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Sep, 2020

Gates Basketball (Boys & Girls)

We have received information from Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation that the County has decided to cancel the CBL season. There are several reasons to just name a few as follows:

 

  1. The uncertainty of gym use. The County has to reserve gyms with the School System prior to our use. Obviously, the School system already has a lot of unanswered questions concerning attendance and other issues.
  2. What would be required prior to and following use of gyms, whether it be games or practices.
  3. Numbers of spectators allowed and seating configurations.
  4. Hiring Parks and Recreation staff to adequately ensure the facilities were properly overseen

 

We have been asked whether there will be a potential for games in late winter or Spring of 2021. The answer is quite simply that we do not know at this point in time. If Schools allows Parks to use gyms on a limited basis in late January or early February, creating a season would depend upon the necessary time to organize teams, create a schedule and numerous other factors to play even a few games. Please keep in mind that there is a tremendous difference for organizing and playing games inside versus outside during this current health environment. There may be some outside sports, on a limited basis, but that does not guarantee inside sports such as basketball. If there are changes with the County, we will notify you of their decision and inform you if we feel we can organize and safely play any games. Once again, at this time the season has been cancelled.

 

I really hate to send out this information. It is a disappointment for the League because we have had very successful seasons involving thousands of kids for more than 35 years. This is the first time we have ever had to cancel a season. Obviously, everyone’s safety is the primary concern for the League and Chesterfield County. We hope to certainly have a season next year and look forward to everyone’s participation. Please notify us of any changes that may occur in personnel with your associations as we need to keep our records current for names and contact information.

 

Please stay safe.

 

Best regards,

Robert Hodges, President

Chesterfield Basketball League

 

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