The pause on tournament-style extracurricular games has been lifted by Rocky View Schools (RVS).

An update to the return to school operational plan was released today that once again allows RVS school teams to participate in tournament-style play.

Brian Hunter, coach of the Springbank Phoenix senior boys basketball team, was pleased to hear the news. He recently launched an online petition, signed by 1,442 people, asking for the change to be considered.

"I'm very excited. I think it's great news for the kids, and for me, that's really the number one thing. Parents in the community came to their aid, and they thought it was important. I think the right thing was done."

Hunter says the Phoenix had to back out of a Black Diamond tournament because of the ban but will now be able to participate in the others on their list.

The Rocky View Sports basketball league play continues into February but wasn't impacted by the ban.

Unless the division's operational plan is further revised, the pause clears the way for Rocky View school teams to participate in the zone playoffs, scheduled for early March. Some teams could potentially advance to the provincials in mid-March.

The return to school operational plan is designed to create safe, high-quality learning opportunities where all students learn, belong, and succeed. It is informed by the direction RVS receives from the government and is subject to adjustment as direction and guidance evolves.

This was the most recent change since Jan. 11.