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Team Nova Scotia wins silver at Canadian 4on4 Nationals in 2015
Disc NS is offering a set of “Learn to Play” ultimate clinics.
The clinics span 3 weeks starting this Saturday (October 17) at 5 pm on field 4 of the BMO Soccer Center. Each clinic lasts 50 minutes.
At each clinic, coaches will work with you on two parts of ultimate: throwing/catching and basic tactics.
The clinic will end with a 15 minute scrimmage to use what you have learned.
We will have Covid waivers to sign when you arrive.
Please register on this Google document for the clinics, with a maximum of 24 spots: Google sign-up sheet . Signing-up is a prerequisite to gain entrance to the BMO building.
As of October 1, 2020, the province of Nova Scotia is allowing competitive play in sports for up to 50 participants (including coaches and subs).
We have updated the return to play document to reflect how the province is managing access to competitive play. The updated return to play plan is at https://www.discns.ca/images/PDFs/ReturnToPlay/DiscNS_Return_to_play_v21.pdf
Within that plan, play for ultimate is set to be phase 3, which allows for league-style play without additional distancing for marking.
If conditions change in the province, we will be updating the phase of play in which we belong.
For indoor play, facilities will have added restrictions that we must follow.
As always, keep with the spirit of the game in any play: play safely, respect the sport, and respect your fellow athletes in all cases including keeping their health safe too.
We have confirmed a clarification wtih Sport Nova Scotia that the current (July 29, 2020) allowance for social gatherings of 10 or fewer without physical distancing can be applied to sport. Quoting from their web page:
"The current NS Sport Guidelines for sport activities, such as practices and games remain in place. This means that there can be a maximum of 50 participants on a field of play, socially distanced, if the facility space allows, or there can be groups of 10 participants who are not distancing, provided each group is distanced from the other, again to a total of 50 participants. As per previous communications, it is recommended that each group of 10 remains the same as much as possible."
Consequently, it is possible to have some small game interactions in groups of 10 or fewer (10 maximum, including subs, coaches, spectators, etc.) and where the groups remain relatively stable. Further clarification in a public call with Dr. Strang on July 28 indicated that groups of 10 are meant to be pre-formed, which would allow for pre-formed team interactions but not pick-up interactions.
This clarification does not alter the current return to play plan for ultimate or our current phase in that plan. The plan applies to general play in the sport.
The DiscNS Annual General Meeting (AGM) happened online on June 25, 2020. We are grateful for all the members who took the time to attend the meeting.
We are pleased to report that the propsed changes to the DiscNS bylaws were passed by the members at the meeting.
We welcome Lara Kesteloo and Megan Melanson to the Board for the year as Directors. They join Raoul Tanyan who was appointed to the Board in November 2019 into a vacancy and who was voted onto the Board at the AGM.
Last, we thank Shelby Hewitt for her contributions to DiscNS as she steps down from the Board.
Ultimate Canada will be hosting two Competition Development workshops online August 8-9, and August 22-23 from 11 am-5 pm ET each day. This is a pilot for online delivery, and attendees will receive full credit for the course. Spots are limited as they can only accept 12 people per workshop.
The Competition Development workshops are courses for coaches. Individuals in the course must have completed the Competition Introduction coaching course.
The course focuses on a model through which a coach can break down and improve athlete skills and tactics. It considers three steps: intention, detection, and correction of the skill or tactic.
More info is available at https://canadianultimate.com/en_ca/nccp-ultimate-competition-development
August 4 update: Ultimate Canada has indicated that these two pilot online offerings will allow participants who have not completed the Competition Introduction coaching course.
Pursuant to the Nova Scotia Disc Sports Society (DiscNS) by-laws, this is a notice to the members of DiscNS of the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the membership:
DATE: Thursday, June 25, 2020
LOCATION: Online (sign on at https://meetings.businessconnect.telus.com/j/1429587497 If asked for the meeting number, use 1429587497). Will be continuing from the Halifax Ultimate AGM that starts at 7:30.
TIME: 8:30 pm. (June 25: corrected from 7:30, which is the HU AGM)
The agenda of the meeting is as follows:
On the special resolution, the proposed changes to the bylaws aim to effect the following changes:
Opportunistically, the changes also clean up how the use of definitions in the bylaws.
Should the special resolution pass, the voting of Directors for the next year will include some 2-year positions and some 1-year positions to start the interleaving Director terms.
AGM slides (posted June 25, 2020)
Meeting logistics update (June 25, 2020)
With the online format, we will have Member microphones muted. Please open the chat box on the online system (zoom interface) and either put a request to speak in the chat area or pose your question there. We will unmute your microphone when it is your turn to speak.
Voting will be through a Google form. Links to the Google form will be posted in the meeting chat box at the time of the vote. We anticipate 4 times to vote in the meeting:
- agenda and last year's minutes
- approval of financials
- special resolution
- voting on a new set of Directors
Only Members of Halifax Ultimate, Pictou County Ultimate, and the Maritime Disc Golf Association are eligible to vote. On votes, we will ask for your name and affiliated organization(s) solely for the purpose of verifying the validity of the vote and the presence at the meeting.
The province has reviewed and accepted our return to play plans for ultimate and disc golf. Thank you to Halifax Ultimate and Pictou County Ultimate for their help in reaching the return to play plan. The ultimate plan is at discns.ca/images/PDFs/ReturnToPlay/DiscNS_Return_to_play.pdf and we are in phase 2. The disc golf plan was developed by the PDGA for disc golf. The PDGA plan is available online www.pdga.com/files/pdga_requirements_and_best_practices_during_covid-19_v2_0.pdf
The province has updated its FAQ on gatherings in the province. Page 5 in particular speaks to sport activities and indicates that skills and drills events can happen, with sufficient distancing. Planning official events still require us to comply with a return to play plan.
The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Nova Scotia can be found at novascotia.ca/coronavirus