Tournament Directors Guide

Whilst this was a great resource for Tournament Directors to use, the sport has grown in Australia so much that the need to update our TD resources is one we will work on in 2021. This will include a much simplified guide compared to below as well as video capture run throughs of various processes along the way.

Stay tuned for major updates but, for now, here’s our first how to video.

How to upload your registration list to the PDGA Event Manager

Event Planning & Tournament Resources

Welcome to the ADG’s official help guide for Disc Golf Tournament Directors who are running events within Australia, as a part of the ADG National Tour. It aims to provide helpful tips and resources for all tournament directors with various levels of experience.

Congratulations on wanting to host an ADG Disc Golf Event. The ADG is here to help and guide you through anything you may need. Please find attached information to assist you in running an event whether this is your first time or have done many events. It really is easier than you think.

Obviously the size and scope of your event will depend on the work load required to make it a success but there are always simple basic things to do to make it all that little bit easier. Remember the more organised you are, the more you will enjoy yourself and therefore the more the players will enjoy themselves.
If you have any questions regarding the information here please contact the ADG Director of Competitions, Paul Arden at

1. ADG Tour Events – Quick Checklist

Before the Event

  • Pick a date and location for your event See 10
  • Look up the requirements for running the event as an A, B or C tier See 4
  • Register your event on the tour See 10
  • Make sure your course is covered by the insurance policy See 7.3
  • Decide if you want to run a PDGA sanctioned event See 7.2
  • Become a PDGA official (if PDGA sanctioned event) See 6.1
  • Work out registration fees See 7.1
  • Collect preregistrations See 4.6
  • Organise your event: scorecards, maps, prizes, lunches etc (see event guide)
  • Decide which divisions to offer See 5.2
  • Ensure all players are registered in the correct division See 5
  • Check all players that need to be are PDGA members. $5 extra if not See 6.5
  • Ensure the course is on the PDGA course directory (if to be PDGA sanctioned See 6.7
  • Follow Junior’s policy if juniors are registered See 5.3

During the Event

  • Check in players
  • Collect details of any players who are not ADG members – online or on form See 6.4
  • Sort out groups and start event
  • Check scores after first round
  • Organise groups and start second round
  • Check scores after second round
  • Repeat if second day of play
  • Give out prizes See 8

After the Event

  • Record scores in the International TD report and send to PDGA See 9.1
  • Send results to ADG See 9.2
  • Pay ADG invoice See 7.4
  • Write story for ADG web page (can be sent to

2. Introduction

This document outlines the details of the Australian National Disc Golf tour, referred to as the ADGTour, and what is required to run an event on the tour. This document forms part of the ADGTour TD Information Kit. The accompanying event guide provides useful information about how to run an event. TDs should also be familiar with the PDGA competition manual
Any questions about the tour can be sent to the ADG Director of Competitions The current Director is Paul Arden, and he can be contacted via

3. Overview of the tour

The ADGTour, consists of a series of A-Tier events to be held across the country. These events will meet certain criteria (outlined in section 7) that will qualify them as tour stops. Additional B-Tier and C-Tier events, that meet the requirements for their level as defined in sections 7.3 (B-tier) and 7.4 (C-teir), are also considered part of the tour, with the ability for players to gain experience and tour points.

3.1 Key Considerations

Key aspects of the tour:

  • Tour Year starts with ADGC (Nov) and finishes the weekend before the following ADGC.
  • At least 7 A-Tier Events
  • Various B-Tier and C-Tier Events
  • Tour Points Ranking System
  • All A-Tier Events PDGA Sanctioned (i.e. counts towards ratings)

3.2 Tour Points System

A key objective of the National Tour is for players to be ranked based on their performance during the year. Overall Tour Champion for each division will be determined at the end of the tour year and announced at Australian Disc Golf Championships held in November.
The current tour points table will be available through the ADG website. Calculation of the tour points is fully transparent and all algorithms used in computing rankings will be made available upon request. For detailed information on the ADGTour points system please contact the ADG Director of Competitions.

3.3 Tour Completion

The winner of the tour in each division will be announced at ADGC. The top 3 place getters in each division will be announced prior to the awarding of the winners of ADGC. In order to allow time for this calculation to take place and be checked all results must be submitted by COB the Monday immediately prior to ADGC.

3.4 Tour Prizes

ADG will provide prizes for winners of the ADGTour. For the individual tour events themselves it is the responsibility of the TD to organise prizes and/or payouts for their events.

For the ADGTour winners the following will be provided by ADG:

1st Place, All Divisions

  • Complimentary ADG/PDGA membership (no Magazine or Discs)
    1st Place, All Divisions except Womens and Open
  • Trophy with players name and division
    1st Place Womens and Open
  • Trophy with players name and division
  • Name added to perpetual ADGTour trophy. This trophy will be maintained by the ADG and updated after each tour year. Note that multiple trophies may be required to be maintained

4. Tournament Format

In order to be eligible for inclusion in the national tour, prospective TDs must ensure that their event complies with the following simple guidelines. For all events PDGA rules are in effect. For example as per PDGA tournament rules, 1st place ties are always broken with a playoff.
Where there are minimum requirements, such as number of holes and rounds, Tournaments Directors are free to provide configurations in excess of these requirements. For example where 2 rounds of 18 holes is required, 2 rounds of 27 holes will be acceptable. These guidelines differ somewhat depending on the Tier in which the event is situated.

4.1 Australian Disc Golf Championships

  1. Target attendance 72 players
  2. Minimum 54 holes played
  3. Minimum 18 baskets
  4. Minimum 18 unique tee locations
  5. Minimum total Pro (Open and Womens Open) purse of $2000
  6. Trophy to be provided for winners in all offered divisions
  7. Must be PDGA sanctioned
  8. PDGA Rules in Effect
  9. Divisions offered must include Open, Advanced, Intermediate, Novice, Masters, Grandmasters and Juniors and Women’s Advanced, Intermediate and Novice but can be combined if less than 3 players register for a division.
  10. Open, Advanced and Intermediate Players must be PDGA Members or pay an extra $5 tournament fee
  11. Must have a non-playing TD
  12. TD Required to Pass PDGA Officials Exam
  13. PDGA Event Report to be submitted
  14. All players must pre-register for the event in the ADG registration system
  15. All players must be current ADG members
  16. All players must comply with the ADG rules of conduct
  17. All mandatories must have drop-zones
  18. All out of bounds areas (OB) must be clearly designated
  19. ADG Fee of $7 per player per day (capped to 2 days for fees)
  20. Tournament write up for website

4.2 A-Tier

  1. Target attendance 30-50 players
  2. Minimum 54 holes played
  3. Minimum 9 baskets1
  4. Minimum 18 unique tee locations
  5. Trophy to be provided for winners in all offered divisions
  6. Play to take place on weekend or public holidays
  7. Must be PDGA sanctioned
  8. PDGA Rules in Effect
  9. Divisions offered must include Open, Advanced, Intermediate, Novice, Masters, and Women’s Advanced, and Novice but can be combined if less than 3 players register for a division
  10. Open, Advanced and Intermediate Players must be PDGA Members or pay an extra $5 tournament fee
  11. TD Required to Pass PDGA Officials Exam
  12. PDGA Event Report to be submitted
  13. All players must pre-register for the event in the ADG registration system
  14. All participants must be current ADG members
  15. All players must comply with the ADG rules of conduct
  16. All mandatories must have drop-zones
  17. All out of bounds areas (OB) must be clearly designated
  18. ADG Fee of $7 per player per day (capped to 2 days for fees)
  19. Tournament write up for website

4.3 B-Tier

  1. Target attendance 15-30 players
  2. Minimum 27 holes played
  3. Minimum 9 baskets (non-PDGA baskets permitted)
  4. Minimum 9 unique tee locations
  5. Play to take place on weekend or public holidays
  6. Must be PDGA sanctioned
  7. PDGA Rules in Effect
  8. TD Required to Pass PDGA Officials Exam
  9. PDGA Event Report to be submitted
  10. Pre-registration through ADG registration system must be offered.
  11. All players must be current ADG members
  12. All players must comply with the ADG rules of conduct
  13. All mandatories must have drop-zones
  14. All out of bounds areas (OB) must be clearly designated
  15. ADG Fee of $3.50 per player per event
  16. Tournament write up for website

4.4 C-Tier

  1. Target attendance 8-15 players
  2. Minimum 18 holes played (including any finals)
  3. Minimum 9 baskets or objects
  4. Minimum 9 unique tee locations
  5. One day play to take place on weekend or public holidays
  6. PDGA Rules in Effect
  7. Pre registration through ADG registration system must be offered.
  8. All players must be current ADG members
  9. All players must comply with the ADG rules of conduct
  10. All mandatories must have drop-zones
  11. All out of bounds areas (OB) must be clearly designated
  12. ADG Fee of $2.20 per player per event

4.5 X-Tier events

Non-standard events can be categorised as X-tier events in order to obtain ADG sanctioning. Examples include doubles, one disc events, ace races and tombstones. Tour points will not be awarded for these events. An ADG fee of $0.55 per player per event is charged.

4.6 Leagues

While not contributing towards the ADG tour, leagues can still be sanctioned by the ADG. Sanctioning will provide insurance for the league event. Fees are charged at $0.50 per player per league. All players must be ADG members or have the details required of membership (section 5.4) collected at the league event. League numbers will be collected biannually and an invoice sent to the club.

4.7 Preregistration

When an event is accepted onto the ADGTour an event preregistration page will be created. The details of the page will be sent to the TD who will make the page available to players.

4.8 Event Autonomy

With the exception of the above-mentioned guidelines, TDs are free to run their tour event as they see fit. At this point in time, the ADG will not be providing tour event holders with any form of direct financial support and events holders are expected to undertake all organisational requirements on their own. This may change in the future as the sport grows and we gather feedback from TDs running tour events.

4.9 Promotion and Publicity

Prospective TDs must agree to allow ADG promotional activity to be undertaken at tour events. This includes solicitation of new members, sale of merchandise and including informational leaflets in any player’s packages. This requirement is included on the basis that it will incur no additional cost or impact to the TD, all costs of such activity will be borne by ADG.

5. Player Divisions

ADG events utilise a set of player divisions based on age, skill and gender. From 2015, the divisions are taken from the PDGA set with an ADG recommended rating level based on the level of play observed in Australia.
The player divisions can be found at
Players can play in whichever division they qualify for. Tournament directors may need to ensure this is the case.
The Open division is a professional division where cash payouts can be offered. Amateur players playing in this division must decline any cash payouts if they wish to maintain PDGA amateur status.
The Intermediate divisions will not be offered at all events. The Intermediate division will be offered at all ADGTour A-Tier events. Divisions with less than 3 players entered can be merged into other divisions were appropriate.
For Novice Players without a PDGA rating, Tournament Directors should consult available ADG information to determine whether those players have been playing Disc Golf for more than 2 years and the total number of ADG sanctioned events during this interval is 3 or more. At the Tournament Director’s discretion, Novice Division players can be moved to a higher division.

5.1 Divisions on the ADG tour

Players can change divisions during the tour year and will accrue points in whichever division they play in. Divisions on the ADG tour include Open (MPO), Advanced (MA1), Intermediate (MA2), Novice (MA4), Masters (MM1), Grand masters (MG1), Women’s (FPO, FA1, FA2) and Women’s Novice (FA4).

5.2 Divisions offered at a tournament

Unless prior notice has been given TDs shall offer any division for which there are 3 or more players. At their discretion a TD may offer divisions with less than 3 players. The exception to this is that if there is at least 1female player a women’s division must be offered.

5.3 Juniors at events

  • Juniors (< 18yo) at events are always the responsibility of a designated Responsible Adult. This may be the player’s parent or guardian or a person specified by the player’s parent or guardian.
  • An ADG Junior Consent Form specifying the responsible adult must be completed for each event prior to commencing play. This form is included at the end of this document.
  • Where a League is held at the same course and layout, and the designated Responsible Adult is maintained for each League occurrence, one form may be completed per calendar year.
  • At the discretion of the TD multiple forms may be completed for a Junior to cover different rounds/days. Keep in mind that a Junior may have two participating parents/carers at an event and changing the Responsible Adult may assist with forming groups.
  • The Responsible Adult should stay with the Junior throughout the event. If the Responsible Adult is participating at the same time this means having them play in the same group
  • Even though the Responsible Adult is accompanying the Junior course safety aspects should still be considered.
    • Juniors should be forbidden to access any unsafe area on and off the course. For example but not limited to, ponds, lakes, creeks, rivers, steep/sheer slope, unstable footing, dense scrub, area known for dangerous animals/insects.
    • It is up to the Responsible Adult to assess whether or not it is safe for themselves to retrieve a disc from such an area.
    • If an unsafe area is out-of-bounds then tournament OB rules apply.
    • If an unsafe area is in play the TD should decide and make known if a Drop Zone or point-of-entry rule is to be used for Juniors in this instance and whether or not the Junior is penalised a stroke. For example, the quarry hole at Ruffy Lake, it may be deemed that when a Junior lands on the ledge with the basket that a Gimme Putt is applied and one stroke is added to the Junior’s score. On this same hole it may be deemed that Junior player should not be within one metre of any ledge and if their disc lands within one metre that they should mark their shot back on the line-of-play to the nearest safe position.
  • It is permitted for TDs of A-Tier events to offer a single day or reduced number of holes for the Junior division players. If done all prizes and places must be confirmed at the end of the reduced event schedule. Junior players wishing to continue in the event, if such an option is offered by the TD shall play any division they are eligible for, for the remainder of the event.
  • TDs may wish to hold a Juniors only player’s meeting to explain unsafe areas, Junior specific rules and to go over rules and etiquette.

5.4 Division Specific Considerations

TDs may offer different divisions differing course conditions (e.g., shorter tees, additional relief etc), however this is not recommended and if done then the differences shall effectively create a new course layout for sanctioning purposes. When submitting PDGA event reports (see section 9.1) the additional layout created by these changes must be shown along with the divisions they are appropriate for, including the relevant course measurements. This may result in players in some divisions not being able to get a PDGA rating due to low numbers of rated players.

6. Requirements

There are several requirements for TDs and players at PDGA and ADG sanctioned events:

6.1 Tournament director requirements

All TDs running a PDGA sanctioned event must be PDGA certified officials. There is an exam which must be passed to become an official. The official’s exam consists of 25 questions on the rules of the game, is open book and costs US$10 to complete. Certification lasts 3 years unless a major rules change occurs in that time period. The exam can be taken online at

6.2 Pre-registration

For ADGC and A-Tier events pre-registration is absolutely compulsory, no walk ins are to be accepted unless the TD can register the player on their behalf prior to the completion of the event. Note that pre-registration is a great asset for TDs since it allows for more accurate capacity planning and greatly reduces workload on the organisers once the event starts.
For B and C-Tier events is it understood that walk-ups should not be discouraged, however it is still absolutely essential that all of the appropriate information for each player is collected (see section 4.3) and the information entered into the registration system (even if on the player’s behalf by the TD). This information should be entered into ADG records not more than 48 hours following the close of the event.

6.3 Player requirements

All players must agree to the ADG Players Code of Conduct. This can be done online at the time of preregistering or, for new members, at the time of filling in an ADG membership form. For a copy of the code please contact the ADG.

6.4 ADG Membership Requirements

Playing in an ADG tour event gives players automatic membership to the ADG. There is no charge to become a member. For new players who are not ADG members the following information is required

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Address (Street, City, State, Postcode, Country)
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • PDGA Number (if they have one)
  • AFDA Number (if they have one)
  • Division

For new members this information will be collected online at the time of preregistering for an event, or can be collected at the event through the ADG website
Players will be allocated an ADG membership number which can be used at future events so that their details do not need to be resupplied each time.

6.5 PDGA Membership Requirement

All players are encouraged to become PDGA members. International Membership to the PDGA can be purchased at
At ADGTour A tier events and ADGC players in the Open, Advanced and Intermediate divisions as well as those in Novice who have played for over 2 years, must be PDGA members or pay $5 extra. The TD will collect this money to support the club running the event.

6.6 PDGA Tournament requirements

It is the responsibility of the TD to be familiar with the PDGA tournament procedures found at:
This includes when play should be suspended in the event of adverse weather. Note that a noisemaker such as an air horn is needed to alert players.

6.7 Course requirements

All ADGTour events that are PDGA sanctioned require the course is in the PDGA course directory ( If you haven’t done this before, you will need to register for the PDGA website, and create it:

7. Fees and Sanctioning

ADG Event Fees cover PDGA event sanctioning for ADGC, A and B tier events, event Insurance, event preregistration page, score and point tracking and website event information. ADG have attempted to keep the fees as low as possible to ensure maximum participation. However please note that fees include a component for AFDA directly for its insurance. In the event that AFDA modifies the fees it charges ADG the fee levels given below may need to be changed.

7.1 ADG Event Fees

The fee schedule for events is as follows.
$0.50 per player per league day if league sanctioned
$0.55 per player per X-tier event
$2.20 per player per event for C tier Tournaments
$3.50 per player per event for B tier tournaments
$7.00 per player per day (maximum of 2 days) for A tier Tournaments
$7.00 per player per day (maximum of 2 days) for Australian Disc Golf Championships.

7.2 PDGA Affiliation

All A and B Tier ADGTour events and ADGC will be included in the PDGA schedule of events for Australia. The cost of PDGA sanctioning for these events is covered by the ADG fees up to the PDGA C-tier level. This level can be increased if desired by the TD with the tournament covering the increase in cost and meeting the increased requirements ( To register the event with the PDGA go to enter the details but do not pay for the event. PDGA will invoice ADG.
There is also the ability for C tiers to be sanctioned tat eth tournaments expense. The cost for sanctioning is around $US50. To do this either register and pay for the event directly with the PDGA  (, or contact the ADG Director of Competitions (
All events that require PDGA sanctioning must be submitted to the PDGA no less than 30 days prior to the event.
The major reason for PDGA sanctioning is to generate round ratings. In order for events to generate accurate PDGA ratings certain minimum requirements need to be met. These requirements have been lowered for Australian events due to their smaller size: The round must consist of at least 13 holes and there must be a minimum of 3 PDGA members with a rating over 799 whose rating is based on at least 8 rounds, however note that events with less than 5 PDGA members playing may not generate ratings.

7.3 Insurance

Insurance coverage is of particular value to event organisers and gives considerable peace of mind to players. ADG event fees include event insurance. However, to ensure that ADG/AFDA insurance coverage applies to you, please check that your course is covered under the list of AFDA field providers. You can obtain a certificate of currency for insurance from If your course is not currently covered contact with the council area at least 2 months prior to the event.
In order to be covered by ADG Insurance (which is provided by the affiliate status with AFDA), all players competing in ADGTour events must be ADG members. To that end, all ADGTour events must offer pre-registration of players for the event through the ADG event registration system. For details on how to integrate this system with your tournament or clubs website please contact the Director of Competitions.

7.4 Payment of Tournament Fees

All event fees are required to be paid to ADG in full not later than 30 days following the close of the event. Following completion of your event ADG will issue the TD an invoice based on the reported number of players. ADG accepts payment either with PayPal or with Direct Deposit (preferred):
Direct Deposit Details
Account Name: Australian Disc Golf (inc)
BSB: 082204 Account Number: 170521925
PayPal Email Address
Please include the name of your event in the payment details so that we can identify your payment. An email containing details of the payment should also be sent to

8. Prizes, Payouts and Trophies

TDs are completely free to award whatever prizes and trophies they wish. Only the specific trophy requirements specified for the ADGC and A-Tier guidelines must be met. Cash payouts for Open divisions may be offered at ADGTour events at the discretion of the TD. This will change in the future as more professional players become active in Australia.

8.1 Event Cash Payouts

ADG strongly recommends following established PDGA pay tables for determining event payouts. This makes it straightforward and equitable and allows TDs to point to established guidelines when questions arise as to payout amounts. The ADGC has more detailed payout requirements please see the ADGC specific section (7.1) for details. For all other events, ADG recommends payout of 40% of the Open field with entry fees from Open players and any additional sponsorship money allocated to the cash pool.
There are two methods for calculating these payout amounts, either you can use the automated system in the PDGA TD Report document provided by the PDGA for entering event results, or you can use the (Payout.xls) to manually compute the payout amounts yourself.
In the event of a tie, the places cash should be added together and divided evenly between those in that tied place. Note that as per PDGA tournament rules, 1st place ties are always broken with a playoff. Remaining ties are not broken.
Please note: PDGA Amateur players competing in the Open division that wish to retain their amateur status must decline any cash payout in order to keep their amateur status. Accepting cash in a PDGA sanctioned event will change your PDGA membership status to Professional and may affect the events and divisions in which players can compete in other PDGA events. Please ensure you make this requirement clear to all participants in your event. At the TDs discretion merchandise scrip may be provided in lieu of cash prizes to amateur players that will not affect their amateur status.

9. Results submission

Results should be submitted to the ADG and PDGA, if a sanctioned event, as soon after the event as possible. PDGA guidelines require this to be done within 2 weeks of event completion. Players should be reported in the division in which they played.

9.1 Submitting results to PDGA

A step by step guide to submitting results to the PDGA is provided in the document ADG PDGA Sanctioning.doc . Below is a quick guide to the process.
Once a TD has registered their event with the PDGA they will be sent a verification email. It is very important to keep this email as it contains important information and the password which is unique to the event. You will also need to download the latest International TD report, it can be located here: and make sure the course is in the PDGA course directory. If you haven’t done this before, you will need to register for the PDGA website, and create it:
To submit the results first fill out the international TD report. Then login to the PDGA tournament manager site: and fill in the required information. This can be copy and pasted from the International TD report.
It is recommended that results are uploaded the night of any days play where possible. Once you have created your first set of results, you may need to modify them at a later stage, or add more results for a second days play at a tournament. Update your results in the spreadsheet and online.
Once completed the International TD report should be sent to the PDGA International Director as directed in the report.

9.2 Submitting results to ADG

For PDGA sanctioned tournaments a copy of the International TD report should be sent to the ADG Director of Competitions:
For other events on the ADG tour a spreadsheet containing the player’s names and results can be submitted.

10. Bidding Process

Prior to the end of the current ADGTour year ADG will ask for event bids to be submitted. Following the expiration of the submission deadline the ADG board will determine the ADGTour schedule. In the event of conflicting bids (defined as two events falling within 20 calendar days of each other) the ADG board will initially consult the bidders and attempt to reach a resolution where by all requested dates can be provided. Consideration will be given to avoiding conflicts with New Zealand tour events, AFDA Ultimate Events and to maximise the chance of good weather conditions at each tour stop wherever possible. Of course, in some cases it may not be possible to completely eliminate overlap with other events.
If a schedule cannot be determined based on the bids submitted then the ADG state representatives shall vote to determine who shall be awarded a particular event. The ADG president shall break ties in this voting process. Note that in most cases based on past experience states usually consult each other prior to submitting bids and chose dates that will work well. ADG encourages states to continue this less formal process outside the official bidding process.

10.1 ADGC Bidding Process

The Australian Disc Golf Championships are a special event that must be maintained to a high standard each year. As such, there are additional requirements for the event (specified in section 7.1). When submitting a bid for the ADGC, please include as much information as possible to highlight how you will make it a great event.
Unlike other A-Tier events the selection of the winning ADGC bid will always be put to a vote of the board, not only in the case of a conflict (it is expected that ADGC may have multiple submissions for the same date).
In order to allow planning of this premier event, bids will be submitted for ADGC 2 years ahead of the event running.

10.2 Bidding for A-tier events

The current tour schedule calls for a minimum 7 A-Tier events (including ADGC). In order to bid for an A-Tier event a state must submit the event name, preferred dates, city, course and contact person to ADG by the closing date given in the call for bids. Organisers should also provide any additional supporting information they feel is relevant to the ADG board to consider when determining whether to accept the bid. Bids for A-tier events should come from the state representative.

10.3 Bidding for B/C-tier events

The B-Tier and C-Tier are dynamic in nature and do not currently provide any fixed schedule events. B/C-Tier tour events can be submitted to the ADG Director of Competitions for sanctioning as little as 15-days prior to the event. Events in these Tiers will be sanctioned and filled on an on-going basis throughout the tour year on a first come first serve basis. Sanctioning of these events shall not be reasonably withheld provided the basic guidelines are met, subject to the following scheduling and geographic restriction:

  • Maximum of 2 B-Tier Events per Calendar Month per State
  • Maximum of 2 C-Tier Events per Calendar Month per State
  • To count in the current tour year events will need to be held prior to ADGC.

10.4 Tour announcement

The structure and schedule of the following ADGTour year will be announced to the public at ADGC. The ADGTour bidding schedule and deadlines will be published on the ADG website.

11. Important Contacts and Websites

Australian Disc Golf – Director of Competitions

PDGA Country Co-ordinator Australia

Australian Disc Golf Website

ADGTour Points Leaderboard