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COVID-19 Resources and Information

Update from MYAS

November 12, 2020:

On Tuesday, Governor Walz announced restrictions for some businesses and social gatherings. The announcement came as COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the state of Minnesota.

Fortunately, youth sports in Minnesota were not affected by this latest “turning back the dial”, The MYAS and you, as leaders of the Minnesota Youth Basketball Alliance, would very much like to keep it that way. Our priority as a Minnesota youth basketball community is to keep our youth basketball players on the court this winter, in a time when social interaction, exercise and, most importantly, some fun is needed more than ever in their lives.

With that in mind, the MYAS stresses that it is imperative for all Minnesota Youth Basketball Alliance (MYBA) member associations, coaches, players, parents, and officials to follow the recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, as well as the MN Safe Play: Back to the Hardwood Guidelines and the Guidelines for Managing Positive Cases.

We also must stress the importance of increased diligence on social gatherings. It has become very apparent that social gatherings are one of the highest risk settings for transmission of the virus. People tend to let their guard down and fail to comply with COVID safety guidelines, which mitigate the spread and give us the opportunity to keep our kids playing youth basketball.

Minnesota youth basketball tournaments and team gatherings during the winter months are some of the biggest highlights during a youth basketball player's career because of the memories that are made off the court with their teammates and parents. However, the 2020-2021 season must be different! These off-court activities must be prohibited, as they more than likely will cause outbreaks that negatively impact teams, associations, and schools and further the community spread. In order to keep our youth basketball players and families safe and keep our kids playing the great game of basketball, this season will require some inconvenience and sacrifice.

The MYAS recommends the following:

  • Do not travel to any game or tournament if your team has been told to quarantine by the Department of Health or local county health officials.
  • Do not ride share or travel with players from other households to out of town tournaments. If you must conduct ride sharing for practices, masks should be worn at all times while inside the vehicle.
  • Follow the guidelines outlined by the hosting facility in terms of capacity and other social distancing guidelines.
  • Do not hold team dinners or parent gatherings at local restaurants, bars, hotels, or homes.
  • Do not go inside the facility/gymnasium for any reason other than to play or watch your son or daughter’s game. Leave the facility immediately once the games end, and do not watch other games.
  • Do not gather in lobbies or common areas after games.

The MYAS thanks the thousands of traveling basketball teams and the MYBA membership across the state for continuing to stay vigilant and doing the right things:

  • Follow the published guidelines set forth by MDH,  MN Hockey and MYAS.
  • WEAR YOUR MASK.
  • Do your part to slow the spread of this virus: wash your hands, practice safe hygiene habits, and clean surfaces/equipment between use.
  • Stay at Home when you are sick and following the published MDH Decision Tree.
  • Follow all guidance from health officials regarding quarantine direction.
  • Stay more than 6 ft. from another person outside of your household at all times. As a spectator, stay 12 ft. from the closest participant in the competition.

Thank you for your time and dedication to youth basketball!

 

Questions or concerns can be directed to Program Directors, or RYBAHoops@gmail.com


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