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2021-2022 Minnesota Youth Basketball Alliance Recommendations For COVID-19

            As of 11/15/2021

 

Handing Cases of COVID-19 in Youth Sports and Activities- Provided by MN Department of Health

The recommendations below were adopted from the Minnesota State High School League and can be considered as MN Youth Basketball Alliance members develop COVID plans to be implemented within their association.

Prevention Strategies:

Vaccines

  • Strongly recommend vaccination for all those ages 5 and older.

Masks

  • Masks/face coverings should be worn when participants are not actively playing.
  • Indoor masking is recommended for all spectators, coaches, and game personnel.

Physical Distancing

  • Maintaining 3 feet of distance from people when possible.

Cohorts/Pods

  • Small groups/pods during practices.

Screening

  • Self-screening should be done by all participants, coaches, referees, spectators, and game personnel.
  • Attendance should be kept for all team games, practices, and activities.

Testing

  •  Participants who are not vaccinated should be tested regularly.

General Hygiene Practices

  • Handwashing, using individual water bottles, clean equipment, and uniforms, disinfect high-touch areas, and limit the sharing of equipment.

Use of Indoor Spaces

  • When using indoor spaces, keep groups/pods small.

Practice

  • Use of practice pods that are small and consistent.
  • Stagger start time to reduce contact.
  • Limit practice to only coaches and players, when possible.

Off-court Activities

  • Off-court activities are not recommended.

Transportation

  • Carpooling is not recommended. If necessary, use masks/face coverings and social distance as much as possible.

 

NOTE:    Facility requirements take priority over any of the above recommendations.

 

COVID-19 Positive Cases:  

The steps below follow recommendations from the MN Department of Health (MDH) for K-12 Schools, Childcares, and Youth Programming (Camps, Sports, Extracurricular Activities) and in accordance with the MSHSL. 

The steps below should be followed if your team has a player or coach that tests positive for COVID-19:  

  1. Report positive cases here 
  2. 10-day quarantine period for positive case (quarantine period starts from the first day of symptoms. If there were no symptoms, the quarantine period starts with the day the test was taken) 
  3. Determine the infectious period. 
    1. Infectious period begins 2 days before the onset of symptoms; if the person was asymptomatic the infectious period begins on the day of the test.  
    2. The infectious period lasts for 10 days. The player/coach may return to the team following the 10-day period if they are symptom-free. 
  4. If players/coaches were participating during their infectious period it is recommended that all players and coaches get tested. 
    1. If players/coaches were not considered close contacts, and remain symptom-free, they can operate normally while waiting for test results. 
      1. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of the individual for 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period. 
    2. Unvaccinated close contacts should stay out for at least 7 days, have a negative test, and have no symptoms.  
    3. Vaccinated close contacts may return while they await their test results if they don’t have any symptoms. Masking is recommended while awaiting results.  
  5. Notice to opposing teams is not required, but recommended. 

 

Other Resources:

MDH Update for MYBA Associations as of 9/1/2021

American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Interim Guidance

MDH COVID-19 Sports Guidance

MDH COVID-19 Decision Tree

General Guidance: mailto:Health.schools.covid19@state.mn.us

 

CDC COVID-19 Activities

CDC Delta Variant: What We Know About the Science

 

Who is the USCAH?

"The U.S. Council for Athletes' Health provides independent, unbiased athletics healthcare consultation, education, and compliance from a team of experts with nearly 300 years of experience in athletics healthcare and administration. 

Founded in 2017, USCAH is committed to the health, safety, and welfare of all athletes at all levels and is dedicated to the mission of collaborating with every organization to inspire and ensure athlete health and safety is a priority.

As a collaborative partner with the MYAS, the USCAH team delivers consultation, education, compliance, and expert analysis that reduce risk and protect against undue injuries for all who participate in MYAS programming."

 

 

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