Disc golf leagues big and small are hugely important parts of the sport.
They help keep disc golf communities strong and connected by giving players a reason to come together at regular intervals. They offer a place where newer players can meet more experienced ones and learn the ropes of competitive play without the higher pressure of more formal tournaments. They can expose casual park-goers to organized competitive disc golf or be a reliable source of support for private courses.
All of this is why we at UDisc have created a free platform that makes running and participating in leagues as easy as possible for both organizers and players: UDisc Leagues.
As of today, we're expanding the beta and we invite any and all disc golf league organizers to sign up and take advantage of the many benefits UDisc Leagues offers—benefits that will only become greater as we continue to enhance the platform.
In sections below we explain in full detail how UDisc Leagues will make participating in leagues easier for both players and organizers, but here's a short overview of the highlights:
- Social distancing made easy
- Players score with a familiar interface
- Live leaderboards
- Multiple divisions and formats supported
- Organizers' lives simplified
- UDisc Leagues is completely free!
Already interested in starting or becoming a UDisc League? You can apply here: udisc.com/leagues/apply.
Introducing Live Scorecards
One of the most innovative aspects of UDisc Leagues is Live Scorecards.
With Live Scorecards, all players can have the group's scorecard open on their device and see changes being made to it in real time. Additionally, they can make changes themselves, and those will appear on their cardmates' screens. All scores also automatically go to a live leaderboard where the standings of all players at an event are updated as they enter scores.
The leaderboard can be accessed easily at any time during an event by just a quick screen tap in the UDisc app.
Don't worry. If you prefer more traditional scoring where players trade off scoring duties or if there's one person who doesn't mind keeping score the whole round, it's no extra trouble. Everyone's scores can be edited by any cardmate at any time.
Most importantly, no one will need to touch anyone else's device to check, enter, or edit results. This new tool makes following social distancing guidelines during league rounds easier than ever before.
Help Players Discover Your League
Tapping the Events tab in the UDisc app is one of the easiest ways for people to find competitions near them, and UDisc Leagues will be included in the Events listings.
We are also happy to announce that anyone can now search for UDisc Leagues on the web anywhere in the world at udisc.com/leagues. This means UDisc Leagues can be found easily by both locals and any players just passing through. It will also help disc golf road trippers know exactly where and when they can take part in some local competition on their journeys.
With UDisc Leagues, it won't take a player having a chance meeting with someone in the know or wading through social media groups to find out about your league. It'll be there for all players to see on two platforms created by the world's most popular disc golf app.
How Does a UDisc League Work?
When players arrive at a UDisc League, all they have to do is go to the Events tab in the normal UDisc app (Pro account not required), tap on the name of league, and check in:
Once players know who they're playing with, one player in the group can create a scorecard by just picking the correct players from the list of those checked in. After that, each player can access the scorecard from their own device.
Have a player who doesn't have UDisc and can't download it right then? No problem. Any other player with UDisc can check them in so they can also be added to a scorecard.
Something else that keeps things simple is that scoring happens in the everyday UDisc app with the same look and functions as any other UDisc scorecard. The large number of players who already score with UDisc don't need to learn anything new to keep score.
As mentioned earlier, all scores update automatically to a live leaderboard, so organizers won't have to worry about gathering or calculating scores in any shape or form. It will all be there for them (and anyone playing) to see. Like the right disc for a shot, we'll do the work for you if you let us.
What Formats Are Supported?
Along with singles and doubles formats, UDisc Leagues can also support both shotgun and flex start leagues with all the divisions offered in formal tournaments. We plan to add more options in the future, so make sure to keep an eye out for updates as we announce them.
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What Do People Who've Tried It Have To Say?
Some leagues have already been able to test out an early version of UDisc Leagues. Below is some of the feedback we've received:
Be a UDisc League!
Like we said at the beginning, if you'd like to be a UDisc League, you can apply here: udisc.com/leagues/apply. We'd like to re-emphasize that using this platform comes at absolutely no cost for league organizers or players. Players need just a basic, free UDisc account, not a Pro account, to score at a league.
And it's not just established leagues that can apply. With UDisc Leagues, a lot of the tasks that make running a league a time-consuming commitment—check-in and score calculations to name the biggest ones—are handled by the platform. If you've been thinking about starting a league in your area, it's never been easier than right now. We also have more content in the works that will help you learn more about how to grow leagues and the value they have to the disc golf community.
If you're a player interested in seeing your local league become a UDisc League, we encourage you to forward this article to make them aware of the option.
We wish you all low scores and safe times out on the course, and we hope to see your league pop up on the UDisc Leagues map very soon!