Flight Covid-19 Policy Revised 6-21

UpdatedThursday September 2, 2021 byDurham Flight Board.

Covid Policy Update:

-Masks are no longer required, but are recommended for unvaccinated people.

-Please do a self-assessment for Covid symptoms before participating.

-Do not attend events fi you hve been exposed to Covid.

-Please bring your own water, as water will not be supplied.


2020-21 Durham Covid-19 Policy revisited-

 All procedures and policies will follow and/or be superseded by local and state guidelines.

  1. All coaches and volunteers must complete this free course. NFHS (COVID19-Training for Coaches and ADs)
  2. All practices, meetings and competitions should comply with current government recommendations and requirements for gatherings.
  3. Attendance will be observed at every practice.  This must include players, parents, and coaches - anyone in the gym.  This is to facilitate tracking if someone gets sick.  
  4. Parents and family members are allowed at practice. (masks are no longer required, but are recommended if you are not vaccinated)
  5. Durham Flight does not control “away” game attendance, policies and protocols.
  6. All players must have their own water bottles, towels, practice ball, etc. These should be labeled clearly and kept in a personal bag near the team bench when not in use. 
  7. Handwashing by every single person should occur immediately after entering the building and before leaving.  Hand sanitizer will be available on the benches and elsewhere in the gym.

Home game day operations & procedures:

Please do a self-assessment for Covid symptoms before participating, and do not attend events if you have been exposed to Covid. Symptoms associated with Covid-19 include fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

- Home games will be officiated by Diamond officials (see below for their protocols and Covid guidelines)
-No locker rooms will be provided, come dressed and prepared to play.
-No water or water fountains will be provided, please bring your own.
-No shaking of hands, fist bumps, etc.
-Athletes will remain 6ft apart on the bench.
-Score table workers maybe located at different tables.
-Game balls will be wipe down before and after the game and halftime.
-During timeouts and between play, coaches and players should observe social distance as possible
-Spectators must sit in the correlating section, home or away.
-Spectators will continue to social distance while seated.


Test Positive Protocol/Policy (1-21):

Coaches are responsible for monitoring their teams. Should they or someone on their team test positive for covid-19, they must notify the AD immediately, no later than 24 hours after learning of the positive case.

1. Families are not permitted to attend a Durham Flight sports activity including games and practices should someone in their family become sick with symptoms associated with covid-19. Athletes may return to practice if they are well and the family member who is sick tests negative for covid-19.

2. If an athlete on the team tests positive for covid-19 and did not expose the team (attended a practice or game within 48 hours), the athlete will not be allowed to participate in a Durham Flight sports activity including games and practices for 10 days from the day they tested positive. The athlete may return after the 10 days as long as they are no longer experiencing symptoms. This includes being fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

3. If an athlete on the team tests positive for covid-19 and has exposed the team (attended a practice/game within 48 hours), the team will not be allowed to participate in an Durham Flight sports activity including games and practices for 10 days after last exposure or 7 days with a negative test result. After 10 days or 7 days with a negative test, athletes who are well may return to play. Those who may be experiencing symptoms or test positive for covid-19 during quarantine will need to follow the protocol in item #2 before returning to play.

4. If an athlete is participating on a team that has been exposed to covid-19 and is currently not allowed to participate, siblings that are participating on other teams will not be able to participate with their team for 7 days. If the exposed athlete shows no symptoms and shows no evidence of infection (via 2 negative tests), the siblings will then be free to resume activities with their teams.

Exemptions to the policy must be approved by the Durham Flight board.

 Reminder, all volunteers including all coaches, AD and coordinators are required to complete this FREE course and provide a copy of the certificate to the AD at durhamflightinfo@gmail.com.  It takes about 20-30 min to complete.

NFHS (COVID19-Training for Coaches and ADs)

(Once on the NFHS page - you must create an account if you do not have one.  Then go through the process of purchasing the course. It is like you are purchasing it, but it is really a free course.   Go to the Dashboard to retrieve your course.)

This policy is subject to change per North Carolina guidelines and regulations and/or as determined by the Durham Flight Board.


Durham Flight uses Diamond officials for home games.  The following includes the protocols and rules followed by Diamond officials (1-21). 


Below is a list of NFHS/NCHSAA Basketball COVID-19 Protocols and rule changes for the 2020-21 season (1-21). These changes are effective immediately.




*Ball shall be given to officials in the locker room, where it is sanitized as recommended by the ball

manufacturer and not used for warm-ups.

Rule 5-3 Officials Uniform and Equipment

*Cloth face coverings must be worn by officials during the contest(s), even when you are actively officiating the game. An official with a medical condition that would prohibit wearing a face-covering during the competition will need medical documentation from a physician licensed to practice medicine, nurse practitioners, or physicians' assistants.

▪ Whistle guards/shields are required.
▪ Officials should not be required to wear jackets during pre-game court/player observation.
• Mask Must be solid black or white, or a medical cloth mask (blue/white).
•All crew members do not have to match if masks are worn.
o Suspend the pregame introduction handshakes.
o Officials will stand at the division line across from the benches during pregame introductions. Please keep your social distance.
▪ Limit attendees to the referee and the head coach from each team, with each coach standing on the
center circle on each side of the division line.
▪ All individuals maintain a social distance of 6 feet or greater at the center circle.
▪ Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Conference.


*Players must always wear a Cloth face covering during the contests, including the bench area when they are not in the game. A student with a medical condition that would prohibit wearing a face- covering during the competition will need medical documentation from a physician licensed to practice medicine, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant

*The NCHSAA, the NCISAA, and the NCCSA have mandated that their players wear face masks when actively participating in games. The rule covering how officials will enforce masks' wearing when players are in the game will be handled like the uniform rule. We will ask the player(s) to pull his/her mask up over their mouth and nose the first time. We will remove the player(s) from the game for any further violations until they comply with wearing their mask properly. If a player(s) Continuously and Repeatedly fail to wear the mask properly, after the official has asked him/her several times, a T-Foul will be called for this violation.

Officials Time Out (New Rule)

*An official timeout (60 seconds) will be called at the first dead ball below each quarter's 4-minute mark. The ball will be put back in play at the point of interruption (throw-in, free throw, etc.) when the official timeout was awarded.

Situation 1: A dead ball occurs at the 4-minute mark.

Answer: No official timeout is taken. The dead ball must occur BELOW the 4:00 mark of each quarter. If a team asks for a timeout, it should be granted, and the team charged with a timeout.

Situation 2: A shooting foul is called on defensive player A1 at the 3:36 mark of the quarter.

Answer: The official timeout shall be taken. Play will resume with B1 attempting his/her free throws. The timeout shall be taken before the free throws are attempted.

Situation 3: The ball goes out of bounds, a foul or violation is called at the 3:55 mark of the quarter. A coach asks for a timeout.

Answer: The Official Timeout will be grant since this is the first dead ball below the 4:00 mark. The team WILL NOT be charged a time out.

Jump Ball

*Eliminate the jump ball and award the ball to the visiting team for the first alternating possession for the throw-in. The possession arrow is set to the Home team after the throw-in is complete.

*To start an overtime period, use a coin toss to determine which team is awarded the ball. Referee, you must carry a coin in your pocket during the game.



*Official may stand 6 feet or greater away from the player making the throw-in and bounce the ball to that player on a frontcourt throw-in. And yes, when we are staying in a team's frontcourt on an endline throw-in.

Free Throw Administration

*The lead official shall stand on the end line and bounce the ball to the free thrower. Do not stand in the last lane space adjacent to the end line on the first or second of multiple free throws.