsor equal to the amount of the waived fees.
(6.3.4) The Tournament Director must apply for the waiver at least one month in advance of the event.
Copyright 2006 Southern National Board of Directors
Revised:December 17, 2010