(FEBRUARY 10 UPDATE: CERTAIN ONTARIO REGIONS HAVE EXITED LOCKDOWN AND MAY RESUME NON-CONTACT TEAM PRACTICE AS PER PHASE 3 GUIDELINES BELOW. THERE SHOULD BE NO ORGANIZED BASKETBALL ACTIVITY DURING THIS TIME IN ALL OTHER GRAY (LOCKDOWN) OR REGIONS UNDER STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. PLEASE REFER TO THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT’S LOCKDOWN/ RULES FOR STAGE 1)
Hello OBA Community,
Ontario Basketball (OBA) is pleased to announce “Return to Play” guidelines for Phase 3 of our multi-phased approach to safely resuming basketball activities.
First and foremost, please remember that all the current restrictions and those that will come into effect as we reach next stages, are imposed by the Ontario Government and medical health authorities. Restrictions differ by region according to public boundaries and have been given a color-coded framework – Find Your Zone. These, and the Return to Play protocols in development by OBA, are designed to facilitate the ongoing and continued safety of our members and all Ontarians.
It is important to note that OBA’s Return to Play Phase 3 is based on basketball activities in the province and this and future phases will not directly correspond to the Ontario Government’s reopening phases (which broadly cover all sectors of business) or Canada Basketball’s Back to Basketball plan (which broadly applies to all provinces and territories).
Since Ontario Basketball (OBA) announced the proposed schedule for the OBL season this summer we have learned much about the continued spread of the coronavirus. COVID-19 cases have reached record levels in Ontario and the Ontario Government has once again tightened restrictions.
OBA has always anticipated a phased approach to Return to Play involving five phases (click here for OBA Return to Play Plan). Phase 5 would be the full resumption of province-wide competition involving OBL and OBA Championships. It appears, at this time, unrealistic to expect to play a modified Phase 5 OBL competition schedule in the 2020-21 season. We are preparing for a modified Phase 4 resumption of competition during the 2020-21 season that will involve regional games and tournaments beginning April 1, 2021.
Ontario Basketball remains optimistic that we will be able to field competition this season and do not want this postponement to be a barrier to continued development. We encourage all players and coaches, while observing all government and regional health guidelines, to continue to participate in non-contact team practice. OBA will also continue to source and advocate for access to gym facilities.
We want to thank our OBA member clubs, teams, coaches, players, parents, and volunteers as well as the basketball community across Ontario for their continued support and for your attention to all OBA Return to Play guidelines to keep each other safe.
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Ontario Basketball is currently in Phase 3 of its Return to Play Guidelines, part of a multi-phased approach to safely resuming basketball activities at all levels of play.
We are closely following OBA’s updates to track the ongoing measures by the Ontario government and medical health authorities as they relate to basketball.
In Phase 3, teams are allowed to conduct non-contact practice indoors (see OBA’s 2020-21 Drill Book) subject to local gathering limits in your region, but no competition is being sanctioned at this time. Please note that at this time, the London 86ers do not have any indoor facilities in the London area to hold such sessions.
For further resources and instructions please review the Return to Play Guidelines on basketball.on.ca - https://basketball.on.ca/ontario-basketball-releases-return-play-guidelines-phase-3/.
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