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  • OCUA believes that the health and safety of its members is paramount.  Therefore, for the 2021-2022 Winter season, OCUA will require full COVID-19 vaccination for participation.     The  requirement  for  vaccination  for  the  2021-2022  Winter  season  also  aligns  OCUA  with  the provincial health regulations and with requirements of the facilities used during the season.    
  • For the 2021 Fall season, OCUA will not require COVID-19 vaccination for participation. OCUA does, however, strongly encourage all participants to get fully vaccinated to help protect themselves, fellow participants, and the community.  
  • Following further clarification from the City of Ottawa & Public Health, the OCUA Return to Play Protocols have been updated to reflect that physical distancing is no longer required while in game play.   
  • OCUA's Return to Play Protocols have been modified to reflect the updated guidelines for participation in sport and sports training while in Step 3 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen.  SUMMARY OF UPDATES:
  • OCUA is excited to confirm that, with a few small modifications to adhere to the Ontario public health directives set out for Step 2, games are set to begin July 5.  The rules and league changes that are in effect while we're in Step 2 are laid out in the OCUA Return to Play Protocols.  Our members' safety is of the utmost importance, we ask that all members do their part in respecting to the Protocols while playing Ultimate.
  • We are eager (& super excited) that it was announced Thursday that Ontario will move to Step 2 of the 'Roadmap to Reopen' on June 30.  OCUA is currently reviewing the public health guidelines for sport in Step 2 and assessing how it applies to Ultimate Summer leagues.   While Step 2 is starting a few days ahead of the original projection date (which is great), to ensure we can properly apply the public health directives for the safety of a

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Vaccination Requirements for 2021-2022 Winter Season

OCUA believes that the health and safety of its members is paramount.  Therefore, for the 2021-2022 Winter season, OCUA will require full COVID-19 vaccination for participation.  
 
The  requirement  for  vaccination  for  the  2021-2022  Winter  season  also  aligns  OCUA  with  the provincial health regulations and with requirements of the facilities used during the season.  
 
The process for confirming compliance with the requirement (or exemption, as applicable) will be confirmed  when  Winter  registration  opens.  Rules  and  protocols  for  entry  into  facilities  will  be shared directly with registered participants prior to the first week of leagues. 
 
In addition, all OCUA members, spectators, coaches and volunteers are reminded that they must also adhere to the OCUA Return to Play protocols (updated version to be released prior to the start of the Winter season).  
 
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation as we continue to follow the health regulations to ensure everyone’s ongoing health and safety in OCUA leagues and programming. 

2021 Fall Programming Update: Vaccination & Participation

For the 2021 Fall season, OCUA will not require COVID-19 vaccination for participation. OCUA does, however, strongly encourage all participants to get fully vaccinated to help protect themselves, fellow participants, and the community.
 
While OCUA is not requiring vaccination for participation for the fall season, some facilities used by our fall leagues are. In these cases, OCUA is committed to upholding and adhering to their requirements. Compliance with facility regulations will be mandatory for participation in leagues that use these facilities.
 
Adult leagues affected by facility vaccination requirements will be notified directly in the next 24-hours with more information. Captains will be asked to confirm that their players will comply with regulations and that their team will still participate in light of these changes. Teams who decide not to participate in the league will be issued a full refund with no penalty.
 
In addition, all OCUA members, spectators, coaches and volunteers are reminded that they must also adhere to the current Return to Play protocols (available here). 
 
OCUA will continue to assess and monitor public health directives and will make a decision regarding vaccination requirements for 2021-2022 Winter Leagues prior to registration opening the end of September.
 
For information on Ultimate Canada’s COVID-19 Event Guidelines and Vaccination requirements, visit here.  

Full Game Play Resumes - Return to Play Protocols Updated

Following further clarification from the City of Ottawa & Public Health, the OCUA Return to Play Protocols have been updated to reflect that physical distancing is no longer required while in game play
 
OCUA Ultimate Summer adult leagues will continue with 6 v 6 for the duration of the season. The default fine policy is back in effect. For the complete file see the link below.
 
The OCUA Return to Play Protocols (version July 22, 2021) are effective immediately.
 

Return to Play Protocols Updated for Step 3

OCUA's Return to Play Protocols have been modified to reflect the updated guidelines for participation in sport and sports training while in Step 3 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen. 

SUMMARY OF UPDATES:

  • Distancing: while in game play and while calling stalls, the distance required moves from 3-metres to 2-metres. 

For the complete Return to Play Protocols click here.

We want to remind everyone that communication is needed during the games and on field, respecting space is mandatory and contact is not allowed. As members of OCUA and as ultimate players, remember "we are guided by the spirit of the game in everything we do".  Keeping plays safe have been a key part on the develop of our plan and coordination of league operations.  Here are some tips to follow before zeroing in on the disc:

  • If the offense/defense has multiple steps on you, it isn't worth the risk of diving into them.
  • It is hard to avoid 11 other people on the field it takes a lot of field awareness, an easy way to work on this is slow down a little, become aware of surroundings and increase our speed as skills come back to where they were pre-pandemic.
  • Adjusting to being in crowds is going to be different for everyone, err on the side of caution and kindness on the sideline and field.

Please remember respectful communication is key on the field between teams during the game. This ensures that games are fun, safe and filled with the healthy competition that we love about ultimate. Please remember to talk, respect others space and be patient.

Take a look at our Return to Play Protocols and how we are keeping everyone safe on the field and if a refresher on some rules is needed visit our rules page

Return to Play Protocols for Step 2 Released

OCUA is excited to confirm that, with a few small modifications to adhere to the Ontario public health directives set out for Step 2, games are set to begin July 5. 

The rules and league changes that are in effect while we're in Step 2 are laid out in the OCUA Return to Play Protocols. 

Our members' safety is of the utmost importance, we ask that all members do their part in respecting to the Protocols while playing Ultimate.

If you have any questions about the Return to Play Protocols for Step 2, please reach out to OCUA staff.