We have said countless times that this season would be fluid, and this has certainly proven to be the case. The news of the CT Basketball League cancelling its season last week and our subsequent learning this week that school gyms would be unavailable for MYBA practices ended our goal to pursue a “normal,” but shortened, feeling travel season.
The MYBA Board was forced back to the drawing board for a final time to create some form of basketball programming this season, and we believe we have arrived at an exciting outcome given the cards we have been dealt. Working with Madison’s superintendent, school principals, athletic director and Beach and Rec, we were able to secure Brown Middle School gym for an in-house basketball program that we plan to run through mid-March.
We intend to offer each grade/gender two sessions a week for the next six weeks: one session of skills & conditioning training, and one session of monitored scrimmages, both to be run by MYBA coaches and other volunteers. The use of Brown School gym is contingent upon MYBA partnering with Beach & Rec to deliver programming for travel and non-travel kids, so this will be open to all youth of Madison. If you “opted out” of the traditional MYBA season plan, you are welcome to opt back in to this service. All will need to sign-up and pay registration to participate, and we ask that you register in a timely manner given the significant organizational challenges of standing up this program in a such a short period.
Registration fees will be $60 per player, non-refundable, and each player will be provided a reversible pinnie.
The program will run 6 weeks, start on 2/8 and end on 3/21. This schedule will depend on no changes to the public health environment.
The hours we currently have at Brown Middle School gym are Monday thru Friday from 6:15-8:30pm, Saturday 9-1pm. We can expand hours for Saturday and add Sunday depending on enrollment.
We are capping this program to a maximum of 200 players. I cannot emphasize registering quickly and during the enrollment period. Once the window is closed, we will not reopen registration.
Based on enrollment, we will design the schedule and determine how groups will be formed for practice/clinic and scrimmages. Again, the enrollment results will determine a lot of how this session will be executed. There are some blackout dates at the gym due to conflict or school closing, and we will work around these dates to do our best to provide everyone equal time. We recognize there is a disparity between basketball experience in grades and we will work to group players accordingly.
This is by no means a travel season, but it is something we believe can help during these times. As I have mentioned before, this is all very fluid. Things can change in a heartbeat but this is the safest option we can offer. We have motivated and capable coaches and community members who are committed to making this a successful and fun experience for all involved. This in-house program will be the extent of officially sanctioned MYBA basketball activity this season, and I believe we have the resources to make it a success.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Andy McCullough VP of Boys or Mike Schwarz VP of Girls
If you need assistance with the registration fees, please contact Mark Steffen for assistance. This is confidential.
I have attached our Brown Middle School procedures for review. Parents, please read attached and review with your child. If your child must quarantine due to contact tracing or testing positive, please contact the Town DPH immediately and contact our Health Director, Ed Miller MD PhD, so we can respond accordingly.
Procedures in place at Brown Middle School Gym to address COVID-19 safety
Coaches will be provided a non-contact infrared thermometer. Coaches will take temperatures of each player before they are allowed in the facility. Any player with a temperature of 100.1 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter the facility.
MYBA will provide hand sanitizer for the gym and all players will use when entering.
Coaches and players are to wear cloth or disposable face coverings at all times while in the gym except to take a drink. Coaches and players will wear a cloth or disposable face covering as they enter and exit the facility. Medical grade face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory for coaches. Cloth or disposable face coverings are acceptable. No gaiters.
No parents or spectators will be allowed in the facility.
Consistent with MYBA COVID policies, all coaches and players are required to self-screen for any observable illness, including cough or respiratory distress, and to confirm temperature below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The coach must confirm self-screening by all activity participants, upon arrival.
All bleachers should be pushed in. Players are to sit on the floor 6 feet apart and place belongings and water at their spot.
Water fountains spouts will be turned off. Water bottle fill stations remain working.
Players will be allowed to use the bathroom but no more than one player from each court at a time.
Coaches will make sure no garbage or belongings are left behind.
There will be a 15-minute gap between allocated court time. For example, the 6:15pm practice ends at 7:15pm, the next team may not enter the gym until 7:30pm.
Players and coaches are not allowed to arrive early for practice or stay after the designated time.
Only Madison residents will be allowed in the gym for practice.