April 1 Update: Ontario Basketball’s Return to Play process is currently on pause as the province enters another lockdown period. No organized basketball activity should take place in Ontario during this time. All zones are now “Gray” lockdown zones as of Saturday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m per the Ontario Government and Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts.
- Many of you have heard that Basketball Ontario is moving to Phase Four, and are excited about the opportunity to play games. You may have read the guidelines they have posted.
- However, the London 86ers will be taking a very measured response to this.
o First, in order to be part of Phase 4, we must have tryouts, teams, register players, fill out waivers, and do a number of things we are not in a position to do at this point.
o We have only four hours of gym time at Thorndale. We have been informed that we will not have access to school gyms for the rest of this school year. This limits our ability to run tryouts and practices and to get enough good practice time to be ready to return to any kind of playing.
- As a result, we are going to follow these modified guidelines at this point.
o Masks will be worn by all participants.
o This includes in game type activities.
o When involved in game type activities, we will ensure that shifts are short and substitutions frequent as we worry about breathing with a mask while competing hard.
o We will avoid situations like free throws, tie ups will be blown dead immediately, and players who are off will need to be spaced out.
o We will include activities involving defense and will play modified games, but we will not be immediately looking to play games against other organizations.
- We know that our players want to get back to playing – and we, like them, would love to see things return to normal. However, we think it prudent to respond slowly and see what the next few weeks bring. With case counts rising, variants looking scary and schools announcing cases, we need to ensure the safety of all participants first and foremost.
Ontario Basketball (OBA) is pleased to announce “Return to Play” guidelines for Phase 4 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. Enforcement of government restrictions is subject to each public health unit (PHU) and individual facilities may choose to enact further restrictions.
Teams in Stage 3 regions (Green, Yellow and Orange zones) may now begin scrimmages within team practices and form cohorts of teams to resume competition with modified gameplay rules to avoid contact.
Restrictions differ by region according to public boundaries and have been given a color-coded framework. Find your zone using the Ontario Government’s PHU map or the Ontario Basketball Clubs by PHU tool.
Ontario Basketball recommends a two-week “conditioning window” for teams to ramp up activity before cohorting for OBA-sanctioned games. Please note that this phase of sanctioning will not include referees.
A Town Hall live session by OBA is planned for Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6:30pm to answer any questions.
This document outlines working timelines, recommendations, modifications, and precautions that support a phased Return to Play plan while following health and safety measures at all times. We encourage our members to read and share these guidelines for Phase 4 and the OBA will continue to update these guidelines as restrictions are lifted.
(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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