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Parkland Basketball Club

COVID-19 Protocol

The following protocol shall apply to all Parkland Basketball Club players, coaches, family members and spectators.  These guidelines are being implemented for the purpose of maximizing the safety of all involved, while providing the opportunity for our youth to participate in the 2021 basketball season.  As your compliance with these guidelines is critical to a successful season, we trust that we have your cooperation and understanding.

SCREENING PRIOR TO ATTENDING ANY LEAGUE EVENT

  • Anyone who is sick, feeling ill, experiencing COVID-related symptoms, or who has come into “Close Contact” with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID, should not attend a league event and should immediately notify the Player’s Coach, who in turn will notify their Division Director or the League President.

COVID-related symptoms may include:

          Temperature of 100.4+                  Frequent Cough                     Shortness of Breath

          Chills                                            Muscle or Boday Aches           Difficulty Breathing  

          Sore Throat                                   Loss of Taste or Smell            Nausea or Vomiting

          Diarrhea                                        Headache                             Congestion or Runny Nose

“Close Contact” is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with the virus for a total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period.

Anyone (including, but not limited to, players, coaches, spectators, referees, timekeepers and scorekeepers) in attendance for a league event who is exhibiting any of the above symptoms will be removed from the playing area and asked to leave the park immediately.

 

FACIAL COVERINGS

  • Types of Facial Coverings:  Cloth masks, surgical masks, N95 or KN95 are the only masks permitted.  Gaitors, bandanas and face shields are not acceptable replacements.  They can be worn in addition to but not in lieu of the required masks.
  • Players are required to wear masks at all times while at the park, EXCEPT while actively participating on the court during a game or practice.  This includes wearing a mask while on the bench (not playing) during a game or practice.  It also includes wearing a mask upon entering the park (unless in a vehicle) up until actively participating on the court during a game or practice.  Players, at their option, may wear a mask during game-time or practice.  Once the game or practice has ended, Players must put their masks on prior to exiting the court.  Masks, when worn, must be worn properly by covering the nose and mouth.  Anyone not complying with this requirement will be removed from the playing area.  Anyone committing two violations of the rules contained in this Section during the course of the season will be dismissed from the league for the remainder of the season.

  • Coaches, Referees, Timekeepers, Scorekeepers & Spectators (including Players’ siblings) shall wear masks at all times while attending a league event.  Masks must be worn appropriately covering the nose and mouth.  A shield may be worn in addition to, but not in place of, a mask.  Anyone not complying with this requirement will be removed from the playing area.  In the event of noncompliance, the game may be stopped and potentially canceled if noncompliance continues.  Masks may not be removed to eat at or around the courts.  If you must eat, please do so in an area away from the courts and properly distanced from non-household members.  Anyone committing two violations of the rules contained in this Section during the course of the season will not be permitted to attend any league events for the remainder of the season and their child, or the Player they are there to watch, will be dismissed from the league for the remainder of the season.

 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • Only Players, Coaches, Referees, Timekeepers and Scorekeepers scheduled for a practice or game are permitted on the court.  All others in attendance must stay outside the fenced-in courts.

  • To minimize crowds and maximize physical distancing, please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before a league event.

  • Once a game or practice has concluded, all Players and Coaches shall put on their masks, quickly gather their belongings, and vacate the court to allow the next scheduled practice/game participants to enter.

  • Players must maintain 6 feet of physical distance between them when off the court or not playing.

  • Spectators must maintain 6 feet of physical distance between family groups at all times.

  • Limiting attendance to the Player’s household members is encouraged.  As the area around the courts is limited, a maximum of 3 spectators per Player is suggested.  If your family group consists of more than 3 spectators, we require that you sit 2 in front and 2 behind (if you are bringing your own chairs) to give other families an opportunity to watch without obstruction.

  • Spectators who prefer to stand may do so behind the spectators who are seated in chairs.

 

SANITIZATION

  • Each coach will be required to have hand sanitizer available for all practices and games.

  • Players should bring their own sanitizer for their personal use.

  • Players are encouraged to sanitize when they come out of a game and in between quarters.

  • Coaches should spray game basketballs with disinfectant after each game.

 

HYDRATION & SNACKS

  • Each Player must bring their own beverage with their name clearly marked on the container.  Sharing of drinks is prohibited. 

  • Food and snacks are not permitted on or around the courts.  If you must eat, please do so in an area away from the courts and properly distanced from non-household members.

 

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICES AND GAMES

  • Scrimmaging other teams during practice is NOT permitted.

  • Players must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other Players and Coaches when not playing.

  • Practice Touchless Sportsmanship – no huddles, handshakes, hand slaps, fist bumps, etc.  Teams may acknowledge the opposing team after a game from a distance of 6 feet or greater with an appropriate gesture of a thumbs up, a fist in the air, or any other positive sign of respect.

  • Jump balls have been eliminated.  A coin flip at the start of the game and any overtime periods shall determine possession.

  • If a team is ahead by 20 points or more in the 4th quarter or by 15 points or more in the final 2 minutes of the 4th quarter, Players will not line up for free throws.  After free throws are attempted by the shooter, the opposing team will take possession.

 

RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOLS

  • Awaiting COVID Test Results.  If a Player or a Player’s household member is awaiting results from a COVID test, neither may attend a league event prior to receiving the results of the COVID test.

  • Player Tests Positive for COVID.  If a Player tests positive for COVID, the Player’s family must immediately notify the Parkland Basketball Club President, who will immediately notify the city of Parkland.  The Player may not attend any league events until all of the following have occurred: (1) at least 10 days have passed since the date of the positive test result; (2) the Player has taken a PCR Test and has received a negative result (a negative Rapid Test is not acceptable); and (3) the Player is free of all COVID-related symptoms for at least 24 hours prior, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom altering medication.  Additionally, each member of the Player’s team (includes Head Coach, Assistant Coach and other Players) may not attend any league events until: (1) 14 days have passed from the time they were last exposed to the Player; and (2) they are free of all COVID-related symptoms for at least 24 hours prior, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom altering medication.

  • Household Member Tests Positive for COVID.  If a household member of a Player tests positive for COVID, that family must immediately notify the Parkland Basketball Club President, who will immediately notify the city of Parkland.  The household member testing positive may not attend any league events until all of the following have occurred: (1) 10 days have passed since the date of the positive test result; (2) they have taken a PCR Test and received a negative result (a negative Rapid Test is not acceptable); and (3) they are free of all COVID-related symptoms for at least 24 hours prior, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom altering medication.  The Player and any other household members may not attend any league events until all of the following have occurred: (1) 14 days have passed from the time they were last exposed to the household member testing positive; and (2) they are free of all COVID-related symptoms for at least 24 hours prior, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom altering medication.

  • Close Contact with Person who Tested Positive for COVID.  If a family discovers that a Player or a Player’s household member has had direct or Close Contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID, that family must immediately notify the Parkland Basketball Club President, who will immediately notify the city of Parkland.  The Player or the Player’s household member who was exposed may NOT attend any league events until: (1) 14 days have passed from the time they were last exposed to the individual who tested positive; and (2) the Player or the household member who was exposed is free of all COVID-related symptoms for at least 24 hours prior, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom altering medication.