Nova Scotia reopening plan Phase 3 allows for each hole in Disc Golf to be treated as a separate field of play. 

Participants and officials in organized sports (recreational, amateur and professional) can gather with up to 50 people outdoors without social distancing for practices, games and competition.

Spectators are permitted (indoor and outdoor) for sports hosted by a business or organization that have an event plan. Facilities are permitted to have spectators for up to 50% of capacity of the facility with a maximum of 150 people outdoors.

Regular competition has been deemed by Disc Nova Scotia to include registered league play or events previously scheduled or as having happened in the past with similar sets of athletes.

We ask that in order to remain safe and vigilant, these precautions are also observed:

 

TRACKING ATTENDANCE & EVENT REGISTRATION/PAYMENT
- Attendance is permitted only by online pre-registration.
- Registration payment is online only & done at time of pre-registration.
- Full contact information (name, address, email, phone #) is collected for each participant to
ensure contact tracing would be exact and efficient.
- During events the course(s) would be closed to anyone that is not registered.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING
- Maintain Social distance as much as possible while participating in an event.
 

- Participants must to wear masks/face covering when not possible
 

GATHERING LIMITS

- All components of the events to be outdoors
- Participants will be asked not to arrive at the course more than 30 minutes prior to their
assigned tee time, and to leave the course promptly when their round is completed. This would
ensure that at no time the gathering limit would be exceeded for any area of the course(s).

 

(AVOID LOITERING IN PARKING LOT)
 

- Tee off groups not to exceed 4 players per group 
- Any communication will be in digital format (ie no physical caddy book or players meetings) 

 

HYGIENE & SANITIZATION
- Hand sanitizer provided at entrance and exit to the outdoor venue(s).
- No common touch surfaces at the event.
- Players to be prohibited from touching any other player's equipment.
- Players ONLY touch only their disc when removing it from the basket, and to
remove their disc immediately after completing the hole, so that only one disc is ever in the
basket at a given time. No player is to throw while a disc is in the basket.
- All scoring to be done electronically (no paper scorecards)

-Participants encouraged to wear masks when social distancing is not possible.

All PDGA sanctioned events should follow the prescribed best practices as provided by the Professional
Disc Golf Association


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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.

Links:

Ultimate Canada Nationals Update

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:

https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20210528006

https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

https://novascotia.ca/closures-cancellations-and-service-changes/

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:

Please respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan on attending the meeting so that we have an estimate on whether or not we will reach quorum for the meeting and to ensure that we send you connection details directly for the meeting. 

Questions and comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are welcome in advance of the AGM.

 

(Documents uploaded May 18, 2021 and linked into agenda)

2020 AGM Minutes

2020-2021 Annual Report

2021-2022 Plan

2021 Balance Sheet

2020-2021 Financial Statement and 2020 Proposed Budget

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.

You can find a list of the multi-sport training modules online at coach.ca

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.

When courses come up for fees, DiscNS has some funds to help with the course registration costs for affiliate Board members and sport coaches.  E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to access that support.

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:

  • new sport limits: 10 people total indoor and 25 people total outdoor
  • no games, competition, and events.  Any team training must remain among consistent groups

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:

  •   eliminate non-essential travel to/from the HRM area
  •   eliminate social events or special events
  •   stop sports practices, training, games, competitions, or tournaments

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.

Links     

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Press Release: April 22, 2021   

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Gathering Limits   

Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines