Abington Youth Basketball announced Wednesday that it is canceling its upcoming winter season.
In an email sent to families, the league said it wouldn’t be possible to safely host all the players, coaches, and parents inside town gymnasiums while abiding by COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
“With over 500 youth players in the program and the inability to have proper space in our gyms and the sport, the risks are too high,” the email said. “We all want the kids to play but health and safety need to come first. We also felt that, an early notification to our community was best.”
The league left the door open for a possible shortened season or skills nights in early 2021 if state and town public health officials further relax gathering guidelines.
Currently, the Baker Administration has capped the number of people allowed inside a public building at 25. That cap, however, won’t apply to schools, provided that students can stay at least three feet apart and wear face coverings at all times. The state recently rolled back the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings at 50.
The basketball league said South Shore Youth Basketball will determine whether there is a winter travel basketball program.
Full text of the email to parents:
With COVID Concerns, Abington Youth Basketball Announces Cancellation of 2020/2021 Season
To ensure the safety and health of our youth and supporting community, The Abington Youth Basketball executive board members voted unanimously to cancel its upcoming winter 2020/2021 season. A basketball season that normally would begin in late November/early December will now take the year off given the ongoing COVID pandemic. As a youth organization, cancelling the season is the right thing to do. With over 500 youth players in the program and the inability to have proper space in our gyms and the sport, the risks are too high. We all want the kids to play but health and safety need to come first. We also felt that, an early notification to our community was best. Our girls and boys travel programs will take direction from the South Shore League, See www.ssybl.org for travel ball updates. AYB will work with the town health officials and schools in early 2021 to determine if a shortened season or skills nights are possible. Further questions can be answered through the league’s site as well.