(May 6, 2020)
We appreciate PDGA members, and disc golfers everywhere, who took our “Skip the Course. Stay Home” message to heart. We know that you miss playing, but your unselfish actions contributed to slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. We’ve also been inspired by your creativity. We have enjoyed seeing the wellspring of backyard courses, virtual putting competitions, and other unique disc golf competitions that have kept us entertained on social media throughout the pandemic. Our community, while one that generally thrives on being together in person, has also flourished while being apart.
As we all know, disc golf is a fantastic recreational activity that provides many health benefits, and its outdoor environment is conducive to physical distancing. With that in mind, and with certain localities easing their coronavirus-related restrictions, the PDGA is issuing new guidance for returning to the course for casual play.
Sanctioned play is still suspended through May 31, 2020. The following guidance is intended to promote responsible individual and small-group recreational play:
- Follow the guidance of your local health authorities.
- If you’re under a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order, please stick with it.
- Some parks/courses may still be closed even if recreation is permitted in your area. Please respect those boundaries and be a role model for disc golfers everywhere.
- If you’re not feeling well, stay home. And if you belong to a group that is considered more vulnerable to the virus, please consider additional precautions.
- Stick to solo rounds as much as possible. Please keep your group size to four or less.
- Maintain physical distancing of six feet or more at all times.
- Be sure to touch only your own equipment.
- Skip the high-fives and fist bumps in favor of other contactless celebrations.
- Consider picking up “gimme” putts to minimize your contact with shared surfaces.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently and avoid touching your face.
Please play responsibly, limit group size, follow the guidance of your local officials, and be prepared to adapt once again if conditions change. In the meantime, be safe, throw well, and enjoy your time outdoors.
Justin Menickelli, Ph.D.
President, PDGA Board of Directors
PDGA Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic (Updated March 20, 2020)
On the advisement and counsel of the PDGA Medical Committee, the PDGA has extended its suspension of event sanctioning through April 30, 2020.
The Medical Committee has reviewed data on the spread of COVID-19, the illness related to the novel coronavirus pandemic, in the United States and other countries. This data has shown that extending the period of time during which the PDGA does not sanction events can help contribute to slowing the spread of the virus and encourage people to practice social distancing and other recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Medical Committee also recommends that several vulnerable populations isolate themselves from contact with others per the WHO and CDC. This includes:
- People who are 65 years or older
- People with a compromised immune system
- Those suffering from respiratory or cardiac conditions
- Anyone who is pregnant
The Committee and PDGA staff will continue to keep informed about the situation and provide further updates with regard to continued suspension or reinstatement of play as soon as they are available. Additionally, we ask our members to heed the advice and directives of national, regional, and local authorities.
2019 Year in Review
2019 was a great year for disc golf and the PDGA in Arizona. We owe a huge THANK YOU to all of the great volunteers out there. Seriously, thank you. On top of all the great unsanctioned 2019 events in AZ, we had 53 PDGA events (+11). 693 AZ PDGA members (+265). 7 AZ PDGA Affiliate Clubs (+4). In 2012-2017 we had 5 PDGA Sanctioned League sessions in AZ. In 2018-2019 we had 33 PDGA Sanctioned League Sessions in 8 cities across our great State. In 2019 alone we had 192 Sanctioned League rounds! 8.7 was the average amount of weeks per League session. The average participation was 29 unique players per session. Arizona disc golfers have never before had more rated rounds, earned more points and earned more World Championship invites than in 2019. Congratulations to all and thank you again. Looking forward to another record breaking year in 2020.
Election Thank You
Thank you Arizona PDGA Members for your support! I especially want to thank my wife Rikki Taylor, Jesus and the Fountain Hills Disc Golf Club. I also want to thank Hall of Famer Dan Ginnelly for the foundation he has built, all the trails he has blazed and for his past years of service in this role. Our army of Arizona unpaid volunteers has a lot to do in the 2 years ahead. We'll be looking for more Regional Coordinators to help facilitate communication and coordination of events in our state. Please get involved. Thank you again. David Taylor Jr. #24603 Arizona PDGA State Coordinator 2018-2020.
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