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PDGA Competition Endowment Program

The PDGA Competition Endowment Program (CEP) has been created to provide a means for Tournament Directors to promote events that have traditionally been unsanctioned such as Ice Bowls and Charity events as well as events that are geared toward promoting the awareness and growth of the sport members and association.

Eligibility

This program is only available to PDGA sanctioned C-tier events occurring in the US. CEP events can fall under three designations:

  1. Charity - Events that raise money to donate to a 501c3 entity.
  2. Developmental - Events promoting the awareness and growth of the sport, members and association.
  3. Scholastic - Events that raise money for a school disc golf program or team(s).

All Tournament Directors interested in running an event with a CEP designation are encouraged to participate by filling out an application form along with a completed Sanctioning Agreement. Please submit your application no less than 14 days prior to the start of the event.

Please note that all events with a CEP designation must be sanctioned as a PDGA C-Tier and must fulfill all the requirements of a PDGA C-Tier. CEP Charity and CEP Scholastic events will be marked as XC due to the reduced payout. Please see the Tour Standards Guide and Sanctioning Agreement for a full list of requirements, but key requirements include:

  • Tournament Director must be a current PDGA member and certified official.
  • Tournament Director must submit all necessary forms and fees including the sanctioning fee and the optional non-refundable proof of insurance fee along with a completed electronic TD report.
  • All PDGA rules and policies are in effect and must be enforced.

CEP Designation Details

Charity

  • $50 Sanctioning Fee as normal
  • $50 Proof of Insurance as normal (if needed)
  • $2 PDGA per player fee is donated to the event charity and must be matched by the event.
  • In addition to the matched $2 PDGA per-player fee, at least 25% of the remaining net entry fees must also be donated to event charity.
  • The TD treats the per-player donation amount as a pass-through fee ("Other Fees") in Tournament Manager and must clearly advertise the donation amount on the event's registration page prior to registration opening.
  • $10 temporary membership fee is waived or may be charged by the TD and also donated to the event charity.
  • Event charity must be a 501(c)(3) entity.
  • Proof of donation must be submitted to the PDGA within 30 days of the event’s completion and must come from event charity in the form of a receipt or letter.
    • Example 1: minimum donation amount with a gross entry fee (what the player pays) of $20.
      • $20 gross entry - $2 per-player fee - $2 player fee match = $16 remaining net entry and $4 base donation.
      • $16 * 0.25 = $12 final net entry fee and $4 minimum additional donation + $4 base donation.

      This leaves us with $12 net entry per player toward payout (must pay 85% minimum) and $8 per player donated to the charity. The TD would specify on the event's registration page, prior to registration opening, that $8 from every entry goes to the charity.

    • Example 2: larger donation amount with gross entry fees of $50 for Pros and $30 for Ams.
      • Minimum donation amounts would be ((50-2-2)*0.25)+4 = $15.50 for Pros and ((30-2-2)*0.25)-4=$10.50 for Ams. The TD decides to exceed that donation and donate $20 per player for Pros and $15 per player for Ams.
      • This leaves us with $30 net entry per player for Pros and $15 net entry per player for Ams. The TD would specify on the event's registration page, prior to registration opening, that $20 per Pro entry and $15 per Am entry goes to the charity.

Scholastic

  • $50 sanctioning fee as normal
  • $50 Proof of Insurance as normal (if needed)
  • $2 per player fee as normal
  • $10 temporary membership fee as normal
  • TDs may designate up to 50% of gross entry fees as a donation to a school's disc golf program or team. This should be treated like a pass-through fee ("Other Fees") in Tournament Manager and clearly advertised on the event's registration page prior to registration opening.
  • Proof of donation must be submitted to the PDGA within 30 days of the event’s completion.

Developmental

  • $50 Sanctioning Fee as normal
  • $50 Proof of Insurance as normal (if needed)
  • $2 per player fee as normal
  • $5 PDGA per temporary membership fee instead of $10

Application approval on all or some of the following criteria:

  • Geographic Location: This category has been added to promote disc golf in underserved areas (areas with no club, few courses, or both).
  • Event Promotion: This category is for events that promote disc golf and the PDGA. Examples include events designed to attract Women, Junior, and new players.
  • Other: This category has been designed to cover any additional items of merit that are not been covered by the above criteria.

All developmental events will be allowed to apply and participate (pending approval) in the program for a maximum of 3 years (annual events) or three events in the same location. Events are subject to approval by the PDGA based on previous success in the program as well as annual updates or modification to the program’s application criteria.

Please submit your application no less than 14 days prior to the start of the event.

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