please do take a couple of minutes to at least skim the whole email, there's a lot of important information here: Fall 2012, Summer 2013, Ace Race, Disc Order, Masters Ultimate, Burnaby Disc Golf Club, PDGA Affiliate Club status, Paving at Robert Burnaby, Team Burnaby and more...
Also the BCDSS AGM is this Saturday in Whistler, a separate email with information will follow (probably tomorrow).
Fall League 2012 (starts tonight)
Hopefully everyone has already heard this, but we're back on Monday nights, we're back at Byrne Creek and it's 8-10pm.
I've got a paper registration form all ready to post to the website (which is down) to be followed by electronic registration later. But here's the relevant details:
- Sign up for 1-4 months
- Pick which months you want to play
- Depending on numbers we'll do: pick-up Goaltimate, pick-up Ultimate, a 4 team Goaltimate League or a 4 team Ultimate League
Other things to determine through registration:
- Do we play Dec 24th?
- Do we play Dec 31st?
- Are you interested in practicing with other Burnaby players with the hopes of putting a team together for BC Regionals and qualifying for Nationals?
- Do you also want to be part of the Burnaby Disc Golf Club (costs $5 for Ultimate players)
So what is this going to cost you?
- 1 month: $40
- 2 months: $70
- 3 months: $90
- 4 months: $100
- But can't I just drop-in? Yes, you can, but what we really need is for people to commit. We are trying to build something here, and it's hard without commitment. Drop-in fees are correspondingly astronomical: $20 first visit, $10 subsequent visits (would cost you $160-180 for the 15-17 weeks). For people new to BUDS, you can drop-in for $5 your first time, and we'll give you credit for that $5 if you register. After that first week though, the $10 drop-in fee applies if you don't register.
But I haven't registered yet! That's ok, it's not your fault, there hasn't been advanced registration, and the website is currently experiencing problems so the paper form isn't available there (nor is online reg). Consequently I'll have paper registration copies and pens out tonight to facilitate registration for people. If you have payment with you tonight, great, if not you can bring it next week.
Ace Race 2012: Oct 13th 10am-2pm (permit pending)
So we've got a date, we're just waiting on the official permit before writing it in stone. There are a number of changes this year, so pay attention:
When: October 13th, 10am-2pm
Where: Robert Burnaby Disc Golf Course
What: Ace Race 2012, 4 rounds of 10 holes each, giving you a chance at the grand prize, a Discraft Tournament bag ($35+ value) and 8 discs ($125+ value).
Who: You can all your friends.
Why: because it's a fun event, and you get a great players package, and it's a club fund-raising event.
Cost: $30 until midnight September 19th; $35 afterwards; $40 if we sell out and need to re-order. BDGC members save $2 on registration, membership costs $10 and runs from Sep-Aug.
I'm playing in another Ace Race, why should I come to yours? Well, we are the longest running continuous Ace Race in BC (7th year in a row). But if you're already playing in an Ace Race this year, we're going to let you play in ours without buying a new players package. You still have to throw the prototype discs, but you save a little money AND get another chance at winning a grand prize. Cost is $15 for your first score card (40 holes) and $10 for extra score cards (additional rounds).
I can't actually make it that day, can I still order a package? Yes, you can! We're happy to order you a players package even if you can't make it to the event. You'll be able to pick it up at Doubles, a Club day or at a Duck Golf event. If none of those options works, we'll ship it to you for an extra charge of $10.
What is the players package this year? Like every year you get 2 brand new prototype discs from Discraft, this year they are drivers, both in Z plastic. You also get: 1 aluminum water bottle, 1 pair of UV sunglasses, 1 Ace Race 2012 SuperColor mini, 1 Discraft sticker.
What weights are available this year? We never really know until we get our shipment of players packages, but the discs are being manufactured in weights from 164g-179g.
I've never golfed or played in a "tournament" before, is this for me? Yes! The Ace Race is a perfect first event. Everyone gets to keep their players package, which is a good value. The event is otherwise low key and fun. You even get to pick your group, so you can bring friends and all play your rounds together!
How do I register? You can register with David Cowley at Doubles, Club Nights or even at Ultimate over the next 9 days, or you can register on-line once the form is ready (might be a couple of days).
Is there an Ace Pot? Yes, but it's optional. It costs you another $5 to buy in to the Ace Pot, and all aces pay out proportionally.
No bag this year? Nope, but I've got 6 left from last year if you want one ($20).
No hat this year? Nope, but I've got several in different colours if you need one ($10).
Do you still have discs from previous Ace Races? Yes, I've got a few from 2011 (Zeppelin), 2010 (Hornet), 2009 (Focus), they're all $10.
Are you looking for volunteers to help out? Sure, I'm happy to have people help set up the course, handle registration and players package distribution, run a BBQ, or other associated things at the event.
Team Burnaby! Nationals 2013 Anyone? They're in Vancouver
So for those of you who haven't heard, Nationals are in Vancouver next summer. This is at least a little bit of a surprise, given that they were in Victoria this year (just a few weeks back). Surprise or not, we should take advantage of this and see if we can't put one or more Burnaby teams together for regionals and if we do well enough Nationals.
In the short term, we probably shouldn't worry too much about what type of team (Open, Women's, Junior, Masters) and should just focus on who might be willing to make a commitment to try to be on such a team.
My current thinking is that if there are interested people, that we should try to meet an hour early for Fall (e.g. at 7pm on Mondays) and do some cardio and drills on the track and the end of the fields before playing for a couple of hours each week. If numbers allow, we'll be able to invite various higher calibre teams to come and play us at Byrne Creek over the course of the Fall Season (beside regular Fall League) and hopefully be able to elevate our game to the point where we can compete at Nationals.
I'm open to other suggestions for training/practicing. But in the short term, let me know if you're interested and we'll see if we can get critical mass. If there's a lot of support we may meet as early as next Monday to start training.
Paving at Robert Burnaby
Starting today they are paving the road that takes you to the bottom parking lot at Robert Burnaby (i.e. the start of the Disc Golf course), the paving is scheduled to take 2-3 weeks depending on the weather. The course is still open, but you'll need to park by hole 5 (gravel parking lot).
Burnaby Disc Golf Club
The Burnaby Disc Golf Club (part of BUDS) had a successful meeting last week, with many things discussed. The most exciting developments out of that meeting are probably:
- deciding to purchase 2 additional baskets for the course (to be used as practice baskets near each parking lot)
- deciding to become a PDGA Affiliate Club
- deciding to continue Doubles and Club Rounds through the winter on Saturdays
Over the summer the Club was very successful in a membership drive, where they managed to get 33 people signed up! Memberships however expired at the end of August. Already this year 18 people have renewed their memberships and 1 new person has joined. Membership is $10 for the year and includes the following benefits:
- supporting the Club and its activities and the case for increased Disc Golf in Burnaby
- BCDSS membership
- discounts at BCDSS events (save $5 on your entry to Duck Golf events)
- discounts at BDGC events (save $2 on your Ace Race players package)
- weekly doubles at Robert Burnaby
- weekly club rounds at Robert Burnaby
- discounts on PDGA membership (save $5 on your membership or renewal when done through the club)
So if you play regularly at Robert Burnaby, or are interested in seeing course expansion or additional courses in Burnaby, we would really appreciate it if you would consider joining the Club!
p.s. If you play Ultimate in Burnaby, you can get a Club membership for only $5, this is only for people who play in BUDS.
Summer 2013 Ultimate
There's a lot of work to be done for next Summer, not the least of which is deciding what type of Ultimate we want to offer.
I am intending to take a back seat when it comes to making those sorts of decisions for next year, and instead, I'm hoping to get a small group of individuals (or one crazy individual) to take on the planning and implementation for next summer. I'm a little distracted by getting things ready for Fall Ultimate, but you can expect to hear more about this idea in the coming month. In the mean time if it's something that you think you're interested in being a part of, start giving it some thought. Here are some important dates and considerations to use as starting points for your thinking:
- October 31st: deadline for submitting tournament booking requests for April-August time period (should we want to arrange a tournament)
- December 31st: deadline for submitting field booking requests for Summer 2013 (information must include a roster of players, with their home or work addresses with at least 60% being in Burnaby in order to get preferred rates; for turf that's the difference between $37.83/hr and $73.82/hr)
- What do we want to offer: Ultimate, Goaltimate, 5v5 Ultimate (VUL turf style), something else?
- What gender ratios do we offer/enforce: 4/3 or 3/4, Open (no gender ratios), 5/2, something else?
- What days and/or nights do we want to play? Maple Ridge Ultimate has built a successful 8 team league by running pick-up/clinics on Thursday nights and games on Sunday afternoon/evenings (8-teams); Surrey Ultimate had a 10 team league this summer on Sunday afternoons...
- What advertising/promotion do we want to do?
- What do we want to include as part of registration? Some leagues include shirts/jerseys and/or discs.
So as you can see there's a lot to be considered, and it's time for some fresh ideas and new blood to see what they can do.
Some of you might be wondering, why now? Which is a reasonable question. On a lot of levels it's passed time that something like this should have happened. Now however, the level of interest in a rebuild and change is high enough, and additional forces make it the only sensible thing to do. In particular, there's a decent chance that I will be moving before next summer, quite likely outside of Burnaby (although probably not so far away that I'm unable to still participate in BUDS offerings). Additionally, we're expecting our first future disc sports enthusiast in the new year, which will obviously change priorities and time allocation significantly.
If you've got questions, or suggestions you can fire them my way (keeping in mind that there might be a delayed response due to the start of Fall League).
Discraft Order: need some discs, accessories or apparel?
In conjunction with the Ace Race this year, I'm permitted to put in an order with Discraft for up to 200 discs at preferred pricing levels. If you're looking for something, this might be a good opportunity for it. Weight preferences should be expressed, colour preferences for golf discs can't be honoured.
||white, black, yellow, orange, bright red, royal blue, light blue, dark red
||Blue Sparkle, Nite-Glo, Ultra Violet
||developed for youth Ultimate (white only)
|SuperColor Ultra-Star 175g
||full colour: Yin Yang, Eagle, Blue ORB, Starscape
||Avenger, Avenger SS, Banger GT, Buzzz, Challenger, Crush, Cyclone, Drone, Eclipse, Focus, Force, Hawk, Magnet, Nuke, Rattler, Ringer, Soft Magnet, Stratus, Surge, XL, Zone
||Avenger, Buzzz, Comet, Cyclone, Nuke, Soft Putt'r, Soft APX, Soft Banger GT, Soft Challenger, Soft Focus, Stratus, Surge, Wildcat, XL, Xpress, XS
||Avenger, Avenger SS, Buzzz, Buzzz SS, Comet, Crush, Flash, Flick, Force, Glide, Hornet, Nuke, Nuke OS, Nuke SS, Predator, Stalker, Surge, Surge SS, Tracker, Wasp, XL, Xpress, XS
||Avenger, Avenger SS, Buzzz, Crush, Cyclone, Flash, Force, Impact, Meteor, Nuke, Predator, Pulse, Surge, XL, Zone
||Avenger, Avenger SS, Buzzz, Challenger, Drone, Predator, Surge, Surge SS, XL
||Nate Doss Buzzz, Nate Doss Force, Nate Doss Nuke, Paige Pierce Stalker, Eric McCabe Wasp
|Glo (Z Line)
||Buzzz, Nuke, Stalker
||Spectra, Buzzz, Surge
|Fly Dye (X Line)
||Avenger, Comet, XL
|Fly Dye (Z Line)
||Avenger, Avenger SS, Buzzz, Buzzz SS, Comet, Crush, Flash, Flick, Force, Glide, Hornet, Nuke, Predator, Stalker, Surge, Surge SS, Wasp, XL, Xpress, XS
|Apparel & Accessories
|Rapid Dry T-Shirt
||Prints: Nuke, Basket, Buzzz; Mens (S,M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL) or Womens (XS, S, M, L).
|Rapid Dry T-Shirt
||Ultimate; Mens (S-3XL)
|Hoodie (Full Zip)
||Basket logo; Mens (S-3XL)
||Discraft logo; Mens (S-2XL)
||Disc Golf or Ultimate
|Toque (Fleece Beanie)
||Embroidered Discraft logo
||Screen printed Discraft logo
|Micro Fiber Towel
||Screen printed Discraft logo
||Yin Yang or Eagle
|Tournament Golf Bag
||Green, Blue or Black
When selecting a disc, indicate the acceptable weight ranges, unless specifically mentioned no colour choice is available. Not all discs available in all weight ranges.
- 150 Class
If you want something, let me know by midnight September 19th, as the discs need to be ordered at the same time as the Ace Race stuff. The order is limited by what Discraft currently has in stock, so if you have secondary choices if your first one isn't available include those details as well.
Discs for Sale
27 Aug 2012, Update: I've sold a lot of Ultimate and Disc Golf discs over the past week, so the list on the website is not currently accurate, but I will be updating it today, so it should be up to date in an hour or so.
If you haven't seen the post on the website about it, I've been cleaning out my storage locker and have an assortment of Ultimate discs, Disc Golf discs and assorted accessories that I'm selling. There are pictures of the discs, and a full listing: http://burnabyultimate.ca/2012/08/discs-for-sale/
Pretty much everything is going for $10. Let me know if you see something you want, some of it has been spoken for.
I will have the Ultimate discs out at the field tonight...
PDGA Affiliate Club: Burnaby Disc Golf Club
Starting October 1st, 2012 the Burnaby Disc Golf Club will be an Affiliate Club of the PDGA. This means that you'll be able to sign up for or renew your PDGA membership through the BDGC and save $5 off the regular price. If you are going to be a PDGA member this is a good option, as signing up in October will actually make you a PDGA member until December 2013 (up to 14 months)!
There are also some discounts available to PDGA members of PDGA Affiliate Clubs, which include 10-15% discounts at some retailers.
If you're interested, it's Derek Wintermans who's heading this up for the club. If you don't have his contact information, I can connect you.
Masters Pickup Ultimate in Vancouver (Age 33+ by Dec 31, 2013)
So starting this Thursday (Aug 30th) there is Masters Pickup Ultimate at Winona Park in Vancouver. It starts at 5:30pm and goes until people get tired or it gets too dark. It's going to be a recurring weekly thing until they run out of daylight to make it viable (it's a grass field with no lights).
If you're interested you should check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/458388324182439/
I expect that's where you'll find the most up to date information. Also, please feel free to pass this along to people who might be interested.
Just for clarity, this is for Masters, which in Ultimate terms means people who are 33 or older, with a grace period granted to those people who turn 33 by the end of the year (e.g. born in 1979). I don't think they're probably going to be militant about it. Also, if they do go by the strict rules, women only need to be 30 (e.g. born in 1982) to qualify. Like I say, I think it's probably a combination of demographic and attitude that they are looking for, so if you've got a master's attitude and they don't still check your ID at the pub you're probably ok.
BUDS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burnabyultimate
If you're on Facebook and haven't liked Burnaby Ultimate & Disc Sports yet you might want to do so, it's often a faster way to get information. Also, you'll find updates about Ultimate in Canada, tournaments and other things which might be of interest but which don't make it into an actual email.
The other advantage of Facebook is that when you share or like BUDS posts the fact that you've done that is shared with your friends, which gives us increased exposure and reaches people we would not otherwise reach through the website or email.
BUDS on Twitter: @bbyulti
If you're on Twitter you might want to follow @bbyulti which gets the most timely updates with respect to field locations, game reminders and upcoming events. Again, you'll get updates and information which is not distributed by email, although it should be visible on the BUDS website for those of you who don't use Twitter or choose not to follow.
Burnaby Club Nights 2012 (Disc Golf)
If you're interested in getting in some Disc Golf this summer, there are a couple of organized options being run through BUDS by the Burnaby Disc Golf Club.
On Tuesday nights you can play doubles (Ace Pot currently $100), current start time is about 5:45pm.
Both events continue until the end of September.