2018 Competitor Handbook

  1. Eligibility
  2. Registration, Withdrawals and Refunds
  3. Competition and Etiquette
  4. Qualifier Tournaments
  5. Premier Event Tournaments
  6. Regional Rankings and Payout
  7. National Championship Tournament
  8. Next Generation Disc Golf Team
  9. Disclaimers and Releases

1. Eligibility

Tour:  All amateur disc golfers as defined by the PDGA.  <https://www.pdga.com/divisions>

PDGA Members and non-members are welcome to compete. Non-member PDGA $10 fee waived for all Qualifier tournaments.

If a competitor does not currently have a PDGA player status/rating please see the “competition and etiquette” portion of this handbook.

2. Registration, Withdrawals and Refunds

Registration: Registration for the 2018 Qualifier Tournaments open initially on February 15, 2018 with additional qualifier events being added over time. The Next Gen staff will seek to open registration a minimum of 3 weeks prior to any event whenever possible. All Next Generation registration and entry fees, including day-of and on-site, are intended to be collected through www.discgolfscene.com.

Discounted entries for all Premier Event Tournaments are by invitation only; Competitors who compete in a Qualifier prior to the Premier Event in their region receive an invitation to register for $100 rather than the standard entry of $150.  All registration for the Premier Event tournaments will be hosted by www.discgolfscene.com.

Registration for the National Championship Tournament is by invitation only; Qualified invitees will be sent registration information once they have qualified for an invitation as described in this handbook. Registration for the tournament is hosted at www.discgolfscene.com.

Refunds:  Qualifiers: All qualifier refunds are managed by the event TD and are to follow PDGA guidelines unless specifically noted on the Qualifier description on Disc Golf Scene.

Premier Events/National Championship:  Competitor refund requests received 2 weeks prior to the respective tournament will be refunded in full minus any incurred administration fees (PayPal/Discgolfscene, etc.)

Withdrawals: Qualifiers: All competitor withdrawals will be handled at the TD’s discretion.

Premier Events/National Championships: All competitor withdrawals within 2 weeks of the Tournament and up to 2 hours prior to the published start of the event check-in will receive, at the discretion of the Next Generation Staff, either a cash refund or players package. Next Gen Staff will seek to administer any such requests within 30 days after the event is completed.

No-Shows: All events; Competitors will be treated as ‘no-shows’ if they do not check-in by the published time.   Any no-show competitors who have not withdrawn as per above forfeit their entry fee and players package.

3. Competition and Etiquette

All Next Generation Tournaments will follow the Official Rules of Disc Golf as defined by the Professional Disc Golf Association and the Professional Disc Golf Association Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events unless superseded or contradicted by any statement in this handbook.

3 PDGA Rating-Based Divisions will be contested at all  Next Generation Qualifier and Premier Event Tournaments:

  • Gladiators: PDGA MA1/Advanced Division; Open to all amateur competitors; we suggest a PDGA player rating of 935 or higher;
  • Knights: PDGA RAD/Intermediate; Open to all competitors with a PDGA player rating between 900-935;
  • Saints: PDGA RAE/Recreational;l Open to all competitors with a PDGA player rating lower than 900.

Divisional Eligibility:  For competitors with an active PDGA rating, your rating at the time you compete in a Qualifier will carry over and define your division at the Premier Events. If, at the time you register, your rating qualifies you for a particular NG division and it changes prior to your competing in a Qualifier, it is your responsibility to notify the TD and move to the correct division for the tournament. A competitor is always welcome to “play up” to a higher division than their player rating suggests. A competitor who competes in more than 1 qualifier may register in different divisions throughout the tour based on their rating when they compete in any Qualifier. For Premier Events, the most recent qualifier division carries.

Competitors without a current PDGA player rating may choose their division when registering for a Qualifier Tournament. Once that Qualifier is completed, that players average rating for the tournament will determine their division for the Premier Event. For example, if Tommy BigGunz wins the Saints division at his local qualifier and throws an average tournament rating of 948 – Tommy’s going to get invited to play with the Gladiators at the Premier Event.

Any exceptions to the Official Rules at a specific Next Generation Tournament will be announced at the players meeting prior to the event.

All competitors in Next Generation Tournaments are expected to compete with the highest integrity and respect for the Official Rules as defined by the PDGA. Any competitor guilty of misconduct is subject to disciplinary action up to disqualification by the Tournament Director. Any competitor disqualified from a Next Generation Tournament  automatically forfeits: any further participation in 2018 Next Generation Tournaments, prizes, player package, and, if applicable, refunds therefrom.

Any appeals must be made in writing via e-mail to the respective Regional Director and the Next Generation Tour Director and allow a minimum of 3 weeks prior to any next potential tournament. In the event any appeal is not filed on time- the expected consideration, should the appeal be granted, is a refund of the competitors entry fee.

4. Qualifier Tournaments

Description: PDGA Sanctioned C-Tier tournaments identified as Next Generation Tour Qualifiers in each of the 8 regions as defined by Next Generation Disc Golf. Tournaments are open to all qualifying competitors of any age, skill or gender. Competitors may compete in multiple qualifiers within and across different regions. For non-PDGA members, the $10 PDGA non-member fee is waived for all Qualifier Tournaments. Qualifier Tournaments may be scheduled up until October 28, 2018 in all regions.

Field: Up to 72 competitors unless otherwise noted

Format: 2 rounds of 18 holes.

Registration and Fees: Standard Next Generation Qualifier Entry Fee: $48

  • Qualifier host sites may have extra greens fees, local club per person fees, or park entry fees.
  • These fees, at the discretion of the Tournament Director,  are extra to the Next Generation Entry fees listed above.
  • Any on-site usage fees and the collection thereof will be noted on the Disc Golf Scene tournament detail page.

Rescheduling and/or Relocating: In the event a qualifier tournament has less than 20 competitors registered 15 days prior to the event, the Tournament Director, reserves the right to reschedule and/or relocate the qualifier tournament.  In the event a tournament is rescheduled and/or relocated, all registered competitors will be offered the option of a full refund if they choose.

Players Package: All  Qualifier competitors receive a players package valued at $50 consisting of an exclusive Latitude 64 driver, midrange/putter, and a $10 voucher to the Latitude 64 Customs store. In the event a competitor registers the day-of and a player package is not available at the time, the competitor may receive a $25 voucher to the Latitude 64 Customs store. Competitors are to coordinate the voucher with the Tournament Director and the respective Regional Director after the event.

Prizes:

Prize payouts for top 5 in each division for Qualifiers prior to the Premier Event in their region:

  • 1st: Trophy Disc + entry into Premier Event ($150)
  • 2nd: Trophy Disc + $50 L64 Customs Voucher
  • 3rd: Trophy Disc +  $40 L64 Customs Voucher
  • 4th: $20 L64 Customs Voucher
  • 5th: $10 L64 Customs Voucher

Prize payouts for top 5 in each division for Qualifiers after the Premier Event in their region:

  • 1st: Trophy Disc  + $50 L64 Customs Voucher
  • 2nd: Trophy Disc + $40 L64 Customs Voucher
  • 3rd: Trophy Disc  + $30 L64 Customs Voucher
  • 4th: $20 L64 Customs Voucher
  • 5th: $10 L64 Customs Voucher

In the event the first place finisher declines the entry into the Premier Event, the paid entry fee will be forfeited.

Next Gen Divisions must have at least  four players to award the Premier Event paid entry first prize. If less than 4 players in a division, competitors may still compete for regional payouts and other “day of” prizes.

Results and Ties: For the purpose of clearly awarding the trophy discs and vouchers, all ties for 1st, 2nd, 3rd,4th  and 5th place will be broken by sudden death play or by any related disc golf skill event determined by the Tournament Director. Per PDGA Guidelines for C-Tiers, all tournament results are intended to be posted within 24 hours of the event.

Invitations to Premier Events: All qualifier competitors and tournament directors will be added to the invitation page for their Premier Event after the tournament. NG Staff will seek to complete all invitations within 2 weeks of the qualifier tournament whenever possible. Invited players are able to register for the Premier Event at a significantly discounted rate.

All Qualifier competitors will receive an email once they have been added to the Disc Golf Scene invitation page with registration instructions and tournament information.

If you are planning to attend your Premier Event, it is best to register early.

US Virtual Divisional Challenge:  For each standard qualifier played, competitors may elect to enter the US Virtual Divisional Challenge for an additional $12 when registering. There are two options competitors can choose from; ‘men’s’, who will automatically be entered into the respective division in which they have registered, or ‘womens’, who will all be grouped into one encompassing division. Competitors who compete in more than one qualifier may opt for the US Virtual Divisional Challenge when registering for each, and each entry is treated as a separate entry. All Qualifier rounds will receive a PDGA rating, the ratings average of both rounds will be ranked against all other US Virtual Divisional Challenge competitors in that division on a national basis using the competitor’s most recent rated round to break any ties. If a players rating increases after the event it will not affect previously played qualifier tournaments and challenge entries.

Unofficial US Virtual Divisional Challenge standings for the Gladiator, Knight and Saint divisions (men’s) will be hosted by PDGA.com throughout the season;  

Note: these standings are unofficial as they will include female competitors.  The Women’s division and results will be compiled and first reported with the ‘official’ US Virtual Divisional Challenge results posted on the nextgendiscgolf.com page.   

The official results and a 100% value prize payout to the top 25% of each division will be posted at nextgendiscgolf.com with instructions for winners to collect their prizes – all competitors will be notified by email when the information is posted. The Next Gen staff will make every effort to complete this within 2 weeks of the last Qualifier tournament. Winners receive credit equal to their winnings at discgolfcenter.com. Scale will be based on the lowest payout amount equaling $15.5.

5. Premier Event Tournaments

Description: 8 Premier Event tournaments run by David Feldberg and Next Gen staff.  All are PDGA Sanctioned B-Tiers held between July 15 and October 31, 2018. All three NG divisions will be hosted. Top 3 competitors qualify for invitations to the National Championship.  The finals for the Gladiator division will be filmed and edited for posting after the event.

Field: up to 216 competitors in all regions outside of the Mountain-West and Mountain-East regions which are up to 144 competitors each.;

Format: 2 day tournament with multiple pools and courses (2 minimum) based on participation level.

3 Rounds for all competitors in each division.

Registration and Fees: Next Generation Premier Event Entry: $100 for all Next Generation Qualifier competitors invited through www.discgolfscene.com.  Active PDGA members that have not competed in a qualifier prior to the Premier Event may register for $150.

  • Premier Event host sites may have extra greens fees, local club per person fees, or park entry fees.
  • These fees, at the discretion of the Tournament Director,  are extra in addition to the Next Generation Entry fees above. and the responsibility of the competitor.
  • Any on-site usage fees and the collection thereof will be noted on the Disc Golf Scene tournament detail page.

Players Package: All Next Generation Premier Event competitors will receive a players package valued greater than  $150 with lunch provided both days. The Players Package includes:

  • Custom Stamped Exclusive Driver from Latitude 64
  • Custom Stamped Exclusive Midrange from Latitude64
  • $10 Voucher to L64 Customs
  • Next Gen Premier Event Flat-billed Snapback Hat
  • One Pair of Shady Rays Signature Series Sunglasses with custom Next Gen case
  • One tube of Zanfel – the only stuff that works on poison ivy

Prizes: Each Premier Event division will offer the following prize payouts to the top 12 spots:

Gladiator Division:

  • 1st: Synergy Art Trophy, National Championship Entry ($200) plus $750 travel stipend, ZUCA backpack cart, DGNomad Nite Chains, Keen half-off shoe card, Keen Towel,  2019 Next Gen Disc Golf team bid;

Knight and Saint Divisions:

  • 1st: Synergy Art Trophy, Dynamic Discs Marksman Basket ($180 shipped), ZUCA Backpack Cart, DGNomad Nite Chains, Keen half-off shoe card, Keen towel, Dynamic Discs custom Ricky Wysocki signed 2-disc set ($50), $450 in prizes from Premier Event onsite store, 2019 Next Gen Disc Golf team bid;

All Divisions:

  • 2nd: Trophy, ZUCA backpack cart, DGNomad Nite Chains,Keen half-off shoe card, Keen towel, Dynamic Discs custom Ricky Wysocki signed 2-disc set ($50), $200 in prizes from Premier Event onsite store, 2019 Next Gen Disc Golf team bid;
  • 3rd: Trophy, ZUCA backpack cart, DGNomad Nite Chains, Keen half-off shoe card, Keen towel, Dynamic Discs custom Ricky Wysocki signed 2-disc set ($50), $200 in prizes from Premier Event onsite store, 2019 Next Gen Disc Golf team bid;
  • 4th: ZUCA backpack cart, DGNomad Nite Chains, Keen half-off shoe card, Keen Towel, $250 in prizes from Premier Event onsite store, 2019 Next Gen Disc Golf team bid;
  • 5th: ZUCA backpack cart, DGNomad Nite Chains, Keen half-off shoe card, Keen Towel, $50  in prizes from Premier Event onsite store;
  • 6th: ZUCA backpack cart, DGNomad Nite Chains, Keen half-off shoe card, Keen Towel, $50  in prizes from Premier Event onsite store;
  • 7th: ZUCA backpack cart, DGNomad Nite Chains, Keen half-off shoe card, Keen Towel, $50  in prizes from Premier Event onsite store;
  • 8th: ZUCA backpack cart, DGNomad Nite Chains, Keen half-off shoe card, Keen Towel, $50  in prizes from Premier Event onsite store;
  • 9th: ZUCA backpack cart;$20 in prizes from Premier Event onsite store.
  • 10th: ZUCA backpack cart; $20 in prizes from Premier Event onsite store.
  • 11th: ZUCA backpack cart
  • 12th:ZUCA backpack cart

Notes:

  • For Mountain-West and Mountain-East regions the Premier Event onsite store prize amount are 50% of advertised prize value, all other prizes remain the same.
  • For prizes from Premier Event onsite store, amounts may be a combination of NG-selected and winner-selected merchandise.

National Championship Entry: The winner of the Gladiator division earns a paid entry fee to the National Championship worth $200 plus a travel stipend worth $750 to attend. In the event the winner declines the prize, the invitation will be offered to the next qualifying competitor and the paid entry fee and travel stipend will be forfeited. In the event any invited competitor declines the invitation, the next qualifying competitor will be offered the invitation. NG staff may, at their discretion, set deadlines for decisions to ensure fairness to all involved. An invitation is considered accepted once the competitor registers for the tournament at www.discgolfscene.com.

Invitations to National Championship: The 3 competitors with the lowest score at Premier Events, regardless of division, earn an invitation to the National Championship.  

Forfeited or declined invitations will be offered to the next finishing competitor by score in the respective Premier Event until all available invitations are accepted. An invitation is considered accepted once the competitor registers for the tournament at www.discgolfscene.com.

Results and Ties: All ties for 1st, 4th/5th, 8th/9th, and 12th will be broken by sudden death play or by any related disc golf skill event determined by the Tournament Director.

US Virtual Divisional Challenge: Competitors in Premier Events may elect to enter the US Virtual Divisional Challenge for an additional $12 when registering. There are two options competitors can choose from; ‘men’s’, who will automatically be entered into the respective division in which they have registered, or ‘womens’, who will all be grouped into one encompassing division. Competitors who compete in more than one qualifier may opt for the US Virtual Divisional Challenge when registering for each and each entry is treated as a separate entry in the US Virtual Divisional Challenge. All qualifier rounds will receive a PDGA rating, the ratings average of all three Premier Event rounds will be ranked against all US Virtual Divisional Challenge competitors in that division on a national basis using the competitor’s most recent rated round to break any ties and thereafter, if necessary, . If a players rating increases after the event it will not affect previously played qualifier tournaments and challenge entries.

6. Regional Rankings, Invitations and Payouts

The Next Generation Tour is organized into 8 regions:

Northeast:  Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia.

Southeast: Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi.

Midwest: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota

Central:  Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas

Mountain – East: Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska (west), North Dakota, South Dakota

Mountain – West: Utah, Idaho, Montana

Southwest: New Mexico, SoCal, Arizona, Nevada

Northwest: Washington, Oregon, NorCal, Alaska, Hawaii, British Columbia

Throughout the tour, Next Generation Disc Golf will display rankings average rating performance per Qualifier or Premier Event, for all divisions and competitors, by region.

Invitations to National Championship: For the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Northwest and Southwest regions: after the end of the Qualifier season (no later than October 28, 2018), the top 7 competitors ranked by their average rating performance per qualifier will be invited to compete in the National Championship.  

For the Mountain regions: after the end of the Qualifier season, the top 5 competitors ranked by their average rating performance per qualifier will be invited to compete in the National Championship.

Competitors may enter multiple Qualifiers or Premier Events, with each entry treated as a separate entry (as with the US Virtual Divisional Challenge).  

Should a competitor already be invited to the National Championship, the invitation will be extended to the next qualifying competitor.  

All ties will be broken by the higher of the most recent rated round and thereafter, if necessary, the next preceding round until the tie is broken. In the event any invited competitor declines the invitation, the next qualifying competitor will be offered the invitation. NG staff may, at their discretion, set deadlines for decisions to ensure fairness to all involved. An invitation is considered accepted once the competitor registers for the tournament at www.discgolfscene.com.

Regional Payouts:  After the end of the Qualifier season, which ends October 28, 2018, Next Gen Regional Rankings will be finalized with $21,000 in prizes, sponsored by the Disc Golf Center, paid nationally to the top 12 ranked competitors in each division. All ties will be broken by the higher of the most recent rated round and thereafter, if necessary, the next preceding round until the tie is broken.   

Payouts for Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Northwest and Southwest regions: $1,000 per each division (Gladiators, Knights and Saints)

Place: Payout:

  • 1st:    $200
  • 2nd:   $150
  • 3rd:    $125
  • 4th:    $100
  • 5th:      $90
  • 6th:      $80
  • 7th:      $70
  • 8th:      $60
  • 9th:      $45
  • 10th:    $35
  • 11th:    $25
  • 12th:    $20

Payouts for Mountain-East and Mountain-West divisions: $500 per each division (Gladiators, Knights and Saints)

Place: Payout:

  • 1st:    $100
  • 2nd:   $70
  • 3rd:    $60
  • 4th:    $50
  • 5th:      $45
  • 6th:      $40
  • 7th:      $35
  • 8th:      $30
  • 9th:      $25
  • 10th:    $20
  • 11th:    $15
  • 12th:    $10

7. National Championship Tournament

Description: National Championship tournament, PDGA Sanctioned A-Tier, attendance by invitation only. November 16-18, 2018 in Fountain Hills Arizona.  

Field: 76 competitors;

Course: Fountain Hills Disc Golf Course – Championship Layout;

Format: 2 Rounds Friday – Tee Time Start; Same Groupings each round.

             2 Rounds Saturday – Tee Time Start; Same Groupings each round.

                Field cut to 36 competitors;

             Quarterfinal Round – 18 holes; Sunday AM; Shotgun Start;

                Field cut to 16 Competitors;

             Semifinal Round – 9 holes; Sunday PM; Shotgun Start;

                Field cut to 5 Competitors;

             Finals – 9 holes; Sunday PM;

Registration and Fees: Next Generation National Championship Entry: $200;

All Next Generation Registration and Entry Fees through www.discgolfscene.com.

Registration for the National Championship is by invitation only;    

76 Invitations issued per the following as mentioned above:

  • (8) Premier Events: Top 3 competitors by score, regardless of division;  = 24 Invitations.
  • (6) Full Regions: Top 7 ranked competitors from Region; = 42 invitations.
  • (2) Mountain Regions: Top 5 ranked competitors from Region; = 10 invitations.

All ties for Regional invitations will be broken by the higher of the most recent rated round and thereafter, if necessary, the next preceding round until the tie is broken. In the event any invited competitor declines the invitation, the next qualifying competitor will be offered the invitation. NG staff may, at their discretion, set deadlines for decisions to ensure fairness to all involved. An invitation is considered accepted once the competitor registers for the tournament at www.discgolfscene.com.

Ties: All ties preventing a clean cut at any point in the tournament will be broken by sudden death play or by any related disc golf skill event determined by the Tournament Director. Times and locations for tie-breakers will be published in advance and all competitors are responsible to be present or they forfeit their place.  

Results: Full tournament results are intended to be posted within 24 hours of the event; Live scoring and broadcast for the finals is planned.  

Players Package:  

All Next Generation National Championship competitors receive a players package worth over $500 including:

  • (1) Next Generation Disc Golf Custom ZUCA disc golf cart MSRP $335
  • (1) Pair Shady Rays Ultra Premium Sunglasses and Case MSRP $70
  • (1) Latitude 64 Foul Weather Competition kit (Umbrella and towel) MSRP $50
  • (1) Latitude 64 Exclusive 3 Disc Set MSRP $50;

Prizes:    

All 36 Quarter Finalists will be awarded a prize package worth over $390 including:

  • (1) Keen Free Shoe Card  Value $150
  • (4) L64 Custom Exclusive Discs total Value $72
  • (1) Shady Rays Action Backpack MSRP $65
  • (1) Zuca Cart Accessory Pack  MSRP $100
  • 10 Semi Finalists (Places 6-15) will be awarded a prize package worth $650 including;
  • (1) Disc Golf Center Gift Card Value $250
  • (1) Keen Free Shoe Card Value $150
  • (6) L64 Discs- 2 ea of 3 new molds  $90
  • (1) Collector Disc Package Value $160

4 Finalists (Places 2-5) will be awarded a prize package worth over $2,400 including:

  • (1) Synergy Art custom trophy Value $100
  • (1) Disc Golf Center Gift Card Value $250
  • (1) Keen Free Shoe Card Value $150
  • (6) L64 Discs- 2 ea of 3 new molds total value $90
  • (1) Collector Disc Package Value $470
  • (1) DGPT Pro Tour Card and 6 Pro Tour Event Entries Value $1370
  • (1) Bid for Next Gen Pro Team

1 National Champion will be awarded the top prize worth $23,290

  • 2018 Jeep Renegade 4×2 Model: BUTM74


8. 2019 Next Generation Disc Golf Team

On or around August 1, 2018 Next Generation Disc Golf will release details on the 2019 Next Generation Disc Golf Team. The Next Generation Disc Golf team is planned to be a mark of prestige for the 2019 competitive season and will include top regional competitors from the three Next Gen divisions. The following team member benefits are anticipated:

  • Custom team logoed shirts and hats.
  • A team disc allowance at the L64 Customs Store
  • Entry fees to select tournaments in 2019
  • Team-exclusive incentives and prizes

9. Disclaimers and Releases

Next Generation Disc Golf reserves the right to make changes to tournament dates, field sizes, formats and locations.  All such changes will be clearly communicated as necessary. Next Generation Disc Golf reserves the right to make any changes to prizes, prize value or substitutions. In the event of a substitution, all efforts will be made to provide an alternative of equal or greater value. Prizes are non-transferrable; Prize winners are solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize. Prizes won by a minor may be awarded to a parent/legal guardian on minor’s behalf. Winners may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility, liability release, publicity release (unless prohibited by law), and tax documents (the “Documents”). If the winner does not complete the required Documents as instructed and/or return the required Documents within the time period listed on the Winner notification message, the prize will be forfeited.  Next Generation Disc Golf reserves the right to award any forfeited prizes as they see fit, or not at all.

One (1) National Champion winner will receive a  new car (“Car”) with standard features and an MSRP greater than $17,500. The Winner must take delivery of vehicle at the pre-specified time and location or prize may be forfeited. The winner will be solely responsible for any applicable registration (including state sales or like tax), license, title and insurance fees, and any expenses not listed herein related to receipt, possession, acceptance, and use of the vehicle. Any difference between the stated MSRP and the actual amount paid for the Car will not be awarded. The actual style, model, make color, design and features of the Car may vary from any depictions in any Next Generation promotional materials. Next Generation Disc Golf will determine the style, model, make, color, design and features including but not limited to exterior and interior. Next Generation Disc Golf or its assignees have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to a prize including, but not limited to the prize quality or availability with the sole exception of the new vehicle warranty provided by the manufacturer on the Car itself.