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Sep, 2020

2020/21 Almaden NJB Season Update

Dear NJB Families,

I hope this message finds you and your families all safe and healthy.

It is that time of year when we’d normally open registration for the 2020-21 NJB season, be recruiting coaches, setting up tryouts dates, and eagerly preparing for the start of the season in early October. This year has been anything but normal.

Despite COVID-19 wreaking havoc on just about every aspect of our lives and society, Almaden Chapter NJB’s intention is to have a season this year. We feel passionate about how basketball allows both boys and girls to be active, learn sportsmanship, and develop a love of the game of basketball. However, our top concern is the health and safety of every person involved, including, players, coaches, referees, and extended families.

Basketball unlike some other sports has some unique challenges to it. It is a high contact, close proximity sport, and thus considered high COVID risk. We also play most of our season during the winter which requires indoor gyms which is another high-risk factor.

For us to have a season this year we need to pass some basic criteria.

We need the Santa Clara County Health Officials to clear basketball practice and games as a safe activity.We rely exclusively on public school gyms to hold our practices and games, thus we need those facilities to be open for public rental.

Our current plan is to have a shortened season that would begin competitive games at the beginning of 2021 and end around the same time as normal, the end of Feb for League games, beginning of March for All-Stars. There are a lot of details that still need to get worked out, like when would we have tryouts, when would practices start, and we are considering all possibilities. What we want to avoid is the situation where we open registration only to have to shut the season down.

So for right now we are in a wait and see planning mode. My pledge to you is to keep you informed. Every month I plan to send an update to keep you informed of our progress toward having a season in 2021.

Please stay safe and healthy and I hope to see you all on a basketball court in the near future.

Thanks for your support,
Chris Johnson
President Almaden Chapter NJB


Almaden NJB
San Jose, California 95120

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