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Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events


  1. Players are not allowed to enter a division for which they are ineligible due to their membership status, player class, gender, age, or player rating. Please see the online Divisions, Ratings, and Point Factors table for specifics.
  2. A player is solely responsible for knowing what division(s) they are eligible to compete in. Entry into an ineligible division may result in disqualification from the event and/or suspension from PDGA events. (Please see 2.02 for Exceptions)
  3. If after the start of an event a Tournament Director discovers that a player is in a division they are not eligible for, they may move that player to the correct division for subsequent rounds, but ONLY if both of the divisions played the exact same layout. If not, the player must be removed from the event.
  4. Players are allowed to compete in only one division per event unless the event has different divisions competing on different days and is listed as two distinct entries in the PDGA calendar.
  5. A player must properly identify themselves by name and PDGA number when competing in a PDGA-sanctioned event. Players who wish to remain anonymous or who assume a false identity will be disqualified from the event and face potential suspension from the PDGA tour.
  6. Professional players playing in a Professional division compete for money. Amateur players playing in a Professional division may only accept money by becoming a Professional, or they may decline money and accept only a trophy (if one is available) to retain their Amateur status. (See Section 1.10 A&B Distribution of Prizes)
  7. Players playing in an Amateur division compete for trophies and/or prizes.
  8. Female players may compete in mixed divisions if they wish, but male players may not compete in female divisions. (See the PDGA website concerning gender reassignment in sports.)
  9. An Amateur player may compete in any Professional division for which they are eligible based on age, gender, and event format.
  10. A PDGA Professional member may only compete in Amateur divisions in select cases. (See Section 2.04 for specifics)
  11. A Tournament Director may, by indicating it on the registration form, restrict the divisions offered in their event. Absent such notice, the Tournament Director shall offer for competition any division which has four or more players that are eligible and who wish to compete. Tournament Directors may offer divisions with fewer than four players at their discretion. (See Section 1.03 I)
  12. PDGA members shall be allowed to play in any division that they are eligible for, if that division is offered by the Tournament Director. All local rules which force a player to move up divisions based on previous performance are invalid and are not applicable at PDGA-sanctioned events.