Website Manager

2020-2021 Rec Season COVID-19 Safety Playbook

WBBL 2020-2021 Rec Season COVID Protocols

Our continued priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our players, coaches, staff, and our community. The Covid-19 Safety Playbook below gives everyone the ability to lessen as much risk as possible for our community.  We will monitor the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state, and local health officials' guidance and communications, and these protocols will continue to be evaluated. We will keep you updated if anything changes. 

Please take the time to review the Covid-19 Safety Playbook carefully.

We hope that this information will provide you a clear picture of what to expect as we return to the court.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


PLAYER PROTOCOLS: 

- Any player with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home.

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

- At games, before players can remove their masks to begin warm-ups, our gym supervisors will try and check the temperature of each player. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit should not play and will be asked to leave.

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

- Masks/facial coverings for players will be required when sitting on the bench and not in the game. 

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

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

COACH PROTOCOLS:

- Any coach with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home.

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

- At practice and games, mask/facial coverings will required to be worn by coaches for the duration of time.

- Before each game, our gym supervisors will try to check the temperature every coach. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit should not coach and will be asked to leave.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

TEAM / GAME PROTOCOLS:

- There will be no tipoff this year. Possession at the beginning of the game will be decided by a coin toss. Winning team can choose to go on offense or defense, then possessions will alternate based on normal rule.

- There will be no after game handshakes this year. 

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

- Any referee or gym supervisor with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home.

- Before each game, our gym supervisors will try to check the temperature every referee. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit will not be able to coach and will be asked to leave.

- Masks/facial coverings for referees will be worn the duration of the game.

- Games may be played with only 1 referee. We hope it does not come to that.

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

GAME DAY SPECTATOR PROTOCOLS:

- Any person with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home

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

- Players are limited to 2 spectators per game (this includes children). Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Team Score Keepers who will be sitting on the bench do not count as spectators. City events are limited to 50 people, and 2 spectators per game allows us to stay as close as possible to that number as this number also includes players, coaches, game personnel, and spectators. The GameChanger Team Manger App offers a great live stream option for those who are unable to attend games this season. Click here for more information about how to utilize the livestream option through the GameChanger Team Manager App.

- 6-foot social distancing when entering/exiting in the facility and in the restrooms should try to be kept at all times if possible. 
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PRACTICE PROTOCOLS:

- Any person with COVID-19 symptoms must leave and are encouraged to stay home.

- With the exception of KAEC, all other practice locations have some "no spectators at practice guidelines" - meaning unless your child practices at KAEC (where you can easily social distance in the stands with a mask on), parents will be asked to be in the gym as little as possible. Many of the gyms have glass windows on gym doors with a common area right outside where you can check-in without having to be in the gym.

Absolutely strict at Bearden Middle School. At practices there are not to be spectators in gym or commons area due to the sanitizing that takes place for their lunch protocol. Older kids are practicing here and this should not be a problem. If you have any issues with this, please Call Robert. 

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

FACILITY PROTOCOLS:

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

- Teams and spectators will not be permitted to enter the building before the gym has been cleared from the game before. Please clear the gym immediately following your game to allow the next group to come in. Players, coaches, spectators may enter after previous game participants and spectators have exited. 

- When entering and exiting the building please be sure to not crowd doorways/hallways. Please distance yourselves while waiting to enter the facility and do not congregate in large groups in front of the doors.

- Players, coaches, and up to 2 spectators per player will be required to wait outside the facility until the previous game ends. With the exception of team meetings outside the facility, we ask that everyone to the best of their ability, people avoid congregating in large groups inside and outside facility doors prior/following any event (i.e. practices and games). 

- Pregame meetings will need to be done outside in the parking lot/on the sidewalk if the weather permits or they can be done soon as you are allowed to enter the building. There is typically plenty of time in between games to address your team and be prepared to play at the start of the game.

- We will have designated entrances and exits (clearly marked) to control foot traffic and to avoid large group cross-traffic in-between games. Everyone must be wearing a mask/facial covering when entering and exiting all of our facilities and while inside the facility.

If you are playing at any of the following gyms, please read entering and exiting instructions below:

Deane Hill Rec Center

- The staff at the rec center has set up pickle ball nets at the main entrance/exit door. When entering the building please enter to the right of the net. When exiting the building please exit to the right of the net.

Christenberry Rec Center

- There is a parking lot on the back side of the building located off of Shamrock Ave. There is also plenty of street parking.

- Enter the building using the main door located off of Henegar Street.

- Exit the building using the door located to the left of the bleachers. You will be exiting straight into the back parking lot off of Shamrock Ave.

Cumberland Estates Rec Center

- Enter by using the main front entrance.

- Exit out the door to the left across from the stands. This exit will lead you out the back side of the building. You will need to exit and follow the sidewalk around the left to get back to parking lot.

Sacred Heart School

- Everyone should enter through the main west door that is nearest the parking lot.

- Everyone should exit through the east back doors that are to the right of the benches. Once you exit you can go either to the left or right and follow the sidewalk back around to the parking lot.

Please stay tuned fror more information on other game sites to come as we receive it.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

GENERAL PARENT PROTOCOLS:

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

- Please communicate anything COVID-related as soon as possible to Robert (865.258.3786 or [email protected]) so proper protocols can be followed for the safety of all. Scenarios include, but are not limited to: a kid or family member who has been quarantined due to possible exposure or a kid or family members has tested positive. In all cases, we will communicate with Knoxville Parks & Recreation who is in close contact with the Knox Co Health Department to determine next steps. It's possible that players, groups of players, or entire teams may be quarantined due to exposure or positive COVID tests.  
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

** 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 staying 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. **