Momac wrote:i'm going to my first tourny next month and my friend offered to caddie for me... would that be acceptable?
and also, can someone explain in detail how to use a mini?
I think it's a great idea to have a caddy, as long as you follow a few simple rules. I've "BOLDED"
a few important parts.
Here is the rules according to the PDGA reguarding courtesy.....make sure you AND your caddy follow these rules:
A. Players should not throw until they are certain that the thrown disc will not distract another player or potentially injure anyone present. Players should watch the other members of their group throw in order to aid in locating errant throws and to ensure compliance with the rules.
B. Players should take care not to produce any distracting noises or any potential visual distractions for other players who are throwing. Examples of discourteous actions are: shouting, cursing, freestyling, slapping course equipment, throwing out of turn, throwing or kicking golf bags, throwing minis, and advancing on the fairway beyond the away player. Shouting at an appropriate time to warn someone in danger of being struck by a disc is not a violation of courtesy.
C. Refusal to perform an action expected by the rules, such as assisting in the search for a lost disc, moving discs or equipment, or keeping score properly, etc., is a courtesy violation.
D. Players are responsible for the actions of their caddies. Players shall receive warnings and penalties (where applicable) for the actions of their caddies.
E. Littering is a courtesy violation.
F. Courtesy dictates that players who smoke should not allow their smoke to disturb other players. Smokers should extinguish their cigarettes and carry their cigarette butts to a trash can. Disposing of cigarette butts by dropping them on the ground is littering.
G. A player violating a courtesy rule may be warned by any affected player, even if from another group, or by an official, with all players of the group advised of the warning. The player shall be assessed one penalty throw for each subsequent courtesy violation of any type in the same round. Repeated violations of courtesy rules may result in disqualification in accordance with section 804.05.
Stay out of visual sight while someone is putting is one of the most common courtesy violations, IMHO.
Using a mini is pretty simple. You have the CHOICE to use a mini to mark the spot your disc landed, by placing it directly in front of your lie. You could choose to leave the disc in play, and throw from directly behind it, as if you would have a mini on the ground. Even when you are directly beneath the basket, I would recomend using a mini to mark your disc....even though it is a gimme putt.
AMS may be a little more lenient on the rules, but I try to follow all rules within the PDGA rulebook, reguardless of what division I play. Here is a link to it:
Also, at some point in the round, you may be required to carry the scorecard, in which case YOU should take scores as appropiately defined in the rulebook, rather than your caddy doing so.
Have fun!!!! And try not to break any rules
Practice, practice, practice. Especially with players that are better than you. It's one of the only ways to learn new things.