With sports throughout Canada beginning to return to play on a regional basis, the NDFC must consider the current status of live sports and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. With non-essential interprovincial travel not being recommended and provincial safety measures in place that continue to restrict the number of participants at indoor events, the NDFC will not be approving NDFC ranking for any National Ranked Tournaments until further notice.
The NDFC has a duty of care to our players, as well as ensuring the integrity of the NDFC ranking system. Given that health and safety measures may not be able to be fully met at each event, each provincial government mandating their own maximum participation at events, and many players not able to travel or not comfortable with traveling, it would be inappropriate to provide NDFC Ranking Points for adult or youth tournaments at this time.
In light of the global pandemic and in co-operation with the provinces of Nova Scotia and Ontario and the Nationals Centralization committee, the National Championships for the Adult and Youth programs have been rescheduled to be held as awarded prior to this years’ cancellations.
Therefore in 2021 the Province of Nova Scotia will host, in 2022 the Province of Ontario will host and in 2023, the Nationals Centralization committee will take over hosting duties as per the 2019 AGM held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Many have questioned how the makeup of teams will be determined (e.g. provinces sending their 2020 team or a new provincial championship). This is up to each individual province or territory to determine. Some provinces were unable to host provincials in 2020 and don’t even have a 2020 team, while other provinces could have funding agreements in place that need to be considered.
With regard to the youth program, research has been done across other sports and no other sport has made any changes or provisions for exceptions for age groups. Therefore, the current NDFC rules will remain in place relative to the age restrictions for youth players for all upcoming Youth Nationals.
Dear NDFC Provincial Directors, Youth Directors and members:
Following consultation between the NDFC Executive, the decision has been made to cancel the NDFC Youth and Adult National Championships for 2020.
The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has brought the NDFC season to a halt and has severely disrupted the planning of all darts events. With so many factors to consider for every province involved, relating to health, finance and each of the provincial recommendations, we agree that this is the correct decision for all concerned.
We recommend also to follow Health Canada and the WHO website https://www.who.int/ for COVID-19 virus international status. The WHO website has public advice, how to protect yourself like hand washing.
With anticipated controversy regarding the different medical opinions it is impossible to predict any start up for darts this year.
The NDFC will be in contact with Provincial Directors with situation updates as they become available.
We are hoping that 2021 will be more positive with an anticipated Startup of the darts set to begin in January.
The NDFC executive would like to extend our thoughts and best wishes to everyone and hoping everyone stays safe.
The Official Ranking lists for April 30th (final rankings list for 2019-2020) have been posted on the website including all results of tournaments held up to March 31, 2020. There are no results from April tournaments as they were all cancelled.
Players eligible for ranking funds from the NDFC for their placings on these lists will receive a cheque by mail from the NDFC Financial Director, Don Crookshanks.
Congratulations to all the players who have travelled to these events and have earned these points.
Hoping to see you again in the very near future. Please take care and stay safe.
Maggie LeBlanc, NDFC Vice President-Ranking Officer
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Please go directly into the Tournament Calendar to see the status of any upcoming tournament.
Following government recommendations, and in the interest of the safety of our members, the NDFC has decided to cancel the 2020 Youth and Adult National Darts Championships at this time. Should government regulations change and the current crisis diminish, we will make every effort to hold the Championships later in the year. This is a global emergency and we must take the most stringent precautions for the safety of our membership and their families.
2020 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA
- YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – MAY 14 TO MAY 17, 2020 (see YOUTH CALENDAR for all events)
- ADULT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP– JUNE 16 TO JUNE 19, 2020 (see ADULT CALENDAR for all events)
FOR INFORMATION ON ELECTIONS AND NOMINATIONS (INFORMATION UNDER POLICIES AND GUIDELINES); ELECTIONS AND NOMINATION FORM
NOMINATION FORM AND PROFILE DOCUMENT ARE INCLUDING IN THE PROVINCIAL DIRECTORS SECTION
The following positions are up for election at the 2020 NDFC Annual General Meeting:
- First Vice President/Ranking Officer
- General Secretary
- Youth Development Director
Nominations must be submitted by no later than March 14, 2020 as per the instructions on the Nomination Form.
The 17th Harrows Barbados Darts Festival took place in the first two weeks of November offering participants, their friends and family a unique Caribbean cocktail of social and tournament darts and the chance to meet a host of new friends from different darting cultures as well as enjoying all those experiences that make Barbados one of the most sought after holiday destinations on the planet!
The Mixed Nations Pairs events at The Harrows Barbados Darts Festival make this darts event unique. Held each year on the second day of tournament play at Solidarity House, no other festival of its kind creates a tournament in which players from different countries enter a blind draw to play with each other in Pairs competitions. It makes for great camaraderie between players of different darting cultures, a mutual sharing of darting knowledge and techniques - and some cracking matches with the form book no safe guide to the outcome!
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