The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission recently released its  Covid basketball modifications for the 2020-21 season, which is scheduled begin with practice next month.

  • Face coverings are required if social distancing is not possible, and coaching staff and other bench personnel required to wear face coverings
  • Scorer’s table personnel are also required to wear face coverings,including the timer, home and visitor team scorer.
  • Handshake lines and handshakes before and after games are now suspended.
  • No water bottles, cups or towels can be supplied for shared use, and shared water stations, water coolers and the like are prohibited. Each athlete will have to bring his/her own water.
  • Schools are asked to reduce the number of people traveling when possible (recommendation, dress fewer players).
  • Only the head coach from each team will attend the pre-game conference with officials using proper social distance measures (no players).
  • Create separation between the bench areas and spectators. Spectators should sit on the fourth row or higher behind the team area.
  • Cheerleaders will be required to wear face masks, face coverings.

Here are the guidelines for basketball officials.

  • Referee only will attend the pre-game conference with coaches. Social distancing must be maintained.
  • Officials are not required to wear jackets during pre-game.
  • The jump ball will be eliminated and the visiting team will be awarded the ball first possession for throw in and it will alternate thereafter.
  • Official may stand six feet away or greater from the player making the throw in and bounce the ball to the player on all throw ins.
  • The lead official shall stand on the end line and bounce the ball to the free throw shooter during administration of free throws.
  • Black neck shall be worn and used when social distancing is not possible.
  • Gloves are permissible (clear).
  • In lieu of signing the book, the referee shall give the scorer a 3 x 5 index card with the names and official number for each crew member.