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SMSA Return to Play


In accordance to ViaSport’s Return to Play guidelines, Similkameen Minor Sports Association has created a safety plan to implement and adhere to the restrictions and requirements of BC’s restart plan.



This safety plan was developed with reference to ViaSport’s 2.0 Return to Play Guidelines whereas basketball has been categorized as a Group C Sport Type which limits the cohort size up to 50 players.  With our small community we will limit registration to 20 per group and MAX 50 people within the gym including coaches & players.

The BC Provincial Government is in Phase 3 of the Restart Plan and ViaSport has moved to Phase 3 (progressively loosen) for basketball programs.

    Safety Guidelines

In order to participate in SMSA Winter Basketball Program, the following guidelines must be met by all staff and players.

  • All staff and participants will enter the facility through the right gym doors (Elementary gym doors closest to the grade 7 classrooms) and exit through the left gym doors (closest to the front entrance of the school).

  • **Only coaches and participants may enter the building.  Parents should arrange for drop off and pick up in the parking lot.  Parents please pick up promptly as SMSA coaches cannot monitor athletes once they exit the gym.**

  • You must sign in before every session before entering the gym.

  • SMSA will bring basketballs for session use.  Each ball will be thoroughly sanitized after each practice.

  • SMSA will have sanitizer in the gym.  Athletes and coaches must sanitize their hands before entering the gym and before exiting the gym

  • Players and coaches MUST NOT come to practice if they are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.

  • Players and coaches should physically distance during training when possible.

  • Players and coaches will refrain from unnecessary contact (no high fives, hand shaking or other physical contact).

  • Reminder to hand washing/ hand sanitizing protocols.  Change rooms in the gym will be closed so players need to come prepared.

  • Gym bathrooms will be locked, bathrooms in the Elementary end will be open.  Players must follow the school protocols for washroom use.


     Prohibition from participation

Parents are expected to assess the health of their children before each session.

 As per guidelines from the B.C. Health Ministry, in the following cases, coaches     and participants will be prohibited from participating in SMSA programs:


  1. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 10 days prior to the commencement of the session he/she is attending. Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, new muscle aches or headache.

  2. Anyone directed by Public Health to self-isolate.

  3. Anyone who has arrived from outside of Canada or who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case must have self-isolated for 14 days and monitor for symptom.

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