CHSAA will hold a Basketball Zoom Meeting on Monday, January 4, at 1:00 p.m. to review the material in this memo and any additional information

Basketball

  • First practice – January 18
  • First competition – January 25
  • End of the regular season – March 6
  • Districts – No districts in any class
  • State Brackets Released: March 8
  • State Bracket Dates – March 9, 11, 13, 16
  • State Tournament – March 19-20 (19th – 2A B&G, 4A B&G, 5A G; 20th – 1A B&G, 3A B&G, 5AB)
  • Game Limits – 14 Regular Season Games Varsity (12 Games Sub-Varsity)
  • Players are limited to 64 total quarters in the season, exclusive of overtime and post-season games.
    • Note: Minimum 7 games played (pending COVID waivers) to qualify for playoffs

CHSAA Seeding and Selection Index

The CHSAA Seeding and Selection Index will determine at-large qualifiers and seed the State Basketball Tournament Brackets in all five classifications. The four data points: CHSAA RPI, CHSAA Coaches Poll, MaxPreps Rankings, Packard Rankings. These data points will be combined at the end of the season to create an overall ranking. To do this, data from each ranking will be added together, and then divided by four.

Qualifying Formats: 

The following playoff formats have been approved by the CDPHS for Season B as they reduce potential large group gatherings. (Note: the additional time in the season allows for two additional games which benefit all schools should they chose to schedule them)

  • Class 1A: League champions* are automatic qualifiers to 24-team state bracket; CHSAA Seeding and Selection Index determines at-large teams.
  • Class 2A: League champions* are automatic qualifiers to 24-team state bracket; CHSAA Seeding and Selection Index determines at-large teams.
  • Class 3A: League champions* are automatic qualifiers to 24-team state bracket; CHSAA Seeding and Selection Index determines at-large teams.
  • Class 4A: League champions* are automatic qualifiers to 32-team state bracket; CHSAA Seeding and Selection Index determines at-large teams.
  • Class 5A: League champions* are automatic qualifiers to 32-team state bracket; CHSAA Seeding and Selection Index determines at-large teams.

*League champions will automatically get onto state bracket as long as they win their league outright (mixed classification leagues). All others are eligible through the CHSAA Seeding and Selection Index.

Mandatory Requirements for 2021 Season

  • Masks will be required for basketball players throughout Season B games and practices per CDPHE. All non-athletes involved with Season B sports, including coaches, trainers, officials, event staff and volunteers, are required to wear masks at all times in these settings. Participation is a privilege not a right. We need to protect opportunities for all students/programs with the many uncertainties during these times so a failure to uphold all safety requirements for the season may result in the removal of an individual or team from season participation.
  • During rest time/timeouts if an athlete needs to lower or remove their mask, they are encouraged to leave the competitive arena. (NOTE: There will be NO mask timeouts allowed.)
  • It is recommended that all indoor spaces with poor ventilation (i.e., locker rooms, weight rooms) be avoided. Improving ventilation has been shown to reduce spread in indoor environments; Administrative/Coach practices should be adopted to promote airflow (i.e., open windows, doors, etc.) when available.
  • Ensuring proper ventilation including reduction of capacity limits will help to reduce the concentration of airborne contaminants including viruses.

Capacity Limits

  • Capacity limits shall be determined by the local or county jurisdiction (unless a statewide mandate is made) and subject to the restrictions each of those jurisdictions have placed on public events. The number of gyms that may run simultaneously is an issue that needs be addressed by the school and its health departments as part of the capacity limits.

Roster Limitations – Practices/Games

  • Current roster limits are set at 12 players per team per level.
  • All games shall occur with no more than 24 student-athletes in the gym; 3 coaches and one athletic trainer per team (12 players, 3 coaches, 1 athletic trainer per team).
  • All practices shall occur with no more than 25 student-athletes in the gym; 3 coaches and one athletic trainer.
  • Modify drills or activities to limit/reduce potential violations of social distancing requirements. Work within pods or small groups to limit the contact between players. Pods of no more than 5-7 players are strongly-encouraged to limit exposure. 
  • Should multiple games be played in a gym on a single day, facilities (locker rooms [if allowed for use], benches, worker table, etc.) must be cleared of all games personnel, players, coaches and spectators, and disinfected/sanitized thoroughly between each game. Doors must be opened to increase outside airflow. There must be a minimum of 30 minutes of “empty gym time” in order to clean and clear the air before new spectators and teams enter. Games times must reflect the cleaning and disinfecting necessary between games.
  • For single games in a gym, facilities (locker rooms, benches, worker table, etc.) must be cleared of all games personnel, players, coaches and spectators, and disinfected/sanitized thoroughly between each game. Doors must be opened to increase outside airflow.
  • NOTE ON LOCKER ROOMS: If locker rooms are not allowed, teams must arrive in uniform.
  • Teams waiting to play in a second or subsequent contest must find an empty classroom or adequate space to ensure appropriate social distancing and away from the gym while it is being sanitized. 
  • Teams should enter and exit separate doors to avoid and cross contamination. You must have separate entry and exit doors for each gym. If this is not available, a plan should be developed so that teams, spectators, etc., are not encountering each other at entries.

Scheduling Recommendations

  • Limit travel and schedule to eliminate overnight stays whenever possible. Geographical and regional competition is strongly encouraged.
  • To avoid rebuilding basketball schedules once again, schools that intend to play the additional two varsity games it is recommended those games be scheduled those between Monday, January 25th and Saturday January 30th. It is essential that all schools work closely with their assignor to ensure that a particular date during that week is not overloaded. We also encourage schools to consider scheduling boys and girls games at the same location so if needed, the same officials can work both games. 
  • If you have any questions, contact your assignor soon as possible.
  • Prioritize scheduling to begin with league games first, then fill in with non-league games.

Until We Get to January 18

  • During the moratorium (out-of-season), a team may participate voluntarily in open gyms and informal workouts in which a CHSAA registered coach and/or volunteer is in attendance.
  • Open Gyms must be approved by your school district and follow all local health jurisdiction mandates.
  • Open gyms and voluntary workouts can’t be a condition for making a team once the formal season commences.
  • Schools may NOT make any determination on team make-up until the formal sports season has begun (January 18). The week-long practice time was designed to help players improve conditioning, especially if those students have not been able to participate in workouts because the school has been closed. No assessments may be made during the moratorium under CHSAA bylaws.
  • No games, scrimmages or contact with other recognized school teams may take place prior to 1/25/2021. Bylaw 2310.5-Sunday Contact and Bylaw 2310.4-Winter Prohibition are in effect during the moratorium. 
  • During Season B, no scrimmages or foundation games are allowed.
  • CHSAA will establish a game exchange during the season if or when games are cancelled by COVID issues as a resource to schools.
  • Games cancelled due to inclement weather may not be able to be rescheduled.