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CTBALL Weekly: Rosters Due Dec. 11th!
by posted 11/26/2020


Connecticut Basketball Weekly

Pre-Season No. 10

November 27, 2020

 

Connecticut Basketball Community

 

As we retool and recalibrate in the wake of the Governor's "pause" order, please note the following as we drive toward our January 19, 2021 tip-off:

 

  1. Our 2020-21 schedule has been revised (see below).  We will still play a ten game schedule and the playoffs will now extend deeper into March. 
  2. Our Turkey Shoot will be replaced with the President's Day Double-Dip. (Teams that paid for the Turkey Shoot will be able to transfer their registration to the Double-Dip).  Again, this is a great opportunity to pick up two extra games during a difficult season.  
  3. Finally, Rosters must be uploaded by December 11, 2020.  For instructions as to how to execute the upload, please see the tab on our website "Guide to Upload Rosters."

​Finally, we're mindful that this is immensly disappointing for many--especially the kids--but we're going to pull together and stay together to have the best shortened season in this history of shortened season. 

 

Stay safe!

Keep rebounding!!

Onward Together!!!

 

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                        Revised 2020-21 Calendar

(Tentative & Subject to Change)

  • Dec. 11-13, 2020:       Community Service Event: League-Wide Holiday Food Drive
  • January 19, 2021:       Connecticut Basketball Season Tips-Off
  • February 1, 2021:      Community Service Event:  First Day of Black History Month
  • February 5-7, 2021:   Community Service Event:  Coaches versus Cancer
  • February 21, 2021:    Connecticut Basketball League Play Concludes
  • February 25,-28 2021: Connecticut Basketball March Madness Conference Tourney (NCAA & NIT) (Pool Play
  • March 1, 2021:            Community Service Event:  First Day of Women's History Month
  • March 4-20, 2021:       Connecticut Basketball March Madness Conference Tourney (NCAA & NIT) (Pool Play and Championship Rounds)
  • March 21, 2021:          Connecticut Basketball All-Star Classic (after which League Activities Conclude).
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Registration is Open for the Double-Dip Tourney!
by posted 11/26/2020


Connecticut Basketball Community: 

Registration is open for our President's Day Double-Dip!

In the age of COVID--these games also make for two and half hours of extra work!  

Register now at http://www.ctbball.org for this one-day event (February 15, 2021). 

Just hit the Big Red button and fill out the quick on-line registration form!

Keep Rebounding!!

Connecticut Basketball

More About our Double-Dip 
 
This session is played as follows:​
 
  1. Teams are placed in four team brackets.
  2. The winners of the first two games play each other in the Winners game.
  3. The two losing teams play each other in the Not-Winners game.
  4. Accordingly, brackets are played in a two to three hour time-period.
  5. The fee for the two games is $185  (You will be billed after your bracket has been filled.) 

Note: As with all Connecticut Basketball travel playall players from any Club or team must be from the same town and grade appropriate.

Like our strategic partners, the Nutmeg Games, this tourney is for travel teams only.

Games will be played at:
 
Sports on 66
265 High Street
East Hampton, CT 06424.

 

See you on the court!

Connecticut Basketball

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What Exactly is Permitted While We're Paused?
by posted 11/26/2020


Connecticut Basketball ​Community:

In response to the most frequently asked question this week, "what exactly is permitted while we're "paused", we offer the guidance from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.  See below.

Keep Rebounding!

Onward together!!

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Team Sports on Pause – 11/23/2020 through 1/19/2021

 

* Pause affects all sporting activities except for Collegiate and Professional. Teams that view themselves as professional must obtain approval from DECD. *

 

* Masks now required in Gyms and Fitness Centers, no exceptions *

 

 

“Team” is defined as a group of more than 4 people jointly engaged in an organized or recreational athletic activity on a court, field, etc.

 

What is prohibited during Team Sports on Pause:

  • Participation in High Risk Sports (other than conditioning/non-contact drills)
  • All Team scrimmages, competitions, camps, clinics and tournaments (including all interscholastic, “pick-up” games, and other informal athletic activities)
  • Participation in any out-of-state Team practices (including conditioning), competitions, camps, clinics and tournaments by CT residents
  • Participation in competitions, camps, clinics, tournaments in CT by out-of-state Teams
  • Teams are not able to break up into smaller groups to practice or compete (e.g. a 20 person team practicing or competing in groups of 4 or less at the same time and location is not allowed)

 

What is allowed during Team Sports on Pause:

  • Outdoor Recreation activities
  • Individual and small group training (4 people or fewer)
  • Individual and small group Moderate and Low Risk Sports (4 people or fewer)
  • Gyms (masks now required, no exceptions, minimum 6 foot spacing and other Sector Rule Safeguards) 
  • Group Fitness Classes & Dance Studios, Yoga, Martial Arts Instruction, etc.
    • Reduced to 25% capacity (from 50%)
    • Masks now required, no exceptions
    • Subject to minimum 6 foot spacing and other Sector Rule Safeguards
  • School Gym Classes (No Team sports subject to Pause to be played)
  • Professional teams that obtain DECD approval and Sanctioned Interscholastic College Sports (Recreational/Club sports on college campuses are subject to Team Sports on Pause rules)


    Risk Categorizations with Associated Sports, National Federation of State High School Associations, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, May 2020

HIGHER RISK

 

Sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants, lack of significant protective barriers, and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants.

Wrestling

Martial Arts

11-on-11 Football

Rugby

Boys Lacrosse

Boxing

Competitive Cheer

Competitive Dance Teams

MODERATE RISK

 

Sports that involve close, sustained contact, but with protective equipment in place that may reduce the likelihood of respiratory particle transmission between participants OR intermittent close contact OR group sports OR sports that use equipment that can’t be cleaned between participants.

 

Basketball

Volleyball

Baseball

Softball

Swimming relays

Soccer

Water polo

Gymnastics

Ice hockey

Field hockey

7-on-7 football

Girls lacrosse

Pole vault

High jump

Long jump

Rowing/Crew (with two or more rowers in shell)

Tennis (doubles)

Racquet sports (squash, pickleball, racquetball)

LOWER RISK

 

Sports that can be done with social distancing or individually with no sharing of equipment or the ability to clean the equipment between use by competitors.

Individual running events

Throwing events (javelin, shot put, discus)

Running/Cross Country (staggered starts)

Individual swimming

Golf

Weightlifting

Alpine skiing/ snowboarding

Sideline cheer

Rowing/Crew (single sculling)

Tennis (singles)

Fencing

 

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The New Season
by posted 11/15/2020


Connecticut Basketball Weekly

Pre-Season No. 9.1

November 19, 2020

 

Connecticut Basketball Community

 

We're officially on to Plan B.

 

Per the Governor's mandate we cannot begin play until January 19th and the shortened season will be played as follows:

 

  1. The shortened (Plan B) season will run from January 19, 2021 through February 28, 2021.  Each team will play ten games.  

  2. Playoffs will begin on March 4th and run through March 14th when our Final Four and Championship Games will be played.   

  3. If the mandate is not lifted by January 19, 2021, we move to Plan C, which is an expanded pool play format that will run the length of Februrary and conclude on March 14th.

Stay safe!

Keep rebounding!!

Onward Together!!!

 

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Connecticut Basketball Weekly

Pre-Season No. 7

November 17, 2020

 

Connecticut Basketball Community

 

As you may have heard, earlier today (November 17, 2020), the CIAC announced that it will postpone all winter sports activity until Jan. 19, 2021, according to an email sent to state athletic directors this morning.

 

Relatedly, Governor Lamont--who we greatly support as we remain committed to following the spirit and letter of instruction that comes from his office (and the Connecticut Department of Public Health "DPH")--noted yesterday that he is "looking at [private] gyms." 

 

However, the DPH has not changed its view that basketball is a "medium risk" sport and that play is permitted to continue under the guidelines they have issued--which include but are not limited to, wearing masks during competition.

 

Accordingly, three things for today:

 

  1. We are proceeding with Plan A and the Turkey Session to tip-off on November 27th and the Winter Session/Regular Season will begin on December 4th.  We will be following the DPH's guidance to the letter.  At this point, the only event that could cause us to have to move to "Plan B" (see below) would be if the Governor or DPH modified their determation regarding play at private gyms.

  2. We will use our our mandatory coaches meeting on Saturday, November 21, 2020 to, among other things, review our COVID protocols, as well as, the DPH guidance. (The Zoom invite will be sent directly to each coach.)

  3. Finally, "Plan B" called for a shortened season--still with 10 games--to begin on January 1, 2021 (and Plan C called for an expanded pool play six game playoff to begin February 1, 2021).  We prepared draft schedules and secured gym time for Plan B so even if private gyms were shut down, we will still be in position for each team to play--at a minimum--their 10 games. 

Please continue to escalate issues through your Club Presidents or Team Leader and check back here for details and news as they break.

 

Most importantly, please stay safe as we stay flexible and work as a team to move Onward Together!

 

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Updated Guidance for the Operation of Interscholastic, Youth and other Amateur Sport Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Revised November 9, 2020

 

Introduction

In the interest of primary prevention of COVID-19 disease, the Connecticut Department of Public Health is offering revised guidance for the continued operation of sports activities for private, municipal, and interscholastic youth and adult sports leagues. This latest revision is offered given the increase in the number of infections and shift in the age distribution of cases to younger individuals currently occurring across our state, as well as , the anticipation that colder weather will force more activities indoors. The guidance is based on the recognition that by their nature of play certain sports are more likely to promote exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) through respiratory droplets. Sports organizations should pay specific attention to these risks when making a determination whether or not to engage in activities in the coming months, should inform players and parents of the risks of participation, and should be aware of any additional restrictions or requirements from their local health department or other local agencies.  

While the spread of COVID-19 within and among athletic teams during practice and play presents a risk to participants and their families, there are additional potential down-stream effects of these activities as well. Most notably, the continuation of “higher risk” sports and “moderate risk” sports that are played indoors where mask wearing and other mitigation strategies cannot be used safely and effectively threatens the ability of school districts to continue to offer in-person learning opportunities. The dynamics of quarantine and isolation are such that, when individual cases appear on youth athletic teams, all children who have had contact with that case (teammates and recent opponents) are unable to attend school in-person for at least 14 days. Similarly, coaches and other adults may not be able to go to work for a 14-day period or longer. Subsequently, if that individual youth case inadvertently attended school in-person during their infectious period, their classmates and teachers may be required to quarantine and miss out on in-person learning as well. This negative effect on in-person learning could be significantly intensified in the case of youth club sports, where an individual team may involve youth from many different school districts.

Risk Categorization for Various Sports

In developing this guidance, DPH has considered guidance for risk categorization of various sports published by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee[1], to categorize individual and team sports and the various activities common to all sports according to their differential risk for the spread of COVID-19 among teammates, between teams, and in the wider community. Table 1 lists the current risk categorizations defined by NFHS, with applicable individual sports identified for each category.

Table 1:  Risk Categorizations with Associated Sports, National Federation of State High School Associations, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, May 2020

HIGHER RISK

 

Sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants, lack of significant protective barriers, and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants.

Wrestling

Martial Arts1

11-on-11 Football

Rugby1

Boys Lacrosse

Boxing1

Competitive Cheer

Competitive Dance Teams

MODERATE RISK

 

Sports that involve close, sustained contact, but with protective equipment in place that may reduce the likelihood of respiratory particle transmission between participants OR intermittent close contact OR group sports OR sports that use equipment that can’t be cleaned between participants.

 

Basketball

Volleyball

Baseball

Softball

Soccer

Water polo

Gymnastics

Ice hockey

Field hockey

Tennis (doubles)

Swimming relays

Pole vault

High jump

Long jump

Girls lacrosse

Rowing/Crew (with two or more rowers in shell)

7-on-7 football

LOWER RISK

 

Sports that can be done with social distancing or individually with no sharing of equipment or the ability to clean the equipment between use by competitors.

Individual running events

Throwing events (javelin, shot put, discus)

Running/Cross Country (staggered starts)

Individual swimming

Golf

Weightlifting

Alpine skiing/ snowboarding

Sideline cheer

Rowing/Crew (single sculling)

 

Tennis (singles)

Identified as “Level 1” risk by United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee: Sports Event Planning Considerations Post-COVID-19, May 7, 2020 – v0.14,  https://www.teamusa.org//-/media/TeamUSA/Documents/Coronavirus/USOPC-Sports-Event-Planning-Considerations-V1.pdf

In assigning risk categories, NFHS considered the fact that direct person-to-person spread via respiratory droplets is the most likely route of transmission for COVID-19, the factors associated with the generation of respiratory droplets and the dynamics of their travel between individuals, and the specific aspects of normal play that require close contact or lend themselves to the implementation of mitigation strategies.  The categorical decisions made by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee were made with deference to guidance originally provided by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.[2]

Table 2:  Recommendations for the Operation of Interscholastic, Club, and Recreational and Other Amateur Sports Activities 

 

CT State Current Sports Risk Categories (from Table 1)

Activities

Lower Risk Sports

Moderate Risk Sports

Higher Risk Sports

Indoor*

Outdoor

Indoor*

Outdoor

Indoor*

Outdoor

Tier 1

Small group conditioning and non-contact drills

Recommend allowing if appropriate modifications are feasible

Recommend allowing

Recommend allowing if appropriate modifications are feasible

Recommend allowing

Recommend allowing if appropriate modifications are feasible

Recommend allowing

Tier 2

Team practices, intra-squad scrimmage

Recommend allowing if appropriate modifications are feasible

Recommend allowing

Recommend allowing if appropriate modifications are feasible

Recommend allowing

Not recommended

Not recommended

Tier 3

In-state contests between two teams

Recommend allowing if appropriate modifications are feasible

Recommend allowing

Recommend allowing if appropriate modifications are feasible

Recommend allowing

Not recommended

Not recommended

Tier 4

In-state multi-team meets or tournaments

Recommend allowing if appropriate modifications are feasible

Recommend allowing

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Tier 5

Out-of-state competitions

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

* In all cases, indoor activities should be limited to the extent possible, with appropriate mitigation strategies for indoor settings in place (face covering masks, 6 ft or more distancing, etc.)

 

 
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2020-21 Game Rules
by posted 10/16/2020


2020-21 Connecticut Basketball Game Rules

  All games are governed by CIAC high school rules except for the following:

1.        Special COVID-19 Protocols

a.     Only two coaches may sit on the bench with their team.

b.     All coaches must wear a mask.

c.     All bench chairs shall be social distanced six-feet apart.

d.     Hand sanitizer must be kept at each scorer’s table.

e.     While scorers and clock keepers do not count as coaches, there shall not be more than three persons at the scorers table at any given time (clock keeper, and scorers for each team) and the three persons must be socially distanced at all times.

f.      Only one parent may attend in-person for any game.  (Connecticut Basketball will be live-streaming neutral site games that can be viewed on any smart-tv or handheld device.)

g.     All parents must wear a mask (and remain socially distanced during the game).

2.        Game Logistics. Each game will be scheduled for 65 to 75 minute time slots. A 3-5 minute warm-up period will be allowed prior to each game. Teams are encouraged to stretch outside the gym before their game, if permitted by your host.

3.        Length of Game/Quarters. The home team—not the referee--controls the length of each quarter but quarters should never be less than 7 minutes and 8 minute quarters are preferred with a clock that stops.  The home team—not the referee—determines the length of quarters. Please note:

·         Halftime shall be limited to 3 minutes (and is otherwise a long time out)

·         The cessation of play in between quarters shall be no longer than 2 minutes.

4.    Ties. There are no ties.

a.       If the score is tied at the end of regulation, two minutes shall be placed on the clock.  The team ahead at the end of the two minutes is the winner.

b.      Overtime will commence with a jump ball. 

c.       There are no timeouts in overtime—just play.

d.      If still tied at the end of the two minutes, place another two minutes on the clock and repeat process until a winner is declared.

5.      Fouls. Team fouls reset at the half as in CIAC play for all divisions.

6.      Foul Shots. 4th Grade Boys, 5th Grade Boys and 5th Grade Girls may shoot fouls 1 foot inside of the foul line (or otherwise cross the line when attempting a foul shot). Referees are encouraged to call only blatant violations on the foul shooter at these ages.

7.      Ball Size.  4th Grade Boys, 5th Grade Boys and all Girls divisions will use a 28.5” ball.

8.      Time-outsEach team shall be allotted one full (60 second) timeout and two 30 sec. time-outs per half—that do not carry over.  Either coaches or players may call a time-out.

9.      Mercy Rule. There is a 20-point differential rule is in effect for regular season games.
If there is a 20-point differential at any point in the game, the winning team shall not press.

10.      Referees. Board certified referees must officiate each game.

11.  Player & Coaches Conduct.

a.     If a coach receives a technical foul he/she must stay seated on the bench for the remainder of the game. 

b.     If either a player or coach is ejected from a game, the ejected player or coach shall serve a three-game suspension starting with the next regular season or Connecticut Basketball tournament game. (The Club President representing the offending coach may appeal the suspension with the League.)

12.  Parents Conduct. Any parent who enters the court during the playing of the game—including the stoppage of play—shall, at the referee’s discretion, cause a forfeit of the game.

* A copy of these rules be present at each home site.

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Know Our COVID-19 Protocols
by posted 09/19/2020


Connecticut Basketball Return to Activity Notice

Version 1.0, 8/30/20

 

The purpose of this document is to provide Connecticut Basketball athletes, parents, coaches, member organizations and event participants with information they can use to assist them in complying with our return-to-activity programming in the context of COVID-19.  The document should be read in conjuction with the Connecticut Basketball game rules--which have been augmented to include our COVID-19 protocols. 

 

The information in this document is NOT intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is provided for general informational purposes only and to help ensure compliance with our League protocols.

 

Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials in your area if you have specific questions. These guidelines address return-to-play guidelines as of the date of this memorandum.  Additional guidelines may, or may not, follow as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

 

Finally, although the young and healthy may be subject to less severe cases of COVID-19, every case of this disease is potentially life-altering or deadly, particularly in those with risk factors that may occur within our communities. Health consequences may be long-standing and only apparent weeks after initial infection and recovery. Until COVID-19 is either eradicated, a vaccine is developed, or a cure is found, there is no way of eliminating the risk of infection. This should always be at the forefront when assessing participation in any sporting event. Thus, Connecticut Basketball teams and sister organizations should be in contact with their respective insurance carriers to determine that all coverages are appropriate for the organization and its needs. The risks of participation should be clearly communicated to parents and participants in your respective programs.

  

Introduction of Principles and Responsibilities

Club and Team Responsibilities:

  • Distribute protocols to members.
  • Contact insurers to ensure all coverages and communicate that information to participants prior to commencement of initial training.
  • Have an effective communication plan in place to augment Connecticut Basketball communications.
  • Execute strategies for working with Connecticut Basketball to notify adult leaders, youth and their families if the organization becomes aware of a participant or adult leader has developed COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a youth activity.
  • Maintain participant confidentiality regarding health status.
  • Be sensitive and accommodating to parents who may be uncomfortable with returning to play at this time.
  • Have an action plan in place, in case of notification of a positive test result.
  • Train and educate all staff on protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information.
  • Be prepared to shut down and stop operations.
  • Develop plans for temporary closure of indoor facilities and cancellation of outdoor activities or camps for proper disinfection.
  • Provide adequate court space on bench for social distancing.
  • Provide hand sanitizing stations and waste receptacles at court for individual participant use.

 

Coach Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
  • Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
  • Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment whenever possible (ball, water, bag etc.)
  • Ensure coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk, basketballs etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.
  • While we are an indoor sport, all training that can be conducted outdoors whenever possible and compliant with social distancing per state or local health guidelines.
  • Always wear a face mask, even when not actively coaching.
  • Coaches should maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.
  • Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership.

 Parent Responsibilities:

    • Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
    • Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
    • Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.
    • Ensure your child is healthy, and check your child’s temperature before activities with others.
    • Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.
    • Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirement.
    • When at training/practice, wear a mask if within six feet of other persons.
    • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training or game.
    • Ensure all equipment (sneakers, ball, etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
    • Notify your coach and club president immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
    • Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training.
    • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training or game.

 Players Responsibilities:

·        

 

  • Take your temperature daily and especially before activities with others.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.
  • Wear mask before and immediately after all training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.
  • Follow all CDC guidelines as well those of our local health authorities. 

Guidance for Neutral Site and Home Games/Events        

  • Registration/player check in tables (if utilized) should be cleaned prior to event.
  • Registration desk assistants/staff should wear a mask and disposable gloves.
  • Every person should be required to clean his or her hands with readily accessible hand sanitizer.
  • Hand sanitizer needs to be present on registration table(s) as well as the scorers table.
  • Emphasis should be placed on electronic forms. Try to move away from paper registration forms.
  • No handshakes, high-5s or group celebrations; consider alternatives that avoid contact like hand waves, gestures, etc. during or after the game.

​See also Connecticut Basketball 2020-21 Game Rules for more detail.

Additional Resources

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Move United: https://www.moveunitedsport.org/

Special Olympics: https://resources.specialolympics.org/resources-to-help-during-the-crisis Special Olympics Infographic: https://media.specialolympics.org/resources/covid- 19/SO_CoVid19-Infographic-English.jpg?_ga=2.93243544.460203483.1588346705- 2032247575.1588346705

Federation for Children with Special Needs: https://fcsn.org/

Autism; Wearing a Mask Social Story: https://paautism.org/resource/wearing-mask-social-s

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