WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
On Friday March 13, 2020 the PDGA Board of Directors announced that the 2020 Disc Golf professional touring season has been suspended through the end of April. This decision was made for the health and safety of everyone and we stand as a community together with them and you the fans, players, and all staff members across the entire Disc Golf industry.
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PDGA suggests not playing Disc Golf [3/27/2020]
DISC GOLF TAKES PLACE OUTDOORS, AND ALL OF MY LOCAL AUTHORITIES RECOMMEND RUNNING, BIKING, AND HIKING AS A WAY TO STAY ACTIVE. WHY IS THE PDGA ASKING ME TO SKIP THE COURSE AND STAY HOME?
It’s about “flattening the curve,” a means to slow the spread of the coronavirus so that our healthcare facilities can handle the influx of cases without becoming overwhelmed. Many local authorities have advised that staying home and avoiding unnecessary trips to the store, beaches, or other public venues is the best way to help this happen. While disc golf is outdoors and akin to hiking or running, it does often require travel to a course. Additionally, we have seen many reports of disc golfers congregating in groups, which goes against CDC and WHO recommendations.
Many local authorities have begun to close parks and restrict non-essential gatherings of any size as they attempt to slow the spread. In some cases, baskets are being pulled. The PDGA strongly supports a unified approach to overcoming this global health crisis, and we’re asking disc golfers to join this effort.
We know this is difficult, as many people use disc golf as an effective outlet during stressful times. However, we also want to do our part as a global organization and encourage members to be as safe as possible to help slow the spread. If everyone is out at the course, then we are not doing our part as a disc golf community to answer the call. That’s why we are asking that you skip the course and stay home — for now. This is only temporary, and much like everything with this crisis we will be constantly evaluating this guidance and will be ready (and willing!) to alter it when it is safer to do so.
United States Women's Disc Golf Championships Postponed to 2021 [3/27/2020]
The 2020 PDGA United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships (USWDGC) have been postponed due to the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was set to take place May 22-24 in Northern California.
The USWDGC is a unique event in that women from across the country and around the globe travel for the competition. Indeed, one of the most desirable aspects of the event is the ability to gather and celebrate these women disc golfers, and their health and safety are of the utmost importance. After discussions with tournament director Jennifer Knisley, as well as event partners and stakeholders, the most responsible choice at this time is to postpone for the well-being of all competitors and PDGA members.
PDGA EXTENDS SUSPENSION DATE [3/20/2020]
On the advisement and counsel of the PDGA Medical Committee, the PDGA has extended its suspension of event sanctioning through April 30, 2020.
Please see more with our running update on the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.pdga.com/announcements/covid-19-statement
WOMEN'S GLOBAL EVENT POSTPONED INDEFINITELY [3/18/2020]
PDGA SUSPENDS ALL EVENT SANCTIONING THROUGH MARCH [3/17/2020]
UPDATE: March 17, 2020 at 11:34 a.m. EDT
After careful deliberation, the PDGA Board of Directors has decided to suspend PDGA sanctioning of all events for a minimum of 15 days through March 31, 2020. This decision takes effect immediately and will be re-evaluated in the coming days as information and guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develops.
For more information and details on refunds visit: https://www.pdga.com/announcements/covid-19-statement
SANTA CRUZ MASTERS CUP CANCELLED [3/16/2020]
PDGA UPDATED STATEMENT [3/16/2020]
UPDATE: March 16, 2020 at 4:02 p.m. EDT
The PDGA is aware of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding mass gatherings of more than 50 people, as well as more recent White House announcements recommending groups of no more than 10 people. Staff and the Board of Directors are assessing this rapidly changing situation and its impacts on disc golf events and will offer more guidance as soon as possible.
TOUR SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL [3/13/2020]
PDGA STATEMENT [3/13/2020]
The Professional Disc Golf Association Board of Directors, in close concert with PDGA Staff and the PDGA Medical Committee, has been actively monitoring the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular its impact on mass gatherings and other sports organizations. Staff has also fielded many inquiries from concerned players, tournament directors, and other disc golf stakeholders and takes those concerns seriously.
The PDGA will continue to consult with the appropriate medical experts to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The main priority of the PDGA continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our players and spectators as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus. We will update our position statement as new information comes to light.