Venue Reopening! A Solid First Step

June 7th, 2020

For the first time in a long time, we have something concrete to report concerning the return of the Tucson Basketball League and the completion of the Winter 2020 season. After a couple false starts that can be traced to some inconsistencies and abrupt changes of course in the State of Arizona government, the venue is opening for limited business on Monday, June 8th. It will be in accordance with the Phase 1 Guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (The press release from the venue is below.)

Again, we're only in Phase 1 and the League probably won't resume until Phase 3, but that may not be that far off. A variety of developments in the country and the world--from the sporadic backlash against the stay-at-home orders to the mass protests that have brought millions of Americans together in close quarters--may well have signaled the beginning of the end of social distancing. New cases of Covid-19 are almost certain to spike in the next couple weeks after what has gone on the past couple weeks, but there has been a shift in the national attitude. 

I'm like everybody else; I have no idea what's going to happen. Many fear a Second Wave of the virus in the Fall and Winter when people go back to being indoors. Others, looking at what has recently transpired, believe that the Second Wave isn't that much of a concern because recent events are going to see to it that the First Wave never really ends. Maybe the weather will help. Maybe the vast majority of us don't have to worry about getting very sick (or sick at all). Maybe a working vaccine will show up early. We're going to find out the answers to a lot of these question in the very-near future.  

I'll be reporting back to you in the next few days. Please stay positive. And you can pass the time reading the press release below. It's juicy!

Oh, one last thing: Several people have asked why the season that ends around the First of May is called the "Winter" season instead of "Spring." There is actually a reason for that. The Tucson Basketball League dates back to the late 1980s. Back then, there were no cell phones and computer use was minimal compared to today. Computer storage space was limited, which led to the Y2K scare. People would use only the last two digits of a year (94 instead of 1994) to save storage space. As the year 2000 neared, the fear was that computers would read "00" and assume that it was 1900. An entire industry sprang up to take advantage of advancements in computer storage to add the "20" to future dates. So, back then, I would use F96, W97, and S97 for the three seasons so I wouldn't have to use W96, Sp97 and Su97. How quaint!

Hang in, Everybody. And take care.  

 

The Sporting Chance Center will reopen for activities beginning Monday, June 8, 2020 in accordance with the “Phase 1 Guidelines” set forth below. These guidelines are the result of substantial review and consideration of guidelines, recommendations, and rules issued by the CDC, the State of Arizona, and Pima County, as well as other considerations. The Center reserves the right to modify these guidelines at any time.

 

Facility and Staff Guidelines

 

The Center has adopted and is implementing detailed procedures that include the following:

 

·      Employee wellness checks before every shift

·      Facial masks and increased hand washing protocols for all employees

·      Increased sanitation of all touch areas; elimination of some high touch areas 

·      Reduced Center capacity – max 50%

·      Physical distancing measures inside the facility 

 

Visitor Guidelines

 

In Phase 1, all visitors shall comply with the following rules and guidelines, and each organization hosting an activity shall monitor and be responsible for such compliance.

 

·      Visitors, including participants, should arrive at the Center only a couple minutes before their scheduled activity. We want to avoid lingering in the common areas as much as possible.

·      Only coaches, participants, and maximum of one parent/guardian per minor participant are permitted inside the Center. No siblings unless they are actually participating in a scheduled activity at similar time.  

·      All visitors- including participants, coaches, parents, and spectators – must not enter if they are experiencing fever or any symptoms of illness, or are known to have been in close contact with a COVID positive individual within the last 10 days.

·      WE ARE ASKING ALL VISITORS TO WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES WHILE IN THE CENTER. The only exception is athletes while actively participating in an on-court activity.

·      All visitors shall leave the facility immediately upon conclusion of the scheduled activity.

·      Center staff may ask a visitor to leave the facility if not in compliance with all of the above guidelines. Repeated violations may result in the activity being terminated without refund of rental fee.

Activity Guidelines

 

In Phase 1, the following activities are permitted subject to the rules and guidelines below, and each organization hosting an activity shall monitor and be responsible for compliance.

 

Volleyball

·      No more than 12 players engaged on one court (max 6 per side of the net) at any time

·      Normal team play competition is permitted

·      In training situations, use best efforts to maintain 6’ minimum physical distance

·      If more than 12 players are present, non-active players must stay on sideline properly physical distanced

 

Futsal

·      No more than 12 players engaged on one court at any time

·      Normal team play competition is permitted

·      In training situations, use best efforts to maintain 6’ minimum physical distance

·      If more than 12 players are present, non-active players must stay on sideline properly physical distanced

 

Basketball

·      Competitive play – i.e., where any defense is played – is not permitted (e.g., no 5 on 5, 2 on 2, 1 on 1)

·      Shooting games and competitions, training, and drills are permitted

·      No more than 6 players per basket, with best efforts to maintain minimum 6’ physical distance

 

Individual and Group Training

·      Individual training, exercise/dance or other classes, is permitted

·      No sharing of mats or equipment

·      No more than 12 participants engaged on one court at any time, except in the case of organized classes were participants are mostly stationary and can maintain a minimum of 6 feet spacing at all times

 

Applicable to ALL Sports/Activities

·      Only coaches and participants are allowed on the court. Spectators must stay in common areas

·      Coaches and participants should wash or sanitize hands before entering courts and engaging in an activity

·      Coaches and non-active players are encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distancing (6’) while on sidelines

·      No contact activities

·      No high-fives, hugs, huddles, chest-bumping, or handshaking

·      No communal towels or drinks

·      If possible, in training situations, players should use their own volleyball/basketball, or at a minimum limit sharing as much as possible. Sports balls should be wiped down with disinfectant at least once per hour.

·      All coaches and participants should exit court and Center immediately after conclusion of activity

·      Individuals/organizations that rent activity space in the Center may be required to certify that they have reviewed and will comply with these Guidelines, and will use their best efforts to ensure compliance by all persons visiting the Center in connection with their activity. Repeated failure to comply may result in the activity being terminated without refund of rental fee.