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MBA COVID-19 PREPARATION PLAN




MBA COVID-19 PREPARATION PLAN

 

UPDATED: September 14, 2020

 

This Montgomery Basketball Association Preparation Plan has been prepared based on “Guidance for Sports Activities” published by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), relevant Executive Orders issued by the NJ State Governor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance on Youth Sports, and in consultation with the Montgomery Township Health Department. As information and guidance changes, this Plan will also change.

 

The State of NJ has categorized basketball as a medium risk contact sport. Under current guidelines, contact practices, games, and competitions are permitted in outdoor settings only. In indoor settings, only no-contact drills or practices are permitted.

 

MBA Points of Contact:                      
Laura Leacy Kyler, President

Laura Buckley, M.D., MBA Board Member

Steve Donahue, Amy Vannozzi - Travel Directors

 

Travel teams

Tryout-outs for travel teams will be conducted outdoors at Van Horne Park in September/October. Travel team practices will be held outdoors until further notice. League games/tournaments are to be determined based on the above-referenced state rules and regulations.

 

Recreation teams

Timing for the start of the indoor winter season is still to be determined based on the above referenced state rules and regulations. Information will be provided as soon as it is available.

 

Health and Safety Protocols for Travel Tryouts and Practices

 

Social Distancing Guidelines/Face Coverings

 

  • All MBA Board members, travel directors and volunteer coaches will help remind coaches/parents/players/spectators of social distancing guidelines and health and safety protocols.
  • Individuals should remain at least 6 feet apart from one another whenever possible.
  • All coaches and travel tryout evaluators must wear cloth face coverings.
  • Players are not required to wear a face covering when engaging in vigorous activity on the basketball court, but they are welcome to do so if that is their preference. When players are not engaged in activity on the basketball court (such as sitting on the sideline or bench, walking to or from the court) players should wear face coverings if they cannot maintain social distance.
  • All parents/guardians/adults who are dropping off or picking up players should wear a face covering if they cannot maintain social distance.
  • Schedules for tryouts will be staggered to limit contact between groups and players.
  • Travel tryouts are closed, notwithstanding that they will be held outdoors. No spectators/parents will be allowed in the vicinity of the basketball court during tryouts.
  • Players shall remain in their cars or away from the vicinity of basketball court until their scheduled group is called.

 

Compliance with CDC/NJDOH Guidelines:

  • All players/parents and coaches will be required to sign an acknowledgment that they have read and are familiar with CDC/NJDOH Guidelines on COVID-19.
  • Any individual (including coaches, evaluators, players, or parents/family members) who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to participate in any MBA activity until such time as they are permitted to return to play pursuant to applicable CDC/NJDOH Guidelines.
  • Any individual (including coaches, evaluators, players, or parents/family members) who has had close contact with a person with COVID-19 will not be allowed to participate in any MBA activity until such time as they are permitted to return to play pursuant to applicable CDC/NJDOH Guidelines.
  • Any individual (including coaches, evaluators, players, or parents/family members) who has traveled to a state subject to the Tri-State Travel Advisory List within 14 days of the tryout or practice will not be allowed to participate in any MBA activity for the duration of the required quarantine period.
  • The MBA will cooperate with the Montgomery Township Health Department on contact tracing.

 

Upon arrival at tryout and practices

 

  • Before arrival, please utilize good hygiene practices and wash hands.
  • Do not arrive for check-in before your designated time.
  • Go to the designated area for check-in – do not go near or on the courts until instructed.
  • Hand sanitizer will be offered to each player.
  • Temperature checks will be required of all coaches, evaluators and players. If temperature exceeds 100.4°F, the individual will not be allowed to participate in the MBA activity.
  • All players will be required to complete a daily health questionnaire prior to participation
  • All players/parents will be required to sign a COVID-19 acknowledgment and waiver form
  • Each player should bring his/her own water bottle/drink
  • Each player should bring his/her own basketball

 

Conduct during tryouts/practices

 

  • All coaches and evaluators must wear face coverings when on the basketball court or addressing players
  • Do not share water bottles/drinks
  • No handshakes, high-fives or team huddles
  • Shared MBA basketballs will be wiped and sanitized in between group sessions