Glencoe Youth Basketball 2020
October 25, 2020
COVID-19 has dramatically changed the youth sport landscape since last March. As a youth basketball organization for the Glencoe community, we are trying to find ways to fulfill our mission to "... leverage the amazing connective power of youth basketball, in partnership with local schools, to strengthen communities and encourage healthier kids and families" during this World wide pandemic.
Basketball will not look the same this year. Due to COVID-19 we have unprecedented constraints for a normal basketball season, so we have to get creative. We have no current access to facilities and are closely following the guidelines from the Hillsboro School District, the State of Oregon, OHA, OSAA and the CDC. We do not yet know if or when this season we will have access to a gym or gyms. I want you to be prepared that this may be a season that we might not get access, which means kids will be on their own to do skill and conditioning work at home. We hope this is not the case, although the current metrics of COVID-19 are not trending in a direction that we need them to trend.
Please know that as a Board of Directors, we feel the exact same frustrations and disappointment. Our own kids are disappointed too. We miss the sound and smells of the gyms with hundreds of kids in them. We miss seeing all of you. We miss seeing your passion for giving that high five to a kid you don't know. We miss you dancing in the stands as the game winning shot swishes the net at the buzzer. We miss workouts and sweat dripping on the court. We miss you, your player, and your family.
Also as a Board, we strongly believe that this Glencoe community of kids, parents, friends and coaches, will persevere and be a shining light of what a basketball community looks like in a social distanced world. We are a community that has grown to nearly 400 kids playing each year, with over 250 volunteers. We are a community that has provided access to sport to as many kids as we can. We are a community that values hard work. We are a community that embraces teamwork. We are a community that values you. We are a community that invests in each and every kid to be a better player, teammate, friend and leader today than they were yesterday. We are the Glencoe community.
We will have more updates in the coming weeks, and be looking for some ideas from all of you, too. For context on the timing of updates, the OSAA plans on making decisions on Season 2 (winter sports, like basketball) by December 7, 2020. We will share out after we have received updated information.
President, Glencoe Youth Basketball