In accordance with guidelines set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Centers for Disease Control, our Basketball Program, Towamencin Youth Association Basketball Program (TYA), will return to play with the following safety and action plan. The policy will be updated/amended from time to time as required to complywith State and Local Guidelines.
Compliance with the TYA Basketball policy & guidelines is mandatory for all participants, coaches, referees,spectators, and other volunteers. Any non-compliance with these guidelines will result in suspension ordebarment from the TYA Basketball League.
Communication & Education:
- All players and parents will receive communication of our safety and action plan before return to playbegins.
- Copy of this policy/guideline will be emailed to all league participants as well as posted on the TYAWebsite
- We ask that all participants (coaches, referees, players, and parents) follow the behaviors listedbelow to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to include but not limited to:
- hand hygiene(frequent washing of hands or use of hand sanitizer)
- taking of temperature
- wearing face masks
- social distancing (6ft)
- sanitizing equipment
- properly covering coughs and sneezes
- staying home when not feeling well or when displaying signs of COVID 19
- Coach-specific guidance will be distributed to all coaches and posted on the TYA website
- Signs detailing COVID symptoms, details on social distancing and wearing of face masks will be postedon the TYA website.
Coach, Player, Referee, and Volunteer Mandatory Practice/Game Requirements:
- Each coach, participant, referee, or any other volunteer entering the basketball courts will be required to perform the following actions prior to the start of every game/practice:
- Complete COVID pre-screen checklist and provide a system-generated code to their coach priorto playing.
- Please fill in all required fields and answer questions truthfully
- Review and sign the liability waiver
- Once completed you will receive either a green check with a code or a red X. If you receive a greencheck mark and Screening code then you are good to play. If a Red X is received then you will not be allowed to play. Responses are locked in for 12 hours.
- Upon arriving, proof of completing the COVID Screening questionnaire will need to be provided toyour coach. If you are unable to provide proof of completion then you will not be allowed to play.
- Anyone demonstrating cold-like symptoms will not be allowed on the basketball courts and will beasked to leave immediately. Please do not bring a participant to the courts if they are sick ordisplaying COVID like symptoms.
- As part of the COVID pre-screening process, parents will need to take the participants temperatureand enter the reading into the COVID pre-screen questionnaire. If a participant registers atemperature of at least 100.4 degrees, then the participant will not be allowed to enter the facilityand must depart immediately.
- Participants must bring their own water bottles and are not share water bottles.
- Gum chewing is prohibited after entering the basketball court.
- At the end of a game, players will show a contactless sign of sportsmanship that will be agreed ahead of thegame by the coaches. No high-fives, fist bumps, or any other form of contact will be allowed with theother team.
- Each participant must remove/dispose of any item brought onto the court (i.e. water bottle, towels,etc). Coaches must ensure the courts are clean for the next team.
- All score keepers and clock operators will be required to sit 6 feet apart.
- Practices will not include more than one team and will be limited to one hour and 30 minutes.
Sanitation Expectations for Coaches, Players, Volunteers and Spectators:
- All players will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the facility. TYA Coaches willhave hand sanitizer available for use at each facility which should be used upon entering and beforeleaving each practice/game.
- All players will be required to use hand sanitizer as they come off the court for substitution.
- TYA encourages all players to carry their own bottle of hand sanitizer in their bag or have it with themfor each game/practice.
- All players are encouraged to bring their own ball and all basketballs must be properly sanitized by thecoach or player prior to entering each practice. TYA will provide these products.
- TYA Basketball will provide sanitized game balls for warm ups and games. The basketballs willbe sanitized during and after games.
Face Covering Expectations for Players, Referee, Coaches, Volunteers, and Spectators:
- TYA is requiring and in accordance with Pennsylvania State Guidelines that all coaches, volunteers, andspectators wear face masks for the entire duration of the event when attending any practices or games.
- Players will need to wear face masks as they enter and leave the facility, prior to the start of games andimmediately after the finalization of a game.
- Players will be expected to wear face masks while on the bench.
- All score keepers and clock operators will be required to wear a mask.
- Players are encouraged to avoid touching their face as much as possible.
Spectator Attendance, Rules, and Protocols:
- According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the maximum number of people allowed to congregateis 25. This also includes, participants, volunteers/coaches, and referees.https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/Targeted- Mitigation-FAQ.aspx
- TYA will limit the number of spectators attending games to ensure we do not exceed the 25-personexpectation, including spectators not allowed during games if needed.
- TYA recommends that spectators only stay for games and do not wait in the building during practices.
- Any spectator permitted to stay will be expected to social distance from other spectators and theplayers.
- We encourage parents/families/spectators to wait outside the facility, in their vehicle, or drop off andpick up for practices.
- All spectators remain in their cars until the start time of their participants game.
- All spectators must maintain social distancing of 6ft or at least 2 seats in between their family and anotherfamily.
- In accordance with Governor Wolf’s directive, spectators must wear a face masks for all indoor facilities.If a spectator is not wearing a mask, they will not be permitted to stay in the facility.
- Do not congregate at entrance or exit points.
- Anyone considered high risk under the CDC COVID guidelines should not attend.
- Spectators (including siblings) will not be allowed on the court. The only time a spectator will beallowed on the court is if their participant is injured.
- Do not attend a game if you have been around anyone presumptive COVID positive, COVID positiveor are not feeling well.
- Gum chewing is prohibited after entering the basketball court.
- Families should avoid carpool groups when possible.
- Ensure health and safety of all players/participants.
- The maximum number of players allowed attend any given game is 10. Coaches with rosters greater than 10players must coordinate with their teams on who is going to play in which game.
- Coaches will be required to wear a face mask during all practices and games.
- Before start of game/practice make sure all players are feeling well enough to participatethrough their pre-screening completion.
- Before each game/practice ensure all balls have been properly sanitized and each player has used handsanitizer.
- Coaches mush ensure bench area and court are clean with no trash remaining after game/practicecompletion.
- Coaches must monitor players for any COVID symptoms while on sideline.
- Coaches should ensure that their teams enter and exit the courts at the designated areas asoutlined by the facility.
- Post-game meetings should be held outside of the courts and should be held to a minimum time limit asall participants should go directly to their automobiles and not congregate outside of the courts.
Identification of COVID Exposure
- Parents of participants need to immediately notify the TYA Basketball Director if the participant orsomeone in the participant’s home or has been around anyone that is presumptive positive or testspositive for COVID.
- Required information at time of notification will include:
- Head coach name
- Age/Grade division
- Date of presumptive positive or test positive for COVID
- Attendance at games
- Known participants who encountered an individual prior, during, and/or after a game.
- Alternatively, if no games were played, but presumptive or positive test for COVID occurs, we ask that younotify the Head of the Basketball Program with names of other potential players/participants and coacheswho have been in contact with the infected participant or family members.
- TYA Basketball will notify families and participants who are known to have been at the facility at thesame time as the exposed or infected individual. We will follow CDC guidelines and HIPAA regulationson confidentiality of all participants.
- Participants who have come into contact with a presumptive positive or positive COVID person will not beallowed at any practices or games for 14 days and/or until a doctor’s note is provided, clearing theparticipant to play.
- TYA Basketball will also notify the Montgomery County Health Department of any communicated known COVID infections.