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Week of November 1st

This is the 1st week of the season. An email will be sent out to confirm the week's games and events other than practices each week (usually on Sunday evening). Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays (7:00 - 9:00 am) only starting this week.

Please see Fieldhouse info at the end of this email.
Tuesday, November 3rd
Election Day
7:00am - 7:00pm
Please VOTE!!
Friday, November 6th
Duncanville Fieldhouse
1700 S. Main St
Duncanville, TX  75137

See Brackets (to be finalized Sunday or Monday Evening) – ALL TEAMS
Saturday, November 7th
Duncanville Fieldhouse
1700 S. Main St
Duncanville, TX  75137
Spartan Invitational - COVID Guidelines

From Melissa Cannon (DasCHE Athletic Director),

I'm thankful our kids are getting to play basketball although some things will be different this year. I've met with the Fieldhouse multiple times to get the most up-to-date procedures that we're required to follow.  I'm sorry for the length of this email, but here goes:

1. The Fieldhouse would like as many people as possible to purchase entrance tickets before they arrive at the tournament. So, we've added the option for you to purchase the tickets online, but you can also still purchase them at the door. We will accept cash, checks, or cards. I sent a separate email with more information. Here is the link for online payments:

2. Everyone is supposed to wear a mask to enter the building. The Fieldhouse personnel will remind people to do so; however, they don't ask people who are not wearing masks to leave. We won't either. There will be plenty of space for people to spread out to provide more distance between families, should people desire to do so. Everyone should exit the building through the side gym exits which will make for less people in the foyer area. Also, if people are not comfortable being in the gym, they can watch all games live-streamed. See below for more information.

3. The Fieldhouse requires players and coaches to enter the building through the side foyer entrance which is to the left of the building, if you are facing the building. (The entrance that faces Main St.) All fans will enter through the front doors. I understand that this plan won't work for those with younger players, so just bring them with you through the front doors, if needed. The goal is to reduce traffic in any one location. The coach check-in will be inside the side foyer entrance.

4. The Fieldhouse is requiring us to take all players' temperatures with touchless thermometers when the players enter the building.The temperature can be taken on an arm.

5. When players enter the building, they are supposed to go upstairs to wait for their game time. There is a large room upstairs that spans the length of the building. Players and coaches can enter that room 30 minutes before their game times, meet with their teams, put their shoes on, and stretch in this large holding area. We'll have volunteers with walkie-talkies upstairs and downstairs. The DasCHE volunteer upstairs will tell teams when it's time for them to head downstairs for their games. The Fieldhouse does not want any players whatsoever hanging around the courts waiting for games. If your players are watching a game as fans, they have to put on a shirt over their uniforms. They will not allow teams to wait for their games near the courts or in the stands. We must leave room for the fans to spread out on the bleachers without teams, waiting for their games, taking those spots.

6. Fans are instructed to bring their own wipes to wipe their bleacher seats before they sit down, if they choose to do so. 

7. There will be plenty of seating for fans to be able to distance themselves from others. The Fieldhouse might ask people to spread out if it gets too crowded in any particular area.  If they believe there are too many fans at any particular game, they might ask those who do not have a family member playing, to leave. We do not anticipate this situation happening as they can now fill up to 75% capacity. However, if it does get too crowded, we need to be ready to exit if our own family member is not playing and if we are told to do so. 

8. The Fieldhouse does not want anyone lingering around the foyer area at all. Basically, if you are not sitting in a bleacher and watching a game, they want you to leave the building. Unfortunately, with those rules, we cannot print the brackets and have them posted on the walls like we normally do. However, we will still have the brackets updated online as soon as we receive the official scores from the coaches.

9. When games are over, the teams are not supposed to shake hands with the opponent or hold team meetings inside the building. Players must throw away all used cups and water bottles. Players and coaches must grab their belongings as quickly as possible and leave the building through the gym side exits where they can talk outside the building. They cannot pick a spot in the gym or in the foyer to talk and congregate, and they cannot exit through the main gym doors into the foyer area. Note - the next set of teams cannot come downstairs for their games until the court is cleared. For us to even have a chance of running games on-time, we really need all teams to leave the building quickly.

10. We will have a container of wipes on the scoring table at each court. When you are finished with your game, please have the clock and book person wipe down the clock, pencils, and your chairs at the table as well as the bench your team was sitting on. These are the rules of the Fieldhouse. They would also like the game ball to be wiped down before use.

11. We'll still have a hospitality room, although it will be different than normal. Only 1-2 coaches per team will be allowed in the room, and we'll have to be more vigilant so that the room isn't too full at any particular time. While normally we have food donated from 30-40 restaurants, this year we will have individually packaged snacks, pizza, and some homemade real food options. We'll have a volunteer serving the food, plus there will be coffee, iced tea, Gatorades, and water bottles.

General note - Over the course of the summer, the Fieldhouse has not allowed players to remain in the gyms after their games have ended. In fact. they have required all fans to leave the building as soon as a particular game is over. Because the allowed occupancy percentages have gone up to 75% and because the Fieldhouse understands that our tournament is different in that our families typically have multiple kids playing on different courts, they are not going to make us clear all the courts between every game. However, they do insist that all players put something on over their jerseys in order to be considered a fan at a game. If players are just waiting for their games to start, they must go upstairs.

I'm sorry this email was so long, but I hope I've addressed everything that everyone needs to know!

See you soon!

Melissa Cannon
817-808-5269 (text is best!)

Live-Stream Details:

All games on all courts will be live-streamed on both Friday and Saturday. This live-stream option will be wonderful for fans who might prefer to watch from home or for out-of-town family members to tune in to particular games.

Please go to Lion Stream Media's website for more information.

After selecting a plan, please use the following referral code:  Spartans2020
(We will receive a small percentage which will help cover so many of the extra tournament costs.)

Live-Stream details for payment to Lion Stream Media:
  • - One day pass for $9.99
  • - 3-day pass for $14.99
  • - Monthly membership for $19.99
All passes provide access to all of the tournament games live-streamed and available on-demand in HD. Additionally, all games are available for download.
Locked In and Focused
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
I Corinthians 15:58

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Please direct any questions pertaining to the schedule to the contact listed below
Regards & Blessings,
Jim Horton
Athletic Director
(817) 565-3135
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