CMBA Covid-19 Update - July 31st, 2020




CMBA Covid-19 Update 

July 31st, 2020 

Calgary Minor Basketball Association is exploring all options to start our league again. Before we can explore any
opportunities, two things must occur which include Phase 3 opening and gym availability. When these occur, CMBA
will work diligently to try and get our league back running while always putting the health and safety of our players,
volunteers and families first.

Phase 3 Launch

The Alberta government and health services must open up Phase 3 before we can even do evaluations or tryouts.
Currently cohorts of 50 are allowed to play together. If the cohort rule is not lifted, it is impossible to have proper
evaluations. CMBA does not believe we can run a successful league if players and teams have to commit to cohorts.The launch of Phase 3 MAY relax the cohort rule.

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Gymnasium Accessibility

Currently the City of Calgary has announced that no gym rentals will take place before October 13. This does not
guarantee that they are, they have just informed us no one will get in before that. All though our associations and
league do a good job getting access to private facilities, there are not enough for our 4500 players to practice during
the week and have games on Saturdays.
If the City of Calgary allows for gym rentals, Phase 3 opens up and the CMBA Board of Directors approves return to
play, below is the new timeline for the 2020/2021 season.

New Timeline:

Diamond Prep League
For U18 Girls High School Girls - Diamond Prep League Tryouts September 13th at MRU 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Zone Evaluations and Practices
Starting the week of October 13 (after Thanksgiving)

JTT Referee Training Tournament
November 13th & 14th
Warm up for U11 Teams expected to play in Division 2 or higher and for U13 & U15 teams expected to play in
Division 3 and lower

MRU Calgary Cup Tourney
November 20th & 21st
Warm up for U13 & U15 teams expected to play in Division 2 or higher

Seeding Rounds - Fall 2020*
Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th
Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th
Friday, December 11th, and Saturday December 12th

Regular Season Schedule - Winter 2021*
Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th
Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16th
Friday, January 22nd and Saturday, January 23rd
Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th
Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th
No games February 12th - 13th (Family Day weekend)

Winter Playoffs - 2021
Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th
Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th
It is important that families check with their individual associations for registrations and dates. It is possible that some
associations may start earlier if they are able to access private facilities and social distance evaluations or offer some
type of training without cohorts.

Below is a link to all the CMBA Zone Basketball Associations

https://www.cmba.ab.ca/content/cmba-zones

* A modified schedule will include games on Friday and Saturday

If you have further questions or concerns regarding Phase 3 Covid-19 League Schedule or other basketball inquires please email CMBA at cmba@cmba.ab.ca ; we are better suited at this time to administer email responses. 

 

 

June 15th, 2020 

CMBA is aware of the Province of Alberta’s Stage 2 relaunch and is encouraged by these recent AHS health developments towards sport. However CMBA still awaits the Province of Alberta’s announcement of school roll out, now set for August 1st. In the most recent announcement, the Province of Alberta will look at three scenarios for schools reopening and one of those scenarios will be chosen by the Province of Alberta for school start up.  The majority of CMBA Zones and CMBA League need school gym rentals to operate, we should have a clearer picture come August 1st of how CMBA should proceed with Fall 2020.

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June 1st, 2020

We appreciate the patience of our CMBA families during these challenging times.  We are eager to get our Zone members back into gyms and playing basketball; however this will be done in accordance with guidelines established by Alberta Health and as announced by the  Chief Medical Officer of Health from in order to protect the health of our players, coaches, and families.

At this time, we are looking to the City of Calgary for direction on when a return to gyms might be expected.  We are hoping that the City will confirm this for the CMBA and its member Zones around July 1, 2020. 

In the event that we are permitted to return to gyms and offer a fall season of basketball, we are also working with our member Zones on ways to potentially offer early registration so that member Zones can organize their teams as quickly as possible.

We will continue to keep our CMBA member Zones informed of changes to this situation as information becomes available.

Thank you, 

Calgary Minor Basketball Association 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

May 11th, 2020

Hello Parents, Players, Coaches, Club Directors, and Team Managers,  
 
It is with regret that the CMBA Spring League 2020 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All teams we're given full refunds on April 6th, 2020 with no service charges due to these extraordinary circumstances of this pandemic. If you have further questions or concerns regarding Spring League or other basketball inquires please email CMBA at cmba@cmba.ab.ca ; we are better suited at this time to administer email responses. 
 
CMBA follows all Alberta Health Services requirements and direction. CMBA awaits direction on Summer Basketball Camps from the Province of Alberta in their Phases of reopening. Once we have a clear picture of the requirements to operate Summer Basketball Camps. We will release that programming information to the basketball community. 
 
CMBA remains hopeful of providing Summer Basketball Camps 2020.  
 
Please keep you and your family safe in these difficult times and circumstances.  

Thank you,

Calgary Minor Basketball Association 


 

March 20th,2020

Hello Coaches, Club Directors, and Team Managers,  Spring League 2020 Update in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CMBA has been informed by the City of Calgary Recreation Dept that all school rentals have been cancelled at CBE and CSSD schools up until April 30th, 2020 due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) precautions.  As per CMBA’s Original email message on Friday, March 13th we have moved to Step 2.

Step 2: 

The Season is delayed in its start by two or three weeks, or one month. If the season is delayed league registration fees would be prorated and refunded to teams on the amount of lost games that were not played during the period of delay.  Also, Coronavirus (COVID-19) game procedures would be in place for all games.

Further to Step 2 Prorated of team fees would take place at the end of March on March 31st, 2020. Considering a condensed May and June season goes ahead.

Thank you for you patience in this time as we watch and wait on further direction from AHS (Alberta Health Services), The Province of Alberta, and the City of Calgary. 

If you have further questions or concerns please email CMBA at cmba@cmba.ab.ca ; with the mass influx of phone calls we are better suited to administer email responses.

Thank you,

Calgary Minor Basketball Association 


 

March 13th, 2020

CMBA is actively monitoring the ongoing public health situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have received many questions from our families, and we want to stress that we understand these concerns, given the significant attention this topic has received in the media. We are committed to help protect the health and safety of the athletes, staff, coaches, and extended families

CMBA does not offer medical advice regarding disease prevention, but we refer our teams to the resources listed at the end of this Advisory regarding Coronavirus.

CMBA is monitoring developments from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Alberta Health Services (AHS). While both the PHAC and AHS acknowledge that there is a public health concern, both agencies state that the risk for individuals is low. However, given how quickly things can change, CMBA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as the circumstances require or if CMBA makes changes.

Considering the current situation here are some of the potential steps moving forward into the 2020 Spring Season.

  1. The Season starts as scheduled on April 6th, 7th, 8th, for club weeknights and the first tournament of April 17th, 18th. With Coronavirus (COVID-19) game procedures in place for all games. For example, no elderly spectators, and or persons with low immune systems, and or persons with other health conditions, will not be able to attend. Team handshake lines would not be permitted. Sharing of water bottles not permitted. If you or a family member have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, have traveled outside of Canada or been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call 811.  A more defined list of protocols and game procedures would be provided prior to the season start.2.
  2. The Season is delayed in its start by two or three weeks, or one month. If the season is delayed league registration fees would be prorated and refunded to teams on the amount of lost games that were not played during the period of delay.  Also, Coronavirus (COVID-19) game procedures would be in place for all games.
  3. The Season is canceled in its entirety and all registration fees would be refunded to all teams.

 ***CMBA will readdress these options on March 30th, 2020*** Update will be provided on March 31st, 2020 via email to all teams and clubs.***

*** Please note teams that with draw will not be charged any service fees, this situation is an extreme circumstance and grace will be given to all teams and clubs in the league when providing refunds. ***

Please keep you and your family safe in these difficult circumstances. If you have further questions or concerns please email CMBA at cmba@cmba.ab.ca ; with the mass influx of phone calls we are better suited to administer email responses.

We remind everyone to continue to take preventative actions advised by public health officials to help stop the spread of germs, including washing hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, containing coughs into a tissue or sleeve and staying home if you are sick, especially if you have a respiratory illness and fever.

The following resources are available for further information:

Public Health Agency of Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coro…

Alberta Health Services

https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

Sport Medicine Advisory Committee

https://paralympic.ca/news/sport-medicine-advisory-committee-advisory-co…

Thank you, 

Calgary Minor Basketball Association 

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