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2020/2021 NDFC Memberships

Dear Darts Alberta members,

The Darts Alberta board of executives understands the struggles we are all having due to Covid 19 restrictions. With this in mind, and the fact that the season was cut short last year because of these restrictions, Darts Alberta will be registering and paying the NDFC for the 2020/2021 membership year for any individuals that had an NDFC membership last year at no charge to the individual. I will be mailing a new card to each of you. If any of your personal information has changed; such as address, phone number or email address please email me at membership@dartsalberta.com as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Angela Hovey

Membership Director

 

 

National Coaches Week

During National Coaches Week, Darts Alberta wants to say #ThanksCoach for all of your hard work throughout all of last season and for making sure all of our youth stay safe during these unprecedented and challenging times!

Updates to Sport Guidance Documents

To all Member League Executives and Members:

It was quite disturbing to see posts that suggest that Darts Alberta is trying to control darts, leagues or bars throughout Alberta or hiding information from its members. As the governing body for our sport, our job is to ensure that member leagues and members have the necessary information regarding what the current government requirements are (which are public documents available online and can accessed by anyone) and to offer guidelines so that we can all continue to play our sport safely within current government restrictions. Because we are in such unprecedented times, these requirements change rapidly. 

Yesterday, the Alberta’s Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation department informed Darts Alberta about recent changes to the https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-sports-physical-activity-and-recreation.pdf guidance document that took effect on August 28, 2020. There will also be a meeting scheduled in the very near future to help all sport organizations understand these new changes. 

One of the most significant changes relating to darts is that our sport has been included in a brand new section titled: “Leagues where 2 metre distancing can be maintained between teams (e.g., Bowling, Curling, Darts, Lawn Bowling)” (detailed on Page 9 of the above link). However, it is important to understand that this means that the 2 metre distancing must always be maintained at all times. If physical distancing of at least 2 metres can be maintained at all times, there is no limit to the number of teams within a league. This was NEVER an option until just days ago. 

However, it is believed that there is a limited number of dart venues in Alberta where 2 metre distance can always be maintained. Most dartboard set ups are less than 6 feet apart. So that would require that most venues would have to remove every other dartboard and even then, depending upon the space within the playing area or pub, 2 metre distancing might still be a challenge. 
The Darts Alberta Board of Directors just wishes to suggest caution be used when considering this new allowance of unlimited teams.

Questions that league organizers need to ask themselves included:

  • Do all of our venues and playing areas provide enough space to ensure physical distancing of at least 2 meters between teams can be maintained at all times? 
  • Does our league have the necessary resources to ensure that physical distancing between teams is maintained at all times? 

If a league or club can enforce and monitor social distancing practices, then cohort of 50 or less do not have to be set up for a league. However, the cohort system is still an option for leagues that know physical distancing cannot be maintained at all times or for a league does not have the resources to regularly monitor all venues. 

Members are also reminded that many leagues play out of legions and other services clubs and it is important that they follow any additional rules that are set up to protect their older patrons that are at higher risk. 
Our Administrator has fielded many calls and emails from our adult league and youth club organizers and she will continue to be available as a resource for any leagues that have additional questions or need further clarification on how to get the season started. 


Fred Seaward
Darts Alberta President
 

COVID-19 Safe Return to Darts Protocols

Darts is a recognized sport in Alberta. As the governing body for the sport of darts in Alberta, it is expected that Darts Alberta provide the necessary sport-specific guidance for the creation of mini dart club cohorts during Stage 2. 

Any dart league formed during Stage 2, regardless of location, is required to follow the Government of Alberta’s Guidance for Organized Sport, Physical Activity & Recreationhttps://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-organized-sport-physical-activity-and-recreation.pdf and expected to follow sport-specific supplemental protocols. 

Darts Alberta has created COVID-19 Protocols for a Safe Return to Darts in Stage 2 to assist leaders in ensuring a safe return to our sport. 

Before joining any mini dart club/league cohort, dart players in Alberta are urged to review these protocols to know what they should expect and do their research regarding what screening and safety protocols are in place for that cohort, including what measures are in place to protect the public patrons outside of the cohort.

As stated by Dr. Hinshaw on June 9, 2020, “These (cohort) numbers do not guarantee safety. What they do is they help us contain if there is an exposure or small outbreak, contain the number of people who would be exposed to make sure it doesn’t spread widely.” 

We ask everyone to please stay safe and play safe. 

All COVID-19 Resources and Templates

How the Launch of Stage 2 Impacts Darts

The Darts Alberta Administrator had the opportunity to participate in a conference call with government, other sport organizations, recreation facility managers and Dr. Hinshaw to better under the Launch of Stage 2 on June 12, 2020, what that means to sports and to better understand sport cohorts.

A mini-league/cohort is defined as a closed, small group of no more than 50 individuals who participate in the same sport or activity, and remain together for the duration of Stage 2. Regional could be a smaller town or broken into smaller communities within a larger city.

Many sports are permitted to resume activities with very strict safety guidelines. Social/physical distancing continues to be an expectation in restaurants, bars, community centres and service clubs where darts are played. It would be extremely difficult to social/physical distance while competing in darts. This means that NO open dart jitneys and NO open dart tournaments of any kind are allowed in Stage 2.

However, there is more flexibility for ‘cohort’ groups (mini-leagues) – small groups of people whose members cannot always keep two metres apart:

1. A household can increase its close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people

  • This is your network of family and close friends. This does not mean that you can invite 14 people to play darts in your basement on Friday and then have another 14 different people over to play darts on Saturday. This does mean that if you are out with a family cohort, a dart board is accessible and social/physical distancing from other non-family members can be maintained, you and your family cohort can enjoy a few games of darts.

2. Sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to the same 50 players in what will be referred to as mini leagues.

  • This means that mini dart leagues can be created in Stage 2 but strict guidelines will need to be followed. Darts Alberta is working on a sport specific guidance document. As stated by government, these same 50 individuals who participate in the same sport, activity or performing arts group, must remain together for the duration of Stage 2 and cannot change to a different cohort/mini-league unless they self-isolate for 14 days. The reason for this is to be able to easily trace and control an outbreak. Because guidelines are needed, any sort of mini dart league/cohort CANNOT be created until this guidance document is available from Darts Alberta—the governing body for darts in Alberta.

3. Individuals can be part of one sport or performing arts cohort and their household cohort.

  • This means that you can have your 15 family/friends network and be involved in one sport, activity or performing arts group.

4. People CANNOT be part of two different sport/performing cohorts to minimize the risk of spread to a larger group.

  • This means that in Stage 2, an individual has to choose what sport or activity or cohort to be involved in. For example, if you are part of a darts cohort, you couldn’t be part of a baseball cohort. If there are several mini dart leagues/cohorts to choose from, you will have to make a decision of which mini league/cohort to join. 

5. Traveling for competition outside of your regional cohort is not permitted in Stage 2.

  • This means one mini dart league cannot have a competition with a different mini dart league.

Darts Alberta is in the process of putting together a COVID-19 Safe Return to the Sport of Darts Guidance document for mini-leagues/cohorts. As the development of such a document is very new to us, we ask for your patience in getting this developed. Government resources are being made available to us to review the guidance document for any potential gaps.

Because physical distancing cannot be maintained while playing darts, Darts Alberta cannot emphasize this enough:
—No public dart jitney of any kind is permitted in Stage 2
—No public dart tournament of any kind is permitted in Stage 2
—A mini dart league/cohort CANNOT be created until the Darts Alberta guidance document is available

Call for Board Nominations for 2020 AGM

The 2020 Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Ponoka Legion. The Agenda and the AGM poster has not been published yet as they are still being finalized. 

To provide as much notice as possible, the Board wants to ensure that all members are aware of our policy relative to elections that was adopted last year. To summarize the policy, ANY MEMBER wishing to run for a position on the Board of Directors must submit their intent to run for the position(s) by notifying the Administrator no later than 14 day prior to the Annual General Meeting. For the 2020 Annual General Meeting, your INTENT TO RUN and Volunteer Application (if not already on file) must be received by no later than Sunday, March 8, 2020.

For current Board Members, applications are already on file and only notification is required if running for the position they currently hold. For any other member wishing to run for a position, you must submit a Volunteer Application to the Administrator (administrator@dartsalberta.com) no later than 14 days prior to the election. 

At the 2020 Annual General Meeting, the following positions are up for election:

Details regarding each position description can be found by clicking on any of the above positions.

Additional Resources:

  • Volunteer Application Form (PDF Fillable)
  • All details regarding the election process are contained within Policy 030. This policy outlines the only exceptions for when nominations will be taken from the floor as well as the timelines of when members must comply with the Volunteer Screening Policy.
  • Further details about the Darts Alberta Volunteer Screening Process are contained in Policy 022.

CALLING ALL COACHES

As more coaches are being trained, a new process was implemented in 2016 and those processes were put into a new Alberta Policy 031.

Darts Alberta Coaches must have successfully completed the NDFC Level 1 Coaching course (online) and a minimum of the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions module. Consideration may be given to someone that is already in the process of completing the on-line course or already registered for the MED course, depending on their other qualifications and experience and the qualifications of other candidates. 

Each applicant must complete the Darts Alberta Volunteer Application and submit this to the Darts Alberta Administrator by no later than February 29, 2020.
Each successful applicant must comply with the screening criteria as outlined in Darts Alberta Policy 022.

Each applicant must be available, preferably in person, for the interview process that will be held on the evening of Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Ponoka.

Note that when completing the application for coaches, the options are listed under “Appointed Positions”. If interested in both Youth and Adult Coach Positions, please click on your preferred choice in the drop down menu and make a note of your second choice in the Comments Section.

Should a coach have any questions regarding training, certification or the selection process, please contact administrator@dartsalberta.com for more details.

2020 Adult Provincial Championships

All zone results are in and those guaranteed to participate in the 2020 Provincial Championship have now been published. If you are planning on participating in the event, please ensure that you review all of the pertinent information and links listed below as well as the tournament poster and Men's and Women's Eligibility Lists.

Special room rates have been made available at the Best Western Premiere Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre.

The Women’s Zone Playoffs had a great response with a total of 74 participants. A total of 64 women are accepted into the provincial championship. This includes the 4 players that are eligible to accept their invitation directly to the provincials.

  • Alex Foulds (Top 4 on the April 30, 2019 Ranking List)
  • Crystal Chiasson (Top 4 on the April 30, 2019 Ranking List)
  • Nicki Rolls (Top 4 on the April 30, 2019 Ranking List)
  • Linda Ledingham (Top 4 on the April 30, 2019 Ranking List)

We also had a great response in the Men’s Zone Playoffs with a total of 146 participants. A total of 80 men are accepted into the provincial championship. This includes the 3 players that are eligible to accept their invitation directly to the provincials.

  • Ken MacNeil (Top 4 on the April 30, 2019 Ranking List)
  • Johnny Hannon (Top 4 on the April 30, 2019 Ranking List)
  • Shaun Narain (Top 4 on the April 30, 2019 Ranking List)
  • Mike Dwyer (Top 4 on the April 30, 2019 Ranking List) - gave up bye to participate in zones

The lists of eligible participants (Men's and Ladies) shows those guaranteed a spot in the 2020 Provincials. For those listed as PENDING, eligibility is dependent on the number of guaranteed players that show up to participate from each zone. It is important to note that some players compete in the Zone playoffs and although they may have a guaranteed spot, they often choose not to travel to the provincials. This opens up additional spots for zone participants listed as pending and any individuals wishing to buy into the event that didn’t compete in zones. If any guaranteed players in your zone are not participating, this would automatically move everyone up on the list from your zone.

If more than 64 women or more than 80 men show up to register, the following order is used to determine eligibility:

  • All those players listed as guaranteed as well as any pending players to fill the total spots allocated to each zone.
  • If additional spots are still available, these will be filled from other zone participants based on a formula that includes seeding points and current Darts Alberta ranking.
  • Any individuals that wish to buy into the event that didn’t complete in zone playoffs provided space is available.

Anyone planning on participating in the 2020 Provincial Championships should be aware of the following key points:

  • The 2020 National Championships are being held in Sydney, Nova Scotia. If you make the team, you will be required to be in attendance from Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19. There are optional ranked tournaments the weekend prior and the weekend after.
  • Along with the coaching team, only a total of 8 men and 8 women will be provided funding by Darts Alberta to participate at the Nationals.
  • As a member of Team Alberta and this being a non-casino year, the Team Qualifier / Commitment Fee will be $300.00 per person with the opportunity to earn $100.00 back if you work the upcoming casino (Third Quarter of 2021). This fee entitles each team member with transportation, shared accommodations during the National Championship, a team shirt, banquet ticket and their entry fee into the nationals – all paid by Darts Alberta.

The format of play at the Provincials, for both the men's and women's events, is a round robin advancing to a double knockout:

  • Under 32 players – 8 sections of up to a maximum of 4 players with all players advancing to a 32-draw
  • 33 to 40 players – 8 sections of up to a maximum of 5 players with the top 4 advancing to a 32-draw
  • 41 to 48 players – 8 sections of up to a maximum of 6 players with all players advancing to a 64-draw
  • 49 to 64 players – 16 sections of up to a maximum of 4 players with all players advancing to a 64-draw
  • 65 to 80 players (men) – 16 sections of up to a maximum of 5 players with the top 4 advancing to a 64-draw

All details regarding the 2020 Provincial Championships are contained on the poster. Should you have any questions, please contact the DA Administrator (administrator@dartsalberta.com) or the DA Tournament Director (tournament@dartsalberta.com).

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