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The Benefits and Steps of Forming an Official College Disc Golf Club

January 16, 2024 | By Riley Duvall

As disc golf continues to grow more and more college students are beginning to become interested in the sport. When bringing college disc golf to your school it is important to form an official club so that you can get all the benefits that come with doing so. Here is a comprehensive guide on the bonuses and steps of forming a College Disc Golf Club at your school!

Funding and Resource Acquisition

Establishing an official disc golf club at a college or university can significantly aid in acquiring funding and resources. Official club status often entails eligibility for school funding, which can be allocated for various essentials like travel, targets, discs, and other equipment. This financial support is crucial, especially for activities like participating in regional or national tournaments. Beyond school funding, official recognition can attract sponsorships and donations from external entities, enhancing the club’s financial stability and its ability to offer a quality experience for its members.

Community Building, Personal Development, and Organizational Skills:

Forming a disc golf club is a multifaceted opportunity for community engagement, personal development, and developing organizational skills. It creates a sense of community among students with shared interests and serves as a practical arena for leadership and management skills. Members learn to organize events, manage logistics, and coordinate as a team, gaining valuable life skills such as communication, planning, teamwork, and problem-solving. These skills are not only essential for personal growth but also valuable in professional settings.

Elevating Success in College Disc Golf:

Being part of an official disc golf club can significantly elevate a student’s success in college disc golf. Official status allows teams to structure their growth more effectively, establishing clear leadership roles, setting defined goals, and creating a sustainable model for future members. This structured approach is vital for long-term success and continuity. Additionally, official clubs often have better access to competitions and tournaments, especially those organized by governing bodies like the College Disc Golf (CDG). Participating in these events is not just about gaining valuable experience; it also raises the team’s profile on a national level, providing members with opportunities to excel and achieve recognition in the sport. This enhanced exposure and experience can be a game-changer for students passionate about advancing in college disc golf.

How to Start a club of your own

Having explored the advantages of establishing a club, we will now go over how to form your own disc golf club. Keep in mind this is a brief overview, for a more in-depth guide refer to the College Disc Golf website.

  • Subscribe to CDG Emails: Sign up on the College Disc Golf website for updates.
  • Utilize the CDG Club Starter Guide
  • Preparation Phase: Allocate sufficient planning time and start in the Fall.
  • Recruitment Strategies: Emphasize club benefits (social, athletic, competitive), use members as recruiters, distribute literature, and engage in campus events.
  • Retention Efforts: Introduce and mentor new players, foster a positive environment, and focus on the social aspect for stronger bonding.
  • Enhance Communication: Collect and update contact information, provide regular updates, and utilize social media for group communication.
  • Initial Meeting: Schedule an early Fall meeting, set goals, plan the agenda, and organize club leadership.
  • Vision and Mission: Define the club’s purpose, competitive focus, and expectations for members’ commitment and participation.
  • Identify Club Needs: Determine the need for advisors/coaches, student leadership, and establish budget and funding requirements.
  • Event Planning: Schedule practices, fundraisers, and participation in competitions.
  • Membership Requirements: Set criteria for dues and event attendance.
  • Budget Planning: Use sample budgets to estimate costs and income.
  • Establish Leadership Roles: Assign roles such as Coach, Captains, President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary, and focus on areas like technology, fundraising, and recruiting.
  • Gain Official Status: Contact your school’s sports club department or student life office to start the process for accreditation and secure funding.

Hopefully after going through this, you should have a clearer understanding of the benefits of starting a club and the initial steps to take. For ongoing updates and more details, keep an eye on our website and social media channels. From all of us at College Disc Golf, we wish you a joyful holiday season!