Just this past Monday, it was announced by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) that the World Urban Games (WUG), originally scheduled to be hosted in Los Angeles, California USA, has been moved to Budapest, Hungary. The dates for the 2019 WUG in Budapest are 13-15 September (one week earlier than the Los Angeles dates).
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), of which the Freestyle Players Association who earn by playing is a member, is continuing to gather more information from GAISF as to how to navigate this shift in venue. Skippy Jammer, WFDF Freestyle Chair, has been discussing with the FPA Board about this news, and will continue to provide us updates as they become available. All the sports selected for WUG are impacted by the move to Budapest. Along with the other sports organizations, WFDF and FPA are currently awaiting confirmation of freestyle disc as a competitive sport.
Although this venue change for a major international event is surprising, it also appears to be very advantageous in several ways for our sport.
Europeans WUG competitors will be able to participate more easily in Hungary, and can compress their freestyle competition travel time in the US to be about two weeks shorter than before. Beachstylers in San Diego is still going to happen; and we have the October FPA World Championships in Seattle.
Budapest will be hosting the 2021 WUG in two years, therefore our participation in the 2019 Budapest games will allow us a lot of familiarity to the WUG operations and logistics – especially when freestyle disc participates two years later in the same city (in 2021).
Last but not least, Hungary is in dire need of freestyle disc energy and spreading the jam; this provides a great chance for freestyle disc to expand to the Hungarian community.
Do you have some great ideas in order to grow the sport of Freestyle?
Ever want to have a larger impact on Freestyle Frisbee/Disc?
Are you willing to spend some time during weekdays throughout the year to brainstorm creative ways to help Freestyle Frisbee grow?
Well, now is a great time to step up as we’re starting the process of ELECTIONS for 3 positions on the FPA Board of Directors.
There are 5 elected positions on the FPA’s Board of Directors and every November, elections are held for the Board Director jobs (consistent with the FPA By-Laws).
Newly elected Board position terms begin in January of next year.
The positions that are up for election this year for a full 3-year term are:
Marketing Director (2023-2025)
Vice President (2023-2025)
Please nominate your candidates* or nominate yourself for theposition of Treasurer, Marketing Director,orVicePresident. (please also specify the position)
Just email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject Line “FPA Board Nomination”:
1-2 paragraph summary of interest and qualifications for the position;
* Make sure that whomever you nominate is in agreement that they wish to be nominated before you suggest them.
Nominations will be accepted through November 6th, 2022.
Shortly after we have received the nominations, we’ll be sending out a voting poll/ballot and will provide information about each nominated person for you to review.
Thanks for your continued support and thanks for being FPA Members!
The history making greatest gathering of Freestyle Disc Hall of Fame members ever assembled took place in Santa Barbara, California the weekend of October 8 to celebrate the inductions of the (pandemic delayed) 2020 class and the 2022 class. Santa Barbara is famous for Palm Park, site of so many jams by so many of the legendary sports icons.
Special thanks goes to Skippy Jammer and the HoF committee for all the hard work putting this special moment together for all of us. I got to see first-hand only a small part of the work Skippy and team did to put this together and that was enormous. It is so important to keep our history alive so new generations have a connection to our past.
The general hosts were the celebrated Santa Barbara Beach Jammers (YJIW!) with superhosts Hot Tub Gerry and Marie Geare, Pre-Party James “The Gusman” Emerson, Jay Hinkle, Dave Zeff and the rest of the crew. Look for the next YJIW event in March 2023!
Thank you Bill Wright, Brian Hayes and the FPA for providing all inductees with special schwag! Look for an upcoming FPA auction for an opportunity to get some signed discs.
The site of the induction ceremony was the ridiculously beautiful Oakleigh in Montecito in the hills above Santa Barbara. The event hosts were disc friends Architect Jeff Shelton (The Montecito Muse), great humanitarian Tom Cole (Link to the website) along with Linda and Karen. To warm up for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Oakleigh hosted Jackson Browne the week before for an African Women Rising fundraiser (Montecito resident Oprah Winfrey was in attendance).
Here is the list of the inductees as presented with links to their biographies if available:
Everyone gave great speeches with a broad array of delivery and messaging, some scripted, some more free-spirited. Especially compelling was the heartfelt openness of everyone. Interesting that it seemed to evolve more into “life” than just freestyle.
There were a number of HoF inductees from previous classes and some future HoFers in attendance adding a historical connection to the gathering. Current Hall of Famers in attendance included Dan “Stork” Roddick, John Z Weyland, Joey Hudoklin, g rose, Skippy Jammer, Steve Hubbard, Larry Imperiale, John Jewell, Cynthia Birch, Bethany Sanchez, Suzanne Strait, Chipper Bell, Jim Benson, Connie Bond, “Crazy” John Brooks, Arthur Coddington, Clay Collera, Evan David, John Houck, Mary Lowry, Stacy McCarthy, Dave Lewis, Deaton Mitchell, Joel Rogers, Carolyn Hubbard, Dave Schiller, Bob “Friz” Coleman, Gary Auerbach, Lori Daniels, Allen Elliott, Rodney Sanchez and Paul Kenny.
This was the place to be. There were a number of reasons why as I will try to list below.
It was the first gathering for many of us post-pandemic and there was so much pent-up emotion. Kate Dow’s brother said some words about his sister with not a dry eye in the house, especially when he brought up her children. So many have a close connection with her and her contribution to freestyle was enormous.
Also unable to make the ceremony and sorely missed were Chris Baker (RIP), Jim Palmeri, Joakim Arveskar, Brian Hayes and Randy Silvey.
There were so many mini-reunions it was hard to keep up. It reminded me of when there is a particularly awesome jam, do not jam bust!
It appeared more of the male inductees cried than the women inductees!
Great to see Doug and Jeanne Korns!
Lui and Clay flew in from Italy to attend….Musica!
Great to see local icon and the father of the Santa Barbara disc scene, Tom Shepherd, in attendance!
It was noted how freestyle changes so many lives, from life partnering, moving to different locales to the cute story of 8 year old Tom Cole being dropped off at Palm Park by his Mom and just left there to absorb the freestyle “shenanigans”!
The most compelling aspect of the presentations were the “origin stories”. From exposure in educational classes, to seeing someone in a park or on TV, it was informative to learn about how each was triggered to make freestyle a lifelong passion. The spectrum of these origins included how some were drawn to freestyle from other sports such as basketball, swimming and dance showed the broad spectrum of our collective personalities and in how it manifest in how each person’s style developed.
It was notable how many people made the point of how influential women are to the sport and how there is no difference in ability or depth of game. This is one element of freestyle that makes it so different from many other sports and why it is so awesome!
It was with a heavy heart that all of us simultaneously found out that Santa Barbara native and the best freestyle photographer ever (as well as skateboard and other sports) Scott Starr had passed away while we were all there. The initial reaction was a stunning sadness and grief. It then turned into tears of joy as we all recalled how much Scott gave to our sport and that he was emotionally connected with all of us at this very historic time. There was so much emotion before we found out and this just took it over the top. Thank you Scott.
Here’s a preview of the 2022 HoF minis:
FPAW’22 is over, and what a great tournament with such a high level of play and so many international players. These memories are indelible already!
Congratulations to all the winners! Here are the podiums of each division: