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Young Park - Blue Springs / Young Park Tourney- Sunday, May 23rd
« on: March 31, 2010, 04:00:10 pm »
Still working out most of the details for this tournament on Sunday, May 23rd. What i do know is that we are going to have a two round event at Young Park, which means NO TRAVELING!   Still working/coming up with a  name for the event so if you  got anything good i would like to hear it.  I like the "Eastern Front", which Palmer suggested.  This is a good name when/if we combine Lee's Summit, P hill or  Young Park next year.


General Banter / Re: PDGA Members- I need your help!
« on: March 30, 2010, 01:39:26 pm »
One point i forgot to make in my rant.  Mizzou has 25,000 students.  Each students pays an activity fee of, i don't know,  125 dollar.  maybe more or maybe less.  well to keep it simple let's say 100dollars.  the university is bringing in 2,500,000.

DO THEY REALLY NEED A MATCHING BASKETS PROGRAM?  UGGHH,  NO!   Not every college needs matching baskets.  However, most elementary, middle and high schools need them. 

General Banter / Re: PDGA Members- I need your help!
« on: March 30, 2010, 01:15:53 pm »
Jack, i would really like for you to push the obesity issue.  This would be an excellent platform for the PDGA to get behind.  The PDGA would be able to access more markets if they go  full throttle at being in the leader in promoting lifetime alternative fitness activities.  The PDGA could take a very aggressive role in promoting and sponsoring disc golf programs and grants for schools.  Having our professional organization behind a hot topic like obesity could propel into the national spotlight.  It was very difficult finding an education grant for building Yates.  Luckily we have a very generous corporation in KC that seriously supports education. Sprint was very generous in awarding me the  5K .  It was a stretch to make my grant allign with the SPRINT objectives for my grant.  I searched for months and could not find anything out there that would have worked to build a disc golf course.  In an issue of DGW, i took a jab at the matching baskets program.  Sure it sounds like a great program, but it is only offered to colleges.  Why?  because college kids will pump money back into the sport, which in turn may help fund the PDGA.  You got to build your fan base bigger, and offering disc golf at colleges is  a positive route, but not the only route.  We need to have a matching baskets program available to high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.  Hypothetically, when a school applies for the matching baskets program, a local pdga member could quickly survey the land to see if it is suitable for a course, or just some holes.  If it is not suitable, then the PDGA does not waste its money.  You do not have to build courses at schools, just 4-5 holes is plenty for the pe teacher at the elementary level.  Middle and high school would need more holes becuase of increased class size.

College kids will look at disc golf as a hippie sport when they discover it in college. We need to introduce it early with trained professionals teaching the sport.  Not like the way i learned when i was at Mizzou playing beer golf.  I did not pick up a disc again until five years later.  Why, well because i was not taught how to throw or play properly. We need to reach further and reach with professionals and have the pdga behind it.  Why does NBA and NFL have such huge markets?  Well becuase every single town as little leagues that kids at the ages of 4 and up play.  Even if they drop out of sports by middle school, they still have had exposure and were taught by knowledgable folks and will continue to watch those sports the rest of their lives.

If you get elected, do you have a cabinet position for a health ambassdor? 


Swope / Re: Anybody want to play at 4:45????
« on: March 03, 2010, 01:13:17 pm »
 I will be out playing at 4:45 at Swope. So far it is two of us. PM if you are interested.


Rosedale / Re: Down Under Round today?
« on: February 22, 2010, 12:26:31 pm »
I will be there at 2 meeting Jon Robertson.

Brad, call me when you get there.

Rosedale / Down Under Round today?
« on: February 22, 2010, 11:39:59 am »
Snow days are fantastic, especially for teachers.  Thank goodness for inclement weather.  However, i will be in school till July 4th this summer. :-[

Who wants to play today around 1 o'clock?

John Theiss
Teacher(best job in the world) 

Swope / Re: Anybody want to play about 3pm????
« on: February 18, 2010, 01:14:20 pm »
i can be there by 4:45  if you want to wait that long.  i went to swope last night and got a whole round in with Tony Duetel.  He showed up after about 20 minutes of me messing around so i guess we started a little after 5:00.  Tony hit the sweet spot on the chains on 7.  He  hit chains so solid that i could not believe his shot spit out.  

so if anyone can't make the earler round 3:30,  i will be there a little later i am down for a round.  

Swope / Stiles is the man!
« on: February 17, 2010, 08:59:32 am »
Those that play Swope often already know that Stiles is the man.   Mark Stiles picked up some nasty stuff at Swope over the weekend.  Besides the normal beer bottles, trash, condoms, Mark picked up a fricking dead cat. 

Good work Mark.  You are the man.   

Young Park - Blue Springs / Re: Course Installation
« on: February 11, 2010, 10:46:30 am »
Good question.  I have not been told an exact date but baskets will be before May 22-23..  The parks dept never got the seed down before the winter which was a mistake.  It needs to be seeded still and if we have a wet spring it could get really messy.  I am recommending that they do not open it up untill mid May.  We are going to have a tourney May 22nd or 23rd.  I would like to see some grass taking hold before they open it up.  There was a great deal of dirt work out there and erosion could quickly become an issue.  Who wants to play in a big old muddy mess?

Tournaments / Re: Ice Bowl 2010
« on: February 05, 2010, 12:03:17 pm »
I see it like this.  I you are a guy that cashes in our leagues, or you will soon be cashing in our leagues, then you  need to give back to a good cause.  This is THE one event that we can use to promote our sport in a positive way.  This event has great reach and scope for public relations.  All these other events that we have, really do not mean much and hold much weight to the general public. 

The Ice Bowl is always a blast.  I would like to know if the Ice Bowl has ever been on a Saturday?  I would sure like it to fall on a Saturday.  Then maybe even do a glow round dubs or just continue the great festivities a little longer. 


Tournaments / Re: Ice Bowl 2010
« on: February 01, 2010, 08:50:36 am »
Get there early and go play DU.  We flew through it and started down there about 9:00.  At times we would not see any other groups in front or behind. Maybe the guys behind were really slow and backing things up, but DU is the way to go.  No wind and the ground stays frozen longer becuase of all the shade. 

General Banter / Blue Springs Youth Sports and Rec Expo-Sat Jan 30th
« on: January 28, 2010, 04:41:57 pm »
Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 Northeast Coronado Drive, Blue Springs, MO 64014

If anyone would be interested in coming to a Youth Sports and Rec Expo, it is January 30th from 9am to 1:00pm in Blue Springs.  The KCFDC will be represented by having a booth.  The parks and rec asked us if we would like to be involved and i said of course.  I thought it would be cool if we could put on a couple demos if we have enough room.  We have a booth by the hallway in order to do demos.  Supposedly the hallway we have, is one that everyone must pass through so we are not being shoved into the corner.  Plus i thought it would be cool to have a putting contest so  if anyone would like to donate some items that would be great.  Maybe some discs that are too light or ones you just do not like or want.

I thought this expo would also be a good time to pump  the tournament on  the weekend of May 22-23.  Dan Coffman and i have talked about several different ideas.  One idea was to have a 2 round tourney at LS  and BS Young park on Sunday, May 23rd.  This will be a KCFDC tourney.  We also are working on a second tourney, a grand opening tourney for Young Park for families and rec players on Saturday.  That event will be very similar to the ones that I have run at William Yates.  A tourney for total beginners with an extremely low entry fee and once you turn in your scorecard you get a raffel ticket for a prize. 

I know this is late notice, however if you would like to come out and support disc golf and the KCFDC, please come by.  And if you have some disc golf swag to give away in a raffle or putting contest that woud be great.  Rick was very kind and donated some items for the kids. 


Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 Northeast Coronado Drive, Blue Springs, MO 64014

Smithville / Re: Call for Disc Golf Course Designers
« on: January 22, 2010, 12:49:44 pm »
Tom, how important is it to have a gravel base?  Is it even necessary?  i have seen folks often times drop gravel down after the skid comes in.  then rebar or mesh  is added on top.

What are the pro cons of dropping in gravel?  And expense wise is it worth it?

Smithville / Re: Three 18 hole disc golf courses?
« on: January 21, 2010, 10:35:48 am »
I like the idea of creating water hazards.  However, parks dept has to be very committed to the project in order to invest the time and labor necessary to do all the dirt wort, installing culverts, installing bridges,  and installing drainage. It will be interesting to see how involved the parks dept will go with this project.  SHOCK AND AWE BABY!!  It definately does not hurt to ask for grand ideas and schemes as they are easy to accomplish in the beginning of the project, rather than years later.  GO FOT IT DAN!!  WE want moats, islands, alligators, and giant Dutch windmills ;D

Speaking of water holes, Young Park in Blue Springs has four holes where water seriously comes into play and then a fifth hole where water comes into to play if you go too aggresive on an uphill throw approach/drive.

Smithville / Re: Call for Disc Golf Course Designers
« on: January 20, 2010, 12:08:13 pm »
Mike S.H. has a great point.  If you want your course to have the nice touches, the pads need to be dug out with a skid and be flush to the ground.  Then after the pads are poured, they come back and do the dirt work around the pads giving you nice flat run up surfaces.  Think about all of the courses you play where you or others trip over the pads, whether throwing or not.  Plus,you want to be able to allow the mowers access to drive right over the pads and cut. 

The operator of the skid can get confused with all different shapes and dimensions so you have to make it as easy as possible for them.  Here is a tip: take flags and stake them in  30-40 feet in front of the pads.  this will give the skid operator a place to line up the machine. I am assuming some tees will require major dirt work to level it off.  By the time of dropping a bunch of dirt, all the old flags will be ran over, lost and destroyed.   By placing the flags out in front, it gives the skid operator a point of reference.  He will appreciate little tips like that becuase he does not understand where the fairway is, or where the basket is.  After you get the dirt work done, i might even be helpful to do the same idea with flags marking 30-40 feet in front of the tee boxes in case someone can't be  present.  I was not always able to be around when 35 pads were poured at Young park and mistakes get made. 

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