Basketball hoops return to Rochester courts as moderate, high risk sports and activities resume Monday


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Basketball hoops have returned to Cobb’s Hill Park in the City of Rochester, as well as the rims and hoops at all other basketball courts that are operated by the Department of Recreation and Youth Services.

Back on March 27, Rochester Mayor Warren Lovely Warren announced the closure of city playgrounds, athletic fields, and outdoor fitness equipment due to the pandemic. Among the measures, all city basketball parks were closed and rims were removed from courts.

According to New York state’s guidance on sports and recreation, Monday is the first day for moderate and higher risk activities, including basketball, to resume for regions that have advanced to phase three of reopening and beyond.

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For low and moderate-risk activities, individual and distance group training and organized group training with no or low contact — including camps and clinics — are allowed, as well as competitive team practices.

The guidance says games, meets, matches, and scrimmages in the low and moderate-risk activities are allowed, however, competitive tournaments that have multiple games and require travel are not allowed.

For the high-risk activities, including basketball, individual and distance group training is allowed, as are organized low contact and no contact group training. However, competitive team practices, and games, meets, matches, and scrimmages of any kind are not allowed for the high-risk activities.

These guidelines apply to non-professional and non-collegiate sports and activities conducted at gyms and fitness centers.

According to New York state guidelines, moderate risk activities include:

  • Baseball/ Softball
  • Doubles tennis
  • Racket games (e.g. badminton, racquetball)
  • Water polo
  • Gymnastics
  • Field hockey
  • Swimming relays
  • Crew (2+ rowers)
  • Rafting
  • Paintball
  • Soccer
  • Non-contact lacrosse

High risk activities include:

  • Football
  • Wrestling
  • Ice hockey
  • Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Contact lacrosse
  • Volleyball
  • Competitive cheer/dance

Low risk activities include:

  • Individual running
  • Batting cages
  • Hunting/Shooting/Archery
  • Golf/Mini-golf
  • Non-motorized boating
  • Singles tennis
  • Rock climbing
  • Individual swimming
  • Individual crew
  • Cross country running
  • Toss/bowl games (e.g. horseshoes, bocce, bean bag toss)
  • Flying disc games (e.g. disc golf, frisbee)
  • Ropes courses

In addition to basketball courts reopening, city officials say public pools are now open for the summer season as well. Pool locations and hours of operation are as follows:

  • Adams Street R-Center Pool, 85 Adams St.: Noon – 6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center Pool (formerly Baden St. Pool), 485 N. Clinton Ave.: Noon – 6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex Pool, 131 Elmwood Ave.: Noon – 7 p.m., seven days a week.

New York state sports and recreation guidelines

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