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NEFA- Membership Has Its Privileges 

Tuesday, January 07, 2014  by mcmanus

 


When you're thinking about whether or not to join a particular club or organization, first and foremost, you will want to know what the membership benefits are.  Additionally, you'll want to know what the organization does, not only for its members, but for the activity itself, the community at large and any educational and charitable endeavors it may support. Indeed, these criterion are essential when considering what, where and how your membership dollars are spent. 

The New England Flying disc Association (NEFA) is a non- profit organization dedicated to promoting disc golf and other frisbee related sports throughout the New England, New York and New Jersey areas.   As a member, you will be eligible to earn points in the NEFA Disc Golf Points Series  (see 2014 Points Series Charter HERE) as well as a chance to compete in the annual New England Disc Golf Championships.  Membership with NEFA not only provides you with an opportunity to play disc golf competitively through an established point series system, it also means you will be part of an organization that is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing disc golf and other disc related sports throughout the region.  NEFA is managed by hardworking and dedicated volunteers who all share the same passion as the members.  This passion is revealed in the partnerships and public outreach activities that NEFA has established and fostered since its inception.  NEFA membership dues breakdown as follows: 

<!--[$25 for new members (2 for 1 membership specials are typically offered every January of each calendar year)

<!--[$20 for renewals in consecutive calendar years

<!--[$40 for a one household membership

<!--[A $5.00 discount is available to members who sign up for 3 years or more (applied to each year beyond the first 2 years)

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Once processed, you will see your membership updated online (including your NEFA member # and expiration date) at http://nefa.com/Membership/Active_Members.asp  We produce the NEFA bag tags in batches, so it may be a month or more before you receive your membership materials.  If you have questions or problems with your membership, use the form http://nefa.com/ContactForm/default.asp and indicate Membership under Reason for Submission. 

**As a NEFA member, you will quickly realize the tangible sense of satisfaction that goes along with supporting the growth of disc sports in our area.  Support that includes the administration of NEFA grants, involvement with the E.D.G.E Program (Educational Disc Golf Experience), the availability of loaner baskets for emerging disc golf courses and participation in outreach events like the New England Special Olympics.**


NE Special Olympics DG demonstration day


NEFA partnering with the Educational Disc Golf Experience



Once again, NEFA is encouraging all of our tournament directors to take part in a fundraiser for the EDGE program (http://www.edgediscgolf.org/). The EDGE program focuses on educating the youth on the sport of disc golf. This is a ground up approach to growing the sport that falls directly in line with NEFA's mission. If you are a TD for an upcoming tournament, NEFA sanctioned or otherwise, and want to learn more about how partnering with EDGE as a fundraiser can help enhance your players' tournament experience, please review the following document: http://www.edgediscgolf.org/files/EDGE_Tournament_Charity_Info.pdf

 

Matthew DeAngelis has been running the EDGE fundraiser at his clubs annual NEFA event, the Borderland Fall Finale, for several years. Matt has this to say: 

 "The EDGE fundraiser just makes sense as a tournament director and someone that wants to see the sport grow. For very little output of effort on my end, I am able to add value to the player experience. EDGE sends along a box of disc golf related merchandise, as well as a generous coupon for Keen products. In turn, I have a volunteer at the event run a CTP contest for players to buy in and win those prizes! The money raised then goes right back to EDGE to fund school initiatives in our state. My players get an extra event to take part in and the money they raised goes towards growing the sport with the youth. It's a win-win!" 

For anyone interested in partnering with EDGE to bring this fundraiser to one of their events, feel free to contact Matt DeAngelis at mattdeangm@gmail.com or reach out to Jay Reading at EDGE, tournaments@edgediscgolf.org.


Vibram Sponsors the NEFA Point Series and NEDGC




The point series and NEDGC will once again be sponsored by our friends at Vibram Disc Golf! This year, we are bringing back the Vibram CTP at every NEFA tournament. Players will now be allowed to use a disc other than Vibram, but that choice will cost extra. Here are the details: 

At every NEFA event, players will be able to compete in a CTP contest for a $25 Vibram online store Gift Certificate and a free tee with their order. Players will be able to purchase throws for $1 if throwing a Vibram disc or $2 for any other manufacturer. The winner will not only receive the gift certificate, but also be entered into a raffle for a brand new Discatcher 28 2014 NEFA Points Basket, Presented by Vibram! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase separately at a later date.  

A huge thank you to Vibram Disc Golf for once again showing their support for our organization, our players, and dedication to growing the sport!




NEFA would not exist without the support of its members and dedicated volunteers.  Support local disc golf and disc related sports.  Join NEFA today and be a part of it!



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Double the Membership, Double the Fun 

Thursday, January 02, 2014  by mcmanus

 

It's that time of year again when NEFA offers up a 2 for 1 membership deal.  For details on this deal, click HERE  

NEFA is a 501(C)3 Non profit organization dedicated to the support, promotion and sponsorship of disc related sports throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.  

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Merry Discmas & Hyzer New Year to All! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013  by mcmanus

As disc golfers, we all know what we'd like to get for Christmas....more discs, more apparel and most importantly, more time to play   This should be blatantly obvious to our significant others, so sometimes, we can be at a loss for words when we don't get any of the above for Christmas....from anyone.  This sound familiar?
  
"Hey Honey, I got you a Soda Stream For Christmas this year, because I know how much you love disc golf!!!...hope you like it!!!"

Well, my fellow discgolf brethren, its time to grab the unruly reindeer by the antlers and demand disc golf goodies this year.  In addition to clue-ing in the clueless, you'll also be helping to support some of our local disc golf businesses in the region, most of whom are offering up some pretty nice holiday discounts.

 

So lets take this opportunity to send a clear message to our non- disc- appreciating  friends and loved ones this Christmas...."get me something disc related and I won't get you a chia pet in return...deal?"

Here's wishing all of NEFAland and beyond the very best for the Hyzerdays,...I mean Holidaze.  Please support local businesses when doing your shopping this year...there really is some pretty cool stuff out there, it's just not all in one giant box store

-Peace!








  

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2013 Inaugural New England Disc Golf Championship 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013  by mcmanus

 
The 2013 New England Disc Golf Championship will be held on Saturday, October 5th at Hylands DGC and Maple Hill DGC respectively.  Hylands will host the AM side and Maple Hill will host the pro divisions.  Check in will be between 8 and 9 a.m. with players meetings beginning at 9 a.m. at each course.  Pros will play the Maple Hill blue course in the morning and the gold course in the afternoon.  At Hylands, MA1's will play Long tees both rounds, MA2, MM1 and MG1 will play Short tees in the morning and Long tees in the afternoon and MA3, FA1 and FA2 will play Short tees both rounds.  

Cash payouts to the Pro divisions and players packs/ funny money for the AMs.  Community Discs will be on hand at Hylands for the AM payouts.

We are looking for additional sponsorships and CTP donations!  For information on being a sponsor or donating CTPs, please click HERE .  We are also looking for volunteers to assist with both tournaments.  Volunteers interested in helping out at Hylands can send a PM to Trent Solomon or Michael Zorovich.  Volunteers interested in helping out at Maple Hill can PM Dave Jackson or Greg Wintrob.

We are looking forward to hosting the first New England Disc Golf Championship!! the Crowning Disc Golf Tournament 
for disc golfers in New England, New York and New Jersey.  Good luck to all the players!!









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Summer Time & The Livin's Easy 

Friday, August 09, 2013  by mcmanus

It's Summer 2013 and the NEFAland tournament season is in full throttle.  From NY/NJ to Northern Maine, there are NEFA points tournaments nearly every weekend, so check out the tournament thread in the NEFA DISCussion forum for details on upcoming events.  Speaking of events, we are just around the corner from The Vibram Open the crowning National Tour Event of the year at Maple Hill DGC in Leicester, MA


Come check out the Vibram Open festivities running from August 21rst to the 25th.  Watch the country's top pros and NEFAland's best compete against each other on the challenging Maple Hill Golds layout

Summer time also means road tripping, along with beaches, BBQs and beer of course.  My most recent road trip was to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park at the end of July.  Given my inability to take a vacation without a disc golf stopover, my girlfriend and I planned a route to Bar Harbor via Monmouth and Sabattus.  Our first stop was to the Beaver Brook Campground in Monmouth for a 1 night camping stayover on Lake Androscoggin.  The campground is set in a beautiful location complete with a nice brook running through the center and plenty of sites right on the water.  

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 More importantly, Beaver Brook is home to the oldest disc golf course in New England.  A Steady Ed Headrick design, the course is short by standards; however, it contains that classic twisting, turning, rather nonsensical but highly technical Headrick
layout, very similar to Hunt's Mean 18 at Rindge, NH...another Ed Headrick course. 


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Our next stop took us to the Town of Sabattus, Maine.  Travelling down Bowdoinham Rd through Sabattus, you see the typical Maine landscape on either side of the road...endless stretches of forest, interrupted by the occasional farm or meadow. Then, like a shining beacon, we see this giant disc golf basket water fountain welcoming us to Sabattus DGC  Do you remember that feeling you had as a kid when you were getting ready to board a new roller coaster or some other thrill ride at the amusement park?...that's the same feeling I got pulling into the parking lot at Sabattus...nose pressed against the car window like a dog that just spotted a fat, juicy cat outside....I couldn't wait to check things out!  

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Impeccably groomed, signed and situated, Sabattus contains 3 completely separate courses that branch off the main parking lot in every direction.  Centered by a really nice and modern pro shop that has everything disc golf related under the sun, the 3 courses (Eagle, Hawk and  Owl) cater to all different ability levels with the Eagle being the most challenging and the Owl a short pitch/putt, family friendly 9 hole layout.  

As expected, Sabattus did not disappoint.  We played the Hawk Course first, a nice mix of short, medium and long holes combining open fields with woods and some areas of bordering creek beds.  Granite sign posts, wood chips and stone dust throughout, the Hawk was a visual treat.  My girlfriend managed to get her first birdie on a 177' par 3!  The staff was very helpful and friendly.

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Both Sabattus and Beaver Brook were well worth the trip and combining the two makes for a really nice disc golf road trip.  We played a few holes on the Owl Course before heading back on the road to Bar Harbor and Acadia.  

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Hole 1 Acadia DGC: 15,000 ft par 100 from Cadillac Mtn to Bar Island  (a guy can dream can't he?)


If you have any disc related stories you'd like to share, hit me up at staraviar@yahoo.com and I'll post em on the blog.  Enjoy the rest of the Summer and see you out on the course!

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