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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com
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!