The Tri-City Youth Basketball Association continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. The following FAQ’s have been developed in response to questions forwarded by registrant’s families. Please note the answers can change, depending on how the COVID-19 situation evolves.
We are in ongoing consultation with our program partners, school districts, recreation departments and cities, to ensure we have a season. That season may look different than in the past because we may only be permitted to hold mask restricted, structurally modified or physically distanced practices, which could range from the allowance of full practices and games with or without spectators to no scrimmaging or games being allowed.
As of Monday Sept 13, 2021:
What is now required for sports (this may differ from what is required at school)
- Youth are exempt from the Proof of Vaccination program
- The definition of youth is “persons under 22 years of age”
- Youth sport has no maximum number for participants
- Adults who are supervising and supporting Youth Sports are exempt from the order, including Coaches, Team Managers and Officials
Gym Entry/Exit – Teams wait outside the gym until the previous team exits. The coach takes a quick look to ensure the gym is vacated then enters with team. Practice ends 5 minutes early and gym is vacated promptly. See Gym Entry/Exit Protocols for complete start of practice and end of practice procedures.
Spectators - No spectators will be allowed in the gym for practices and games except Team Managers.
Masks – Must be worn properly over the nose and mouth by all participants when entering practice and game facilities. School Districts require masks be worn properly over the nose and mouth at all times for coaches during all practices and all competition. Masks are mandatory indoors when participants are not on the field of play (in our case this is the basketball court). SD43 defines the team bench areas as outside the field of play and therefore masks are mandatory in those areas.
Hand Sanitizer – Used upon entry to, during and after training sessions.
Physical Distancing – Not mandatory during practices and games at this time, except on benches to as much of a degree as possible.
Health Check –All participants are required to perform a daily health check and present it to their coach when entering the gym before each practice and game. Players must download the BC Covid 19 self assessment tool on the app store and ensure results are presented to their coach when entering facilities https://bc.thrive.health/.
Participation Record - Coaches are required to keep a Player Participation Attendance Record of all players participating in practices and games.
What is highly recommended by TCYBA but not required (we leave this up to participants and individual coaches to implement if they choose)
Masks - While it is strongly recommended that participants wear a mask whenever possible, participants are not currently mandated to wear a mask during practice and competition on the field of play.
Physical Distancing - Not currently mandated for participants in youth sport but wherever possible is recommended. Teams are required to wear masks and distance as much as possible on team benches during games.
As we continue to strive to provide a safe training environment for all participants (players, coaches and support staff), Basketball BC strongly supports and recommends the use of masks and maintaining physical distancing whenever possible. Please be advised organizations we partner with, such as school districts may choose to enhance the COVID protocols they require of user groups as part of their own safety plan (this has just been required of us regarding the mask and physical distancing policies above). Tri-City Youth Basketball Association reviews communicated Return to Sport COVID protocols on a daily basis and will proactively communicate protocol adjustments or updates that may be required to ensure our members continue their program participation in the safest manner.
TCYBA has created a Return to Sport (RTS) organizational plan, which transitions between multiple phases, allowing for different levels of modified training at each phase.
Tri-City Youth League programming and camps is operating on the latest PHO health order and Return to Sport Protocols. These programs and camps require each player to bring their own basketball and water bottles due to Covid-19 protocols. All players will have a designated drop off and pick up area before entering the gym and upon leaving the gym. Upon arrival each participant will provide a Covid-19 screening confirmation of a self test on the BC Health app and providing that to their team coach. Players must wear a mask into and out of the facility they are participating in and sanitize their hands before and after training sessions.
Participants may only enter a practice and competition venue after any team that was using the gym before them fully vacates the facility and after being instructed to do so by the direction of their team coach.
Read more about the TCYBA Return to Sport Plan.
What will be allowed and when, is completely dependent on what happens with the number of COVID-19 cases and what the health authorities allow. Basketball BC, in conjunction with viaSport and the Provincial Health Branch, has established a Return to Sport Plan (RTS) and the TCYBA, following those guidelines and its mandate, has developed an association-based Return to Play organizational plan. Read more about the TCYBA Return to Sport Plan.
These are four Return to Sport phases:
Phase 1: Individual training only, no sharing of equipment, no contact activities, no competition, facilities closed
Phase 2: Whole team split training sessions begin, shared equipment between limited players, internal 3x3 team competition permitted for certain sports
Phase 3: Whole team training sessions, internal team 5x5 competition permitted
Phase 4: Whole team training session and local competition resumes (Please note that facility providers, school districts and recreational departments have the right to implement their own more conservative guideline phases should they determine it appropriate)
The phase we are in dictates what is allowed. We are currently in a Provincial Health Order modified Phase 3 (see above). The entire return to sport phase fluctuates and is determined by the Provincial Health Officer and viaSPORT, relative to changing health conditions in the Province.
Players must maintain a minimum of 2 meters between them during practices. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, including organizing practice areas, restricting the number of players at each basket, using cones to designate areas and even organizing small practice cohorts.
If parents decide to register a player later, we will try to find a team for them. If teams are full, they will have to remain on the waitlist until a spot becomes available. Please note, by cancelling your participation your non-refundable deposit will not be applied to a new registration at a later time.
Re: How do I organize my practice under RTS restrictions: TCYBA will provide coaches with a list of activities/drills recommended during various COVID phases. In addition, the Tri-City Youth Basketball Association has been working diligently over the summer to develop training plans and will be supporting coaches with development materials through its Coaches Classroom platform.
Re: Equipment: Each player will be responsible to bring their own equipment to each practice. Basketballs will only be shared where RTS stages allow. Coaches will be responsible to clean shared balls and instruct players to sanitize their hands at various times throughout practices and games.
Re: Additional Supervision Protocols: Coaches and team managers (team officials) are always responsible for the safety and well-being of their players. Parents are responsible for ensuring their child’s ability to participate is within the guidelines of TCYBA’s Return to Sport Plan.
Coaches, managers, officials and staff would be expected to remind children to cough into their elbow, wash/sanitize their hands on an ongoing basis, keep appropriate social distancing and to refrain from touching their face. Coaches will also confirm all participants have completed the pre participation checklist and are cleared to take part. In an instance where a child is sick or shows symptoms of illness, they may not attend a practice or game and must remain at home and isolate.
If the season is drastically changed or must be partially cancelled after registration has taken place, adjustments will be made. It is impossible to say what impact COVID-19 or adjustments to RTS phases might have on the season and as such what a price adjustment, refund or cancellation might be. Refunds would be dependent on what actually occurs i.e. partial or full season cancellation, game limitations, practice limitations, whether the season dates can be adjusted, etc.
Refunds will not be provided because of changes to, or an individual’s opinion of, health orders or participation guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, viaSport or School Districts implemented by Tri-City Youth Basketball Association.
As is the case with every sport, hard financial commitments must be covered in order for the association to be operational, therefore no refund will be issued if a player simply decides to withdraw because they no longer wish to play.
The cost for uniforms for players is generally included in the registration fees. If, however, it is determined uniforms are not required for a program, then that portion of the registration fee will be adjusted.
Tri-City Youth Basketball Association is being fully compliant with the requirements set by the Provincial Health Officer, viaSport and Basketball BC:
- Spectators will not be allowed in gyms during practices or games until current health guidelines are relaxed
- All shared equipment will be cleaned and sanitized before and after use.
- Players will need to sanitize their hands before/after basketball activities.
- Phased entry access and exiting protocols will be followed at every facility used for training or competition.
- Families will have to ensure they are symptom free and not participate if they have been outside Canada within 2 weeks.
- Players are to sign a Tri-City Youth Basketball Association COVID-19 waiver and be compliant with the TCYBA Participation Guidelines
- Basketball activities will follow physical distancing and safety protocols relative to the RTS phase currently in place at that time.
Tri-City Youth Basketball Association personnel will wear masks as required if they need to deal with a situation and are not able to physically distance.