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Registration Extended - Season Start Delayed


09/28/2021
We have decided based on the results of the survey that we will extend the registration deadline indefinitely and delay the start of the season based on our ability to develop a vaccination policy that meets all the needs of the SHA regulations.

Survey results showed:
Will you play if masks are required? Yes – 37.5% / No – 62.5%
Will you play if players are required to be vaccinated or provide a negative covid test? Yes – 92.5% / No – 7.5%
Would you prefer the season start be deferred until a vaccine policy has been established for our league? Yes – 88% / No – 12%

We are working with BSI and other recreational leagues to develop a clear and appropriate vaccination policy for our league. Once we have this completed and issued to all the teams we will revise our registration deadline and season starting date.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we go through this process and look forward to providing a safe and fun basketball experience for everyone.

Below is the current information from BSI and SHA.

BSI Clarification:
This week we were able to meet with members from the BRT and SHA and have received approval for over the age of 18 to remove their masks during game play under the following circumstances only:

The league that they are officiating for has an established policy that they are enforcing in regards to double vaccination/negative test results
The officials are double vaccinated
If both of these criteria cannot be met then officials over 18 will be required to wear a mask during game play until the current health order for Masking expires.

We are still waiting for the actual document of the 2nd Health Order that takes effect on October 1st in regards to vaccination policy/negative test results (all that has been released to date is a general media release summary and not the Order itself). As soon as it is released we will be able to provide more guidance on which basketball programs are required to have such policies in place in order to operate, as well as what should be included in any policy that is created. We are very aware that October 1st is coming on us quickly and we (all PTSO’s not just BSI) are pushing the SHA to release the order with enough time for businesses to actually have time to prepare policy before the October 1st live date happens. In the meantime there is unfortunately not much else we can update on

SHA Guidelines:
Proof of vaccination will not be required for the following:

Retail businesses, including grocery stores;
Places of worship;
Fast food restaurants offering takeout and delivery;
Health care services, professional services, or personal services;
Hotels or other lodging;
Facilities hosting non-ticketed amateur sporting events, including youth athletics and recreational leagues;
Business meetings and places of business closed to the general public, unless otherwise directed by the business or employer;
Private gatherings held at public indoor venues, such as weddings and funerals.
Private gatherings at private residences.
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