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I feel Disc Golf could become a great outlet for today’s youth. Personally, I started playing at age 10 and can assure you it has kept me from my fair share of childish pranks. I simply was too focused on gaining the respect from my elders by playing a game I love. By playing great Disc Golf I could be treated as a peer in many circles. To become a sport of this caliber requires an organized collaboration of community, city, regional, and national support.

These kids could be a great asset to bringing in their parents also. I for one see it all the time in the supermarket. The kids ask for something more than 3 times and the parents inevitably will give in. Disc Golf is no different. We must give these kids avenues to fall in love with the sport and it will foster many future players. They must be asking to go play Disc Golf so much that it beomes almost irritating to their parents. Most parents can't keep up with the free time their children seem to find. They are always looking for play dates and outlets to get some much needed rest. Maybe go run some errands for the afternoon. We could benefit greatly from an organization that will help these parents out. Make it able for them to drop their children off at the course and pick up a few hours later. Instead of pointing out the negatives that could arise from these kinds of programs. (It's very shallow water when you talking pretty much Daycare if you want to look at it this way.) Let's focus on the positives that could be attained. These kids will be given opportunities that will lead them into the future as confident adults.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions on this topic? I am open to any constructive criticisms. I'm well aware of the social impact of such an organization. It is unsure footing at least but let's build some legs to stand on.....

Andrew Rich

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Oregon seems like a prime environment to test this. Especially the further north you go. With Multiple course in close proximity of each other, i think that aprroaching schools to organize disc golf teams could produce healthy competition among rival High Schools. Take Prtland as an example, find 4 high schools, they each get their own "home course" start a team and compete against other schools in the same fashion that they would have a golf team. It couls be sold as a way to get otherwise non participating student, those who dont want to be clasified as "jocks" into some kind of athletic program.
Also what a great avenue for distributers and manufacturers alike to sell their discs.
I think if local pros approached schools, offered some sort of tutorial to interested students, this could really take off.
But getting back to putting pressure on the PDGA to expand the reach of disc golf, this is something that our governing body should be exploring, i know we have EDGE. But that is more of an introduction to the sport, rather then developing a competivie avenue for new and younger players.
Imagine after 5 succeseful years in high schools what the Junior 16 division of worlds would look like, it would be a bigger field then the open division!!!

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