Elite Stars Basketball League – Return to Play Protocol



     Elite Stars Elgin and The City of St. Thomas continue to work with Southwestern Public Health and the Province of Ontario to monitor the Covid-19 situation and will follow Public Health’s recommendations. The health, safety, and well-being of our community (participants, instructors, staff and guests) will remain our top priority.


     We remind all patrons of the importance of physical distancing and encourage everyone to practice ways to minimize close contact to help prevent virus transmission while going about your activity.

Face coverings required for everyone entering the facility, must be worn at all times while in all public space when not on the court participating in sport activity.


     It is very important that we ALL follow the rules and guidelines set out. We at Elite Stars think it is very important for people to practice good physical health, as it contributes to good mental health. If we do not follow these rules, we will not be allowed to continue to use the facility.

1. All participants must:

  A. Complete a COVID-19 Self-Assessment 1 hour prior to game time. It will be located at www.elitestarselgin.com under 'COVID-19 Self-Assessment' at the top of the page.

  B. Complete a COVID-19 Risk Waiver form with a parent/guardian to complete the registration process.

2. A 30-day log will be kept for all participants who enter the facility for tracking purposes.

3. Do not enter the facility if:

  A. You have travelled outside of Ontario within the last 14 days.

  B. You have symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell.

  C. Someone in your household has experienced COVID-19 symptoms within the last 14 days.

  D. If anyone in your household has been exposed to someone who has or is recovering from COVID-19.

4. Gymnasium use & guidelines:

  A. A maximum of 25 people permitted at a time.

  B. All divisions will be split into bubbles of 50 max as per Public Health guidelines.

  C. No spectators allowed - only invited personnel and registered participants.

  D. Non marking indoor shoes only. Outdoor shoes will be left at a designated spot.

  E. We are permitted to use the gym and washroom only. No change rooms and no entry into the facility is permitted.

  F. Entry will be the west Gym doors, and exit will be the north Gym emergency exit doors - follow all signage.

  G. No outside food or beverage. Personal (marked) water bottles are permitted.

  H. Users must not exceed applicable and current gathering restrictions as per local health unit.

  I. Everyone must follow physical distancing rules in the parking lot and inside facility.

5. Arrival and Departure:

  A. Participants must arrive fully prepared for activity and their own required equipment.

  B. We strongly encourage all to limit what is brought into the facility.

  C. Follow all signage as posted inside and outside the facility.

  D. Doors will open on the hour your game is to start, and will remain open for 5 minutes. No late comers permitted; be on time.

  E. Access from gym to the arena is strictly prohibited.

  F. Participants must abide the 3 metre physical distancing rule while entering and exiting the facility.

  G. No participants are permitted to exit and re-enter during game time.

  H. Each game will finish 10 minutes to the hour, no matter the time left in the game and the group will exit. Once everybody has exited, Elite Stars staff will sanitize all high touch points and areas used, including benches, washrooms, basketball, and door handles.

  I. No spitting allowed in the gym, or outside areas of the gym.

  J. 3 balls will be on site: a game ball and 2 warmup balls, which will be sanitized between games. No other equipment will be available.

6. User code of conduct

  A. Please ensure you are aware of the procedures and the importance of physical distancing upon entering the facility. Please relay the importance of this information to your kids.

  B. Everyone entering the facility should ensure they are not touching anything that is not necessary. Proceed to your designated space.

  C. No wandering around or loitering outside the gym. Please wait in your vehicle until the doors are opened, and when leaving, head straight back to your vehicle.

  D. We must not exceed any applicable gathering restriction.

  E. Horseplay among participants is not permitted. Any behaviour contrary to our guidelines may result in immediately leaving the facility.

  F. It is the expectation that everyone entering the facility respect and adhere to all protocols and directives.