Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Requirements for Attending Tournaments

The goal of the World Beyblade Organization is to put the health and safety of players first at all times. As such, in light of the developing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world, we are introducing the following requirements for anyone attending Beyblade tournaments organized through our platform.

1. Feeling unwell? Stay at home.
We urge any player who might be feeling under the weather to stay home.

The Organizer running the tournament reserves the right to turn away any attendee with visible flu symptoms, including a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

2. Thumbs Up Instead of Handshakes
Contrary to traditional best practices, players must refrain from any physical contact with their opponent, including shaking hands after a match. We recommend a thumbs-up, nod or positive verbal exchange instead.

3. Do Not Lend or Play with Others Equipment
Lending of parts, launchers, or other equipment and playing with another person's tops during or prior to the tournament is prohibited.

The Organizer running the tournament reserves the right to disqualify any players who do this and ask them to leave the area.

4. During Beyblade Inspection, Disassemble Beyblades for Judges
During the Beyblade Selection phase which takes place before every match, we request that players disassemble their selected Beyblade(s) for judges to do a visual inspection before the match begins.

It is prohibited for judges to physically touch any Beyblades during inspection.

5. Do Not Bring More Than 1 Person With You
All participants may not bring more than one person (parent, guardian, sibling, friend, etc) with them that isn't registered for the tournament.

Organizers may ask surplus people and or the participants who brought too many people with them to leave the area or tournament if they discover this rule has been broken.

6. Maintain Physical Distancing (2 meters/6 feet apart)
Except during the countdown prior to the beginning of a tournament match, all players are to maintain physical distancing from each other (at least 2 meters/6 feet apart).

During a match, after the Beyblades have been launched, players must take a step backwards from the stadium to meet the minimum physical distancing requirements outlined above.

After a match/round, players may approach the stadium one at a time under the direction of the judge to pick up their Beyblade.

7. After each Match Judges Must Disinfect Stadium
After the conclusion of each match, judges must disinfect all stadium surfaces using an appropriate disinfectant product (ex. Lysol wipes).

These requirements will remain in effect until further notice.

We encourage all WBO members to follow and stay up to date on the latest developments and recommendations from their national and local public health authorities as well as from the World Health Organization. You can find general recommendations from the WHO here.

We thank everyone in advance for doing their best to take proper precautions to ensure that the environment at any tournament is as safe as it can be!
Well, thanks. Where I live, the cautions are getting so bad if someone coughs in schools they are sent home, some schools are closed after one person is suspected of being infected. It sounds like an apocalypse.

(Mar. 12, 2020  10:03 PM)DaGoldenPenguin Wrote: Well, thanks. Where I live, the cautions are getting so bad if someone coughs in schools they are sent home, some schools are closed after one person is suspected of being infected. It sounds like an apocalypse.

I do honestly appreciate it, though. I don’t want ANYONE getting this, it sounds terrible
Thanks for the post.
we got 8 or 9 cases in Kentucky so I may have to think of a new date for my tournament (since I plan on becoming an organizer soon)
Thanks for the advice, I already have 2 cases in my county I don't know exactly where. About 21 cases in PA, and 29 in NJ (since I literally live right across from there). Was really thinking of hosting a tournament next month but I might wait until May or June with it all going on.
This needed to be said thank you so much 👏👏👏
I just made some extra rules for the tournament in my thread this was helpful
Thank you for posting this. It was very helpful. I strongly agree with all that has been said.
this needs to be pinned.
The bottom line is that we've given out advice on how to approach this for those who still want to host or attend. If you don't think it's safe or don't want to run the risk, please do not attend or host an event. Whether you attend or not, host or not, it is 100% entirely your choice to do so, and nobody is forcing you to make choice that you aren't happy with.

If such a time comes where we need to stop all tournaments until further notice, we'll make such a statement. At the current moment, following the guidelines set by the World Health Organization, we don't feel this is necessary but we're obviously keeping a close eye on things in case this does need to happen.

The namecalling, conflict and fearmongering really isn't necessary. Just please use your own judgement and common sense as to whether you want to attend or host in your own area.

I've removed the debates and misinformation above and shall be locking this thread as the flurry of opinions confuses the subject, as many have said. If you have concerns to voice, please do send me a PM and I'm happy to hear things out.