Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 restrictions and the potential that participation could be adversely affected, the NDFC Executive have made the following decision regarding the NDFC ranked tournament payouts and strongly recommend that the following disclaimers be added to tournament posters:
- The minimum guarantee of $3,000.00 will remain on all posters and the total payouts for ladies and men’s singles will be honored and paid to the players. However, all other events that are not covered by the number of participants registration fees the organizers of the tournaments will have the right to reduce the payouts for that event and pay only the total of the registration fees received from the players. The organizers of the tournaments will have to show the players the number of registrations they received for that event and make sure that amount is all put back into the tournament. If the event is covered by the registrations received, the organizers must pay the amount that appears in the breakdown of that event on their posters.
- The organizer cannot be held liable for any expenses or inconvenience incurred because of a cancelled or postponed tournament due to the reimposition of any local, provincial, or federal gathering restrictions.
At this time there are no valid official NDFC ranking lists. Therefore the players will NOT be seeded at any NDFC ranked tournaments that will take place between September 2021 and April 30, 2022. Any points accumulated will be added to the new ranking lists starting in September 2021. These lists will be unofficial until April 30, 2022.
The normal seeding will resume for all events that will run from May 1st, 2022, until April 30th, 2023.
Please take note that our tournament calendar is being updated as dates and events are being scheduled for 2021 & 2022.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all related travel and gathering restrictions, the 2021 Youth and Adult Nationals had to be cancelled. Further information to follow.
During National Coaches Week, the National Darts Federation of Canada wants to say #ThanksCoach to all of the Youth Coaches across Canada for all of your hard work throughout all of last season and for making sure all of our youth stay safe during these unprecedented and challenging times!
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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