BASKETBALL Victoria would like to make the following update regarding the Country event calendar for the remainder of 2020 up to February 2021.
With the return to community sport set to occur across Victorian basketball in upcoming weeks, we can now confirm the rescheduling or cancellation of the following events and tournaments as part of the Basketball Victoria Country 2020-2021 schedule.
While the focus is on a return to domestic basketball, there has been a consistent theme of encouragement and support regarding the resumption of ongoing programs and events that we host, in line with COVID-19 restrictions and safety guidelines set out by the Victorian Government.
Please note these dates are subject to change due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and any related Victorian Government restrictions.
Junior Country Championships
The 2020 Country Championships – Under-16/Under-18 Division 3 and 4, Under-14 and Under-12 have been cancelled.
Junior Domestic Championships
The 2020 Junior Domestic Championships have been cancelled. Basketball Victoria Country Development Officers will work with associations on an alternate celebration of basketball weekend if possible.
Country Basketball League
With the season not due to commence until October 2020, we believe there is sufficient time for the season to commence as usual. Further information about nominations and fixtures will be announced shortly.
Under 14 Regional Qualifiers
The 2020 Under-14 Regional Qualifiers, typically conducted in November annually across four Regions, is set to go ahead as scheduled. The event will be held either 21 November or 28 November (to be determined).
Under 14 Skills Days
The Under 14 Skills Days will be rescheduled to 8-9 August 2020 across the previously announced nine regional centres. Our aim is to deliver them from those nine centres, but if restrictions require less numbers in each centre to maintain proper hygiene and social distancing, then provisions can be made to extend this up to 18 centres.
Under 14 Regional Academy
The Regional Academy, usually conducted between April and September annually, will now be held from 10 August to 1 November, with this 12-week program including the September School Holidays.
It is expected that each athlete completes at least 10 hours of the re-developed program. Each Academy will conduct one single day camp to conclude the 2020 Regional Academy, this will become the selection camp for the next Country pathway.
Under 14 Gold Nugget Camp
The Gold Nugget Camp will be rescheduled to 7-8 November 2020 to take into account the availability of facilities.
Under 12 Skills Days and Jamboree
The U12 Skills Days will be conducted on 12-13 September 2020 at the previously announced nine regional centres. Our aim is to deliver them from those nine centres, but if restrictions require less numbers in each centre to maintain proper hygiene and social distancing, then provisions can be made to extend this up to 18 centres.
Provisions around the Jamboree need to be finalised, we are aiming to be run the event across the Melbourne Cup Weekend of 31 October – 3 November. If restrictions require a shorter Jamboree, this may be reduced to 31 October – 1 November. We will be in close communication with athletes’ parents, associations and administrators regarding any further changes to these proposed dates.
The following Referee Development Projects have been cancelled for 2020: Women With a Whistle, Referee Coach Course at Under-14 Country Championships.
With the Jamboree set to go ahead, this will give 18 young referees the opportunity to start in the pathway. Selection of attending referees will be overseen by Referee Development Officer Karin Berrysmith.
BASKETBALL VICTORIA COUNTRY – 2020-2021 SCHEDULE
U16/U18 Division 3 and 4 Country Championships – Cancelled for 2020
U12 Country Championships – Cancelled for 2020
U14 Country Championships – Cancelled for 2020
Domestic Junior Championships – Cancelled for 2020
Country Basketball League (CBL) – Scheduled for October
U14 Regional Qualifiers – Scheduled for November
U14 Skills Days – Rescheduled to 8-9 August
Regional Academy – Rescheduled to 10 August to 1 November
Gold Nugget Camp – Rescheduled to 7- 8 November
U12 Skills Days – Rescheduled to 12-13 September
Jamboree – Rescheduled to 31 October – 3 November (final dates to be confirmed)