“Frisbee Rob” McLeod will be the lone Canadian competing in the upcoming 2019 WFDF World Overall Flying Disc Championships from July 8-13 in Richmond, Virginia. This is his 5th World Overall Championship since he first started competing 8 years ago (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019).
The 2019 World Overall Flying Disc Championships are the premier competitive event sanctioned by the World Flying Disc Federation for international athletes contesting seven different disciplines: Accuracy, Discathon, Disc Golf, Distance, Double Disc Court (DDC), Freestyle and Self-Caught Flight (SCF). This year it’s all going down in parks throughout Richmond starting July 8th.
Rob has been featured in 3 stories leading up to the event (both in print and online):
What is the Overall?
There are seven events the athletes will be competing in.
- Accuracy – Throwing four discs from seven different stations at a standing square frame measuring 1.5 meters by 1.5 meters at 1 meter above the ground. Each disc that passes through the frame is considered a hit.
- Discathon – A race roughly 1km in length. The catch is that competitors carry two or three discs that are thrown alternately. A player’s disc must travel the appointed course of mandatory obstacles that must be passed in a specific direction. Players with the fastest time is the winner.
- Disc Golf – The most popular disc sport in the world. Similar to golf, but instead of players hitting a ball into a hole, the throw a disc in a basket, with the goal to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws.
- Distance – Players get five attempts, best one counts, and the measurement is taken from where the disc first lands not where it rolls off to.
- Freestyle – Creativity, athleticism and a bit of gymnastics takes the field as two or three players perform choreographed routines consisting of throws, catches and moves with one or more discs
- Double Disc Court (DDC) – Two teams of two players each and two discs. Points are scored in three ways. Disc touches the ground within the court of the other team and stays there, the other team touches both discs at the same time (two points scored), and a disc touches the ground outside the court the other team scores a point.
- Self Caught Flight (SCF) – As with distance this one is fairly straight forward. There are two events, Maximum Time Aloft (MTA), a player aims to accumulate a maximum number of seconds between the throw and catch and in Throw, Run and Catch (TRC), the object is to accumulate a maximum number of meters between the throw and catch.