MYAS Basketball and Covid-19
Dear Parents: Many parents are understandably concerned about allowing their child(ren) to play sports - or to participate in any activities - during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We have received many questions about how events are to be conducted in this environment, so wanted to provide general information and a response to the most frequently asked questions.
VOLUNTARY ACTIVITY First and most importantly: competing in or attending basketball events this summer is, as in any year, a voluntary choice. If your child's team has elected to participate but you are not comfortable allowing her to compete at this time, then we encourage you to inform your coach that she will not be attending. We unconditionally respect and support this decision. Participation in, or attendance at, these events should in no way be interpreted as necessary or essential. These events are being conducted specifically and solely for those families who understand and have weighed the risks of potential exposure to the virus (as can happen in any public setting) versus the benefit of returning to basketball; and who have freely decided to assume these risks in order to allow their child(ren) to participate. This is a personal choice that will not be the same for every family, even within a certain team or organization.
ADVISEMENTS Although COVID-19 appears to pose relatively low risk for healthy children who do not have underlying medical conditions (this should not be read as no risk), there are certain segments of the population for whom the virus can be particularly dangerous. For this reason, we are advising people over the age of 65 or anyone (of any age) who has an underlying medical condition or a compromised immune system to not attend our events this summer. We look forward to having you back in the future. Further, we would advise anyone who attends or competes in our events to refrain from visiting people in the high risk group mentioned above (grandparents, for example) upon their return from our events for at least 14 days.
SAFETY MEASURES The MYAS will meet - or in some instances exceed - all protocols established by local authorities to help mitigate exposure to the virus. Importantly, we are asking anyone who is sick or shows any symptoms of illness (including but not limited to fever or chills, cough, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, body aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea) to not enter our facilities, and are asking coaches to help us enforce this as it relates to participating athletes.
Face masks will be required for staff and spectators; tickets will be available only to family members and sold exclusively online; seating will be limited; and athletes will be screened by their coaches each day for the symptoms listed above. To read more about our safety protocols and the Safe Play: Back to the Hardwood document, visit our website. CLICK HERE.
Despite such measures, it is important to understand that we cannot completely shield every athlete and every spectator from exposure to this (or any) virus. There are far too many variables during your trip to, from, and during the event; we are unable to control or impact conditions or behavior outside of our playing venues - and can only reasonably control them within.
For this reason, we encourage anyone who has concerns about being infected with COVID-19 or concerns about their child(ren) being infected with COVID-19 to opt out of attending. Again, this is a decision that the MYAS - and presumably your child's coach - respect and support.