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COVID-19 Information

2021 COVID-19 Preparedness PlanĀ 

FYBA is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our members. To ensure that, we have developed the following Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coaches, parents, spectators, volunteers, referees, and players are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to provide reasonable protective measures to limit risks for the potential transmission of COVID-19 on and around the basketball court, and that requires full cooperation among everyone involved. Only through this cooperative effort we can establish and maintain the safety and health of our participants. 

Our Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and Minnesota Youth Basketball Alliance (MYBA) guidelines related to COVID-19 and addresses: 

  • Mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:
    • hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
    • masking;
    • controls for social distancing;
    • cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination;
  • Prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
  • Guidelines for testing, monitoring, contact tracing and return to participation
  • Education for players, parents, and coaches
  • Compliance plan

FYBA COVID-19 Action Team

  • The FYBA COVID-19 Action Team consists of the association President, Vice President, Girls Director, Boys Director, Tournament Director, and Communications Director.
  • The FYBA COVID-19 Action Team will collaborate with state and local health and youth sports experts to develop and update safety policies and procedures.
  • The FYBA COVID Compliance Manager for 2020-2021 is Jill Goring.

General Guidelines

  • All attendees must maintain six feet distance, whenever possible from anyone outside their household for all practices, gatherings and games.
  • All participants and spectators (players, coaches, officials, staff, spectators and game personnel) are required to wear face coverings in accordance with state guidelines.
  • No spitting or chewing gum, as this may cause respiratory droplets while around others.
  • Participants will not have access to water fountains and should bring individual water bottles.
  • Sharing of food or drinks is not permitted.
  • Basic infection prevention measures are encouraged at all times including hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

COVID-19 Self-Screening

Participants are required to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before leaving home and stay home if experiencing any of the following:

  • One or more of the more common symptoms: fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; new cough or a cough that gets worse; difficulty/hard time breathing; new loss of taste or smell
  • Two or more of the less common symptoms: sore throat; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; chills; muscle pain; extreme fatigue/feeling very tired; new severe/very bad headache; new nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose
  • Any household member is experiencing COVID symptoms or has a pending COVID test.
  • Participants who appear to have symptoms or who become sick during an activity will be immediately separated from other participants and sent home.
  • Participants who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 are not allowed to attend practice until recommended quarantine period is complete
  • Participants with underlying medical conditions or who have household members with underlying health conditions should take additional precautions to minimize face-to-face contact, maintain a distance of six feet from other participants, and/or use CDC approved Personal Protective Equipment {PPE) if possible.


  • This Preparedness Plan will be communicated to all participants on or before the first day of organized activity.
  • Any updates to this plan or changes to program will be communicated with all those involved via email used to register for the activity.
  • Regular communications will occur to the coaches, referees, players, and parents that they should stay home should they be experiencing any symptoms.

Team Practices

  • Maximum of 2 coaches will be allowed for each team.
  • No team will have more than 10 players.
  • Parents and spectators will not be allowed in the gyms for practices, if for some reason they are required to be there, social distancing rules and face coverings are required.
  • Athletes should not arrive more than 5 minutes before the start of practice and wait in their car until it is their time to enter and they should not enter the gym until the previous practice is over and those players have exited the facility.  The teams coach should enter the facility first to ensure the gym is cleared prior to allowing the players to enter the facility.
  • After practice, athletes should leave the facility immediately.
  • Coaches are asked to repeatedly remind players not to touch their faces.
  • Coaches and athletes must conduct a daily symptom assessment and stay home if experiencing symptoms.
  • No touch rule – coaches must refrain from high fives, handshake line, and any other physical contact with fellow coaches, opposing coaches, players, referees, and spectators.
  • Coaches must wear face coverings.
  • Athletes must wear a face covering per state guidelines.
  • Scrimmages will not be allowed without prior approval to minimize risk of exposure between teams.
  • Each team is responsible for bringing hand sanitizing products and use of sanitizer before, during and after practice is recommended.
  • Team discussions should occur with spacing allowed and face coverings on.
  • Players should refrain from sharing equipment in general. This includes but is not limited to basketballs, water bottles, towels or practice jerseys.
  • Ridesharing should be kept at a minimum.
  • Each team must keep an accurate log of opponents including opposing coaches contact information. In the case of someone getting infected this document will be necessary for Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to perform contact tracing.

Tournaments Sponsored by Other Associations

  • Guidelines outlined by the hosting facility in terms of capacity and other social distancing measures will be followed.

Testing, Monitoring, and Contact Tracing

  • Any player or coach experiencing COVID related symptoms or receiving a positive COVID test result must report to the FYBA COVID-19 CCM as soon as possible.
  • FYBA will log all positive COVID cases within the program
  • In the event of a positive COVID infection within the program, FYBA will attempt to elicit all known contacts within basketball activities in the 48 hours preceding a positive test result or development of symptoms.
  • If contact tracing reveals that a positive player or coach participated in a game or activity with another association, the CCM or designee is responsible to notify the partner association.
  • If a participant is confirmed to have a COVID-19 infection, FYBA CCM will inform any known close contacts, the Farmington School District Nurse, and will report case counts to the MYBA dashboard

Return to Play Guidelines

  • FYBA will follow individual recommendations by MDH or a Health Care Provider (HCP) for each player or coach with a positive test result.
  • In lieu of specific MDH or HCP guidance, FYBA will follow the MDH Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs.

COVID-19 Education

  • FYBA will provide COVID-19 education all athletes, coaches, and parents.


  • FYBA expects that all athletes, coaches, and parents comply with established COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Any instances of non-compliance will be investigated and reviewed by the FYBA COVID-19 Action Team.
  • Individuals or teams found to not be in compliance with protocols will move through a tiered corrective action structure which may include warning, suspension, or removal from the team.
  • Any individual can report observed non-compliance with protocols via the FYBA COVID-19 CCM email:


Appendix A - Resources for COVID-19 

MYAS Guidance: 
Centers for Disease Controal and Prevention (CDC):  Coronavirus (COVID-19) – 
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH):  Coronavirus – State of Minnesota:  COVID-19 response – 
MDH:  Health screening checklist: 

MDH:  Handwashing video translated into multiple languages –  
Respiratory etiquette:  Cover your cough or sneeze 

Social distancing 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):  

Exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19 
State of Minnesota:  

Federal OSHA:  



In order to keep our players, coaches and families safe, FYBA will be defaulting to the recommendations of the MDH, the CDC and District 192 Facility guidelines.  These are 'recommended' best practices and the FYBA will act in accordance with these guidelines during the 20/21 season.

For additional information please follow the links below:

MN Dept. of Health Decision Tree

MN COVID Response information

MYAS COVID Resources


Program contact informationĀ 

FYBA President 
Christopher Rollag 

FYBA Vice President
Peter Kenow 

FYBA COVID-19 Compliance Manager
Jill Goring

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