The SMAA Board and Basketball Committee has spent many hours working with our partners and monitoring the ongoing Covid-19 situation to determine our approach for offering a winter basketball season. After much thought and discussion we are emailing you today to let you know that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the SMAA winter basketball season for 2020-2021. As infection rates continue to rise heading into the winter and challenges related to available gym space continued to present themselves, we determined that the correct decision was to cancel the season.
As we went through our assessment phase in this unique and challenging time, we consistently came across numerous hurdles that forced us back to the drawing board in our efforts to provide a viable basketball program. Middletown North bubble, which typically hosts 6 teams for practice per hour was not going to be available to us at all, nor would St. Mary's School's Euphemia Hall, which hosts our kindergarteners through second graders. Croydon Hall, which accommodates a full slate of games (8 am - 8 pm) on Saturdays would not be ready until 2/1 at the earliest due to ongoing work at the gym, and Mater Dei's Memorial Hall would not be available until 1/2 at the earliest pending the Governor's order being lifted. All of these factors made it far too challenging for us to provide a program that combines practice and games in a way that best teaches the game.
SMAA is committed to providing your children with a great basketball experience and we look forward to seeing you back on the court soon, either with our summer program or next winter.
Mike Pipercic, Director of Basketball
Jim Lennon, SMAA President