PDGA COVID-19 Information and FAQs (Updated Jan. 29, 2021)
- Requirements and Best Practices for PDGA Sanctioned Play During COVID-19
- PDGA Major COVID-19 Requirements and Best Practices
- PDGA Elite Series COVID-19 Requirements and Best Practices
- The New Normal for Running PDGA-Sanctioned Tournaments
Frequently Asked Questions
Will PDGA sanctioning of events continue in my region?
PDGA sanctioning is available to all regions where local governance allows such an activity. Event Directors, players, and all event participants are expected to remain in accordance with local guidance and policies at all times. If there is uncertainty whether the event is allowed in a particular region, event organizers must contact their local authorities for approval, prior to sanctioning their event.
What regions have been approved to resume sanctioning?
PDGA sanctioning is available to all regions where local governance allows such an activity.
How do I distribute the required COVID-19 Participant Waiver to my players?
There are multiple options on how to distribute the waiver to your participants:
- Include it within the waiver section of the registration form which they attest to when they register.
- Email it to participants and request a reply back acknowledging their agreement.
- Print it out and have them sign and date it at the event (least preferred method as this requires a physical transfer)
Are there travel restrictions for PDGA events?
Event Directors, players, and all event participants are expected to remain in accordance with local guidance and policies at all times, to include any travel or quarantine procedures.
As an Event Director, what are my options for a postponed event?
There are two options to address events that are marked as postponed:
- Outright Cancel: The PDGA will cancel the event and refund the sanctioning fees.
- Leave as Postponed until you have a new approved date when sanctioning is officially approved for your geographic area. Once you obtain new approved dates, let us know and we will change the dates, and remove the Postponed designation.
Once you determine which option is best for your event, contact the PDGA Event Support Staff to initiate the process at [email protected].
Can I get a refund for my insurance certificate that I already received?
Yes, contact the PDGA Office Manager for refund requests.
If my event is canceled will I receive a refund for my sanctioning fees?
Yes, all canceled events receive a refund for their sanctioning fees.
What if we decide to sanction and event in an area that does not allow such activities?
Event directors and participants who willfully violate PDGA and/or government guidelines may be subject to PDGA disciplinary action up to and including penalties for a Class A offense.
If an A-Tier gets rescheduled for the fall, will the PDGA force/mandate those dates?
No. A-Tiers will need to get approval from all State/Provincial/Country Coordinators within 150 miles to ensure that any new date does not conflict with already approved B- and C-Tier dates, or the event may need to run as a B-Tier .Please see the Addendum to the PDGA Tour Standards
Does the PDGA insurance policy cover a player who feels they contracted COVID-19 while at an event?
Does the PDGA insurance policy cover litigation charges for a tournament director who is sued by a player who feels they contracted COVID-19 while at an event?
Yes – however, only for tournament directors who follow published mitigation strategies. Note: PDGA insurance only covers events in the USA and Canada.
Will PDGA Majors, Elite Series and Euro Tour events be held even if international travel becomes restricted in 2021?
The PDGA recognizes the importance of ensuring that premier events are accessible to players around the world, but in light of the complex and unpredictable status of international travel that is expected throughout the 2021 season, we have determined, out of respect for the significant time and resources invested by the event hosts and organizers, to hold these events as scheduled unless local conditions and public health ordinances prevent us from doing so. We know this may limit some players from traveling to and from PDGA events held in North America and Europe but we felt it was important to hold these events in 2021, especially since we could not do so in 2020. We are extremely fortunate as an organization to have a sport that can be safely played during this pandemic and look forward to hosting as many Majors, Elite Series, and Euro Tour events for our members as possible in 2021.
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