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Update: August 31 - Preseason Development & Rec League

 
September & October Preseason Development Nights:

- Limited spots available ... players must register in advance here.

- All players will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver form prior to participating in any West Bearden Basketball League event during registration. 

- We will REQUIRE that every child wear a protective face mask/covering (mask, bandana, buffs, shields, etc.).

- We will REQUIRE that every child brings their own water bottle that is clearly marked with the child’s name to reduce transmission risk. There will be NO facility water fountains available for use.

- We will REQUIRE that every child brings their own personal basketball that is clearly marked with the child’s name to reduce transmission risk- we will only have a limited number of sanitized basketball for those players who do not have their own ball.


- We will continue to follow our COVID-19 protocols (temperature checks before entering the facility, sanitization of hands and equipment before and after event, foot traffic control/no congregation).

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WBBL 2020-2021 Rec Season:


- We will be following the CDC and health department guidelines to ensure everyone's safety.

- Due to COVID-19, this year’s league size will be capped. All players and full teams will need to register early to reserve their spots. Registration is now open!

- All players will be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver form prior to participating in any West Bearden Basketball League event during registration.

- Masks/facial coverings for players will be required when entering and exiting the gym for practices and game.

-  Mask/facial coverings will be suggested, but not be required to be worn by players while on the court (i.e. during practices and the game).

- Before players and coaches can remove their masks to begin warm-ups, our gym supervisors will be required to check the temperature of each player, coach, and referee. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit will be asked to leave immediately. 

- There will be no after game hand shakes until further notice.

- We will REQUIRE that every child brings their own water bottle that is clearly marked with the child’s name to reduce transmission risk. There will be NO facility water fountains available for use.

- There will be no concession during the 2020-2021 season at any gym locations.


- All spectators and people moving freely throughout the gym/facility will be required to wear a mask at all times

- Spectator size TBD. In the event that we must limit the number of spectators (per family) in the gym at a given time, we are hoping to offer a livestream option.

- 6 foot social distancing in the stands should be kept at all times. 

- We will have designated entrances and exits (clearly marked) to control foot traffic and to avoid large group cross-traffic in-between events.

- We ask that everyone to the best of their ability avoids congregating in large groups while inside facilities or outside facility doors prior/following any event (i.e. practices and games). 

- Parents/guardians/spectators will not be allowed in the gym during practices- we ask that you please wait in cars or come back to pick-up your child following the practice.  

- All parents and coaches will be asked to perform basic symptom checks of their child/player before the start of each practice. 

- Gym supervisors will be sanitizing benches and game balls in-between games. 

- Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes will be provide at each game site.

- We ask that if you have been told that you or your child has been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19 or if you have any concerns that you please call Robert immediately at 865.258.3786

** Please note: we will adequately adjust our protocols as necessary to ensure the safety of all players, coaches, and spectators. It is our top priority to offer a safe basketball environment for everyone involved. 

We ask that everyone in the WBBL community do their part and help us by performing self symptom checking and s
taying home when appropriate
: if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, have a temperature over 100.4 Fahrenheit, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had close contact with a person with COVID-19. **
 
Questions? Call Robert at 865.258.3786



Update: July 1 - Summer Nights Basketball Canceled

After the announcement of Governor Lee’s Extended Executive Order that prohibits contact sports from being played until August 30- with basketball being clearly stated as one of those contact sports- we are unfortunately having to cancel our July Summer Night Basketball Games. For those of you who have registered in advance, we are issuing full refunds today, July 1st electronically or mailing a check directly to your home. 

Although Summer Night Games have been cancelled, we are still allowed to offer non-contact skill development and training. This July we will have our Offseason Development classes running 3-nights per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), private lessons 4-nights per week (call 865-386-0299 for more information), and several camps that players are encouraged to attend! 

updated! WBBL RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES TO MITIGATE COVID-19 RISKS - June 17


Pre-Event

Register in Advance: for the month of June we will require that all players be registered in advance, by going online to wbbleague.com. Please be sure to have a current phone number on registration.

Waiver: all players will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver form prior to participating in any West Bearden Basketball League event.

Stay Home When Appropriate: we ask that all players and staff stay home when…

- they are showing symptoms of COVID-19

- have a temperature over 100.4 Fahrenheit

- have tested positive for COVID-19

- or have had close contact with a person with COVID-19

Symptom Checking: before entering the facility, we will conduct pre-event observation and/or questioning of all players and staff about....

- the existence of an COVID symptoms

- known close contact with person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

Temperature Checking: before entering the facility, we will ask all players and staff to check their temperature. No person will be allowed to enter the facility with a reading of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher according to CDC definitions of reportable illnesses for contagious disease.

Foot Traffic Control/No Congregation: we ask that....

- players and staff do not congregate prior to any event, and stay in cars until given permission to enter the facility

- players ONLY enter the facility through the clearly marked Entrance door

parents/guardians/spectators will not be allowed to enter the building during events- we ask that you please wait in cars or come back to pick-up your child following the event 

- players immediately enter the gym once inside the facility

Sanitization: prior to every event…

- WBBL staff will sanitize/disinfect hard surfaces, basketballs, and equipment

- the WBBL will ensure that all bathrooms are properly equipped with soap and paper towels

- all public water fountains will be CLOSED with tape and signage stating that they are not to be used

During the Event

Player Equipment:

- we will REQUIRE that every child wear a protective face mask/covering (mask, bandana, buffs, shields, etc.)

- we will REQUIRE that every child brings their own water bottle that is clearly marked with the child’s name to reduce transmission risk. There will be NO facility water fountains available for use

- we will REQUIRE that every child brings their own personal basketball that is clearly marked with the child’s name to reduce transmission risk- we will only have a limited number of sanitized basketball for those players who do not have their own ball. 

Players should try to bring the appropriate size for their age and gender if possible:
  1st grade and younger - size 27 basketball
  2nd - 5th grade boys and ALL girls 2nd grade and older- size 28.5 basketball
  Boys 6th grade and higher- size 29 basketball

- when possible we recommended, but do not require: every child wear sports goggles and protective gloves to reduce transmission risk

Coach/Staff Equipment: all WBBL coaches and staff members will be required to wear protective facial masks during the duration of each event.

Sanitization: during every event…

- the WBBL will provide hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes

- the WBBL will limit shared equipment to one group of players at a time and will sanitize equipment between use

Restroom Use: during every event a WBBL staff member will be monitoring restroom use and limit occupancy to one person at a time.

Post Event

Cleaning: we ask that…

- players clean and dispose of all their own personal trash and belongings before exiting the gym

- our staff disinfect basketballs, equipment, and hard surfaces before exiting the gym

Foot Traffic Control/No Congregation: we ask that....

- players and staff quickly exit the gym after the event and go directly to their cars without congregating with others in common areas

- players will be required to exit the facility through the clearly marked Exit door

Offseason development classes update- May 26

Offseason Development will resume June 16Stay tuned for more information! 

Please know that the health and safety of our basketball community is our top priority. We are currently working on the logistics to ensure the safety of all out athletes, coaches, and families during our Offseason Development. As we continue to adequately respond to developments with COVID-19, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding.

Volcanoes Update - April 16

Volcano Community,

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation we are planning ways for us to all get back together again in the future months ahead. Right now our planned checkpoints of reevaluation are May 1, mid-May, and June 1, as those are the dates we are expecting to hear more guidance with local and state authorities.

We will wait until at least June 1 to see if we can successfully get back together and resume basketball in the months to follow. We are discussing and taking into consideration any and all opportunities that would allow us to give our athletes the remaining full 2 months of basketball that they were promised.

The last thing we want to do at this time is to break up these teams, have to collect uniforms from each of you individually, and return to you a partial refund. Instead, we would rather continue to work to deliver you virtual at home workouts, and to look ahead at all of our options that will be available to us in the Summer and Fall months. Athletes need to put in the work by themselves and to wait patiently on local and state guidelines to be lifted. We are confident that this talented group of kids can improve if they are putting in the work at home.

Please know that we already have several creative ideas as to how we might be able to give our athletes a full 2 months of basketball regardless of the circumstances: we are working to be prepared to immediately begin indoor practices or to take to outdoor courts if necessary, to host competitive games within our own organization and run by our own organization, and/or to find atypical opportunities that would allow the Volcanoes to get better at playing the sport they love.

As we have mentioned before, we have all put in a lot of hard work and long hours to get this season underway and we do not want it to have been for nothing. These kids deserve the opportunity that they earned and were promised, and we want to deliver that to them anyway we can! We hope to return some form of basketball normalcy to our athletes as soon as possible.

We fully understand the current concerns of the COVID-19 virus. The health and safety of our community is our first and foremost priority; however, we also know the mental and physical health benefits of playing basketball, and how important team camaraderie and the mentorship from coaches is for our young athletes. We do not want to give these important aspects up at a time when they are perhaps more important than ever.

As we continue to monitor the situation we want to thank you for your patience and understanding. We will continue to send updates as we evaluate the situation in the coming weeks.

Updated- Friday, April 3

We hope that this update finds you and your family well. Thank you for being patient and supportive this past week as we transitioned to at home basketball workouts for our Volcano athletes. We are working as hard as we can to keep our athletes healthy, learning, and involved with the game of basketball while the gym doors are closed, and the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 continues. 

Last Monday, we launched our virtual workouts, and now have a total of 4 workouts available, with the lated released earlier today. We hope that our athletes are being encouraged and motivated at home to take advantage of this resource, and that they are pushing themselves to get better during this time apart. 

Be assured that we have not stopped and will not stop putting in the work for our players and basketball families. We are hopeful and cannot wait to get back into the gyms with our teams once it is deemed safe. Until then we are doing all that we can to adapt. 

Here is our recent announcements in regard to closures:

Development Classes: All development classes canceled until Friday, April 24.

Volcano Practices/Skills: No full team practices until Friday, April 24.

Volcano Tournaments: TBA; however, expect ALL tournaments to be cancelled until April 24th. 


UPDATED- TUESDAY, MARCH 24

To further combat the spread of COVID-19, the Knox County Health Department has issued a Safer at Home Order — directing all residents of Knox County stay inside their homes, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. Until further notice, all businesses not performing essential services have been ordered closed for 14 days beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24.

This announcement has resulted in the following change:

Volcano Practices/Skills: No full team practices until at least Tuesday, April 7th. Could be in different gyms rather than the Knox County School gyms that we were previously in.

UPDATED- Monday, March 23

We know how important basketball development is to each of our athletes! Which is why we are working hard to find ways to keep our athletes active, thinking, engaged, and hopefully having a little fun while doing it.

Beginning Monday, March 23 we will be releasing weekly developmental skill workouts and learning materials that will allow our WBBL and Volcano athletes to keep practicing while also increasing their basketball IQ on some of the most important aspects of the game. Nobody can afford to take a month off of training, and we are doing our best to continue to push you to get better!

WBBL Offseason Development Athletes:

Click here to participate in our WBBL Offseason Development Home Workouts

TN Volcano AAU Players:
Click here to participate in our TN Volcano AAU Home Workouts

Updated- Tuesday, March 17

WBBL and Volcano Community,

Recently, concerns over the COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) have largely impacted day-to-day life, social gatherings, and events around the world. We recently announced the following cancellations:
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Development Classes: All development classes canceled until Tuesday, April 7.

Volcano Practices/Skills: No full team practices until Monday, April 6.

Volcano Tournaments: TBA; however, expect ALL tournaments to be cancelled until April 10th. 

** Volcanoes community please note: any news from the national level of corporate AAU does NOT control our practices or the tournaments we planned on going to. Please stay tuned.**

Nicky Anosike Spring Break Camp: Canceled

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As of today, March 17th, we are following local and state guidance on the best response to combating this illness and adhering to the guidelines and closures that are being put in place to prevent the spread of this virus. 

We also kindly ask that anyone who becomes a confirmed carrier and positive of the virus reports to us if they have recently attended any of our events.


We will continue to update you on the impact of COVID-19 on our basketball related events. The decision to cancel any future events is now in the hands of our school facilities that we use for development classes and Volcano practices and the tournament directors who continue to make the decision for us as to whether or not to cancel their upcoming tournaments. We plan to resume WBBL Offseason Development and continue with our Volcano season as soon as we are cleared to do so; however, we strongly encourage players, coaches, and family members to continue to stay home from any events if they are ill. 

We want to assure you that our organization takes very seriously the safety and welfare of all the players, coaches, and families involved in our basketball community. We are attempting to make the best decisions possible for each of you, as well as our broader communities. We are committed to playing our part in protecting your health and safety and we appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience as we work to adequately respond to developments with COVID-19. Please stay safe!