The 2019 World Overall Flying Disc Championships are the premier competitive event sanctioned by the World Flying Disc Federation for international athletes contesting seven different disciplines: Accuracy, Discathon, Disc Golf, Distance, Double Disc Court (DDC), Freestyle and Self-Caught Flight (SCF). This year it’s all going down in parks throughout Richmond starting July 8th.
Don Harrison has an excellent look at the event at Richmond Magazine.
More than 100 participants are slated to come to Richmond for the competition — players from Canada, Sweden, Taiwan (presented as Chinese Taipei), Uganda, Israel “and a whole bunch of dirty Americans,” adds Cooksey, a former editor-in-chief at Richmond magazine who now contributes as a freelance writer and editor. To accommodate all of the throwers, event planners have scheduled contests in different locales across the region. “Finding fields has been a challenge. Richmond doesn’t have one location where you can do all of these different kinds of events,” he says.
The competition takes flight on Monday, July 8, at the Richmond Strikers’ West Creek field in Goochland County, and subsequent days will see action at Forest Hill Park and Huguenot Park. Disc golf will be played at Bryan Park on Wednesday, July 10, and double disc court — sort of like doubles tennis but with two discs going at once — will be played at Huguenot Park the next day. Weekend competitions are slated for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Cary Street Field.
There are seven events the athletes will be competing in.
- Accuracy – Throwing fours disc from seven different spots at a standing square frame measuring 1.5 meters by 1.5 meters at 1 meter above the ground. Each disc that passes through the frame is considered a hit.
- Discathon – A race around a kilometer long. The catch is that competitors carry two or three discs that are thrown alternately. A player’s disc must travel the appointed course of mandatory obstacles that must be passed in a specific direction. Players with the fastest time is the winner.
- Disc golf – Along with Ultimate the most recognizable event. Players use a variety of discs and attempt to throw them into the “hole” in the fewest number of throws.
- Distance – I’m willing to guess you can figure this one out. Details, players get five attempts, best one counts, and the measurement is taken from where the disc first lands not where it rolls off to.
- Freestyle – Creativity, athleticism and a bit of gymnastics takes the field as two or three players perform choreographed routines consisting of throws, catches and moves with one or more discs
- Double Disc Court – Two teams of two players each and two discs. Points are scored in three ways. Dsc touches the ground within the court of the other team and stays there, the other team touches both discs at the same time (two points scored), and a disc touches the ground outside the court the other team scores a point.
- Self Caught Flight – As with distance this one is fairly straight forward. There are two events, Maximum Time Aloft (MTA), a player aims to accumulate a maximum number of seconds between the throw and catch and in Throw, Run and Catch (TRC), the object is to accumulate a maximum number of meters between the throw and catch.
The full schedule is below if you want to check out some highflying action.