This is my first blog so you'll have to excuse me. I know a blog is supposed to be several days worth of info jotted down on different days. But this is my first time and this is from 2-3 yrs of jotting it down in my memory. I'll first tell you the reason why I'm starting this blog. I've started this blog to get some things off my chest about the PDGA and the current state of Disc Golf. I'll also address Innova later on. To me, the PDGA needs to wake up and start moving this sport into the right direction. What direction is that you ask? Mainstream. We need to move foreword instead of backwards. The PDGA continues to lower the value of their membership fees. Example:No publication (big loss there, but I'll get into this later), no national tour pins (this is the first year), advertising, and no enforcement upon TD's to report results. That's just 4 examples of what irks me. But let me continue.
To encourage more people to play, who are non-members, what does the PDGA do? Charge non-members a $10 fee. I still miss the logic in this one, but since the PDGA continues to lose regions of the US to other organizations, I guess their smarter than me. I don't understand how you can penalize new comers to the sport by charging them more money. Shouldn't the PDGA be doing things to encourage enrollment? My idea would be to offer (the PDGA) a free one year membership to one non-member at various tournaments around the country. This would be a great way for them to test the waters as to what the PDGA has to offer. Too bad that it isn't much.
Now I'll get back to losing the publication. The magazine is a great concept. Some decent pictures and OK articles. But lets be real. We get the magazine once every 3 months. That's 4 issues per year. By the time I get mine, it's old news. Gee thanks for telling me about world's 2 months after it's happened! I've already read it all, or at least everything that is of interest. If your going to make a publication, make it once a month. Don't have old news or stupid interviews that ask "belly button ring or tongue ring?" Who cares? The self help articles are insightful, usually because there written by professionals, and I really like the courses and holes they show and talk about. The rest of the stuff is crap. Take a serious approach at making this a full time publication. Believe me I know what it takes since I have a degree in photojournalism and worked for a major newspaper for many years. By the way, doing a publication every 2 months is still spinning your wheels. Where's the TV time on a major network? You mean to tell me with all the money you take in you can't get ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News or Fox Sports to cover one event for 5 mins of air time? How can the US championship of paper, rock, scissors, which had a $50,000 purse, get a 30min segment at 9pm est time on Fox sports and we can't? Rock Paper Scissors! I guess those guys at the PDGA are smarter than me.
No national tour pins: I won't spend a lot of time or thought on this one. This year would have been my 1st year of receiving one since I placed in the top 15% (points) in my home state. But guess what? The PDGA decided to do away with them this year. Why? Who knows. I guess it was to cover costs on those really cool renewal dog tags! Thanks for another small item that will get misplaced or lost among the PDGA stickers I get every year.
Advertising dollars: Where to begin with this one. Why oh why do you actually spend advertising dollars on disc golf related websites? I know, I know, because it's a disc golf web site so it makes since. So did giving 40 billion to AIG. It doesn't make sense anymore. Why? Because 9 out of 10 disc golfers know about the PDGA. The 10th guy doesn't know and doesn't care to know. Let me tell you how I found the PDGA, Google search engine, it's under disc golf. Get out of the box, cave or wherever you spend your days and start spending ad money in places where people who don't know about us can learn about us. Makes since doesn't it. How about SI.com, CBSsportsline.com. You get the picture? Right? Probably not.
Tournament TD's not reporting results: Very frustrating. I played in 4 tournament this year that never were reported. So I took my complaint to the PDGA. Guess what? There still missing. I got 1, yes 1, reply back from the PDGA. We'll look into it. That was 5 months ago. I heard that the TD at one of those events did not have a good round rating, so he decided not to report the results. Think about all those poor saps that paid the extra $10 bucks to play in a PDGA event. Guess who got the money? The TD. See the results don't get posted because the TD doesn't send in the final money. The round rating is up because he paid the sanctioning fees. Good job PDGA!
This is my last entry for now. I want to address some of the players.
First off, get a job! Stop being a leech on society. Just because your a mediocre pro or are in your 6th year of college doesn't mean sh*t! Just because you can bomb a disc 400+ feet doesn't make you a bad ass. I'm getting tired of you 20 something year old pro/adv punks that think because your good at an unknown sport that your some kind of hero or god. Don't smart off to me when I try to help or carry on a conversation with you like a human being. Don't stand behind me at an Ace throw off in northern Ohio throwing tomahawks over my head because you think your cool,I was hoping that the one disc that came close to hitting me would have.Most of you guys think your something special, I have news for you, you aren't. Get off your high horse, put down the bowl and be friendly. I would hate to put you in your place. Not really.
With that being said let me address the other 90%. Thanks for being decent hard working, tax paying contributors to society. I'm talking about the many disc golfers that work their ass off 5,6,7 days a week and come to a tournament to compete and meet some new friends. I can't mention everyone because there's too many names but I'll try. I'm talking about Brad Schick, great guy even though he throws discraft. Des and Jay Reading. Des gave my daughter a hug and didn't even know her name. 3 people that don't have to give anybody the time of day, but they do. Thanks!
That's it for now but I have plenty more. If I offended you, sorry but I have no regrets. Disc golf right now is a hobby. At the rate that it's going that's all it will ever be to anyone. I'm not just talking about a lowly AM like my self but when the sports greatest Pro is only banking $60K or less, maybe a little more, that's pretty sad. Don't get me wrong, I want the sport to be big, huge, but with an organization like the PDGA there's little hope. If your wondering why I'm a member, two reasons, A tiers and World's. So enjoy my $50 while you have it.