Throughout my disc golf career I’ve made some memorable shots over the years, but with a camera rather than a disc. For memory sake, images reflect the past of the sport much better than words, so for history sake and to refresh some memories, take a peek at our gallery link added to the menu above!
Monthly Archives: August 2015
Summer is slowing fading and there was a hint of coolness in the air recently. Autumn weather will be upon us before we know it. Could it be time for some league play? If you would support some extra league play here in Tupelo, please take the below poll:
You may ask why Ballard? A player handicap feature is being designed in hopes of implementing this feature into our tournament database system. In theory, one course with multiple individual results is best when determining handicaps. Ballard is easy and has little O.B.’s to taint player’s scores, therefore, whatever skill level a player has should be reflected fairly well over the play of several events.
If handicap calculations can be validated as reasonably accurate, other courses could be tested in the future.
You may think I’m talking Shakespeare, but I’m really referring to tournaments here in the South! A common question these days is, “Will the SN survive”? Is it to be, or not to be? No one is certain, but it does continue surprisingly well. Yes, it’s glory days certainly seem to be in it’s past but why does the question as to it’s survival continue?
It’s directors, of late, have leaned more towards ineptness than actual leadership. Good leadership is the most important factor for the survival of any organization. After leadership, communication is the next most critical lifeline. The SN scores poorly in regards to both these aspects. Don’t get me wrong. I am not against the Southern Nationals. I’ve worked diligently to assist in it’s survival. It’s been around for many years and I’ve enjoyed playing, hosting, and directing it’s sanctioned events. It’s a wonderful organization of volunteers promoting disc golf here in the South. It needs to continue. It’s time to begin communications to insure this happens!
To me, it just doesn’t seem to be structured properly to survive in today’s ever changing “give it to me now”, instant gratification culture. It’s Board should embrace and acknowledge the web’s importance in the advertising of tournaments, talking smack, the points race, and viewing results online as critical aspects of the SN’s past success and it’s future. Without these aspects online, it likely would not even exist today. The SN is approaching a crossroads that could bear significant influence on it’s future, even it’s very existence.
As many of you know, I along with past SN player, Kary Rogers, have been performing the recent grunt work to get the SN domain obtained and transferred from it’s creator, Brian Moon. The SN Board had lost contact with Brian as he ventured on to other interests. He had become partially “off the grid” in regards to SN disc golf and maintaining the web site. Thus, the SN’s desire of obtaining “rights” to the site and gain its control to keep it updated. Over a period of many months, I was able to make contact and obtain the server files. Brian graciously offered them as property of the SN and worked with us to make the transfer in January, 2015.
Kary worked wonders on the code and the site was transferred with little down time or noticeable changes. Quite a feat for code written fifteen years ago. The next step was to tweak the site and introduce up-to-date code and new pages per the requests of the SN community. Tupelo Disc Golf Leagues, in fact, was created as a demo area to test and review possibilities for new SN pages and features.
However, anytime a complete site is transferred to another server, issues are likely to occur. Although all seemingly went fine, we’re now observing that the old code of the forum creates excessive page executions and overburdens the server. Much of this is due to massive amounts of hits from spam bots and search engines, but the old code and huge size of the forum database is the main culprit. Our ISP has quotas in place and the end of the month outages of the site are due to exceeding these quotes.
What do you think? Take this brief poll and express your opinion.
The SN desperately needs a new site both in terms of the tournament database, informative pages, and a cutting edge forum. However, such a site does not magically appears without expenses. Customized code, plus time is involved. Neither of these requirement come cheap. The SN does not deserve a cheap site either.
The original basis of the Southern Nationals is it is a “Player’s Series” run by the players on a volunteer basis. All proceeds generated via it’s tournaments are supposedly be returned as payouts at it’s various championships. Yes, it’s a great premise, but it does have it’s challenges. These challenges turn into faults over time, and faults normally lead to failure. Therefore, in this authors opinion, the SN needs to adapt and change in order to survive.
Check back for part II of this topic as I’ll explain, in my opinion, needed changes for the SN to survive and thrive.
I hit Trace State Park last Friday with a couple of friends. It may be better described as Trace hit me. Hit me hard! Two rounds were played, one short pads and one long. They brought embarrassing scores of +13 and +14, respectively! Aaarrgh! What does one do we their game goes South?
Admittedly, I had not played Trace in quite some time, possibly even a year or so. Each hole offered reminiscent drives and hazards. Only this time the drives seemed longer and the hazards more formidable. The shots I used to make (in my mind) were, sadly, no longer within my abilities. Could a year or two and a few extra pounds taken that much of a toll?
Thankfully, I enjoy the sport much more for the exercise and social aspects than it’s competitiveness. I guess that’s what’s so great about disc golf, although it can be debilitation to one’s ego, it’s many facets can be enjoyed no matter what age or skills level.
Maybe next time I’ll manage +10! There’s always a reason to get back out there and try again!