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Nov, 2020

2020-21 Season Details

Registration divisions and limits. Registration is open to boys grades 4-8 and girls grades 4-8. AYRBL is limiting the number of participants to 20 players in each of the team/age group cohorts. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. After 20 participants have registered for a grade, any additional registrants will be assigned to a waiting list. Register ONLY for your child's grade. Registration for an incorrect grade might result in a lost spot.

Due to limited court space and concerns with COVID-19, AYRBL will not offer practices at this time for 2 and 3 graders. We eagerly hope to offer these programs in Winter/Spring 2021.

AYRBL for Grades 4 to 8 is aiming to start the week of November 16. It will consist of two one-hour practices each week for each grade, focusing on skills development and scrimmaging within team/age specific cohorts. Each grade will have one cohort for boys and one for girls. There are no travel programs this season.

Because Amesbury schools are closed, we have secured court time at The Sports Barn in Hampton, New Hampshire. The program will run from Monday, November 16 through Friday, February 19.  We are currently looking to extend the program to March 10. This facility has four high-quality courts with great ventilation for the basketball activities we will pursue. During the summer and fall, The Sports Barn has hosted youth basketball tournaments for almost a dozen weekends and there have been no reported outbreaks of COVID-19 as a result of these activities. Several Amesbury children have played in these tournaments, and we believe the protocols followed there have contributed to their safe execution. 

Additional details are provided below.
  • AYRBL for Grades 4 to 8 is aiming to start the week of November 16th. It will consist of two one-hour practices for each grade, focusing on skills development and scrimmaging within team/age specific cohorts. Each grade will have one cohort for boys and one for girls.
  • Amesbury Youth Rotary Basketball League (AYRBL) will be limiting the number of participants to 20 players in each of the team/age group cohorts. 
  • Due to restrictions on how many people are allowed at a time, spectators will not be permitted in The Sports Barn during any session.
  • There are no in-person registrations allowed in the facility.
  • A Registration and COVID Waiver from The Sports Barn and AYRBL is required for each player to be on file before any participation. 
  • Cost: $160. Payments plans and multi-child discounts are available. By limiting court time to only 20 participants per session, priority will be given to those players who pay, choose a payment plan or enter into an arrangement with the AYRBL first. As such, signing up as soon as possible is important.
  •  As part of registration, players will receive their own reversible Amesbury practice jersey to take home with them and keep at the end of the season.    
  • AYRBL is preparing a set of COVID-19 planning documents for players, parents, coaches and volunteers. These will be posted on the AYRBL webpage. Each team/age group cohort will have an assigned COVID-19 Coordinator to assist teams in safe basketball activities. 
  • Players and coaches will be required to wear masks while in The Sports Barn, except for designated mask and water breaks. 
  • There will be separate pathways in and out of the facility.
  • On-site temperature checks are required before entering The Sports Barn along with the use of hand sanitizer. Coaches will have sanitizer for balls and hands. An additional sanitizing break will be taken during each session.
  • Players should bring their own balls and masks. Recommendations for balls are indoor/outdoor balls sized at 28.5” for girls and boys 4 through 6 and 29.5” for 7 and 8 boys. Please click this link for more information about balls.
  • Due to limited court space, AYRBL will not offer practices at this time, for the 2nd and 3rd graders. We eagerly hope to offer these programs in Winter/Spring 2021.
We will be limiting  activities to drills, practice activities and scrimmages within our intown cohorts. More news will be communicated regarding any expansion of a regular season once we have more information to share.

Last, it’s important to note everything is subject to change. Coronavirus case data in our community will be monitored and responsible decisions will be made accordingly.  We will follow the guidance of both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This may result in pausing or canceling activities. We will continue to keep your family updated via email from [email protected]. In the case of a season cancellation, refund information is provided as part of the registration form. 

The safety of our players, coaches and volunteers is a priority to AYRBL. Please continue to be safe and take steps to prevent exposure and illness for your family and members of our community. If anyone has any questions feel free to contact your player’s coach or any of the other board members. 

Cancellation policy.
In the event AYRBL must cancel one or more in-person events for the 2020-21 season, the following is our refund policy:
  • From November 3 through November 22, 2020, inclusive, registrants may withdraw for any reason for a full refund.
  • Starting November 23, 2020, prorated refunds will be issued if league play is shut down for 30 consecutive days. 
  • After December 31, 2020, no refunds will be issued.

Please note: The default payment method is credit card. To pay by check, during checkout, click on the dialog box and change "credit card" to "check." An option to pay in three installments is available. If you prefer to pay by installment, please choose that option when asked. You will be asked to enter a credit card, which will be charged $60 on Nov. 6, $50 on Dec. 3, and $50 on Jan. 2. A $3 installment fee will be added to each payment.

Contact

Amesbury Youth Rotary Basketball League (AYRBL)
PO Box 93 
Amesbury, Massachusetts 01913

Email: [email protected]
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