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Sanford Pentagon to host summer youth basketball tournaments

06/27/2020, 7:00am CDT
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Sanford Pentagon is hosting a series of basketball tournaments this summer, aiming to provide opportunities to young athletes while implementing restrictions aimed at public health.

The schedule consists of events for boys and girls entering Grades 5-11 with 81 teams playing 123 games. The tournaments begin June 20-21 and June 27-28 with two rounds of the Sanford Pentagon Invitational, continue through four weekends in July and conclude in early August.

“We felt like it was important to create competitive opportunities in a safe environment,” said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations for the Sanford Sports Complex. “We’ll continue to explore innovative ways to allow athletes to be able to pursue their passions from the standpoint of a sports complex and a healthcare system.”

Details and events could change as tournament dates approach. Stay tuned to the Sanford Pentagon social media channels for updates.

Tournament Procedures

  • All Pentagon Tournaments will adhere to all current state, municipal and CDC guidelines and protocols, including reduced occupancy numbers and social distancing.
  • Games will be played on six of the nine Pentagon basketball courts.
  • Empty courts will be used for buffer areas and allow social distancing for athletes and fans between games.
  • Teams will only play three games during one-day events.
  • The admission gate fee is included in the tournament entry fee. No money will exchange hands.
  • Teams will be limited to 32 total patrons which includes coaches, athletes and fans.
  • Non-athlete fans must be 12 years or older to enter the facility.
  • At the conclusion of a team’s final scheduled game, all team patrons must vacate the facility.

Entrance/Exit Procedures

  • All patrons will enter the Pentagon via the main entrance doors
  • No money will exchange hands at the gate as the admission fee is included in the team entry fee.
  • No more than 32 patrons (athletes, coaches, fans) per team are permissible in the facility.
  • A Pentagon staff member will screen each patron upon arrival at the facility.
  • Each patron will have their temperature taken. Anyone entering with a temperature over 100 degrees will be denied access to the facility. 
  • Temperatures will be taken with a thermal thermometer.
  • Patrons will receive a wristband indicating they have been screened for the session.
  • All patrons will exit through the VIP or Employee Entrances.

Seating Restrictions

  • Seating will not be provided for patrons to allow social distancing.
  • Patrons may bring in a bag chair (or similar chair) but will be asked to social distance around perimeter of court.
  • Fans may gather on empty courts to allow social distancing.

Precautionary Measures

  • No basketballs will be allowed to be brought into the Pentagon. All warm-up and game balls will be provided.
  • Basketballs will be sanitized between games.
  • All bench chairs and score-keeping areas will be sanitized at the conclusion of each game.
  • The facility will be cleared of all patrons at the conclusion of each session.
  • Hand sanitizers will be positioned on all courts.
  • Pentagon staff will wear gloves and masks (if necessary) throughout the event.
  • Athletes and coaches will be encouraged to wash their hands at the conclusion of each game.

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