2020 College Disc Golf National Championship Cancellation,
Dean’s Cup, and 2020-21 College Disc Golf Season

Considering Covid-19 health risks for student athletes and their communities, the Rock Hill, SC host community, and the challenges facing student organizations including lack of travel funding, the College Disc Golf leadership team has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 College Disc Golf National Championship (CDGNC).

A few notes about the cancellation:

  • CDG has not yet determined the eligibility of seniors and graduates from the 2019-20 Season for the 2021 CDGNC.
  • The Alumni Championship is canceled as well. 
  • Each player will receive a free membership for the 2020-2021 Season.
  • Bids earned during the 2019-2020 Season are non transferable to the 2021 CDGNC.

The 2020-21 Season

The start of the 2020-21 Season will be delayed until the tentative date of January 1st, 2021. College Disc Golf will not award any 2021 CDGNC bids to events taking place before the 2021 Spring Semester. Due to a lack of travel funding, bans on sports club travel, and lack of in person classes, it is not possible to coordinate and plan a competitive season where all of the teams have a fair chance to earn their bid to the 2021 event. 

A few notes about the season delay:

  • There will be no Dean’s Cup at the USDGC.
  • For events taking place before the Spring: 
    • PDGA sanctioned collegiate events will be added to the College Disc Golf rankings for the 2020-21 Season.
    • Non-sanctioned events are discouraged.
    • Events must follow all PDGA guidelines for safe event practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • Events with 4 person team play will not be included in the rankings, 2 person team play is encouraged instead.
  • Memberships for the 2020-2021 Season
    • All memberships will be free of charge.
    • Rosters must be completed and submitted per the CDG season guidelines.
  • 2021 CDGNC
    • Tentatively, we are still planning to host the 2021 College Disc Golf National Championship in Rock Hill, SC in early April.
    • Dates are TBD.
    • If no season or qualifiers occur,  CDG will decide how best to award bids to the event should it still happen.

We strive to protect the interests of all parties, especially the student athletes competing in CDG. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this process. Please send questions, concerns, or feedback to info@collegediscgolf.com. We look forward to the return of College Disc Golf and the National Championship in the years ahead.




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Playing Formats

Team Competition

Teams are generally comprised of four players. Teams may compete with fewer players but will be at a disadvantage.

Team doubles is played with two sets of teammates, one ODD pair, one EVEN pair. The ODD set will tee off on every odd-numbered hole, while the EVEN set tees off on every even-numbered holes. After the tee shots, the team chooses which of the two lies to play. From there, the set that did not tee throws their two shots. Again, the whole team decides which lie to play from and the set that teed off would throw. That alternating process continues until the hole is complete. On the next hole, the corresponding set of teammates according to the hole number, ODD or EVEN, would tee off no matter which set putted out on the previous hole. This format allows for each player to tee off the same amount of times and for teams to play as whole. Each hole has two teams playing together as an eight-some.

Singles Play

All singles rounds will count toward the team score in First Flight and the National Championship Flight. The team’s singles round scores from each player will be averaged and will count toward the team score.

For the Women’s Championship, the lowest 2  singles scores per round, per school, count toward the cumulative team score. Each hole should have no more than two teammates competing to prevent conflicts when making rules calls.

Substitution Rules

  1. At the National Championships, we allow teams to substitute players between rounds if they wish.
  2. Teams are limited to using a maximum of 6 players.
  3. Those 6 players may be substituted as many times as the team desires.
  4. Any player who participates in the National Championship Flight will no longer be eligible to play in the First or Second Flight.
  5. There shall be no substitutions during any round of play except for in the case of injury during team play. An injured player cannot reenter the tournament.
  6. Once a player is substituted out of individual play, by default, that player will not be eligible for any individual awards.

First and Second Flight

The First Flight Championships is a high-caliber event focused on adding to the great experience of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships. The First Flight Championship provides an opportunity for many schools to compete against teams of the same level for the title of First Flight Champion. In addition to teams that may not qualify for the Championship, we also invite schools with more than one team to compete.

The First Flight Championship will crown a champion as well as trophy for the 1st runner-up. The First Flight Champion’s school will also receive a bid to the following year’s National Championships.

Due to the high demand for schools to bring additional teams, we have created the Second Flight Championships.

The Second Flight Championships is a division within the National Championships for schools with large disc golf clubs and bring multiple teams. Schools will only be allowed to have two teams in the First Flight, but can also have two more in the Second Flight.

The Second Flight Championship will crown a champion and award a trophy for the 1st runner-up.