UCD Marian Basketball Club Programme
Individuals must remember that there can never be risk-free basketball and any basketball activity will come with inherent COVID-19 risks until there is a proven vaccine or treatment and a significant reduction of the disease in the population. Personal responsibility is therefore key to the return to basketball.
The UCD Marian Basketball Club COVID-19 Officer is Mr Michael Brosnan. His telephone number is 087 9546786
Commitment from the Club.
There should be no pressure placed upon a player to attend a training session or game if they have symptoms or they feel like the environment is unsafe for them. No player is obliged to disclose whether they have been vaccinated if they prefer not to do so.
If during a session an individual feels uncomfortable with the management of the session, then there should be no pressure placed on that individual if they decide to opt-out of that session
Please raise any concerns with Michael Brosnan or any of the coaching staff. The priority is to keep the players, the coaching staff and the support staff healthy.
Resumption of indoor training and matches.
Indoor training and basketball matches can resume from the 20th of September onwards, subject to certain restrictions.
In all cases facemasks should be worn indoors except when actively training, good personal hygiene measures should be observed and no parents or other observers should be permitted to observe the training or inside the gym. Where only one coach is present for an underage team one adult observer can be permitted for child protection reasons.
Coaches should ask their team to confirm, by way of a private communication, to the coach concerned whether each player has been fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated in this context means that all doses of vaccine have been received and the appropriate waiting period following the final dose has expired. No player is obliged to disclose whether they have been vaccinated if they prefer not to do so.
If EVERY player on the team is in a position to confirm that they have been vaccinated then training can resume in the ordinary way, without separation into pods.
Where not every player has confirmed that they are vaccinated then players must be divided into pods of no more than 6 players. With a fifteen person squad, for example, coaches may prefer to have three pods of 5 rather than two and a half pods of 6. In this event social distance must be maintained between pods at all times and no mixing or contact between pods is permitted. To the extent possible pods should be maintained consistently from week to week but the composition of each pod may be adjusted if necessary.
The club intends to follow the public health advice in addition to the minimum legal obligations so that restrictions may continue to apply even where not strictly legally required. Matches will be conducted in accordance with DMBB requirements as these are adjusted from time to time. In this regard it is anticipated that spectators will not be permitted to observe matches even after all legal restrictions have been removed and it is likely that strict limits will be applied in respect of the size of the squad which can attend matches.
Information and protocols
No player/coach/support staff should attend training/match if unwell or any members of their household are unwell with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above)– including having chills
- a new cough– this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste– this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
- runny or blocked nose
- nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
- aches and pains or tiredness
- sore throat
You may not have all of these symptoms or your symptoms may be mild. Symptoms may vary for different age groups or variants of the virus. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to symptoms of cold, flu or hay fever. If you are in doubt about any symptoms you have, phone your GP. If your GP thinks you need a COVID-19 Test, this will be arranged via the Public Health Service.
In the event that you develop symptoms of Covid 19
within 48 hours of training or a match:
- You should promptly contact Michael Brosnan UCD Marian Basketball Club Covid 19 Officer role on 087 9546786.
- Your name will not be disclosed to protect your anonymity.
- All attendees of the session will be advised and will be advised to follow public health advice with regard to self isolation as appropriate to their situation, which may vary depending on whether they have been vaccinated or develop symptoms.
- If the individuals test is negative, no further action (the individual should be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to training/match).
- If test is positive, contact tracing takes place by public health authorities who will determine who are close or casual contact. Due to the nature of the sport, other participants in the session or match may be deemed close contacts.
If you had COVID-19 you should take a more gradual approach to return to exercise. At least ≥10 days from onset of symptoms plus 7 days from symptom resolution. If you had a severe illness, (i.e. you were hospitalised), you should consult with your GP/physician prior to returning to basketball.
We are working with Basketball Ireland and the Dublin Men’s Basketball Board on the scheduling of the Leagues.
We are also working with the authorities in Marian College, Oatlands College and UCD on the specific requirements which will operate in those facilities.
We very much appreciate our Covid 19 Committee and Covid 19 Supervisors commitment to assisting us as a support to the Club. We have and will continue to remind our members that it will be essential for everyone involved in the UCD Marian Basketball Club programme to comply with the Government and HSE guidelines as outlined in this document.
UCD Marian Basketball Club
18th September 2020