As we kick off the 2022 season, our board members and coaches remain committed to the safety and well-being of every child in our program.  Each year we strive to enhance and refine our protocols to ensure the safety of our players. Please review the information below to learn more about our latest health and safety guidelines.  If you have additional questions, please contact our Chester Basketball Health and Safety Coordinator, and board member, Tom Murphy, MD ( ).

The Chester Basketball COVID 19 preparation plan was created in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Health's (NJDOH) Guidance for Sports Activities (June 13, 2022).  Our program’s preparation plan is regularly updated as required by the NJDOH.  Updates are based on evolving guidance from the Center for Disease Control, state and local public health regulations, and COVID activity levels in the community.  Revisions will be posted to the Chester Basketball website as necessary.

Highlights of the Chester Basketball COVID Preparation Plan (as of 10/6/22):

  • Coaches are educated on health and safety protocols prior to the start of the season.
  • Shared practice equipment (like balls) are disinfected.
  • When possible, athletes, coaches, referees, and spectators should remain 6 feet apart if they are unvaccinated/inadequately vaccinated or when COVID levels are high in the community.
  • Athletes and coaches should bring their own drinks/food to athletic activities.  Shared water bottles and communal food are not advised.
  • Athletes or coaches diagnosed with COVID MUST immediately alert their head coach or division coordinator. The Chester Basketball Health and Safety Coordinator will assist public health authorities, as required. Program participants may be asked to provide vaccine status to the Health and Safety Coordinator if requested by public health authorities.  When a positive case is reported to the league, possible close contacts will be notified.  
  • Return to play:
    • Athletes, coaches, and spectators must stay home if they:
      • Have symptoms of COVID infection, test positive for COVID, or are awaiting a test result
    • Participants diagnosed with COVID may return to play after at least five days AND once cleared by their physician.  As long as an individual with COVID is prohibited from attending school, they may not participate in in-person league activities.

Draft email in the event of a positive case:

“We were just informed that a participant in _____ has tested positive for Covid. It is possible that your child spent time in proximity to that individual. Please monitor your child for symptoms and seek specific advice from your pediatrician based on your child’s personal vaccination and health status.”

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of 18,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ.

Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 16 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.  Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of six regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.  Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.

The information contained in this email is intended only for the use of the person(s) identified above. This communication may contain work product which is privileged and confidential, and may contain content which is regulated by Federal law. If you are not an intended recipient or the employee or agent responsible to deliver this to the intended recipient, you have received this message in error and any review, distribution or copying of it by you is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately, and delete the message. E-mail and communication system messages generated by members of the Atlantic Health System workforce may not necessarily reflect the views of Atlantic Health System, its officers, directors or management.