Hope everyone is doing well and the kids enjoyed their Halloween zoom parties. Without trick-or-treating, now I don’t have to feel guilty about throwing out the unwanted tootsie rolls. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that local COVID numbers are on the rise again. As such, our basketball season is on hold. We will continue to keep registration open so we can gauge interest and be able to quickly re-start when we get the green light from Seattle Parks and Recreation (https://www.sascsports.org/registration). Last we knew, we needed to be in Phase 3 or 4 for SPAR to consider holding a season.
It is crazy to think that under pre-covid circumstances we would have already kicked off our season. We miss everyone. While in this holding pattern, we want to encourage our players to remain active and engaged in basketball.
While SASC in-person basketball is on hold, there are other organizations around the community that are having practices. Other basketball programs with current open registrations include the following. This is not an exhaustive list.
Boys & Girls Club https://positiveplace.org/athletics/recreational/
I9 sports https://www.i9sports.com/find-a-program/98144
Whether it’s practicing at home or with another group, do what you feel is right for your family. Just keep on ballin’.
From SASC Member communication sent 8/31/2020
SASC registration for current members will open tomorrow, September 1st. NO payment will be due at this time. Your registration will help gauge membership interest in this environment and help us plan for next steps. If registration numbers look strong, we will open registration up for new members on October 1st. Please note that the 2020-2021 season is a special program. 2019-2020 players will retain “returning player” status for the 2021-2022 season.
Here’s the link to register. http://sascsports.org/registration/
Your health and safety is a priority. If SASC is able to hold a season, we will be following the lead of other organizations who have already started this journey and will also take into account all recommendations from the CDC, Washington State’s Phased Approach, King County and local government. Our COVID-19 health and safety policies and procedures will reflect the changing times and as of today will include
• Temperature check of all players and coaches before practice, anybody with a fever is not allowed to enter the facility
• Apply hand sanitizer (before and after practice)
• Sanitize of all equipment including basketballs before and after practice
• One basketball per player, no sharing of basketballs
• Masks (player provided)
• Players and coaches only in the gym, no parents
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPAR) has not made a decision about fall and winter sports. If SPAR decides not to offer basketball, we will not compete this season. If basketball is a go, we will switch our homebase from Delridge and play and practice out of Rainier Community Center due to the West Seattle bridge closure.
SASC is doing everything possible for players, families and coaches to feel safe to play basketball. Things continue to evolve and we will keep you updated as we wait for additional guidance from SPAR. Until then, please register if your intention is to play this upcoming season.