Update: September 14, 2020 -
Most school districts in Metro Vancouver (but not all) are not renting gyms at this time. Following is a recap about what the school districts we work with are planning for the Fall:
SD43 (Coquitlam) is one of the few exceptions and has made the decision to proceed with community rentals. To abide by protocol set forth by a variety of organizations, including the Ministry of Health and Education as well as SD43, there have been changes in times and locations to many user groups, and in some cases there have been cancellations. We have had ongoing communication with SD43 Facilities rentals and will be working on finalizing our rental bookings over the next 1-2 weeks. Once these bookings are finalized, we will provide a start date (projected start date for practices is mid October), confirmation of practice times, days and locations to each team, along with next steps in the registration process.
SD40 (New West) is not accepting any gym rentals for the time being. Teams in New West will be offered practice times in the Tri-Cities once those bookings are finalized in the next 1-2 weeks.
SD42 (Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge) is also allowing community rentals. In balancing community access with the need to keep facilities safe, the school district will only be permitting weekend rentals at this time. Teams with mid week practices will be offered Sunday practices in SD42 or practice times mid week in the Tri-Cities once those bookings are finalized in the next 1-2 weeks.
City of Coquitlam (Pinetree Community Centre) will be booking only 1 month at a time for Fall rentals in order to allow for adjustment as things change with COVID and as they learn from experiences. All facilities are currently being assessed for revised room capacities and building capacities in order to comply with all requirements, as well as determining what building amenities will be available. Once the City has finalized the new structure for room capacities and availability, they will contact us regarding our bookings.
As we're sure everyone can all appreciate, this is an unprecedented time and the need to be flexible and understanding of new processes and procedures has never been greater. We know it isn’t an easy time but rest assured TCYBA is doing everything possible to get kids back to basketball as safely and as quickly as possible.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Update: September 8, 2020
As we quickly approach the beginning of school, we wanted to provide you with an update regarding where we are presently situated regarding a return to play for the Tri-City Youth Basketball Association.
On August 24, 2020, the Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control approved new updated Sport Sector guidelines. The BC Sport Sector has now moved into Phase 3 of the COVID restart plan.
What This Means for Basketball
The TCYBA has monitored the ongoing progression of the Basketball Return to Sport Plan (RTS) since its adoption and will continue to utilize those guidelines to structure its operations. In Phase 3, spaced individual development still makes up considerable part of the overall development model but "Competition Cohorts" are acceptable and a progressive return to competition is allowed.
TCYBA has been working diligently this summer to get kids back on the court through ongoing communication with all the school districts we partner with regarding access to gyms for this Fall. While the school districts priority has quite understandably been focused on classroom organization for the upcoming school year, we have received indications access to gyms is in the planning stages and we are waiting for the school districts to confirm when we will be granted access and what the scope of that access might be. We hope to have more definitive information regarding gymnasium access details within the next 1-2 weeks but the earliest possible league start date would be in October.
COVID-19 has forced all of us to make many adjustments to our everyday lives and returning to sport is no exception. Please be assured, as things continue to progress forward, we will communicate any information, adjustments or changes that may happen as they occur. As soon as we have more information about gym availability and a start date for practices, we will communicate again with all members.Read more about the TCYBA Return to Sport Plan