The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) announced this week a update to the rule book to address PDGA rating manipulation. In an update on their website, the PDGA states they asked the Statistics Committee to look at how they can improve player compliance with Section 3.3 B (13) of the Competition Manual which says, ” deliberately seeking to manipulate ones player rating through intentional misplay or withdrawal”.
In many tournaments in recent years, competitors who are having a bad round have purposely decided to take a DNF instead of finishing the round. The bad round would not be counted into their PDGA ratings. Additionally, there have been cases of competitors adding unnecessary throws to inflate a score. It should be noted that there are times for a legitimate DNF by a competitor, such as a major injury.
Previously, it has been hard for other competitors and tournament directors to report the player and a penalty for intentionally tanking or pulling themselves out of a tournament to protect their PDGA rating.
The PDGA states “Beginning in the 2013 competitive season, there will be a new result code, ‘888’, that TDs will enter on the tournament report for the round score when players or the TD wish to report their consensus that a player clearly attempted to have their round dropped to protect their rating by either not completing a round or by padding their score with extra throws”.
If a professional receives an 888, they will get a 5 point rating deduction in the first ratings update after that event is officially reported. That deduction will continue until the next ratings update 6 months later. Amateurs will receive a rating deduction up to 5 points or to the exert it does not drop them into a lower division. This deduction will also last at least 6 months.
The 888 rating can also be used on players who DNF without giving the tournament director notice at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the next round.
Taking a false DNF, tanking, or adding strokes to your score has been a growing problem at PDGA sanctioned tournaments. It was a loophole that has become popular in order to protect one’s rating. The PDGA has taken steps to try and introduce a penalty that fits the crime while not going too overboard.
What do you think? Is this a smart move by the PDGA? Should they do more? Have you seen this happen in tournaments that you’ve played in? Let us know in the discussion below.