« on: June 29, 2015, 02:44:08 pm »
More like ashamed. No wonder membership is dwindling or old members aren't staying current. Disc golf is not just for the elite members. After reading this forum for months and not offering any comments or thoughts, I understand now why I haven't. For the love of the game, the simplicity of it. There should be no factors outside of what it takes to simply enjoy the game.
Yes, tournaments, clubs, and any organization requires a set of guidelines, dedication and hard work to manage. There are countless members that are VERY passionate in what they do to help grow the sport. However, we can't be a sport when all we do is try to define how its played, who can play it and why. If that's what this is, then disc golf is nothing more than a game where children make up the rules when something doesn't work out in their favor.
If the tournament is defined by definite guidelines, so be it? Who cares? Let it be as its defined. No one has to play by the rules or even play at all. But if you respect the sport, which IS a sport, you must define yourself by respecting ALL that a sport entails. That is respect for the players, ALL players, as well. Regardless of who they may be.
I personally don't care if they entire universe is beter than me (they already are! Ha ha.). I don't care about a woman, or man, or young gun or old fart beating me. Disc golf only has ONE opponent... Yourself. No one else can beat what you throw. You throw a disc because you chose to throw it. What it does after your throw is yours to control through hard work, dedication, skill, and luck.
So... do you play to win or simply play to enjoy the game and hopefully learn to play a sport as you should?
Either way, I am finding it hard to be encouraged by the examples set on here, for which I am ashamed. But, alas, everyone is entitled to their opinions, which I've just stated mine.