Photo credit to Ultimate Canada
Team Nova Scotia wins silver at Canadian 4on4 Nationals in 2015
The province of Nova Scotia is now in phase 5 (since: October 4 2021). Here are some of the key points.
Most restrictions will be lifted while some will remain in place.
· There will no longer be a requirement for physical distance.
· There will no longer be gathering limits for events hosted by a business organization. The informal gathering limits of 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors will remain in place.
· Masks will still be required in indoor public places. Reccommended for play but not mandatory.
· As noted above, the proof of full vaccination requirement will start October 4.
· Current border restrictions will remain in place and be expanded to include people coming from PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador. That means self-isolation will still be required after travel for people who aren’t fully vaccinated (at least 7 days plus 2 negative tests). International travelers will continue to follow federal requirements.
· Otherwise, the only restrictions that will remain in place for the general population are those related to management of COVID-19 cases. For example, people with symptoms must still get tested, isolate while they wait for results and continue to isolate if they test positive.
Additionally, The province has released an application to make scanning vaccination records easier
The VaxCheckNS app is available as of October 22 2021 for businesses and organizations to use to scan proof of vaccination QR codes. This will allow users to quickly confirm an individual’s vaccination status. Valid photo ID or Nova Scotia Health Card must be presented with the QR code.
The province has provided a PDF to outline the VaxCheckNS app and its use, you can find that here
Ultimate Canada has released an update regarding Nationals for 2021. Ultimate Canada is looking to host national club events for adult divisions in late September/early October instead of August. No decision has been made regarding the CUUC series.
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.
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)
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.
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 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 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