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:
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:
Thank you for your time and dedication to youth basketball!
The document below contains the most recent RYBA COVID-19 Preparedness Plan document that outlines best practices and procedures that RYBA members will follow as a means to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone involved. It will be updated from time to time as circumstances change and evolve.