The International Franchise Association (IFA) has a long-standing history of hosting the National Frisbee Competition and International Frisbee Tournament events. IFAA is currently holding its 7th annual IFAA Frisbee Championships in early October in Rockford, IL. I believe Each of the over 300 players competing in the National and International Frisbee Championships is assigned a local office and assigned a staff of volunteers.
The volunteers all work together to promote the sport throughout the community.
I was fortunate enough to be part of the staff when the International Frisbee Tour was in Rockford, IL during the 2021 season. I was responsible for getting the Frisbee Players together for our weekly breakfast meeting. From that point forward I traveled to every city that had a National Frisbee Championship or an International Frisbee Tournament. In that time period I was fortunate enough to win the International Frisbee Tournament in San Diego, California; the National Frisbee Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada; the International Frisbee Championship in Madison, Wisconsin; and the International Frisbee Tournament in Dallas, Texas. All of these tournaments marked the beginning of my journey as a professional Frisbee player and the pinnacle of my lifelong dream.
The first event that I traveled to after the first year of the IFA was the International Flying Discs Association Frisbee Championships in Dallas, Texas. This competition was the first international competition that I had ever been to. It was also the first time that I was given the opportunity to work with some incredible people. People that I have come to know as some of the best in the business.
My first day there was a meeting of sorts; the principals of the IFA, the C.O.G., and the M.A.D.A. were present as well. While this organization may be larger than I initially thought, it is also much more than just a flying disc club. There are many different divisions within the organization that each represents their own unique styles of play. One of the most impressive parts of the M.A.D.A. is their long-standing partnership with the United States Air Force Academy.
The M.A.D.A. works closely with the United States Air Force Academy in order to offer the highest level of competition available for the ultimate Frisbee player. This year, they have added two new divisions to their program, namely; the Ultimate Frisbee and the Ultimate Team. These two teams are separated by the fact that they each play in a completely different set of rules, with the winner taking home the National Frisbee title.
What makes the teams so great?
What makes these two teams so great is the fact that each team has a designated captain, who is responsible for all of the team’s plays. The United States Air Force Academy uses a variation of a captaincy system, with the team captains reporting to a single point of contact, or « the boss », for play activity and decision making. Every game is played in a completely different fashion, depending on which team is playing. While they play very different styles, they do share the ability to play fun, exciting Frisbee games, which are sure to delight any Frisbee fan.
The United States Military Academy uses a different online data room provider, where their players report to one main office, while the national team plays at local airports. Either way, the games are played using real Frisbees, and the discs used are the same as those used in the tournament itself. The winners of each game are awarded either a bronze, silver, or gold trophy, depending upon which college you attend. While there are many similarities between the two competitions, there are also many differences, such as the rules for winning the national championship. They also use different discs with markings on them to score points, and the finals always use a flying disc.
Each team’s performance in the national competition is also determined by an interesting system called the « tournament Points System ». This is a complicated and fascinating system that determines what each team’s chances are of winning the tournament. The rules are not well explained by either the USAF sanctioned teams or the schools that make up the competition. Most of the time, you will hear about how easy it is to win, but seldom will you hear about how hard it is to actually win. I have never really understood this, and I’m sure that many others have as well, but I don’t really know why.