Q&A from Return to Sport Webinar – June 4, 2020

Q: We have been advised by the principal of the school we use that outside organisations are not to use school facilities until early July. Is this the case?

A: The education department have not made a specific recommendation on restricting outside users to the best of our knowledge. Individual venue managers, including schools may choose to limit access as they desire though.

Q: Where do you see tournaments?

A: Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines have a policy for tournaments and daytime competitions where participants are likely to stay in the venue for longer than one game. This is covered in COMPETITION – DAYTIME & TOURNAMENTS.

Q: Is there clarity as to indoor vs outdoor sport risk variation.

A: The government has noted that research indicates that there are greater risks posed indoors versus outdoors.

Q:  Will BV determine what BV level we are at?

A:  Basketball Victoria will have the current level listed on the COVID-19 page of our website at all time. This remains the central point for all information and developments.

Q:  Why are we imposing restrictions on children at training and games when they move around unrestricted for 5 days a week at school?

A:  This is a decision of the state government.

Q:  Are there any plans to modify what referees are able to do – re ball contact, whistle use, number of games etc

A:  The Basketball Victoria RTS guidelines provide an overview of modifications Referees should make to their standard officiating. These include hygiene practices, the crossover of officials and the use of hand whistles or electronic whistles.

Q:  Could BV provide statement letters to support the advice on social distancing etc. for Associations and Clubs to circulate to parents if and when we decide to train or play to help support decisions?

A: Basketball Victoria will provide a Return to Sport one pager for participants. This will include the general principles of the RTS guidelines.

Q: Several of the stadiums have nets and back to back seating with them. That will need to change as its not enclosed.

A: All venues will vary in design and layout. Associations need to determine a strategy that works for their venues. In the case above, the 4m2 rule would need to be followed shared between the two adjacent courts.

Q: Is it as simple as saying whenever BV say we are at Orange 50 then we are good to go?

A: Basketball Victoria will advise members of the level of restrictions we are currently operating under and the guiding principles of that level of restriction. Associations will then need to determine if they can operate competition, training, or both under the level of restriction.

Q: Does that mean scorers need to be 1.5 m apart

A: All efforts should be made to provide a safe environment for all participants of the sport. The guideline recommends 1.5m separation as per the government requirements, this should be adhered to wherever possible. A possible solution as seen in many retail venues would be the use of a Perspex divider between two people.

Q:  Is the Bio Security officer required for training too? And could that person be the coach?

A: The correct term is a nominated Bio Safety or COVID Safety Officer, who is required whenever a stadium is in use. Their primary role is to monitor the number of people within a venue and ensure the associations compliance with the RTS guidelines, therefore it is not recommended that this person is the coach as their primary responsibility is to the team and their players.

Q: Do you see the Bio Safety Officer as a paid role?

A:  The BSO (Bio Safety Officer) or COVID Safety Officer simply needs to be a nominated person. This does not need to be a paid position if the association is comfortable with a nominated volunteer performing the duties.

Q: With only trainings allowed on the 22nd it may not be financially viable to open. What is the view on charging teams for trainings?

A: Each association will need to review and consider the viability of operations at all levels of restrictions. Basketball Victoria can only provide advice on what is allowed at any time, not on the operations of associations.

Q: Will the governments compulsory collection of every visitor’s name and contact details be required when venues reopen?

A: Basketball is better positioned than most sports for recording of names and contact details due to PlayHQ’s Electronic Scoring and e-scoring habits that already exist. Data collection is only for contact tracing when required, therefore, when we get a level that allows spectators, a suitable solution is required to be able to trace back any individuals that have entered the stadium. PlayHQ’s electronic scoring captures all players tagged to a game, coaches and team managers – this is also fully reportable.

Q:  Is there an online training session that all clubs can access for the Bio Security officer to complete?

A:  Infection control training


Q:  Will BV help organise any bulk purchasing of hand sanitisers and cleaning wipes on behalf of associations?

A:  Basketball Victoria has established a number of preferred suppliers and negotiated prices or discounts. These are available on the COVID-19 page of our website.

Q:  What is BV’s advice on Associations running non-contact clinics during school holidays?

A: Provided members can adhere to the RTS and non-contact direction of the government, members are welcome to run skill sessions, clinics and camps during the upcoming school holidays.

Q:  I have noted there is a reference to 20 people participating in group exercise, it is important to note that any activity must be non-contact, with only 10 people participating at any one time in addition to those people running the training (eg coach, manager).

Does this mean that provided we can accommodate social distancing at both ends of the court you can have 10 athletes conducting non-contact drills at either end of the court?

 A: Yes. As long as activities do not include more than 10 people they can be conducted at either end of the court.


RESOURCES:  Infection control training