General Rules & FAQ
Questions about the rules? Contact us! We're friendly, and we don't bite. Probably.
What's this all about?
Fantasy Disc Golf brings a new element of competition into the sport of disc golf. Players pick the golfers they think will perform the best at a given tournament. Here's a tl;dr version of how it works:
- Join or create a league: Join a league - some are even giving away prizes! When you sign up you're automatically a member of the official FDG Gold Tour (check our Blog for per-tournament prizes). Don't see a league you like? Create your own!
- Pick golfers: For each tournament in each league you're a member of, you'll pick the golfers you think will perform the best. Each league may have different picks and scoring systems. Picks must be made by Midnight, Central Time on the day the tournament starts.
- Watch the action: Follow the tournament and watch the golfers! Many Major and National Tour tournaments have live online scoring on the PDGA Website, and some even have live video coverage.
- Check your scores: After the tournament completes and its results are posted we'll calculate the player scores. Check out your league results and standings, and then proceed to tell your friends how awesome you did and how awesome they didn't do.
That's cool. What else?
Well, there's obviously a lot more to it. Here are a few important details:
Leagues are the heart of Fantasy Disc Golf. You should consider creating one. Why? Well, why not?
- Choose your tournaments: You get to choose which tournaments your league uses for picks.
- Configure each tournament: Customize the divisions, salary cap, and scoring system for the tournaments in your league. Each tournament can be picked and scored differently.
- Play with your friends: Use your invitation code to invite friends into a private league. Or, make your league public and let anyone find it in the league search and join.
Still not convinced?
- Give away prizes: Are you a vendor? Trying to promote your local B-tier? Create a one-tournament league and get people pumped about who's playing. Give away a prize to the winner!
- Engage your local/regional club: Run a league for your club! Everyone knows the locals: let them pick who they think will win that club trophy.
- Promote your tournament series: Get people stoked for that 10-tournament state series by picking the local players!
League commissioners can choose from the following divisions for making picks. The divisions can even be mixed and matched per-tournament:
- Open Men (MPO)
- Open Women (FPO)
- Masters Men (MPM)
- Advanced Men (MA1)
Make sure you're picking players that you know will play in the division you're picking for. Sometimes players "play up" a division. Others might be registered as an "Am" but playing "Pro". Use the filters on the picks page to narrow or expand your search.
Some commissioners will use a salary cap to restrict picks. If active, your total picked golfer ratings must be less than or equal to the salary cap. Golfers ratings align with their PDGA rating. Note that ratings between tournaments may differ depending on the tournament start date and when the golfer ratings were updated in our system.
Some commissioners enable a captain pick, which will let you multiply one of your golfer's scores by a (commissioner-configured) value between 1.0 and 2.0. Use it to your advantage! (Note: if the multiplication results in a decimal value, we'll round it up to the next whole number.)
What restrictions are there when picking a sub?
- Subs are for the MPO division only.
- The substitute's rating cannot be higher than your lowest rated (MPO) pick. If you change your picks in a way that would make your substitute higher than your lowest pick, we will automatically remove your substitute and you will have to re-pick it.
- Substitutes are not counted toward the salary cap (if applicable).
- Substitutes cannot be marked as captain (if applicable).
How are players substituted?
A substitute pick will replace one of your golfers that meets one of the following conditions:
- The golfer did not play in the tournament.
- The golfer that started but did not finish the tournament.
- The golfer played in a different division.
The substitute will not replace golfers who played and received zero fantasy points. For example, if your league uses payout scoring and the golfer played but did not cash, they will not be substituted. The same applies to fixed-score leagues where the score baseline is less than the number of players in the division.
Will a substitute replace my captain?
Yes. If your captain is eligible for substitution (see above), they will be given preference when substitutes are made. The substitute will receive the captain multiplier.
Depending on how the commissioner was feeling when they set up the league, the league might be scored in one of the following ways:
- Position: Players will receive one point for each player they beat or tie in their division plus one point for playing.
- Fixed: The league commissioner will set the number of points the winner of each division gets. Second place will receive one less point, third one less, etc.
- Payout: Players will earn points equal to the cash payout they earn in the tournament.
When you pick your golfers, you'll also have a place to enter the winning tournament score for Open Men's division of that tournament. The value you enter will be compared against the winning golfer final score (including any "final nines", penalties, etc.).
The player with the closer entry (either direction) will break the tie. If there's still a tie, and there's a prize on the line, we'll draw the winner from a hat
live on national television with a tape delay on our video blog. If the tournament doesn't have an Open Men's division, we'll use the highest division, although the division ordering is still under development. If the reported winning MPO golfer score changes after a prize has been awarded, we will NOT re-award prizes.
If you do not enter a tiebreaker, your position will be below players who did enter a tiebreaker.
Hey, some of my picks disappeared!
This could happen for one of several reasons:
- Your commissioner reduced the salary cap.
- Your commissioner reduced the number of picks you can make.
- [Substitute only] - Your lowest-rated pick changed to be higher than your substitute rating (and we removed the substitute).
You probably ought to talk to the commissioner to see if they changed anything. Then tell them not to do that anymore.
Hey, keep it clean around here! We're all here to have a little fun and enjoy following ourselves some disc golf. We're not inclined to put up with any shenanigans. Don't get yourself on the receiving end of the banhammer!
It feels like there should be more rules here...
Yes, it does. We've got a lot coming in the next month, and we'll be making very frequent updates to the site. Check back frequently to see what we've added. Keep an eye on our Blog and Facebook Page for updates, too. Or don't. Whatever.
Are you guys affiliated with the PDGA?
Not directly, but they're some cool dudes. Check out their website.