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2021 Annual General Meeting Notice - September 11, 2021

Notification to all Darts Alberta members to MARK THE DATE!

The 2021 Darts Alberta Annual General Meeting (typically held in March each year) has been rescheduled and will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Ponoka Legion. A singles Ranked Tournament will be held following the meeting for all members 18 years of age or older. A doubles tournament will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021. There will be no Youth Tournament held at this event, but it will return in 2022.

More AGM details including positions up for election and all tournament details to follow.

The 2022 Annual General Meeting will be held, as usual, in mid-March 2022.

 

2021 Team Alberta Decision

After in depth discussions held by the Board, the following decision has been made:

In light of the recent Government COVID-19 restrictions, if the 2021 National Championship goes ahead, Darts Alberta will be sending the 2020 adult and youth teams. Darts Alberta will be hosting a new Provincial Championship in 2022 to determine both the youth and adult teams, even if the 2021 National Championships is not held.

 

If any team members have questions, please contact Darryll Walsh (youth@dartsalberta.com) or Judi Brown (provincialdirector@dartsalberta.com). If members have questions, please direct them to Fred Seaward (president@dartsalberta.com).

 

We hope that as restrictions are reduced or removed that we can all get back to competing in darts at the regional, provincial and national levels. In the meantime, we wish all of our members a safe and healthy holiday season!

 

On behalf of the Darts Alberta Board of Directors

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.

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