COVID Protocols and Resources

Basketball is considered a high risk sport
• Masking restrictions have been extended. In addition to masking required for all indoor
sports when practicable, masking is now also required for moderate and high-risk outdoor
sports where distancing is not possible, when practicable.

Makes changes in response to recent updates in the State’s Guidance for K-12 Schools regarding
extracurricular activities. Specific changes are:
Masks are required to be always worn indoors when participants are not actively practicing,
conditioning, competing, or performing.
Youth sports participants are required to wear a face mask while actively practicing,
conditioning, or competing in indoor sports, even during heavy exertion, as practicable.
• If a youth sports team determines that requiring all players to remain masked during heavy
exertion is not practicable, and players elect to participate without their masks as a result, all
team members, regardless of vaccination status, are required to have screening tests for
COVID-19 performed at least weekly.
• While community transmission in Los Angeles County remains substantial or high, Public
Health strongly recommends that unvaccinated participants and those who are not always
masked during indoor practices, conditioning, competitive play, or performing, test for COVID19 two times per week.

Testing Requirements

1. Indoor Moderate or High Risk Sports for children of all ages and staff/coaches/
volunteers. A weekly negative test result is required for all participants who are not
fully vaccinated, including children who are playing and staff/coaches/volunteers;
weekly school testing fulfills this obligation. Testing two times per week is strongly
recommended for unvaccinated participants.

Testing Resources

There are a few options for testing:

Free with insurance

CVS in Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo are free with insurance

Same Day Health , Manhattan Beach

Home Testing:

There is a 15 min home test available at CVS and Amazon from a company called BINAX NOW. It is $30 for 2 tests.

Free County Testing:

Beach Cities Health District is reopening their site

Testing through the county of LA is free:

These locations also offer free testing:
  • Angeles Community Health Center – Gardena (1030 W. Gardena Blvd., Gardena)
    No appointment necessary - register in person (Walk-up only)
  • The Forum Kiosk by the County of Los Angeles (3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood)
    No appointment necessary - register in person (Walk-up only)\


Follow mask rules for participants, coaches, and spectators
Participants: When indoors, require all participants, regardless of vaccination status, to bring and wear masks . Youth sports participants must wear a face mask even while engaging in physical activity in any indoor setting.
❑ Participants may remove their face masks temporarily to eat or drink. When participants are eating or drinking, they should be encouraged to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
❑ Encourage participants to bring more than one mask to practice or games in case their
mask gets wet or soiled during play.

❑ It is strongly recommended that all student athletes 12 and older, coaches and team staff are fully vaccinated. Vaccination against the virus that cause COVID-19 is available for everyone 12 years of age and older. Vaccination is the primary strategy to reduce the burden of COVID-19 disease and protect all members of the community. Having all athletes and staff in your league fully vaccinated will greatly decrease the risk of transmission of the virus among teammates and between teams, and will provide excellent protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. It will also decrease disruption in team activities, because fully vaccinated individuals are not
required to quarantine if they are close contacts to a case of COVID-19, as long as they remain asymptomatic and continue to test negative.

Require Screening Testing for COVID-19
❑ The virus that causes COVID-19 may infect any members of the youth sports league,
even fully vaccinated members, although it is more likely to infect unvaccinated persons.
Any infected person can potentially transmit the virus to others. One strategy to accurately identify infected individuals and then quickly isolate them is routine periodic screening testing for COVID-19 with a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) such as PCR, or an Antigen (Ag) test. General guidance and recommendations about testing including the types of tests available can be accessed at our LACDPH Testing Information for Patients page.

❑ At the current time with high community transmission occurring in Los Angeles County,
routine testing is required for all athletes and staff participating in moderate or high-risk
sports, regardless of vaccination status. See Table below for examples of sports in
different risk categories.
❑ Required testing cadence is minimum once per week.
❑ Testing two times per week is strongly recommended for unvaccinated participants and staff.
❑ In addition, testing must be performed within 48 hours of any inter-team competition and results must be available before the competition begins or the athlete or staff member may not be present at the competition.

Screen for symptoms and isolate
❑ Ask participants and families to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending
youth sports activities.
❑ Post signage to remind everyone who enters your establishment that they should NOT
enter if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or if they are under isolation or quarantine
❑ Youth sports programs must exclude or isolate any participant, coach, or spectator that
is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
o Take action to isolate participants who begin to have COVID-19 symptoms during
youth sports activities, from other participants, coaches and spectators.
o Notify LA County DPH officials, staff, and families immediately of any confirmed
case of COVID-19.

Protocols for ProSkills Basketball

Below protocols follow the current guidelines from California and Los Angeles County Departments of Health


Below protocols follow the current guidelines from California and Los Angeles County Departments of Health

Parents understand that the status of return is subject to change at any time given the level of COVID-19 transmission in California.

  • Participants must bring their own basketball. 28.5" for 9U, 10U, 11U. 29.5" 12U, 13U
  •  Participants may engage in limited sharing of equipment as part of skill-building exercises or during game play. If equipment is shared, participants should perform hand hygiene before play, during breaks, at half time, and after the conclusion of the activity. 
  • Commonly used equipment is sanitized regularly.
  • Athletes feeling even slightly under the weather should not attend a practice.
  • Parents are not allowed to remain at the practice facility.  They are welcome to wait in their car..  Only athletes and coaches will be allowed inside a training facility/courts before, during, and after the practice. 
  • Masks or gaiters are mandatory. Masks with one way valves are not allowed to be used. Masks that restrict airflow under heavy exertion (such as N-95 masks) are not advised for exercise. 
  • Each player must bring their own water bottle
    • Drinking fountains are NOT available for use. 

No one with symptoms of COVID-19 or who is in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 is permitted to attend practices or competitions. 

  • If there is an exposure to COVID-19 infection in the cohort all members of the cohort will require immediate self-quarantine.

COVID Screening

  • If you answer YES to any of the following questions, players MUST stay home and quarantine for 14 days. In this case, please notify your athlete’s coach immediately.
    • Do you have a fever?
    • Do you have a cough?
    • Do you have shortness of breath?
    • Are you experiencing any kind of difficulty breathing, fever or chills?
    • Have you had any contact with a person known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

Screening and Exposure Decision Pathways for Symptomatic Persons and Contacts of aPotentially Infected Persons at Educational Institutions


Current LA County Department of Health Youth Sports Guidelines