Prodigy Disc FAQ’s: Street Team, Battalion Team, ASL Team
Q: I really want to apply to be on the team, what do you look for in a player?
A: This is a loaded question, but we look at a wide variety of variables to make the decision. We look at PDGA History, time in the sport, your growth/potential, rating (920+), we scrub your social media, look for red/green flags, we check references, we look at the number of players in your area as well as compare you to them, we look to balance competitive players with ambassadors. All these things (and more) play into the decision of adding a player to the team.
Q: Do I have to throw all Prodigy discs and use all Prodigy gear?
A: Yes, to be on any of the Prodigy Disc Teams you must always use Prodigy bags and only Prodigy discs. For our clothing, we like you to wear our apparel and logo as much as possible and always at events! You have chosen to represent the company, yourself, the team, and by signing the contract you are agreeing to these terms.
Q: How soon do I need to convert my bag to all Prodigy if I’m currently not?
A: You need to convert your discs as soon as you sign your contract. We offer amazing discounts to help you get the plastic and accessories you need. We suggest that you have a primarily Prodigy bag before even considering applying.
Q: Do I need a PDGA number and/or does it need to be active?
A: You must have a PDGA number, and it must be active to even be considered for the team. Do not apply if you do not have one.
Q: Am I required to be active on social media?
A: We ask our players to be active on social media, the more the better but only ask for an average of 5 posts a month. The more disc golf content, the better! We encourage you include Prodigy hashtags to get more views: #ProdigyDisc #PoweredByProdigy #ProdigyStreetTeam #TeamProdigy etc.
Q: How many events am I expected to play?
A: We expect players to play a minimum of 12 PDGA events throughout the year. Non sanctioned events, leagues, PDGA leagues do not count towards this total but are still encouraged.
Q: Can I play in events like the Trilogy challenge where there are no Prodigy discs allowed?
A: Of course, these are special events to help grow the sport. Even though you aren’t throwing Prodigy at these, you can still encourage new players to try out Prodigy and give them comparisons of the discs they played with our plastic! Wearing Prodigy apparel is also a great way to represent at these types of events.\
Q: Can I run/TD non-Prodigy sponsored events?
A: Of course! Just like attending events if you are running non PDGA dubs, Trilogy, and or other events we encourage you to help the Prodigy brand during those events by representing it. Don’t forget you can run Prodigy Par 2’s and such as well!
Q: Are there behavior requirements?
A: Yes, we have a code of conduct every player must sign. We just ask that you are active, approachable, and are positive when interacting online or in person. We ask you to support all team members and the brand in a manner that you would want to be treated.
Q: Once I’m on the team, is it my spot forever?
A: No, we have contract requirements and other variables that need to be met to maintain your spot on the team. You can be removed during the season, not invited back, or leave on your own accord. We track all of this with “honorable” and “dishonorable” discharges. Please read the contract section for more information.
Q: I have seen my players with different Facebook Profile frames- can I use these?
A: If you are not on the team, you should NOT be using any of these team ones. If you are officially accepted onto a Prodigy Team, you must use the corresponding frame for your team. You should not be using any other team's version. However you are not required to use a frame at all, as it is the players choice.
Q: How does recruiting work?
A: This season, we have left our application open to recruit as we go. This is subject to change at any time. How many members we accept to the team is based on the growth numbers we are trying to achieve, as well as geography and location of existing teammates. If your area is already heavily saturated with Prodigy teammates, that might lessen your chances momentarily but does not mean you shouldn’t apply/reapply.
Q: What happens if I miss the open window to apply?
A: Windows open and close! If you missed it while it was open, make sure to check the Prodigy website regularly to see when our application is open for submissions again: https://www.prodigydisc.com/pages/street-team
Q: How do I make sure I don’t miss the open recruiting window.
A: Make sure to join The Prodigy Disc Group on Facebook for announcements about potential upcoming recruitment phases. You can also always stop in on the Street Team page on the website to see if the application is open.
Q: Can someone refer me to be on the team?
A: Yes, a current team member can refer you. There is a question on the application to enter the names of your referrals. We reach out to the referrer for more information to understand you more as a player if we need to. Please note, a referral from a current team member is not a guarantee or promise to get on the team. We have many variables we consider when selecting candidates.
Q: What if I want to apply for a different team?
A: We are only covering the United States and Australia: Street Team, Battalion Team, and ASL Team right now. If you want to apply for one of the other teams, you need to reach out to those proper contacts (See contact sections)
*European applicants must contact Prodigy Disc Europe.
Q: Do I have to throw all Prodigy to be considered for the team?
A: No, you do not need to throw all Prodigy to be considered. That said- with the high volume of applications we get, not throwing all Prodigy will potentially limit your overall chances.
Q: How do I know if I made the team?
A: If your application has been accepted for that recruitment phase, you will receive an email from the Street Team Captains within 2 weeks of applying. If you do not hear back within that time frame, it likely means you did not make the cut this phase. Because of the high volume of applicants at this time, we may not reply to everyone who was not accepted.
Q: Do I have to reapply every quarter if I wasn’t selected?
A: Yes, you will have to reapply if you weren’t selected. Remember, we get flooded with applications and can only take a fraction of what comes in. As your rating or involvement within the sport increases, we would love to see that progress for reconsideration. You are welcome to reapply as often as you’d like.
Q: Do I need to sign a contract to join?
A: Yes, we require all team members to sign their contracts yearly. If you do not sign the contract, you will not remain on or rejoin the team.
Q: What will I be signing?
A: All players will sign two contracts. The Player Contract and the Code of Conduct.
Q: What happens if I violate one of the contracts?
A: It will be handled situation by situation, but we have a 3-strike system in place to help guide players through tough situations. Our goal is to mentor and help people grow so we can become a stronger team. Maintaining an open line of communication with your Captains throughout any violations is key. Honesty is our policy.
Q: What date ranges are contracts good for?
A: We shoot to have contracts out and ready for the first of the year, and they are good for that year only. If you sign on Jan 1st, 2022, your contract is good until Dec 31st, 2022. If you sign on Dec 1st, 2022, your contract is good only until Dec 31st, 2022, at which point you would need to sign the new contract Jan 2023 to remain on the team.
Q: What are these packages that sponsored players are offered?
A: Packages are one of the biggest perks the Street Team, Battalion Team, and ASL team are offered. Package items are sold to you under wholesale prices, far below retail value. These package contents are determined from player feedback, warehouse availability, and are adjusted yearly to fit the growing team and sport’s needs. Team members get these packages at incredible value and will cover the majority if not all your needs to get started!
Q: Are yearly packages mandatory?
A: No, they are not mandatory. They are put into place to help the player jump start their season by getting gear under wholesale costs. The player is under no obligation to purchase anything at any time throughout their tenure with the team.
Q: If I want to, can I order more than one package?
A: ‘Team Packages’ are subject to warehouse availability. If Team Packages are unavailable, you may still essentially “build your own” package with your normal teammate discount by using the warehouse order form (explained more below.) There is no limit to how many orders you place using your discount.
Q: Do I get to choose the discs and clothing sizes I get in my package?
A: Yes, players will receive a special order form that will capture all this information to make sure we get as close to what you want as possible. Our goal is to be 100% accurate with every order.
Q: Can I mix and match packages or add stuff to them?
A: No, packages are specifically designed around player feedback and set for the next season. You cannot add things to the package when ‘Team Packages’ are offered. As mentioned above, if you’d like different items, you may simply use the warehouse order form to get the items you want at the same discounted prices instead of the itemized ‘Team Package’.
Q: Am I allowed to sell the gear I get in packages?
A: No, absolutely not. You are not allowed to sell the gear you get in these packages. If this is something you would like to do, we suggest you become a vendor. Selling your package discs or team gear is grounds for dismissal.
Q: Can I get the Prodigy logo printed clothing or dyed/stamped on discs?
A: No, no other company or vendor is allowed to apply the Prodigy logo to anything. Prodigy will however get you heat vinyl transfers to iron on to specific items if needed. This includes disc dyes as well. You cannot dye the Prodigy logo on a disc. You cannot use the Prodigy logo on any disc stamp unless it is approved and produced at the Prodigy factory.
Q: What is the points system?
A: The points system is designed to reward players for doing great work for themselves, for Prodigy, for their communities. There is a list of qualified earning opportunities that players compile their points for. Then they can use those points to turn them in for free Prodigy clothing, discs, bags, hats, or anything in inventory! At the end of the season the top 3 points winners get significantly rewarded with some of the top prizes in the industry for this level!
Q: How do I submit or keep track of my points?
A: Every quarter we give players a link to a form they fill out to submit their points. Each player is responsible for keeping track of their own points and all proof of earned points. There is a master file of all the points earned for each player throughout the season.
Q: How do I spend my points?
A: Simple, you take the order form we provide, fill out all the necessary information and send it to our Team warehouse representatives so they can put in the order for you. Both the warehouse Rep’s and your Team Captains will be monitoring your points as they come in and as they are spent. Each point is worth $2 in the warehouse. Shipping prices are separate and must be paid by the teammate.
Q: Is the Points System and the Prodigy Website Shop reward points the same?
A: No, these are completely different systems and do not work together. You cannot combine or carry over any points from one to the other. Treat them as individual systems. Remember, what is available in the warehouse is different than what is available on the website.
ORDERING PRODUCTS WITH DISCOUNT (ORDER FORMS)
Q: What is the order form?
A: The order form is an XLS spreadsheet that you download, fill out, and submit to order Prodigy products that are in stock at the warehouse. You can order at any time, at any point throughout the year with no limit. As a teammate, you pay the wholesale price listed for each item.
Q: Order forms, can anyone use these order forms?
A: No, only Prodigy team members can use the order forms. You use the forms to place any order throughout the year. You can use your points, or just get your standard teammate discount by sending in the form.
Q: Do I use an order form to order my Team Packages?
A: No, you do not use the standard form to order your ‘Team Packages’, there will be a special form needed to get those specific packages. However, if you are building your own package in place of a Team Package, this is the order form you would use.
Q: Can I use PayPal with the order form instead of CC information?
A: Yes, just put that you want to use PayPal and put in PayPal address you want the invoice to be sent to. Your order will not ship until it’s paid for.
Q: Are there minimum orders?
A: Yes, if purchasing discs there is a 5-disc minimum. There is no minimum order for bags, clothing, or other gear.
Q: Can I sell items I order with our benefits?
A: Absolutely not. These are player only benefits. You should not be buying them for friends or buying items to sell for profit. If you are looking for this type of relationship with Prodigy, email email@example.com and ask for an application to become a vendor.
Q: Can I order things I see on the Prodigy Website Shop with the order form?
A: No, you cannot. Treat this like you would your favorite local vendor, if you see things you like, you must purchase those items from the website.
Tournament Team (TT) / Ambassador Team (AT) / Protege Team (PT)
- Captain: Esther Benaim
- Email: Esther@prodigydisc.com
- Website: https://www.prodigydisc.com/pages/ambassador-team
Street Team (ST)
- Captains: East Coast - Drew Runnfeldt ; West Coast - Dillon and Kathryn Gassaway
- Team Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.prodigydisc.com/pages/street-team
Battalion Team (BT)
- Captain: Michael Kirchner
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.prodigydisc.com/pages/battalion-team
American Sign Language Team (ASLT)
- Captain: Robert Huizar
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.prodigydisc.com/pages/team-asl-prodigy
- Captain: Don Lane
- Email: Don.Lane@prodigydisc.com
- Website: https://prodigydisc.ca/2021-canadian-prodigy-team/