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Team Nova Scotia wins silver at Canadian 4on4 Nationals in 2015
Play in the Halifax Regional Municipality and its surrounds (up to and including Porter's Lake, Enfield, Emlstale, Mount Uniacke, and Hubbards) is being restricted as of February 27, 2021 at 8am until the end of Friday, March 26, 2021. Specifically, quoting the provincial news release: "sports practices and training and arts and culture rehearsals can have 25 people without physical distancing but there can be no games, competitions, tournaments or in-person performances and there can be no spectators" .
The restriction also asks to limit non-essential travel, especially to and from the restricted areas of HRM, Hants, and Lunenburg counties. This restriction would affect disc golf players who are looking to play on different courses.
Expect an update shortly from DiscNS on which phase of the return to play protocol for ultimate is in effect.
Here is what the Government of Nova Sotia expects from Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) like DiscNS:
DiscNS does not say, nor does it want to say, how individual organizations run. Whether an informal group who get together, a not-for-profit organization, or a business, DiscNS doesn't speak to their non-sport activities or operations. If that group, organization, or business intends to run a disc-related sport event then the province looks to DiscNS to set the previously-mentioned parameters and suitability of the event. If a group, organization, or business expects to operate outside the PSOs for events then they should be applying to the province for special event permission.
Within the described framework, DiscNS acknowledges the typical local leagues and the regular MDGA competition series schedule as well-established "regular competition" in the province.
Feb. 19, 2021 6:40pm update: DiscNS looks to recognize "regular competition" as competition is presented to us. If you want to have sport something recognized as a "regular competition schedule", please send the summary of your organization's past events and the event plan to continue the regular schedule to DiscNS to review.
The province updated its covid restrictions. As of Monday, January 25 games between teams that would regularly play against one another can resume in the province. This opening includes league play. Tournaments that would bring together teams that wouldn't normally play against one another, like a provincial tournament, are not allowed yet.
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
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.