COVID-19 March Update

Hello to one and all in our disc flying family, I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and well.

With disc golf courses able to re-open on the 29th of March (in England) the Board has once again turned it’s attention to the tour.

After the AGM in Nov 2020, we decided that due to the uncertain nature of this pandemic we would delay plans for the new tour format and instead focus on flexibility and ease of running events in 2021(click here for Tour Structure). Since then we have had a further two more National Lockdowns which just proved how unpredictable these challenging times are for us all.

Despite all this, it has become clear that the desire to play competitive golf is now stronger than ever. We on the Board have been blown away by the passion expressed by so many of our membership and wider community showing interest in, and let’s not beat around the OB, damn right demanding more events. The comments across the socials, chat groups and Podcasts (well done to all you guys btw) have not gone unnoticed.

This is, as I’m sure you are aware, not an easy task and one that we take very seriously for the sake of the sport, for growth, for fairness, for tour integrity and above all else the safety and well being of our members and community.

During Mondays Board meeting we discussed several plans and options and took into account all the points above for each one. Between the 29th March and 17th May (in England) the ‘Rule of 6’ comes back which will allow events to have groups of up to six players which is great, however, the guidance to ‘minimalise travel’ is also still in place. Because of this, we have decided to only sanction ‘One Day Events’ up to May 17th and we will be encouraging TD’s to formulate local player registration.

Here’s the exciting part. Because the fairest way for all of our members to accrue points is to have access to LOCAL sanctioned events we want to create the framework to make this possible, allowing people to host local events for local players until restrictions ease adequately enough to actively encourage people to travel to more events nationally. The Board are going to be fervently discussing with Clubs and Td’s (old and new) to get as wide a spread of events across the country as we can over the next 7 weeks. This will give as many members as we can an opportunity to play competitive golf in the safest manner possible.

How can you help?
If you would like to host an event in your area then we would love to hear from you. If you are part of a club that would like to host an event then please also get in touch. We are going to provide as much help and support as we can. We saw last year that Covid Safe disc golf events can be achieved and we have the tools to do so. Even if you have a place to play but no baskets then yes we can help you too. The more widespread we can make these one-day events then, the less, players will want to travel and that is the responsible thing to do.
Here is the current EVENTS LIST (the second tab has all the details) to give you an idea of what is already planned. Side note, we are having some technical difficulties with the website and as such are unable to amend the events page on it so best to keep a link to the Events Spreadsheet to hand until further notice.

We really want to thank everyone, old and new, that has already signed up to be a Full BDGA Member. We are very grateful for your continued support towards us and the growth of disc golf in the UK. If you would like to join us then please click on the link HERE for all the details.

National Director – Sam Stevens –
Secretary – Si Luard –
Director of Competitions – Phil Wood –
Director of Communications – Paul Stoddart –

On a personal note, as ever I thank you all for continuing to support disc golf in the UK throughout this last year. Your patience, understanding and camaraderie have been a testament to what makes disc golf a sport for ALL. I look forward to the day when I can have a round with you all.

As always, FLY SAFE 🙂
Paul Stoddart

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