Scott Family Disc Golf FAQ!

Frequently Asked Questions:

discgolffamily.com interviewed our family in July 2014. Since we have been asked many of the questions before, it seemed like a great start to our FAQ page. The first 29 questions are from this interview:


QUESTIONS

A. Disc Golf Family Interview Questions

1. Bob and Debbie- On your website it states you were both introduced to disc golf at UNC-Chapel Hill Campus. Did you meet each other there?

2. Victoria and Christian- How old were you when you first started playing disc golf? How old are you now?

3. Whole Family- What is your favorite disc golf moment/memory?

4. Bob and Debbie- Tell us about your “Disc Golf Basics” clinics. Who typically attends your clinics? How do you run the clinics? How many clinics do you teach each year?

5. Whole Family- Tell us about your favorite tournament you’ve played in.

6. Victoria- Tell us about your experiences being a 3 time Junior World Champion. How many people did you compete against in these tournaments? What advice would you give for youth your age who would like to compete at your level?

7. Whole Family- How often and how long do you practice disc golf?

8. Debbie- How many professional tournaments do you compete in a year? How do you work that schedule together as a family?

9. Whole Family- How many tournaments do you each play in every year? Do these tournaments affect the kids’ schooling any?

10. Whole Family- What are each of your goals in disc golf?

11. Whole Family- Aside from playing disc golf together, what else do you like to do as a family? What other interests do each of you have?

12. Debbie- We read that you like to hand out written invitations to women disc golfers to join the Charlotte Lady’s [disc golf] League. Do you still do this? How did you come up with this idea and how effective is it? Please tell us more.

13. Whole Family- What advice could you give to families just beginning to play disc golf?

14. Bob and Debbie- We read that you have also organized disc golf tournaments. How many tournaments have you organized? What have you found is the single most important component to running a good tournament?

15. Victoria and Christian- If you were trying to get other kids your age excited about disc golf, what would you tell them?

16. Whole Family- When and where did you each score your first ace? How many aces have you each scored?

17. Whole Family- What is your favorite disc golf course to play and what makes it special to you?

18. Debbie- Like you, our kids (and Dad) are also big Weird Al fans. Why Weird Al? Is Weird Al a favorite of just you or of the whole family? What is your favorite Weird Al song?

19. Debbie- Tell us about the Sandhills Invitational tournament you just recently took 2nd place in.

20. Whole Family- Tell us about Carolina Bible Camp and how you participate in that. Are the disc golf tournaments there for the whole family or just for the youth?

21. Whole Family- In addition to the clinics and the Carolina Bible Camp, are there any other community outreach activities you are involved in or promote?

22. Victoria- When did you come up with “hulaputting”? How long did it take you to learn how to do it? What are the most hula hoops you have had going at the same time while putting?

23. Bob-We read that while you are quite capable of playing well in tournaments, you are more often coach, manager and “caddie daddy” than competitor. What advice would you give to other fathers about teaching their kids how to play and enjoy disc golf?

24. Christian- We read that you beat several adults in a tournament and scored your 13th and 14th ace in that tournament. Tell us what that was like.

25. Bob and Debbie- When you’re not playing disc golf, what work do you do?

26. Whole Family- Do you have some words of wisdom/advice that you would like to share with the Disc Golf Family readers?

27. Whole Family - How do you feel disc golf has enhanced your family life?

28. Whole Family - I was impressed to learn from our email correspondence that you all have a "nightly goal checking session." That is interesting. Please tell us more about that.

29. Whole Family - Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers of Disc Golf Family?


B. Other Frequently Asked Questions

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RESPONSES

 

1. Bob and Debbie- On your website it states you were both introduced to disc golf at UNC-Chapel Hill Campus. Did you meet each other there?

 

{BOB}
We did indeed meet at UNC-Chapel Hill. I went to school there in 1987 and completed several semesters before being the victim of a hit-and-run while I was on a motorcycle. I was able to return to college in 1993 and met Debbie there in 1994.

I was first introduced to disc golf by a church group activity in April 1988 (basically throwing frisbees at designated trees). By 1995, the University had put in a disc golf course on campus and Debbie got her start.


{DEBBIE}
I first met Bob at UNC while playing badminton. So right from the very start we were a very active and athletic couple. Bob was the one who introduced me to disc golf. I never thought this sport would turn out to be what it is today for me and my family.

 

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2. Victoria and Christian- How old were you when you first started playing disc golf? How old are you now?

 

{VICTORIA}
I was 5 when I started and I am 12 now.


{CHRISTIAN}
1 year old. 8 years old.

 

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3. Whole Family- What is your favorite disc golf moment/memory?

 

{BOB}
My favorite disc golf moment was watching Debbie and Victoria win their divisions at Women’s Nationals in Jacksonville (Sept 2010). It was our first major and only our 4th sanctioned tournament ever, so we weren’t expecting a lot. Victoria didn’t have anyone else in her division, but she tried her hardest every throw for 5 rounds nonetheless. Debbie was in a tight race until the end, but managed through her consistency to pull out the victory against more experienced players in the Intermediate division.

- 2010 USWDGC Writeup Link -

 

{DEBBIE}
My favorite disc golf memory was the moment on the last hole of the World Disc Golf Mixed Doubles Championship (2012) when I realized we had won. The feeling nearly made me faint, cry, shout and sing all at the same time!

- 2010 World Championship Writeup Link-

 

{VICTORIA}
When I won the USWDGC in Texas.

- 2011 USWDGC Writeup Link -


{CHRISTIAN}
3 aces on the same day

 

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4. Bob and Debbie- Tell us about your “Disc Golf Basics” clinics. Who typically attends your clinics? How do you run the clinics? How many clinics do you teach each year?

 

{BOB}
We typically provide clinics for disc golf clubs or children’s organizations like summer camps or Scouts. Our clinics are usually designed for and attended by women, children, and/or beginners.

The majority of these Debbie has run on her own in the past while I’m watching Victoria & Christian. Now that they are getting older though, I expect all 4 of us to help out with more of these clinics. As Debbie will probably be a touring pro next year (and my job workload should lighten), I hope to be the one running most of these in the future.


{DEBBIE}
Our 'Disc Golf Basics' clinics are geared toward beginners, however golfers at any level can glean something from our events. We have run these clinics for Lady's disc golf leagues, girl & boy scouts, course grand opening events and church functions. I teach the sport from back to front. I start with the putt, then approach, and if we have time the drive. I want beginners to be get real comfortable with the different grips, stances, what the three types of discs look and feel like.

 

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5. Whole Family- Tell us about your favorite tournament you’ve played in.

 

{BOB}
I enjoy playing the more casual “for fun” tournaments (Halloween costume, Iron Man, community events, ace races, etc). So, I guess my favorite tournament I’ve played in would have been “The Great 8” in July 2010. It is a non-sanctioned event where competitors play 8 disc golf courses in 1 day (captain’s choice doubles).

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Great 8 Writeup Link -


{DEBBIE}

My favorite tournament so far would have to be World Amateur Championship of 2012. It was here in my hometown of Charlotte, NC! I was asked to be on the local organizing committee for the event too. So for a year leading up to the event I was a part of the planning and designing. It was so exciting to be a part of something so big as a combined Pro and Amateur World Tournament! To start the actual event off was the Mixed Doubles tournament and my partner, Mark Heuther and I won! That took a lot of the pressure off of winning the Singles event that followed. I was one of 45 very good advanced amateur ladies competing for the World title! After round 1 I made it to the lead card and stayed there all 8 rounds! I ultimately finished 2nd, which was wonderful! My goal was to make it to Finals at my home course, Hornet's Nest and I did. To finish in front of my family and friends was overwhelming! It was definitely my favorite disc golf tournament to date.

- 2010 World Championship Writeup Link-


{VICTORIA}
My favorite tournament was the 2014 Charlotte Ameture Championchip because I played with people that encouraged me and it was fun.

- 2014 CAC Writeup Link -


{CHRISTIAN}
my favorite tournament was a halloween tournament called killborne halloween.

we had costums on as for halloween and we all tried to find minis for a piece of candy.

- 2014 KILLborn Event Writeup Link -

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6. Victoria- Tell us about your experiences being a 3 time Junior World Champion. How many people did you compete against in these tournaments? What advice would you give for youth your age who would like to compete at your level?

Comment: Victoria won the US Women's National Championship 3 times in a row. She has only played in 1 world Championship and missed the World title by 1 stroke. - Bob

{VICTORIA}
It feels good because it takes lots of practice In my life i only played with 3 oponites in my life. I would give "Practice makes Perfect".

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7. Whole Family- How often and how long do you practice disc golf?

 

{BOB}
I’m the least consistent in our family as far as practicing (and it shows in my game). The reason isn’t a lack of desire though… it is simply the enormous list of responsibilities that must take priority at times.

Under “normal” circumstances, I get 2 social rounds a week and have at least 1 putting practice session. When responsibilities are light, expect me to play daily and spend several field training and putting sessions a week. Conversely, there have been many times where I’m lucky to even sleep 30 hours a week and disc golf isn’t possible.

{DEBBIE}
My weekly practice goals are putting at least 30 min/day and course and/or field training 3 times per week.

{VICTORIA}
I think 3 times a week. It takes aout an hour a day.


{CHRISTIAN}
1-3 times every week.

 

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8. Debbie- How many professional tournaments do you compete in a year? How do you work that schedule together as a family?

{DEBBIE}
I play in approx. 20 tournaments per year. This does take a lot of coordination and effort from the entire family, Bob especially. During the week I take care of the kids and the household. On the weekends and days I travel, Bob is the one who takes care of the kids and house. Being a professional disc golfer is definitely a family affair.

 

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9. Whole Family- How many tournaments do you each play in every year? Do these tournaments affect the kids’ schooling any?

{BOB}
I only play in 3-5 tournaments a year. The kids are probably twice that, with several more sanctioned events. The only tournaments that affected the kids’ schooling are the Magnolia Open and Women’s Nationals. We simply plan ahead and work with their teachers for these rare conflicts.

A good example of this was our trip to Round Rock, TX for the 2011 US Women’s Disc Golf Championship. We chose to take a week off and make the trip by car, turning it into an educational and family-bonding experience. While Victoria’s classmates were learning from a history book, she got to visit the statue of liberty replica in Birmingham (AL), tour historic Vicksburg (MS), and walk through the Alamo in San Antonio! Throw in a national disc golf championship, and Victoria had quite an impressive report to give to her class when she returned.

- TX trip photos -


{DEBBIE}
Victoria plays the USWDGC with me every year. This takes her out of school for a few days, depending on where we travel to. The years we traveled to Texas and Alabama we planned trips like the Alamo where she could get real U.S. history lessons. The school knows what we do and encourages us to keep doing it.

{VICTORIA}
I play about 5 to 10 tournaments a year. The nathinal champion chip is about the only thing that I get out of school for.


{CHRISTIAN}
2-5 a year. not really.

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10. Whole Family- What are each of your goals in disc golf?

 

{BOB}
Until my roles at my job change (ETA Feb ’15), my disc golf goals are going to remain simple:
- develop a controlled backhand drive
- more consistent putt & approach
- help family reach their goals.


{DEBBIE}
My disc golf goals are more for next year since I will be turning 40 and able to play in the Pro Master Woman’s division. My goal is to do well in US Masters, USWDGC and Pro Worlds in the Pro Master division. This year my goal is to continue improving all aspects of my game to get ready for 2015.

{VICTORIA}
My disc golf goals are to go pro and to work on my sidearm.


{CHRISTIAN}
Mine are practicing distance and accuracy with putting

 

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11. Whole Family- Aside from playing disc golf together, what else do you like to do as a family? What other interests do each of you have?

 

{BOB}
There’s so much we like to do together as a family, but we particularly enjoy church, travel, sports, games, and eating out.

My other interests include Bible study, calligraphy, web design, tennis, volleyball, linguistics, juggling, RPG, anime, and puzzles.

{DEBBIE}
We love board games and games on the Wii. We do a lot of church activities together and other sports as well. We have a lot of interests and we all play well with each other.

{VICTORIA}
We like to play can jam togeather. I take intrest in all sports and Bible study. I like to play games on the phone. I like to play with my cats. I like to read fiction books.


{CHRISTIAN}
Other sports, music, games. I like to play games, play outside, play musical instruments. I like going to Carowinds and swimming.

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12. Debbie- We read that you like to hand out written invitations to women disc golfers to join the Charlotte Lady’s [disc golf] League. Do you still do this? How did you come up with this idea and how effective is it? Please tell us more.

 

{DEBBIE}
I keep several business cards in my disc golf bag. I have my Innova Ambassador cards as well as cards about our Charlotte Woman’s League. Should I encounter a lady on the course, I have something to hand her to invite her out to league. The Woman’s League here in Charlotte was very instrumental in my competitive career in disc golf. You never know what future World Champ you might stumble across out on a casual round. On the card has our league info and who they can contact for more info if needed. Also, if they present it at league they get their first night for free! Casey Schoonover is the one who came up with the league cards and they have been very effective! The Innova Ambassador cards I give out are for people interested in clinics or other Innova related programs or products.

 

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13. Whole Family- What advice could you give to families just beginning to play disc golf?

 

{BOB}
Make it fun for everyone. Safety must be primary, but keeping it fun should be more important than keeping score. Learning anything new can be frustrating at times, so don’t make it more challenging than it needs to be by playing hard courses, being critical, or burdening each other with technicalities.

Invite friends to join whenever possible as everything is more fun with your friends and it is a great way to grow the sport. As you improve, seek out opportunities to play with more experienced players. Stay positive, be encouraging, and learn every chance you get.

{DEBBIE}
My advice is to be patient with all the members of the family. Not everyone grows in the sport at the same rate. Always be uplifting and encouraging. Get the ladies of the family around other ladies who play and get the kids around other kids who play. This makes them see that it isn’t just a guy thing.

{VICTORIA}
To keep playing and teach other people later on.


{CHRISTIAN}
Disc golf is filled with fun the main disc to use for starters are shark's, mako's and roc 3's.

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14. Bob and Debbie- We read that you have also organized disc golf tournaments. How many tournaments have you organized? What have you found is the single most important component to running a good tournament?

 

{BOB}
Running tournaments is too time consuming for me at this point, so I’m basically sticking with helping out whenever I can. I look forward to running more tournaments in the future. I’ll probably lean more toward C-Tier and unsanctioned tournaments for fun or charity.

I believe the most important component of running a good tournament is to make it enjoyable for the players. Without players, you don’t have a tournament. You won’t make everyone happy regardless what you do, but there are certain things that virtually all players appreciate (good course selection, food/drinks, side activities, and enough of a payout to justify the energy and sacrifices they made)


{DEBBIE}

I have ran and organized the N.C. Powerade State Games disc golf tournament for the last two years. I have also ran/organized all the events at Carolina Bible Camp for the last 4 years. The most helpful thing I’ve found is start as early as you possibly can. I remember we were already looking at courses & sponsors for the 2014 event a month after 2013 was over. It takes a lot of time and you want to give others time to respond too. We had 6 disc golf companies sponsor the games this year, some printing discs… this takes a lot of time and energy to pull off. Always give yourself plenty of time!

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15. Victoria and Christian- If you were trying to get other kids your age excited about disc golf, what would you tell them?

 

{VICTORIA}
Once your pro and win a tournament, you can get money.


{CHRISTIAN}
I would tell them it would be fun for them and all the disc there

 

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16. Whole Family- When and where did you each score your first ace? How many aces have you each scored?

 

- Aces Page Link -


{BOB}

My first ace was a skip ace on hole #4 (161’) at Fewell Park in Rock Hill, SC on August 13, 2009. I’ve had 32 aces.


{DEBBIE}
My first ace was at Fewell Park in Rock Hill, SC. I have 10 aces so far, none of them have been tournament aces though. I’m still looking forward to writing a 1 on the card! I did have an ace at a league event to split the ace pool with a guy. That was fun!


{VICTORIA}
I did my first ace at Pinewood elementry school. I have 6 aces already.


{CHRISTIAN}
Northside in 2013 on my birthday. I have 17 aces.

 

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17. Whole Family- What is your favorite disc golf course to play and what makes it special to you?

 

{BOB}
I’ve played disc golf on 170 courses in 17 states now and there are so many that are special to me for a variety of different reasons. Currently, I suppose my favorite course to play would be Ashe County Park in Jefferson, NC because it is quiet, clean, scenic, and offers a wide variety of shots.

- Ashe County Park DGC -


{DEBBIE}

My favorite course would have to be Hornet’s Nest Park here in Charlotte. I know it is right down the street from me, but it still challenges me every time I play it. It has two very distinctive loops, one in the woods and the other out in the open. It has so many different shots, you really need a lot of tools in the bag when playing it.

{VICTORIA}
My favorite disc golf course is winget because it is challanging.


{CHRISTIAN}
Chester it has alot of ace runs theve got camping and canoeing.

 

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18. Debbie- Like you, our kids (and Dad) are also big Weird Al fans. Why Weird Al? Is Weird Al a favorite of just you or of the whole family? What is your favorite Weird Al song?

Comment: I know this question was for Debbie (presumably because of her facebook posts), but there’s no way I could not respond to a Weird Al question so I’m pretending it was to me as well. - Bob


{BOB}

Our family really enjoys Weird Al and his music. I have been a fan since the early 80’s and have all his CDs. Debbie & I have been to two of his concerts, and we actually played/danced to “Good Enough For Now” at our wedding. Anytime I pull up Pandora, the kids both beg to hear the Weird Al channel. His hilarious and clean lyrics make for a pleasant listening experience that the whole family enjoys.

Naming my favorite Weird Al song is tougher than naming my favorite cell in my body. If I narrowed it just to his parodies, took only those I can’t resist singing along with, and forced myself to cut the list down to just five… I would probably have to go with Taco Grande, Jerry Springer, Trash Day, White and Nerdy, and It’s All About the Pentiums (I know he had me in mind when writing those last two).


{DEBBIE}
The whole family loves Weird Al, not just me. He’s so talented and his music is clean. I don’t have to worry about what the kids are hearing when Weird Al is on. He makes us laugh and I love a happy family! There are so many of his songs I like, it would be hard to pick just one. Hardware Store, Since You’ve Been Gone, Driving a Truck, Traffic Jam all have to be in the tops.

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19. Debbie- Tell us about the Sandhills Invitational tournament you just recently took 2nd place in.

 

{DEBBIE}
Sandhills Invitational: Last year I won this event, but it being an A tier the competition got a little bit more intense this year. Back out at Whispering Pines Country Club, golf carts and all. It was a great event. Bob and the kids joined me this year as we stayed on site in a nice bungalow right next to the pool. They had a great time as I competed. This year we played the AM course twice and the PRO course only once. That was unfortunate, since I nailed the PRO course this year. I have really been working on my distance, using the R Pro Boss & Daedalus. So looking at how I played this tournament, it is evident that I have a strong backhand & sidearm drive, good approach, but I can't finish strong each time. Starting yesterday, I began a new putting regimen. I have to be more consistent with my putt. I must develop a consistent long putt and become more confident in my short putt. Elaine King told me that my game was strong, just start working on my putting style. Learn all types, try new discs, new grips, new stances to develop a strong putt. Ultimately, I came in 2nd place of 6 pro ladies and I am pleased with that, but I have a lot of work that needs to be done!

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20. Whole Family- Tell us about Carolina Bible Camp and how you participate in that. Are the disc golf tournaments there for the whole family or just for the youth?

 

{BOB}
I’ll let the family speak to the camp since they are regulars and I only get to visit them there a couple times a year. As for the tournaments, as far as I am aware, we have organized and run them all except for one which was open to adults (Debbie won it of course).

{DEBBIE}
I was introduced to Carolina Bible Camp 5 years ago. I am a cabin counselor for the oldest girls attending camp and I also assist with athletics. They have a disc golf course on the campus and for the last 4 years I have run clinics and mini tournaments for the campers. I have great friends who donate to me old discs of theirs for the campers. Now that I am sponsored by Innova, each year they give me discs and other give away stuff for the campers. It’s really awesome that I can do the work of the Lord and disc golf at the same time. The campers really love it and look forward to it each year.

{VICTORIA}
I think the youth because they can play for so long.


{CHRISTIAN}
CBC is cool. I'm a camper. For the whole family.

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21. Whole Family- In addition to the clinics and the Carolina Bible Camp, are there any other community outreach activities you are involved in or promote?

 

{BOB}
Absolutely. We regularly collect/donate supplies for several charity organizations, have participated in tournaments and charity runs for the Carolina Raptor Center, and are taking part in a year-long “Good Samaritan” program where we will focus on helping the community and various charitable organizations.

- Carolina Raptor Center -


{DEBBIE}

The whole family is involved in church activities all year long. Through a program called LADS to LEADERS the kids are actively involved in service projects for members of the church and those outside the church. We are very active in the kid’s school, Mountain Island Charter School. I volunteer up there all the time from carpool to helping out in the classroom. We are definitely a very busy family!

{VICTORIA}
I sometimes give some of my clothes and toys to charity. I do Lads to Leaderettes where we get to help people too.


{CHRISTIAN}
We do the Raptor Run and Lads to Leaders.


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22. Victoria- When did you come up with “hulaputting”? How long did it take you to learn how to do it? What are the most hula hoops you have had going at the same time while putting?

 

{VICTORIA}
I played a game of HORSE and had to create something to beat my dad. It took me about 3 weeks to learn. I can do 4 at a time.

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23. Bob-We read that while you are quite capable of playing well in tournaments, you are more often coach, manager and “caddie daddy” than competitor. What advice would you give to other fathers about teaching their kids how to play and enjoy disc golf?

 

{BOB}
Be patient and keep it fun. Give them just enough help to prevent them from getting overly frustrated, but let them learn at their pace. Don’t expect them to throw the way you do, or use the discs you do. Rollers & sidearms are particularly good for kids. Be very encouraging, particularly when they want to show you something they’ve learned or are excited about.

If they are joining you for a round, don’t expect them to finish all 18 holes. Let them walk the remainder with you and throw on whatever holes they choose.

Variety is also important once they play semi-regularly. Some possibilities:
- alternating shot doubles; can also be done in match play format
- add fun challenges like “let’s pick the disc that the other player has to use for this hole”
- doubles (or triples with enough friends) with random partners each hole
- play a game of HORSE for putting practice

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24. Christian- We read that you beat several adults in a tournament and scored your 13th and 14th ace in that tournament. Tell us what that was like.

comment – This actually wasn’t a tournament.. Christian and I played four smaller courses in one day with two other adult friends. Christian got an ace on two of the courses. His score was better than mine on one of the nine-hole courses and better than the other two adults for the entire day. -Bob


{CHRISTIAN}
Awesome. Well I love getting aces so it felt like I was happy.

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25. Bob and Debbie- When you’re not playing disc golf, what work do you do?

 

{BOB}
I am a BASIS Engineer/UNIX Administrator. I am responsible for 20-some servers and am the only company resource for UNIX, Oracle, SAP BASIS, Vertex, IXOS, and backups/disaster recovery. I enjoy my work but it is extremely time demanding.

Over the next 6 months, my role will be transitioning from all of the above responsibilities to the company’s SharePoint Farm Administrator. I have 21+ years of web development experience, but not much with SharePoint so it will take a while to learn the new role. Once the transition and training is complete though, I should have more normal hours and will be able to commit more time to disc golf training/clinics/tournaments/etc.

{DEBBIE}
I am a full time mom/wife. I have a background in banking.

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26. Whole Family- Do you have some words of wisdom/advice that you would like to share with the Disc Golf Family readers?

 

{BOB}
Set small personal goals and make a commitment to work on your game a little bit each day. Do this consistently, learn from your mistakes and from watching others. When you look back months and years later, you’ll be amazed at your improvement. Don’t get frustrated… be patient and enjoy the journey.

{DEBBIE}
Get active in all aspects of the game, from running events to competing in them. Teach others what you know and have fun! I am so blessed that my whole family plays, because a family that PLAYS together STAYS together!

{VICTORIA}
Keep practicing. Practice makes perfect.


{CHRISTIAN}
no i can't say i do

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27. Whole Family - How do you feel disc golf has enhanced your family life?

 

{BOB}
In many ways:

Exercise – Debbie is the only one who goes to the gym, so disc golf has become an important component for our family to keep active and get exercise.

Outdoors – We all enjoy being outdoors, but I fear that with my computer-based job and the kids’ temptation to watch tv and play video games, we would spend too much time as a family indoors. Disc golf provides a great opportunity for us to have fun and see nature. We get to hike through the woods in all seasons, camp out for many of our tournaments, and have seen many amazing animals and beautiful sceneries while playing our favorite sport together!

Goals – It takes effort and practice to get better at anything. Working together to help each other set and reach goals is a constant source of encouragement within the family.

Bonding – Like Victoria says, “Play together, stay together”

{DEBBIE}
Disc golf has enhanced our family is so many ways. We can casually play together whether in single play or doubles. We love to compete with one another and we are all strong at different aspects of the game. We will have putting contests out in the backyard. The kids will play best shot as Bob and I play worst shot doubles. As I stated previously a family that plays together, stays together. We are always doing something together. When possible I try to get the kids and Bob to come with me as I travel to tournaments. This is always fun, plus I have my biggest fans with me!


{VICTORIA}
It has made us closer as a family by playing together.


{CHRISTIAN}
pretty well.

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28. Whole Family - I was impressed to learn from our email correspondence that you all have a "nightly goal checking session." That is interesting. Please tell us more about that.

 

{BOB}
In February 2010, I developed a goal/reward system for our family. I was trying to figure out a way to manage all the important tasks that I needed to do on a daily basis, and also teach the children about the important of setting/obtaining goals and earning the things you want.

At the beginning of each month, each family member sets eight goals that they want to focus on for the month. Eight seems to be the best number for this as fewer than that doesn’t stretch you far enough and more than eight can be too difficult to focus on and becomes overwhelming. The goals are set by each family member and usually includes 1-3 goals related towards serving God (since without focusing on God, there is no purpose in life or in setting goals), 1-3 disc golf-related goals, and the rest are usually related to improving oneself or helping others.

Each night before the kids go to bed, we meet as a family to discuss our goals and any other family business that needs to be addressed. One “point” is awarded for every goal reached each day. Points accumulate until the family member is ready to redeem them for rewards that have been set. Instead of just buying the kids something, they “purchase” it themselves with points they have earned. Some of the items we have spent points on are: ice cream treats, eating out, video games, mini golf trips, cameras, laptops, and even theme park season passes.

It has saved us money by not buying items until we have earned them, given us greater appreciation for the things we do have, and has obviously helped us reach a lot of goals we have for ourselves. All four of us work hard to reach are goals and encourage each other to keep reaching for the goals they have set.

{DEBBIE}
We have a point system that keeps a record of our activity level for our various goals. We have educational, disc golf, spiritual, and behavior goals. We have activities that we need to do on a daily basis in order for us to master or achieve our goals. If we do the daily activity we get a point. These points add up and they can be redeemed for prizes. Everyone’s goals and activities are different. This is a way for us to hold each other accountable for the goals that we have set and the activities needed to reach them. It has been very effective. All of us have had many goals that we have reached due to our daily activity and the accountability we have to getting them done.

{VICTORIA}
We have goals that we try to do everyday. We try to keep up with what we're supposed to do and If we earn enough, we can get stuff too.


{CHRISTIAN}
well we all have 8 goals each day. we get points for as many goals as we make. You can spend the points or save them for bigger stuff like basketball goals.

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29. Whole Family - Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers of Disc Golf Family?

 

{BOB}
It takes a tremendous amount of effort to work and play together as a family, but the effort is absolutely worth it. You must demonstrate tremendous patience & perseverance, and have your priorities clearly set. For me they are: God, wife, children, work, disc golf. I love playing disc golf, but if I put it before any of those other priorities, problems arise. I am very blessed in that I can focus on most of those priorities at the same time since our family plays disc golf together!

I believe any family can benefit from playing disc golf together. Where else are you able to combine family time, fun, outdoor activities, and exercise together at almost no cost?

{DEBBIE}
Have fun with the whole family and GO THROW!

{VICTORIA}
If you want to get better, you should keep playing. You can earn sponsors by playing the sport, working on your shots, participate in tournaments, and being a good person.


{CHRISTIAN}
no

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