The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has published a report of the results of the third edition of the Global Disc Sports Community survey. The first one was launched in February 2014 and the survey was designed to gather input from athletes, coaches, administrators, tournament directors and anyone else involved with disc sports from around the globe, with the second edition executed in 2016. This recent survey was launched in June 2019 and responses were collected through 21 July 2019 and was open to anyone.
“WFDF thanks everyone who participated. This is very useful to our efforts to get input directly from the athletes and other members of the community,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “We wanted to gather demographic information about the disc sports community that could be used to support promotional efforts to further the sport, and to get input on a variety of topics that are currently being discussed.”
There were a total of 1,961 responses. Of the respondents, 91.6% state that Ultimate is their primary disc sport, although 27.8% indicated they have also been actively involved with disc golf. Over 35% of respondents have participated in a World Championship event, while 42% participate at only local or regional events. Not surprisingly, 54.6% of respondents are 17-23 years of age with a further 14.4% being 23-27. A total of 65.5% have attained a university degree while 14.7% are still in school. Geographically, respondents came from 70 countries, with 21% residing in Germany, 11% in the United States of America, 10% in Great Britain, 5% in Austria, 4% in Canada, Colombia, Australia and Poland.
“In highlighting some of the opinion topics, we note that respondents gave reasonably high marks to the Championship events of WFDF, averaging “good” or better than “2” on a five point scale where “1” was excellent,” added Rauch. “Events are the highest priority followed by the growth and development of the sport and more game broadcast access. Over 50.5% supported Ultimate being played on a self-officiating with WFDF Game Advisors, while only 3.6% supported the use of referees.And 53.4% feel that Olympic Games’ participation is the highest or an extremely high priority, which represents a 11% increase from the earlier survey.”
Detailed summary results are provided in the published report which can be accessed here (link).