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In an effort to create a safe environment for Pembroke Youth Basketball (“PYB”) members as we return to play, the PYB Board of Directors has prepared this document to codify the expectations for all participants and spectators at PYB events (practices, games, etc.).  This document is also available on the PYB web-site (www.pembrokebasketball.net) and will be updated as necessary, as COVID-19 guidance changes.  This document will serve as the key reference and training document for all individuals associated with PYB activities (i.e. coaches, parents & guardians, town & school administrators, league administrators & operators, referees, etc.). 

PYB’s co-presidents (John McAuliffe & Carlos Bairos) are PYB’s COVID-19 safety officers, and will work with town officials, facility operators, league officials, and PYB participants to help ensure adherence with these guidelines.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued a number of orders and guidelines related to youth sports and general COVID-19 safety guidelines (the key guidance are listed as exhibits & reference materials on the last page and are incorporated into this document by reference).

All PYB activities will adhere to the guidance that is referenced within this document (including the exhibits); additionally, PYB will require and implement the following safety measures:

  • Waiver – parents / guardians of PYB participants are required to sign an annual waiver at the time of registration, agreeing to comply with the guidelines within this document. 
  • Training – will be provided as necessary to all coaches, participants, parents, etc.
  • Facility Policies & Procedures (Pembroke schools & all other facilities) – PYB participants (coaches, players, parents, etc.) are required to adhere to the policies and procedures that are published for all facilities where PYB activities are conducted.  This includes but is not limited to the Hanover University Sports Complex, The Wolves Den, the South Shore Sports Center, etc.  This includes policies and procedures related to social distancing, personal hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, transportation, limitation of spectators, and any other operational protocols.
  • Coaching Responsibilities – coaches are responsible for helping to ensure their teams (i.e. players, parents, etc.) adhere to all necessary guidelines during PYB activities.
  • Self-Certification Process – parents / guardians of PYB participants are required to self-certify the following prior to each PYB activity:
    • My child has neither tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days nor is my child awaiting test results.
    • My child has not experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (symptoms include, but are not limited to the following:  fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell).
    • To the best of your knowledge, my child has not been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.  Close contact is defined as 6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes.
    • My child has not traveled to a state other than those designated as low-risk, but if so, has followed state protocol, and quarantined for 14 days or had a negative COVID-19 test since returning

If your child has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms, has tested positive and/or has been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive, then they will be required to follow the guidance and protocols detailed below in the “Communicating / Reporting COVID-19 Matters” section of this document.

  • Communicating / Reporting COVID-19 Matters – parents / guardians of PYB participants are required to follow the guidelines detailed below if their child has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive and/or has been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive.  Please note that these guidelines are subject to change based on updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), Commonwealth of MA, Town Board of Health, and/or Facility Operators where PYB activities are conducted.

 

Player or Coach – experience any symptoms – PYB protocols:

  • Report the relevant details in writing to a PYB safety officer and the head coach of your team.  Relevant details include a brief description of symptoms and the date that symptoms started.
  • PYB may or may not send a notification to the team and/or other organizations (this will vary based on the facts & circumstances).
  • Coach or player must self-quarantine / isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
  • Coach or player may return to PYB activities on day 11 if they have not had a fever or other symptoms within the last 24 hours (without the use of fever / symptom reducing medications).  In this scenario, a negative test is not required to return to play.

 

Player or Coach – tests positive – PYB protocols:

  • Report the relevant details in writing to a PYB safety officer and the head coach of your team.  Relevant details include the type of test taken, date the test was taken, date the results were received, date of exposure (if known), and a brief description of symptoms (if applicable).
  • PYB will notify the Pembroke Team, local Board of Health, Facility Operator and any other relevant parties (i.e. League, Opposing Team, Referees, etc.), and will work with the Board of Health and / or state officials to help identify and notify all “close contacts”.  PYB maintains rosters with contact information for all teams, and PYB coaches are required to maintain attendance records for all team practices and games; team rosters and attendance records will be provided to the Board of Health and will be used to assist with the contact tracing process.
  • Coach or player must self-quarantine / isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the positive test (whichever date is earlier).  Please note that the 10-day quarantine period lengthens to 14 days if the entire team is deemed a close contact (see additional guidance below).
  • Coach or player may return to PYB activities on day 11, if the following conditions are met:
    • If the entire team is not deemed a close contact and forced to quarantine for 14 days
    • If the coach or player remains asymptomatic during the quarantine period
    • If a negative test result is provided to PYB
      If the coach or player experiences any symptoms during the self-quarantine period, then refer to the guidance above within the ‘experience any symptoms’ section of this document.
  • PYB will work with the organizations noted above to determine whether the entire Pembroke Team is required to self-quarantine / isolate or just the coach or player who tested positive.
    • If the entire team is deemed a “close contact”, then all coaches and players will be required to self-quarantine / isolate for 14 days (and may return to PYB activities on day 15).  If the entire team is required to self-quarantine, then negative test results for individuals cannot and will not be used to shorten the quarantine period.  In this scenario, negative test results are not required to return to play on day 15.
    • If the entire team is not deemed a “close contact”, then only the coach(es) and player(s) deemed “close contacts” must follow the guidelines below within the ‘deemed a close contact’ section of this document.
       

Player or Coach – deemed a “close contact” – PYB protocols:

  • Report the relevant details in writing to a PYB safety officer and the head coach of your team.  Relevant details include the date of potential exposure, a brief description of symptoms along with the date that symptoms started (if applicable), type of test taken (if applicable), date the test was taken (if applicable), and the date results were received (if applicable).
  • PYB may or may not send a notification to the team and/or other organizations (this will vary based on the facts & circumstances).
  • Coach or player must self-quarantine / isolate in accordance with the chart below, and can return to play once the criteria detailed in the chart below are met.  If the coach or player experiences any symptoms during the self-quarantine period and/or tests positive, then refer to the relevant guidance in the ‘experience any symptoms’ or ‘tests positive’ sections of this document.

 

Options

Criteria

Active Monitoring

7 days

 

of strict quarantine

Release on Day 8 if:

  • A test (either PCR or antigen) taken on Day 5 or later is negative; AND
  • The individual has not experienced any symptoms up to that point; AND

 

The individual conducts active monitoring through Day 14

Individual must actively monitor symptoms and take temperature once daily. IF even mild symptoms develop or the individual has a temperature of 100.0 F, they must immediately self-isolate, contact the public health authority overseeing their quarantine and get tested.

10 days

 

of strict quarantine

Release on Day 11 if:

  • The individual has not experienced any symptoms up to that point; AND
  • The individual conducts active monitoring through Day 14.

 

No test is necessary under this option

Individual must actively monitor symptoms and take temperature once daily. IF even mild symptoms develop or the individual has a temperature of 100.0 F, they must immediately self-isolate, contact the public health authority overseeing their quarantine and get tested.

14 days

 

of strict quarantine

Release on Day 15 if:

  • The individual has experienced ANY symptoms during the quarantine period EVEN if they have a negative COVID-19 test; OR
  • The individual indicates they are unwilling or unable to conduct active monitoring.

No additional active monitoring required

 

  • Basketball Rules Modifications - the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (“MIAA”) issued their Rules Modifications & Guidelines for the Basketball 2020-21 Winter Season (refer to Exhibit 3).  PYB expects the youth travel leagues and facilities where practices and games are being held (i.e. the Hanover University Sports Complex, The Wolves Den, the South Shore Sports Center, etc.) to adopt similar rules modifications & guidelines, but they have not yet communicated their intentions and guidance.  This section of the document will be updated as additional information becomes available.

 

  • PYB Practices & Games – the following is a listing of protocols that will be followed for all PYB activities (specifically for players & coaches).  This listing is duplicative with the rules modifications & guidance, but is meant to reinforce some of the basic protocols (this may be updated as additional guidance is published from the leagues and facilities).
    • Masks – required for all players, coaches & parents / spectators
    • Attendance records – coaches will keep attendance records for all games & practices (for all players & coaches)
    • Spectators – maximum of 1 parent / spectator per player
    • Hand sanitizer / wipes – will be available for all practices & games
    • Feeling sick and/or awaiting COVID test results – stay home and notify PYB

 

Exhibits

  1. Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental – Phase III step II guidance (amended November 6; effective November 7, 2020)
  2. https://www.mass.gov/doc/safety-standards-for-youth-and-adult-amateur-sports-activities-phase-iii-step-2-effective-11720/download)
  3. Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental – Phase III step I guidance (amended December 9; effective December 13, 2020)
    (https://www.mass.gov/doc/safety-standards-for-youth-and-adult-amateur-sports-activities-phase-iii-step-i-effective/download)
  4. MIAA Rules Modifications & Guidelines (Winter 2020-21) – Basketball
    (http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Basketball_Modifications_Winter_2020.pdf)

 

Other Reference Materials

  1. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Considerations for Youth Sports
    (updated May 29, 2020)
    (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html)
  2. Massachusetts Office of the Governor – COVID-19 Order No. 43 (July 2, 2020)
    (https://www.mass.gov/doc/phase-3-order-july-2-2020/download#:~:text=Step%201%3A%20On%20July%206,commence%20on%20July%2013%2C%202020.)

 

PYB Safety Officers

John McAuliffe

Cell: (617) 571-2117

Email:

Carlos Bairos

Cell: 617-869-8056

Email: