- The Governor has issued an executive order to pause all youth sports.
- The pause began at 11:59pm on November 20th and run through December 18th.
- All in-person organized youth and adult sports activities—including practices, group workouts, games, tournaments and competitions--are not allowed.
(Page 22) Enforcement. I urge all Minnesotans to voluntarily comply with this Executive Order. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 12.45, an individual who willfully violates this Executive Order is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days. Any business owner, manager, or supervisor who requires or encourages any of their employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers, or interns to violate this Executive Order is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $3,000 or by imprisonment for not more than a year. In addition to those criminal penalties, the Attorney General, as well as city and county attorneys, may investigate and seek any civil relief available pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 8.31, for violations or threatened violations of this Executive Order, including but not limited to injunctive relief, civil penalties in an amount to be determined by the court, up to $25,000 per occurrence, costs of investigation and reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, and other equitable relief as determined by the court in accordance with section 8.31. State and local licensing and regulatory entities that inspect businesses for compliance with rules and codes to protect the public are encouraged to assess regulated businesses’ compliance with this Executive Order and use existing enforcement tools to bring businesses into compliance. Nothing in this Executive Order is intended to encourage or allow law enforcement to transgress individual constitutional rights
- Members of a single household may participate in physical activities alone or with one another but may not participate in physical activities with persons from other households. For example, members of a household may walk, run, sled, and cross-country ski alone or with other members of their household, but may not participate in those physical activities with members of another household.
- Youth and adults may participate in virtual practices, and engage in skills and fitness development, either alone or with other members of their household.
- Unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged. Consistent with federal guidance and to protect our neighbors, Minnesotans are encouraged to stay close to home and are strongly discouraged from engaging in unnecessary travel, particularly to other states or countries.
- Our nearest neighbors—North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin—are experiencing some of the highest nationwide per capita increases in COVID-19 cases. Forty-eight states are now in the White House Task Force’s “Red Zone”. It is simply not a good time for out-of-state travel that is anything short of essential, so Dial Back, Minnesota recommends that everyone refrain from unnecessary out-of-state travel for the next four weeks (Traveling to neighboring states to compete is strongly discourage, and is grounds for suspension from any MYBA events in 2021!)
- Failure to comply may result in an extension of the executive order if the State of Minnesota is made aware of any non-compliance.
- Moving forward, the MYAS, MYBA members, and all youth basketball leaders must commit to additional COVID-19 safety guideline requirements for all participants throughout the state of Minnesota. We must be #strongertogether and demand a safe environment by mandating that everyone complies with the guidelines or they will face consequences! These guidelines and consequences need to apply to both practices/games and all of the peripheral components such as carpooling, pre- and post event gatherings, etc. Statewide compliance is an expectation, not an option.
- When we are able to resume, we (as a youth basketball community) need to prove to the State of Minnesota that we are committed to doing it safely. Being proactive now, means
- We need your assistance in creating additional components to the Safe Play: Back to the Hardwood Guidelines.
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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.