It Has Been a YEAR

The social media feeds are determined to remind us that this is a week for some sad anniversaries. And yeah, we’re here to add one more:

It has been one year to the day since PUL last hosted a game of ultimate. In a facility that can no longer accommodate ultimate.

Peterborough’s situation isn’t great at the moment, but there are reasons for optimism: better weather is coming, and along with it better opportunities for social distancing. And there are vaccines! If you’re a member of PUL, there’s a good chance that you know at least one frontline worker who has gotten the shot in the arm that they well deserve.

And in the spirit of that optimism, here’s a quick update on where we’re at.

Summer play is expected to happen 

We do not know exactly what it will look like just yet, but we ARE preparing for ultimate this summer.

Back in December, we released a Return to Sport plan. It’s not foolproof, and will need refinement, but it gives us a working framework. Things are still very much in flux, so we will be waiting just a bit longer before we try to nail down those details. Much will depend on the length of the current set of restrictions in Peterborough.

But here are a few things we’ve been thinking about.

Currently, the target date for registration to open is April 26. The latest shift to Red may affect this date, but we’re hopeful, and we’ll keep members posted as the situation evolves. We are laying all the usual groundwork for the season (securing fields, etc).

Juniors is also well in hand. Jocelyne has been in contact with coaches and parents, and there is much promise there. They will not be hitting their target date of March 15 (Peterborough going Red did NOT help), but Jocelyne will keep us posted. If you have a child and are interested in starting them in PUL Juniors, you may reach out to Jocelyne directly.

We are still thinking in terms of cohorts, not team-based play. We will do our best to offer a variety of options: cohorts that meet more than once per week, for those who can’t get by on just one fix; accommodations for small groups who want to play together; cohorts balanced for age groups and different levels of play. These are tall orders, and it will keep Operations Coordinator Jocelyne Stone very busy ahead of and during the summer.

We expect some players will be vaccinated, but others not. This means that we will be keeping planned protocols in place (waivers, screening, physical distancing, etc). We’ll have more details on this as we get closer to actual play.

Annual General Meeting will be delayed 

PUL’s constitution requires us to hold an Annual General Meeting before the start of the summer season. This has been an extraordinary year, however, and the Board does not feel it is in the League’s best interest to hold the meeting just yet.

Two things need to happen: elections (see below) and approval of the budget. We will make sure that interested members can consult the budget if they wish (we did run a deficit this year, and are happy to discuss that). But elections require engaged members and volunteers, and after a year of no ultimate that might be a tall order just now. The Board feels that maybe having everyone play a few weeks might be the reminder we need.

We are therefore leaning toward a virtual or distanced event, likely in the mid-summer break. This also gives us the best chance of having – at last – a stable situation in which we can reliably discuss the future of PUL. 

Renewal of Leadership

One of the side affects of the lost year will be a hit to PUL’s leadership at the Board level. Several members of the Board will be stepping down after the next election, and this will leave a large vacancy at the top. This only continues a trend in declining volunteers at the very top – we’ve struggled to keep the Board large enough to function in a healthy and effective way (though I, George, hasten to note that PUL has always enjoyed a strong and supportive volunteer spirit at all other levels). Way back in January 2020, the Board’s plan was to focus on leadership renewal specifically. COVID had other ideas.

In the weeks and months to come, we will be jump starting that drive for new leadership. You can expect to see communications outlining the state of the league, what is needed going forward, and what can be done right now.

There is no way that PUL will look precisely the same post-COVID. But that’s a good thing! PUL is always changing: we welcome new generations of players, league formats change, trends in the sport change how we think about the game. We see tremendous potential for new leaders to step forward and make something of PUL that we’ve not seen before.

Return to Sport: Summer 2021

Welcome to the darkest day of the year. It’s literally the shortest day of the year. Saturn and Jupiter are coming together into some sort of conjunction, and we can only hope no crystals are involved. And yes, it looks like we are going to see more lockdown measures. Ugh.
So maybe you need a little pick-me-up before Christmas? Here’s one:

The PUL Board has developed a multi-tiered Return to Sport plan for Summer 2021.

While the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, we still do not know precisely what the conditions will be in Summer of 2021. The vaccines are here, but we won’t see full deployment before the summer. The Board has accordingly developed a plan which anticipates various levels of restrictions (defined largely by number of players allowed at any one spot). We will need to be flexible as the situation changes, but this gives us a good starting point.

The full plan can be found here, and we invite any and all interested members to review it and get back to us with feedback.

No Indoor 
As you may know, we were working with Millbrook Arena to offer some limited indoor play in 2021. When we initiated this, the numbers weren’t great but there was a little room for hope. Over the past week, we’ve been watching the numbers grow and grow in Ontario, and we feel it’s just not safe. So we are pulling the plug on this initiative.

It looks like the provincial lockdown will make this decision for us anyway, but this was an easy call to make regardless. Worth a try, but safety first is still our guiding concern.

A couple of members reached out with concerns on this initiative, and we appreciate the feedback. And if two of you were concerned enough to write in, there are probably more out there in the same camp. As always, we are more than happy to hear from our members, even if they do not approve of the decisions made by PUL’s leadership.
PUL Return to Sport 2021
PUL Return to Sport 2021


Indoor Is Happening.

Play Ultimate

We have decided to move ahead and run two very small indoor leagues at the Old Milbrook Arena. We understand not everyone is comfortable with this, but some members are and we need to give those members the opportunity.

The new venue will be the Old Milbrook arena which has changed the ice into a turf-like area (it’s outside carpet on top of the cement). Still, it’s a space we can utilize to play some small-sided games. We will be running two 30 cohort leagues. You may only sign up for ONE of the nights of play and there will not be subs allowed during this time.

Saturday nights will run for only 7 weeks January 9th – February 20th 6:45-8:15 (Cost will be $80)
Sunday nights will run for 9 weeks January 10th – March 7th 9:35 – 11:05 (Cost will be $100)
(Saturdays have the better time, but runs 2 weeks shorter. Sundays have 2 more weeks, but a later time slot)

We will need a minimum of 15 registered people to run each league.

All players will need to adhere to our Covid-19 Policies and Procedures:

  • All players must fill out an online health screening form before leaving their residence and arriving at the facility. Should player answer yes to any of the provided questions they must remain home.
  • All players must check-in with the Covid Ambassador once arriving at the facility (even if arriving late).
  • All players must wear a mask upon entering the facility, and for the entire time they remain in the buidling, including during game play.
  • All players must maintain a 2M physcial distance from one another when not on the playing field.
  • All players must sanitize their hands upon entering the building, and each time you step onto the playing field, or leave the playing field.
  • All players must agree to limit their participation to this 30 person cohort. (We are asking you only play Peterborough ultimate and no other sports at this time).

Every player will need to sign online waivers:

  • PUL Participation waiver – updated to include COVID wording
  • Concussion Code of Conduct

Forgotten how to do that, no worries. Here are the steps you need to take. You must first be signed into Zurulu. You then would go to “My Profile” from the dropdown menu choose waiver history. Scroll to the bottom. It will give you a list of waivers you will need to sign. Most importantly is the Ultimate Season Membership Waiver for Ontario Ultimate and Peterborough League and the Concussion Code of Contact. Once you have done this you will be able to register. (You will need to follow the above steps for each waiver you need to sign.)

You can find the registrations here

Registration closes December 26th.