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Update #3 – 2021

The Province of B.C. announced on Friday Feb. 5th that the current public health restrictions are being kept in place. While there have not been updates to the restrictions for sport, this means that the following key items remain in place:

  •  Individuals are permitted to travel to their home club for the purpose of sport, while following all restrictions in the current public health Order.
  •  The clarifications from January 7 on "group sport" remain applicable to adult sport.
  •  The high-performance exemption remains in effect for athletes identified by CSI-Pacific and their Provincial or National Sport organization.
  •  The specifications around children and youth sport remain unchanged. Games and tournaments are temporarily suspended for teams.
  •  The Intercollegiate varsity sport exemption allows for athletes to train or practice only with the post-secondary institution with which they are enrolled.

More details on the information can be found on the viaSport website or FAQ page.

We know how difficult this news can be, but we are encouraged by the efforts and commitment displayed by the basketball community to stay safe and protect each other. We continue to stress to our sport community the importance of focusing on what we can do rather than what we can’t do.

Stay Safe – Stay Healthy


January 20, 2021
Update #2 - 2021

Updated Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan - January 20, 2021


January 14, 2021
Update #1 – 2021

As a reminder, the current PHO Order has been extended and will be in place until February5, 2021, at which time government officials will determine if extensions or changes are required based on COVID-19 transmission data. The intent of this Order is to reduce risk provincially and aid in managing contact tracing. viaSport outlines these restrictions on their latest update

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, viaSport and Basketball BC remains committed to keeping sport communities in B.C. safe and healthy at all levels. viaSport has been working with Canadian Sport Institute-Pacific (CSI-P), the Province of B.C. and Own the Podium to ensure the sport system across Canada is aligned on the issue of interprovincial travel. The following statement from viaSport is the correct interpretation of the British Columbia Public Health Order on Gathering and Events, which is in effect until February 5, 2021, as they relate to travel for high-performance athletes:

Under the current B.C. public health order, there is an exemption for high performance athletes for the purpose of training, competing, and travelling for sport within B.C.

High-performance athletes are defined as: a person who is identified by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific as a high-performance athlete affiliated with an accredited provincial or national sports organization.

·      In order to be a Canadian Sport Institute – Pacific identified athlete, nominations must be made through B.C. accredited Provincial Sport Organizations or National Sport Organizations who have athletes federally funded through Sport Canada.

·      A person who is a high-performance athlete who is already training in British Columbia may train, practice, compete and travel for that purpose if the person follows the COVID-19 safety protocols of the provincial or national sports organization with which the person is affiliated. To be clear, the athlete must already be training in B.C. to qualify for the exemption.

·      High performance athletes in B.C. must adhere to all other aspects of the public health Order and their PSO and/or NSO COVID-19 Safety Plan.

These restrictions are by order of the Provincial Health Officer to limit the amount of physical, social interactions, and travel, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in B.C. These requirements apply to all amateur sports across the province and we thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

Charlene Krepiakevich CEO, viaSport British Columbia

New 2.5 Sector Guidelines

As mentioned in our last update, we anticipate a new 2.5 set of Sector Guidelines to be released from viaSport sometime in 2021. These guidelines have not yet been released due to the current COVID activity in the province. (We do not anticipate any changes to Sector guidelines prior to Feb. 5). Once we receive any adjustments or modifications to the Sector Guidelines, we will inform our membership and provincial basketball community and apply them to our Basketball Return to Sport Guidelines.


December 29, 2020
Update #22

Some new clarifications have been made to the restrictions announced in the latest Provincial Health written Order. viaSport has updated their website and FAQs to reflect this updated information.

As a reminder, this PHO Order is in place until January 8, 2021, at which time government officials will determine if extensions or changes are required based on COVID-19 transmission data.

Clarifications include:

 “Adult team sport” revised to “group sport”: Group sport is defined as sporting activities involving more than one person and includes training and practice for an individual or a team sport, but does not include sport for children or youth, varsity sport or high-performance athlete sport. Group sport (i.e. sport for those 22 years of age or older) is only permitted in groups of up to two people (e.g. singles tennis or an athlete and a coach training session). Outdoor group sport is only permitted in groups of up to four people (e.g. four individuals may run together or four individuals could run soccer drills). All participants must maintain a distance of three metres from one another while participating in the sport activity. While this order provides clarity, it is important to remember the intent is to limit group gathering. For example, individuals should not be playing a sport with four people and then switching teams to another group of four during the same time slot.

Travel to home club: Individuals are permitted to travel to their home club for the purpose of sport. Home club is defined as the sport organization, club, or facility at which a person is registered for ongoing sport programming. Individuals should not carpool with other participants.

High performance exemption: High performance athletes are individuals who have been identified to a targeted athlete list with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific by their respective Provincial Sport Organization or National Sport Organization. A person, who is a high-performance athlete who is already training in B.C. may train, compete, and travel for that purpose if they follow the COVID safety protocols of their respective provincial or national sport organization.

Sport for children and youth means an activity which is delivered by a provincial sport organization or a local sport organization and may include participants who are under 22 years of age but does not include varsity sports. The PHO Order for Events and Gatherings differentiates between adult and youth sport activities.

Intercollegiate varsity sport exemption: Varsity sport is defined in the order as a sport for which the eligibility requirements for participation are established by a national association for the regulation of intercollegiate athletics, or which is designated as a varsity sport program by a post-secondary institution. Individuals of any age may participate in varsity sport if they are a member of a varsity sport team and they only train or practice with the post-secondary institution with which they are enrolled. Varsity sport, at this time, needs to follow viaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines (i.e. maintain three metres physical distance and travel is limited the athlete’s respective post-secondary institution).


December 18, 2020
Update #21

As a follow-up to from our last update (#20) we have updated our Return to Sport plan to include the latest directive requirements including  the new social distancing requirement of 3 metres.

The viaSport website is also updated along with their FAQs page.

The new provincial wide restrictions announced in the written Order from the Provincial Health Officer can be accessed here. This order is in place till Jan. 8.

The intent of this Order is to reduce risk provincially and aid in managing contact tracing. Within the Sport sector measures have been put in place to help meet this intention. These measures include:

  •  Reduce the size of gatherings, by limiting number of participants including no spectators
  •  Participants need to be from one club or community when participating in activities
  •  All indoor and outdoor sports for people 19 years of age and older are suspended
  •  Travel restrictions continue to be in place limiting participants to stay within their own community
  •  High performance athletes that have been identified to a targeted athlete list with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific are exempt from the travel restrictions and may travel within B.C. for the purpose of training.  

New 2.5 Sector Guidelines
A new 2.5 set of Sector Guidelines is planned to be released from viaSport in the new year based on the COVID landscape and results from these current restrictions. Once we receive these new Sector Guidelines, we will apply them to our Basketball Return to Sport Guidelines.


December 3, 2020
Update #20

This update reflects the December 2 directive from  THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER concerning GATHERINGS AND EVENTS within the  SPORT SECTOR

Youth indoor and outdoor team sports
All organized indoor and outdoor sports for people under 19 years of age must follow viaSport's Return to Sport Phase 2 guidance and Basketball BC Return to Sport Phase 2 guidance with respect to maintaining physical distance for participants. This means games, tournaments, competitions and all competitive drills and activities where social distancing (see increase below) is not always maintained are temporarily suspended.

  •  Physical Distancing has been increased to be a minimum of 3 metres (10 feet)
  •  Focus of training activities should be individual based and skill focused
  •  Individual drills and modified training activities can continue
  •  Sports organizations, facility management and clubs may implement additional guidelines to ensure the health and safety of participants

Adult indoor and outdoor team sports
All indoor and outdoor sports for people 19 years of age and older are suspended.

Travel Restrictions
Travel restrictions continue to be in place limiting participants to stay within their own community. The intention is to minimize social interactions and maintain a small bubble of contacts. This helps in minimizing risk and contact tracing if a COVID-19 case or outbreak occurs.

Carpooling
The PHO directive continues to emphasize that carpooling of athletes is not permitted to attend any activities.

Masks
This ministerial order continues to mandate that masks are required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older, in many indoor public settings. These include all common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity.

All participants should arrive wearing masks and do not remove them till they begin on court activity. At the conclusion of activity, players should then put on their mask prior to exiting the gym. It is also recommended that coaches wear masks while in the gym (prior, during and post activity)

New 2.5 Sector Guidelines
A new 2.5 set of Sector Guidelines is planned to be released from viaSport in the next few weeks based on the COVID landscape and results from these current restrictions. Once we receive these new Sector Guidelines, we will apply them to our Basketball Return to Sport Guidelines.


November 30, 2020

Update #19

This past week, we have continued to clarify how the new provincial Order will impact basketball, through conversations with viaSport, provincial clubs and organizations and other PSO’s. Our previous update (#18) outlines the key points of this PHO order. The intention of the order remains to minimize the number of people we interact with and reduce travel while still allowing for a modified approach to safely playing sports. We continue to seek clarification on the travel restrictions and to that point we suggest you err on the side of caution.

Many have inquired about clarification regarding mask wearing, and how it applies to basketball programming.

This ministerial order on masks ensures a coordinated response to COVID-19. Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older, in many indoor public settings. These include all common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity.

Our recommendation is that all participants arrive wearing masks and do not remove them till they begin on court activity. At the conclusion of activity players should then put on their masks prior to exiting the gym.

We also recommend that coaches wear masks while in the gym (prior, during and post activity).


November 23, 2020

Update #18

The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) has implemented province-wide restrictionsin effect until December 7, 2020.

The increase in COVID-19 in B.C. is very concerning and we must all do our part to flatten the curve. The verbal PHO Order provides new restrictions on what we can do as individuals and what the role sport can play in keeping ourselves and our communities safe.

The PHO Order recognizes that now more than ever sport provides important physical and mental health benefits to our communities, and as such sport can continue; however, within some new parameters:

  •  Games, competitions, training and practice, such as those outlined in the viaSport Phase 3 Guidelines and Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan can continue without spectators and restricted to your local community. There is no common definition of “local”  so until the written Order and public health guidance are released viaSport recommends that you err on the side of caution and stay close to home for now with little travel to and from training facilities. Also the PHO directive states -  No carpooling of athletes is permitted to attend any activities whether games, training or practice.
  •  Masks are required in all indoor public settings. We recommend that you err on the side of caution and wear a mask in all indoor public settings, including lockers, change rooms, etc.
  •  High performance athletes already training in B.C. and identified by CSI-Pacific are excluded from the sport-related restrictions.

November 16, 2020

Update #17

With the new restrictions for the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions, we are all working hard to understand and share what they mean for sport. We thank you for your patience, flexibility as we all work to flatten the curve together.

As the official Order of the Provincial Health Officer has been released, we have been able to gain further clarity on key pieces of information for basketball:
  •  Indoor sports must maintain physical distance
  •  No spectators at indoor sport activities
  •  Travel into, from or between VCH and FHA regions is not allowed for any sport activities
  •  Sport organizations are NOT required to suspend operations or send a revised plan to their Medical Health Officer.

The full details around what this new order means for sport can be found on the viaSport information page which is constantly being updated as new details arise.

We acknowledge how difficult this change is and applaud the efforts of organizers, parents, participants, coaches, and volunteers who are working diligently to keep our sport and our communities safe.

The following Q and A has been generated from both viaSport and Basketball BC’s frequently asked questions.

How do these latest restrictions impact basketball?
  •  All competitions and games are suspended in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions for two weeks.
  •  Only individual activities are permitted if strict physical distance measures can be maintained. No team or small group training.
  •  Ball Sharing is allowed as long as strict cleaning of equipment and participant sanitizing measures are maintained.
  •  Travel for sports into or out of the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions is suspended for two weeks.

Who do the restrictions apply to?
The restrictions apply to all individuals and sport organizations in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions.

How long are the restrictions in place?
The order is in effect from November 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm to November 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

Why are these restrictions in place?
There are an increasing number of cases occurring in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions. These targeted actions have been put in place in order to ensure that we flatten the curve and essential services can remain open. The restrictions in place are based on data of where Health regions has seen transmission of the virus

What activities are allowed while this order is in place?
Activities in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions that are allowed to continue include:
  •  Outdoor sports activities
  •  Indoor sport activities that can maintain physical distancing
  •  All activities must remain within the boundaries of their regional health authority
  •  Sports and physical activities occurring in the school environment

What are the travel restrictions while this Order is in place?
No person may travel to, from or between the regions of the Fraser Health Authority and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority for any sport related activity, including practice, training, games or Tournaments.  However, a high-performance athlete is permitted to travel to, from and between the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions for the purpose of participating in a designated provincial or national training program. 

How is a high-performance athlete defined?
High performance athletes are individuals that have been identified to a targeted athlete list with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific by Basketball BC and Canada Basketball.

Can coaches and officials travel from Vancouver Coastal Health Region to Fraser Health Region or vice versa?
Coaches and officials can commute between the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health Regions for their work/sport activities, whether it is a volunteer or paid position.

How is this different from Phase 2 for sport?
Phase 2 of the viaSport guidelines did not differentiate between indoor and outdoor activities.  Under the order, indoor contact sports need to revert to physically distanced training as outlined in Phase 2 of our Return to Sport plan.

Travel restrictions are also different.  Individuals or teams are not permitted to travel between Regional Health boundaries.

What restrictions are in place for spectators?
In the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions, spectators are not permitted for indoor sport activities, unless necessary to provide care to a participant.

Who needs to have their safety plans reviewed by a Medical Health Officer?
All sport organizations should review and update their safety plans.  However, sport organizations are not required to submit their plan to a Medical Health Officer for approval. As long as a sport organization has a safety plan in place that complies with the new restrictions they may remain open.

Indoor, group fitness activities (such as spin classes, yoga, group fitness, dance) that operate in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions can only resume activities once guidelines for group fitness activities have been approved by the provincial health officer and the business has updated their COVID-19 safety plan and received approval from their local Medical Health Officer.

How does this impact sport outside the Lower Mainland?
The viaSport and Basketball BC Return to Sport guidelines for phase 3 remain in effect for those outside of the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions. Individuals or sport teams may not travel to the Vancouver Coastal or Fraser Health regions for the purpose of sport while the restrictions are in place.

Are there enforcement mechanisms in place?
Orders can be enforced by police or other compliance and enforcement officials. People who do not follow the order could be fined.

What happens after November 23?
The office of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) will continue to review the data and rates of transmission in order to make an informed decision on whether it is appropriate to lift, modify or extend the restrictions.

We continue to receive inquiries regarding how many cohorts in which an individual player should take part.
As mentioned in previous updates, Individuals should limit the number of sport cohorts to which they belong to reduce the number of people with whom they are interacting.  This includes individuals who are participating in multiple competitive sports beyond basketball, but also multiple basketball cohorts.

There remains no formal guidance that states a maximum of one cohort per person, but we continue to urge individuals, families, and organizations to limit the groups with which they interact so that they can keep their teammates, coaches, and communities safe.  viaSport and Basketball BC have always encouraged parents and participants to be thoughtful about how many contacts to which they are exposing themselves.  Limiting your cohort participation also helps in contact tracing if a positive COVID-19 case does occur.


November 10, 2020

Update #16 – EQUIPMENT SHARING

Are 2 and 3 person passing drills allowed within these new restrictions within the Fraser Health and Coastal regions?  If so, what cleaning protocols should be in place regarding ball/player sanitizing?
Yes, based on the latest viaSport recommendations, 2 or 3 person passing drills are allowed but physical distancing must be maintained. 

Minimum standards recommend that players wash/sanitize hands before and immediately after drills involving ball sharing and partner involvement.  In addition, balls or any shared equipment are to be cleaned before and after use in the shared drills.  Generally, the greater frequency of cleaning the better.


November 9, 2020

Update #15

Provincial Health Officer Order was put in place for all individuals, places of work and businesses across the Lower Mainland. This includes all communities within the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions, with the exception of Hope, the Central Coast, Bella Coola Valley, the Sunshine Coast, Powell River and Howe Sound.

This Order is in effect for two weeks, from November 7 at 10 p.m. until Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. and focuses on four areas: social gatherings, travel, group physical activities, and workplace safety.

  •  Indoor competitions and games for sports that cannot maintain physical distance are suspended in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions for two weeks.
  •  Indoor sports in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions that cannot maintain physical distance in games are able to conduct individual exercise activities and/or practices if physical distance measures can be maintained.
  •  Travel for sports into or out of the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions is suspended for two weeks.
 
How do these latest restrictions impact basketball?
  •  All competitions and games are suspended in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions for two weeks.
  •  Only individual activities are permitted if strict physical distance measures can be maintained. No team or small group training.
  •  Travel for sports into or out of the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions is suspended for two weeks.
  •  All training sessions are to be regional with no inter regional participants attending.

What phase of training will we be in?
At this point, the directive states that we will return to Phase 2 basketball program modifications in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions.  Phase 2 only allows for individual training.  This phase stresses the importance of maintaining physical distancing at all times which includes no sharing of equipment. 

All other Health regions can continue with the Phase 3 modifications.  Details about Phase 2 and Phase 3 basketball program modifications are in the Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan.


November 2, 2020

There is no update this week. 


October 26, 2020

There is no update this week. 


October 19, 2020

Update #14 – Phase 3

As we continue to navigate programming within the COVID environment it is important that as a sport community we are in compliance with the viaSport Sector Guidelines as outlined in the Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan. As teams, clubs, and organizations begin to introduce competition into their programming they need to continue to be aware and abide by these guidelines.

How many cohorts should a player participate in?
In response to questions around limiting the amount of cohorts people are participating in, viaSport is clear that this guidance hasn’t changed and both viaSport and Basketball BC have always encouraged parents and participants to be thoughtful about how many contacts they are exposing themselves to.

There remains no formal guidance that states a maximum of one cohort per person, but we continue to urge individuals, families and organizations to limit the groups they interact with so that we can keep our teammates, coaches and communities safer.

Are spectators allowed within training facilities?
It is strongly recommended that no non-essential personal be in attendance within the gym or training facility. Limiting the number of people involved within the facility is very important with regards to Risk Mitigation and Contact Tracing. Currently our High-Performance programming does not allow any spectators to attend. This is also a requirement stated in our Facility agreement with the Langley Events Centre (LEC).


October 12, 2020

There is no update this week. 


October 2, 2020

Update #13 – Phase 3

As we continue to navigate programming within the COVID environment it is important that as a sport community we are in compliance with the viaSport Sector Guidelines as outlined in the Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan. As teams, clubs, and organizations begin to introduce competition into their programming they need to continue to be aware and abide by these guidelines. Lately we have received several emails, texts, and calls concerning Phase 3 and programming. The following Q and A has been generated based on these inquiries.

Are programs still required to be regionally based?
Yes, participants in any programs whether team, training sessions, or camps need to be comprised of players within a local region or area. Regions are areas that consist of communities that are in close proximity to one another and minimize travel.  At this point, distance travelling to attend programs within the province is not allowed.

viaSport Sector Guidelines state that only the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) and National Sport Organization (NSO) can have High Performance Camps and Training Programs involving players from various regions.  Basketball BC and Canada Basketball are the PSO and NSO for basketball.

What are the guidelines for forming a competition cohort?
A Competition Cohort needs to be within a region. Your overall cohort of competition cannot be over 50 total participants – that does not include coaches and officials. Depending on your numbers, a Competition Cohort may be three, four or five teams. These teams must play within their cohort – they cannot play different teams.

What if I want to join a new cohort or change an existing cohort?
When changing a cohort, you must have a non-competition period of a minimum of 14 days before establishing or joining a new cohort.

Can facilities apply stricter/ increased restrictions?
Yes, facilities have the right to apply further restrictions with regards to Return to Sport plans. There are many facilities that have not adopted all of the loosening of restrictions that are listed in Phase 3.

For example, some facilities mandate adherence to social distancing at all times, and therefore are not allowing competition. Another example is that a facility may insist on face masks to be worn at all times. Facility users need to comply with these restrictions. It is strongly recommended that all user groups review their facility user contract to make sure they are complying with the facility’s requirements.

Below is a series of questions that were presented to viaSport for clarification regarding Cohorts and Coaching

If a cohort of 4 teams of 12 play in a round robin tournament with play within themselves on a weekend i.e. Friday, Sat. Sun., then isolate from competition for 2 weeks can they play within a new cohort of 4 teams  in the same scheduled format (i.e. Fri, Sat. Sun) 2 weeks later?

Unfortunately, this doesn't work - It would be only 12 days rather than 14 as their last game in the first cohort would be on a Sunday and their first game in their next cohort would be on a Friday. It needs to be the full 14 days before you can start the next cohort. - viaSport

Can a coach – coach in more than one cohort? Three different scenarios

  1. ​Coach A coaches his daughter on a U14 team and his son on a U12 team
  2. Coach B coaches two teams at the same level but in two different cohorts
  3. Coach C coaches at a club and coaches several different teams at various levels

Coaches can be in multiple cohorts if they are able to maintain physical distance within their cohort (or wear a mask in the moments they cannot maintain distance). If this is not possible, they need to be in one cohort only – viaSport

With the rise of COVID 19 cases within the province is there any indication that there will be a tightening of restrictions within the Sport Sector?

Provincial Health Office (PHO) has always said that we might need to change our guidelines as trends change in BC. So, there is always a chance this might happen. However, we haven't heard of any indication this is going to happen in the near future. - viaSport

As we continue to move into this Progressively Loosen Stage it is essential that all groups and organizations continue to follow the guidelines stated in the RTS plan to best ensure a safe training environment and to help our sport return to play.


September 28, 2020

Update #12 – Phase 3

What are the key considerations with regards to moving from phase 2 activities to phase 3?
Risk management is still the key to determining whether or not your club, team or organization is ready to include new activities. All guidance pertaining to personal hygiene, cleaning protocols, symptom screening and other risk mitigation practices still apply in Phase 3. It is also still imperative that sport organizations consult and collaborate with their municipal and facility partners before resuming and adding activities. Municipalities and facility operators will have their own policies and processes that also need to be adhered to.

Where can I find the current Sport Sector Guidelines?
The latest viaSport guidelines including any revisions can be found at the HERE. The new Phase 3 section can be found on page 21. Also viaSport FAQs are an excellent resource for program planning regarding contact-tracing, cohorts and the Field of Play.

As we continue to move into this Progressively Loosen Stage it is essential that all groups and organizations continue to follow the guidelines stated in the RTS plan to best ensure a safe training environment and to help our sport return to play.


September 21, 2020

There is no update this week.


September 14, 2020

There is no update this week.


September 8, 2020

Update #11– Phase 3

Are School Sports occurring this fall?
BC School Sports’ (BCSS) guidelines may affect many of you. BCSS is moving to Stage 2, effective September 10. Their guidelines are consistent with the Ministry of Education’s Restart Education plan and in this stage, school sport activities are permitted but limited to students in the same educational learning group/cohort. Their revised guidelines are posted here.

Why are some programs still abiding by phase 2 restrictions (i.e. social distancing, limited sharing of equipment etc.) and others following the phase 3 oosening of restrictions guidelines?
As mentioned in the last update facilities have the right to apply further restrictions with regards to Return to Sport plans and there are many facilities that have not adopted all of the loosening of restrictions that are listed in Phase 3.

For example, some facilities mandate adherence to social distancing at all times, and therefore are not allowing competition. Another example is that a facility may insist on face masks to be worn at all times. Facility users need to comply with the facility’s restrictions.

Also, some coaches, players and parents may currently wish to continue to abide by the more restrictive phase 2 guidelines focusing on skill and individual development as they may not be as ready to move forward to Phase 3 at this time.

As we continue to move into this Progressively Loosen Stage it is essential that all groups and organizations continue to follow the guidelines stated in the RTS plan to best ensure a safe training environment and to help our sport return to play.


August 31, 2020

Update #10 – Phase 3

What are the guidelines for forming a competition cohort?
A Competition Cohort needs to be within a region. Your overall cohort of competition cannot be over 50 total participants – that does not include coaches and officials. So, depending on your numbers it may be three, four or five teams. Those teams must play within their cohort – they cannot play different teams.

How are regions defined?
Cohorts need to be comprised of teams within a local region or area. Regions are areas that consist of communities that are in close proximity to one another and minimize travel.  At this point, distance travelling within a cohort is not allowed. For example, Lower Mainland teams cannot be in a cohort with an Okanagan or Vancouver Island based teams.

What if I want to join a new cohort or change an existing cohort?
When changing a cohort, you must have a non-competition period of 14 days before establishing or joining a new cohort.

Can facilities apply stricter/increased restrictions?
Yes, facilities have the right to apply further restrictions with regards to Return to Sport plans. There are many facilities that have not adopted all of the loosening of restrictions that are listed in Phase 3.

For example, some facilities mandate adherence to social distancing at all times, and therefore are not allowing competition. Another example is that a facility may insist on face masks to be worn at all times. Facility users need to comply to these restrictions. It is strongly recommended that all user groups review their facility user contract to make sure they are complying to the facility’s user requirements.

As we continue to move into this Progressively Loosen Stage it is essential that all groups and organizations continue to follow the guidelines stated in the RTS plan to best ensure a safe training environment and to help our sport return to play.


August 24, 2020

Update #9 - Phase 3

The Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease control has approved new Sport Sector guidelines. As of today, August 24th, viaSport announced that the BC Sport Sector has moved into Phase 3 and has entered the Progressively Loosen Stage – see Appendix A – Sport Activity Chart (from viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for BC).  Along with new guidelines viaSport announced an updated Illness Policy that should be now used with regards to risk mitigation and contact tracing.

We have revised the Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan to reflect this new stage and how we can best apply these new Phase 3 guidelines to our sport.

Page 16 of our Plan outlines the Phase 3 guidelines. These guidelines include:
  •  An Overview of Phase 3 Guidelines and Risk Management Protocols
  •  How best to introduce Contact Activities
  •  How to establish and use Sport Cohorts
  •  How to Phase in Competition into training

Page 22 Outlines an updated Illness Policy

As we move into this Progressively Loosen Stage it is essential that all groups and organizations continue to follow the guidelines stated in the RTS plan to best ensure a safe training environment and to help our sport return to play.

NOTE: For updates prior to August 24, any references to the Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan will link to the original document


August 21, 2020

The next update will be delayed until Monday, August 24th.


August 14, 2020

Update #8

As mentioned in previous updates, viaSport’s proposed Phase 3 addendum to the Return to Sport Sector Guidelines is currently under review by the Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control. The approved guidelines are expected to be released shortly.

Once approved, this revised document will outline how each sport can apply the Sport Activity Chart in Phase 3. We will both post these changes to our RTS plan on our website and communicate them to our membership through email and social media.

Currently, we continue to be in the Transition Measures Stage – see Appendix A – Sport Activity Chart (from viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for BC).  This stage stresses the importance of maintaining physical distancing (2m) at all times, keeping group numbers small, training groups within your community and limited sharing of equipment.


August 7, 2020

Update #7

There has been no change in the Sport Sector Guidelines or the Basketball Return to Sport Plan. We continue to be in the Transition Measures Stage – see Appendix A – Sport Activity Chart (from viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for BC).  This stage stresses the importance of maintaining physical distancing (2m) at all times, keeping group numbers small, training groups within your community and limited sharing of equipment.


July 31, 2020

Update #6

Has there been any change in the current status of the viaSport Sector Guidelines?
There has been no change in the Sport Sector Guidelines. We continue to be in the Transition Measures Stage – see Appendix A – Sport Activity Chart (from viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for BC).  This stage stresses the importance of maintaining physical distancing (2m) at all times, keeping group numbers small, training groups within your community and limited sharing of equipment.

When will  there be new and/or amended guidelines released from viaSport?
As mentioned in UPDATE #4, viaSport haa submitted new recommendations to the Ministry of Health with regards to loosening or adjusting restrictions and guidelines with regards to:

  •  Contact
  •  Group and Cohort Size
  •  Competition
  •  Travel

To date, viaSport is still waiting for approval.

Once viaSport receives approval from the Ministry of Health, the new and/or amended sector guidelines will be released to Provincial Sport Organizations to implement into their specific sport Return to Sport Plans. Indications are these new guidelines may be released by the end of August.


July 24, 2020

Update #5

What is the current status of the viaSport Sector Guidelines?
Currently, we continue to be in the Transition Measures Stage – see Appendix A – Sport Activity Chart (from viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for BC).  This stage stresses the importance of maintaining physical distancing (2m) at all times, keeping group numbers small, training groups within your community and limited sharing of equipment.

Who governs compliance to the Sector and Return to Sport Guidelines?
Compliance is being overseen by WorkSafeBC with regards to adhering to facility and operational guidelines within the sport sector as established by the Ministry of Health.

viaSport is aware of the emerging challenges in addressing Return to Sport and public health compliance issues.  For the last several weeks, they have been working to establish a process to better connect with regional health authorities to develop a strategy to help the sport community better respond to compliance inquiries.  They hope to provide clarity on this issue soon.

How important is compliance to the basketball and overall sport sector guidelines?
It is vital that all participants – coaches, players, and organizers adhere to the Ministry of Health’s current Sport Sector guidelines and for the basketball community to adhere to the sport specific guidelines outlined in the Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan.  Failure to do so jeopardizes the entire basketball and sport communities with regards to delaying further loosening of restrictions and in providing a safe environment for all participants.

Are there guidelines for sport and recreation facilities?
Similar to the workplace environment, it is essential that recreation and sport environments are adhering to Best and Safe Practices.  Please see WorksafeBC – Sport and Recreation: Protocols for Returning to Operation  for information on what protocols should be in place for those who are providing indoor and outdoor facilities for recreation and sport.


July 17, 2020

Update #4

What is the current status of the viaSport Sector Guidelines?
Currently, we continue to be in the Transition Measures Stage – see Appendix A – Sport Activity Chart (from viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for BC).  This stage stresses the importance of maintaining physical distancing (2m) at all times, keeping group numbers small, training groups within your community and limited sharing of equipment.

When will  there be new and/or amended guidelines released from viaSport?
ViaSport has recently submitted new recommendations to the Ministry of Health with regards to loosening or adjusting restrictions and guidelines with regards to:

  •  Contact
  •  Group and Cohort Size
  •  Competition
  •  Travel

On approval, the new and/or amended sector guidelines will be released to Provincial Sport Organizations to implement into their specific sport Return to Sport Plans.

What is a training cohort?
A COVID-19 cohort, also referred to as a bubble, circle, or safe squad, is a small group whose members – are always the same people. As mentioned above, viaSport has currently submitted a recommendation to the Ministry of Health to loosen restrictions that includes cohort training.


July 10, 2020

Update #3

How does the Canada Basketball Return to Sport guidelines align with the Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan?   
There is general alignment with Canada Basketball’s Return to Sport guidelines, but each province’s restart plan for sport is different and is based on each province’s situation. Provincial plans must adhere to provincial Ministry of Health and provincial Sport Sector Guidelines.

For example – we are currently aligned with Phase 2 of Canada Basketball’s guidelines while Ontario is still in Phase 1 of the same guidelines.

As a Provincial Sport Organization, our directive from the provincial government, viaSport and WorksafeBC, was to develop the restart plan for the sport of basketball that reflects and best serves our own provincial COVID-19 landscape.

What guidelines should be used when developing an organization’s, club’s, or team’s, safety and program and facility plans?
You should always use the Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan guidelines as they are the most current and adhere to our government and sport sector guidelines.

What is the current stage of the Sport Sector Guidelines?
We are currently in the Transition Measures Stage – see Appendix A – Sport Activity Chart (from viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for BC).

Is any type of competition currently allowed within the Provincial Sport Sector?
Currently, competition is not allowed for basketball.  However, some sports can have competition within their club or organization, if the 2m distancing requirement can be maintained during competition.  These sports would include tennis, golf, badminton, etc. 


July 6, 2020

Update - OFFICIATING

We are starting to see and hear news of basketball training starting up again.  However, this does not mean that approval has been given for basketball games to be played. 

Due to the provincial health guidelines for physical distancing, Basketball BC and the BCBOA will not be approving the assigning of referees until the safety and security of referees and table officials can be maximized and the Provincial Government Health and Sport authorities activate a phase of reopening that includes sports competition involving physical contact. 

We will keep you informed as new information becomes available, with the continued focus on moving safely through the COVID-19 issues facing the world. Safety of our BCBOA members remains the number one priority.

In the interim, we highly recommend that referees consider implementing a personal physical conditioning plan and registering for the CBOC Webinar series, to help keep body and mind ready for return to game officiating.

Basketball BC
BC Basketball Officials Association


July 3, 2020

Update #2

Are 2 and 3 person passing drills allowed at this time?  If so, what cleaning protocols should be in place regarding ball/player sanitizing?
Yes, based on the latest viaSport recommendations, 2 or 3 person passing drills are now allowed in the Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan Phase 1 but physical distancing must be maintained. 

Minimum standards recommend that players wash/sanitize hands before and immediately after drills involving ball sharing and partner involvement.  In addition, balls or any shared equipment are to be cleaned before and after use in the shared drills.  Generally, the greater frequency of cleaning the better. 

How often should sanitization/cleaning occur in a practice for players, coaches, and equipment?
Depending on the length of the practice, you should break every 20 minutes (or in between drills) to wash hands and clean equipment.

Are small sided games (1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3) allowed? 
No.  As social distancing of 2m is still a key component of current sport sector guidelinesbasketball competition is not allowed in any form - including 1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3, etc. 

When will officials be assigned games?
Officials will not be assigned to officiate games until viaSport Sector Guidelines allows for competition. 

When will competition be allowed?
In order to advance to competition:

  1. Physical distancing restrictions would need to be eased by the Ministry of Health. This easing of restrictions would allow for body contact.
  2. Adjusted Sector Guidelines would also need to include hygiene and facility requirements that would ensure a safe integration of officials, players and coaches.

June 26, 2020

Starting today, Basketball BC will be communicating weekly Return to Sport updates through email and social media.  The updates will also be posted on on this webpage.

The focus will be to inform and/or update on the status of our Return to Sport, noting any changes that may have occurred due to changes in the Sector Guidelines.  It will also provide a forum to answer and clarify any questions or concerns that coaches and organizations may have with regards to their programming.

Update #1 

How does the announced plans for the province to move into the third phase of its restart plan effect the Return to Sport Sector Guidelines and implications for basketball?
This new phase allows for non-essential travel within the province but still stresses the importance of maintaining social distancing of 2 metres and to continue to stay within your own community of contacts. Adhering to training within your own community of participants is still crucial with regards to contact tracing and exposure. At this point there is no change in the viaSport Sector Guidelines.

As government restrictions ease or change, how will it affect the Return to Sport for basketball and how will it be communicated?
When any new directives are announced from the provincial government, viaSport will make the needed amendments and edits to the Sport Sector Guidelines and will inform the Provincial Sport Organizations. Basketball BC will then make the appropriate adjustments and changes to our Return to Sport plan and will post those changes on our website and announce /communicate them through emails and social media.

How do you maintain Social Distancing with the two player per hoop scenario?
Our recommendation of two per hoop is still based on being able to maintain physical distancing and not sharing equipment (ball). The players would still individually use the hoop and retrieve their own ball – players would alternate use of the hoop – so at any given time only one player would be using the hoop.

How does gym size effect my programming?
Each club, organization, and individual, when planning their program needs to base their plan on their own situation with regards to the size of the gym or facility they are using. For example many smaller elementary size gyms would only allow 1 player per hoop in order to maintain social distancing and perhaps not even use the side hoops, while a large high school gym, two per hoop as described above would be able to maintain the proper distance while ensuring no equipment sharing.

Why do Return to Sport plans vary between Sports and Provinces?
Each Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) develops a Return to Sport plan that best adheres to the Sector Guidelines. Each sport’s guidelines reflect the requirements of the sport and its ability to align with those guidelines.

There are certainly many similarities between each sport’s plan - e.g. maintaining social distancing, limiting number of participants etc. But also, there are differences based on each sport’s requirements of play. Within provinces, specific sport plans will also vary as the plans have to align and adhere to each province’s COVID-19 health guidelines.


June 19, 2020

Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan

On Thursday, June 18th, the Basketball BC Board of Directors approved the Basketball Return to Sport Plan which details the first phase of resuming organized basketball in British Columbia.

The Basketball BC Return to Sport Plan  details sport-specific guidelines and adheres with the Ministry approved ViaSport Sector Guidelines and is aligned with the recently released Canada Basketball’s Return to Sport Guidelines.

Under BC’s Restart Plan, sport organizations can consider reopening, but before doing so they must have a detailed plan that follows sport-specific guidelines. As the provincial sport organization for basketball, Basketball BC was charged with developing a basketball-specific Return to Sport Plan focusing on a careful and gradual restarting process. This document outlines the considerations and guidelines for the safe resumption of basketball in B.C.

Our main priority is the safety of our participants including athletes, coaches, and organizers in the basketball community.

The Plan is based on a phased approach of restarting activities and outlines the guidelines, recommendations and directives that need to be part of organization’s considerations when programming any basketball activities.

The goal of the plan is to ensure a safe return to basketball by carefully and gradually returning to basketball in phases that align with public health guidelines. Movement between phases will be determined by public health directives. Any movement between phases will be decided through collaboration with ViaSport and the Provincial Health Office with basketball specific adjustments announced by Basketball BC. This adherence is essential as the opening of activities will be gradual and planned based on current health conditions.

This first phase allows for individual skill training and drills which permit physical distancing. Competitive basketball does not permit physical distancing and should not be played at this time.

These guidelines, recommendations and considerations will be adapted and amended as restrictions are eased and we move into future phases.


June 5, 2020

Below is key information about Basketball BC’s Return to Sport program:

Basketball BC is in the process of writing our Return to Sport and are following the required steps to align it with the recently published viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines.  (Link to viaSport guidelines can be found in our Key Points of RTS Plan document).  Our Return to Sport will align with ViaSport, adhere to the Provincial Health Officer’s Orders and Recommendations, and give advice to any basketball groups looking for assistance in writing their own materials that will be necessary.  Some templates will be included for reference.  Basketball BC’s Return to Sport will be communicated via this space and updated, as necessary.  It is a guide to returning to the sport we all love.

We expect our Return to Sport to be published in the near future, but we share the following KEY POINTS with you now.

KEY POINTS OF RTS PLAN 


May 16, 2020

Basketball BC’s return to sport guidelines are being drafted to align with viaSport and the provincial health officer. They should be completed shortly and will be in line with provincial orders and recommendations.

 

WHEN FINAL APPROVALS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED THEY WILL BE POSTED HERE AND MADE AVAILABLE TO OUR MEMBERS AND THE BASKETBALL COMMUNITY

 

View viaSport letter outlining the processes and providing more detailed information including FAQ’s

 

For any further Basketball BC information please contact either:

Shaun Mcguinness or Lawrie Johns