To ensure the health & safety of all players and coaches (participants) as well as spectators, MYBA will be taking the following steps to provide a safe environment for basketball. Please carefully read and understand these protocols. Please help us enforce these protocols by making sure your family is following the safety procedures defined below.
MYBA reserves the right to remove any participant that intentionally disregards these policies and procedures.
If anyone in that participant’s household is experiencing symptoms, that participant should not attend games or practices until it is clear that it is not COVID-19.
CDC Guidelines on Symptoms
State Guidelines for Youth Sports
State, MYBA, or Metrowest guidelines could change without notice. The season could end at any time due to state guidelines or based on the discretion of the MYBA Board of Directors. Please review the refund policy below.
Before attending ANY MYBA event, including tryout, practice, or game, all participants and spectators (when allowed) MUST complete the Health Check and Contact Tracing online form the day of the event. The Health Check form should be completed earlier in the day of the event to ensure coaches have access to the player health check verification reports.
Participants that have not completed the Health Check form will be denied access to facility and will not be able to participate in the event.
Spectators and parent coaches can be listed on the participant’s Health Check form in the field “Who else is attending the event”. Any person listed in this field must also pass the health check questions. Siblings participating in the same event must individually have submitted a Health Check form.
COVID-19 Exposure Policies
- Any significant illness concerns and/or imposed quarantines - due to travel, other sports teams, school, etc. MUST be reported to coach and MYBA Safety Officer.
- If any household member of the participant, including the participant, has tested positive for COVID-19 or developed COVID-19 symptoms, the participant may not participate in MYBA activities for 10 days following the positive test. Quarantine period for a positive COVID case is 10 days from onset of symptoms or if asymptomatic, the day of positive test (day 0). Resume practice/game on Day 11.
- If the participant has been exposed to COVID-19 or deemed a close contact of someone confirmed with COVID-19, the participant may not participate in MYBA activities for 14 days following the exposure. Quarantine period for close contacts will be 14 days from date of exposure to a positive individual. Resume practice/game on Day 15.
The exposure policies in place for MYBA are more stringent than state guidelines. This is purposeful, with the intent to reduce the residual risk to 1% or less which will provide greater safety for all MYBA participants. State information on quarantine guidelines can be found at the link below.
- MYBA will follow all state and local health guidelines and protocols
- All participants and spectators (when allowed) must complete the online Health Check and Contact Tracing form for every MYBA event on the day of the event
- Coaches will monitor participants for illness. Participants that look or act ill, they will not be permitted to participate.
- Everyone (spectators and players) MUST wear a mask. Only face coverings that secure with loops around a player’s ears are acceptable.
- Spectator guidelines vary from facility to facility but state guidelines require less than 50% capacity and proper social distancing within the facility. As a rule of thumb, please try to limit to one adult spectator per player.
- See Facility Specific rules page for more information
- All spectators must adhere to CDC and DPH assemblage and distance guidelines, including wearing face coverings, per DPH guidelines.
- Participants should travel to event only with other household members. Carpooling is strongly discouraged.
- Basketball will be permitted to be played by the players under the updated rules/laws of the sport set by the state, Metrowest, and MYBA.
- Violation of MYBA COVID-19 Policies and Procedures may result in suspension or expulsion of participants from MYBA programs.
Basketball Activity Policies
- Masks must be properly worn at all times. This means the mask must cover the mouth and nose completely.
- Mask breaks can be arranged. Individuals should be minimum 14 feet away from all others, preferably outside. Group mask break not permitted unless done outside in a socially distanced manner.
- Social distancing will be utilized as much as possible. This includes on the court and on the bench.
- Players should arrive ready to play - shoes can be brought into facilities to put on. Each player must bring their own basketball, water bottle, hand sanitizer, and 2 masks to practice and games. All personal items must be clearly labeled.
- Masks should be swapped for fresh mask at halftime of game or half-way point of practice. Wet and/or sweaty masks become ineffective so a dry mask is essential to safety.
- Shared equipment such as basketballs, cones, score clocks, benches, etc will be handled by as few people as possible. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be provided to all coaches to sanitize equipment before, during and after events.
- Game and/or shared basketballs must be sanitized and clean balls rotated in at least twice per half.
- No team huddles unless safely spaced. No touching outside of game play - no fist bumps, high fives, etc.
- Playing basketball will involve a shared basketball and touching of other players on the court. After playing and returning to the bench, players should sanitize their hands. Coaches are responsible to ensure hand sanitation occurs during events.
- Coaches will be responsible for verifying Health Check and Contact Tracing reports for each event and noting discrepancies.
COVID-19 Safety Officer
MYBA has appointed director Colleen Deignan as COVID-19 Safety Officer. The responsibilities of the Safety Officer include:
- Work directly with the President to ensure the safety of all participants as it pertains to COVID-19
- Ensure MYBA COVID-19 policies and procedures meet and/or exceed state guidelines
- Maintain, update, enhance COVID-19 policies and procedures
- Ensure grade coordinators and coaches are aware of COVID-19 safety policies and procedures and have access to Health Check reports
- First line of contact for questions from grade coordinators, coaches, parents, and community members regarding COVID-19 safety policies and procedures
- Run health check/contact tracing reports as necessary
The refund policy for 2020 registration is defined below. This refund policy applies to both in-town and travel basketball.
- A full refund will be issued if the season is cancelled prior to any games being played.
- For travel players, once practice starts, if season is cancelled before games are played, $50 will become non-refundable.
- No refund will be issued for a participant that withdraws after teams are released.
- Exceptions are injury or moving out of town
- No refund will be issued if participant is removed for violation of MYBA policies.
- No refund will be issued for a participant due to a COVID-19 diagnosis.
- After a single game is played, there will be no refunds.
- No late fees or check or credit card processing fees will be refunded.
- Any participant placed on a waiting list and not placed on a team after the season start will be granted a full refund.
- For a refund request, please contact: email@example.com
Danny Blood, President MYBA
Colleen Deignan, COVID-19 Safety Officer