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General Banter / Re: Be Thankful For What You've Got
« on: October 14, 2013, 04:18:02 PM »
I was thinking about this over the weekend.  We have a great disc community(ultimate, disc dawgs, disc golf, disc stores) in KC.  There are really solid disc groups that do so many great things.  It is all about the selfless people that make these groups so amazing and we are blessed with so many dedicated folks that give back. 

The issues that we stress over or complain about, really seem to be minor issues compared to what is happening in Detroit.

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Tournaments / Re: Kansas City Juniors Open- Oct 12th
« on: October 13, 2013, 06:24:40 PM »
Big thanks to our sponsors KCFDC, DD, Innova, PDGA and for the super demo from KC Disc Dawgs. 
 Also thanks to Jack Lowe for the tic tac throw baskets and mini course baskets, along with Crazy John Brooks for some signed  custom stamped Frisbees, and Laron Harris for signed MO-Kan posters. 

I saw countless smiles throughout the day from not only kids but their parents as well.  The weather was perfect and i think things ran smoothly for the most part.  We had 40 entries and plenty of things for folks to do. 

Congrats to Ben "Ace Daddy" Dresser who got an ace.  Ben was expecting his dad to pay him the $100 offer that has been on  the table but was throwing from the short pads so it nullified the deal. 

I was hoping for a larger turnout, however, with only 40 entries, everyone that stuck around for the raffle won something and everyone who entered the ROF left with goodies as well.  Thanks again everybody for the donations. 

John

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Tournaments / Re: Kansas City Juniors Open- Oct 12th
« on: October 10, 2013, 09:25:56 AM »
Things are shaping up nicely for this weekend.  Course is getting prepped this week, CTP and Ring of Fire prizes are coming in from our sponsors, and the weather is looking very pleasant with low 70s. 

Big thanks to our sponsors so far... KCFDC, Innnova, PDGA,  Crazy John Brooks, and DD.  It appears that folks will be leaving with really good items for the raffle and other contests. 

Come on out and enjoy a frisbee day while listening to music playing throughout the course, disc golf, disc dawgs, and mini golf.

We have lots of interests from our north land schools and blue springs schools, but hoping to see some familiar faces from our beloved disc golf community.

John

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Tournaments / Re: USDGC
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:55:35 PM »
great to see Steve win it.  DGTV did a great job and it was really fun to watch.  Steve is solid guy and great representative for our sport.  Shout out to Crazy as well.  He was fantastic.   

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Fox Hill Elementary / Re: So I played FH the other day...
« on: September 22, 2013, 03:01:10 PM »
tough to say. Coach Bill has sold 400+ discs at his school.  He started out with Upshot 2s, and on the next couple orders had some drivers added to his order. Several of the local schools buy super light discs from Lightning.  The owner has made some for my school in the 115gram+ which is awesome for kids.  It is really awesome watching kids for the first time out throwing that super light plastic.  really makes a huge difference. 

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Tournaments / Re: Kansas City Juniors Open- Oct 12th
« on: September 20, 2013, 06:16:44 PM »
Here is a little history of Fox Hill disc golf and the doubles event.  Fox Hill's first PE teacher was Coach Duane Hall.  He started up a disc golf double tournament 22 years, back in 1991.  Coach Hall brought the event to Fox Hill from his former school, so the exact number of years is not known at this point.  Every year the event has raised funds for United Way.  The event has always cost $10 with all proceeds going to United Way.  It is believed that this event has raised between $5,000-$8,000 dollars over the last 22 years.  Coach Hall used the resources that he had available in supply closet, like so many PE teachers.  He made targets using cones, hula hoops, and homemade PVC flagsticks. 

Enter Coach Bill Lentz in  1995.  Bill picked up the tradition and continued to promote disc sports, disc golf, and ran the doubles event.  Folks have attended this event over the years to spend quality family time together, get some exercise, and raise funds for United Way.  Players did not complain about the types of baskets, the players pack, or the course set up.  They were simply out to have fun and huck some plastic.

Bill and I have been friends since we met at the Missouri Cupstacking Championship 11 years ago and he contacted me several years back about getting a disc golf course.  When we walked the land for the first time, I did not want to tell him how expensive it was going to be to clear all that land, grade it, seed it, spray it etc, but he remained optimistic.  Several years later, much to my amazement, Bill made Fox Hill a reality.  With thousand of dollars donated, thousands in machinery hours donated, thousand in time given by Messengers lawn care workers, Eagle Scout projects planned and finished, KCFDC work days,  Steve Dresser  running his skid, we now have  a real course to continue the legacy of Coach Duane Hall's doubles event.

Fox Hill Doubles will now be held for the 23rd year and Kansas City will be getting a quality Juniors event that will coincide with the longest running doubles event in Kansas City.  Don't miss out....... come out and join us for a fun filled family day of disc sports at the Kansas City Juniors Open on Oct 12th.


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Tournaments / Kansas City Juniors Open- Oct 12th
« on: September 20, 2013, 04:42:31 PM »
Kansas City Juniors Open
At Fox Hill Elementary
October 12th


TIMES:Flex start  between 8:30 -10:30- have to tee off between those times

DIVISIONS: age  0-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-14, 15-18
-Single play is competition based and costs $10- you get a disc and raffle ticket (1st 2nd and 3rd  prize out) 
-Doubles play is for fun and costs  $15 but both players get a disc and raffle ticket
-$5 Buy back in for single or double play, best score is taken, each time you buy back in you get a     raffle ticket
-every player will win from the raffle
-$2 of every entry goes to United Way
-Ring of fire and raffle drawing at 1:30
-KC DISC DAWGS will be performing
-Dynamic Discs selling discs on site and discs available for payout
-BBQ food and drinks on site for sale- proceeds go to Fox Hill DGC love fund

Contact info:
 
wlentz@nkcschools.org
jtheiss@bssd.net
scott@dynamicdiscs.com

545 N.E 106th Street
KCMO 64155

 

 
 

 

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Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Basket movement
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:53:25 PM »
I am sorry that i have not been able to do more out there.  Spending any free hour at Liberty and trying to give those on East side another sweet course to play.

By the way, there are  places in the US that have two seasonal places (summer and winter) and baskets do not get moved until season changes and the parks do the basket moving.  we/i have slacked in moving baskets. 

i understand your frustrations, but weekly movement might be a bit much to ask of a person.  every couple weeks yes. 

Moving baskets is a job and thanks for offering to move them and offering to step up to run league.  Please contact  Ben about running league.  League Director will have the keys to ensure course is set up how they want it.  I would meet you tonight but i am on baby duty till 9pm.  I can meet you out there is weekend and we can move however many your back can handle.   

PM please to help move baskets.  Sat or Sun morning is best.

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Tournaments / Re: remaining events 2013
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:44:43 PM »
Glover, still working out details...but we are a go and i am glad you have an enthusiastic group. We are looking to bring a top notch juniors event that offers affordability, fun,  competitive singles play, and family bonding with parent child dubs.

Will have info finalized by this weekend but here are the basics.

Event will likely cost 10 for singles and 15 for dubs(adult and child dubs).  All participants will get a disc.  Singles will likely pay out top 3 in each division, dubs is for bragging rights with no pay out.  all participants will get a raffle ticket for raffle at conclusion of event.

 This event has been running at Fox Hill for many years before the disc course(with hula hoops. and frisbees..ya.. seriously!) as a United Way fundraiser and a portion of proceeds will continue to go to that.

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Tournaments / Re: 2013 Tree Love Classic 9/14
« on: September 15, 2013, 06:25:45 PM »
Mike K, they make Ritalin or Adderall  to help with staying focused.   That might be the key for all us that suffer from ADD and slow play. 


If you are used to fast rounds of causal golf, tourney golf can really mess with you.   Some folks your thinking, "come on man, you know what shot you got there... just throw that easy approach ."  Do you really need all that time to think about it?

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Tournaments / Re: remaining events 2013
« on: September 06, 2013, 04:34:41 PM »
something along these lines  ...  ages   5-6,    7-8,   9-10,   11-13,   14-18,

still very early and got to figure out the format.  wanted to do one at Yates, but went to Fox Hill for this one. 

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Tournaments / Re: remaining events 2013
« on: September 06, 2013, 11:55:00 AM »
I am looking to help Bill Lentz  run a juniors/rec  event this year at Fox Hill on Oct 12.  Looks like that weekend is open.  Will post more info soon. 

We need a good juniors event in KC.  Been awhile since we have done something like we had in the past at Yates with numbers in the 60+ range.


John

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General Banter / Re: Liberty, MO.
« on: August 31, 2013, 10:44:43 AM »
After talking with several of the top  park personnel, i strongly encouraged and we decided that it would be best to seed  the disturbed areas and let the seed take hold over the winter and open next Spring.  This also allows them to continue working on spraying ivy, pushing back more areas, fine tuning, and getting the course looking really good for the Spring.  the course is coming along nicely and we made a big push with large excavator a couple weeks ago.  Much work was done on the lower pond.

There will be 8 permanent long gold baskets, however 1 gold basket will be shared between 2 holes giving 9 long gold holes that will never be moved from long placements. So there will be technically two courses to play, a 9 hole gold course and a 18 hole blue level course.  My intention was to provide an experience that offers several choices for players.  With 9 long options, players will not get bored if baskets do not get moved  or course is set short for winter.  7 of the gold baskets locations are  2 shot holes  giving players something else besides par 3 golf.  Also very happy to share that the course will have 14 Red level tee pads for beginners as well.  With the elevation, water, woods, and wind, Stocksdale will have plenty to offer.   

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Rookie mistake, seriously......people look at me and wonder why in Summer I am out there in long sleeves and pants......^^^^^^ explains it all...minimize it on your skin, it washes away much better in the laundry.....don't forget eye protection as well.  That is the funny thing about this, over the years I have gone from tee shirts and sandals to looking like it may be late November wearing gear to clean and work.


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I always wear a pair of shorts and a tee under long pants and long shirt so i can pull it all off systemically and i can drive home feeling somewhat clean.  Then i drop dirties  in a bucket or bag.  This way the ivy does not get all over you car.  I also keep automotive hand cleaner in my car to wipe my exposed  skin.  that stuff cuts grease, so you know ivy aint no thing.

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Summer Leagues / Re: What's going on with the lack of information?
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:19:22 PM »
running leagues is such a chore.  tracking money from week to week, ace fund money, money in and money out, depositing money, posting info after leagues, paper work paper work paper work.  I tried it and it was something that i dreaded.  folks get upset over small things, your the first one there and last to leave often etc.  leagues are the KCFDC's lifeblood and getting and keeping folks in the position is difficult.   it is a hard job to keep filled from year to year on certain courses.   yes, we are a voluntary organization, but there needs to be an incentive to run league.  this has been discussed before and so many folks trash any suggestions or thoughts of incentives.  i think that it is becoming more obvious that this needs to be discussed with the board.  you cant keep asking for folks to volunteer for trash pick up, volunteer for work days, volunteer for a 3/4 of a year league position, and expect high enthusiasm, strong turnout, and quality performances.  at some point something has to give. if you want quality at your leagues, it has to be worth it for folks to give so much.  so here are some suggestions and i do not care if get lambasted by all those remarks of why we give back.. the spirit of volunteerism, blah blah blah.  I do not care to here folks replies of why we should not give back to those who give to the club. 

1.all league runners get free entry into the KCWO
2.all league runners get free membership in KCFDC
3. all league runners get a nice KCFDC embroidered shirt that has their course name on it.
4. possibly work out  a store discount for league runners (like the  kcfdc $1 off at DGW)

Any one else have any suggestions on how to provide incentives to league directors that make the directors feel a little more appreciated and which in turn makes the position more desirable and highly sought after? If folks really want the position, you get better folks in the position.  Plus, then folks  may not want to lose  the position,  it is sought after, and it offers great incentives.  We are a volunteer group and we should not pay in USD, but it is time to explore the league process and incentives.

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