The 2020 PDGA 12 months Finish Demographics Report has been launched, and the numbers don’t lie: disc golf is booming.
Regardless of the unprecedented challenges of a world pandemic, disc golf has thrived as a protected, socially distanced out of doors exercise, and this in flip has attracted a shocking inflow of recent gamers to the game.
26,632 new members joined the PDGA in 2020, an 84% improve over 2019. This fueled a 33% improve within the general development of energetic members, the biggest 12 months over 12 months improve within the group’s historical past, and greater than double the 15% common annual development within the six previous years. The 71,016 energetic members on the finish of 2020 was up from 53,366 in 2019, and is now double what it was simply 4 years in the past.
“2020 was a rollercoaster from a membership perspective,” PDGA Memberships Supervisor Vic Allen mirrored. “In March, we needed to shut all the pieces down, and by June we had been breaking month-to-month membership information. Seeing the numbers come out on this demographics report is nice as a result of it lets us see on paper what we’ve been witnessing all 12 months—disc golf has been making an unbelievable impression in individuals’s lives at a time when it’s sorely wanted.”
Worldwide development has additionally hit new highs as PDGA Europe added greater than 2,000 members, a 22% improve over 2019, and Canadian PDGA members elevated by greater than 30%.
The full variety of PDGA Tour occasions worldwide was restricted by a two month stretch with none sanctioned competitors and was down 26% from 2019. However the whole variety of gamers at occasions was down solely 20%, indicating a rise in participation charges.
PDGA Tour Supervisor Andrew “Large Canine” Sweeton, mentioned, “From the PDGA tour perspective, 2020 was an actual problem as a result of world pandemic, our subsequent shutdown for a number of months, and a few areas not having the ability to play for even longer. Fortunately, now we have a terrific group and we shortly developed and launched the “PDGA Necessities and Greatest Practices for Sanctioned Occasions throughout COVID.” It allowed Event Administrators to garner permission from native authorities to run over 3,400 sanctioned occasions all over the world in 2020. Although in need of our projected 5,000 sanctioned occasions aim, it far exceeded our expectations throughout a pandemic.”
The development brings with it its personal challenges, and the PDGA and different organizations all through the game might want to scale up in measurement and technological effectivity to fulfill the brand new demand.
“Our funding in expertise actually paid off in 2020 as everybody scrambled to adapt to the circumstances,” Allen added. “Event administrators had been in a position to make use of our strong occasion administration instruments to function safely and effectively. The identical expertise will assist us as we scale as much as meet the demand of the elevated membership and participation. Extra individuals wish to play, and on the finish of the day, that’s what everybody on the PDGA is working in direction of.”