We Are Alberta - May 19th Updates

May. 19, 2020

New Additions This Week

The past two-plus months have been disruptive to everyone's lives in ways that have been unimaginable. School, work, friends, sports and virtually all areas of our lives have been altered and restricted in order to keep our communities and province healthy as we have all been asked to sacrifice in order to 'Flatten the Curve.'
You are all to be thanked and congratulated for your contribution to making Alberta one of the most successful provinces in the country in accomplishing this collective goal.
We now are moving into a multi-phased approach of slowly returning to a sense of normalcy. The Alberta Basketball Association wants to be a responsible and definitive resource for all players, coaches, clubs, organizations and everyone who is involved in our great sport.
ABA will share the most current information with you as it becomes available in what the provincial regulations are and what best practices need to be adhered to in order to make a safe return to playing basketball, once again.
Please watch for our updates and contact us if you have any questions. We are all in this together. Thank you for your efforts so far and let's see this through until the COVID-19 threat is eliminated.

Current information from the Government of Alberta on Recreation

Outdoor Recreation: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-outdoor-recreation.pdf

Of importance:
  • Subject to closures by the operator, outdoor recreation activities are permitted in parks, trails and open spaces (e.g. soccer fields and ball diamonds).
  • Municipalities may choose to open fields, playgrounds and courts for public use, but league play is not permitted. 
  • Activities in public spaces should not include the sharing of common equipment, unless the individuals are from the same household. ? 
  • Clean and disinfect equipment prior to and after use. ? 
  • Individual or group instruction must only be conducted with appropriate physical distancing of at least 2 metres, unless the individuals are from the same household
  • Choose to participate in activities that allow you to maintain physical distancing and you can bring/use your own equipment.  
  • Choose activities that do not include contact with other individuals.
Day Camps: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-day-camps.pdf
Updated cancelled programs and events:
  • Jr. NBA Global Championship - Provincial Qualifier and Western Regional Qualifier 
  • All in-person coaching clinics previously scheduled for the months of May and June 2020
  • Provincial Team Alberta U15 and U17 Programs, including final team selection camp, and participation in Men’s National Championships in Kingston, ON and Women’s National Championships in Charlottetown, PEI
  • All regional 3X3 Events and the ABA 3X3 Provincial Championships
  • 2020 ASG Zone Team program, including zone tryouts and participation at the 2020 Alberta Summer Games(postponed)
  • The Alberta Summer Games have been postponed until 2021 - stayed tuned for further information.    
Coming up on Hoops Hangouts this week we will have Luke Gore - Associate Head Coach of the Valparaiso Crusaders.

Coach Gore completed his 18th year with the Valpo basketball program and his fourth season in his current role as associate head coach in 2019-2020. In his current role, he works with player development with an emphasis on post play. He also leads the staff’s scouting efforts and coordinates the team’s defense.

Another great addition to our Hoops@Home series comes out today with the Dunkley Family sharing one of their favorite driveway games - TIPS
TIPS with the Dunkley Family
Tim Adams brings us a powerful message about the ability of sport to bring us together.  Tim is the founder of Free Footie - an non-profit organization that brings sport to vulnerable kids with the opportunity to play in a safe, accessible, and inclusive environment at no cost to them or their families—because when kids are empowered through play, their families, their schools, and their communities are empowered as well.

Connecting Through Sport with Tim Adams
It's great that we are seeing aspects of our lives being able to open again here in May. If we continue to maintain great SPACING we will continue to see positive outcomes. Please make sure you are following the public health guidelines and respecting each other as we get back out there. If we do this we can see a return to basketball sooner than later. Keep up the great work Alberta and we look forward to getting back on the court!

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