ABC Practice & Game Guidelines for Covid-19 and/or influenza

 

We want to play basketball safely this season. It is the responsibility of ABC coaches, parents, and players to follow health officials’ guidelines for Covid-19 and the flu. Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services were consulted on ABC guidelines. 

  1. If a player has symptoms or was in close contact with someone with Covid-19, DO NOT attend practice or games. Notify your coach immediately of the upcoming absence.

  2. The player having COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to get tested.

  3. If the test is negative, follow up with Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services or your doctor to determine when the player can return safely.

  4. If the test is positive, the Waukesha County health officials will contact the player (family) regarding the next steps including quarantine. Contact tracing will likely occur by them. It is possible some or the entire team including coaches may have to quarantine 14 days.  \\

  5. IT IS BEST FOR EVERYONE TO FOLLOW #2 ABOVE, DON’T ATTEND PRACTICE OR GAMES IF SICK.

What is “close contact”?  You are a “Close Contact” if any of the following situations happened while you were at practice or game with the person with Covid-19 (even if they didn’t have symptoms).

  • Had direct, physical contact with the player (hit, bump, jump ball).

  • Were within 6 feet of the person for more than 15 minutes - cumulative.

  • Had contact with the person’s respiratory secretions (coughed/sneezed on, towels, etc.)

 

In addition, a flu vaccine is the FIRST and BEST step to prevent getting the flu this season. Flu vaccine will keep everyone safe from a serious disease. The recommendation for flu vaccine is EVERY ONE - EVERY YEAR. Flu shots are available for children and adults. 

 

Summary

It is up to each player and parents to help keep our teams safe and playing this season. Players will not lose their position on any ABC team for missing practices or games due to Covid-19 or the flu. ABC’s mission statement includes “teaching sportsmanship.” A pro athlete once said, Sportsmanship is making sure you have respect for your teammates and competing players. Demonstrate respect for teammates, coaches, and others by following these guidelines.

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