Basketball BC Return to Sport

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 loosening 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 guidelines, basketball 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