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Old 06-08-2013, 09:04 AM
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Shawn Sinclair #10819
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I am running for a position on the PDGA board of directors.

I'm asking you to help me utilize my experiences for the benefit of disc golf. I know that I am not unique in the fact that I have worn many hats in this sport. On the competitive side I have firsthand experience as an amateur player, regional local pro, touring pro, elite pro and international player. In addition to competing, I also have experience with administration within the sport. I've run and continue to run multiple events a year from non-sanctioned charity events to A tiers as well as been instrumental in helping with multiple NT's and over 10 majors as a PDGA Marshal for Pro & Am Worlds as well as USDGC. Additionally, I've lobbied for the creation of courses, I've presented to city councils, and I've donated time, money, and manpower to pushing this sport forward. I've also had the great joy of playing disc golf in every state in the union as well as on four continents and I haven't missed too many opportunities to talk to local players to get an understanding of what things they do well as well as listen to the troubles they have faced. I'm currently on the PDGA rules committee and I have been the chairperson for the disciplinary committee for 6 years. I am a former school teacher with a degree in kinesiology and I have given countless disc golf lessons and clinics around the world. I also have some experience with how the board of directors works as my wife is a former PDGA board member and I have attended and participated in four of the last PDGA summits. Quite simply put, I have varied experience to bring to the board.

If elected I have a handful of issues that I would like to work towards:
• Encourage more players to join the PDGA or renew their memberships.
• Help players better understand the purpose of the PDGA.
• Dispel myths about the PDGA.
• Work towards a true amateur division and encourage lower entry fee, trophy only am events.
• Expand on the use of technology to bring instant information to the members and move away from older types of media.

In addition to disc golf, I have participated in many other competitive sports throughout my entire life. I feel that seeing how other organizations run their sports is extremely valuable. In the last four years, I have participated in 27 endurance competitions including 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons. These events ranged in size from 200 to 44,000 participants. It has been very interesting to see so many people of all ages and walks of life participate just for the satisfaction of having the finisher’s medal put around their neck.

One of the most common statements I continue to hear is "If we had more money in our sport we would have more players.” I don't agree with this statement. Take the 2011 New York City Marathon as an example. There was over $800,000 in prize money awarded. Yet, there were less than 20 men and 20 women competing at the elite level for that money. However, there were 47,000 runners paying $255 each that participated for only a player’s pack and a finishers medal. This example raises a lot of questions related to disc golf.

• Why are there millions of people who play disc golf, yet only a few thousand who play tournaments?

• How can the PDGA get more people to play tournaments?


o How do we get more women to play tournaments?

o Would it be better to have more or less tournaments annually?

o Do we need more or less divisions?

o Do we need different age protected guidelines?

o Do we need lower entry fees?

o How do we get more companies outside of the sport interested?



I know each and every one of you reading this has ideas and potential answers to these questions and more. If I am elected to the board I would welcome and encourage you to contact me with those ideas and questions so that we may continue to move this sport forward. I want to break down the imaginary wall players have created with the PDGA.

EDUCATION
Sonoma State - BA kinesiology 1994
Sonoma State - Teacher Certification 1996

OCCUPATION
Peyton Designs LLC, Bowling Green, KY 2005 – present
Peyton designs contracts with companies across the country and world. We have developed websites and online applications for individuals and large companies like Tribune and Sony.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
PDGA Tour, 2001 – 2005
I was a full time touring pro with my wife Juliana Korver. I have played disc golf in all 50 states, Canada, and four continents.
St. Isabella School, San Rafael, CA 1998 – 2001
I taught K-8 Physical Education, Health, Computer Education.
Historic Preservation Board, Bowling Green, KY 2010 - present
This is a design review board that uses historic preservation guidelines to work with home owners and builders to preserve the integrity of historic buildings.
University District Board, Bowling Green, KY 2010 - present
This is a review board that ensures the safety of all group living structures affiliated with Western Kentucky University such as fraternities, sororities, and religious groups. We review each groups required application along with building and fire inspections to make sure each structure is inhabitable for the upcoming year.

DISC GOLF EXPERIENCE
Tournament Director, 1997 – Present
PDGA Tournament Player, 1996 – Present
PDGA Marshal, 2006 – Present
Professional Worlds, Amateur Worlds, USDGC
Chairperson PDGA Disciplinary Committee, 2007 – Present
PDGA Rules Committee, 2009 – Present
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:54 AM
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Thanks for taking the time to post this and wish you the best of luck. I have always thought the PGDA seems out of touch to an extent, with the type of players you speak specifically about getting more involved in organized disc golf.

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I know each and every one of you reading this has ideas and potential answers to these questions and more. If I am elected to the board I would welcome and encourage you to contact me with those ideas and questions so that we may continue to move this sport forward. I want to break down the imaginary wall players have created with the PDGA.
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:04 PM
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As someone who has served under Shawn on the discipline committee and as a PDGA Marshal, I both as a PDGA member and a PDGA State Coordinator, fully endorse Shawn for the position.

I truly believe in his ideas and most importantly, his intent to improve this sport.

Please join me in voting for Shawn when the ballots are released.
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:20 AM
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Im going to say the same thing to you that Ive said to others...you have a great track record and awesome ideas. But i have heard those ideas before. I wish you the best, but I also have zero knowledge about the politica of the PDGA. Hopefully you are more stalwart in your ideas then others before you...because the changes you want are changes we NEED.

Except the women thing. I always hear people complaining about women not playing...maybe its just the Colorado and Montana areas, where I play the most, but I would say most tourneys have about 10-20 percent women and any given day on the course I would put it closer to 30 percent of players are women. That seems like a pretty healthy amount to me...unless the goal is to match the population and have the sport be 53 percent women. I dunno, but Id say 10-30 for a sport of frisbee is pretty good. Am I way off base?
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:47 AM
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As long as I have been aware of the stat published by the PDGA (since 1993) women make up 7% of the PDGA membership. That number has not changed in 20 years.

However I agree with you that that percent is higher on a day to day recreational level. Here in KY we average 3-4 women per tournament yet when I go out to the courses I see about 25% of the players are women. I know just south of us in Nashville they have a huge group of women. They run a weekly women's league.

I don't know what the answer is to get more women to play more tournaments. I do know that there have been huge efforts to try and change this yet it has not. My wife (Juliana Korver) emailed every single TD for over 10 years asking them to do something special at their events hoping to entice more women. She would then compile that information and put it on her website as women targeted events. Following that, she would email that list to the hundreds of women on her list. However after 10 years of zero change she quit doing it.

My main reason for running is not because I have all of these magical ideas that will change the PDGA, but rather I want to be a open pipeline to other players members or not. There seems to be as I said in my platform statement an imaginary wall between the players and the PDGA. I would love to get rid of the us versus them mentality. I want to hear everyones ideas and thoughts. Compile them and we will start to see a pattern and those are the areas to focus on and take to the board.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:26 AM
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• Work towards a true amateur division and encourage lower entry fee, trophy only am events.
• Expand on the use of technology to bring instant information to the members and move away from older types of media.

I'm liking it!

When do we vote?
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:29 AM
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As to your question about how the PDGA can get more people to play tournaments, I have three words:

Speed of play.

With a wife and child waiting for me to get home, it is pretty unrealistic for me to play a tournament, as it literally takes double to triple the time it takes for me to play a casual round. If the PDGA could focus on increasing the rate of play, I think more people would participate and, possibly, spectate. Less down time would certainly make things more exciting. If I wanted to take five to seven hours out of my day, I would play ball golf.

I also appreciate your perspective coming from a participant in endurance events. As an avid runner, it constantly blows my mind how many people are out at races not just participating, but spectating. However, I think running is something much more natural and accessible to people than disc golf - everyone ran in P.E. when they were a kid, whether they liked it or not - so I am not sure if the comparison is there quite yet. However, if you can make PDGA events more festive and communal, like a running event, then you would be on the right track. This also comes back to my core value of getting disc golf in schools. If it becomes something people are familiar with from their youth, like running, then the game will grow.

Good luck!
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:40 AM
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Mr. Sinclair...

You answered my question perfectly and professionally...which really matters to me. I wasnt trying to sound ignorant, but yes, I see plenty of women playing for fun. Competitive play is a different beast entirely. We set up a womens division at our Birdie Bash that was still eligible for grand prizes, but had their own prizes as well. I heavily advertised it and talked it up to any woman I saw on the course...end total? 3 women. My wife, her best friend and my buddies girlfriend. Yet some od the same women I talked to and gave flyers to...and believe me, I emphasized the "fun" portion of the event to them most of all...showed up the day of the tournament trying to catch a round not as part of the event.

So thats going to be a tough battle. Your wife did just about as much as anyone teying to get more women competitive, but it just didnt grow. I offer much respect to her...and not just because my wife throws a ton of JK discs! Thats going to be a tough nut to crack. I have no solutions.

I whole-heartedly support the trophy-only Am divisions. As a lifetime Am player, Id much rather have a shot at a trophy and a decent players pack if that was the difference between paying 60-70 dollars for a tournament and 30-40 dollars.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:09 AM
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Here is my first big question.

If you have not joined the PDGA or decided not to renew your membership, how come?

I want to start compiling a list and see what the major reasons are for not joining or renewing. I will get the list started.
  • To expensive
  • I don't play any tournaments
  • I only play 3-4 events a year so I just pay the $10
  • I don't know what I get for my membership fee
  • I don't care about the magazine or a rating

I really want to hear from players on DGCR that are not members. Members feel free to chime and tell me what might get you to renew.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:59 AM
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Here is my first big question.

If you have not joined the PDGA or decided not to renew your membership, how come?

I want to start compiling a list and see what the major reasons are for not joining or renewing. I will get the list started.
  • To expensive
  • I don't play any tournaments
  • I only play 3-4 events a year so I just pay the $10
  • I don't know what I get for my membership fee
  • I don't care about the magazine or a rating

I really want to hear from players on DGCR that are not members. Members feel free to chime and tell me what might get you to renew.
I have not renewed for a couple years now.
The membership is very difficult to justify if I don't play tournaments. Mostly due to my work and family situation, it is very dificult to travel to tourneys.
I might join just to support the PDGA at a lower rate, like $20-25, but not ~$50.
Don't play tourneys.
Too expensive.
I'd love to get the magazine and the rating, but it's not worth $50 to me.
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