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Team Nova Scotia wins silver at Canadian 4on4 Nationals in 2015
Changes Effective Wednesday, June 16
As of Wednesday, June 16 at 8:00am, in accordance with Sport NS and NS Health; players, participants and officials in organized sports (recreational, amateur and professional) can practice and train with up to 10 people indoors and up to 25 people outdoors without social distancing.
The 25 includes all participants and staff. At this time, the province is in phase 2, we remain in phase 1 of our reccomendations and suggest no marking, no competition and no travel between districts (stay local to practice, play and scrimmage)
More details on Disc Golf to follow.
For up to date provincial health guidelines:
Changes Effective Wednesday, June 2
Outdoor training and practices will be permitted for unique groups of 10. The 10 includes all participants and staff, and the groups must remain consistent from practice to practice. Multiple groups of 10 will be allowed on the field of play at a time as long as they can ensure that they remain physically distanced. There can be no alternating between groups at any time.
You are free to create pods of 10 and play. You cannot shuffle or otherwise alternate between pods at this time.
Please note that Nova Scotians are asked to avoid non-essential travel into and out of Cape Breton Regional Municipality and into and out of areas of Halifax Regional Municipality, Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, Mount Uniacke, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum and Trafalgar. Sport is not considered essential. A final decision will be made about travel for those areas of the province early next week, based on COVID-19 activity.
For up to date provincial health guidelines:
The 2021 DiscNS annual general meeting saw a change in the DiscNS Board for the upcoming year.
Lara Kesteloo and Megan Melanson did not renew for the Board. We thank them both for their contributions over this past year. Lara was pivotal in bringing together the ultimate return-to-play protocol for the province and in sorting out some of our accesses to finances. Megan took the lead in trying to think through access for youth throughout a year when any kind of sport interactions were difficult.
The Board also welcomes two new members to the Board: Matt Campbell and Jessie Legate. We welcome Matt and Jessie to the Board and look forward to their new perspectives on disc sports in the province.
Effective 8am, April 28, 2021, Nova Scotia is going into a 2 week lockdown (to May 12). The lockdown is province-wide.
The lockdown means that sports stop, which includes practices, lessons, training and competition.
Indoor gathering limits are set to be just your household bubble, with the exception of households of 2 or fewer, who can meet up with one or two others, but must be the same people for the two-week period.
Relative to the ultimate return to play protocol, the next two weeks regresses us to before phase 1 throughout the province.
The full provincial news release is at novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20210427003
We mentioned some National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) courses during this year's DiscNS annual general meeting.
Organizational modules of interest can include Safe Sport Training, Making Ethical Decisions, Manage a Sport Program, Making Head Way in Sport (concussion), and the Aboriginal Coaching modules.
Play modules of interest can include Developing Athletic Abilities, Prevention and Recovery, Psychology of Performance, and Planning a Practice.
To register for courses, you will need to create a (free) account in the NCCP coaching locker where the locker will then track your registrations and course completions.
The provice released further sport restrictions due to covid, effective April 25 (8am) until May 20.
We remain restricted from play or even training in the HRM and the surrounding regions.
Beyond the HRM, we now have new restrictions:
We're also at the point where we need to keep any sport local. Travel for sport in the province is not considered an essential service. Stay local, stay safe.
The DiscNS Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Thursday, May 28, 2021 at 8pm, following the Halifax Ultimate AGM.
You can connect to the AGM on the same like as the Halifax Ultimate AGM: https://meetings.businessconnect.telus.com/j/1420979823
We encourage DiscNS members who are not part of Halifax Ultimate to sign in earlier than 8pm in case the Halifax Ultimate AGM ends early.
The province announced new covid restrictions for the HRM and surrounding areas of Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum, and Trafalgar. The restrictions begin on the morning of Friday, April 23 and last for 4 weeks until May 20.
In short the announcement is that we:
Parks remain open so people can still exercise outdoor, subject to distancing and gathering limits.
Disc sport activities outside of the HRM should exercise caution, seeing the restrictions currently being set on the HRM due to increased covid case counts here.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for DiscNS will be held online this year due to the gathering restrictions for covid-19.
The meeting will be on Thursday, May 27, at 8:00 pm following the Halifax Ultimate AGM that same night. Details on the online connectivity tool for the meeting will follow and will be the same technology as used for Halifax Ultimate.
The agenda of the meeting is as follows:
(Documents uploaded May 18, 2021 and linked into agenda)
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.