FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 18, 2020
From: Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS)
Re: Statement on MYAS administered tournaments
Contact: Dawson N. Blanck, MYAS Executive Director; email@example.com ; 763-746-1714
MYAS Pauses Administration of All Remaining 2020 Youth Basketball Winter Shootouts
After reviewing the announced restrictions on youth sports by Governor Walz and out of an abundance of caution, the MYAS has made the decision to pause all tournament administration until January 9, 2021. (This resumption date is predicated on restrictions being lifted to allow competition in youth sports.)
This pause in administration includes all Gopher State Winter Shootout Basketball Tournaments currently scheduled for November 21, December 5, December 12, December 19, and December 20.
“We are facing a brutal second wave of this virus, and so many Minnesota Youth Basketball Alliance (MYBA) leaders are struggling with difficult decisions within their own associations as we navigate through these uncertain times. The press conference held this evening by Governor Tim Walz laid out the additional restrictions placed on youth sports. In compliance with these restrictions and out of an abundance of caution, we have paused administration of all MYAS youth basketball tournaments until January 2021,” said Dawson Blanck, Executive Director of MYAS.
In addition, the MYAS strongly recommends a pause for any MYBA member associations administering youth basketball tournaments prior to January 9, 2021, in order to curb the community spread of COVID-19.
“As a youth basketball community, we must commit to safety being our #1 priority inside each basketball association before, during, and after practices and tournaments in order for youth sports to resume,” said Blanck.
Moving forward, MYAS and MYBA members and their teams and participants must commit to additional requirements – for all participants throughout the state of Minnesota – regarding COVID-19 safety guidelines. We must be #strongertogether and demand a safe environment by mandating that everyone complies with the guidelines, or they will face consequences! All teams and the youth basketball associations that serve them will receive invites to virtual outreach sessions and additional information on the 2020-2021 youth basketball season in the coming days.
As we pause, it is up to all of us to do the right thing on behalf of young athletes across the state of Minnesota. These next few weeks will take a collective effort of following the COVID-19 prevention guidelines and recommendations that are available from CDC and the MDH. These mitigation efforts are a priority if we want our youth athletes to return to participation this winter.
The Minnesota Youth Athletic Services will continue to provide regular updates regarding any other MYAS administered events at www.myas.org and through our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Thank you for your time and dedication to youth basketball!