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Reasonable Modification Request Policy for Exemption from PDGA Rules, Regulations, and Procedures

Reasonable Modification Request Policy for Exemption from PDGA Rules, Regulations, and Procedures

PDGA Rules Exemption

Last updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - 16:48

In accordance with Article II.4 of the PDGA Bylaws, the PDGA does not discriminate on the basis of disability and will consider, on a case-by-case basis, any requests for reasonable modification to any rules, regulations, or procedures in order to allow players to participate in any PDGA sanctioned event. Players seeking a reasonable modification to PDGA rules, regulations, or procedures should submit those requests via the PDGA Reasonable Modification Request Application. Such requests should be submitted and approved before registering for a PDGA sanctioned event.

  • Rules exemptions will not be provided for injuries that are temporary in nature, such as a recoverable injury.
  • An application may be submitted by anyone planning to play in a PDGA-sanctioned event, whether or not they are a current PDGA member.
  • The applicant must submit an application with the reasonable modification request, the specific PDGA rule, regulation, or procedure the modification applies to, and how that modification would allow them to participate in a PDGA sanctioned event where otherwise they could not.
  • The applicant must specify what type of device, if any, they intend to use (for example, by linking to a page about the device or a sales page for the device).
  • The applicant must submit documentation from their physician along with the application attesting to the existence of the injury or condition and the expected duration of the limitation(s) caused by that injury or condition.
  • Rules Exemptions will be provided on an annual basis requiring re-submittal each year but may be limited to a shorter period.

Limitations and rules concerning the use of an approved PDGA Rules Exemption

  1. Prior to registration for a PDGA sanctioned event, and preferably at least 14 days prior to the start of an event, the exempt player must alert the Tournament Director (TD) of their Rules Exemption status and the specific rule that they are exempt from, so the TD can assess the impact of the Rules Exemption on the event and whether it can be reasonably accommodated at the facility without undue burden or cost to the property owner or TD, and then advise the exempt player of any issues.

    (Example: if the Rules Exemption was for Rule 3.05.A requiring a player to walk and the exempt player planned to bring a golf cart, the TD would assess the viability of golf cart use on the course and advise the exempt player of any issues.)

  2. In the event that additional equipment is needed as part of the Rules Exemption, the player is responsible for assessing whether the course venue has the necessary equipment available for the event or whether the necessary equipment is permitted by the course venue. TDs will assist in providing reasonable information to the player in making this assessment.
  3. If all or part of a course is not readily able to have the equipment used, the exempt player would be required to forego the use of the Rules Exemption for those portions of the course.
  4. TDs are not required to provide the equipment for a Rules Exemption unless it is a reasonable accommodation because the facility already has the equipment available for use at the event.
  5. Any costs associated with use of the equipment are the sole responsibility of the exempt player unless the equipment is already provided to all event players as part of the normal entry fee for the event.
  6. The exempt player must ensure the equipment is always used in a safe manner.
  7. The exempt player must otherwise adhere to all PDGA rules during the competition, including but not limited to, time requirements concerning 802.03 Excessive Time and 1.05 Practice Rounds, Beginning Play, Late Arrivals.
  8. The exempt player must ensure that the use of the equipment is NOT a distraction to other competitors at the event. If the equipment is a distraction to other players, it is a courtesy violation handled via the rules in section 812 Courtesy.
  9. Use of the equipment may not provide a benefit to a non-exempt player in the event over other players in the event.

    Example: Should the Rules Exemption be for rule 3.05.A so the exempt player is using a golf cart, other players who are not exempt to Rule 3.05.A, may not ride in, or have their equipment transported by, the exempt player’s golf cart during the competition. A non-competing caddie for the exempt player may ride in the cart (if caddies are allowed at the event). However, the caddie is subject to all caddie- related rules in section 3.05 of the PDGA Competition Manual.

  10. Depending on the specifics of an approved rules exemption, other limitations or rules concerning the use of the Rules Exemption during PDGA sanctioned competition may apply and will be fully communicated to the exempt player with their approval notification.

Failure by an exempt player to comply with these requirements, limitations, and rules concerning the use of the Rules Exemption, or any other requirements found in their exemption approval, will result in the revocation of the Rules Exemption by the PDGA and potential further PDGA disciplinary action.