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Sep, 2020

Covid-19 Operation Plan

BROWNSBURG JUNIOR BASKETBALL LEAGUE FAMILIES,

We have followed all of the COVID-19 news closely in order to provide the best experience for our players, families, coaches, and referees upon our return. Now that we have seen the Governor’s guidelines, we have a plan for our return to basketball! Cleaning and sanitation has always been a priority at BJBL. We will continue these practices and add extra steps to protect everyone to the best of our abilities, while still delivering a great basketball experience.

BJBL’s Covid-19 Operation Plan is fluid and alterations may need to be made to adjust to new CDC, IHSAA, Brownsburg School Corp and other expert recommendations to protect our participants, coaches, referees, fans and school environments. Our typical scheduling may be altered this season to adjust for COVID-19 pandemic.

For both practices and games, everyone who enters the building must wear a mask and remain in the gym and only leave to exit or to use the restrooms. No wondering in the building or congregating in the hallways. Also, no food may be brought into the schools. Water bottles are allowed.

LEAGUE PRACTICES:

  • All practices will be “closed” practices. We ask that players arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before practice and after dropping off the players that the parents return to their vehicles, returning 5 minutes prior to the end of the practice. With this implemented, however, the policy that 2 adults be in the gym during practices and games still is applicable per our rule book so if 2 adults are not present, the event must be cancelled.

  • Coaches are encouraged to create as much space as possible between players when doing drills at practices

 

LEAGUE GAMES:

  • We will allow ONE parent/guardian per player to attend. This will keep our numbers low and give people plenty of space to spread out with six feet or more space. All spectators on the bleachers must remain spaced 6 feet apart and wear a mask.

  • Games will be scheduled so that there is time in between sets of games to allow for cleaning. Benches, scorer’s tables, and clock will all be sanitized in between each game.

  • Do NOT enter building until 5 minutes before your game. Please exit promptly after your game.

  • Referees will be temperature checked prior to each day.

  • There will be only one game held at a time in each gymnasium.

  • The basketball being used in the game will be sanitized before the game and between each period.

  • Common touch areas will be sanitized with a mixture of 1/3 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water and put in spray bottles to be consistent with the CDCs recommendation.

  • There will be no overtime in regular season games this season to keep schedules/attendance controlled so games will end in a Tie.

  • There will be no post-game handshake line to prevent extra contact. Instead, coaches are encouraged to have their teams collectively shout a “good game” to each other at the end of games.

  • Facemasks will be required for all fans, coaches, and referees during this timeframe. Players and Referees need to wear a facemask until the event starts, and then put facemask back on immediately after the event ends. Coaches should wear masks for duration of the games. 

  • Player chairs will be placed 6 feet apart for players to use when resting and rehydrating while they are not in the game.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available for all fans and players.

  • We ask that anyone who is considered high-risk for COVID-19 not attend games this season.

 Promoting healthy hygiene practices:

  • We encourage every player, coach, referee, and spectator to carry their own personal hand sanitizer with them at all times, and to use it frequently.

  • We will have plenty of hand sanitizer at the scores table and in the first aid box.

  • There should be no sharing of water bottles, and no communal coolers used for any purpose.

  • Coaches should limit ball or equipment sharing at practices as much as possible.

  • Coaches should sanitize any shared basketballs or equipment after every game or practice.

  • No sharing of whistles, shirts, or other equipment for referees – refs should make sure they have all their needed equipment before coming out to the games.

 

Requiring that anyone who is sick or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19— including players, family members, coaches, referees and spectators — not attend practices or games until they have met the CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.

  • Parents, coaches, and referees should be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.

  • If someone does get sick during practice or at a game, the coach should isolate the person and ask the parents to transport them to their home or healthcare facility immediately.

  • Any player who develops a fever of 100°F or higher (not suspected to be COVID-19) must be fever free without fever-reducing medication for 48 hours before returning to basketball activities.

  • If a player, coach, or referee is identified as a close contact, through a health department, that person may not participate in practices or games until their 14 day quarantine is over, a negative COVID test does not void the quarantine period while awaiting COVID-19 test results.

  • If a player, coach, or referee tests positive for COVID-19, all of the participants who were exposed, potentially including the entire team, have to quarantine until their 14 day quarantine is over, a negative COVID test does not void the quarantine period.

     

  • Current recommendations are for all close contacts to get COVID testing if asymptomatic wait 5 days until exposure. If experiencing symptoms, consult your physician.

  • Parents should report any instances of COVID-19 in their immediate family to coaches. Coaches should then report this information to Brad Grant ([email protected]). Per the executive orders issued by Gov. Holcomb, we are working with the Hendricks County Department of Health to do our best to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact Brad Grant ([email protected]) for more information.

We look forward to having everyone back playing in the BJBL!