Gail McColl, Co founder, co owner of Discraft, and recent inductee in the Freestyle Hall of Fame has passed away. Our thoughts go out to Gail, her family and Discraft. The freestyle and disc community will miss you.
I first met Gail & Jim at NAS tourneys on the 1976 circuit. They were great people and became good friends with them during the early WFC years. The women’s Freestyle competition at the ’76 WFC consisted of an individual receiving 10 throws and the judging based on what the player did with those 10 throws. It was individual because there were so few women competing back then compared to the men. The women also had the option of choosing their thrower and Gail chose me to be her thrower – which remains a tremendous highlight in my career (yes she won :-).
This is what Discraft posted about Gail:
The disc sports community lost a beloved pioneer on January 1, 2017 when Discraft co-founder Gail McColl passed away in Toronto, Ontario after a brief illness. She was 62.
Gail McColl was a lifetime contributor to the growth of disc sports who influenced generations of freestyle, disc golf and ultimate players.
Gail began her disc career in Toronto, Ontario, playing object golf in 1973 with Jim Kenner and Ken Westerfield. The trio would go on host the Canadian National Exhibition Frisbee Championships the following year. Through her playing career Gail earned six Canadian Women’s disc golf titles, the 1976 World Freestyle title and won the Women’s Disc Golf title at the 1978 World Frisbee Championships.
A top competitor in all disc disciplines, Gail has been called the original women’s freestyler and is credited as being the first woman to nail delay, body roll and air brush.
Her great passion for disc sports lead Gail to co-found Discraft Inc. with Jim Kenner in 1979. They set out to build a better product and began breaking the flying disc out of its culturally established role as a toy and into the high performance sports equipment it has become today. The many millions of smiles brought about by Discraft discs since those beginnings have earned Gail McColl and her Discraft legacy a permanent place in the rich history of disc sports. PDGA #240, Gail was inducted into the disc golf hall of fame in 2015.
The new year is well underway and it is now a good time to renew your FPA membership. If you were a paid up member last year, your membership will be expiring on January 31.
If you skipped a year or have never been an FPA member before, we hope you will consider becoming one this year.
There are many good reasons to become a current, paid-up member of the FPA:
you’ll have a chance to vote in FPA surveys and elections and have a real influence on the sport
you’ll get to compete at FPA sponsored tournaments (like FPA Worlds in Medellín, Colombia at the end of August)
you’ll be entitled to significant discounts on freestyle discs and other merchandise, including rare collector discs at Wrightlife.com (US) and Ultimo.cz (Europe)
you’ll get your permanent FPA number
you’ll support activities to spread the jam to new places across the globe!
you’ll also become eligible to apply for an FPA grant to support your own spread the jam activities
lastly but importantly, you will give more meaning to the work of many volunteers (members of the FPA board and specialized working groups) who are putting much effort, publicly or behind the scenes, into bettering the sport of freestyle disc
One more reason to join now!
If you join the FPA before the end of February 2023, part of your membership fee* will be used towards the New Year, New Champion fundraiser which will allow an upcoming player to travel and compete at the FPA World Championships.
This applies also to all our auto-renewing members using the PayPal subscription payments. If you are one of them, no action is required from your side.
* 25 % of the Regular fee, 50 % of the Platinum fee
Good to know:
The FPA membership is FREE for the first year (and also for juniors until they turn 18)
your 2023 membership will be valid till January 31, 2024
Dear jammers, here’s a major update on rankings and ratings. Please read down here to learn about it!
The rankings rank players’ based on their top-8 tournament results over a two-year period. This is the same as the old rankings—only implemented through new technology and with a few minor tweaks. It will continue to be the official rankings used for seeding FPA tournaments for now.
Players receive points based on how they place in a tournament division. The higher the placement, the more points.
Players receive more points if there are more players (not teams) in the division.
Players receive 200 bonus points for FPA Worlds and 100 bonus points for FPA Majors.
There are no longer bonus points based on beating highly ranked players. (This reduces the system’s complexity and had little impact on the final rankings.)
The Open rankings does not count mixed or challengers division. This is how the original rankings system was designed. Women’s rankings counts all tournament results.
COVID Protocol: The rankings counts all tournaments after FPAW 2018 to the end of 2022 except for tournaments during 2020, 2021, and 2022 up to FPAW 2022. (Those tournaments are counted for ratings.)
The ratings system is a lifetime player rating based on all of the tournament results in the rating system.
The ratings system uses a different method of calculation based on an ELO model. An ELO model rewards -ratings points based on how players perform relative to their skill—if a player over-performs relative to their skill level, they receive more ELO points.
The rating system currently has all results from 2013 to the present. More tournaments will be added in the future.
The rating system will not be used to seed FPA events, but it may be helpful for wildcard seeding.
(A more detailed and technical explanation for the new ranking and rating systems can be found HERE.)
Ryan Young developed the code to generate these rankings and ratings to replace the old spreadsheet rankings system. Originally, the FPA intended to phase in the new systems to replace the old system. Unfortunately, there were no resources to continue maintaining the old system and so the FPA is moving ahead with the new systems. In addition, the new ranking system produced results substantially similar to the old ranking system and so the FPA does not expect the changes to affect players’ rankings or seedings going forward.
Release Schedule: There will be one official year-end ranking per year in December. There will also be a mid-year, non-official rankings: A six-month ranking in June and a pre-FPAW ranking for seeding.
Send us results: If you have tournament results to add in the future, please contact us at: email@example.com. We are working on a new system for tournament directors to send results soon.
Name Updates: If you appear in the rankings twice under different names, or would like us to change your name, country, or gender, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Ranking: If you do not appear on the women’s rankings and think you should, please let us know. We likely need to add a gender designation to your player key in the data.
The FPA board wish you all a happy new year and a lots of Zzzz!