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.
Metro Richmond Flying Squad Looking to Land on Bainbridge Street
The Metro Richmond Flying Squad is a Rehab/Canteen response unit staffed by volunteers who operate at various incidents to offer Rehab/Canteen services to the Metro Richmond emergency responders.
With a motto of “Everyone Goes Home” The Metro Richmond Flying Squad is a Rehab/Canteen response unit staffed by volunteers who operate at various incidents to offer Rehab/Canteen services to the Metro Richmond emergency responders. The Metro Richmond Flying Squad provides a “safety net” for those emergency workers by providing a safe, clean area to rest, rehydrate, re-nourish and be medically evaluated for a period prior to going back into emergency operation mode.
Last night the Richmond City Council unanimously approved the ordinance that authorizes the sale of 2901 Bainbridge Street (Richmond’s former firehouse 17). This property will become the headquarters for the Flying Squad along with other exciting potential uses that honor the steep firefighting history of the City of Richmond.
Learn more about the Squad and their efforts to bring life into a building that needs a good bit of TLC on Facebook. Click through to the photos to get an idea of the quality work they do to support our first responders.
Fall Plant Sale at TreeLab
Go buy yourself a nice Juncus effusus (Soft Rush) or Salix nigra (Black Willow).
It’s the end of the summer and we need to clear out some inventory!
Join TreeLab at the Amelia Street School greenhouse (behind the school on S Meadow St.) on Saturday, October 3rd from 9am – 2pm for native trees, shrubs, and perennials for your fall landscaping. Support TreeLab’s work greening Richmond with your purchase.
We will not be accepting pre-orders or holding plants. First come, first serve. NO CASH! We will be accepting payment via credit card or check only.
Please wear a mask and observe social distancing. The plant sale is located outdoors.
Location and parking:
Amelia Street School is in the Maymont neighborhood
1821 Amelia St, Richmond, VA 23220
The greenhouse is located behind the school, along S Meadow St.
Please park on the street!
You will be able to drive up onto the lawn to load plants into your car, but please do not park there.
The official word on Enrichmond’s TreeLab.
TreeLab is here to beautify, improve, and inform the City of Richmond through ornamental plant production, planting, and education, with a focus on native species.
TreeLab produces high-quality beautification plants and connects citizens to the benefits of Richmond’s natural urban environment through information distribution, access to horticultural expertise, collaborative projects, and workforce development opportunities.
Day after day hanging off, under, and all over a bridge has to be challenging work.
The work on Nickel Bridge continues. A sign of hope though, it looked like yesterday, when this picture was taken, that they were taking down the coverings. A better reporter/photographer would have asked these gentlemen how much longer. Unfortunately in this case I’m most definitely not your huckleberry. Officially work is scheduled to continue “through the fall”.