CHSAA Basketball Memo

Memorandum – CHSAA Basketball Season B

Here are a few reminders for the upcoming basketball season. They are all listed in the bulletin or CHSAA Constitution and By-laws.

 COVID NFHS Rules Modifications

  • Pre-game meetings will be among the two head coaches and the Referee only. All must be masked.
  • Each team will receive an additional :30 timeout per half.
  • There will be no handshakes, fist bumps, etc., prior to or after the contest between teams and officials. School should find an alternate way to positively acknowledge their opponents.

Capacity Limits

  • Capacity limits shall be determined by the local or county jurisdiction (unless a statewide mandate is made) and subject to the restrictions each of those jurisdictions have placed on public events. The number of gyms that may run simultaneously is an issue that needs be addressed by the school and its health departments as part of the capacity limits.
  • Remember media persons – radio, streaming, writers, etc. – when making decisions on access under capacity limits.

Roster Limitations – Practices/Games

  • Current roster limits are set at 12 players per team per level.
  • All games shall occur with no more than 24 student-athletes in the gym; 3 coaches and one athletic trainer per team (12 players, 3 coaches, 1 athletic trainer per team).
  • Under the Red Level, all practices shall occur with no more than 25 student-athletes in the gym; 3 coaches and one athletic trainer. If your county level is above red, you are bound to the limits for practice as allowed under that level. Competition variances have not changed.


Essential Personnel

Each sport’s essential is defined by each sport. Local county health departments will decide if essential personnel will be counted in the capacity limitations.

 In basketball, essential personnel are:

  • Players
  • Coaches
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Officials
  • Administrators

 In basketball, non-essential personnel are defined by Local Health Agencies and may count against building capacity for games. They include:

  • Fans
  • Members of Sub-Varsity teams
  • Spirit Teams
  • Band
  • Game Table Personnel (Announcer, Clock Operator)
  • Security (Ticket Seller, Ticket Takers)
  • Managers (Video Crew, Bench)
  • Media.

 Appropriate Masks for Practice/Play

  • Face shields are not allowed.
  • According to CDPHE, “You should wear something that covers your nose and mouth -- a cloth face covering or a disposable mask. Masks should be composed of multiple layers of fabric or material. A mask might be too thin or porous if you can easily feel your breath in front of you (or can easily blow out a candle) while wearing it, or if you can easily see through it when stretched. Masks with exhalation vents should not be used as infectious droplets can be exhaled. The best mask is one that can be worn comfortably and consistently. Any mask or face-covering that covers the nose and mouth will work."

Game Administrators/Coaches Have Primary Responsibility for Masks

  • Coaches and Administrators have primary responsibility for ensuring players remain masked. Officials may ask a coach to remove a player if continued issues exist with that player dropping a mask. 
  • All players are required to wear masks properly at all times.  Any player failing to wear a mask properly, covering the mouth and nose, will be directed to leave the game by game management, coach or official (per the uniform rule). If the player is removed for noncompliance, a team may not use a time-out to keep a player(s) in the game.

Mandatory Practices

  • Each player must have a minimum of three practices to be eligible to lay in a game.