Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19
Ontario Basketball will seek constant open communication with our membership during this unprecedented time. Below is a list of common questions and responses that we have received in the past few days.
Are the OBA Championships cancelled?
Yes, unfortunately, all remaining age groups of 2020 OBA Championships have been cancelled including Provincial Championships and Ontario Cup.
Please remember that members of the OBA staff, in addition to local hosting committees, spend the majority of their year planning for Championships and are just as disappointed that they may have to be cancelled as you are – it’s what’s best for the health of our members and society at this time.
Does this mean practices are also cancelled?
Yes, all team practices should be cancelled, as well as any scheduled camps. Clubs are expected to abide by both Ontario Basketball’s recommendations and the recommendations from Public Health Ontario.
Are all Ontario Basketball League (OBL) games cancelled?
Yes, all OBL games scheduled for the remainder of the 2019-20 season are cancelled, including the OBL All-Star event planned for May 2. Any necessary refunds as a result of these cancellations will be issued by the end of Ontario Basketball’s fiscal year (ending August 31, 2020).
Are Team Ontario tryouts cancelled?
Yes, all Ontario Basketball programs are cancelled, though as of March 27 the Canada Basketball National Championships scheduled for August 3-8 have not yet been cancelled. Any Team Ontario open or invite-only tryouts scheduled through April will not go ahead. If the situation improves and tryouts are rescheduled for later in the calendar year, this information will be shared on the OBA website and on social media.
Are coaching clinics cancelled?
Yes, all coaching clinics scheduled through the end of April are cancelled. Please check Game Plan and the email associated with your clinic sign-up for information and updates on whether each clinic will be refunded or rescheduled. Ontario Basketball is evaluating online clinics in the interim.
Will we be refunded our Ontario Cup or Provincial Championship entry fee if our respective tournament is cancelled?
Please note that credit card refunds are taking place now and will be processed with an estimated completion date of May 5, 2020. Additionally, with limited access to the OBA offices, social distancing parameters, and cash flow, cheque refunds are being processed and the first round will be issued on May 15, 2020, with all cheques being issued by June 15, 2020. OBA will issue refunds directly to the clubs. It will then be up to each club to redistribute those fees to its players accordingly.
How do I cancel my Ontario Basketball Championship hotel booking?
Teams and parents are asked not to contact hotels or Sport-Travel. All hotel reservations will be cancelled and Sport-Travel will be contacting team managers directly with details.
My sanctioned tournament or March Break camp has been cancelled. How do I get my refund?
Please contact the tournament or camp organizer directly for individual program refunds. Sanctioned tournament organizers will be refunded their $40 sanctioning fee by the end of OBA’s fiscal year (August 31, 2020) if their tournament that was scheduled during this time period has been cancelled.
Will the Ontario Basketball office remain open?
No, the Ontario Basketball office will be closed beginning March 13th. Our office is located within the Abilities Centre, one of many recreation facilities closing its doors to protect its users from potential exposure. This closure will remain in effect until further notice.
Ontario Basketball staff will be working from home during this time. If you wish to get in contact with someone, please send an email instead of calling the office – Not all staff forward their desk phone to their cell. Please use the Staff Directory to pull the email address for the appropriate staff member.