COVID-19

Kyniska Reopening Phase 1

Please let us thank you for all of your patience while we took in and considered all of the available data, consulted with physicians, and researched as many credible documents related to COVID-19 and youth sports as we could. We take our position as directors of Kyniska very seriously. Doing what we feel is best for our athletes and their families is always our top priority. As a result of this, we strongly feel that continuing the AAU season through a skill development only program is our safest and best option for the 2020 season. Taking this approach through small group skill development allows our staff to develop your daughters' basketball skills in a safe and effective manner to help them best prepare for their upcoming season should it take place.

 

We came to this decision last week and as more reports of COVID-19 possibly spreading at youth sporting events in states that opened in a more aggressive manner than Pennsylvania, we are even more confident in our decision. Multiple youth sports tournaments in Missouri, Texas, Kansas, and Florida have been linked to COVID-19 exposure. Many school districts in these same states, including the Dallas Intermediate School District, have suspended summer workouts after the spread of COVID-19 was linked back to their summer strength and conditioning programs. While some local organizations are taking the same precautions as Kyniska, other local organizations are partaking in full practices and playing in tournaments as early as this past weekend. We feel that it is best to take a more cautious approach to our reopening, one in which we feel that we can control the environment and ensure the safety of our athletes to the best of our ability.

 

CHOP has produced a set of recommendations that we feel confident in adhering to based on the fact they were developed by their physicians and developed using available scientific evidence, guidance from youth sports national governing bodies, and recommendations from public health departments. The recommendations set forth by CHOP are as follows:

 

1-Implement a two-week ramp-up period for conditioning—aerobic, interval and strength training to decrease risk of injury—without scrimmages or games.

***We will send out a plan beginning this week that all players who elect to participate in small group skill development will be expected to follow to help with injury prevention.***

 

2-Start with individual training and progress to small-group training; consider competition in lower-risk outdoor sports without prolonged, close inter-athlete contact such as track and field, tennis, and golf. Programs may be at this stage of training for a period of time due to prolonged moderate levels of virus transmission within a community.

***The initial phase of small group skill development will be 100% individual skill development work. The directors will determine if and when it is appropriate to move into small group training involving multiplayer drills after consulting with physicians as to when our community has reached a level that is safe for us to proceed to this step. Parents will be notified in advance when we will proceed to this step, if we do.***

 

3-Advance to larger-group training, scrimmages, and inter-program games and competition for higher-risk exposure and indoor sports only when lower rates of virus transmission are achieved in your region.

***The directors will determine when it is appropriate to possibly move into these types of drills and competition. Kyniska directors will consult with physicians as to when our community has reached a level that is safe for us to proceed to this step. Parents will be notified in advance when we will proceed to this step, if we do.***

 

4-Consider level of risk for each sport based on risk factors (e.g., indoor versus outdoor, shorter versus longer duration of athlete contact).

***The initial phase of skill development sessions will take place OUTDOORS with no athlete contact. Kyniska directors will consult with physicians as to when our community has reached a level that is safe for us to proceed to this step. Parents will be notified in advance and when we will proceed to this step, if we do.***

 

5-Consider regional levels of infection and transmission in making decisions on competition with other teams.

***Currently we are not at a level that we are comfortable with in regards to competition with outside organizations. The level of transmission numbers in Southeast PA, Delaware, and NJ need to be very low for an extended period of time for this to even be in the discussion. Kyniska directors will consult with physicians as to when our community has reached a level that is safe for us to proceed to this step. Parents will be notified in advance and when we will proceed to this step, if we do.***

 

6-Return to training in a gym with distancing between stations and diligent cleaning of equipment between users.

***CHOP only recommends this when COVID-19 transmission levels are very low in the community. Kyniska directors will consult with physicians as to when our community has reached a level that is safe for us to proceed to this step. Parents will be notified in advance and when we will proceed to this step, if we do.***

 

7-Return to competition for moderate- and high-risk sports.

***CHOP only recommends this when COVID-19 transmission levels are very low in the community and all communities that teams can be connected to. This will be extremely difficult as we will be able to connect organizations to national tournaments or tournaments where they faced teams who participated in national tournaments. Considering these tournaments attract teams from all over the country, including those with high COVID-19 transmission rates, advancing to this step seems highly unlikely. Kyniska directors will consult with physicians as to when our community has reached a level that is safe for us to proceed to this step. Parents will be notified in advance and when we will proceed to this step, if we do.***

 

All players will be expected to complete and return the "Quaranteam Agreement" produced by CHOP prior to participating in the small group skilled development sessions. This document is attached. 

 

Kyniska coaches and players will adhere to the following guidelines to successfully run a safe and socially distanced skill development session:

 

1-Players will only be permitted to enter the practice 5 minutes before their scheduled practice session. If they arrive early, they must wait in their car until the appropriate time to enter the practice area.

 

2-Players should arrive in their basketball gear and shoes and leave in their basketball gear and shoes. Players will not be given time to change shoes at the practice session, so leave the slides in the car and apply/remove any braces or protective equipment in the car.

 

3-Players must leave the practice session area immediately at the completion of any practice session.

 

4-Parents/spectators will not be allowed in the practice session area at any time (if we are outside, parents may watch from a distance).

 

5-All doors to the facility will be propped open or managed by a Kyniska staff member to limit contact with surfaces.

 

6-Players will have their temperature checked upon arrival (outside of the practice session area) and will not be permitted to enter should they show signs of a fever of over 99 degrees.

 

7-Restroom breaks will be limited to one player at a time. 

 

8-There will be a designated area for each player to leave their personal belongings to ensure social distancing at each practice session. Once athletes enter the practice session area, they will go immediately to their designated spot and await instructions from their coach.

 

9-Players should bring their own water bottles (already filled). Use of the water fountains will be prohibited.

 

10-The coaching staff will assign baskets to each player. Players are expected to remain at that basket until instructed otherwise.

 

11-Kyniska staff will be wearing masks throughout practice.  Anyone entering the practice session area must do the same.

 

12-Players must wear masks while entering and leaving the practice session area. They will have the option to wear them during the skill development session if they choose but will not be mandatory.

 

13-Players will work with a maximum of one person per basket, starting on opposite sides of the basket and staying on opposite sides of each basket with no shared equipment or contact with one another player. This is imperative in order for us to implement social distancing during practice.

 

14- Any player or coach experiencing any symptoms of a fever (100.4°F or higher), recent cough, unusual fatigue, headache, or has had any exposure to someone who has any symptoms, (which includes family and friends) should remain at home and seek medical treatment. If any player or coach does have a fever or symptoms of illnesses, they may not attend a practice session until 14 days after the fever or symptoms has ceased.  Players and coaches must see a physician and be cleared for training after being diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19. 

 

15-If a player tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 14 days.

 

16-For us all to stay healthy and be able to keep playing, we ask our players to practice responsible social distancing when they are away from the court as well.

 

17-Players and families who travel by air, or to an area deemed high risk by the coaching staff, will need to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to practice sessions.

 

18-All players will be expected to bring and use their own basketball to prevent the sharing of equipment. 

19-Players and coaches should sanitize all equipment between uses.

 

20-All players will be expected to wash or sanitize their hands before and after practice.

 

Should we have a positive test for COVID-19, all Kyniska programming will be suspended for a minimum of 14 days. In addition, the player who tested positive should notify the Kyniska directors immediately. The players and coaches who attended the same practice sessions as that athlete within a range of 14 days will be expected to self-quarantine for 14 days and receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to skill development sessions. 

 

Again, we feel these protocols and guidelines allow the players to improve as a basketball player, improve conditioning, and have some social interaction with their peers in a manner that is safe to them, our staff, Kyniska families, and our community. We hope to see you at our skill development sessions but first wanted to send out our guidelines and protocols for you to review prior to committing.