COBL U12 Female
OCTOBER 3, 2021

EOBA Executive announce COVID-19 and Return to Play policy...

EOBA Executive announce COVID-19 and Return to Play policy...

EOBA Executive


In the best interest of the health and safety of players, team officials and spectators, and in alignment with the recent Government of Ontario Announcement that entry to all gymnasiums require both athletes and attendees be fully vaccinated to gain access, the Eastern Ontario Basketball Association (EOBA) will be implementing the following Return to Play Policy. 

For any game (exhibition or regular season) between EOBA registered teams within the EOBA geographic region, all vaccine eligible athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and visitors born in 2009 or earlier will be required to provide proof of one of the following to the EOBA host club to access to the facility:

  1. full vaccination (two doses plus 14-day waiting period)
  2. be 12 years of age or under (see below)

All athletes that are not eligible for a vaccine will be required to wear a mask before games, after games and while seated on the bench.

The EOBA host club will also be responsible for collecting contact information for each of the participants and retaining this information for 31 days following the event.

Valid Vaccine Documents are as follows:

  1. Proof of Vaccination in Ontario:

  • People vaccinated in Ontario should receive an email and/or hard copy of confirmation from the Ministry of Health shortly after their dose.  The confirmation is a PDF document. 

Failing to have that email or document, Ontario residents with a green health card can login to and obtain a document there.

Failing being able to login to that site, you can call the Ministry of Health at 1-888-999-6488 and request a document.

NOTE:  Most of these documents state which dose number it is for.  If you have both doses, you only need to show the one stating that it is a second dose.

  1. Proof of Vaccination in other jurisdictions:

  • You can bring letters/receipts of vaccination from other jurisdictions.  These will be evaluated by the facility screening team at the time of entry. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Proof of any of the previous mentioned documents will be required for each event.  As vaccine documents contain personal health information, the EOBA will not be storing a copy of these documents within the club and we may be asked to provide this proof to our facilities at any event.



The EOBA has instituted an application process for an exception to play without vaccination.  Please contact for this.  These exceptions will be considered for medical or religious/creed reasons.  The EOBA will comply with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and provide accommodation to any Affected Person who is unable to be vaccinated for substantiated medical reasons and/or on grounds protected under the OHRC.

Should an individual be allergic or have suffered an allergic reaction to a component of the vaccine, a letter from an allergist or immunologist will be required.  Any other events (ie myocarditis or pericarditis) will also require a letter from a Health Care Professional clearing them for play.

The EOBA reserves the right to have accommodation medical documentation reviewed by applicable medical specialists and to make appropriate inquiries to verify the authenticity of a creed/religion-based claim.

Any athlete, coach, volunteer and/or visitor who qualifies under this criteria will be required to:

  1. Provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 48 hours prior to each activity
  2. Wear a mask during all activities (practices & games)

If an Affected Person cannot provide the League or their Organization with satisfactory evidence of vaccination, the following will be taken into consideration by the EOBA:

• The Affected Person’s reason for not being vaccinated; and

• Documentation to substantiate a medical or protected ground reason for not being vaccinated.

For athletes who were born in or after 2010 and therefore not eligible to be vaccinated, they will not be required to show proof of vaccination. For these cohorts, players and coaches will be required to wear masks during play.  As younger cohorts become eligible for vaccination, we will issue further communication.

Where accommodation is not possible, the Affected Person will not be permitted to be involved in any Sanctioned Activity for the duration of the pandemic or until such time that COVID-19 no longer poses a significant public health risk.

We are eager to return to play and at the same time, we need to make the health and safety of each participant our main priority.   We continue to monitor the public health situation and recognize that more transmissible and dangerous variants of concern are contributing to a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

EOBA Executive


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