Stamford Peace will closely follow the guidance of the CDC and CT health officials. Changes to our programs and/or protocols will be made if or when needed in order to adhere to the latest guidelines as they pertain to COVID-19.
Consistent with the State of Connecticut’s guidelines for youth sports, we will be adhering to the following protocols for our basketball programs.
Staff, coaches, officials and players must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Staff, coaches, officials or players who have experienced any COVID-19 CDC-defined symptoms, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, must stay home. Any individual exhibiting such symptoms will be asked to leave immediately. If any staff member, coach, official or player lives with or has been in close contact with someone who has had recent COVID-19 symptoms; and/or has had a recent positive COVID-19 test result; and/or is presently being quarantined or otherwise ill or exposed to COVID-19, that individual must stay home.
All players/coaches/staff are REQUIRED to wear masks AT ALL TIMES (entering the gym, while their practice or game is going on, on the sidelines and when leaving the gym).
Staff, coaches, officials and players should wash their hands before arriving at practices, games or classes and use hand sanitizer periodically. "Sanitation Stations" including hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be made available at common areas, where possible.
Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to the venue only with members of their immediate household, if possible. Face coverings are required for individuals walking in and out of the venue, and while not actively participating.
Athletes should bring their own equipment to the extent possible. Any shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected frequently. Game balls will be disinfected before and after every practice and game.
All players and coaches should bring their own water bottles. Water bottles shall not be shared. (No water fountains will be available for use.)
Coaches will keep players in small groups at practice to allow for physical distancing. All "high-touch" surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Parents are encouraged to drop off their children and not stay during practices. Any parents who needs to stay must wear a mask and social distance at all times. In no event can any athlete have more than ONE parent/guardian stay during practice.
Games will be scheduled with at least a 15 minute buffer to prevent overlap of participants. Games may end in a draw if time expires. Only one game (two teams) will be scheduled at any time. Players will not huddle at any point during the games or practices. Sportsmanship will continue in a touch-less manner – no handshakes/slaps/fist bumps after games. No parking lot or other gatherings will be permitted before or after games - once the game is over, please leave promptly.
Spectators are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth. Spectators must stand at least 6 feet apart at all times. Each athlete may only have TWO spectator/guest watching the game. Spectators may not have snacks or drinks in the gyms.
IN THE EVENT OF A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE
In the event Stamford Peace becomes aware that a player, coach or staff member has a confirmed case of COVID-19, staff members and parents-guardians whose children have been in close contact (within 6 feet of the positive case for a total of more than 15 minutes, 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or positive test result) with that positive case will be notified (without identifying the player or staff member). Any staff member or player who has had close contact with a positive case will be asked to quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure and cannot return to PEACE Basketball activities until such time. For any individual who has tested positive, clearance to return to PEACE Basketball activities will be based on a combination of factors, including the time since first symptoms, time since last fever, negative COVID test and physician's advice. Stamford Peace will report any positive cases immediately to the CT Department of Public Health, as well as to the department of health in the town of residence of the case-patient, by telephone on the day of recognition or strong suspicion of the disease.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE RULES, and/or those specific to any gym locations WILL RESULT IN BEING ASKED TO LEAVE THE FACILITY.