Please visit the COVID Reporting page for more information on what forms are required to be filled out at what frequency. We ask that all participants and their families comply with these policies to help us stay safe!
Planning for Uncertainty
COVID-19 has thrown a serious curveball into all of our lives… the planning and execution of youth community sports has by no means been spared from this. We are doing our best to move toward a version of community league basketball this season; however, we don’t yet know exactly what it will look like.
Our planning for return to play is based on best practices and guidelines as they emerge from government authorities as well as our governing bodies.
This is a rapidly evolving scenario as new information is being received often. Therefore, we truly appreciate your patience and understanding as we do our best to learn and adapt.
What We Do Know
There are still a lot of unknowns about the near future of community league basketball, but some things are beginning to take shape. Below is a highlight of the most important things we do know about returning to play during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A Sport Cohort is currently defined as a closed, small group of no more than 50 individuals – consisting of players, officials, coaches, trainers, and/or managers who do not maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times from the cohort group, and who participate in the same sport or activity, and remain together for the duration of Stage 2 of the Government of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy. Individuals may participate in only one sport cohort. Sport cohorts do not need to keep 2 metres apart however, physical distancing should be practiced when not participating on court (i.e. on sidelines, before & after activities, etc.)”
– ABA Return to Play
- athletes cannot belong to multiple cohorts… so athletes playing with SW must not be part of a cohort for another sport, or a school team (season splitting may be explored to remedy this and we will post updates if this changes)
- Team sizes will be limited to comply with guidelines
- league play will see modifications to divisions and tiers to ensure the 50 people per cohort rule can be followed
EYBA is tentatively planning a mini-league running Oct. 17 through December. This league will have smaller team sizes, shorter games and will be coordinated to maintain the cohort principle introduced above. COVID spread prevention measures will be implemented including wearing masks (except on court) and social distancing as possible and for fans.
TBA – Hopefully restrictions ease, and we can get back towards a more normal season.
Physical Distancing & Hygiene
Spectators will be limited in number and expected to follow hygiene guidelines and physical distancing standards.
Our athletes are insured through Basketball Alberta fees that we submit through EYBA via our team registration fees.
This insurance does not cover communicable diseases; therefore, extra waivers will need to be signed in order to play.
The largest area of uncertainty regarding return to play is the availability of, and potential new protocols at, our gym rental facilities.
We have learned that City of Edmonton Joint-use Gym Rentals are closed for Sept. & Oct. with news about November expected in an Oct. 15th decision. EYBA does have some Saville time and will update us after Labour Day with more information on how the fall season will look.
We will inform you as we know more.
Registration Opens July 20th, 2020
Based on all the information we have been given, we are moving forward with registration starting July 20th, 2020.
Numbers will be capped and there will be added waivers and acknowledgements.
New this year
$25 of registration fees will be non-refundable.