Mar 11, 2020 8:22 PM

NSAA Boys Basketball announcement

Posted Mar 11, 2020 8:22 PM

Lincoln, NE – March 11, 2020 – Based on the recommendations made by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Lincoln, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Education, the 2020 NSAA Boys State Basketball Championships will proceed as scheduled, but fan attendance will be limited.  The tournament venues and game times remain the same.

Attendance will be limited to the varsity players, coaches, team support personnel (athletic trainers and student managers) and school administrators of the qualifying schools and their immediate families.  Immediate family includes parents, stepparents, guardians, siblings, other members living in the athlete’s household, and grandparents.  School administrators will be required to provide a list of those persons meeting the qualifications for entry.  School administrators will be at the entrance of each venue to identify and grant entry to those persons on the list.  Those entering the venue will be required to purchase a ticket or may use previously purchased tickets or passes.  Pre-purchased online tickets will not be honored.

We regret that non-varsity boys’ basketball participants, cheerleaders, dance teams, school mascots and pep bands may not attend the games.  In addition, the US Bank Believers and Achievers award and NSAA Distinguished Service Awards will not be presented at this event but will be rescheduled.

Anyone not on the approved list who previously purchased a ticket will not be allowed entry.  Passes will not be honored including NCA Gold Card, NSAA Courtesy Passes and Lifetime passes.  This measure is to protect the health and safety of the student athletes, their families and the public at large.  

Members of the media with NSAA issued credentials will be allowed entry at all venues.  The NSAA is working with local media outlets to video stream and/or televise the games.  More information will be posted on the NSAA website as it becomes available.

This is an unprecedented event, the NSAA Board of Directors and staff understand the hardship this has created for our membership.  But we felt that our student-athletes should have the opportunity to compete while also complying with the recommendations of our local health and government officials.  We look forward to providing the best possible experience for our member schools, student-athletes and their families.

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Mar 11, 2020 8:22 PM
Health Officials: Boys state basketball tournament should be played with no fans

By Scott Carlson-NP Post
LINCOLN, Neb.-To play or not to play is not necessarily the question being asked in reference to the Nebraska Boys State Basketball Tournament in Lincoln. Rather, the question is who will be allowed to watch.

Health officials in the City of Lincoln held a news conference this morning and recommended that the tournament, which starts tomorrow, be played with immediate family only allowed to spectate.

According to the NSAA, teams will construct a "pass list" that they will turn over to NSAA. Anyone on the new pass list will have to buy new tickets to the events. 

The recommendation comes after confirmation of a fifth case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nebraska.

Officials say a high-school-aged student who tested positive for COVID-19 attended two games at the Girls State Basketball Tournament last weekend and went down onto the floor after the game to hug family members, potentially exposing hundreds of people to the virus, according to officials.

The woman reportedly stayed with family members in Lincoln, and those family members are now in self-quarantine.

The Nebraska School Activities Association is meeting to discuss what the tournament this weekend will look like and who will be allowed in venues during the tournament.

This is a developing story. We will have more details as they become available.