DATE: November 25, 2020
TO: High School & Middle School Basketball Coaches
FROM: Francine Martin, KSHSAA Basketball Administrator
RE: Board of Directors Information
Basketball Information following Board of Directors Decision – 11/24/2020
· The BOD voted in favor to begin the winter activity competition season Dec. 1st and continue through Dec. 22nd before taking a winter moratorium for practice and competition (no practice and no competition) beginning Dec. 23rd.
· The winter moratorium usually runs from Dec. 23rd to Dec. 27th however the board took action to extend the moratorium on practice and competition through Jan. 3rd. Practice may begin on Jan. 4th and competition may resume on Jan. 8th.
· The BOD also took action resulting in the requirement for all participants (including but not limited to athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, support staff and all others attending/participating in school activities) to wear a face covering in the manner it is intended to be worn while at the event venue and for the duration of the event. The only exception is provided for athletes during the time they are competing and for officials during active play. Local health department guidelines may require a mask be worn at all times.
· There will not be any spectators allowed at venues from Dec. 1, 2020-Jan. 28, 2021 at which time further clarification will come out.
· Basketball teams shall not sponsor nor participate in large-in person invitational tournaments during the 2020-21 school year. For the purpose of this rule, this includes any MS/JH event with more than four schools playing concurrently; no more than four high schools playing concurrently for basketball.
· If there were two different gyms available, a game could be taking place in one facility with two teams and another gym could have two other schools playing.
· Participants include: players, coaches, officials, cheer squads & sponsor(s), dance teams & sponsor(s), pep bands and director(s), Event staff (clock, book, PA, other table workers), medical personnel on duty, administrators, team managers (stats, video), working media on professional assignment, student media putting on media broadcast, college recruiters who have credentials and have called in advance, bus drivers.
· Make sure you have an emergency action in place and review it with your players, coaches and review with parents, so they know your procedures if a student were to be injured.
· High school teams may participate in a maximum of 20 games. Middle schools have a maximum of 16 games for the season.
More updates will come in the weekly announcements.