Annual PDGA Elections
Annual PDGA elections take place each year from July 1 to July 31, with the elected candidates assuming office on September 1. The 2020 election will once again be held online using an independent election service website. Over the last several years, participation in the online voting process has grown to record levels, as more and more members have taken advantage of the quick and easy voting application.
During the first week of the elections, all current PDGA members as of June 30 for whom the PDGA has a valid email address will receive online election instructions, including their individual ballot. On or about July 15 and July 26, those who have not yet voted will be sent an email voting reminder. Members who do not have internet access can contact the PDGA office at (706) 261-6342 no later than July 20 to request a mailed paper ballot.
Board Member Qualifications
A Board of Directors is required for the organization’s 501c(4) not-for-profit status and is mandated by the PDGA Bylaws. In addition to semi-annual summit meetings, the Board and PDGA staff conduct monthly teleconference calls and ongoing communication to coordinate and direct PDGA affairs. Some of the Board’s main activities include:
- Setting PDGA policies.
- Hiring and supervision of an Executive Director responsible for headquarters, staff, and ongoing operations.
- Financial management, including annual budget.
- Identification of responsible future Board members.
- Representing the membership’s vision for the future of the sport and the association.
Elected candidates may be subjected to background checks. Elected candidates must sign a conflict of interest, non-compete, and a non-disclosure agreement.
Board candidates must be active PDGA members and should have some of the following:
Skills and qualifications:
- Professional experience involving management, marketing, finance, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, or experience in the not-for-profit sector.
- Communication skills in representing the PDGA and in corresponding with members, including access to email.
- A passion for the sport of disc golf.
- Ability to promote disc golf through media and personal contacts.
- Teamwork, collaboration, and the ability to listen to and understand other points of view.
- Familiarity with PDGA organization and processes, and a demonstrated commitment to the growth and sustainability of the PDGA.
Training and/or experience in:
- Competitive disc golf
- Disc golf organization
- Sales and marketing
- Tech management and development
- Human resources management
- Event production
- Reputation and respectability
Two board positions are up for election in 2020, with the top two vote-getters earning three-year terms from September 1, 2020, to August 31, 2023.
Reaching the Voters
Board of Directors candidates have the option to personalize their campaign by providing a video message to voters. Videos are to be produced by the candidates and posted on YouTube, and a link to the video should be included in the candidate biography. The suggested format is three-to-five minutes, in which candidates introduce themselves and outline one or more primary goals of their participation on the Board. Videos should be PG-rated, keeping in mind that we have voting members of all ages.
Submitting Your Board Candidacy
If you are interested in running for a position on the PDGA Board of Directors, download and complete a Candidate Biography Questionnaire. This form may also be requested by contacting the PDGA office at (706) 261-6342. The completed form must be returned to the office, along with a candidate statement, no later than May 31, 2020. Documents can be sent to [email protected].
State and Provincial Coordinators
The State and Provincial Coordinators represent more than 50 key PDGA volunteer positions. Each year, 50 percent of U.S. state and Canadian Province Coordinator positions are up for election, with winners receiving two-year terms. Election ballots will display only the Coordinator races for each member’s home state or province, and those states and provinces not listed this year will be on the ballot next year.
State and Provincial Coordinators are key cogs in helping the PDGA operate and serve many functions, including:
- Representing the PDGA in a positive light and professional manner to members, clubs, agencies, and communities in their state or province.
- Working with tournament directors and clubs within their state or province and in adjoining areas to schedule PDGA Tour and other disc golf events.
- Serving as liaison to the PDGA Tour Manager in coordinating the tour schedule and in addressing and resolving tour event issues.
- Collecting information, either personally or by delegating to individuals or clubs, for the PDGA Course Directory and the Course Evaluation System.
- Promoting PDGA memberships and PDGA programs such as the Affiliate Clubs Program, tournament sanctioning, Disc Golf Foundation, and EDGE to the members and potential members in their state or province.
- Providing feedback on the annual Tour Standards to the PDGA Tour Manager.
- Coordinating state qualifications for events such as the USDGC, USADGC, and other qualified-entry tournaments.
- Recommending candidates and voting for select annual PDGA awards.
- Providing local and regional demographic information and feedback to various sports agencies statewide (CVBs, Sports Councils, etc.) upon request.
- Other duties as determined by fellow State Coordinators, the PDGA Board, and staff.
2020 State/Province Elections
Here is the list of the state coordinator positions up for election this year. Terms for these positions will be September 1, 2020, through August 31, 2022.
- British Columbia
- California (South)
- District of Columbia
- New Brunswick
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
- South Carolina
- Texas (North)
- West Virginia
If your state or province is not listed above, the position is not up for election this year but will be next year. Please join us in extending thanks and appreciation to all the incumbents for their volunteer service to the PDGA and the sport of disc golf. Many of these key contributors will be seeking re-election; many others will be seeking election for the first time.
Submitting Your State/Provincial Coordinator Candidacy
If you are interested in running for the Coordinator position in your home state or province, download a Candidate Biography Questionnaire. This form may also be requested by contacting the PDGA office or calling (706) 261-6342. The completed form must be returned to the office along with a candidate statement no later than June 21, 2020. Documents can be sent to [email protected].
When you receive your ballot in July, please take a few minutes to vote. In doing so, not only are you exercising one of your basic rights as a PDGA member, but you are also demonstrating your appreciation for the work performed by these core volunteers.
Thank you very much for participating in the Annual PDGA Elections!