Tour Handbook

Tour: All amateur class disc golfers as defined by the PDGA. https://www.pdga.com/divisions In addition any player who is eligible for Amatuer play based on their rating and has not won more than $3,000 cash in PDGA career earnings is eligible for play.

Two additions to be eligible for play :

  1. Players must be rated <1000 when registering for their first event on the tour. (a player may start under a 1000 rating when they receive an invitation to the National Championships and if they climb over 1000 during the year they are still eligible).
  2. Players who have earned >$1000 in the current year they are competing for the NADGT championships will not be eligible.

PDGA Members and non-members are welcome to compete. Non-member PDGA fee of $10 will be charged, but the PDGA will credit the $10 as a discount toward a new PDGA membership if the player would like to join the PDGA after the event.

If a competitor does not currently have a PDGA player status/rating please see the “competition and etiquette” portion of this handbook.

If a PDGA member does not have amateur status with the PDGA at the time of competition, they are eligible to compete so long as they meet the PDGA qualifications for “pros playing am” rule.. Failure to comply with the rules will result in the competitor forfeiting any national or regional payout awards and/or invites to the National Championship.

For reference, PDGA accepted rating thresholds to be eligible for the tour if you are not a true amateur.

The player’s rating is…

  1. less than 970 for the MA1 Division
  2. less than 935 for the MA40 Division
  3. less than 900 for the MA50 Division
  4. less than 850 for the MA60 Division
  5. less than 800 for the MA70 Division
  6. less than 875 for the FA1 division
  7. less than 825 for the FA40 Division
  8. less than 775 for the FA50 Division
  9. less than 725 for the FA60 Division
  10. less than 700 for the FA70 Division

 

Update to the announcement of NADGT finals for year 2020-2021:

  • This only refers to players who are currently registered for the championships and received invitations as of December 31st, 2020 . Regular eligibility requirements for 2021 will stay the same.
  • All players who are currently registered for the National Championships will be grandfathered in under these new restrictions:
  • You must not have a rating over 1010 for all competitors who qualified and registered during the 2020 NADGT Season
  • You may now have career cash of $4000 for all competitors who qualified and registered during the 2020 NADGT Season
  • Players are still only allowed to earn $1000 in Professional divisions to remain eligible for the 2021 National Championships
  • Any player whom’s rating climbs more than 39 points will be bumped up a division. If your rating climbs over 970  but not above 1010 and you have less than $4000 in your career or $1000 in 2021 you will still be eligible.

REGISTRATION:

NADGT will seek to open registration a minimum of 3 weeks prior to any event whenever possible. NADGT events will be required to use Disc Golf Scene for tournament registration. All NADGT events and registration links may be found on the NADGT.Com website.

Registration for the National Championship Tournament is by invitation only; Qualified invitees will be sent registration information once they have qualified for an invitation as described in this handbook.
TD’s may add course fees to the registration process. Fees are not to exceed $9 without approval from NADGT. NADGT will oversee numbers to ensure funds are properly used and applied.

REFUNDS/WITHDRAWALS:

Exclusive/League: Refund requests made prior to player packs being ordered (approximately 2 weeks prior to event date) will be issued a 100% refund less DGScene and PayPal Fees
Refund requests made after player packs being ordered (approximately 2 weeks prior to event) will be issued a 20 percent refund less DGScene and PayPal fees and their players pack will be shipped directly to their address provided when registering for the event.
Affiliate: All competitor refunds are managed by the event TD and are to follow PDGA guidelines unless specifically noted.
Premier Events/National Championship: Refund requests made prior to player packs being ordered (approximately 2 weeks prior to event date) will be issued a 100% refund less DGScene and PayPal Fees
Refund requests made after player packs being ordered (approximately 2 weeks prior to event) will be issued a 20 percent refund less DGScene and PayPal fees and their players pack will be shipped directly to their address provided when registering for the event.

LATE FEES:

A standard $7 for Exclusives, $10 for Premiers, late registration fee will go into effect when players packs are ordered for the event, approximately 7-10 days prior to the event.

Late fees sole purpose is for shipping of the players package directly to the player. No players pack will be available at the event for any player who incurred a late fee.

NO-SHOWS:

All events; Competitors will be treated as ‘no-shows’ if they do not check-in by the published time. Any no-show competitors who have not withdrawn as per above forfeit their entry fee and players package.

All National Amateur Disc Golf Tour Tournaments will follow the Official Rules of Disc Golf as defined by the Professional Disc Golf Association and the Professional Disc Golf Association Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events unless superseded or contradicted by any statement in this handbook.

All PDGA Divisions are hosted by the NADGT Tour and will be offered per the guidelines of the Professional Disc Golf Association and at the discretion of the TD. The National Championship, a PDGA Pro/Am Invitational tournament for Amateurs Only, will crown champions in the MA1(Competing as MPO), FA1(Competing as FPO), MA40(Competing as MP40), and MA50(Competing as MP50) only. FA40, MA2, FA2, MA3/FA3(Invited and competing in MA2/FA2 respectively), MJ18, and FJ18 will be invited, but they will be playing in an PDGA amatuer side of the event

Any exceptions to the Official Rules at a specific NADGT Tournament will be announced at the players meeting prior to the event.

All competitors in NADGT Tournaments are expected to compete with the highest integrity and respect for the Official Rules as defined by the PDGA. Any competitor guilty of misconduct is subject to disciplinary action up to disqualification by the Tournament Director. Any competitor disqualified from a NADGT Tournament automatically forfeits: any further participation in 2021 NADGT tournaments, prize payouts, player package, and, if applicable, refunds therefrom.

Any appeals must be made in writing via email to the NADGT Tour Director and allow a minimum of 3 weeks for response.

NADGT event competitors receive NADGT Points when competing in all NADGT Events including the National Championship.

INVITATIONS:

Competitor NADGT Point Totals are the basis for state and national rankings.

Field Size                         Number of Invites
3-5                                     1
6+                                      20% of Field & ties

Affiliates/ C-Flex Tiers- Winner of National championship offered Divisions will receive an invite to the finals. PDGA minimum division size required.

National Points Rankings – Season-end prizes to all contested divisions:

  • National Point Series will INCLUDE Nationals.
  • National Point Series will conclude 11/1/2021 and national payouts awarded 11/2021.
  • All payouts based on entrants and division size.

DEFINITION:

NADGT Points are based on PDGA points awarded at NADGT Tournaments with the exception of NADGT League events (described below).
Following the publication of official NADGT Tournament results on PDGA.com which include point awards, NADGT imports the PDGA point totals at the same amount awarded by the PDGA.
Exception – Premier events that are only B-tier level PDGA sanctioning will be giving 1.33x PDGA points for that event.


TRACKING AND REPORTING

NADGT Points are tracked and reported by state and national basis; Current standings can be found via the ‘Standings’ tab on the NADGT.com website.
Individual Competitors may also review their NADGT events, point summaries, and standings via the player profiles hosted by the site.

The 2021 NADGT hosts different event types of events where competitors may earn NADGT points. The event schedule may be found here.

NADGT TOURNAMENT/EVENT FORMATS:

1) NADGT EXCLUSIVE EVENT

Description: Typically PDGA Sanctioned B-tier tournaments identified as NADGT Tour Exclusive events. Tournaments are open to all qualifying competitors of any age, skill, or gender. All PDGA Divisions are hosted by the NADGT Tour and will be offered per the guidelines of the Professional Disc Golf Association and at the discretion of the TD.

For non PDGA members, the $10 PDGA non-member fee will be collected, but can be credited to a new membership after the event is completed.

All NADGT Exclusive events are partnered with EDGE Disc Golf. A minimum of $1 per player is donated to EDGE.

  • Field: Defined by TD/Local restrictions
  • Format: minimum 2 rounds of 18 holes
  • EDGE Program:This year every Exclusive event is part of the EDGE Tournament Charity Program (TCP) event. NADGT will donate $1 per player to EDGE. NADGT TD’s may also include additional fundraisers for EDGE at their events.
  • Economics:Standard NADGT Exclusive Entry Fee: $50 *Additional facility fees may apply
  • Player Package: The Players Package is valued at approximately $53 and includes a Dri-Fit Shirt, a towel, Mini, NADGT competitors handbook, and $20 gift certificate to the NADGT.com Online Store*.
    • Players may have the option to upgrade player pack items at an additional cost listed on the event entry page.*
  • Payout: Payouts for all NADGT Exclusive events will be paid out to 25% of the field. Total payout per player is $12.50. Payouts will all be available from ngstore.infinitediscs.com
  • Year-end Prizes: Every competitor is also eligible, via their NADGT Points, for year-end National prizes.

*Subject to change based on product availability.

2) NADGT PREMIER EVENT

Description: Multiple events around the nation based on participation/demand. PDGA Sanctioned B- or A-Tier tournaments identified as NADGT Tour Premier events. Tournaments are open to all qualifying competitors of any age, skill or gender. All PDGA Divisions are hosted by the NADGT Tour and will be offered per the guidelines of the Professional Disc Golf Association and at the discretion of the TD. The final 9 may be filmed and edited for posting after the event.

For non-PDGA members, the $10 PDGA non-member fee will be charged but may be credited to a new membership after the event is completed.

NADGT Point Factor: stands PDGA points unless it is a B-tier Premier in which PDGA points will be 1.33X.

  • Field: Defined by TD
  • Format: minimum 3 rounds of 18 holes.
  • Economics: Standard NADGT Premier Entry Fee: $88 *Additional facility fees may apply
  • Player Package: The Players Package is valued at approximately $120 and includes a collared polo shirt, Three disc golf discs, a tube of Zanfel, and one NADGT pico mini.*
  • Players may have the option to purchase or upgrade player pack items at an additional cost listed on the event entry page.*
  • Payout: Payouts for all NADGT Exclusive events will be paid out to 25% of the field. The total payout per player is $12.50, a portion of the payout may include predetermined sponsor prizes. Payouts will all be available from ngstore.infinitediscs.com. 
  • Year-end Prizes: Every competitor is also eligible, via their NADGT Points, for year-end National prizes.

*Subject to change based on product availability.

3) NADGT AFFILIATE EVENTS

Description: PDGA Sanctioned A-,B-,or C- tiers; For 2021, any PDGA sanctioned tournament TD may elect to affiliate with the NADGT Tour by providing competitors NADGT Player Packages. All amateur competitors in NADGT Affiliate events earn NADGT points based on PDGA tier level.

Field: Defined by TD

Format: Defined by TD

Player Package:

  • $15 per player- each player will receive NADGT points, choice of Shirt or Hat, Towel, & Discount Book.
  • Year-end Prizes: Every competitor is also eligible, via their NADGT Points, for year-end National prizes.

Tee Time C-Tier Events

Description: One Round Tee Time C-Tier Events on any day of the week

  • Entry fee varies*
  • Player packs Vary*
  • Payout Varies per event*
  • Year-end Prizes: Every competitor is also eligible, via their NADGT Points, for year-end National prizes.

*Details will be posted on the individual event registration page

NATIONAL PRIZES

For every division contested with 10 or more competitors nationally, year-end payouts will be awarded to each division as ranked by NADGT Points. The NADGT National season concludes Monday, November 1, 2021. Total projected payout amounts by division nationally will be released prior to the end of the competition season and will be posted at NADGT.com

Total projected payout amounts by division nationally will be released prior to the end of the competition season and will be posted on the NADGT website.
All national payouts are hosted NADGT.com/Infinitediscs.com, a portion of the payout may include predetermined sponsor prizes, and competitors may redeem their winnings with free shipping via their website.

STATE PAYOUTS

State Payouts: For MA1, FA1, MA40, MA50, FA40, MA2, MA3, FA3, MJ18, FJ18 divisions contested with 10 or more competitors in the state year-end payouts will be awarded as ranked by NADGT Points. The NADGT regional points competition season will end on September 1, 2021. Total, projected payout amounts by a division per region will be released prior to the end of the competition season and will be posted on the NADGT website.
All state payouts are hosted NADGT.com/Infinitediscs.com, a portion of the payout may include predetermined sponsor prizes, and competitors may redeem their winnings with free shipping via their website.

DESCRIPTION:

PDGA Pro/Am Invitational tournament for Amateurs Only; PDGA Sanctioned B/A tier Tournament. Thursday, October 28th thru Sunday, October 31st in Austin, Texas.

Courses:  10 courses to be announced by June 1st 2021. The delay is due to COVID restrictions.

Field/Divisions: Total Field: 1296 Competitors* 

  • MA1(Competing as MPO) – 432 Competitors (A Pool)*
  • FA1(Competing as FPO) – 144 Competitors (B Pool)*
  • MA40(Competing as MP40) – 144 Competitors (B Pool)*
  • MA50(Competing as MP50)- 144 Competitors (B Pool)*
  • FA40- 50 Competitors (C Pool)*
  • MA2- 432 Competitors (C Pool)*
  • FA2- 72 Competitors (C Pool)*
  • MJ18- 72 Competitors (C Pool)*
  • FJ18- 72 Competitors (C Pool)*

*Subject to change

FORMAT:

Thursday, October 28th: Tee Times

  • A Pool – TBA
  • B Pool – TBA
  • C Pool- TBA

Friday, October 29th; Tee times

  • A Pool – TBA
  • B Pool – TBA
  • C Pool – TBA

Saturday, October 30th: Tee Times

  • A pool- TBA
  • B Pool- TBA
  • C Pool- TBA

Sunday, October 31st: Tee Times

  • Cut for all divisions: TBD
  • A Pool – Met Center Tee Times
  • B/C Pools – Shotgun Final Round – TBD
  • B/C Pools – Will have final 9 at Met Center with Tee Times

Invitations to National Championship: Invitations to compete in the National Championships are earned by participating in the NADGT Tour.

NADGT reserves the right to have 5 Wildcard Invites to the National Championships.

Should a competitor already be invited to the National Championships, the invitation will be extended to the next qualifying competitor.

All ties will be broken by the higher of the most recent rated round and thereafter, if necessary, the next preceding round until the tie is broken.

Wildcard Invites: NADGT will award Wildcard invites at their will. When awarding invites NADGT Staff will seek to do so in a way that is fair and embraces the spirit and values of the tour.

NADGT staff may, at their discretion, set deadlines for decisions to ensure fairness to all involved. An invitation is considered accepted once the competitor registers for the tournament at www.discgolfscene.com.

Player Experience: National Championship Entry Fee: $200.

Player Package: The Players Package is valued at approximately $350-$400 and includes discs and other products from the Tour Sponsors.

Player Amenities: Entry includes breakfast and lunch each day of the competition; player dinners each evening except for Friday night.

NADGT National Team Members will be on-site for clinics and to enhance the player experience.

Custom Trophies for all Top Finishers.

National Championships Payouts: For 2021 NADGT payouts will include cash and those who accept the cash prize move to professional class members as defined by the PDGA.

Competitors have the option to decline the cash prize to retain their amateur status. Competitors who decline the cash prize are awarded merchandise equal to 75% of the prize value via NADGT.com or at TD discretion.

MA1/FA1/MA40/MA50 Division Payout:

  • Cash payout- official payouts to be announced 10/1/21.

FA40/MA2/FA2/MJ18/FJ18 Division Payout:

  • Regular A-tier Amateur Payout.

FA3/MA3*

  • All competitors who qualify for these 2 divisions will be invited to compete in the FA2/MA2 division for the National Championships.

 

The NADGT Disc Golf team is a mark of prestige for the 2021 competitive season. The following team member benefits include:

  • Custom team apparel.
  • A team disc allowance
  • Entry fees to select tournaments in 2021
  • Team-exclusive incentives and prizes

NADGT reserves the right to make changes to tournament dates, field sizes, formats, prizes and locations. All such changes will be clearly communicated as necessary. NADGT reserves the right to make any changes to prizes, prize value or substitutions. In the event of a substitution, all efforts will be made to provide an alternative of equal or greater value. Prizes are non-transferrable, other than cash prizes which may be awarded to the Winner’s parent/legal guardian in the event they are a minor; Prize winners are solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize. Winners may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release, publicity release (unless prohibited by law), and tax documents (the “Documents”). If the winner does not complete the required Documents as instructed and/or return the required Documents within the time period listed on the Winner notification message, the prize will be forfeited. NADGT reserves the right to award any forfeited prizes as they see fit, or not at all.