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DGPT Update & DGN Content Plans

By Baker Helton
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The Disc Golf Pro Tour enjoyed a fantastic start to the season with great competition from professional players, support from partners, and viewership from fans across the world. While we are disappointed to hit pause on the season, we fully support the measures taken by the PDGA, sports leagues across the country, and the government to stem the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and slow the global pandemic. We are relying on guidance from the CDC and government as we look forward to what activity is and is not appropriate during this time and will adhere to all restrictions regarding group size, social distancing, and other measures to keep ourselves and others safe. 

DGPT EVENT UPDATES

In regards to the DGPT events that have been postponed, we are actively working to reschedule those events for later in the year. It is not clear when or if the events will take place, but we are in contact with the Tournament Directors and are hopeful that we’ll find appropriate weekends if the pandemic recedes. These events include the Jonesboro Open (Elite Series), Throwdown the Mountain (Silver Series), and the Tallahassee Open (Silver Series). We are also in contact with the Tournament Directors of events in May. At this time the San Francisco Open (Elite Series) and the 303 Open (Silver Series) have not made any decisions to alter plans, but are both assessing current guidance and options. Together, we will communicate any potential changes in the coming weeks.

The DGPT had three registrations set to open on Friday, March 20th for Idlewild (August 7-9), MVP Open (August 28-30) and Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship (September 3-6).  Due to the current volatility with daily updates on COVID-19, we have decided to delay the opening of all three registrations for three weeks. Tier 1 of all three events will now open on April 10th. All of these events are currently planning on operating as normal, as guidance on limitations from all sources does not extend past May at this time. 

That said, the DGPT is actively planning potential events and options that our community of professional players and media can take part in responsibly during the suspension of Elite Series play due to Coronavirus. We will not move forward with any plans until guidance on appropriate precautionary behavior has stabilized, as current best practices still seem volatile and subject to change daily. Our priority is health and safety for ourselves and our community. 

FOR DGN SUBSCRIBERS

In the absence of Elite Series events through April the DGPT and our new media platform, the Disc Golf Network (www.discgolfnetwork.com), are committed to sharing new content regularly, and multiple time per week. New content will include DGN exclusive interviews from the season thus far and new interviews regarding the player’s current living, competing, and practice routines. This content will be exclusive to the Disc Golf Network. The DGPT is also working on creating new exclusive content for DGN subscribers in person with touring professionals as appropriate. The DGPT will also be releasing press conferences from the first two events for all disc golf fans for free on both YouTube and the Disc Golf Network.

DGPT Media Manager, Mahmoud Bahrani, will also be releasing the next episode of his Podcast “The Inside Line” in the coming weeks and DGN Subscribers will have exclusive access to that content for the time being. We’d like to thank our DGN subscribers for sticking with us during this global pandemic, and ensure you that we’re committed to releasing exclusive disc golf content to you during this challenging time. 

As for the DGPT road team, they are headed to Emporia, KS, and taking the utmost precaution as they make the trip to Kansas from Texas. Everyone is in good spirits and healthy. While in Emporia, the DGPT plans to create content as appropriate with any professional players in the area as we continue to abide by current guidance from the PDGA and CDC. We hope to announce more plans for professional disc golf coverage in the near future but will wait until the volatility of the COVID-19 outbreak levels out. We hope this is in the near future, and we pass our best wishes on to the entire disc golf community, your families and friends, and the world in these challenging times.