Basketball doubles may take a brief hiatus during the upcoming high school winter sports season.
On Monday, the Nebraska School Activities Association released its winter sports guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols.
Schools will be asked to consider separating dual boys and girls basketball teams for separate nights or separate locations. The majority of basketball competitions are on a dual site, with girls first and boys after. Obviously, splitting the doubles would reduce the number of fans in gyms and inside common areas.
Any basketball game canceled due to COVID-19 will be considered “without competition”. As in football, replacement matches can be added but will not count towards the NSAA point system used for post-season assignments and rankings.
The NSAA is asking schools to restrict seating, create separate entrances for visiting spectators, and provide multiple concession stands or none at all.
The NSAA also recommends that wrestling tournaments be limited to eight teams or 112 wrestlers. If there are more than four teams, multiple gyms should be used.
With regard to swimming and diving, state qualifying times can be obtained in intrasquad or virtual competitions if there is a full complement of officials present at the pools and fully automatic timing is used. . The NSAA suggests that home teams compete in lanes 1-3 and visiting teams in lanes 4-6 for doubles competitions.