As of March 31, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we know people want an outlet, a stress-relief, a chance to play with their mates and rekindle their love of basketball. We are in the midst of something we have never experienced before and will hopefully never experience again. Basketball’s on-court hiatus is in place to help us “flatten the curve” of infection and ease the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this is the sacrifice that the community must make. Basketball will not be brought down by the current situation. Our current priority is to make decisions that ensure the health and wellbeing of all players, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers and all of our families are maintained.
We continue to regularly consult with key stakeholders including the Victorian Government, VicSport and Basketball Australia, as well as listening to our members which assists us in providing the appropriate guidance, information and updates on the continually unfolding COVID-19 situation and the effect on the basketball community.
Basketball Victoria Update
In light of the new Stage 1 restrictions from the State and Federal Government, Basketball Victoria’s offices in Wantirna and Bendigo were closed from 5pm Monday 23/3/2020.
There are a small number of key Basketball Victoria employees working from home, while the State Basketball Centre and Bendigo office reception(s) have new voicemails directing the public to email email@example.com if assistance is required.
Basketball Competitions, Programs, Leagues and Events
Domestic / Social Basketball
At this point, Victorian basketball competitions are suspended/postponed. We are planning for the resumption of competition although, understandably, there is considerable uncertainty about timelines at this stage. We will provide further updates as soon as more information comes to hand.
NBL1 2020 – cancelled
Big V 2020 – postponed. Future decision after Easter – April 14
VJBL – postponed. Please see update as of March 27 here
National Junior Classic
Under the current circumstances of inter-state shutdowns and indoor venue restrictions (due to COVID-19), there is considerable doubt as to whether the 2020 National Junior Classic will proceed as planned on June 6-8, 2020.
We understand the issues with interstate travel and accommodation, so we would like to give associations and teams as much notice as possible.
We are continuing to monitor the situation, following Government advice and liaising with stakeholders.
A final decision will be made on April 17, considering all event options including rescheduling and cancellation.
We will provide further updates as soon as they come to hand via the Basketball Victoria COVID-19 page.
Aussie Hoops, 3×3 and Other Programs
Term two Aussie Hoops programs and registrations have been suspended. Basketball Australia will not be accepting or processing term two registrations or participant pack orders until further notice.
Additionally, the following programs below are postponed until further notice:
- Walking Basketball
- 3X3 Community Hustle
- National Wheelchair Basketball Leagues (Men’s & Women’s).
We will continue to provide weekly updates to keep you informed.
In addition, we will be helping you all in the coming months to stay active, engaged and connected. Skills are taught on court, but perfected at home.
Remember: Champions are made when no one is watching 💪
Basketball will be back. We’re not going anywhere.
For more information about COVID-19 and ways to keep yourself and your family protected please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus