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2021 Calgary Open Cancelled

Although the Calgary Pub Dart League was trying hard to reschedule a date for the 2021 Calgary Open, this was not possible due to the number of other NDFC ranked tournaments already scheduled in September. The Calgary Open will return in August 2022.

Special Member Doubles Tournament

A special Member Doubles Tournament is being held on SUNDAY, September 12, 2021 in conjunction with the 2021 AGM and AGM Shoot. This event has all of the same requirements as the Member League Doubles Championships, with the exception of the member league requirement for this year only. Please see the tournament calendar event for full details. If you are uncertain of your membership status with Darts Alberta, contact membership@dartsalberta.com.

Call for Board Nominations

The 2020/20212 Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Ponoka Legion. 

The Board wants to ensure that all members are aware of our policy relative to elections that was adopted in 2018. 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 2021 Annual General Meeting, your INTENT TO RUN and Volunteer Application (if not already on file) must be received by no later than Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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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
 

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