Covid-19 Updates

Covid 19 - Update June 8th, 2020

Ultimate Canada has just released guidelines for those opting to begin throwing again: http://ow.ly/2FCn50A1XeE

At this time, playing catch is allowed in Toronto, but no team sports, and no groups of more than 5. For the most up-to-date information on what is allowed, please visit https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/affected-city-services/ and check under the "Parks" menu item. 

 

 

 

Toronto Ultimate Club - 2020 Summer Season

*** Please note - The Following Information is meant to provide some insight into what an eventual return to the fields might look like. We still do not know when that return will occur, and it is unlikely that all of the procedures below would be implemented simulanteously ***

When and How Can We Return to Play?

The road back to 7v7 ultimate in Toronto depends most heavily on the advice of our local, provincial, and federal governments and health organizations.

With that in mind, we’ve been brainstorming what the road back might look like, and we thought it would be helpful to share those plans.


Timing: It’s likely that every facet of your life currently has an ever-shifting timeline, and projections on when things might get back to normal. At this time (April 23rd), we are hoping that we can have a 10-week Summer 2020 season, which would begin the first week of July, and run through until playoffs in September.

The Shifting Timeline:  It should come as no surprise that a July start date cannot be guaranteed. Aside from the season potentially shifting/condensing further into 2020, we may also see a situation where regulations are slowly eased, or where they are fluctuated throughout potential waves of the Covid-19 virus.

This may affect the size of teams, and the total number of players that can be on the field at once (including transitions between games). We may face situations where team sizes need to start smaller than 7v7, but then may grow (or need to be further condensed).

Game Modifications:

There is a broad spectrum of how this may take shape, but here are some of the ideas that we are preparing for. Of course they may not all be introduced, but we want to consider all of our options as we believe that playing-with-modifications is better than not playing at all. 

·        Games are smaller than 7v7. Likely 5v5, but possibly all the way down to 3v3.

·        Increased physical buffer sizes between fields

·        Increased buffer times between games (reducing the need for 4 teams to be at a single field during transition). Members encouraged to depart quickly, and wait in cars or outside venue before getting to field. This may shorten game times slightly.

·        Teams being assigned different parking lots/entrances to multi-field locations

·        Mandatory disc sanitization schedule (sanitize, or change the disc every x points, or x minutes). 

·         Captain’s Checklist before each game – similar to many current essential employers, each player would be asked if they have experienced symptoms prior to gameplay.

·        Enhanced monitoring from TUC Staff: If there is a suspected case of Covid-19 within TUC that may have exposed other members to risk, staff will follow up with those at risk, and may adjust schedules as needed.

·        Mandatory face-coverings/buffs for all players.

·        Mandatory gloves/hand sanitization.

·        No spitting/expelling of fluids (please, just never do this).

·     Increase the marking distance.

·     Verbal stall counts only begin at 5 (reduces close-proximity speaking by ~80%+).

·       Teams using their own discs on offense. The defense touching the disc creates a turn (just knock it down). Play than pauses while the disc is switched. Alternatively, teams could play 1-possession points, alternating O and D (These would cause significant change to gameplay, and are likely some of the last alterations we would consider).

Adult and Junior Comp/Elite/Touring Notice:

Ultimate Canada is still reviewing if CUC’s may occur, and what they might look like if they do. The added risks of travelling mean that the touring season may be at greater risk of being cancelled than local play.

TUC staff are monitoring this situation, and planning contingencies to provide expanded competitive and elite divisions within the city, including Adult and Junior Open and Womxn’s leagues.

If CUC’s are not able to run, or if the club season is cut excessively short, TUC will look to run an Elite/Touring tournament in the Fall, assuming there is demand and provincial approval for such an event. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covid-19 Update #5

 

 

 

Dear Fellow Members,

TUC Leadership continues to monitor the developments around COVID-19 in Toronto, within Ontario, across Canada, and around the Globe. We continue to be committed to providing you, our fellow members with the latest information.

Federal, provincial and local governments and their respective public health agencies continue to urge us to do our part via social distancing measures, and self-isolation to "plank the curve" and reduce the spread of this virus. In addition to this guidance, on Monday, March 23rd, Mayor John Tory declared an Emergency in the city of Toronto. Today the city announced that effective immediately, all City-owned parks, sports fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment and Frisbee golf locations are closed to stop the spread of COVID-19.  

In addition to these public health measures to mitigate community spread, government agencies are also implementing financial measures: federally, with the passage of Bill C-13, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, provincially with Ontario's Action Plan, Responding to COVID-19 and locally with Toronto's COVID-19: Economic Support & Recovery Task Force  to support individuals and small business during this unprecedented crisis.  

To the members of our TUC community who are front line workers - health care professionals, emergency services personnel, grocers, pharmacists, etc. - thank you for your services!

Let's continue to support the front line workers in our community, by doing our part - staying home, and practising physical distancing and TUC leadership will continue to find ways to keep us socially connected with our TUC@HOME series, watch parties and some FREE webinars.  

We will continue to issue updates as appropriate, when guidance and advice from governmental agencies, specifically relates to the Toronto Ultimate Club.

Lastly, we have launched a COVID-19 resource centre on our website that is accessible from our home page and contains our media releases and the resources we've been sharing throughout this crisis. We urge you to continue to check out this webpage.

Again, as a reminder, please take a moment to read through these everyday actions that will help you, friends and family remain healthy:

  • We encourage all members to wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands).
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Avoid mass gatherings.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from others.
  • Limit your trips outdoors.
  • Stay physically active indoors via aerobics or online exercise classes.
  • And if you must go out for walks or exercise, keep your distance from others.

We have also provided links below to resources from the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada, Department of Finance Canada, Public Health Ontario (PHO), and Toronto Public Health (TPH) so that you can access the latest information about COVID-19:

Stay home, stay safe, and stay connected!

Kindest Regards.

Jo Malisani
Executive Director

 


 

Covid-19 Update #4

Dear Fellow Members,

TUC Leadership continues to monitor the developments around COVID-19 in Toronto, in Ontario, across Canada, and around the World. We are committed to providing you, our fellow members with the latest information.

The last seventy-two (72) hours, has brought significant change for all of us as we all do our part: social distancing measures, and self-isolation to "flatten the curve" to mitigate the spread of this virus and break the chain of community spread.  

To the members of the TUC community who are front line workers - health care professionals, emergency services personnel, grocers, pharmacists, etc. - thank you.

TUC leadership continues to work on plans for our return to play. On Sunday, March 15th, we announced our short-term plan, with a tentative resumption of play on April 5th (The City of Toronto still anticipates a tentative date of April 5th for services to resume).  

We've resumed planning for the longer-term. And while we are in uncertain times, we anticipate we will have a Summer season. We will be announcing our Summer League registration dates in the coming days, and what that registration will look like given the uncertain climate.

Ultimate (and sport in general) is more than just a game or a means to be active - it is a happy place, a community, a friendship group, a support system, and a family, and in uncertain times, we need these more than ever. So, with that in mind, on Tuesday, March 17th, we launched the first installment of our TUC@HOME series. We will continue to release content several times a week with topics ranging from drills you can do at home, to strategy tips, to organizing watch parties, to sourcing FREE webinars for our membership.  

With federal, provincial and local public health authorities and government agencies holding daily press conferences to advise and keep the public apprised of the latest information regarding COVID-19, TUC will be issuing updates as appropriate moving forward, and specifically when those authorities and agencies guidance/advice impacts or relates to TUC.

Continue to check out our Facebook Page, the TUC website, and our Newsletter.

Again, as a reminder, please take a moment to read through these everyday actions that will help you, friends and family remain healthy:

  • We encourage all members to wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands).
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Avoid mass gatherings.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from others.

We have also provided links below to resources from the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada, Department of Finance Canada, Public Health Ontario (PHO), and Toronto Public Health (TPH) so that you can access the latest information about COVID-19:

Be kind, stay connected and stay safe!

Kindest Regards.

Jo Malisani
Executive Director

 


 

Covid-19 Update #3

 

Dear Members,

As we continue to monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19, in Toronto, in Ontario, and across the world, TUC leadership continues to keep up to date with the latest information and remains focused on providing our members with information to protect themselves.

While the public health risk remains low, and COVID-19 is not circulating locally in Toronto, over the last few days, local, provincial and federal agencies have made several recommendations (social distancing measures) to "flatten the curve":

  • Toronto Public Health (TPH) and the Minister of Health recommended closure of licensed childcare facilities, and cancellation of March Break camps.
  • In response to TPH, the City of Toronto has canceled programs, events, and several facilities (including Lamport), with a tentative date of service resumption on 5 April.

On Thursday, March 12th, TUC announced that effective immediately, we were implementing social distancing measures and canceled all programs for two weeks (until 29 March 2020) to do our part to flatten the curve. We now anticipate that the suspension of TUC programming will be extended with play tentatively resuming on 5 April to align with the School Boards and the City of Toronto (Lamport).

Also, TUC has been hard at work discussing plans for our return to play. As of Friday evening, if the suspension is short-term (two-three weeks) we are exploring the possibility of rescheduling the missed/suspended weeks by moving outdoors; using our short break between our Winter Season end and Summer Season start, and pushing back the Summer Season start by one week to get the games in.  We are currently working with our venue providers to discuss and finalize this plan. We will continue to keep you apprised of the situation.

During the hiatus, we are also exploring ways to continue to keep our membership engaged and connected to maintain that sense of community, so we are looking at the possibilities of webinars, using social media, etc. to discuss topics like Spirit of the Game, and celebrating and sharing clubs 40-year history.

We will continue to provide updates every seventy-two (72) hours (or sooner if warranted) to you, the membership to keep you up to date. Check out our Facebook Page, the TUC website, and our Newsletter.

Again, as a reminder, please take a moment to read through these everyday actions that will help you, friends and family remain healthy:

  • We encourage all members to wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands).
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

We have also provided some links below to resources from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Public Health Ontario (PHO) and Toronto Public Health (TPH) with the latest information about coronaviruses:

Thank you.

Jo Malisani
Executive Director



Covid-19 Update #2

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:  COVID-19 Preventative Measures Update#2

ALL TUC PROGRAMMING CANCELLED UNTIL 29 MARCH 2020

 

Hello,

As we continue to monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19, in Toronto, Ontario and across Canada, TUC continues to focus on providing you our membership with information to protect themselves against the flu, and COVID-19.

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized COVID-19 as a Pandemic, and today, Toronto Public Health (TPH) and the Minister of Health have made recommendations that business and organizations do their part by implementing social distancing measures to help mitigate and slow the spread of this virulent disease.

While TPH and Public Health Ontario (PHO) both report that there is no Community Spread of the virus in Toronto, TUC is taking a proactive and preventative approach to keeping our members safe and will be implementing social distancing measures. 

Effective tonight all programming (adult leagues, clinics, and juniors programming) will be canceled for the next two weeks.

We will issue updates every seventy-two (72) hours (or sooner if warranted) to the membership to keep you up to date. We will be issuing those updates via our Facebook Page, the home page or our website, and via the TUC Newsletter.

As a reminder, please take a moment and read through these everyday actions that will help you and our fellow members remain healthy:

  • We encourage all members to wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands)
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or arm
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

We have also provided some links below to resources from WHO, the Public Health Ontario and Toronto Public Health with the latest information about coronaviruses:

 

Thank you.

 

Jo Malisani
Executive Director

 


Covid-19 Update #1

 

Dear Members,

As we are well into flu season, and with the developments surrounding coronavirus, TUC is focusing on providing our members with information to protect themselves against the flu, and coronavirus.  TUC leadership has and will continue to keep up to date with the latest developments and review guidelines/advice set out by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health-Ontario (MHO), Toronto Public Health (TPH) and Ultimate Canada, and we will continue to provide updates as necessary.

Please take a moment and read through these everyday actions that will help you and your fellow members remain healthy:

  • We encourage all members to continue to wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, or with an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you do not attend your game(s), practice(s), clinic(s), or event(s) until your symptoms clear up.

In addition to the everyday actions we can all take, in alignment with Ultimate Canada, we are recommending the following precautions when you are at a TUC event, game, or clinic:

High-Fives and Spirit Circles:  The flu and coronavirus are commonly spread through close, personal contact, please refrain from high-fiving teammates and avoid contact during spirit circles.
Disc Sanitization:  We ask that everyone take a few minutes before coming to an event, game, clinic or practice and disinfect all your discs.  Wash them again at the end of each day.
Hand Washing:  Please wash your hands before and after every game.

We have provided some links below to resources from WHO (their advice to the public, including myth busters), MHO and TPH for more information about coronavirus:

If you have any questions about TUC's preparedness, please feel free to contact us.

Kind Regards,

Jo Malisani
Executive Director