Wednesday, September 11, 2019

New Marketing Director at Dynamic Discs

As you all have heard time and time again, at Dynamic Discs, we are always working on something! Today, that “something” is a shift in personnel and roles. Since the beginning of Dynamic Discs, we have largely handled our marketing by committee - multiple people have completed marketing pieces while simultaneously completing their full-time assigned job responsibilities. I have felt the need to consolidate Dynamic Discs’ marketing efforts for some time so that all employees are able to focus more of their time on their specific roles - Bobby can focus on media, Clay can focus on technology, Kris can focus on product development, Jamie can focus on sales… the list goes on and on. I’m happy to say that Dynamic Discs will be filling this role today.

Moving forward, Robert McCall will be transitioning to a brand new role for Dynamic Discs as the Marketing Director. Robert has loved serving as Team Manager and Team Director for the last two-and-a-half years, but he is thrilled to take on these new responsibilities and new challenges! This new role also gives Robert new availability for media responsibilities such as live and post-produced commentary and some potential new projects.

As Robert moves away from his team role, I am also thrilled to announce a change in Team Management for the sponsored teams of Dynamic Discs, Latitude 64, and Westside Discs along with an exciting new structure. Brian Shintaku will continue in his role as Team Manager, but he will now manage Team Latitude 64 and Team Westside. Brian has worked with the three teams for the last 18 months, and if you know Tako, you know that we’re excited for him to continue with a new focus on Latitude 64 and Westside!

Team Dynamic Discs’ new Team Manager is a familiar face and knows the history of Dynamic Discs as well or better than anyone: Eric McCabe. Eric has been with Dynamic Discs since the beginning and has worked in several different capacities at Dynamic Discs, most recently as World Champion Course Designer. Eric is excited to assist Dynamic Discs’ sponsored players and has firsthand experience performing the tasks and achieving the goals of every level of sponsorship, including the highest level of competition. He is looking forward to working more closely with the team while continuing to install championship-level courses all over the world!

After a brief time away from team-related responsibilities, I’m also excited to welcome Denise Cameron back as Team Support Specialist. Denise has previously worked as Latitude 64’s Team Manager, so she is extremely familiar with team processes and needs. While Eric, Brian, and Denise will have some team-specific responsibilities, we are confident that any of these three will be able to take care of any team member’s needs at any time, regardless of the team they represent.

Dynamic Discs is looking forward to the future of these new roles for our employees. Please join us in welcoming them to their new positions!
Monday, September 9, 2019

School's Back In Session - Are Your Kids Learning Disc Golf?

Many students across the United States are in a school system that incorporates physical education into their curriculum, and that usually takes the form of basketball, running, or for younger kids, some form of dodge ball. While it’s wonderful to get kids active and engaged in the habit of exercise, just how many of our youth are being exposed to disc golf?

Unless a child’s parent happens to be obsessed with the sport, there’s a good chance that many will not even hear about disc golf until their later teen years or even well into adulthood. Driving by a local course to see oddly shaped metal contraptions doesn’t exactly lead to massive amounts of excitement, so how can we, as adult players, encourage more kids to play?

Living Life On The EDGE

Founded by a group of diverse individuals with backgrounds ranging from professional disc golf affiliation to educators, recreational therapists and more, the Educational Disc Golf Experience (EDGE) aims to promote an active lifestyle through disc golf to kids around the nation. Packages of equipment along with an easy to follow curriculum are available at multiple price points, making it easy for schools to integrate disc golf into their classrooms.

EDGE functions as a non-profit and along with promoting disc golf within schools, their team works to install courses around the world. They also have a Tournament Charity Program that has awarded over $100,000 in grants to schools and youth programs across the United States.

Do UPlayDG?

EDGE isn’t the only group working to infuse schools with the disc golf spirit, as Dynamic Discs’ very own team members Zoe AnDyke and Dustin Keegan have also created a non-profit that works to teach kids fundamentals of the game. Universal Play Disc Golf, or UPlayDG, has reached students in over a dozen schools and provides a comprehensive overview of disc golf skills and techniques.

A long-time coach and teacher, Zoe was recently honored with the 2018 EDGE/PDGA Educational Award. She’s put her blood, sweat, and tears into building UPlay DG into an incredible organization and her efforts have not gone unnoticed. During her acceptance speech, Zoe noted that the impact she’s been able to make through UPlayDG wouldn’t have been possible if not for Dustin and her amazing team of supporters.

Taking The First Step

Whether you have school-aged kids or not, the desire to expose the next generation to disc golf is real. If you’re not sure how to approach your local school or even if you want to set up some sort of after school club or clinic, consider reaching out to those who have already paved the way. The team at EDGE as well as those at UPlayDG can offer tips and guidance along with the tools you need to succeed.

Disc golf fans always say that it’s never too late to pick up the sport, and in the same way, it’s also never too early. From kindergarten all the way to the final year of high school, incorporating disc golf into a physical education curriculum can bring nothing but benefits!
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Dynamic Discs Month In Review - August 2019

Dynamic Discs employees and fans are often asked, “Which of your discs are the most popular?” We tend to think that we know the answers, but some of our ideas may or may not be biased depending on our personal favorites. It’s time to put all that speculation to rest with some COLD, HARD FACTS. It’s time for the Dynamic Discs Month In Review.

Some discs may appear twice or more because of different plastic types. Here are August's top sellers:

  1. Retro Keystone
  2. Tournament Gatekeeper
  3. Fuzion Raider
  4. Prime Burst Judge
  5. BioFuzion Raider
  6. Gold Burst Pioneer
  7. VIP King
  8. Lucid Raider
  9. Opto Diamond
  10. Lucid Vandal
  11. Opto River
  12. Lucid Maverick
  13. Lucid EMAC Truth
  14. Opto Explorer
  15. Classic Blend Burst Judge
  16. Prime Judge
  17. Gold Burst River
  18. Prime Burst EMAC Truth
  19. Opto Jade
  20. Lucid Trespass

Trilogy Challenges are alive and well, and the Gatekeeper, Keystone, and Vandal are creeping into players’ bags. Even with Trilogy Challenges driving sales, the Fuzion Raider nearly caught them this month. The Raider may be looking at dethroning those discs in September, and the Lucid Raider's much-anticipated release will likely compete for the throne as well. The Judge closes out another strong month with three appearances, and alongside the Trilogy Challenge Keystone, it’s the only putter on the list. The BioFuzion Raider and Gold Pioneer are bolstered by USAMPC Doubles, and they’re likely to make a splash for competitors and fans alike. Let’s take a moment to talk about the unsung hero here - the River. The River doesn’t get a ton of recognition, but it finds a spot on the Top 20 list more often than you might think. Check one out! The River is joined by fellow easier-to-throw discs, the Diamond and Jade, and two great fairway complements, the Opto Explorer and Lucid Maverick. The VIP King shot up the list in August, and the Lucid Trespass continues its quiet consistency. Last but not least, could it be a Month in Review without at least one version of the EMAC Truth? I think not.

Thanks for joining us in looking at a snapshot of our best sellers. Which discs are you surprised to see off the list? Leave a comment below, and let us know why your favorite disc should make September’s Month in Review!
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Have You Met Tako? We'll Introduce You To DD Employee Brian Shintaku

Anyone who goes by the nickname of Tako likely has a pretty great personality, but his awesome sense of humor is just a fraction of what makes Brian Shintaku such a great addition to the DD company team. We’re continuing to learn about each of the people who help to spread the disc golf love under the DD roof, so let’s find out more about Brian!

Starting Off On The Right Foot

Brian has lived in several places across the United States, but in 2018 he made the trek from California to Emporia and started working for Dynamic Discs that January. As the Team Manager for DD/Latitude 64/Westside, he’s got his hands full with a variety of tasks each and every day, but finds that the atmosphere and people he’s around is really what sets Dynamic Discs apart from other jobs he’s had:

“The best thing about working for DD is working in and around the sport and activity I love most, disc golf! I initially applied to DD to try to be a part of a exciting, booming, trustworthy company that is at the top of the market in disc golf.”

Tako has been playing disc golf since his teens, so for him, getting to be a part of the industry is a pretty amazing thing.

Making A Difference

One thing that’s so powerful about the employees at Dynamic Discs is that their passion for the sport extends beyond a 40-hour workweek. Shintaku is active throughout Emporia and loves to teach others about the sport:

“When outside of work, I try to grow the sport by volunteering at events to explain basic principles of disc golf. One example would be reaching out to local schools to give presentations during a PE period; during these events, each person/student gets a chance to throw a disc and make a putt in the basket.

The difference I try to make to disc golfers everywhere is to be a positive supporter, teaching others about ways to get involved with their community, helping with social media posts to show what programs and equipment are available, and being a good ambassador for disc golf. Hopefully leading by example is contagious and others will follow suit.”

A Family Event

Tako is clearly immersed within the disc golf world, but how does the rest of his family feel about it? He shared with us a pretty awesome story that goes to show just how amazing it is when the disc golf love extends to others:

“About five years ago my family (me, my wife Carly, and daughter Hayleigh) lived in Colorado. During a ladies' league with five other ladies at Ghostown DGC, I decided to film all the ladies’ drives on the ninth hole. After the first five ladies threw, it was then Carly’s turn and she threw a drive 235’ directly into the basket and it was filmed! On the drive back down the mountain, Carly felt dizzy and uneasy.

She sometimes gets altitude sickness so we thought nothing of it, but the symptoms continued after we arrived home that afternoon. She decided to take a pregnancy test and sure enough, baby number two was in her belly! So on the same day, we had twice the amount of joy for Carly’s second ace and child number two.”

Brian is a true part of the DD family and we couldn’t imagine working without him!