The Kansas City Flying Disc Club (KCFDC) has aligned with the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) in terms of behavior during any sanctioned event by the KCFDC. This policy will be maintained by the Board of Directors (BoD) and as such will administer appropriate disciplinary action when necessary. In the event that the member in question is currently on the BoD, they will be removed from the process while all remaining members discuss the incidents/action that warrant this conversation.
The intent of this addition to the By-Laws of the KCFDC is to ensure that all individuals who attend as a player, observer, staff, or other patron of the park during KCFDC events will feel assured that inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Once a review of any infractions has been conducted by the BoD, the findings and any subsequent measures shall be relayed to all Parks and Recreation departments to do with as they see fit per their individual policies regarding park usage. The goal of the KCFDC is to provide an exceptional disc golf experience in Kansas City while focusing on competition, conservation, education, partnerships, and philanthropy. We strive to make disc golf attractive to all local players, help our parks, and entice others to visit where we have a safe friendly environment for all to enjoy.
Our policy mirrors in many instances the PDGA Competition Manual Player Misconduct 3.3 which may be found online as of August 1, 2016 at here.
As a member of the KCFDC, or acting as a participant at any KCFDC events, all players agree to abide by common rules and actions to ensure the safety of sport is not infringed. The KCFDC adopts a strict policy of appropriate behavior during events, as well as appropriate comments to the media. Any conduct deemed to be unprofessional is subject to disqualification by the Event director or BoD, and may also be subject to further disciplinary actions from the KCFDC.
Players are expected to behave in a professional and sportsmanlike manner while participating in a KCFDC sponsored event. Actions that are in violation of this conduct include but are not limited to:
- Repeated and overt use of abusive or profane language
- Physical attacks or threatening behavior to anyone present
- Throwing items in anger (other than discs in play)
- Overt rudeness to anyone present
- Willful and overt destruction, abuse or vandalism of property, including animal and plant life
- Cheating: a willful attempt to circumvent the rules of play
- The possession of illegal substances in violation of Federal, State or Local laws.
- Activities which are in violation of Federal, State or Local laws or ordinances, park regulation or disc golf course rule. Event Directors are granted the discretion to disqualify a player based on the severity of the offending conduct. An official warning prior to disqualification may be issued by an Event Director where appropriate.
- Excessive use of alcohol while at the KCFDC events or from the start of play until the player’s scorecard is submitted is not allowed. Such examples can result in immediate disqualification at the KCFDC event. The Event Director may, at their sole discretion, elect to issue a warning to the offending player in lieu of disqualification solely at KCFDC events. If a player has been previously issued a warning for excessive alcohol use at the same event, all subsequent violations shall result in immediate disqualification. Once a player has been given this disqualification, they must then have the case reviewed by the BoD prior to competing in any KCFDC event. The BoD must have ruled on the matter in order to be allowed by the BoD to return to KCFDC events based on the actions that they have reviewed.
- Overt failure or refusal to enforce the rules of disc golf during competition.
- Failure or refusal to cooperate with, or obstruction of any investigation by an official into the competitor’s conduct or the conduct of another competitor.
Event Directors are required to report any disqualifications to the KCFDC BoD as quickly as possible.
Disqualified players shall forfeit any prize money or merchandise and shall not receive a refund of entry fees.
Players who commit Player Misconduct may also be subject to disciplinary actions. All notifications that are received and have a determination made by the KCFDC BoD will be shared with all partner Parks and recreation departments. The KCFDC will work with, and as an agent for, the respective P&R departments and shall agree to abide by any and all actions taken by such agencies regarding player and community safety.