« on: March 02, 2010, 10:26:08 AM »
Recreational players typically are going to have very little experience or knowledge of the rules of the game. An internediate player is generally someone that is familiar with the aspects of the game, may have a few events that they have played, and competes with some passion to win. Generally a Recreational player is going to play in that division only a few times, before they move into the intermediate division.
Some players decide that they should play only intermediate because they don't play often enough to develop a truly competitive game for the advanced level, or they prefer to play in a division that will inflate their ego. There is nothing to prevent this except your ratings from the PDGA once you become a member can then indicate that you are no longer eligible to play in that division.
The basic rule of thumb in the PDGA events is that if its your first, and you are relatively new to the sport, its ok to play recreational. If you have played a few leagues, and have a good grasp that you are typically a player that shoots +9 then intermediate is your game, advanced players typically are going to shoot +/- 2 on a par 54 course, and your open players are generally shooting -6 on a course of normal configuration (your course may vary).
For simple rules, if you played the Ice bowl (Rosedale set pretty short) and shot a 55-59 on the upper course, you are probably ready for INT, if you shot 50-54, you shold be playing advanced, under 49 Open, and anything above a 60 should be considered a recreational player if that helps