South Wake Sabres 2020 COVID-19 Policy

Updated Saturday, November 7, 2020 by South Wake Sabres Steering Committee

General Procedures

  1. All procedures and policies will follow and/or be superseded by local and state guidelines.
  2. All coaches must complete this free course: NFHS (COVID19-Training for Coaches and ADs)
  3. All practices, meetings and competitions will comply with current government recommendations and requirements for gatherings.
  4. There will be no spectators for practices at this time with the exception of approved volunteers and coaches.
  5. All players must have their own water bottles, towels, clothing, pinnies, etc. These should be labeled clearly and kept in a personal bag. This will cut down on contact spread.
  6. Hand sanitation is required by every single person immediately after entering the building and before leaving. It is recommended that players follow hand washing protocols as outlined by the CDC upon entering/exiting the gym. However, hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance/exits and elsewhere in the gym.
  7. All uniforms must be laundered after each game and should never be shared.
  8. Each player must verify their current symptoms WEEKLY on Sunday with the checklist below and by completing the COVID-19 Screening Form to the best of his or her knowledge.
    • Do you have any of the following symptoms? If yes to any question, do not attend a Sabres activity for at least 10 days.
      • fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
      • loss of smell or taste
      • chills
      • sore throat NOT related to another medical condition (like allergies)
      • cough NOT related to another medical condition
      • shortness of breath not related to another medical condition
      • Diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days
    • Do you have any of the following symptoms? If yes, do not attend a Sabres activity until you feel better.
      • Vomiting or diarrhea not related to another medical condition
      • Congestion or runny nose not related to another medical condition
      • Fatigue, muscle or body aches
    • Have you been in close contact (within 6 feet for over 15 minutes total cumulative over a 24 hour period) to any individual who was infected with COVID-19 at the time? If yes, quarantine for 7 days after exposure if you receive a negative COVID test or 10 days if you are not tested.
  9. Before EACH practice, families must self-monitor players’ current symptoms with the same checklist in #8 above.

Game Day Information

  1. All people preparing to enter the building will need to:
    • Wear a face covering/mask and maintain social distance of at least 6 feet. Players must wear a face covering/mask to enter and exit the building and when they are not actively participating on the court or on the bench. Face coverings may include medical or cloth masks as well plastic face shields.
    • Have your temperature taken (by non-contact forehead thermometer).  If your temperature is higher than 100.0℉, you will not be allowed to enter the building.
  2. Each person must read the COVID-19 screening questions, be able to answer YES to each, and complete the sign-in sheet at the entrance (see #8 above).  This includes players, parents, coaches and officials – anyone in the gym.  Anyone from the same household may sign-in and answer for your entire household.  This is to facilitate tracking if someone gets sick.
  3. Teams will be allowed to check-in no sooner than 30 minutes prior to game time.  Teams will be allowed to enter the gym after the previous game’s teams have exited.
  4. Teams are encouraged to come dressed in your uniform as there will be limited time for warm-ups (minimum of 10-15 minutes though).
  5. Players/Spectators should bring your own water bottles as the water fountain will be closed.  We will likely have a concession stand with limited items like water/Gatorade available for purchase.
  6. Players will be given hand sanitizer periodically throughout the game.
  7. No post game handshake will be allowed. Each team should plan a fun contactless way to acknowledge opponents after a game.
  8. Spectators will be limited to adhere to the current 25 person indoor limit for spectators as specified by the State of North Carolina.
  9. Spectators will be allowed to view the game from the upstairs balcony surrounding the court.  You may bring your own chair if you would like.  Children 3 and under are not required to wear a face covering and will not be counted as a spectator.
  10. Spectators will enter the gym at the front entrance and leave using the upstairs rear exit. Teams will enter through the front entrance and leave through one of the rear exits of the gym.  The upper parking lot is preferred for spectators while the lower parking lot is preferred for teams/players.  See diagram below.
  11. Absolutely NO ONE except players, coaches, officials and volunteers may be on the court or team bench at any time. Spectators may not shoot baskets or play with team equipment at any time.
  12. We will be live streaming as many games as we can.  Please check the schedule on our YouTube page:

 This policy is subject to change per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of North Carolina guidelines and regulations and/or as determined by the South Wake Sabres Steering Committee.