COVID-19 Facemask Guidance Update

In light of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued earlier this week (which the governor has said California will follow), and effective with the commencement of league play on Sunday, May 2, our previous rule that all players must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth will be optional for players who are fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks post 2nd shot of Moderna or Pfizer, or two weeks post the J&J shot). Players who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth.

The coronavirus still exists. Even if fully vaccinated some of you may still be uncomfortable playing without a mask. If you are one of those please continue to wear a mask. We should still maintain social distance as much as possible while on the courts. Regardless of the relaxation of the mask mandate we are each responsible to ourselves and how we treat those around us.

Our limitation that only rostered players be on the courts will continue to remain in effect through the end of May. We will reassess this at that time. We are also considering when to open the courts for open public play and rentals and will provide further guidance. We will honor team requests for practice time scheduled through the end of May. If that changes we will also let you know.

We know that there are people (vaccinated or not) who are concerned or vulnerable, but who elected to play this year because of our mask and distancing rules. With the relaxation of the mask rule in light of the CDC guidance some people may now elect not to play this year.

If this is the case please email us right away if you lose any players. We will allow two weeks (through May 16) for teams to replace players who decide to opt out of playing this year, or to advise us that they will play the season with less than ten players. As of May 17, the rosters will be locked for the remainder of the season. New league players must still execute a waiver. The status for next year of those players on your team who opt out is up to individual teams and not the league.

Things are moving fast and we will continue to stay abreast of these public health changes and will be guided by them.

We continue to appreciate and respect everyone's sense of personal responsibility and integrity in this regard.

Thank you.

Clayton Bocce Committee

COVID-19 Facemask Guidance

On April 27, the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) issued updated guidelines (“Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People”) (www.cdc.gov/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html) that relaxes the use of face masks for people who are “fully vaccinated.” Fully vaccinated means people who are at least two weeks past their final dose (2nd shot for Pfizer and Moderna, single shot for J&J). As most relevant to bocce, the guidelines mean that fully vaccinated people can participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues. Governor Newsom has made public comment that California will align itself with the CDC guidelines.

The League has been following guidance published by the California Department of Public Health (“Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports”). In light of the updated CDC guidance and the comments by Governor Newsom we expect that the Public Health guidance will be updated quickly. Once that guidance is updated we will update our current rules regarding the wearing of masks and social distancing.

This spring we had seven teams opt out of playing this year due to concerns regarding COVID-19. But it is important to remember also that there are any number of players who have chosen to play this year because of the mask and distancing guidelines. In fairness to those who decided to play because we are following the Department of Public Health guidelines, the committee needs to consider how to handle situations where people who decided to play this year may wish to discontinue playing given the relaxed guidelines.

We look forward to providing more definitive guidance prior to the commencement of league play on May 2. Until then we ask that people with reserved practice times this week (which ends on Friday, April 30) continue to abide by the league’s rule on the use of masks and distancing.

Bocce Reopening Plan

When we suspended play on March 9, 2020, no one could have anticipated the havoc that has been wrought by COVID-19, the cancellation of our seasons, and the drastic changes affecting each of us in everything we do.

It is with joy therefore that we can now ask: IS ANYONE READY TO PLAY BOCCE? Of course, the answer is “YES.” With county and state guidelines cautiously sanctioning competitive bocce, which will mean some changes to how we do things, this FAQ-structured message sets forth our current plans to resume league play in 2021.

  1. What does “resume league play” actually mean and when will that happen?

It means that the bocce committee, CBCA, and the Ipsen family feel that with the county currently in the “Purple” tier, and newly updated state guidelines, we can plan the resumption of league play. How successfully we do this will depend almost entirely on the commitment of all players and teams to work together toward a common goal to get back to playing the game we love and miss. We are targeting the resumption of league play for Sunday, May 2 (or earlier if we are ready). We will start anew the 2021 Spring League.

  1. What about the 2021 Summer League and Fall League?

If all goes well, we intend to play both a Summer League and Fall League this year.

  1. Do the Spring League teams have to pay again?

When we announced the cancellation of the 2020 Spring League, we asked all 70 teams whether they wanted a refund or wanted to roll over their $400 teams fees. Only three teams requested a refund. If the 67 teams that rolled over their fees come back then they are paid. If the three teams that requested a refund wish to return, they will have to pay their team fees of $400. All team slots are retained for those who return.

  1. If my 2020 Spring League team does not want to return, do we get a refund?

No. But if your team decides to “opt out” for health risk reasons due to COVID-19, we will hold your spot for the 2022 Spring League (but not thereafter).

CBCA is a 501(c)(3) charity that raises money through the Art & Wine Festival, BBQ Cook-Off, Oktoberfest, and bocce. Due to COVID-19 CBCA was unable to hold any festivals or play bocce in 2020. CBCA has limited reserves that we are now using and it is uncertain whether we will be able to put on any of our festivals in 2021, or what they will look like if we can. This means that CBCA is not in a position to refund any team fees.

  1. What about roster changes for 2021?

We anticipate that there will be roster changes. The 5-player return rule in order for a team to keep their slot will remain in effect.

We anticipate sending out the renewal instructions for the 2021 Spring League by March 15 and teams will have four weeks to get their rosters in order. If there will be changes in the capo for teams it will be critical that you let us know as soon as possible so the new capo can get the proper log-in instructions to update rosters. Other changes to the renewal process, affecting all teams, will be explained when we send out instructions.

If teams are replacing players who will not be playing in 2021 but who paid a portion of their team’s fee to play in 2020, it will be up to the teams to work out the economics internally.

  1. Will there be new waivers?

YES. Every player will have to execute a new waiver, which will be circulated when we publish the renewal instructions. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.

  1. Will everyone have to wear masks and socially distance?

YES. Every person who comes on to the courts (whether playing or not) must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth. As with the execution of new waivers, there will be no exceptions to this requirement. Everyone must do their part to maintain 6 ft. distance from other players.

If there are players who refuse to wear a mask (and regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not) PLEASE do not sign up to play. It should be routine by now that people take a mask with them when they leave their house. That routine must transfer to playing bocce.

The wearing of masks covering the nose and mouth, and all other guidelines that we need to follow if we are to resume league play, are incorporated into our published Code of Conduct. The failure of players and teams to follow the guidelines that allow us to play at all risk not only individual and team penalty but cancellation of the season for everyone. We know no one wants that. We are all of us in this together.

  1. Will there be changes in how the games are played?

YES. One of our biggest challenges in getting a 70-team league season in the books will be our ability to use all four courts while adhering to state and county guidelines. The newly updated state guidelines removing the need for sanitation of shared equipment is a huge relief. Matches will be played as normal (two rollers per end, per team, per game). We will have hand sanitizing stations and we encourage players to bring their own.

In order to assess a reasonable balance between players and social distancing we will limit those attending games to rostered players only (with current waiver on file, no children or guests) for the first 30 days. At that time we will reassess the situation and determine if this condition can be relaxed.

We anticipate other changes too. We will publish guidelines later regarding scoring, measuring, use of the shed, etc. Stay tuned.

  1. What about practice and the schedule?

We will publish the schedule once rosters are set. When we get the courts in condition to play, we will publish guidelines for practicing (for rostered players only). We will not reopen the courts for open or rental play for now. This could mean we have Saturday league play but that will depend on how the schedule plays out if we can resume May 2, or earlier depending upon the setting of rosters and the condition of the courts.

  1. What about food and drinks? Will we be able to have court service from Skipolini’s?

This is still to be determined.

There is still more we have to work on as we navigate the numerous issues in playing social and competitive bocce during a pandemic. We will keep all capos informed and it is imperative that you keep your teammates informed. Questions can be directed by email to: league@claytonbocce.org.

Bocce is important to our community and our overriding goal is to bring back the opportunity for friends and neighbors to get back together playing our game. But we must be responsible in how we do this; otherwise, our reopening will be short-lived.

We continue to thank each of you for your support and the good wishes and hope that so many of you have expressed to our committee members. We are confident that with the help and commitment of each of you we can resume play and do our part to bring our community together.

CBCA Bocce Committee

“Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports” updated memorandum published by the California Department of Public Health, dated February 19, 2021, located at: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx

Thank You for Supporting Clayton

Update 2/1/2021: We have completed the third round of purchases and donations. Click here for details.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s economic situation, and many of us more than others. Clayton’s economy is dependent on small businesses, which have been hit hard like every other small business.

To help our local community, the CBCA (an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity) has been accepting donations for the purchase of gift certificates to any of our local businesses. Most of the purchased gift certificates have in turn been donated to the Monument Crisis Center for distribution to those in need. ($250 was used to provide certificates for coffee to local police and fire departments as a thank you for their essential service.) Those who made donations could specify the local business where they wished their donation to be spent.

100% of all donations go toward purchases at local businesses. The small transaction fee charged by PayPal has been covered by the CBCA.

We are happy to report that we have received a total of $3750 in donations. We have completed two rounds of gift certificate purchases, and we will be completing the third and final round soon.

Click here
for details of program receipts and disbursements

Thank you to everyone who made this program a success. Please stay safe.

CBCA Bocce Committee

Logging in to the Clayton Bocce Website

With several planned additions to the bocce website, league capos are being issued login accounts on ClaytonBocce.org. Whether for the upcoming online team signups or the planned online scoring system, it is necessary to secure and control access to functions that modify information on the website.

Website access control systems can be quite complicated: userids, passwords, secret questions, password resets, two-factor authentication and more. For the ClaytonBocce.org website we decided not to include another access control system; instead we will use well known existing systems. If you are issued a ClaytonBocce.org account, you will need to have a Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account, and you will login using your Facebook, Google, or Microsoft userid and password. We did this for two reasons:

  1. These three providers have full-featured, robust, and secure access control systems.
  2. Many persons have an account on one of these three systems. By leveraging their existing account, they can avoid having yet another userid and password to remember.

How it Works

The process for logging in to ClaytonBocce.org:

  1. Click Login in the upper right of this page.
  2. On the login page click one of the three buttons to select the login service you wish to use: Facebook, Google, or Microsoft.
  3. Login on your selected service. (This step may be skipped if you are already logged in to the service.) The first time you login you may be asked to authorize Clayton Bocce to link to your account. After you login you will be returned to the Clayton Bocce website.
  4. You will only need to do this the first time you login. Register your Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account with your Clayton Bocce account. When your ClaytonBocce.org account is set up, you will receive an email with a one-time registration code. Enter your one-time registration code on the registration page and click the Register button. This will create a link between your Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account and your ClaytonBocce.org account.

Notes

  • The ClaytonBocce.org login page has a checkbox labeled Remember Me. If you are using a private computer, you may want to check the Remember Me box on the login page. This will cause your browser to store your login credentials on your computer and automatically log you in when you access the Clayton Bocce website. Note: your login credentials are sensitive, so you must use https for automatic login. (ie. https://ClaytonBocce.org).
  • This website does not access any of the information in your Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account. Your contact list, calendar, friend list, etc. are not visible to this website. Your userid and password are not passed to this website.
  • When you are logged in, Login in the upper right corner will be replaced by your name. Click or hover over your name to open a pop-up menu where you may logout or view and update your account profile.

What If I Do Not have One of the Required Accounts?

We anticipate that most bocce league members will have a Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account. If you do not have one you will need to create one. The alternative would be for the bocce website to have its own userids and passwords, but then you would have to create one of those, so what's to be gained?

Google and Microsoft accounts are simpler than Facebook, so if you just need an account to access the bocce website, we suggest either of these.

  • To create a Google account:
    • Go to the Google home page.
    • Click the Sign in button in the upper right corner.
    • Click Add Account and fill in your information.
  • To create a Microsoft account:
    • Go to the Microsoft home page.
    • Click Sign in in the upper right corner.
    • Click Sign up now and fill in your information.

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