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Send in your tournament dates now 

Thursday, December 9, 2010  by John Borelli

Scheduling for 2011 events in New England is now open. If you plan on running an event, email event scheduler Blaze Konefal with your date and event details. 

NEFA Points Events

If you are running a NEFA Points event, you must submit a sanctioning application which will be available next week when the Points Charter is finalized. You can, however, send in your date request now and your event will be listed as pending.

PDGA Events

If you are running a PDGA-sanctioned event, remember to consult your PDGA state coordinator first.

Non-sanctioned events

If you are running an event without NEFA or PDGA sanctioning, just email Blaze your date and event info and we'll add it to the schedule!






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Get involved! NEFA needs volunteers! 

Monday, December 6, 2010  by John Borelli

NEFA has four volunteer positions that are filled by the president. They are: Secretary, Membership Committee Chair, Points Committee Chair, and Web Committee Chair.

If you are interested in serving in any of these roles, our newly-elected President Rob Tatro is accepting names until December 15. New volunteers will be announced on Dec 22. You do not need to be an expert at any of these positions, but must have the desire and time to help out NEFA!

If interested, please email Rob.

Secretary - this is a new position that we created at the end of summer so the roles associated with it have yet to be defined entirely. First off, we plan on holding semi-annual meetings for which we need someone to take notes. During these meetings, we tend to make up quite the list of action items and without the notes, it's hard to remember what it is everyone was responsible for. We'd also like to see better communication between NEFA and it's members and TDs

The secretary would help the BOD find ways to stay in better contact with it's membership via email blasts or other ways as they relate to news items (tournaments, finals, voting, etc).

Membership Committee Chair - keeps our membership database up to date and functioning well so that we can search the database using multiple variables to aid us in finding members contact info for many reasons. Also responsible for our membership bagtag programs.

Points Committee Chair - is the contact person on all things NEFA points. Responsible for reviewing and updating the NEFA points charter so that is current every year.

Web Committee Chair - is the point man for keeping us online and presentable via our webspace at nefa.com


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NEFA elections results 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010  by John Borelli

The results for the 2010 NEFA elections are in. Thank you for voting, all 56 of you. Thank you also to those members who have stepped-up to help NEFA this coming year.

President

Rob Tatro 52
T.M. Dyer 1
Jason Southwick 1
Abstained 2

Vice President

Sandy Redd 51
Titan Bariloni 1
Rob Tatro 1
Abstained 3

Treasurer

Rick Williams 52
Titan Bariloni 1
Dave Boliver 1
Abstained 2

MA Rep

John Borelli 22
Abstained 1

ME Rep

Zack Jellis 4

VT Rep

Seth McQuade 5
James Sweat 1

NH Rep

Blaze Konefal 5

CT Rep

Dave Mourad 9
Jeff Cahill 1
Whit Cooper 1

RI Rep

Greg Wintrob 3


NY Rep

Jeff Wiechowski 4


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Scehenctady Central Park gets some press 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010  by John Borelli

Thanks for the news, Jeff W.

Winds make for challenging day for Scehenctady Central Park's disc golfers

Sunday, November 28, 2010
By Jason Subik
Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — Discs and snowflakes flew through the sky over Central Park Saturday as the park hosted its first-ever disc golf tournament.

The event, dubbed the Central Park Turkey Throwdown, was nationally sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association. Several of the top place competitors received cash prizes of approximately $100. Scores for the event contributed to the pro players’ national ranking, although it probably didn’t help most of them.

Cold weather and strong winds make for challenging disc golf conditions. Throwing discs into stiff wind can increase a disc golfer’s “strokes” per hole.

“It does make the discs fly around quite a bit more, it’s definitely more difficult to throw through the wind. Windy days make the scores go up, it can add five strokes easy to 18 holes,” said Jeff Wiechowski, the tournament director for the Schenectady Central Park Disc Golf club.

Disc golf has similar rules to regular golf, or as disc golfer’s call it “ball golf”, except it’s played in all but dangerous weather conditions. Players attempt to toss discs — they aren’t called Frisbees for legal reasons — into baskets which serve as holes. The discs are analogous to different clubs in golf, they very in size, weight and have slight differences in shape that affect how they are thrown. The different discs also have fun names like Rock, Leopard, Wraith, Firebird and Roadrunner. Instead of a driver, a disc golfer might use his Valkyrie disc. For short throws, his putting game, he could use his Aviar.

Each hole in disc golf is measured in feet, instead of yards. The 15th hole at Central Park is 513 feet from tee box to basket, a par 4.

The course, which includes baskets cemented into the ground and tee boxes marked with signs detailing length and par, was constructed over the summer using $5,000 from Schenectady County and another $5,000 raised through private donations. Central Park’s course, together with Hyzer Creek Disc Golf Course in Saratoga Springs and Joralemon Park in Coeymans — known as J-Park among disc golfers — give the Capital Region three venues for the sport, which has a national and international following.

Justin Hoffman, a city native who now teaches history at Schenectady High School, helped organize the Schenectady Central Park Disc Golf club and get the city approvals to build the course at Central Park. He said he first encountered the sport visiting his brother in Texas six years ago. Hoffman helped design Central Park’s course. He said disc golf is a great sport for kids and he saw lots of them playing in the amateur divisions at Saturday’s tournament.

“It’s a lot better than them sitting inside playing Nintendo,” he said.

Wiechowski said there were about 60 participants in the tournament Saturday, which included pro, amateur and junior divisions. A planned women’s division was scratched for lack of participants.

Hoffman said they are planning to organize a summer tournament where they hope to have more than 70 participants. He said before the end of the year the Schenectady Central Park Disc Golf club will merge with DisCap, the Disc Golf organization for the Capital Region, to create a larger regional presence for the sport.

Wiechowski said the next DisCap event will be a charity “Ice Bowl” Feb. 12, the weekend after the Superbowl.

 

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Forums are down 

Monday, November 29, 2010  by John Borelli

The discussion board is down thanks to an unannounced behind-the-scenes change on our host's part. The NEFA Tech Patrol is trying to fix it.

Until then, enjoy this video.

 

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