COVID-19 Association Information from Basketball Victoria
Last Updated 19 March 2019
In this unpredictable and difficult time, we wanted to reassure you of our ongoing help and support. The decision to suspend all basketball related activities, programs and events was not an easy one to make. We understand that you may have questions and concerns and would like a clearer idea about the what might happen in the future.
Domestic / Social Basketball
Although the immediate focus is to understand how the current conditions affect us all, we also want to plan for the return of basketball and, in particular, for the return of grassroots, community basketball.
There are many associations that have already begun planning for ways to keep participants engaged while formal competitions have been postponed. We will also be working on strategies to help with this and these will be shared with you in due course. These engagement strategies will be targeted to all members of our community, including participants, volunteers, coaches and referees.
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. We will provide further updates as soon as more information comes to hand.
Aussie Hoops, 3×3 and Other Programs
Basketball Australia recommends all term one Aussie Hoops programs should be suspended immediately. Additionally, term two Aussie Hoops programs and registrations have also been suspended. Basketball Australia will not be accepting or processing term two registrations or participant pack orders until further notice.
Additionally, Basketball Australia has determined the programs identified below will be placed on hold until further notice:
- Walking Basketball
- 3X3 Community Hustle
- National Wheelchair Basketball Leagues (Men’s & Women’s).
We are exploring alternative scheduling options for NBL1, Big V and VJBL for 2020. We will provide as much notice as possible on any decisions made in relation to these leagues.
Specific Big V and NBL1 notifications will be sent to club delegates in addition to this information.
Basketball Australia (BA) have announced that the Under 18 Australian Junior Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup, scheduled for April, will no longer be proceeding. At this stage BA are investigating the option of moving these championships to a different date. Basketball Australia has advised all teams, as well as their families and supporters, to cancel existing travel arrangements and take advantage of credit being offered by providers.
State Development Programs, Country Championships and Under 14 Skills Days have also been suspended for the foreseeable future.
There are currently a number of Victorians playing overseas for Colleges, Academies, High Schools or Leagues. We will be endeavouring to contact these participants and their families to offer our support during this time.
We understand that many of you will be facing difficult economic times. We are advocating to Basketball Australia, Sport Australia, VicSport and Sport & Recreation Victoria to secure industry assistance as soon as possible.
- Talk to your banks to seek advice and support. The Australian Banking Association has stated that banks can help with items such as loan repayments, fees and overdraft extensions.
- The Federal Government’s Stimulus Package may assist some associations in areas such as cashflow assistance (details can be found here).
- We are also communicating with Sport and Recreation Victoria and will be able to provide a list of available grants when they come to hand
- There is a helpline and information for coronavirus specific information for individuals on the Fairwork site.
- If you are a member of either SIAG (Service Industry Advisory Group) or VECCI (Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) you can gain access to useful industrial relations advice.
If you require any assistance regarding facilities, rent, license agreements, etc. – please direct queries to BV’s Mark Hubbard: email@example.com
In addition, letters of support from Basketball Victoria can be drafted for Association use if required.
We understand this is a challenging time for everyone in the community. We are here to support you as much as we can during this period. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9837 8000 if you have any further questions, queries or ideas.