Here is my take of disc golf in Kansas City, and it has parts of the Loomis/Tank philosophy in it. First of all, I have been throwing for eight weeks this Friday, thus I suck. Even though I am a newbie, I have been encouraged by players greater than me to join the KCFDC and PDGA and support not only the local club, but also the national scene. I have, and met several good people in the short two months.
When I began throwing, I was encouraged by the first pro I met to play in the RAC, which I did. His philosophy was that I should play in tournaments, not only to watch better players, but to get experience with the various courses. After the RAC, I was encouraged to play the City of Fountains, which I also took his advice and did. Even though I got chewed up at Blue Valley, and came in last place (not including the DNF's), I had fun, learned some things, and will continue on my quest to get better.
The pro has stuck with me, teaching me to throw straighter, farther, and I still have much to learn from him. In fact, I have never been told by anyone I have met that I was no good, should not play, nor they did not want to play on the same card as me. In fact the opposite is true. I have been encouraged to play, invited to play in groups as I let them play through when I have been throwing by myself, and given advise. Several times, I have been given disc's to try to throw. I now have several people that I can text to go play, and if schedules allow, will.
Besides seeing two players throw discs at each other because they did not like the other player, and another who threw between 80-100 dollars worth of discs in woods in frustration (resulting in a majority of the disc's being lost), I have seen nothing but good sportsmanship and a willingness and desire to bring new people into the sport and helping them grow.
If you need someone to play a course with, and I am free, I will, even though it may take me a few more shots to get to the basket than yours. I am grateful for the assistance I have received, and am looking foward to beating some people next year. Most people I have met just want to play disc golf.
Thanks for everything so far,