This is a change that is a long time coming, and one that is going to change discflect for the better. While we are still working on the full rules for the sport of discflect, we have finalized the BRING YOUR OWN FLYING DISC rule. We are super excited to share more about how this will work.
For the first time, teams are able to each use their own discs in game play. And yes, discs is plural and not a typo! Each team will be allowed to have up to five flying discs to use in games. Teams will only use their own flying discs rather than sharing a single disc between opponents.
The player throwing first will have possession of all of their discs, and can decide which disc to throw for that round. It should be noted that discs cannot be swapped out in the middle of a round. A team must complete both throws in a round with the same disc. However, they are able to change to a different disc the next round if they choose to do so. Of course, teams do not need to have multiple discs. If they have one favorite and wish to play the entire game with it, they absolutely can do so.
WHICH DISCS CAN BE USED?
The rule is as follows:
“Teams can use any publicly available manufactured flying discs, as long as the discs meet the specifications below:
- Weight – Flying disc must weigh between 160-175g. Tolerance is +/- 2g.
- Diameter – Flying disc must measure 10.75 inches (27.3 cm). Tolerance is +/- 1 cm.
- 3D printed discs are not permitted.”
For the initial rollout, any brand and design is approved assuming the disc meets the requirements above.
WHY THE CHANGE?
This is a great change for so many reasons:
- Every disc flies and deflects differently. This gives players the chance to customize their bag of discs to their preference. This is similar to using different bowling balls or golf clubs depending on the situation.
- Some discs have more flex than others and can be softer on the hands for deflecting.
- Some discs fly straighter than others. This is perfect for hitting 2-pointers or Instant Wins when a more accurate shot may be needed.
- Some discs have deeper rims and might suit better for redirecting (deflecting). These include freestyle discs, as well as some ultimate discs.
- A lot of players are already familiar throwing 175g ultimate discs. These discs are better suited for the wind due to their weight.
- Since discflect is primarily played outdoors, having different options can help teams choose the best disc as weather conditions change. If the weather is calm, teams can use a disc that is easier for them to deflect. If it is windy, a heavier ultimate disc can be used. What about rain? A slick surface can change how easy or difficult a deflection can be, and discs will deflect differently depending on the profile.
- Teams can customize their appearance to brand their disc color/design to their team uniforms (if any).
Tournament Directors will have some house discs on hand (168g Kan Jam® Recreational), but all teams should bring at least one flying disc of their own to use in a tournament. Teams will check-in up to five discs prior to the start of a tournament to ensure they meet PDFA requirements.
Since this is a personal preference, it is difficult to name just one. There are plenty of options out there! One disc may throw straighter for one team, while the same disc hook left for another. Players have their own unique throw and deflecting style, so teams will ultimately need decide what discs work for them. Our recommendation is to start experimenting with different discs and practicing with a teammate to see what works best for you. One interesting and new option is via our partner Kan Jam®, who recently released the Kan Jam® 175g Ultimate Disc, which throws very well in the wind.