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Hamden Fathers Basketball Covid Mitigation Protocol 2021-2022 Season

 Our main goal is to keep our community SAFE and for our players to enjoy basketball.

    At present all players and only 2 parents or guardians will be allowed to enter the gym. They will be required to wear a mask and social distance in the stands whether at try-outs, practices or games.

  As the situation is presently fluid, Hamden Fathers Basketball will adopt and adhere to any additional Covid Mitigation Protocols designated by the State of CT Health Department, Quinnipiac Health Department, Town of Hamden BOE and the CIAC. We will ensure that all association members remain SAFE.

  During the season players, coaches, gym personnel, parents or guardians, and officials will be required to wear their masks when inside the gym. Players will be required to wear their masks at all times whether on the bench or on the floor to play.

  No one is allowed to bring in outside basketballs to the gyms. All volunteers, coaches and gym personnel will be required to wear masks. All players, parents and guardians must wear their masks at all times.

Try-Outs

  Our try-out sessions will be held in small cohorts. Parents or guardians will be notified for their children’s time slot for try-out. This will allow for players to be evaluated and enter the floor during their appointed time slot avoiding an overflow of people in the gym. During the try-outs we will use large peel and stick labels to identify the players and not use our normal index cards and pins. This way the players can remove their large label when leaving and throw away.

Everyone is required to wear a mask when entering the gym and must keep them on.  Players will be allowed to enter the floor for their try-out wearing their mask. At conclusion of the try-out, players, parents and guardians will exit the gym immediately. All parents or guardians must social distance while in the gym. All volunteer coaches and gym personnel must wear mask while inside the gym. We will have a table setup with enough sanitizer for players, parents and volunteers to use. 

 Attendance will be taken at all try-outs which will include volunteers, gym personnel, players and parents or guardians in the gym for contact tracing.

When attending games, team practice, try-outs and clinic sessions, which we will have staggered, we must allow for the gym to empty out then the next set of teams will be allowed to enter. Everyone’s cooperation is needed in exiting quickly out of the gym.

Games

Attendance will be taken at all games which will include volunteers, gym personnel, officials, players and parents or guardians in the gym for contact tracing.

Everyone is required to wear a mask when entering the gym and must keep them on.  Masks will be required for officials and players while on the floor and sitting on the bench socially distanced. Benches will be extended to accommodate social distancing.

All parents or guardians must social distance while in the gym. All volunteer coaches and gym personnel must wear mask while inside the gym. We will have a table setup with enough sanitizer for players, parents or guardians and volunteers to use. 

All games times will be staggered to allow for current teams to exit the gym and sanitize. The next set of teams will be allowed into the gym once the previous teams have exited. We are buffering 10 minutes to exit, such that teams will have 5 minutes to warm up.

At the conclusion of the game, players, parents and guardians will exit the gym immediately.  

All parents or guardians must social distance while in the gym. All volunteer coaches and gym personnel must wear mask while inside the gym. We will have a table setup with enough sanitizer for players, parents or guardians and volunteers to use. 

Practices

During practices all coaches and players must wear their masks. All parents or guardians must wear their mask and must social distance while in the gym. Attendance will be taken at all practices by each team coach and will include players and parents or guardians in the gym for contact tracing.

Entering and Exiting the gym for try-outs, practices and games

 We will enter the gyms at the usual entrances, however when leaving at the Hamden Middle School exiting will be at the door to the sidewalk in the auxiliary gym. 

  At Hamden High School you will enter using the far right hand side set of doors by parking lot and enter the gym immediately. When exiting you will leave the gym floor through the far doors by storage closets enter the hallway turn left and come to the main doors and exit the set of doors to your right.

  At Wintergreen School you will enter at main entrance and everyone will exit through the far set of doors on the parents side of the gym leading to the sidewalk at the front of the building.

 For team practices at Ridge Hill School enter through normal doors and then exit the gym using the ramp by boy’s locker room at the hallway turn left and then proceed to main doors to exit.

  Dunbar Hill School will enter through the main entrance on parking lot side and then you will exit at door near stage on left side facing the stage to leave.

  Spring Glen you will enter through the side door and when exiting turn left out of gym and go out through main doors. It is imperative that parents pick up their children in a timely fashion. Your cooperation is appreciated during this difficult times..

Clinic Sessions

Our clinic sessions for 5/6/7 & 8 year olds will be held in small cohorts to accommodate all players and 1 parent or guardian.

During clinic sessions all coaches and players must wear their masks. All parents or guardians must wear their mask and must social distance while in the gym. Attendance will be taken at all clinic sessions which will include gym personnel, players and parents or guardians in the gym for contact tracing.

Everyone is required to wear a mask when entering the gym and must keep them on.  Players will be allowed to enter on the floor for their clinic session wearing their mask.

At the conclusion of their session players and parents & guardians will exit the gym immediately. All parents or guardians must social distance while in the gym. All volunteer coaches and gym personnel must wear their mask while inside the gym. We will have a table setup with enough sanitizer for players, parents and volunteers to use. 

Registration

Registration is to be done by on-line through HamdenFathersBasketball.Org website. Late registration can be done by dropping off filled form and payment at gym prior to last cohort. Times will be announced on our website.

 

Contact Tracing

Hamden Fathers Basketball will be taking attendance at all gyms. If there is a positive test from any event the attending persons will be notified with a phone call from their head coaches. During try-outs and clinic sessions notification will come from the Executive Board via email notification. It is imperative we have everyone’s contact information during the registration process.

Hamden Fathers Basketball will make any changes necessary to ensure a SAFE environment for our community.

COVID POLICY AMENDMENT

Hamden Fathers Basketball wants to keep our community safe and healthy while enjoying basketball.

The recent up ticks of Covid and Variants has made it a concern for all participants.

We need to provide a safe environment for all our players, coaches and parents.

We went through the Hamden BOE to have our Covid Mitigation Policy approved such that we were allowed to use the school gyms.

Therefore we must abide by Hamden BOE policies and protocols. 

The Hamden BOE Policy is stated below:

“Your child cannot return to school without having a doctor’s note with an alternative non- contagious diagnosis or a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test.”

There are many various scenarios that we will encounter throughout our season.

When your child is out of school due to illness the Hamden BOE requires a Negative RT-PCR Test to return to school. While your child is waiting for the results of the RT-PCR Test, your child will NOT be allowed to practice or play games for Hamden Fathers Basketball until they can return to school safely.

If your child’s class is quarantine at their school, your child is NOT allowed to participate in team practice or play games for Hamden Fathers Basketball until the quarantine is completed or your child presents a negative RT-PCR Test to the school nurse which is Hamden BOE Policy.

Home Covid Tests are not acceptable to the Hamden BOE or to Hamden Fathers Basketball.

We are asking each parent/guardian to use common sense to avoid the shutdown of Hamden Fathers Basketball this season. If your child doesn’t feel well, stay home to avoid any possible outbreak.

If the Town experiences a serious outbreak in the school system and it is traced back to extra-curricular activities, the town will shut down outside programs.

If a player violates this policy the player is subject to expulsion for the balance of the season.

RE: COVID UPDATE FOR QUARANTINE TIME FRAME

To all our families of Hamden Fathers Basketball

Our current Covid Mitigation Policy went through the approval process by The Hamden Board of Education, Quinnipiac Health District and the Athletic Director for Hamden high School.

We follow the most stringent protocol of those three governing bodies.

During our Holiday recess, many Covid issues have increased dramatically. Quarantine time frames have been adjusted by The State of CT Department of Health in terms of returning to school and work. However, Athletic events are governed by the CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference).

On December 22nd  CT DPH Commissioner Juthani issued the following masking guidance, “Due to the rapid emergence of the new highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Connecticut Department of Public Health is halting guidance that would have allowed fully vaccinated athletes, coaches, and officials to participate in athletic competitions without masks as of Dec. 23rd. DPH is now advising that all participants continuously wear a mask over the nose and mouth during all indoor athletic activities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our state and region.”

 

Decisions regarding regular season spectator/fan attendance should be made at the individual district and school level, in consultation with the local health department and in the context of any state or local mandates in place at any time. The CIAC supports the plans established by school districts that direct the presence of adults on campus at this time. Notwithstanding the above, permissible regular season spectator/fan attendance will be governed by local districts’ current operating plan. The CIAC will determine spectator/ fan attendance protocol for its state championship tournaments.

 

HFBA COVID Policy

 

This is the policy that HFBA has established for the league:

 

Masks are required for:

    

                    Players - Players must wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

·         Officials – Officials must wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

·         Coaches – Coaches must wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

·         Spectators – Spectators must wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

                                                    Quarantine and Other Actions after Exposure
CDC has recently published new guidance for individuals who have been identified as a close contact of a known COVID-19 case:
• If fully vaccinated (i.e., 14 days after their final vaccine dose), or fully recovered from COVID-19 in the prior 90 days, and remain free from symptoms of COVID-19:
- do not need to quarantine away from athletics or other activities
- get tested 5-7 days after last contact (note: testing is not recommended for individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 within the prior 90 days, as a positive test result may be residual and not reflective of current infection)
- wear a mask when indoors (including during active game play) around other people until a negative test result is received (or for 14 days if no test is performed)
• If fully vaccinated (i.e., 14 days after their final vaccine dose), or fully recovered from COVID-19 in the prior 90 days, and experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:
- get evaluated by a healthcare provider as soon as possible
- quarantine away from athletics and other activities for a full 14 days, or 10 days (i.e., return on day 11) with a negative test on day 8 or later, unless a healthcare provider rules out COVID-19 as the source of symptoms (which will usually include a negative test result)
- wear a mask when indoors (including during active game play) around other people until a negative test result is received (or for 14 days if no test is performed), or until COVID-19 is ruled out by a healthcare provider
• If not fully vaccinated, or have not had COVID-19 in the prior 90 days:
- quarantine away from athletic activities for a full 14 days; or at least 10 days (i.e., return on day 11) with a negative test at day 8 or later
- continue to wear a mask around other people for a full 14 days, regardless of when release from quarantine occurs

                                                Return-to-Play after COVID-19 Infection
Although the symptoms and disease course of COVID-19 in younger people appear on average to be somewhat milder than those of older individuals, there is the potential, and documented cases, of severe disease complications in people of all ages. In addition, it is not yet known whether the currently circulating Delta and/or Omicron variants, or other SARS-CoV-2 variants will affect children differently than what has been the experience to date. Furthermore, the long-term health effects and impacts on organ systems function resulting from even mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 disease is still unknown, although there have been some studies implicating blood clotting and cardiac effects as potentially under-recognized longer-term sequalae. As such, DPH recommends that all youth athletes receive health screening and clearance from a healthcare provider prior to resuming athletic activities after recovering from COVID-19. Post-COVID athletic health screening and a phased approach to a return to athletic activities should incorporate the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) guidance for Return to Sports and Physical Activity.

We will continue to check in at the desk prior to entering. Please wait in the entry hallways until instructed to proceed into the gym.