Announcement Regarding the 2020-21 season

In the interest of protecting the safety of our players, volunteers and their families, the Pete Petersen Basketball League has decided to suspend operations for the 2020-2021 season. We do not come to this decision easily, but we feel it is best to wait to resume play until such time that we can deliver the same family friendly and “Just for the Fun of It” basketball experience for everyone involved that we have in the past. Hopefully the situation will change for the better for all of us in 2021. Stay safe, stay active, and we look forward to seeing all of you again for the 2021-22 season.

Answers to Frequently asked Questions

1)What factors did you consider in making this decision?

We have been following developments by our sport’s governing bodies as well as other government agencies, nationally, internationally and locally.

1) We understand that there will be no Community Use of schools this fall at least.

2) Basketball Canada and Ontario Basketball are still in practice only and no contact in their return to play protocols, and expect that to continue until at least January.

3) Ontario limits indoor gatherings to no more than 50 people and must maintain social distancing of 6 feet

4) no outdoor gatherings of more than 100

5) KFL&A has a long list of health and safety mandates as do Basketball Canada and Basketball Ontario that we would simply not be able to comply with.

6) Basketball is listed by the CDC as a high risk sport

7) Liability insurance does not cover viral infections, so we would need to do as Basketball Canada is doing – have a player and parent sign a waiver every week.

8) Although important to the community we are far from essential.

9) All of us, and all of our volunteers have someone they should be concerned about that is potentially a high risk for exposure.

10) Even though our local situation is good statistically, the COVID 19 virus is still out there.

2) This would have been my son’s/ daughter’s last year to play. Will you be extending their eligibility for an extra year because of this?

Unfortunately no. We cannot change the calendar and our age requirements as they are now allow for a flow through our divisions year over year. Changing that would be too disruptive.

3) If things change dramatically would you run a spring league?

We feel that it will be best for all of our participants – families, parents players and volunteers- if we commit our energy to ensuring that we are able to deliver the program you have come to expect from us for the 2021-22 season.

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