Competitor Handbook

2017 Next Generation Disc Golf Tour Series Handbook

  1. Eligibility
  2. Registration, Withdrawals and Refunds
  3. Competition and Etiquette
  4. Qualifier Tournaments
  5. Regional Championship Tournaments
  6. National Championship Tournament
  7. Disclaimers and Releases


 

  1. Eligibility

All amateur disc golfers:

  • Who have NOT accepted cash competing and placing as a professional in a PDGA sanctioned tournament
  • Who have NOT accepted cash competing and placing as a professional in a NEFA sanctioned disc golf tournament
  • Who have NOT accepted cash competing and placing as a professional in a Southern Nationals sanctioned disc golf tournament
  • Who have NOT accepted cash competing and placing as a professional in a sanctioned disc golf tournament outside of the USA or Canada

Next Generation Qualifier Tournament Directors are not eligible to qualifiy in their event.  They may, however, enter and attempt to qualify in another Qualifier provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligible competitors confirm the above when registering for a Next Generation Tour Series Qualifier, Regional or National Championship.  Competitors must maintain their eligibility through the completion of the event. Competitors also accept and understand that in the event they qualify and are proven ineligible, they will be promptly disqualified without refund or recourse.   In addition to claiming the above when registering, they also agree to promptly cooperate with any member of the Next Generation Disc Golf Team researching their qualifications to compete.


 

  1. Registration, Withdrawals and Refunds

Registration: for 108 Qualifier Tournaments opens for all eligible competitors on Tuesday, March 7, 2017; 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time; All Next Generation Registration and Entry Fees, including day-of and on-site, are collected through www.discgolfscene.com

Registration for all Regional Championship Tournaments is by invitation only; Unless otherwise noted, invitees have 3 weeks from the invitation date to register.  All invitations expire after 3 weeks and are considered forfeited.   Forfeited or declined invitations may be offered to the next finishing competitor in the respective qualifier or offered through an additional qualifier tournament in the respective region until all 12 available invitations are extended, accepted and completed by registering at www.discgolfscene.com).

Registration for the National Championship Tournament is by Invitation Only; Unless otherwise noted, Invitees have 3 weeks from the date of the invitation to register.  All invitations expire after 3 weeks.   Forfeited or declined invitations will be offered to the next finishing competitor in the respective Regional Championship until all 8 available invitations are accepted by registering for the tournament at www.discgolfscene.com

All 2017 Next Generation Tournament registration is done through www.discgolfscene.com

Refunds: All competitor refund requests received 2 weeks prior to the Tournament will be refunded, in full.  All requests for refunds are to be sent by e-mail to the Tournament Director who will review and provide refund instructions.

Withdrawals: 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 either a cash refund or players package after the event is completed.

If a waitlisted or walk-up competitor takes the spot, the withdrawing competitor will receive a full refund within 21 days after the event.   If the spot is not filled, the competitor will receive their players package valued greater than the entry fee.

It is the responsibility of the withdrawing competitor to contact the respective Tournament Director within 7 days after the completion of the tournament to coordinate delivery of their players package.  If applicable, the withdrawing competitor is responsible for any shipping charges.

Competitors will be treated as ‘no-show’s 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.


 

  1. 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.

All Next Generation Tournaments are run as 1 division.   Divisional play, however, is accommodated virtually on a national scale and described in item 4 below (the DANCe).

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.  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 2017 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 Coordinator 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.


 

  1. Qualifier Tournaments

Description: 108 or more Tournaments with 12 or more as necessary to extend and confirm 144 invitations to the Regional Championship in each of 9 regions around the country.  Tournaments are open to all qualifying competitors of any age, skill or gender. Held between April 1 and the later of June 18, 2017 or 3 weeks prior to the respective Regional Championship.

Field:    2 styles:  Full capped at 54 or Half-Cap capped at 27 competitors

Format:  2 rounds of 18 holes with all holes played on the same day or each round played on a separate day within a span of 7 days.

Registration and Fees:   Next Generation Qualifier Entry: $48; DANCe Entry: $15;

On-site Usage Fees:

  • Several qualifier host sites have greens fees, local club per person fees, or park entry fees.
  • These fees are in addition to the Next Generation Entry fees above and the responsibility of the competitor.
  • Any on-site usage fees will be noted on the Disc Golf Scene tournament detail page and collected at check-in by the Tournament Director.

Half-Cap: In the event a qualifier tournament has less than 27 competitors 8-10 days prior to the event, Next Generation Disc Golf staff, at their sole discretion may cap the field at 27 competitors. The top 6 competitors will receive invitations to their respective Regional Championship.

Rescheduling and/or Relocating:   In the event a qualifier tournament has less than 20 competitors registered 8-10 days prior to the event, Next Generation Disc Golf staff, at their sole discretion 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 Next Generation competitors receive a players package valued at $65;

Divisional Amateur National Challenge (the DANCe):  Competitors may elect to join in the Divisional Amateur National Challenge when registering for a qualifier for $15 and selecting a division.  All traditional divisions are offered.   Competitors who compete in more than one qualifier may opt for the DANCe when registering for each and each entry is treated as a separate entry in the DANCe. All qualifier rounds will receive a DGCR RoundRating, the average of both ratings will be ranked against all other DANCe competitors in that division on a national basis, by division, using the competitor’s overall place of finish to break ties.

DGCR RoundRatings are calculated using the DGCR RoundRating Algorithm with TD-provided data specific to the layout being played.  Please note these rating calculations are different from those provided on the DGCR site which are based on user-provided data.  The Next Generation Disc Golf ratings review committee will review and validate the ratings after each event and reserves the right to adjust any calculated and/or posted ratings.  Any adjustments will be final.

Within two weeks after the last qualifier, full ranked results and a 100% value prize payout to the top 25% will be posted at nextgendiscgolf.com with instructions for winners to collect their prizes.  Winners receive credit equal to their winnings at discgolfcenter.com. Scale will be based on the lowest payout amount equaling $15.

Results and Ties:   All ties for 1st and 12th or 6th place (for Half-Cap) will be broken by sudden death play or by any related disc golf skill event determined by the Tournament Director, for the purpose of clearly awarding a winner and top 12 or 6 (for Half-Cap) qualifiers for invitations.   All tournament results are intended to be posted within 24 hours of the event.

Prizes:    The First Place finisher receives a trophy pin, an invitation to and entry fee paid to the respective Regional Championship.  In the event the first place finisher declines the invitation, the invitation will be offered to the next qualifying competitor and the paid entry fee will be forfeited. Top 12 finishing competitors qualify for invitations to the respective Regional Championship.

Invitations to Regional Championships: The top 12 or 6 (for Half-Cap) finishing competitors will be e-mailed invitations to the respective Regional Championship with instructions within 7 days of the qualifier; Invitations are non-transferrable between regions.  Unless otherwise noted, invitees have 3 weeks from the invitation date to register.  All invitations expire after 3 weeks and are considered forfeited.  Forfeited or declined invitations, at the discretion of the Next Generation Tour Staff, will be:

  • Pooled until 6 or 12 declined invitations are accumulated and offered through an additional Qualifier Tournament in the region.

-OR-

  • Offered to the next finishing competitor in the respective qualifier

In any case, invitations will be extended sequentially within a region until all 144 spots are accepted by registering for the respective Regional Championship at www.discgolfscene.com.  In all cases, the competition structure and integrity will be maintained so every competitor has 1 chance per 4.5 competitors (12/54) or better odds (defined by actual total attendance not design) to qualify.

Should a competitor register for a Regional Championship after their invitation expired, Next Generation Disc Golf reserves the right to issue a refund.

In the event timing does not allow a 3 week consideration, Next Generation staff reserves the right to shorten the consideration time or offer multiple invitations for individual spots on a first-come, first-serve basis.


 

  1. Regional Championship Tournaments

Description: 9 Regional Championship tournaments by invitation through Next Generation Series Qualifiers. Held between July 1 and October 15, 2017.  Top 8 finishing competitors qualify for invitations to the National Championship.

Field:    144 competitors; 2 even pools A/B;

Format: 2 day tournament on 2 Courses:

Day 1 AM round: Shotgun Start;  Pool A, Course #1; Pool B, Course #2

Day 1 PM round: Shotgun Start;  Pool A, Course #2; Pool B, Course #1

Day 1: Field cut to 72 Competitors;  Ties identified.

Day 2 AM: Any ties preventing clean cut are broken.

Day 2 AM round: Semi-Finals, Shotgun Start; 72 competitors; Course #1;

Day 2 PM: Field cut to 36 competitors; Ties broken;

Day 2 PM round; Finals, Shotgun Start; 36 competitors; Course #1;

Registration and Fees:   Next Generation Regional Championship Entry: $125; All Next Generation Registration and Entry Fees through www.discgolfscene.com

Registration for all Regional Championship Tournaments is by invitation only; See Invitations to Regional Championships in Section 4 above.

On-site Usage Fees:

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

Players Package:  All Next Generation Regional Championship competitors receive a players package valued at $155;  Competitors may also be provided lunch.

Results and Ties:   All ties for 1st, 3rd, and 8th place will be broken by sudden death play or by any related disc golf skill event determined by the Tournament Director, for the purpose of clearly awarding a winner and 8 qualifiers for invitations.   All tournament results are intended to be posted within 24 hours of the event.

Prizes:    72 semifinalists will be awarded a prize package worth $60; The runner-up and third place competitor each receive a trophy and their entry fee paid into the National Championships.  The winner receives a trophy, entry fee and an all-expenses paid trip to the National Championship worth up to $2,000;

Invitations to National Championship: The top 8 finishing competitors will be e-mailed invitations with instructions within 14 days after the Regional Championship; Unless otherwise noted, invitees have 6 weeks from the invitation date to register.  All invitations expire after 6 weeks and are considered forfeited with the competitor removed from the invitation list at www.discgolfscene.com.   Forfeited or declined invitations will be offered to the next finishing competitor in the respective qualifier until all 8 available invitations are accepted by registering for the tournament at www.discgolfscene.com.  In the event timing does not allow a 6 week consideration, Next Generation staff reserves the right to shorten the consideration time or offer multiple invitations for individual spots on a first-come, first-serve basis.


 

  1. National Championship Tournament

Description: National Championship tournament by invitation through Next Generation Tour Regional Championships. Scheduled for November 17-19, 2017 in Fountain Hills Arizona.  

Field:    72 competitors;

Format: 3 day tournament on 1 Course:

Friday: Tee Time Start;  2 Rounds.

Saturday: Tee Time Start: 2 Rounds.

   Field cut to 36 competitors;

Sunday AM: 18 hole Quarterfinal Round;

   Field cut to 16 Competitors;

Sunday PM: 9 Hole Semifinal Round

   Field cut to 5 Competitors;

Sunday PM: 9 Hole Finals;

Registration and Fees:   Next Generation Regional Championship Entry: $180; All Next Generation Registration and Entry Fees through www.discgolfscene.com

Registration for all Regional Championship Tournaments is by invitation only; Unless otherwise noted, invitees have 6 weeks from the invitation date to register.  All invitations expire after 6 weeks and are considered forfeited.   Forfeited or declined invitations will be offered to the next finishing competitor in the respective Regional Championship until all 8 available invitations are accepted by registering 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 for the finals is planned.  

Players Package:  All Next Generation Regional Championship competitors receive a players package valued at $430;

Prizes:    

  • 36 Quarterfinalists will be awarded a prize package worth $400;
  • 16 Semifinalists will be awarded a prize package worth $585;
  • 4 Finalists will be awarded a prize package worth up to $2,700;
  • The National Champion will be awarded a prize package worth $18,000;


 

  1.  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 value of 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 prize provider on the Car itself.

 

Revisions:

3/13/2017 – Eligibility requirements clarified

3/29/2017 – Qualifier and Refund language updated

4/5/2017 –  Half-Cap format clarifie