COMMUNITY UPDATE – July 21, 2020
Dear EYBC Family & Friends,
We hope you are all safe and doing well.
Since our update last month, successful efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have allowed communities to cautiously begin the process of reopening. Locally, we moved into Stage 2 of the Province’s reopening plan roughly 4 weeks ago and expect to enter Stage 3 in the weeks ahead.
While this is welcome news, much uncertainty remains around the return to indoor team sports. While the East York Basketball Club continues to prepare for the 2020/2021 House League and Rep seasons, our return to basketball is dependent on a number of factors that are beyond our control:
1. Provincial and Municipal reopening restrictions
2. Ontario Public Health and Toronto Public Health guidelines
3. Basketball Canada and the Ontario Basketball Association recommendations
4. Access to permitted gym facilities (as determined by School Boards)
With so much uncertainty regarding the start date and the specifics of the basketball programs to be offered this season, our Club has made a decision to delay the opening of registration until we have additionally clarity on the matter.
Our aim is to commence with an online “Pre-Registration” process in mid- to late-August. This process will allow families to secure spots for their athlete(s) for the upcoming basketball season (on a first come, first served basis). Program fees will not be collected during this process. More details to come in the next couple of weeks.
The gradual return to basketball will see the introduction of a number of new safety protocols, together with probable restrictions on the number of participants & attendees, all aimed at ensuring the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, and coaches.
We encourage everyone to continue to adhere to public health guidelines and to continue to practice social distancing. Together we can make a difference!
East York Basketball Club