In compliance with our provincial health guidelines, no organized play is allowed anywhere in the Province and is therefore not covered by BCDS insurance, regardless of club membership or affiliation. This applies to club rounds, doubles and/or tag rounds that are typically covered by inclusion in the BCDS' online calendar listing. Outside of the Lower Mainland where casual play (only) is allowed, the BCDS board encourages players to follow the following guidelines:
We continue to monitor provincial and municipal guidelines for events and will update BCDS policy when orders change. We've reached out to leadership advising the Province to advocate for disc golf as a safe sport with appropriate measures. We'll continue to review and update our response monthly during our regularly scheduled board meetings.
We appreciate the patience and support of all of our members and very much look forward to coming together again as a community.
Covid-19 is top of mind for all of us. The BCDS is committed to a rigorous and proactive approach. We strongly encourage our membership to do everything we can to maintain a healthy and responsible environment for all. Please read the following letter and share with your clubs.
April 1, 2020
To: Members of the British Columbia Disc Sports
From: The president and board of the BCDS
Subject: Disc golf during a time of pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has had broad ranging impacts on BC, Canada, and the world. The BCDS board has been working hard to support members and our sport as we follow developments at the local, provincial, and federal levels. For the most current information, please visit the website of the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Government of Canada’s Public Health Services .
To minimize the spread of COVID-19, the BC government has declared a state of emergency that will be in effect through at least April 14th and the province’s public health officer has banned large public gatherings through at least May 30. All BC residents are being encouraged to engage in social distancing and self-isolation, as appropriate. Many municipalities in BC have closed recreational facilities, including disc golf courses. The BCDS board strongly supports these initiatives and urges all of our membership to follow local, provincial, and federal mandates and guidance.
We know that you want to be out playing right now; however, we need your help to set a good example for players everywhere – please take a break from heading to the course and stay home. This is something we all have the power to do in this crisis, and while it may seem like a tall task, it is the best chance we have to slow the spread of the disease. This goes for young and healthy players, as well as those considered more vulnerable.
Please remember that as BCDS members, you are a public representative of the sport and your actions in a time of crisis can have a strong positive impact on our playing community. We encourage you to demonstrate your value of the health and safety of the disc golf community, and all BC communities.
The BCDS strongly supports a unified approach to overcoming this global health crisis, and we’re asking disc golfers to join this effort, stay off the courses, follow government guidance, and protect yourselves and your communities by staying home.
If you’re lucky enough to have a practice basket at home, now’s a great time to work on your putting. If you feel like competing, join the Facebook Global Pandemic Putting Challenge. If you’re looking to maintain your throwing stroke, build a driving range in your home with a spare sheet. There are many ways we can continue to enjoy our sport while also demonstrating social responsibility and global citizenship. Please feel free to reach out to any member of your elected board with any questions or comments, and thank you for supporting the sport you love.
Craig Sheather, BCDS president, and the BCDS board