PO Box 112, Westwood MA 02090

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COVID Safety Policy

Last updated December 5, 2020

Westwood Basketball Association is committed to providing a safe environment for our players and coaches.  We are carefully monitoring guidelines from both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environment Affairs, which has jurisdiction over youth sports guidelines in Massachusetts.  The latest MA Youth Sports Guidelines can be found here.  Basketball is designated as a Higher Risk sport.  Section B of the MA Youth Sports Guidelines allows Higher Risk sports to participate in what is referred to as Level 3 play, which includes inter-team games.  

We will have a zero tolerance policy for non-compliance to the WBA COVID Safety Policy this season.  If you can not or will not comply with the policies set forth, please do not register your child to play. 

  • Parents must take the temperature of their player(s) prior to attending a practice or a game.  If the player has a fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, muscle aches, fatigue, or headache, we ask that you keep your player home and notify board@westwoodbasketball.org immediately. 
  • Parents must validate that the player does not have any of these systems using the Team Snap App and indicating attendance for the practice or game.  If a player does not have a response to attendance, it will be assumed that the parent has not performed the proper screening and they will not be allowed to participate until it is complete.
  • If your player or anyone in your household is awaiting the results of a COVID test, you should keep your player at home.
  • Players and coaches will be required to wear masks at clinics, practices, and games.  
  • Spectators will not be allowed in the facilities where practices and clinics will take place.  If games are approved by the state, spectators may or may not be allowed to attend games.  If they are, only one spectator will be allowed per player, and all spectators will be required to provide contact information upon entering the facility for contact tracing purposes.
  • Players will be required to bring their own basketball and hand sanitizer to practices and clinics.
  • Players will be required to bring their own hand sanitizer to games.  Players will be required to sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting a game.
  • Players will be asked to keep 8-10 feet apart during water breaks.  We have requested that coaches keep activities that require significant cardiovascular effort to a minimum and provide breaks every 10-15 minutes.

If a player tests postive for COVID, team activities will be suspended.  WBA follows the Westwood Public Schools procedures for COVID response and notification procedures and will coordinate with the Westwood Board of Health in regard to the timing of the resumption of activities for that team.

If your child is exhibiting COVID symptoms, please contact your Head Coach and the WBA at board@westwoodbasketball.org and president@westwoodbasketball.org immediately.  We are committed to providing a safe environment for our kids.  We can answer any questions you may have now or during the season.