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ZOOM WITH COACH MELZER!
01/21/2021
YOU'RE INVITED!   CHECK OUT A SPECIAL INVITATION...
NCBA ANNOUNCEMENT
01/20/2021
  Hello NCBA Community and a belated Happy New Year,    Clearly...
RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES
11/02/2020
  NEW CANAAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES   The...
 
ZOOM WITH COACH MELZER!

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CHECK OUT A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM VARSITY TEAM CAPTAINS, WILL BOZZELLA, LEO MAGNUS & CHRISTIAN SWEENEY HERE

Dear New New Canaan Boys Basketball Families-

We hope that you are all safe and doing well. We want to invite you and your son(s) to join a special ZOOM session with the New Canaan High School Coach, Danny Melzer.  Coach Melzer led the Rams to a State Championship in 2019 and is poised to lead a talented team on another run this year.

Coach Melzer and his coaching staff have done a great job of increasing the connection between the NCBA Youth and High School Programs. While it is not possible to have the basketball playing boys come to the high school gym or have in person clinics this Winter, Coach Melzer would like to invite the boys to join him for an exclusive ZOOM call. This will be a chance for the boys to hear from Coach Melzer about his time as head coach, his thoughts on basketball in general, and to learn about some things everyone can do during this extended “off-season.” There will also be a chance for the boys to ask Coach Melzer some questions. Varsity Team Captains, Will Bozzella, Leo Magnus and Christian Sweeney will be joining and sharing their experiences as well!

There will be two different ZOOM calls. One geared toward 5th-6th Graders and then another ZOOM call for the 7th-8th Graders. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes.

Here are the Dates/Times/ Zoom Links: 

ZOOM 1

Boys Grades 5 & 6

Tuesday, January 26th, 7:30 P.M.

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by posted 01/21/2021
NCBA ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Hello NCBA Community and a belated Happy New Year, 
 
Clearly it has been a challenging 10 months for all.  The hurdles to try to provide opportunities for our youth to play sports at all levels have been and continue to be difficult to say the least.  Despite these challenges and prior to Governor Lamont's Team Sports Pause we were encouraged by the response to both the Outdoor Basketball Clinics this past Fall run by Coach Melzer (Boys) and Coach Burns (Girls) where we had over 100 boys and girls in Grades 5-8 participate.  Additionally, we had almost 80 boys and girls in Grades 6-8 participate in clinics run by Mike Evans in late October and November before the pause was put in place.  The youth of New Canaan showed a strong desire to play basketball and the NCBA was thrilled to have been able to facilitate these opportunities.  Both of these clinic programs were the first time that the NCBA had provided comprehensive opportunities to play basketball in advance of and to better prepare for what we had hoped would be some sort of modified season for the kids.
 
Prior to the pause, we had prepared to run an in-house program.  Unfortunately, given the timing and length of the pause and what little remains of a "season" has presented logistical challenges in terms of securing the necessary gym space.  This amongst other challenges prevents us from being able to offer any sort of basketball programming under the auspices of the NCBA.  As a Board this truly breaks our heart, but please know we very much exhausted all possibilities prior to and following the Team Sports Pause.
 
However and as previously mentioned we are very much encouraged by the response to the offerings we were able to provide in the fall.  This sets us up to continue that in the Spring for Boys and Girls who want to continue to hone their skills under the tutelage of our great Coaching Directors.  So please stay tuned for that offering in the later part of Spring.  We also hope to launch our first fun filled 3x3 Summer League in June/July where the kids can be their own team coaches and managers:)  Finally, we will continue on a go forward basis offering Outdoor Clinics in the Fall to give our kids the opportunity to prep for basketball season each year!
 
Finally, in light of our inability to offer an official program for the balance of this winter season, we do want to provide information regarding independent programs and offerings in the area that have given us permission to provide their information to the NCBA community.  One such opportunity is with Coaches Mike Evans and Andre Brooks.  Following the successful clinics they ran for the NCBA where we received such tremendous feedback, Coach Evans and Coach Brooks will continue to be working with groups of boys and girls through the rest of this winter and spring.  Please see the link here for their contact information, https://www.rightangleshooting.com/contact.html
 

While Covid might have taken away our basketball season this year, we see a VERY bright future for Basketball in New Canaan.  Please support our Boys' and Girls' High School Programs and check out this recent article about Coach Melzer and the Boys program.  The Girls program has a young athletic roster and is poised to continue to make strides this season and beyond.

 
The NCBA Board thanks all of you who have supported the program and provided much needed encouragement along this recent bumpy ride.  It is much appreciated and we VERY much look forward to providing a rewarding and fun experience next season and well into the future as we continue to expand the opportunities for our kids to play more basketball throughout the year!
 
Thank you and here's to a successful 2021!
The NCBA Board
 
NC PRIDE and GO RAMS BASKETBALL!
 
 

by posted 01/20/2021
RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES

 

NEW CANAAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES

 

The goal is to keep our children safe during these basketball clinic sessions and to protect public health. In accordance with the CDC’s “Considerations for Youth Sports” and the State of Connecticut Sector Guidance we have outlined guiding principles for a proposed Basketball program this winter. All participants – parents, players, coaches – are expected to follow the guidelines outlined below.

 

GENERAL

  • All participants must conduct daily symptom assessments. If a participant is not feeling well,the participant should not attend game or practice.
  • All participants should have a temperature check prior to attendance. If the participant has aTemperature over 100.3s, participant is not permitted to attend practice or game.
  • Participants should be vigilant in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus by practicing good hygiene, social distancing, and wearing a protective facemask as recommended by CDC guidelines.
  • Participants must stay home and contact the NCBA if experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or if participant has been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Please see CDC guidelines for specific COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Participants who are repeatedly sneezing and/or coughing may be asked to immediately leave the court. (e.g., sneezing, coughing, or looks like they are not feeling well).
  • The state of Connecticut deemed on November 5th the sport of Basketball as a Medium-Risk Sport.  All Medium Risk sports require that a mask be worn including during competition.

 

 

GUIDELINES

  • Carpooling is discouraged. When carpooling is necessary, face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • Players and Coaches MUST enter the facility wearing a mask; as per the State of Connecticut, it must not be taken off until the conclusion of practice and the player/coach has exited the building.
  • Each player will be given their own designated area, where they can leave their bag, water bottle, etc., at least six feet away from other players' areas.
  • Players should not arrive early to practice or stay late. Should a player arrive early, he/she should remain in the car until the designated start time.
  • No congregating before or after practice. Please maintain a 6-foot distance when walking to and from the court.
  • To avoid unnecessary bunching, players should arrive fully dressed with sneakers on.
  • All players and coaches shall bring their own water bottles. Water bottles shall not be shared.
  • All water bottles should be labeled with the owner’s name.
  • Disposable water bottles should not be left at the court.
  • No spitting on court or rinsing mouth out during water breaks.
  • Food is not permitted on the courts. This includes chewing gum, candy, etc.
  • A player with a medical condition that requires a readily available food source should notify the Coaches in advance
  • Parents are not permitted in the facility or gym
  • Players should bring their own hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes to use after practice as well as a towel to wipe sweat from their face or arms prior to getting in the car to leave. Players will NOT be allowed to share such cleaning applications.
  • Starting times will be staggered if possible to avoid “crossing paths”. Players must leave the court directly after practice.

 

SESSION DRILL GUIDELINES

  • Drills will be designed to offer proper spacing among players.
  • Bunching is unavoidable. When bunching occurs, coaches willinstruct players to “separate” or “distance”.
  • Players who fail to follow distancing protocol will be asked to sit-out for some period at thcoach’s discretion. If the behavior continues, coaches will escalate to the NCBA.
  • Players are not permitted to touch other players’ balls or coaching equipment (cones, etc.) with hands. Coaches only will move equipment. 
  • Coaches are required to wear masks for entire practice session.
  • During water breaks, players should practice social distancing. To ensure proper distancing,players should drink water at their own bag, which should be at least 6 feet from any other bag.
  • Sharing of water bottles and squirting other players is not permitted. At the conclusion of water breaks, players should return water bottle to their bag.
  • When a coach is offering instruction or speaking to players, players and coach must properly distance.
  • At the end of the session, a wave or a salute will take the place of handshakes. No huddles, high-fives, etc.

 

COMMUNICATION

In accordance with state and local privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations, NCBA will notify local health officials, other youth sports program staff, umpires/officials, and

families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws and regulations.

 

*This document is subject to change at any time depending on state and local guidance.

 

Detailed Protocols for each Scenario below:

Individual has COVID-19 symptoms, but has NOT had close contact to a person diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Stay home, notify the NCBA immediately and get tested
  • If testing result is negative, can return to practice once there are no symptoms for 24 hours
  • If positive, Stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever  (without fever-reducing medications) and with improvement in other COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If not tested, Stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without fever-reducing medications) and with improvement in other symptoms. 

 

Individual has COVID-19 symptoms AND had close contact2 to a person diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Stay home, notify NCBA immediately and get tested.
  • If testing result is negative, Stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without fever-reducing medications) and with improvement in other symptoms. 
  • If positive, Stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever  (without fever-reducing medications) and with improvement in other COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If not tested, Stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without fever-reducing medications) and with improvement in other symptoms. 

 

Individual does not have COVID-19 symptoms, BUT had close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Stay home, notify NCBA immediately and get tested.
  • If testing result is negative, Remain home in self-quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the person diagnosed with COVID-19. 
  • If positive, Stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever  (without fever-reducing medications) and with improvement in other COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If not tested, Remain home in self-quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the person diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

Definitions for Close Contact, Isolation, and Quarantine Procedures below:

Close Contact: Spending at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19, or a direct exposure to possibly infected droplets of saliva or nasal mucus.

Isolation: Individual with signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or a positive test, stays home until no longer infectious for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without fever-reducing medications) and with improvement tin other COVID-19 symptoms).

Quarantine: Individual without symptoms stays home for 14 days since last exposure to someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 (the incubation period of the virus)


by posted 11/02/2020
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