Hello everyone, for some reason I must have missed this thread for a while because that is a whole lotta posts i missed...
Anyways, first things first, the record for player attendance to a Oregon Deaf Disc Golf Championship is 31. I have 15+ pre registered already. The flier and registration forms can be found at www.ddga.org
on the tour page which is www.ddga.org/ddga_tour
We hope to break this record easily.
Now to answer Flash, this has always been a very sensitive issue about allowing hearing players to participate. The DDGA and its regional organizations have adapted its "Deaf" only theory/policy to allow some hearing players to play specific events such as CODA's (Child of Deaf Adult) and immediate family members of the Deaf like Dale that we know in Oregon. However it is up to each organization to set limits on who can and cannot play etc. It is sticky, the ODDGA has a verbal philosophy that we want family members to be able to participate, however for the Championship, we have to draw the line, family members may play but cannot win the cash but can get script instead, because of all the months of hard work, and for a hearing player to win it all, just kinda sucks to put it straight forward. I could give more reasons and examples but I have said enough to give justification. That is why I have tried my best to be able to provide an event that both hearing and Deaf can play together while still giving the most important part of the event it's own special Deaf only kind of thing. So on the flier, you can see, we invite all hearing players to play our random doubles and BOTH night glow rounds; the original plan was for random dubs and glow on friday only but since there will be quite a few hearing volunteers and we want to be able to compromise as much as possible without muddying the water, so we will make random dubs and both night glow open to anyone and no restrictions on prize winnings for these separate events. I hope everyone understands the sticky concept and will respect it for what it is. It is a hard decision that the DDGA is faced year in and year out, that is why we are pushing for more of our members to be part of the PDGA so that the two organizations can grow closer and help eachother out in the future.
And I want to thank all the sponsors that we have received so far and will receive, because this is already gauging to be the best tournament in ODDGA history if not more. It already is going to be the best tournament other than the National Championship in 2009 for the DDGA... WHOOT WHOOT WHOOT....
Also, through our hard work for preparing for the ODDGC, it seems that we were also able to obtain a large sponsor for the BSF at the same time...
So, go check out www.ddga.org
and the tour page and check the registration and flier for ODDGC to help you get through your insomnia.
TD for the 2009 ODDGA year.