The NWBA took very intentional and systematic approach to seeking input from athletes, other members, divisional leadership and other stakeholders on the NWBA’s return to play for the 2020-21 season. This included a membership survey, team representative survey and ongoing dialogue with divisional leadership/local organizing committees. See below for a visual of the surveys, meetings/discussions and input received evaluating the NWBA's approach to Returning to Play.
Due to vast geographic spread of NWBA Membership, primary focus must be on the following:
Be Diligent, Be Accountable
Understand the Risk
Respect the game, your program and your teammates
The divisional leadership exercised their own governance in establishing flexibility within their divisional guidelines to accommodate the following season details and postseason timeline for the 2020-21 NWBA season.
Registration for the 2020-21 season does not close but to be eligible for post-season play all officials must completely register by the following dates for each division:
Adult Division: December 31st, 2020
Women's Division: December 31st, 2020
Junior Division: January 15th, 2021
Intercollegiate Division: January 7, 2021
To fully complete the registration process all officials must also take all SafeSport training modules.
Team Rep Survey Feedback
-Team Reps projected minimal impact on registrations (1 in 10) : NWBA reaction - Provide a 2020-21 season
-Requested prefered webinar topics: NWBA reaction - Provide webinars on topics
Membership Survey Feedback
-8 in 10 Members stated intent to compete at some level: NWBA reaction - Provide a 2020-21 season; also adjusted divisional deadlines to support team's return to play timeline
-2/3 of above group intend to compete fully (including Nationals): NWBA reaction - Provide a 2020-21 nationals dates/locations; also created flexibility to dates with host if necessary
-1/3 of Members say they have had an employment impact due to COVID: NWBA reaction - Freeze Membership Dues for Individuals & Teams AND eliminate all late fees