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.”
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