Wow! Just read through this thread for the first time. I've been skulking around the disc golf scene since 93. Started playing in Osky. One of my first experiences with tournament/ league players was when I traveled to Des Moines solo to play a round at North Karen Acres (flashback). There I ran in to a group of seasoned players, Steve Nixt in particular. Not only were they courteous but asked if I would like to finish the round with them. I had an awesome time and learned a lot during that round. Even though they were just playing a casual round (not league or a tourney) it was that kind of positive interaction that kept me playing and progressing in to a tournament player. Since then I have gone on to TD over a dozen sanctioned (plus multiple non-sanctioned) tournaments and league director of the BHMDGL for 6 plus years. When I moved to the Cedar Falls/ Waterloo area I ran in to Dev Nelson while playing a casual round and he told me about league. After subbing for a couple of weeks Jason Steffen asked me to join his team to take the place of their 4th discer who had recently left the team. Once again, another solid positive interaction that made me feel right at home playing disc in the cedar valley.
Although long winded my point is Disc Golf (to me) is all about friendly competition and having a good time with your pals while enjoying some of the nicest parks in Iowa.
In my experience with disc golf in this area, the issues described that started this thread is extremely non-typical of BHMDGL members.
I was not involved in the encounter and have no idea what was or was not said, however it's more than obvious the rec player was offended. Posting a grievance here is a good way to bring this issue to the attention of league officials. But belittling the entire league based on an experience with one group or player is unfair to say the least.
You want to know what kind of people we have in our league?
We have people from all walks of life from local business owners to school teachers, (just like any other disc golf league or club) bound together by their common love for the sport. We also have a rich history boasting the worlds first sanctioned league (est. 1985 PDGA#3217), the first disc golf course in Iowa, Tourist Park (third on the planet), one of Iowas only permanent 27 hole courses at Exchange Park and even host to a World Championship! The BHMDGL has spent tireless hours devoted to designing, installing and maintaining the courses in the area. We have been hosting tournaments and promoting the sport for well over 25 years. Thats the kind of people we have in the BHMDGL.
I'm sure in most every league there is 1 or 2 guys that are deemed jerks, even by the other members. Would you like for your entire league to be viewed as jerks just because of 1 person or isolated incident?
I am sorry your brother had a bad experience. Rec players are the future tournament players, club members, TDs and promoters, and should be encouraged not harshed. But to paint our entire league in such a negative light is very offensive to those who have put in so much time and effort in to making disc golf in the CedarLoo area what it is today. A little bit of respect would be nice. That being said we never close the course to the public and have always allowed rec players to play on league nights. Sometimes asking them to try not to interfere with league play (as we usually finish close to or in the dark already) and others just quietly letting them play their round. We are not in the practice of discouraging rec players.
For the most part Disc Golfers are a friendly and welcoming bunch.
Can't we leave the drama to Survivor and Big Brother, and just go throw and have a good time? Seriously, isn't that what the sport is all about?
Sorry for the novel.
Proud BHMDGL Jerk