To Allow Nevada To Play Basketball!

To Allow Nevada To Play Basketball!

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Nevada Basketball Coaches Association started this petition to Governor Steve Sisolak

March 3, 2021

Dear Governor Steve Sisolak and Covid-19 Task Force,

My name is                                            and I am writing in support of ALL of the basketball programs in Southern Nevada to request a change to the risk classification of boy’s and girl’s youth and high school basketball in Nevada.

Basketball has been erroneously classified and enormously impacted in Nevada, perhaps due to an incomplete understanding of the science and risk of transmission by decision makers. The state has provided no research, simply ignoring how the prohibition of basketball has affected the mental health of our youth. Basketball is currently being played in Nevada at the Collegiate and (Community College) levels. Local youth/high school teams are forced to travel to bordering states to play, creating a different set of safety issues. Most importantly the inability to play and the expense to travel is causing disproportionate opportunities directly effecting our minority and lower income communities. (As noted by North Las Vegas City Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown at her press conference on February 24, 2021)

• Youth and high school basketball has returned or is set to return to every state in the continental United States except for Nevada.  (See Max Preps roadmap to return to high school basketball.)
• Basketball will be contested in many of our neighboring states including, Utah, Arizona, Washington and Idaho.
• The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has done away with tiered sport classifications, stating that “as knowledge of the virus that causes COVID-19 has evolved, we have increasingly recognized that transmission depends upon multiple factors that cannot be easily accounted for by simply dividing sports into three distinct categories of risk.”
I request you to please review your standing and allow the many thousands of boys and girls to play Basketball this Spring 2021 in Nevada.

 

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