On behalf of the EYBA Board of Directors EYBA would like to update our members on the status of the EYBA Fall 2020-2021 season.
Various School Boards and Municipalities have confirmed they have suspended user groups from having access to gymnasiums and schools for an undetermined amount of time as students return to class.
What does this mean for the upcoming season?
Due to COVID 19 pandemic and the delayed access to schools the EYBA has delayed the start of our gameplay season to after Thanksgiving. Dates TBA as we closely watch the affects return to school has on the COVID 19 guidelines.
The EYBA will be allocating gym time at the Saville Centre throughout September to all Zone members. This will allow for training opportunities throughout September- October. All zones will be required to adhere to all AHS, ABA, and Saville Centre COVID 19 return to play guidelines. Time will be limited and all zones will be responsible for any fee’s associated with the allocated gym slots. Each zone will be given an opportunity to request or deny these slots from the EYBA. We ask that if your zone has been able to procure gym time of your own you please notify the EYBA so we may allow for equal opportunity to our members to participate in some way or form this fall. The Saville will be monitoring the first month of use to determine whether or not we can continue to operate these session in the first few weeks of October.
The EYBA will also be scheduling various socially distanced skills camps for each age category during that time. This will be offered at a first come first serve basis to all zones. Space will be limited and will adhere to all required COVID-19 regulations.
Due to the lack of access to school gyms this fall, player and team numbers will be reduced and capped. Once we have all pre-registrations numbers we will notify each zone of these limitations. We are logistically bound by gym time and the Saville Centre’s COVID 19 return to play guidelines for gym use.
The season will be modified and follow the AHS cohort structure guidelines. The fall season will be a shortened season that will end at Christmas break. The hope is that we will regain access to the schools before and or after Christmas allowing for registration and a new season in the new year.
Cohort Modified Play
Please note: This is a proposed contingency plan that will require director approval following a formal meeting.
Cohorts may be grouped into geographical community zones as recommended by Alberta Health Services. For example:
- Southeast and Southwest
- Northeast and Northwest
- Leduc, Wetaskiwin, Sherwood Park, and Beaumont
- Parkland, Morinville, and St. Albert
Each Cohort group is limited to 50 people. This includes Coaches, Players and Officials. It is our recommendation that teams are capped at the following numbers for each age category:
- U11 / 8-9 players / 1 Head Coach / 1 Assistant Coach or Manager
- U13 / 9-10 players / 1 Head Coach / 1 Assistant Coach or Manager
- U15 / 9-10 players / 1 Head Coach / 1 Assistant Coach or Manager
- U17-18 / 9-10 players / 1 Head Coach / 1 Assistant Coach or Manager
**12 members max per team including coaches and managers. The numbers of teams permitted per zone per age category TBD. Cohorts will be 4 Teams per cohort max, and the number of cohorts per age category will depend on gym time and the need for each age category determined by pre-registration numbers***
All 4 teams in each cohort will play two games per session within their slot to reduce the required cleaning between bookings. Athletes will need to remain on their court during the session. Food restrictions on the courts has been relaxed.
Cohorts should expect to meet 4 times over the course of the fall, approximately every two weeks. We are going to try and get the U18 cohorts finished early to avoid possible ASAA conflicts.
If we are able to proceed with this format we will be asking all zones, who will have been making use of the Saville time to train etc, to make sure any programming offered after October 1st be returned to social distanced training for those that will be participating in the cohort games following Thanksgiving. This will help with the required 14 day isolation required period before entering their respective sport cohort.
If a player is not involved in the current activity (basketball game, drill, etc), we ask that they please put their mask on to enhance the safety protocols of the Saville Centre.