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Self-Caught Flight Training – July 15 2022

Got out for some Self-Caught Flight training today – in 2 weeks I’ll be in San Diego competing in the WFDF 2022 World Overall Flying Disc Championships attempting to defend my SCF title!

I’m using an Xtra 235 from Hero Disc USA in this video. When I compete, I throw a lightweight (130-138gram) Innova Discs DX Condor, but I use the Xtra when I’m warming up and to get in some wind practice since it’s much less running and a great way to get in more reps.

This was filmed with a DJI Mini 2 drone!

Self-Caught Flight (SCF) includes two events with the intention throwing the disc in a high boomerang flight allowing the thrower to then catch it — with one hand!

In Maximum Time Aloft (MTA), a player aims to accumulate a maximum number of seconds between the throw and catch; in Throw, Run and Catch (TRC), the object is to accumulate a maximum number of meters between the throw and catch. To get good results, players must be adept at gauging the wind, “reading” the flight of a disc and employing good catching techniques.

Maximum Time Aloft (MTA)

The intention is to have your disc stay in the air (aloft!) as long as possible and then catch it with one hand before it reaches the ground. The time that the disc remains in the air is measured with a stopwatch. Players get five attempts and the best time counts. For an accurate timing, three stopwatches are used. The median or middle time of the three times is used. Since 1984, the world record has remained unbroken at 16.72 seconds.

Throw, Run and Catch (TRC)

The player throws, and then runs to catch the disc with one hand. The player must release the disc from inside a circle that measures 4 metres in diameter. The distance between the circle where the disc was thrown and where it was caught, is measured. Players get five attempts and the best one counts. At the moment the world record is 94 meters.

Self Caught Flight (SCF)

MTA and TRC are often combined into one event by having players throw five attempts of each discipline. The SCF score is derived by taking the TRC result in meters and adding it to the MTA time in seconds which is multiplied by a factor 5.5. This is because the general rule of thumb is that 1 second equals 5.5 meters. Therefore, a 40 m TRC and 7.3 second MTA would result in an SCF score of 40 + (7.3 × 5.5) = 80.15.