Other disc sports
Well, if you know what a disc is and what golf is, you can probably figure it out. At its most basic, it's just a bunch of people picking a target and trying to hit it in the fewest shots. From there, you move on to having set courses, tournaments, permanent courses, 'holes' which are large yellow contraptions with chains to catch the discs, discs designed specifically for Disc Golf (yes, various kinds of drivers and putters), and finally the PDGA (you got it, the Professional Disc Golf Association). There are courses all over the U.S. and some in Canada. Toronto has 2 and there are several in British Columbia.
Double Disc is played with two teams of two players each and there are two discs in play at all times. The playing area consists of two courts 13 meters square, 17 meters apart. Play is begun by one player from each team simultaneously (the non-throwing player on the 'serving' team counts down) throwing a disc towards the opposing teams court.
A team scores a point if:
- A disc thrown by the opposing team comes to rest outside of the court of the scoring team.
- A disc thrown by the scoring team comes to rest within the opposing team's court or contacts one of the opposing players and is not caught.
- The opposing team has both discs in their possession at the same time - this counts for two points.
The players continue throwing the discs back and forth until one of these events occur. The teams switch courts after every fifth point. Games are to a preset number of points.
If your idea of fun is to hurl something as hard as you possibly can directly at someone standing about 15 yards away, and you don't mind that person doing the same back at you, then Guts just might be the game for you. In this instance the something is a disc and the someone, of course, is a player on the other team. How does the scoring work? Well, if they catch it - they get a point, if they miss it - you get a point. And you can only use one hand to catch with, well you can use either, but only one at a time. Not a game for wusses. Teams can have from 1 to 5 players and games are to 21.
Freestyle Players Association (FPA)
I can't explain it any better than the preface to the rules does:
"Freestyle is a game whereby a player or a team of two or three players perform a routine, which consists of a series of throws, catches and moves, done to music using one or more discs. The routine is compared to the routines of the other competitors through scoring done by judges, who evaluate the routine on the basis of difficulty, execution and presentation. The player or team with the best score is declared the winner.
"Freestyle!" Such grandiose terms to describe sport. The words "free" and "style" both transcend their task of labeling physical action. They encompass a lifestyle, a philosophy.
"If one were to search for a definition of our sport, the failure of that search would prove to be its answer. An attempt to shackle freestyle to any one definition or mode of play would be to deny its very essence. In its purest form freestyle is creative movement with a moving disc. The players define the game for themselves as they play. Self-expression is the only common thread stringing together many divergent jewels of creativity.
"Yet, within a galaxy of possible applications for freestyle, a sizeable number of players have reached a tacit agreement concerning one particular application. Acknowledging the freedom of thought and expression all players are entitled to when they freestyle, players of this lofty pursuit have in effect agreed that they should bring their talents and ideas together at a fixed time and place and share them. But, as is the nature of our species, the sharing is for a price. Players agreed to share their self-expression in return for the chance to be recognized when the sharing was over, as the one who shared the most by presenting their individuality best."
Courtesy of Ken Hunt