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Junior Disc Golf Competition

The PDGA offers numerous opportunities for young players to compete in sanctioned events at every level, from local C-tier tournaments to World Championships.

PDGA Junior Divisions

The PDGA Tour Player system is based on Professional, Amateur, and Junior Divisions. Professionals compete for money, Amateurs and Juniors for trophies and prizes.

Age-based Junior divisions are offered in six groups based on a player’s year of birth: Junior ≤18, Junior ≤15, Junior ≤12, Junior ≤10, Junior ≤08, Junior ≤06, each of which are available in Mixed (Male and Female) and Female-only divisions.

PDGA Junior Divisions
Div. Code (Mixed) Div. Code (Female-only) Ages Eligible
MJ18 FJ18 ≤ 18 during full calendar year
MJ15 FJ15 ≤ 15 during full calendar year
MJ12 FJ12 ≤ 12 during full calendar year
MJ10 FJ10

≤ 10 during full calendar year

MJ08 FJ08 ≤ 8 during full calendar year
MJ06* FJ06* ≤ 6 during full calendar year

*Note that as of 2018 this division is no longer offered at the PDGA Junior World Disc Golf Championships and all players must turn at least 8 years old during the Worlds year in order to particpate in Junior Worlds.

A player's official “PDGA Age” for the purposes of participation in age-based divisions at sanctioned competition is determined by their year of birth, not their day of birth. For example, a player that turns 19 on their birthday in October of 2021 is not eligible for MJ18 or FJ18 during the entire calendar year of 2021.

Points, Event Tiers, and Worlds Invite Criteria

In addition to trophies and prizes, players competing in Junior divisions earn PDGA points.

Following an event, players receive a point for each player within their division that they tie or beat (including themselves) multiplied by the points factor determined by the tier level of the event and the division competed in.

Junior Division Points Factors
Division Majors NT/A-Tier B-Tier C-Tier Leagues
MJ/FJ18 6 4 3 2 1
MJ/FJ15 4.5 3 2.25 1.5 0.75
MJ/FJ12 3 2 1.5 1 0.5
MJ/FJ10 1.5 1 0.75 0.5 0.25
MJ/FJ08 1.5 1 0.75 0.5 0.25
MJ/FJ06 1.5 1 .075 0.5 0.25

PDGA points are used at the end of the calendar year to determine two things: End-of-Year PDGA Points Leader Awards and invitations to the PDGA World Championships the following year.

PDGA Points Leader Awards, including an obelisk trophy, will be given to the to the highest points earner within a division across all of the Junior Mixed divisions as well as the highest points earner within a division across all of the Junior Female divisions.

2019 EOY Points Winners
Name PDGA Number Division Country
Elijah Bickel 94844 Junior Mixed US
Lucy Burks 70025 Junior Girls US

Invitations to the PDGA Junior World Disc Golf Championships will be sent to players who meet the published minimum number of points for their age-based division during the previous year’s PDGA Tour.

Although PDGA Pro Worlds (FPO & MPO) invites are based on ratings, the invitations to the PDGA World Championships for Pro Masters, Amateurs, and Juniors are based on a current member meeting a published minimum number of points for their age-based division during the previous year’s PDGA Tour.

2020 PDGA Junior Worlds Invitation to Register Criteria

Unlike the End-of-Year awards, all points earned within any division matching the member’s class (Pro or Amateur) count towards a Worlds invitation for their Primary Worlds Division based on their class and age.

For example, if an 11-year-old player earned 50 points playing FJ12, 10 points playing FJ15, and 5 points playing in FPO (Female Pro Open), then they would receive 60 Amateur class points towards a Junior World Championship invite in the FJ12 division.

Members may also earn a secondary invite for another division if they earn that division's points requirement while actually playing in that division.  For example, if an Amateur member aged 18 in the Worlds year earned a total of 200 amateur points (the MJ18 requirement) across all amateur divisions, they would earn an invite to MJ18 at Junior Worlds, but if they had also earned 1,500 points (the MA1 requirement) while actually playing in MA1, they would receive a secondary worlds invite for MA1 at Amateur Worlds. 

Upcoming Junior Disc Golf Events

Name Dates Class Tier City State
AB Youth Challenge - Calgary Open (AB JR Provincial Qualifier) Jul 9
Saturday
Am C CALGARY AB
2022 Alabama Junior Disc Golf Championship Jul 9
Saturday
Am C Opelika AL
Midsummer Meltdown at Mountain Pride Jul 9
Saturday
Am C Murrieta CA
Junior Divisional Doubles at 2022 PDGA Junior Worlds Jul 10
Sunday
Am XC Morton IL
Long Drive at 2022 Junior Worlds Jul 11
Monday
Am XC Peoria IL
Mini Disc at 2022 Junior Worlds Jul 11
Monday
Am XC Peoria IL
Putting Contest at 2022 Junior Worlds Jul 11
Monday
Am XC Peoria IL
Skillshot at 2022 Junior Worlds Jul 11
Monday
Am XC Peoria IL
2022 PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships Jul 12-16
Tue-Sat
Am M Peoria IL
VJDGS#5: SOMD Junior Takeover Presented by The Disc Golf Vault Jul 24
Sunday
Am C La Plata MD
3rd Annual July Junior Jam Jul 31
Sunday
Am C Orangevale CA
The Farm Path Tour/Team Esco presents the Disc Golf Capital Junior Championship sponsored by Dynamic Disc Jul 31
Sunday
Am C Emporia KS
MN Junior DG Championships Jul 31
Sunday
Am C Fridley MN
Kids Only Disc Golf at the Hollows North Aug 6
Saturday
Am C Manchester NH
River City Junior Series #4 Aug 6
Saturday
Am C Richmond VA
Hyzer Hawks Junior Disc Golf Tournament Aug 13
Saturday
Am C Santa Maria CA
AB Youth Challenge Final (Alberta JR Provincial Final) Aug 20
Saturday
Am C Foothills County AB
Michigan State Junior Championships Aug 20
Saturday
Am C Kalamazoo MI
2022 Three-Ring Junior Series #3 Sponsored by Dynamic Discs Aug 27
Saturday
Am C Arpin WI
Discraft Presents, “2022 Little Arms Open" - 12 and Below Sep 3
Saturday
Am C Beavercreek OH
Discraft Presents, “2022 Little Arms Open" - 15 and Up Sep 4
Sunday
Am C Beavercreek OH
VJDGS #6: Wild Rumpus at Wilderness Sep 17
Saturday
Am C Spotsylvania VA
Northern IL Juniors #5 Sep 18
Sunday
Am C Crystal Lake IL
Junior Takeover #2: Clark's Run Sep 18
Sunday
Am C Leesburg VA
Junior Jam Disc Golf Championship Oct 1
Saturday
Am C Monterey CA
Junior Takeover #3: Lake Ridge Oct 8
Saturday
Am C Woodbridge VA
Northern IL Juniors #6 Oct 15
Saturday
Am C Rolling Meadows IL
VJDGS #8: The Grand Finale Oct 30
Sunday
Am C Montross VA