COVID-19 Archived Updates


Archived Updates as per below


Return to Sport Update – 20 July

The Victorian Government, on the advice from the Department of Health, has extended Victoria’s state-wide lockdown by seven days as of Thursday 20 July, 11.59pm. 

In line with Victorian Government health directives, basketball in Victoria will be remain under the RED-0 REACTIVATION LEVEL until Tuesday 27 July.   

This lockdown will affect both Greater Melbourne and Regional Victoria, with all information as follows applying state-wide. 

 

VJBL
The VJBL round scheduled for Friday 23 July has been cancelled. Unfortunately, games cannot be caught up due to previous restrictions, there are currently no allocated spare weekends.  

BIG V
There will be no Big V games for the weekend of Friday 23 July – Sunday 25 July. Further information on Big V competition dates will be announced as soon as possible. 

NBL1 SOUTH
Round 14 for the weekend of Friday 23 July – Sunday 25 July has been postponed. Further information on rescheduled NBL1 South competition dates will be announced as soon as possible.  

NATIONAL JUNIOR CLASSIC
At this stage, the National Junior Classic is still planned for the weekend of Saturday 18 September – Monday 20 September in Victoria. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make a final decision by August 13 as to whether the tournament will proceed in 2021.  

 

Click here to download the latest version of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines – Version 17 (20 July 2021).

  

RETURN TO SPORT REACTIVATION LEVEL 

FROM TUESDAY 20 JULY AT 11.59PM 

VICTORIA WIDE 

ALL AGES: RED-0 – no basketball activity permitted 

  

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings and the vaccination program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au. 

Return to Sport Update – 15 July

The Victorian Government, on the advice from the Department of Health, has enacted a five-day lockdown effective as of Thursday 15 July at 11.59pm.

In line with Victorian Government health directives, basketball in Victoria will be placed under the RED-0 REACTIVATION LEVEL until Tuesday 20 July.

This lockdown will affect both Greater Melbourne and Regional Victoria, with all information as follows applying state-wide.

VJBL
The VJBL round scheduled for Friday 16 July has been cancelled. Games will not be caught up due to previous lockdowns using up all previously allocated spare weekends. We will have further information available regarding fixtures as soon as possible.

BIG V
Big V’s Round 17 for the weekend of Friday 16 July – Sunday 18 July has been postponed. Further information on rescheduled Big V competition dates will be announced as soon as possible.

NBL1 SOUTH
NBL1 South Round 13 for the weekend of Friday 16 July – Sunday 18 July has been postponed. Further information on rescheduled NBL1 South competition dates will be announced as soon as possible.

REGIONAL UNDER-12 SKILLS DAYS
The Regional Under-12 Skills Days scheduled for 17-18 July have been postponed. Further information on the possibility of rescheduled Skills Days dates or refunds will be announced as soon as possible.

Click here to download the latest version of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines – Version 16 (15 July 2021).

RETURN TO SPORT REACTIVATION LEVEL
FROM THURSDAY 15 JULY AT 11.59PM

VICTORIA WIDE
ALL AGESRED-0 – no basketball activity permitted

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings and the vaccination program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

 

Return to Sport Update – 8 July

The Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health, has made further updates to restriction levels following the end of the circuit-breaker lockdown across Victoria with these measures starting from Thursday 8 July at 11.59pm. As of this announcement, there is no distinction between Greater Melbourne or Regional Victoria, with all information as follows applying state-wide.

In line with Victorian Government health directives, basketball in Victoria will stay at the ORANGE-50 REACTIVATION LEVEL, with 300 people per space permitted and groups to be fewer than 50 people per court. The main difference for Greater Melbourne is the increased density quotient.

Density Quotient

Venues will be required to maintain a density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm when using a COVID Check-In Marshall across Victoria, otherwise it is 1 person per 4sqm.

Masks

Masks are still mandatory for all patrons over 12 years of age at all times indoors (state-wide) unless medically exempt. Players, coaches and referees are exempt while on court participating in an exertive role, however, must be worn while not playing and on entry and exit of stadium.

Note: *Indoor Space

According to the Department of Health – Indoor Space is defined as: an area, room or premises that is or are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls that are temporary (in a physical recreational facility, food and drink facility or creative arts facility only) or permanent structures rising either from floor to ceiling or are at least 2.1 metres high, regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of them are open or closed.

Click here to download the latest version of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines – Version 15 (8 July 2021).

 

RETURN TO SPORT REACTIVATION LEVEL

FROM THURSDAY 8 JULY AT 11.59PM

VICTORIA WIDE

ALL AGES: ORANGE-50 (per court) / 300 per space

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings and the vaccination program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Return to Sport Update – 23 June

The Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health, has eased restrictions from the circuit-breaker lockdown or Greater Melbourne and Regional Victoria, with these measures starting from Thursday 24 June at 11.59pm.   

Greater Melbourne  

In line with Victorian Government health directives, basketball in Greater Melbourne will move to the ORANGE-50 REACTIVATION LEVELwith a maximum venue capacity of 300 people per space* as well as a maximum group size of 50 people per court. Spectators in Greater Melbourne are allowed within venue and space limits.  

Regional Victoria  

In Regional Victoria basketball in those regions will operate at the ORANGE-50 REACTIVATION LEVEL, with a maximum venue capacity of 300 people per space* as well as a maximum group size of 50 people per court. Spectators in Regional Victoria are allowed within venue and space limits.  

*Indoor Space 

According to the Department of Health – Indoor Space is defined as: an area, room or premises that is or are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls that are temporary (in a physical recreational facility, food and drink facility or creative arts facility only) or permanent structures rising either from floor to ceiling or are at least 2.1 metres high, regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of them are open or closed. 

Density Quotient  

Venues will be required to maintain a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm in Greater Melbourne and 1 person per 2sqm when using a COVID Check-In Marshall in Regional Victoria (otherwise it is 1 person per 4sqm).   

VJBL  

The scheduled Round 11 of VJBL will go ahead this Friday 25 June with fixtures already published to PlayHQ.

The VJBL Mental Health Round will go ahead this week. We want to thank all the associations, teams and families for their patience throughout this lockdown period and we look forward to seeing VJBL continue this week.  

Big V  

Big V will return this weekend with Round 14 to be played across 26-27 June. Please visit the Big V website for further information regarding schedules and season dates. 

The Big V Mental Health Round will also go ahead this week. 

NBL1  

NBL1 South will return this week with Round 10 to be held across 26-27 June. The NBL1 South Mental Health Round will also go ahead this week. 

Masks 

Masks are currently mandatory for all patrons over 12 years of age at all times indoors (state-wide) unless medically exempt. Players, coaches and referees are exempt while on court participating in an exertive role, however, must be worn while not playing and on entry and exit of stadium.   

Our understanding is these restrictions will remain for at least two weeks. We appreciate your understanding and patience throughout this difficult period.   

Click here to download Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines – Version 14 (23 June 2021).

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings and the vaccination program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au 

  

RETURN TO SPORT REACTIVATION LEVEL   

FROM THURSDAY 24 JUNE AT 11.59PM  

  

GREATER MELBOURNE   

ALL AGES: ORANGE-50 (per court) / 300 per space 

   

REGIONAL VICTORIA    

ALL AGES: ORANGE-50 (per court) / 300 per space 

 

Return to Sport Update – 16 June

The Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health, has eased restrictions from the circuit-breaker lockdown for Greater Melbourne and Regional Victoria, with these measures starting from Thursday 17 June at 11.59pm.  

Greater Melbourne 

In line with Victorian Government health directives, basketball in Greater Melbourne will move to the ORANGE-50 REACTIVATION LEVEL, however with a maximum limit of 50 people indoors in a venue at one time and limited to the minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity. Spectators in Greater Melbourne are not allowed, excluding the people necessary for events such as coaches, referees, carers, parents and guardians. 

Regional Victoria 

With the lessening of circuit-breaker restrictions in Regional Victoria, basketball in those regions will be able to move to the ORANGE-50 REACTIVATION LEVEL, with a maximum venue capacity of 300 people per venue as well as a maximum group size of 50 people per court. Spectators in Regional Victoria are allowed within venue limits. 

Density Quotient 

Venues will be required to maintain a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm in both Greater Melbourne and Regional Victoria.  

VJBL 

With indoor sport still under significant restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne, the upcoming VJBL round scheduled for Friday 18 June has been cancelled. This round will not be rescheduled due to the previous February lockdown exhausting all available catch-up weeks. 

Big V 

The current plan is to recommence the 2021 Big V season on the weekend of 26-27 June and extend the season by 2 weeks.   

The decision to not play this weekend (19-20 June) has been taken to allow athletes to recondition themselves so teams adequately prepare for the season recommencement, plus the current venue restrictions on spectators.   

More details to come when fixtures are finalised for rounds 11-13. 

NBL1 

Basketball Victoria and NBL1 South have postponed all scheduled Round 9 NBL1 South games this weekend. As a result, the NBL1 South fixture has been revised down to 20 games per team rather than 22 this season, due to the timing of the NBL1 Finals in September. Basketball Victoria and NBL1 South hope to recommence play in Round 10 (25 June), which will be the league wide NBL1 Mental Health Round, with 109 game nights still to be played in the next eight weeks. 

Government Funding Assistance 

The Victorian Government is delivering more support for grassroots clubs and associations with new payments towards costs associated with coronavirus restrictions.  

The $2000 grants from the Sporting Club Grants Program are available for organisations that have incurred costs that cannot be recouped after events or activities were cancelled or postponed.  

Costs available to be claimed include cancellation fees for facilities, coaches and officials, as well as loss of perishable goods and booking fees. 

Head to the Victorian Government website for further information. 


We appreciate your understanding and patience throughout this difficult period.  

Click here to download Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines – Full Version 13 (17 June 2021).

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings and the vaccination program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au. 

 

RETURN TO SPORT REACTIVATION LEVEL  

FROM THURSDAY 17 JUNE AT 11.59PM 

 

GREATER MELBOURNE  

ALL AGES: ORANGE-50 (per venue) 

  

REGIONAL VICTORIA   

ALL AGES: ORANGE-50 (per court) 


Return to Sport Update – 10 June

As noted yesterday, the Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health, has further eased restrictions from the circuit-breaker lockdown for Greater Melbourne and Regional Victoria, with these measures starting from Thursday 10 June at 11.59pm. 

We have received some further information from Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) today but are yet to receive updated Restricted Activity Directions (RADs) via the Department of Health which are now due tomorrow.  

Therefore, in regard to the current proposed restrictions, the following applies for all basketball training, competition or activity until Thursday 17 June at 11.59pm: 

Metropolitan Melbourne

  • Indoor training, competition or activity is not permitted until further advised. 
  • Outdoor activity is allowed but is restricted to a maximum of 10 people per group. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Organised outdoor community sport is permitted for children (those who wish to commit to outdoor games for ages 18 and under), with adults restricted to outdoor training only. 

Regional Victoria 

  • Indoor training, competition or activity is permitted for all ages – however with venue caps and restrictions. 
  • A maximum of 50 people indoors at any one time in the venue (limited to minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity). This has been clarified as per venue not per court unfortunately. 
  • Group size is limited to the minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity. 
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. 
  • Cannot travel into metropolitan Melbourne for community sport. 

We will continue to lobby on behalf of basketball and liaise with SRV for further easing of restrictions in the near future when practical and safe to do so. 

Masks

Masks are currently mandatory for all patrons over 12 years of age at all times indoors (state-wide) and outdoors (in Greater Melbourne only) unless medically exempt. Players, coaches and referees are exempt while on court participating in an exertive role, however, must be worn while not playing and on entry and exit of stadium.  

With the Victorian Government announcing that further restrictions could be eased late next week, we will have additional information to release at that stage. 

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings and the vaccination program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au. 

Floods 

We would also like to offer our thoughts and support to those communities affected by the recent weather and floods, with a number of major flood and evacuation orders in the last 24hrs and some stadiums used as evacuation centres eg Traralgon. Please stay up to date with warnings and advice via the Vic Emergency website or App.


Return to Sport Update – 9 June

The Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health, has further eased restrictions from the circuit-breaker lockdown for Greater Melbourne and Regional Victoria, with these measures starting from Thursday 10 June at 11.59pm. 

Unfortunately, there is some confusion with the detail of the restrictions released today, specifically for community indoor sport in Regional Victoria. 

We have been in close communication with Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) and what we do know is: 

  • Metropolitan Melbourne: unfortunately, there is no indoor sport until the next announcement for easing restrictionsOrganised outdoor community sport is permitted for children (those who wish to commit to outdoor games for ages 18 and under), with adults restricted to training only. Outdoor activity is restricted to a maximum of 10 people per group. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.  
  • Regional Victoria: is open for all ages training and competition, however we need further clarity on the number allowed indoors for each venue. 

We will be receiving detailed “Restricted Activity Directions” overnight and will provide a further update tomorrow.  

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings and the vaccination program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au


Return to Sport Update – 2 June

The Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health (formerly DHHS), has chosen to extend the circuit-breaker lockdown for Greater Melbourne, with these measures staying in effect from Thursday 3 June at 11.59pm until Thursday 10 June at 11.59pm. 

In line with Victorian Government health directives, basketball in Greater Melbourne will remain at the RED-0 REACTIVATION LEVEL as per the Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines. 

With the lessening of circuit-breaker restrictions in Regional Victoria, basketball in those regions will only be able to move to the RED-1 REACTIVATION LEVEL (OUTDOOR ONLY).

Outdoor activity is restricted to a maximum of 10 people per group. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Organised outdoor community sport is permitted for children (those who wish to commit to outdoor games for ages 18 and under), with adults restricted to training only. 

We will be in close communication with the Department of Health and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) to ensure indoor basketball can reactivate as quickly as possible following the current restrictions. 

We appreciate your understanding and patience throughout this difficult period. Please review the Return to Sport Guidelines for further information. 

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings and the vaccination program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au. 

Business Support Package 

The Victorian Government has also announced a Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to assist small to medium size businesses throughout the lockdown. The program will open for applications on Thursday 3 June 2021 and will remain open for three weeks. Visit the Business Victoria website for more information. 

 

Return To Sport Reactivation Level 

Thursday 3 June May at 11.59pm to Thursday 10 June at 11.59pm   

GREATER MELBOURNE 

ALL AGES:   RED-0

 

REGIONAL VICTORIA  

CHILDREN 18 AND UNDER: RED-10

PARTICIPANTS AGED 19 AND OVER: RED-10 (Training Only) 

For an explanation on RED-0 and RED-10click here for our most recent Return to Sport Guidelines. 

 


Return to Sport Update – 1 June

The following is an update from Basketball Victoria regarding the status of leagues, competitions and tournaments.

Basketball Victoria, in consultation with our commissions, associations and league delegates, has decided to postpone or cancel a number of basketball related competitions and events in the best interest of public health and safety.

We have proactively taken this step to ensure the community is aware of the upcoming schedule, can make alternative arrangements if required and to ensure athletes are allowed enough time to prepare and condition their bodies for any rescheduled games or events.

These are not decisions we take lightly, but with the current situation unfolding in Victoria we have determined this course of action to be the safest and in the best interest of the basketball community.

VICTORIAN JUNIOR BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Basketball Victoria, in consultation with the Junior Representative Commission and VJBL delegates, has cancelled the upcoming Friday 4 June VJBL round. This round will not be replayed or caught up due to previous catch-up games held for the February lockdown using the reserve week. Further updates regarding fixture updates for all VJBL competitions will be made next week.

BIG V

Basketball Victoria and the Senior Representative Commission have decided to postpone all Big V games scheduled for the weekend of 5-6 June. We are working through re-scheduling options and will have further announcements regarding the Big V fixture as soon as possible.

NBL1 SOUTH

Basketball Victoria has postponed all Victorian based games of NBL1 South scheduled for 5-6 June, with the second leg of the Tasmanian derby to be the only games of the round to proceed. Hobart will now travel to Ulverstone to play a double header against the Launceston Tornadoes and North West Thunder on Saturday evening. A revised fixture will be issues in the near future including the previously postponed 28-30 May games.

ALL OTHER BASKETBALL EVENTS, COMPETITIONS AND PROGRAMS

All Basketball Victoria school events scheduled until Monday 7 June including Bulla Hoop Time and the Victorian College Championships, will be cancelled. Alternative arrangements for these events and competitions will be announced at a later date.

Victoria Metropolitan and Victoria Country under-16 state team training sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

NATIONAL JUNIOR CLASSIC

Basketball Victoria has made the decision to postpone the National Junior Classic, originally scheduled to be held from 12-14 June 2021. We are looking at alternative dates during the September school holidays, and will have further updates regarding a re-scheduled event in the upcoming weeks.

We appreciate the support of clubs and associations throughout this difficult period and thank the entire basketball community for your understanding and patience.

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings and the vaccine program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Return to Sport Update – 27 May

The Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health (formerly DHHS), has enacted a circuit-breaker lockdown for all of Victoria, with these measures in effect from Thursday 27 May at 11.59pm until Thursday 3 June at 11.59pm.

In line with Victorian Government health directives, for the next seven days, basketball in Victoria will be reduced to the RED-0 REACTIVATION LEVEL as per the Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines.

VICTORIAN JUNIOR BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Basketball Victoria has cancelled all Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) games scheduled for Friday 28 May
. This round will not be replayed or caught up due to previous catch-up games held for the February lockdown using the reserve weeks. Further information regarding the Friday 4 June VJBL round will be announced during the week.

BIG V
Basketball Victoria has postponed all Big V games scheduled for the weekend of 28-30 May.
 This round will be rescheduled with further information about rescheduled dates and other potential round postponements will be announced next week.

NBL1 SOUTH

Following discussions with our clubs and guidance from the Victorian Government, all NBL1 South games scheduled this weekend in Victoria, as well as Albury will be postponed and rescheduled to later in the season.

The games between Mt Gambier, Hobart, North-West Tasmania and Launceston will continue as scheduled this Friday and Saturday nights.

We thank our NBL1 South clubs for their understanding and look forward to resuming the NBL1 South season as soon as possible.

NATIONAL JUNIOR CLASSIC
Basketball Victoria has not made a decision regarding the status of the National Junior Classic, scheduled for 12-14 June 2021 at Dandenong Basketball Stadium and the State Basketball Centre. Further information regarding this event will be announced as soon as available.

ALL OTHER BASKETBALL EVENTS, COMPETITIONS AND PROGRAMS 
All Basketball Victoria school events scheduled for this week, including Bulla Hoop Time and the Victorian College Championships, will be cancelled.

Victoria Metropolitan and Victoria Country under-16 state team training sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

Alternative arrangements for our programs, events and competitions will be announced at a later date.

We will be in close communication with the Department of Health and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) to ensure basketball can reactivate as quickly as possible following this seven-day circuit-breaker lockdown.

We appreciate your understanding and patience throughout this difficult period. Please review the Return to Sport Guidelines for further information.

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings, Victoria’s travel permit system and the vaccine program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.


Return to Sport Update – 25 May

The following is a Return to Sport Update regarding restrictions announced by the Victorian Government on Tuesday 25 May.

In response to the growing COVID-19 case numbers in Victoria as of this week, the Victorian Government and the Department of Health (formerly DHHS) have implemented a number of new restrictions for Greater Melbourne, effective as of Tuesday 25 May 2021 at 6pm AEST.

·       Private gatherings at home will be limited to five people per day

·       Outdoor public gatherings will be limited to 30 people

·       Face masks will need to be worn indoors by everyone over 12 years of age, unless a medical exemption applies

What does this mean for Community Basketball? 

We have been in discussions with SRV and VicSport, while we do not currently have exact information on the Restricted Activity Directions (RADs) – at this stage basketball competitions and programs can continue without any additional restrictions outside of the mandatory wearing of masks for everyone except coaches, players and referees in an exertive role as well as those with a medical exemption. All associations will need a COVIDSafe plan to continue operations.

These restrictions currently do not apply to Regional Victoria. Victorians who live in Greater Melbourne and need to travel to regional Victoria can still do so however, the restrictions travel with them. Victorians visiting regional Victoria from Melbourne will also need to wear a face mask when indoors even when outside of metropolitan Melbourne, unless an exemption applies.

Basketball Victoria will continue to make further updates regarding our Return to Sport Guidelines and any additional restrictions as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Current Restrictions:

Greater Melbourne

COVIDSafe 

Masks: Mandatory for everyone over the age of 12 years old except coaches, players and referees in an exertive role as well as those with a medical exemption.

Regional Victoria

COVIDSafe 

For more information about current COVIDSafe settings, Victoria’s travel permit system and the vaccine program, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.


Return to Sport Update – 20 April

A friendly reminder that venues and facilities have until 6.00pm Friday 23 April to register for the free Victorian QR Code Service or a digital system that is compatible with the Victorian Government API. After that time, fines may be issued.

To use the service, you only need to register the venue or business, download and print a poster containing a Victorian Government QR Code, and display it prominently.

Changes in COVID-19 restrictions will depend on compliance with record keeping and contact tracing obligations, as well as the prevailing epidemiological conditions.

Businesses and venues must continue to keep records even when they are unable to collect records electronically (e.g. if there is no internet or mobile phone data coverage). They must also make reasonable efforts to ensure that customers details are registered, if they are unable to do so themselves. This could include making an iPad available for customers to sign in, or assisting customers to sign in.

In exceptional circumstances, an alternative record keeping approach (including a non-electronic approach) may be used as a back-up.

An additional reminder that all associations and venues must have an active, up to date COVIDSafe Plan.

Stay up to date by visiting coronavirus.vic.gov.au


Return to Sport Update – 25 March

We are pleased to see additional easing of COVID-19 restrictions as announced earlier this week by the Victorian Government and the Department of Health. From 6pm on Friday 26 March the following changes occur: 

Venue Density and Patron Capacity 

Density limits in indoor venues will move from 1 person per 4sqm to 1 person per 2sqm. This is in line with other entertainment venues, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Additionally, the maximum number of people allowed in indoor non-seated entertainment / sporting venues will increase from 50 per cent to 75 per cent capacity. 

For basketball venues, this means the maximum number of people within a venue including participants and spectators where allowed, is 75% capacity per court dependent on venue density limits. Density limits are calculated at 1 person per 2m². The table on page 3 of the Return to Sport Guidelines (V12/March 26) shows the maximum capacity per court. 

 

Masks 

Masks will no longer be required in retail settings but Victorians will still need to carry one with them at all times and wear it on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis and in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities and hospitals. Basketball Victoria recommends – when social distancing cannot be maintained, that all patrons aged 12 years or oldershould wear a mask in venues unless medically exempt.   

As with previous updates, masks are not required during games for players, referees and coaches while on court. 

 

QR Codes 

Electronic record keeping such as QR codes must be used to allow for contact tracing to be updated. The QR code requirement for community sport, is to have electronic record keeping through the Services Vic application or a government API-linked digital system. Venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty to ensure this is the case. 

 

RETURN TO SPORT REACTIVATION STATUS – From Friday 25 March at 6pm 

ALL AGES: COVID-Safe 

For an explanation on COVID-Safeclick here for our updated Return to Sport Guidelines.

 


QR Code Reporting 

Basketball Victoria recommends the use of QR codes for all patrons to ensure sufficient attendance records are maintained over the coming months as we return to sport.

The Victorian Government has launched a new and free QR Code Service which will help venues and businesses to keep records of visitors. To use the service, you only need to register the venue or business, download and print a poster containing a Victorian Government QR Code, and display it prominently.

In addition, a PlayHQ COVID report is available for players, coaches and team managers who participate on a given day/night and are tagged into electronic scoring if a case arises. If required, please lodge a support ticket via https://support.playhq.com/


Return to Sport Update – 26 February

We are pleased to see further easing of COVID-19 restrictions as announced today Friday February 26 by the Victorian Government and Department of Health.

The main change for basketball in Victoria is the restrictions regarding mask wearing.

MASKS
From 11.59pm Friday February 26 – The change is:

Masks are not required during games for Players, Referees & Coaches while on court.

Masks are recommended for all patrons aged 12 years or older, when social distancing cannot be maintained, unless medically exempt.  

Please see full details in our Return to Sport Guidelines (Version 11 / February 26.

Venue density limits still apply, patrons need to maintain social distancing where possible and continue to follow hygiene practices, eg signage must state the number of people permitted inside, wipes and disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

RETURN TO SPORT REACTIVATION STATUS – From Friday 26 FEBRUARY AT 11.59pm

ALL AGES: COVID-Safe 

For an explanation on COVID-Safeclick here for our updated Return to Sport Guidelines.


Return to Sport Update – 17 February 

Great news! Please see the update below regarding the end of the ‘circuit breaker’ of Victorian Stage 4 restrictions as announced today (Wednesday 17 February) by the Victorian Government  and Department of Health 

We are pleased that basketball will be able to recommence across the state from Wednesday 17 February at 11.59pm at a COVID-Safe level according to the Return to Sport Guidelines (Version 10 / 17 February). 

Venue density limits will apply, patrons will need maintain social distancing where possible and continue to follow hygiene practiceseg signage must state the number of people permitted inside, wipes and disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.  

MASKS 

Masks are not required while on court during games for players and referees participating in an exertive role, however, must be worn while not playing and on entry and exit of stadiumCoaches (including during games) and all other patrons over 12 years of age – must wear a mask at all times while indoors unless medically exempt. 

 

VICTORIAN JUNIOR BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Basketball Victoria is pleased to announce that the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) will return to competition on Friday 19 February. All games postponed from Friday 12 February will be played this week to maintain our grading processesVenue density limits will apply.  

With all postponed games from Friday 12 February being played this week, all scheduled games for Friday 19 February, including the start of the VJBL Under-21 competition, will be pushed back until next week – Friday 26 February. 

We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding with the decision that was made to postpone last week. 

 

COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS – UNDER-18 AND UNDER-16

The Country Championships events – Under-18s in Bendigo and Under-16s in Traralgon – scheduled for Saturday 20 February and Sunday 21 February will proceed as previously scheduled. Venue density limits will apply. 

 

COUNTRY BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Country Basketball League (CBL) games will resume as previously fixtured with games scheduled for Saturday 20 February and Sunday 21 February to go ahead. Venue density limits will apply. 

 

STATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Basketball Victoria’s State Development Program (SDP) scheduled sessions will recommence on court from Monday 22 February. Venue density limits will apply. 

 

ALL OTHER BASKETBALL

All other basketball competitions, programs and tournaments will be able to recommence from Wednesday 17 February at 11.59pm. 

In line with Victorian Government health directives, basketball in Victoria has been set to the COVID-Safe reactivation level as per the current Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines (Version 10 / 17 February).

We appreciate your understanding and patience throughout this time.  

 

RETURN TO SPORT REACTIVATION STATUS – From WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY AT 11.59pm

ALL AGES: COVID-Safe 

For an explanation on COVID-Safeclick here for our updated Return to Sport Guidelines. 

In addition, this information will be distributed to participants who are registered in PlayHQ at 6pm today. 

Return to Sport Update – 12 February

The following is an update from Basketball Victoria regarding Victorian Stage 4 restrictions announced today (12/2/21) by the Victorian Government and Department of Health. 

From Friday 12 February at 11.59pm the Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health, has enacted Stage 4 restrictions for all of Victoria, with these measures in effect from Friday 12 February at 11.59pm until Wednesday 17 February at 11.59pm. 

VICTORIAN JUNIOR BASKETBALL LEAGUE 

While restrictions are being enforced from 11.59pm tonight (Friday 12 February 2021), Basketball Victoria has made the decision to postpone all Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) games scheduled for tonight. This decision is not taken lightly but is in the best interest of community health and safety. Basketball Victoria will aim to reschedule these VJBL games with further information to be announced next week.  

COUNTRY BASKETBALL LEAGUE 

All Country Basketball League (CBL) games scheduled for this weekend (Saturday 13 February/Sunday 14 February 2021) have been declared a washout in accordance with league rules. 

ALL OTHER BASKETBALL 

Basketball Victoria also highly recommends that no basketball should be played across Victoria for the rest of today (Friday 12 February) even with Stage 4 restrictions commencing at 11.59pm this evening. 

In line with Victorian Government health directives, for the next five days basketball in Victoria will be reduced to the RED-0 REACTIVATION LEVEL as per the current Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines. 

Basketball Victoria has not made a decision regarding the status of the Under-18 Country Championships, held in Bendigo, or the Under-16 Country Championships, held in Traralgon, with both scheduled to be held on 20-21 February. We will have further updates regarding these events and all basketball-related activities as soon as available. 

We will be in close communication with the Department of Health and Sport and Recreation Victoria to ensure basketball can be reactivated as quickly as possible following this lockdown. We appreciate your understanding and patience throughout this time period. 

Please review the Return to Sport Guidelines (Version 9 / 10 February) for further information. 

RETURN TO SPORT REACTIVATION STATUS – From FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY AT 11.59pm 

ALL AGES:  RED-0

For an explanation on RED-0, click here for our updated Return to Sport Guidelines.


Return to Sport Update – 4 February

Following the overnight update from the Victorian Government regarding the mandatory wearing of face masks while indoors, Basketball Victoria has made the following updates to our Return to Sport Guidelines 

Please visit the Victorian Government Coronavirus website for further information on current restrictions. 

As of 11.59pm on 3 February 2021, face masks are mandatory statewide in indoor public spaces. 

  • Approved face coverings must be worn by all patrons over the age of 12 years, while inside the venue, except for players or officials participating. 
  • Coaches or other people in non-exertive roles must wear a face mask at all times unless a lawful exemption applies. 
  • Face masks must be worn in indoor public spaces apart from when eating or drinking. You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. 

Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport status remains at COVID-Safe (formerly Green-100). 

Please review our updated Return to Sport Guidelines (Version 8 / 4 February) for further information. 


CURRENT RESTRICTIONS 

Wednesday 3 February at 11:59pm  

VICTORIA WIDE   

ALL AGES:    

  • COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) – Indoor/Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training.

For an explanation on what COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) means in practice, click here for our updated Return to Sport Guidelines.

Face masks are MANDATORY inside all public indoor spaces.

Return to Sport Update – 14 January

Tournaments / Public Event Guidelines and Face Masks Update 

 COVIDSafe Summer  

PUBLIC EVENT GUIDELINES 

The Victorian Government has released updated guidelines to help organisers of public events in Victoria meet their safety obligations and responsibilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These guidelines have now been incorporated into Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines to assist in planning tournaments through the early stages of 2021. 

Venue requirements for COVIDSafe Summer Phase 1 

 

 COVIDSafe Summer (Public event Phase 1)*   

  • 75% of the venue’s seating capacity, up to a maximum of 5,000 people seated. 
  • Density limit of one person per two square metres applies to non-fixed seated areas – for example, grassed areas.  
  • Electronic record keeping such as QR codes must be used to allow for contact tracing. 
  • Tier 3 events (with fewer than 1000 people) can permit some standing and roaming as per the Restricted Activity Directions. 
  • Tier 1 and 2 events (with more than 1000) people must be seated only. 

 

*Gradual easing of these restrictions to the next phase is subject to public health advice and is expected to be reviewed in January 2021 on a 14 day basis. 

Information on proposed phases 2 and 3 are available here. 

 

Requirements from public event organisers  

  • COVIDSafe Event Plan submitted for review and approval for Tier 1 and Tier 2 events. 
  • COVIDSafe Event Checklist uploaded and published online for Tier 3 events. 

 Note – limits on attendee numbers at public events apply to each day of the event, and include children older than 12 months, but do not include the staff required to run the event. 

Approvals and requirements for organisers of public events 

If you are planning a public event/tournament in Victoria, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that you are designing a COVIDSafe event in accordance with current public health advice. 

All public events must comply with the requirements of the Public Events Framework, including the attendee limits and density requirements. Depending on the scale and risk involved in running the public event, the event organiser must seek approval from the Victorian Government to run the event. 

The Victorian Government has established a process to review and approve events, ensuring public event organisers consider the appropriate infection prevention controls and public health advice as part of their planning and delivery of events. 

Tiered approach for assessing public events 

Public events will be assessed according to the size, complexity and associated risk factors. A three-tiered categorisation system is used to ensure the appropriate level of public health oversight is applied. 

Public health risk factors for events 

Factors that can increase the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission at an event are:  

  1. The event is primarily held indoors 
  1. The event includes unallocated seating 
  1. Alcohol is served at the event 
  1. There is extensive singing, chanting or cheering amongst attendees during the event 
  1. There is close physical interaction between attendees and/or participants, where they may not be able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between them for short periods of time 
  1. The event is held over multiple successive days with different attendees each day 
  1. The event is actively promoted interstate and is therefore likely to attract interstate attendees 

 

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 Tier 1 events 

Criteria 

  • events with 5000 or more attendees 
  • events with 1000 to 5000 attendees that involve six or more public health risk factors for events 

Requirements 

  • Tier 1 events must submit a COVIDSafe Event Plan to the Victorian Government for public health approval 
  • Tier 1 events must submit a plan 8-10 weeks before the start of the event 

 

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 Tier 2 events 

Criteria 

  • events with 1000 to 5000 attendees  
  • no more than five public health risk factors 

Requirements 

  • Tier 2 events must submit a COVIDSafe Event Plan to the Victorian Government for public health approval 
  • Tier 2 events must submit a plan 4-6 weeks before the start of the event 

 

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 Tier 3 events 

Criteria 

  • events with 1,000 or fewer attendees per event 
  • risk factors do not apply 

 

Requirements 

  • Tier 3 events must complete and submit a COVIDSafe Event Checklist to the Victorian Government to register the event. 
  • Tier 3 events must submit the COVIDSafe Event Checklist at least one week before the start of the event. 

 

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 Organisers of any type of public event or tournament will be required to develop a COVIDSafe Event Plan or complete a COVIDSafe Event Checklist. 

 

What is a COVIDSafe Event Plan? 

A COVIDSafe Event Plan is a comprehensive document that sets out how Tier 1 and Tier 2 public events will be managed to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) among attendees and staff. 

Further guidance on the key areas to address in a COVIDSafe Event Plan and the template is available on the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus website. 

 

What is a COVIDSafe Event Checklist? 

The COVIDSafe Event Checklist enables Tier 3 event organisers to consider and implement controls to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  

 

Does my COVIDSafe Event Checklist need to be approved by the Victorian Government? 

No, COVIDSafe Event Checklists do not need to be approved by the Victorian Government. However, organisers of Tier 3 events need to complete and upload their COVIDSafe Event Checklist to the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus website. You can use this questionnaire to find out what the requirements are for your event. 

 

Does my COVIDSafe Event Plan need to be approved by the Victorian Government?  

Yes, all Tier 1 and Tier 2 events will require a COVIDSafe Event Plan approved by the Victorian Government. 

 

What if I am still unsure if my event requires a COVIDSafe Event Plan (Tier 1 or Tier 2) or a COVIDSafe Event Checklist (Tier 3)? 

If you have read this document and the Public Events Framework and are still unsure whether your gathering is a public event or what type of planning is needed, you can log your question by emailing COVIDSafeEvents@ecodev.vic.gov.au 

For further detailed information on the public events framework and FAQs please visit here 

QR Code Reporting  

Basketball Victoria recommends the use of QR codes for record keeping of all patrons to ensure sufficient attendance records are maintained as we return to sport. 

The Victorian Government has launched a new and free QR Code Service which will help venues and businesses to keep records of visitors. To use the service, you only need to register the venue or business, download and print a poster containing a Victorian Government QR Code, and display it prominently. 

In addition, a PlayHQ COVID report is available for players, coaches and team managers who participate on a given day/night and are tagged into electronic scoring if a case arises. If required, please lodge a support ticket here. 

Return to Sport Update – 7 December

 

Basketball Victoria is pleased to announce further easing of restrictions regarding indoor basketball for participants and spectators across Victoria following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday 6 December.

Announced as part of the Victorian Government’s move to “CovidSafe Summer”, further information on how this affects sport and leisure is also available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Basketball Victoria has made the following updates in line with our Return to Sport Guidelines based on DHHS Restricted Activity Directions, effective as of Sunday 6 December at 11.59pm.

Basketball associations and clubs can operate under the COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) category of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, subject to the following:

  • Activities permitted at this level must follow a 1 person per 4 square metre density quotient, social distancing rules apply.

  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside

  • Wipes, sanitiser / disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons

  • Attendance record keeping is required (QR codes are highly encouraged)

  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVID-Safe Plan online.

  • Face masks are not required for players, referees and coaches during games.

  • Masks are recommended for all others in attendance.


Return to Sport Update – 23 November

Basketball Victoria is pleased to confirm the return of indoor basketball for participants of all ages across Victoria following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday 22 November and the subsequent Restricted Activity Directions from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Announced as part of the Victorian Government’s move to Last Step Restrictions, further information on how this affects sport and leisure is also available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Basketball Victoria has made the following updates in line with our Return to Sport Guidelines based on DHHS Restricted Activity Directions, effective as of Sunday 22 November at 11.59pm. 

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In principle, basketball can return under the Orange-50 category of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, subject to the following:

  • Venues with an Occupancy Permit of less than 600 people are subject to a maximum capacity of 150 people per venue, 50 people per court (as per Orange-50 RTS) or 1 person per 4m2 whichever is the lesser;
  • Venues with an Occupancy Permit of more than 600 people are subject to a maximum capacity of 25% of the occupancy, 50 people per court (as per Orange-50 RTS) or 1 person per 4m2 whichever is the lesser.
  • Under Orange-50 guidelines, parents and guardians are limited to 1 person per participant – under 18.
  • Approved face coverings should be worn by all patrons over the age of 12 years, on arrival and departure from the stadium and at any time when not participating. Referees, coaches or other people in non-exertive roles must wear a face mask unless a lawful exemption applies.
  • Players and officials may choose to wear a mask during competition, provided that the masks are made of a non-abrasive, soft material such as paper or cloth and attached to the ears with elastic. Those choosing to wear a mask whilst playing basketball or officiating should seek medical advice prior to doing so to ensure they understand any personal risks associated with wearing a face mask during physical exercise. They should limit their court time and if experiencing shortness of breath or dizziness you should immediately take a break until they return to normal and consider removing the mask.
  • Where the maximum capacity for the facility is 500 or more, a COVIDsafe Plan for the facility must be published on the facility’s Internet site. Basketball Victoria recommends all venues have a COVIDsafe Plan in place.

Please Note:

  • Orange-50 is subject to venue capacities
  • Basketball Victoria advocated for DHHS to consider all stadiums based on their size, not based on the four walls.
  • Venue capacity based on occupancy/fire permit eg <600 cap = max 150, >600 cap = 25% of occupancy capacity.

Officials/Employees/Parents/Guardians/Spectators: 

  • Employees and venue staff are excluded from Venue & Group Cap;
  • Referees, coaches and other Team Officials are excluded from the Venue & Group Cap;
  • Parents/Guardians are included in the Venue Cap, but excluded from the Group Cap.
    • The Victorian Government (DHHS) do not have spectators for indoor community sport at this stage, which is reflected in our RTS guidelines.
    • Our guidelines state that 1 parent/guardian per child are allowed for supervision purposes only for competitions under 18.
    • For 19 and over competitions there are no spectators allowed at this stage.

Bio-Safety Officer

While not mandated by DHHS, Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines require a Bio-Safety Officer to be appointed whenever stadiums are active to assist with and monitor associations compliance with Orange-50 guidelines.

QR Code Reporting
Basketball Victoria also recommends the use of QR codes for all patrons to ensure sufficient attendance records are maintained over the coming months as we return to sport.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

Sunday  22  November at 11:59pm 

VICTORIA WIDE  

ALL AGES:   

  • Indoor/Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training Orange-50

For further information on our Return to Sport Guidelines click here.

For an explanation on what Orange-50 per court means in practice, click here.


Return to Sport Update – as of Monday 9 November 

We welcome yesterday’s announcement from the Victorian Government in regard to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions with the current (as of November 9) ‘Third Step’ aligning Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne, plus the roadmap to the ‘last step’ (as of November 23).  

However, the situation in relation to the number of people allowed per venue/facility or per space is still awaiting clarity/amendment by DHHS and SRV for both the ‘Third’ and ‘Last Step’ 

Please note: The current DHHS guidelines stipulate that a ‘facility’ is capped at 20 people only, regardless of the number of courts or in fact number of annexes. 

We remain hopeful this refined definition of ‘Facility / Zone / Space/Venue? by DHHS can be resolved in the coming days, we have advocated via SRV and VicSport again this morning, along with a number of other indoor sports and facility operators. 

From November 23 (the Last Step), there is positive news that both adult and junior participants can return indoors in a ‘contact’ or ‘non-contact’ scenario for either training or competition. However, a venue limit of 100 ‘patrons’ has been set for indoor community sport and a group limit of 20. This is in addition to large sporting venues being able to open with a 25 percent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient. 

We have asked for clarity on the definition of ‘patron’ as well as further detail on venue definitions and approved capacities. 

We understand the current frustration in your attempts to try and plan to reactivate the sport. We will continue to discuss the issues and advocate our position with the Victorian Government on a daily basis.  

These matters will be discussed on Thursdays (November 12) Association Meeting and will provide any updates as soon as we are made aware. 

 

RESTRICTIONS: 

From 11:59pm on Sunday 8 November  

Please refer to Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines for further detail 

VICTORIA WIDE 

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER: 

  • Outdoor (contact) Competition and/or TrainingORANGE-20 
  • Indoor (non-contact) training onlyORANGE-20

 

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:

  • Outdoor (non-contact) training only – RED-10 

 

From 11:59pm on Sunday 22 November 

 VICTORIA WIDE 

ALL AGES:  

  • Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or TrainingORANGE-50
  • Indoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training ORANGE-20* 

 NB: Further clarity to come* 

  • Patron cap of up to 100 people*. 
  • Group size up to 20 people*. 
  • Density quotient of 1 per 4m ²* 
  • Large sporting venues will be able to open with a 25 percent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient*. 

Return to Sport Update – as of Monday 2 November 

Please find information below regarding Victorian Government Sports Vouchers and a Return to Sport update.

Victorian Sports Vouchers

The Victorian basketball community is set to benefit from the Victorian Government’s $21 million investment into community sport.

Basketball Victoria have been advocating the use of Government sports vouchers for some time and more recently in conjunction with VicSport and affiliates through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yesterday’s announcement of the Get Active Kids voucher program will support a large number of Victorian children with the costs of participating in sport and recreation activities. The program will provide $200 vouchers to help eligible families with the cost of uniforms and equipment, as well as membership and participation fees.

The program will launch in 2021, with further details around eligibility criteria and how to apply to be announced in coming months.

This is fantastic news for grassroots and community basketball and this will greatly assist in our return to sport across the state.

Return to Sport Update

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said (Sunday, November 1) he was confident that indoor sport would start by the end of the year but cautioned that indoor spaces provided a much higher risk of transmission.

“It will progressively go from outdoors to indoors, from non-contact to full contact. Across the board for age groups from children to adults,” he said. “I am confident that will happen this year and we are on the path to this.”

Our current situation in relation to the number of people allowed per venue/facility or per space is currently in negotiation with DHHS, SRV and the LGA working group. The current DHHS guidelines stipulate that a ‘facility’ is capped at 20 people only, regardless of the number of courts or in fact number of annexes.

A refined definition of ‘Facility / Zone / Space’ is being re-worked by DHHS and Basketball Victoria have put our case forward as strongly as possible.

The agreed definitions of space and density set earlier in June in relation to zones & areas are (at this stage) not the same today.

We will continue these discussions and provide an update as soon as there is a change.

Return to Sport Update – as of Tuesday 27 October 

Return to Basketball and Current Restrictions 

The announcement on Monday 26 October by the Victorian Government is good news for a step towards a COVID-Normal life for Victorians and some easing of restrictions for basketball across Victoria.

Unfortunately, due to basketball being classified as an indoor and “contact sport” (i.e. a sport that is unable to be played at a social distancing length of 1.5m between each participant) by the Victorian Government, basketball competition indoors is still subject to being part of the Last Step of the COVID Roadmap.

Please refer to the Metropolitan Melbourne Roadmap here and the Regional Victoria Roadmap here for further information. The Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines and the One Page summary has been updated for specific basketball re-activation.

Please note: ‘non-contact’ means a sport capable of being played with a distance of 1.5m – basketball competition is classified as a ‘contact’ sport.

We will continue to advocate to Government and other stakeholders on behalf of the basketball community to ensure the quickest and safest possible return of competition basketball across the state.


Return to Sport Update – as of Monday 19 October 

Return to Basketball and Current Restrictions 

The announcement on Sunday 18 October by the Victorian Government has eased restrictions in several areas across Victoria.  

Unfortunately, due to basketball being classified as a “contact sport” (i.e. a sport that is unable to be played at a social distancing length of 1.5m between each participant) by the Victorian Governmentbasketball is subject to being part of the Last Step of the COVID Roadmap. 

Victoria’s current level of restrictions regarding basketball’s return to sport have not changed from our last update, but there is greater clarity around future restrictions being eased at the end of the month. 

Future eased restrictions were announced yesterday detailing the roadmap for community sport. As of Sunday 1 November at 11.59pm, Metropolitan associations and clubs within Metropolitan LGAs will be able to participate in outdoor competition or regular training (18 Years and Under) or outdoor non-contact training (19 Years and Over) in addition to Regional associations (or clubs) being able to train indoors (non-contact) in the short term.

We will continue to advocate to Government and other stakeholders on behalf of the basketball community to ensure the quickest possible return of Victorian basketball across the state. 

Please refer to the Victorian DHHS website as well as Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines for further information. 

 

Current Basketball Restrictions

REGIONAL AND COUNTRY SHIRES  

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:
Current Reactivation Status: ORANGE-20 – Outdoor Competition or Training

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:
Current Reactivation Status: RED-10 – Outdoor non-contact training only
 

METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE 

All associations and domicile participants 

All – RED-0

Please note: non-contact sport means a sport capable of being done with a distance of 1.5m 

We also note that this is sanctioned training or competition. According to the DHHS – recreational outdoor activity/exercise can take place with:
  • A limit of 10 people from 2 household per group or more than 10 if the entire group is from the same household and you must be able to keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Return to Sport Update –  As of September 28

While we are heading in the right direction with COVID-19 case numbers and are pleased to see the further easing of restrictions for regional Victoria, unfortunately, indoor sport is still located within the Governments last step. We continue to discuss with Sport and Recreation Victoria and advocate for a clearer path for basketball to return as soon as possible, when safe to do so.

As of September 17, Regional Victorian’s can participate in outdoor activity and training as per the Roadmap’s Third Step. In alignment with our Return to Sport Guidelines the restrictions are:

Current Basketball Restrictions 

REGIONAL AND COUNTRY SHIRES 

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:

  • Current Reactivation Status = ORANGE-20
  • Contact and non-contact for outdoor (only) – training and competition

 

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:

  • Current Reactivation Status = RED-10
  • Non-contact training for outdoor training only

 

Please see one page guide to assist or see the full Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines

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METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE

All associations and domicile participants

Reactivation Status = RED – 0 

As per Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines

 

High Performance and Country Event Cancellations

With Victoria navigating its way through the current COVID-19 restriction roadmap, and with the focus on a successful return of grassroots basketball for the community, unfortunately we have had to cancel a selection of high-performance and country tournaments and events in the latter part of 2020 / early 2021 or withdraw teams where necessary. Please visit here for a full update

Victorian Business Resilience Package

Over the weekend the Victorian Government announced a $3 billion Business Resilience Package to support Victorian businesses affected by the extended restrictions and shutdowns. Applications and full details are not available until Friday, but the Business Victoria website is updated here.

The main feature is the third round of business support fund grants. Broadly speaking, the eligibility criteria is that the business;

  • operates a business located within Victoria
  • be enrolled and participating in JobKeeper
  • employ people and be registered with WorkSafe
  • have had an annual payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20
  • hold an ABN and be registered for GST
  • be registered with the responsible federal or state regulator.

An eligible business will receive:

  • $10,000 if its annual payroll is less than $650,000
  • $15,000 if its annual payroll is between $650,000 and $3 million
  • $20,000 if its payroll is between $3 million and $10 million.

Grants for round 3 open 18th September and the full list of criteria will be available at that time.

Infrastructure and Facilities Assistance

As you might be aware Mark Hubbard recently resigned from his role as Facilities and Government Relations Manager due to family reasons. As we have a number of time critical, strategic infrastructure projects Mark was working on, we have had to act quickly to help resource these projects which are very important for the future of basketball in the state.

Therefore, we have appointed Stephen Walter into the role of Manager – Business Development and Infrastructure for a period of 12 months. Stephen is an experienced leader having worked in and with associations on large strategic projects and facility management over a number of years. Most recently Stephen’s roles included the CEO of Dandenong Basketball Association and prior to that the CEO of Knox Basketball Inc. Stephen has commenced work today and will be leading the State Basketball Centre redevelopment among other projects.

Additionally, Peter Eddy will be acting in a Strategic Projects Advisory role over the coming months to assist associations with high level strategic projects based in the western area of the state. Most recently Peter has worked as CEO at Ballarat Basketball and was instrumental working with LGA’s on the redevelopment of their facilities. Peter has devoted many years to serving basketball and can provide subject matter expert advice on these high-level projects.

Welcome to both Stephen and Peter.

Please contact us if you have any queries about the return to sport or challenges you have at your association.


Return to Sport Update –  As of September 9

Thank-you to those who attended the association update meeting today. Please find the recording here and slides here from the session. To re-iterate, we continue to advocate as hard as we can for a clearer path for basketball (indoor sport) to return within the Victorian Government Roadmap, specifically the ability to return at Step 3 when safe to do so. We will continue to update you with any progression in this area.

We also advise associations and clubs to apply for all of the grant opportunities available (as per Ben Pahl’s presentation) for associations / clubs during this time.

Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


Current Basketball Restrictions 

METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE

All associations and domicile participants

Reactivation Status = RED – 0 

(as per Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines)

 

REGIONAL AND COUNTRY SHIRES 

All associations and domicile participants

Reactivation Status = RED – 0 

(as per Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines)


Return to Sport Update –  As of August 3

The following is an update from Basketball Victoria regarding the announcement of additional restrictions by the Victorian Government on Sunday 2 August. 

Metropolitan Melbourne 

From 6pm on Sunday 2 August, Stage 4 Restrictions are in place across Metropolitan Melbourne for the following six weeks. Please visit the DHHS website for further information. These restrictions will be in place until at least Sunday 13 September. 

Basketball Victoria will remain in close consultation with Government, our associations and other major stakeholders throughout this period to ensure our sport can return to play in a safe manner as soon as possible. 

Regional Victoria 

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 August, Stage 3 Restrictions will apply throughout all regional Victoria. Please visit the DHHS website for further information. 

In addition, the use of face masks / coverings is now mandatory throughout the whole of VictoriaRegional Victorian associations will move to a RED – 0 reactivation status as per the Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines under the newly implemented Stage 3 Restrictions. 

Mitchell Shire will remain under Stage 3 Restrictions following yesterday’s announcement and not move to Stage 4 Restrictions. 

These additional restrictions will require the rescheduling of Basketball Victoria Country events. We will announce these rescheduled event dates as soon as available. 

 These are challenging times for the whole community, we all have a responsibility to do the right thing and respect the restrictions to ensure we reduce the spread and give ourselves a chance to return to play as soon as possible. 


Return to Sport Update –  As of July 30

Thank-you to everyone who attended the Return to Sport update meeting yesterday and to Kelly (Wodonga) and Ben (Bendigo) who shared their situation, stories and knowledge.

You can see the recording here or pass on to those who couldn’t make it.

Face Masks

Face masks are covered on page three of the Return to Sport Guidelines and the summary document. These were updated this week to reflect our position.

Now that masks are mandatory across all of Victoria, for those associations in regional Victoria who are operating – all of the basketball community including team officials, parents, staff and all athletes over 12 years of age must wear face masks on arrival and departure from the venue, as well as inside the venue, except for participants or officials during competition. This is optional, but is allowed provided they adhere to the Return to Sport Guidelines.

Does this mean all people should wear a mask at all times – parents, staff, players and volunteers?

  • Yes – Parents, staff, volunteers, team officials must wear a mask at all times.
  • Players do not need to wear a mask (but they are able to at their discretion).

Do referees need to wear a mask?

  • No, referees do not need to wear a face mask, however they may do so, if they choose to.

We have confirmed with our insurers that an injury relating from the wearing of a mask, i.e. a broken finger from being caught in a mask, would be covered like any other personal injury, subject to the conditions of the policy. That being said, the concept of masks having elastic ear loops and being made of soft materials is designed to limit that risk also.

All of our guidelines and tools can be found here.

While todays COVID-19 case numbers can make us feel a little deflated, we must keep doing the right things, stay engaged and connected as a community to ensure we get through this as soon as we can.


Return to Sport Update –  As of July 21

Please see below a Return to Sport update including advice for face masks, potential VJBL exhibition games and an invitation to an online meeting next week.

Return to Sport Updated Summary

Please click here for an updated one-page summary of current COVID-19 restrictions and guidance on hygiene and venue requirements including direction for operators of recreational venues (in Regional Victoria) who are required to make reasonable endeavours to not provide service to people from metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire.

Face Masks

Since the Victorian Government has introduced new rules and recommendations relating to face masks we have been receiving a number of questions relating to the Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines. Basketball Victoria continues to monitor and review the directions from the DHHS as the Victorian Governments primary source of health information, and the related guidelines from Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Below is the current advice from DHHS:

  • People living in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are required to wear a face covering from 11:59pm Wednesday 22 July when leaving their home for one of the four permitted reasons. The fine for not wearing a face covering will be $200.
  • Face coverings in regional Victoria continue to be recommended in situations where maintaining 1.5 metres distance is not possible – however regional Victorians will have to wear a mask when visiting metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire for one of the permitted reasons.
  • Face coverings can reduce the risk of transmission but are not a substitute for physical distancing.

To assist you with potential questions that may arise from your community, here is a brief FAQ from BV:

Does this mean all people in a stadium (in Regional Victoria) should wear a mask – parents, staff, players and volunteers?

  • Players do not need to wear a mask (but they are able to at their discretion).
  • It is also at the discretion of staff and volunteers of clubs and associations if they wish to wear face masks – consider DHHS recommendations.
  • It is at the discretion of parents to wear a face mask and they should consider the DHHS recommendations.

Do referees need to wear a mask?

  • No, referees do not need to wear a face mask, however they may do so, if they choose to.

In terms of liability, we are not mandating that athletes/participants must wear a mask in Regional Victoria, it remains a personal choice, not the policy of Basketball Victoria.

We have confirmed with our insurers that an injury relating from the wearing of a mask, i.e. a broken finger from being caught in a mask, would be covered like any other personal injury, subject to the conditions of the policy. That being said, the concept of masks having elastic ear loops and being made of soft materials is designed to limit that risk also.

Potential VJBL Exhibition Games

While the focus of associations and Basketball Victoria continues to be on the return of grassroots and domestic basketball for the wider Victorian community, there is a demand for a level of junior representative basketball, if circumstances relating to COVID-19 restrictions improve and restriction levels ease to allow for the reopening of stadiums and the recommencement of competition basketball.

The VJBL is looking at options for geographically based exhibition games for teams entered in the current VJBL Championship season for U12’s to Under 18’s to participate before the start of the 2020/21 VJBL season, if safe to do so. Should these games be possible, Basketball Victoria will not be charging associations for the management and fixturing of games, however teams will still be required to pay a team-sheet fee on the day to cover referees and association costs.

Consideration will be given to the length of time participants have been absent from the game and a period of time to allow athletes to train before a return to competitive play. The health, safety and well-being of the community and our players is at the forefront of all decisions as we look to provide opportunities to play.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when information arises.

Association Meeting – 29/07/20

We would like to invite you and all associations to attend an online update and discussion next week. Please RSVP here and the online link will follow the day before the meeting.

When:

  • Wednesday 29th July – 10am

Where:

  • Online – Zoom Conference (details will follow to join once RSVP’d)

Further information on COVID-19 restrictions is available via the DHHS website and the Basketball Victoria Return to Sport pages.


Return to Sport Update –  As of July 13

Update: Senior / 19 Years and Over Participation (Regional Victoria)

Previous: Full-contact training was scheduled to resume on Monday 13 July, with full-contact competition set to return on Monday 20 July.

Now: No competition or contact training

The Victorian Government has stopped the resumption of full-contact training and competition for people aged 19-and-over in regional Victoria until further notice.

All participants 19 years and over in regional Victoria remain on Orange-20 (Indoor/Outdoor Non-Contact Training) until further notice. Further easing of restrictions, including target dates, will be considered by the Victorian Chief Health Officer by the end of July.

This decision does not affect the resumption of full-contact training or competitions for people aged 18-and-under in regional Victoria, as full-contact training and competitions for these age groups can continue as previously scheduled.

Further information on the new restrictions is available via the DHHS website.


Return to Sport Update –  As of July 9

Senior / 19 years and over participation (Regional Victoria)

Previous communications from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV), have indicated a potential mid-July return of full contact training (July 13) and return to competition (July 20) for participants 19 years and over in regional Victoria. We are seeking formal advice, but the early indications are the return to sport for these dates are doubtful. We suggest all plans for Senior Domestic Competitions (in Regional Victoria) are placed on hold until we receive confirmation.

All participants 19 years and over in regional Victoria remain on Orange-20 (Indoor/Outdoor Non-Contact Training) until further notice.

BV Participant Licence

The Basketball Victoria participation licence is not season or association specific and allows individuals to play as many times as they want across the state in a 365-day period. We are extending all active licences for the duration of the period that basketball was unable to be played in Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: A detailed explanation of the 365 Day Licence can be found here.

Refunds

Generally speaking, BV’s licence fee is not refundable, as per our terms of registration and we are extending the licences as per above. However, we can consider requests for refunds in certain cases. We are obviously in a unique situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and we understand any significant economic or health related impact.

The process/conditions for individual refunds are as follows:

  • Refund requests need to come through the association (as per the correct communication channel) via http://support.playhq.com
  • The player needs to have played fewer than 3 games
  • Player’s registration to the season in question needs to be marked as cancelled
  • A valid reason needs to be provided
  • BV needs confirmation in writing that the association and/or club has refunded any fees that were paid to them before BV considers the request for refund of the BV licence fee
  • Bank details provided for an approved refund to be processed

Bulk Refunds – Club or Association Fees

We are working with PlayHQ to provide a simple solution for any clubs or associations that would like to process bulk season refunds to an entire member base. We will be able to provide the detailed process early next week.

PlayHQ Updates and Releases

The roadmap for PlayHQ development continues as the platform ‘built by and for basketball’ continues to expand.

Administrators can visit here for functionality and feature updates and releases by PlayHQ

NB: If you have any issues or questions, please contact a member of the BV Digital Support Team by starting a conversation here.

PlayHQ Webinars / Refresher

Administrators are reminded that they can view recent PlayHQ Webinars here for registration or competition management set-up.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

As this time can be a very difficult period for a lot within our community, we encourage you all to stay connected and look out for each other.

We recently had a Mental Health & Wellbeing Webinar with Frank Arsego and Justine Salida which you can re-visit here this includes a slide pack with contacts for support networks and relevant resources.

We will continue to provide updates as soon as possible.

Stay Safe.

Current Basketball Restrictions – As of July 9

METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE (including Mitchell Shire)

All associations and domicile participants

July 9 to August 20

Reactivation Status = RED – 0 

(as per Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines)

 

REGIONAL AND COUNTRY SHIRES (excluding Mitchell Shire)

At present for those participants not located within the Metropolitan Melbourne LGAs and Mitchell Shire under COVID-19 Stage 3 restrictions, community basketball is currently able to operate under the following restrictions:

 

18 Years Old and Under

Full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is currently possible. Please check with your association or club as to their Return to Sport schedule.

All participants 18 years and under in regional Victoria remain on Orange-50 (Indoor/Outdoor Training and Competitions) until further notice.

 

19 Years Old and Over

The Victorian Government has stopped the resumption of full-contact training and competition for people aged 19-and-over in regional Victoria until further notice.

All participants 19 years and over in regional Victoria remain on Orange-20 (Indoor/Outdoor Non-Contact Training) until further notice. Further easing of restrictions, including target dates, will be considered by the Victorian Chief Health Officer by the end of July.

Click here to read about the Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines. 


Return to Sport Update –  As of July 7

Basketball Victoria acknowledges the Victorian Government’s announcement today (July 7) of increased COVID-19 restrictions (return to Stage 3) for Metropolitan Melbourne (plus Mitchell Shire) from 11.59pm July 8 for a period of six weeks (August 20).

While this announcement is disappointing for the return of community basketball for a large percentage of the Victorian population, the health and safety of the community is the most important focus for us all at the moment. We must play our part to help curb the spread.

Please visit DHHS for the Premier’s statement on COVID-19 – Stage 3 restrictions.

Summary of Current Restrictions for Basketball (please refer to the Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines):


Metropolitan Melbourne (& Mitchell Shire) Information Only

Metropolitan Melbourne LGAs and Suburbs
(plus Mitchell Shire – includes Wallan, Seymour and Broadford associations)

ALL ASSOCIATIONS and DOMICILE PARTICIPANTS:
July 9 to August 20 – Reactivation Status = RED – 0

 


Regional Victoria Information Only

REGIONAL VICTORIA
ALL ASSOCIATIONS and DOMICILE PARTICIPANTS 

(not including Mitchell Shire – Wallan, Seymour and Broadford associations and domicile participants)

18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER: Current Reactivation Status = ORANGE – 50

Full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is currently possible

 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER: Current Reactivation Status = Orange-20

Non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is currently possible


To find your Region / LGA please visit – https://knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au/councils

To reiterate the instruction from the Victorian Government, you cannot leave the restricted areas for exercise or recreation.

Australian Junior Championships – updated 13 July

Basketball Australia, in consultation with the State and Territory Associations, has determined the Australian Under-18 Championships, Under-16 Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup will not proceed for 2020.

While significant efforts have been made to reschedule these events, the fluid and unpredictable nature of the current situation surrounding COVID-19 has made it impossible for Basketball Australia to make a firm commitment to dates.

Basketball Australia would like to thank everyone who was involved in the preparation of these tournaments and looks forward to the 2021 Championships.

VJBL

With the re-introduction of Stage 3 Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne, we unfortunately have no alternative but to cancel the 2019/2020 VJBL Championship Season. Further details for associations and the 2020/2021 season plan will follow in the near future.

Big V

With the re-introduction of Stage 3 Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne, we unfortunately have no alternative but to cancel the 2020 Big V Season. Further details for associations and the 2021 season plan will follow in the near future.

CBL

At this stage we anticipate the CBL 2020/21 season will be able to go ahead without alteration, but we will update the community if any changes to the league need to occur.

All team nominations must be submitted by Monday 3 August 2020. To enter your association in the 2020/21 CBL competition, please click the link and fill in the CBL Entry Form. For further information, please contact CBL Manager – Sammy Cartwright  – Sammy.cartwright@bvcc.net.au.

While we may have geographical challenges, working together to keep our community engaged while managing the return to basketball in a timely, yet safe and controlled manner is critical. Please continue to follow Victorian Government directives, maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures, as this will aid in the ongoing health and safety of our community.

We will continue to update you on these matters as soon as often as possible.


Return to Sport Update –  As of July 6

The Victorian Governments announcement on Tuesday 30 June for particular suburbs (postcodes) to revert back to Stage 3 restrictions (due to COVID-19 localised ‘hotspots’) has an impact on domestic basketball in those areas.

From 11.59pm 1 July to 29 July, associations who have facilities, clubs and participants who reside in the suburbs below unfortunately will not be able to conduct basketball activity (Return to Red-0 in Basketball Victoria’s – Return to Sport Guidelines):

  • This has been updated to 12 restricted postcodes:3012 – includes: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
    3021 – includes: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
    3031 – includes: Kensington, Flemington
    3032 – includes: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
    3038 – includes: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
    3042 – includes: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie, Niddrie North
    3046 – includes: Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
    3047 – includes: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
    3051 – includes: North Melbourne, Hotham Hill
    3055 – includes: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
    3060 – includes: Fawkner
    3064 – includes: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo.

While we understand this will be a bitter blow to those affected, we ask the basketball community in these areas to observe the Victorian Government restrictions and only leave your home for work or school, care or caregiving, daily exercise and food shopping.

Hopefully with everyone’s vigilance, we will see a reduction in cases across these areas and the rest of Victoria in the coming days and weeks, and everyone will have the opportunity to return to group trainings and competitions.

In the meantime, we will continue to support the affected associations during this period and ensure they are ready to return when safe to do so.

The rest of Victoria is still at Orange-50 for Indoor Training and Competition for those 18 years and under, and Orange-20 (non contact) Indoor / Outdoor Training for those 19 years and over. Subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued management of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), adults (19 years and over) can resume full-contact training from 13 July and full-contact competition from 20 July – as per DHHS.


Summary of Current Restrictions:

FOR THOSE AFFECTED SUBURBS AS ABOVE

ALL AGES: July 2 until July 29 – Reactivation Status = RED – 0

FOR THE REMAINDER OF VICTORIA

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER: Current Reactivation Status = ORANGE – 50

  • Full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is currently possible

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER: Current Reactivation Status = Orange-20

  • Non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is currently possible

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER: Mid July – Reactivation Status TBC = ORANGE 20/50

  • Full contact training for both indoor and outdoor) from July 13 (to be confirmed by DHHS)
  • Resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor from July 20 (to be confirmed by DHHS)

VJBL

While our focus continues to be on a return to local participation, we also understand that there is ongoing interest in the VJBL. At this stage, due to the impacts of the lockdown zones we have decided that the VJBL season cannot commence from July 17. We believe that the VJBL is an important junior representative league for thousands of Victorians; hence we are currently working through a number of options for a potential competition resumption. We aim to provide more certainty about the VJBL in the coming days.


Return to Sport Update –  As of June 24

Since the Victorian Government announcement on June 14 of a further relaxation of restrictions commencing Monday June 22, we have been working to seek specific clarity on what level of reactivation could apply for the Victorian basketball community. As of today, we have received the specific detail that we required to announce the return to indoor venues under the Orange 50 reactivation level for people 18 and under; and Orange 20 indoor and outdoor training for people 19 and over.

We thank everyone for your patience and understanding over the last several days as everyone across sport and government has worked to define the details behind the Victorian Government announcement.

Before we provide further details, we wish to note that given the current increased COVID cases in Victoria, we emphasise the importance of everyone following the Victorian Government restrictions and advice when planning, preparing or conducting basketball related activity. Our sport has been given the opportunity to restart and the whole Victorian Basketball Community must work together and follow the Basketball Victoria Guidelines to help minimise risks and ensure there are consistent and safe experiences for participants.

Department of Education Update

We have received a formal update from the Department of Education (DET) in regard to venue access for the return to train and/or play.

Schools may provide associations and clubs access to shared school facilities for community basketball activity from Monday, 29 June, however, it is at the discretion of each school as to whether they open their facilities from that date, or the start of Term 3. While we are hopeful that schools will make their facilities available from June 29, we ask that our members be respectful of the decision of schools should they elect not to open their facility until the start of Term 3.

The Department of Education and Training advice for schools in relation to opening indoor facilities for community use can be found here.

COVID-19 Restrictions: Orange-50 Status (18 years and Under)

Basketball Victoria has now received notification from Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), that our understanding and application of the Victorian Government return to sport announcement (on Sunday June 14), allows for basketball to move to an Orange-50 indoor competition/training reactivation status from June 22 – for players 18 years and under. For players 19 years and over the status is Orange-20 – Indoor/Outdoor Training from June 22.

We will continue working with Local Government Authorities and facility management groups (such as YMCA, Aligned Leisure, Belgravia) to relay this information and confirm our guidelines to try and ensure a consistent approach across all indoor venues.

For details on the latest approved Basketball Victoria Reactivation Summary and Return to Sport Guidelines, as well as checklists, tools and signage, visit  here.

The Sport & Recreation Victoria website also provides further clarity on the updated restrictions; and below is some of the key information:

Facilities:

  • Outdoor and indoor sports venues and physical recreational facilities (for example, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness studios, dance studios and personal training facilities) can open.
  • For physical recreation, multiple separate zones may be created within a larger indoor space. To be considered a zone, the area must be for the exclusive use of a group and be no less than 200 metres squared. For example, a large indoor court could be separated into two zones for different groups at each end. Signage must be displayed at the entry to each indoor zone or indoor space outlining the maximum number of people allowed at a single time.

Participants/Parents:

  • For organised community sport, both indoors and outdoors, the minimum number participants required to conduct the sport should participate in the activity. The rules of the sport governing body (e.g. the State Sporting Association) determine the number that can participate (ie. the number who would normally be involved in a match or training, including players on the field/court and allowed substitutes). This applies even if it exceeds the density quotient or group limit on the venue.
  • For example, 20 players for a game of basketball or 26 players for a game of water polo. Please note, that as these activities are considered contact-sport, only those aged 18 or under can participate.
  • If indoors, spectators should not attend – just those necessary for the competition or training and to support the participants (e.g. supervising parents).

Summary of Current Restrictions:

  • For 18 years old and under – full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22.
  • For 19 years and over – non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22.
  • For 19 years and over – full contact training for both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 13
  • For 19 years and over – resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 20

Note: the forecast July dates are not confirmed, the Victorian Government will still need to finalise these dates in the coming weeks.

 

Venue Safety Plans & Checklists

Basketball Victoria has developed some checklists and tools that can help Clubs and Associations develop a Venue Safety Plan and a Venue Access Plan, in preparation for the return to venues. Please visit here:


VJBL

We are still aiming for a season return on July 17, however this is dependent on factors such as venue availability and Victorian Government travel advice or warnings with the current ‘COVID-19 hotspot’ areas. We will be as flexible as possible, but the health and safety of the community is our highest priority.

We will continue to provide further updates as soon as possible.


Return to Sport Update –  As of June 19

As COVID-19 restrictions are being slowly lifted by the Victorian Government, we are pleased that there is a clearer roadmap to return to play. While this is exciting, we need to remain patient and allow associations and clubs the time to prepare as best they can to ensure the health and safety of our community is maintained, while aiming to get participants back on the court.

Please see below the following update for the return of community basketball.

Basketball Victoria has put forward a position to Sport and Recreation Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services, that our understanding and application of the Victorian Government return to sport announcement from Sunday June 14, allows for basketball to move to an Orange-50 indoor competition/training reactivation status from June 22 (as per the Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines) – for players 18 years and under.

Please note: the proposed Orange-50 status – for 18 years and under (confirming the number of people allowed per court) is to be considered for preparation purposes only and not to be treated as confirmed until Basketball Victoria receives approval from the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

 

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For players 19 years and over the status is Orange-20 – Indoor/Outdoor Training from June 22.

Summary of Restrictions:

From June 22

  • For 18 years old and under – full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22. 
  • For 19 years and over – non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22.
  • For 19 years and over – full contact training for both indoor and outdoor (forecast forJuly 13 
  • For 19 years and over – resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor (forecast forJuly 20

Note: the forecast July dates are not confirmed, the Victorian Government will still need to finalise these dates in the coming weeks.

 

Domestic Basketball

Every association has different circumstances with venue access and their resources, so this will see a staggered and different return to play for participants and clubs. If your association has indicated that their season is set to return, we ask that you follow all instructions and hygiene protocols advised to you when returning to play.

 

Associations, Clubs and Venue Access

It is important that participants and parents remain patient and understand the unique position each association is in as they work hard to enable a safe and viable environment for a return to play. Associations will update clubs (if applicable) and participants of intended start dates and associated processes required to return to domestic basketball.

 

School Access

Basketball Victoria has not yet received formal information from the Department of Education for when school courts will open, however, indications are that DET is considering opening up at the start of Term 3. We have written to DET asking to bring this date forward to June 29 to enable associations to prepare for their return to competitions, we will advise as soon as we have formal advice.

 

Registrations and Season Format

All participants must be registered in PlayHQ to the particular competition season set up (or continued) by an association before any play recommences. Being registered and utilising PlayHQ’s electronic scoring will also assist with any contact tracing required if there is a COVID-19 transmission/outbreak. Please visit or club or associations website or PlayHQ.com to check on season start dates and registration options. The Basketball Victoria licence (365 day) will be extended for each individual if they were previously registered to cover the period of basketball missed due to COVID-19 (4 months).

If associations need assistance in deciding to start afresh or continue existing seasons, there is some advice and support here from the Digital Support Team. Please contact them if you need any assistance.

 

Aussie Hoops

Term 3 registrations are now open.


VJBL

Planning on a July 17 return, venue access and restrictions may impact on the fixture, further details to follow as soon as possible.

 

Big V

A survey has been sent to associations to seek feedback on potential season options. Further details in the coming weeks.

 

Country Championships and Events

A full and updated calendar will be available next week.

 

High-Performance

State Development Program athletes will be contacted with an updated training schedule by their relevant coach, aiming for the 2nd week of Term 3.

 

We appreciate the patience and understanding of the whole community, we ask that everyone continues to maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures to ensure we get back on the court as soon as possible in a safe manner.


As of June 17, 2020

Guideline Level: WE ARE CURRENTLY AT RED-10 (Outdoor) – until June 22

Thank-you to those who attended the Return to Sport Update on June 17. Although it is an exciting time with some clearer dates for us to return, we need to remain vigilant, patient and prepare as best we can to ensure the health and safety of our community is the highest priority while we aim to get participants back on the court.

We’ve put forward a position to SRV and DHHS that our understanding and application of the Victorian Government return to sport announcement from Sunday June 14, allows for basketball to move to an Orange-50 indoor competition/training reactivation status – for players 18 years and under. For players 18 years and over the status is Orange-20 Indoor/Outdoor Training. We anticipate we will be in a position to confirm this status for indoor training and competition for participants 18 years and under by the end of the week.

Please find below links to guidelines, tools, signage and checklists as well as the recording from todays webinar. The Q&A from the June 17 session is here.

Please note the documents and tools provided for the proposed Orange-50 status are to be considered for preparation purposes and not to be treated as confirmed until Basketball Victoria notifies otherwise of acceptance from SRV and DHHS.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of the whole community, we ask that everyone continues to maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures to ensure we get through this together.


 

 


As of June 15, 2020

Return to Sport Update

Basketball Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions (announced Sunday June 14), regarding community sport.

Managing our return to basketball training and competitions in a timely, yet safe and controlled manner is critical. This will ensure the health and wellbeing of participants, as well as the viability of our associations and clubs.

To be clear, basketball is regarded as a ‘contact-sport’ for the purposes of these Victorian Government restrictions and guidelines.

We have summarised the restrictions below from the DHHS and SRV releases, however we are seeking further clarity on the number of spectators/participants allowed per area/zone, aiming for an Orange-50 stage, as per our Return to Sport Guidelines from the 22nd June.

We will provide the relevant and updated guidelines, information sheets, checklists and signage to assist the resumption of competition as soon as we have received Government confirmation.

Summary of Restrictions:

  • For 18 years old and under – full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22
  • For 19 years and over – non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22
  • For 19 years and over – full contact training for both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 13
  • For 19 years and over – resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 20

Note: the forecast July dates are not locked in yet, the Victorian Government will still need to confirm these dates in the coming weeks.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our community throughout the COVID-19 postponement of basketball and into the future as we ease restrictions and see our sport return to competition in upcoming weeks and months.

It is important to remain vigilant as we return to indoor basketball training and competitions – please continue to maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures, as this will aid in the ongoing health and safety of our community.


As of June 12, 2020

National Cabinet Announcement

We welcome the latest announcement (12/6/20) by the National Cabinet in regard to removing the 100-person capacity for indoor venues and instead, at Step 3 of the Federal Governments framework for a COVID Safe Australia, the rule of 1 person per 4m2 will apply to indoor venues. This approach is in line with Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, allowing for stadiums to be evaluated based on their size and the number of courts. Many indoor sports and venue managers are concerned that limits of 20 people per space, and even 100 people per space, does not make it viable for a number of indoor basketball stadiums to open, however under this new approach announced by the federal government, it would provide far greater opportunities for the community to return to basketball.

We look forward to the Victorian Government embracing this approach for future restriction levels, which we hope to have more information on later next week.

June 22 Restrictions

The current restriction level in Victoria for basketball is Outdoor Training RED-10. From June 22 restrictions will allow Indoor Training, although we are awaiting further clarification on rules relating to the number of people permitted per enclosed space:

  • Indoor sports centres and venues can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity

When we have further details, we will update the next version of our Return to Sport Guidelines – plus additional tools and signage to share with you.

As always, the health, safety and well-being of our community continues to be our highest priority as we ensure our sport is able to return in a safe, manageable and prompt fashion.

All updates and documents are on our COVID-19 page.


As of June 10, 2020

Thank-you to those who joined us on Thursday June 4 for the Return to Sport Webinar, we had over 200 attendees hear from Erin Trebley at Sport and Recreation Victoria, Jerril Rechter and Dr Peter Harcourt OAM from Basketball Australia and a number of Basketball Victoria Staff.

Please see the recording here for those who missed it or would like to revisit.

In addition, we have the following assets to assist:

June 22 Restrictions

We are still consulting with the State Government for further clarity on what is allowed under the restrictions from June 22, as well as the specific Indoor Guideline for the number of people per enclosed space for this stage of the restrictions:

  • Indoor sports centres and venues can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity

We are also working on COVID-19 venue signage for associations, and simple one-page guides for each stage of restrictions for distribution in the next week.

We will continue to update you as soon as we have information available. Have a great long weekend.

As of 30 May 2020

Previously we had May 31, 2020 as the next update milestone for domestic, league and skill development basketball in line with the Victorian Government State of Emergency.

As we are continuing to liaise with the State Government for greater detail around the June 22 resumption for indoor training and an understanding of the road map for resumption of community indoor competition, we will provide updates for these milestones as soon as we have specific information available.

The health, safety and well-being of our community continues to be our highest priority.

Basketball Victoria will continue to work with government and advocate on behalf of basketball to ensure our sport is able to return in a safe, manageable and prompt fashion.


As of 28 May 2020

Please see below a number of communication updates, in addition to events and documents to assist member associations plan on a return to sport.

Save the Date – Return to Sport Forum – June 4

Please RSVP to the next Basketball in Victoria – Return to Sport Update. We hope to have further clarity from SRV and stakeholders in regards to venue access and restrictions, and we can discuss the challenges, impacts and opportunities ahead of us as we plan a return to sport.

Community Sport Survival Grants – Information and Guidance

We have tabled some information here to assist Associations and Clubs apply for the Community Sport Survival Grants. We recommend that Club Grants in particular are submitted ASAP. The Association applications need to be accompanied by a supporting letter from Basketball Victoria, which we can arrange for you. Details in the document attached.

Update – Outdoor Training Guidelines

As you know, the Victorian Government made an announcement about further easing of restrictions effective June 1. The key changes relating to sport are:

  • Up to 20 people can participate in group sport and exercise activities but it must be outside and non-contact.
  • Up to 20 people can use public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks
  • Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can be opened to a maximum of 20 patrons per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule calculated on the publicly accessible area excluding the pool and a limit of 3 persons per lane in each pool.

While there is a reference to 20 people participating in group sport and exercise, it is important to note that the activity must be non-contact, with only 10 people participating at any one time in addition to those people running the training (e.g. coach, manager).

For those wishing to participate outdoors, we would like to emphasise the purpose and considerations for participating in outdoor activity or training and suggest you refer to Basketball Victoria’s Outdoor Training Guidelines (updated) that have been developed in line with government restrictions and the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport.

Should you choose to participate outdoors, have fun, but please do so in a safe and respectful manner.

June 22 Restrictions

Basketball Victoria will provide further details on what is allowed under the restrictions from June 22, as well as a specific Indoor Guideline for this stage of the restrictions once we have received greater detail from the State Government. As per previous correspondence, we are seeking clarity on the following rule applying from June 22:

  • Indoor sports centres and venues can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity

We will continue to update you as soon as we have information available.

Recommended Resources / Suppliers – COVID-19

We have had a number of requests from associations and clubs regarding the sourcing of or recommending suppliers for COVID-19/Hygiene related products or services. We have been able to work with some suppliers to negotiate discounted pricing. Please use the details on this form to access these suppliers or feel free to source your own supplies. In addition, we aim to provide some RTS signage templates that members can access via our website in the near future for you to print and use.

Webinars: Governance – Board Roles, Inductions and AGMs – June 2, 12pm

Join Trevor Newcombe and David Huxtable on June 2, as they assist associations navigate through governance challenges of board roles and inductions, as well as how to run an AGM. Please RSVP here. Information on future webinars such as Communications, Human Resources and Competitions will follow shortly.

We also have our recent webinars and resources including; Finance, Government Advocacy, Cyber-Security and PlayHQ housed here to review and share.

We will continue to update you as soon as information


As of 25 May 2020

Please see below the following updates regarding announcements made recently by the Victorian Government. While the announcements were significant yesterday, the current information is that we are still only allowed restricted basketball activities as per the Outdoor Training Guidelines.

Updates to Victorian COVID-19 Restrictions and Stage 3 Changes 

The Victorian Government has made the following changes impacting basketball and the return to community sport regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

From 11:59pm on 31 May the following changes will come into effect: 

  • Non-contact outdoor sporting activities (e.g. basketball training sessions) will increase to 20 people plus the instructor (previously 10 people plus the instructor) as per the previously distributed Outdoor Training Guidelines

From 11:59pm on 21 June – and in line with the most up-to-date advice of the Chief Health Officer – the following changes will be made: 

  • Indoor sports centres and physical recreation venues, including gyms, to open with up to 20 people per single undivided indoor space and up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time.

We are currently working through what these changes will mean for basketball with Sport and Recreation Victoria, while working through our Return to Sport Guidelines and will have further updates on these changed conditions as soon as available.

You can read the full update from the Victorian Government here.

Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package 

The Victorian Government announced a $40 million Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package to provide grants to support the operational viability of community sport and active recreation organisations impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s new Experience Economy Survival Package providing urgent support to help a range of key organisations, associations and clubs ride out the economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help them reboot, rebound and recover.

The Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package includes $40 million for community sport organisations in four categories: 

  • Grants of up to $350,000 available for large state sporting associations;
  • Grants of up to $200,000 available to smaller state sporting associations; regional sports assemblies, academies and other state sport and recreational bodies;
  • Grants of up to $15,000 are available for associations and leagues; and
  • Grants of $1,000 are available for individual clubs.

We are dissecting the eligibility criteria and specifics of the program to help associations and clubs that are eligible to get assistance as soon as possible.

For specific details on the program, including the objectives of the fund, the number of applications that can be submitted under each stream, the grant amounts available and eligibility of applications please refer to the guidelines, which are available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website

We aim to hold an online meeting with members in the next week when we have further clarification for our return to sport and so we can discuss the impacts, timeline and strategy. Details to be provided shortly.

Basketball Victoria will continue to work with government and advocate on behalf of basketball to ensure our sport is able to return in a safe, manageable and prompt fashion.


As of 22 May

Please find the final version of the Basketball in Victoria – Return to Sport Guidelines here. We reviewed and considered the guidance provided from Sport & Recreation Victoria, which has helped finalise our return to play plans.

In providing these guidelines to the basketball community we wish to acknowledge that the actual stages of return to sport will ultimately depend on compliance with the Victorian Governments restrictions, as such, with each stage of easing of restrictions, Basketball Victoria will amend the guidelines as necessary. In addition, we will provide a shorter, summarised Return to Sport Guideline Snapshot for each stage of restriction (when lifted), which will be easier to interpret and specific to that current stage to ensure compliance measures are met.

We suggest that members provide a copy of the Return to Sport Guidelines to their local Council to demonstrate how your Association or Club plans to return to sport. We also suggest providing a copy of the guidelines to any facility provider or manager and to open dialogue on what a return to their facilities may look like.

Given there are many types of indoor venues and varying types of management models; we hope that advanced notice and discussions can help start to develop plans for each venue to be opened as soon as permitted under the government restrictions. We do ask that members show patience and understanding during this process, as everyone in our community is trying to work within the same constraints.

When reviewing the guidelines, we understand that it will result in additional measures being required to ensure a safe environment to return to play, however, they need not be considered too onerous. In particular, the role of a Bio-Safety Officer to oversee compliance within the guidelines, should not be considered an overly difficult or arduous task, but a necessary role to ensure our sport returns in a safe and responsible manner. Should members wish to better understand this role, please refer to the Position/Role Description in the Return to Sport Guidelines and also consider undertaking a short online session being offered by the Australian Government, which can be accessed here.

As we continue towards greater easing of restrictions, please be aware that Basketball Victoria continues to advocate for the staged return to indoor venues to allow a reasonable number of participants per court in a safe and viable manner.

Our key messages are:

  • Having indoor stadiums open as part of the next staged easing of restrictions
  • Considering the number of participants within a venue on a “per court” basis, and allowing for 20 or more participants
  • Having school facilities available for community use and applying a consistent approach to access across all schools
  • Helping to alleviate costs to access courts during periods of restricted access and reduced programming options

Basketball Victoria will continue to work with all key stakeholders to try and get our sport back up and playing, in a safe and sustainable manner.


As of 20 May 2020

Basketball Victoria acknowledges the Basketball Australia – Return to Basketball Guidelines that were released today. As each State and Territory are currently under different restrictions and protocols, we are reviewing the document(s) for jurisdictional consistencies with our previously distributed – Basketball Victoria – Return to Sport Guidelines and with the Victorian Government. We will be amending and distributing a finalised version of the document by Friday, May 22.

The BV document refers to risk management strategies to enable a return to basketball at various levels of restriction including, the flow of traffic in and out of venues, time restrictions, compulsory cleaning, sanitisation and restrictions on players, officials and parents per court.

Basketball Victoria is hoping that the next phase in the easing of restrictions, from the beginning of June, will allow a return to indoor stadiums with an allowance for a reasonable level of individuals per court, as we have detailed in our guidelines. We believe our sport has the ability to provide a safe and controlled environment for the return to participation.

We are striving for a greater understanding of the proposed next stages of a return to sport, which will assist with advanced planning for us all. We continue to liaise with all levels of government and will provide an update as soon as information comes to hand. In addition, we are working on a preferred supplier solution to assist associations and clubs purchase sanitisation products and equipment which we will release details of next week

The basketball community has shown great strength and understanding during this unprecedented time for our sport, and we’re confident this will continue through the recovery that lies ahead.

We will continue to update you as soon as we have information available.


As of 14 May 2020

The Victorian Government made announcements (14/05/20) relating to the easing of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this included allowing people to participate in outdoor activities or train in community sport in groups of up to 10 people.

Basketball Victoria supports this approach, as it recognises that sport and exercise play a critical role in the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of Victorians, but importantly this must be balanced with the risk of transmitting coronavirus.

As such, the State Government has developed the following principles to guide the lifting of restrictions around sport and exercise.

Sport and exercise can resume if:

  • you keep your distance while performing the activity (at least 1.5 metres apart),
  • you are not doing your activities indoors and they are not competitive (team vs team); and
  • you can do them with a maximum of 10 people.

For the sake of clarity, the Government (DHHS) stipulates that “you can participate in training for all sports, but it must be non-contact, with only 10 people participating at any one time in addition to those people running the training (e.g. coach, manager)”. Further details can be found at DHHS here.

While this provides an opportunity for many of us to get back into participating in basketball outside of our home environment, Basketball Victoria wants to emphasise that how we all collectively act in the coming weeks will directly affect the health of our community and our sports ability to return to more regular indoor activity in the near future.

We are being provided an opportunity to enjoy a level of sport and exercise outdoors in the short term, but we must not compromise safety, nor the reputation of the sport at this vitally important time.

Purpose

The purpose of any outdoor non-compulsory training session should be:

  • Player Health & Wellbeing – to get participants interacting/socialising with their friends, following social distancing rules
  • Fitness & Conditioning – start with a slow, modified reintroduction to fitness and conditioning (eg 1 vs 0 drills, shooting etc) to be ready for any formal indoor activity when it is safe to do so.

Considerations

We suggest that all Clubs, Associations and participant groups consider the following:

  • Please use common sense and be considerate to members of the public
  • (If you’re a club or association) – do you have the ability to properly monitor organised outdoor trainings?
  • Formalised trainings should not be compulsory
  • Follow hygiene and social distancing rules
  • No physical contact:
      • No High-5s, handshakes, screens, boxing out, bumping, one on one play etc

Insurance

Please be mindful of the below before conducting outdoor activities:

  • Only Basketball Victoria and Association “sanctioned” training or competition activities are covered by Basketball Victoria’s insurance policy
  • Only registered participants are covered for personal accident insurance
  • Activities must be in line with and adhere to government laws, rules and regulations.

Activities that fail to comply with these requirements may not be covered by insurance under this policy – eg if there are 11 people training, or people are proven to not be social distancing or sanitising their hands etc.

For those wishing to participate outdoors we suggest you refer to Basketball Victoria’s Outdoor Training Guidelines that have been developed in line with government restrictions and the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport.

Should you choose to participate outdoors, have fun, but please do so in a safe and respectful manner.

The next review date for the easing of further restrictions is in line with the Victorian Government’s State of Emergency – Sunday 31 May.

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As of 11 May 2020

The next review date for domestic competition basketball will be Sunday 31 May in line with the Victorian Government’s extension to the State of Emergency as of Monday 11 May.

Return to Sport – Outdoor Activity (11/5/20)

The key changes announced means the following will be permitted:

  • outdoor gatherings being permitted with up to 10 people
  • indoor gatherings at home are permitted, with 5 visitors able to visit the normal residents of a household
  • the ability to leave the house for exercise will be expanded to include outdoor recreational activities.

These activities can occur in groups of up to 10 people outside, but the requirements on physical distancing remain.

  • for weddings 10 guests are allowed, plus the couple and the celebrant
  • for funerals, 20 people will be allowed at an indoor ceremony and 30 people at an outside ceremony. This is in addition to the minimum people required to conduct the funeral
  • religious gatherings and ceremonies will be permitted with up to 10 people, plus those required to perform the ceremony

While basketball is a predominantly indoor sport, there are a number of ways that people can participate in basketball activities utilising community accessible outdoor courts and open spaces.

Importantly, this must be done with a maximum of 10 people in any group activity, with no contact permitted, and applying social distancing and safe hygiene practices at all times. We have a helpful infographic guide to download and share with your participants.

We appreciate the announcement doesn’t allow for the use of indoor venues, however, we will continue to work with government to institute the appropriate guidelines that will see a return to indoor basketball at some stage in the very near future.

 


Domestic Basketball Update (11/5/20)

The next review date for domestic competition basketball will be Sunday 31 May in line with the Victorian Government’s extension to the State of Emergency as of Monday 11 May.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to be active through basketball outside in a safe and respectful manner under strict compliance with the governments new restrictions.

For more details on the latest government restriction updates – including specific sport and recreation activities, please visit the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus update.


Leagues Update (11/5/2020)

Following the Victorian Governments announcement on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, Basketball Victoria (BV) provides the following update on Leagues managed by BV.

BV remains committed to the safe and viable return to sport for all participants, domestic and elite.  Our primary objective remains the return of grass-roots basketball and domestic competitions.

While we anticipate the resumption of the VJBL will be similar to that of domestic basketball, our senior elite leagues (Big V, NBL1 and CBL) will be evaluated once the sport has a confirmed resumption date. The delayed start may mean the need for senior elite leagues to run much later into the year than normal, we are considering all options and formats for senior elite leagues in 2020.

We will continue to provide regular updates when we are informed of the next steps in the return to sport.


2020 National Junior Classic cancelled (11/5/2020)

Due to the uncertainty of interstate travel and the staged lifting of restrictions for a return to indoor sport, Basketball Victoria and the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) have cancelled the 2020 National Junior Classic.

With the 128-team tournament, featuring participants from the VJBL VC Divisions, Country Championships winners and interstate teams, due to take place over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (6-8 June 2020), Basketball Victoria looked at various options and future dates but have made the difficult decision to cancel the event and look forward to planning a greater event in 2021.

“We don’t take this decision lightly and have waited as long as possible to make a decision surrounding the National Junior Classic,” VJBL General Manager John Hilton said. “Seeing the best of Victorian and Australian club talent come to Melbourne each June for the National Junior Classic is a highlight on the calendar and one we will unfortunately not get to showcase in 2020.

“With interstate travel requirements preventing most travel between states, it would preclude the ability of our interstate teams to participate.

“This coupled with the current conditions surrounding the return to indoor sports, it is logistically impossible to host the National Junior Classic to a sufficient standard this year. We look forward to seeing this event return in 2021 as well as seeing the VJBL return as soon as possible to complete the 2020 Championship season.”


Country Champs, U14 Skills Days and Regional Academy. 

We are hoping to reschedule these tournaments, events and programs when possible, at this stage they are postponed until May 31, 2020.

Aussie Hoops, 3×3, Walking Basketball and NWBL

In addition to Term Two Aussie Hoops programs being cancelled, Basketball Australia recommends all Term Three Aussie Hoops programs be suspended until further notice. 

Basketball Australia will not be accepting or processing Term Three registrations or participant pack orders.

All participants who have registered for a Term Two Aussie Hoops program will be entitled to a full refund as per the Aussie Hoops Refund Policy. 

Additionally, the following programs below are postponed until further notice:

  • Walking Basketball
  • 3X3 Community Hustle
  • National Wheelchair Basketball Leagues (Men’s & Women’s).

Australian Junior Championships

Basketball Australia has determined that the Under 16 Australian JuniorChampionships, scheduled to be held in Perth in July, will no longer be proceeding. 

At this stage they are investigating the option of moving these championships to a different window, however this has not yet been confirmed.

We strongly recommend coaches cease training their respective teams for the Australian Junior Championship effective immediately.

We advise all teams, their families and supporters to proceed with cancelling existing travel arrangements and take advantage of credit being offered by providers. 


Return to Sport Guidelines (as of 02/05/20)

You may have seen the Federal Government announcement Friday evening (01/05/20) in regard to the planning for a staged return to community sport.

Included in the National Cabinet update was:

  • An agreement to bring forward the review of the first phase of removing baseline restrictions on Friday, 8 May 2020.
  • The consideration and endorsement of the ‘National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities’.
  • A ‘Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment’ was also developed by the AIS.

Please note: States and Territories are responsible for sport and recreation resumption decisions, both at the professional and community level and will determine progression through the phases, taking account of local epidemiology, risk mitigation strategies and public health capability.

Return to Sport Guidelines

We have developed Return to Sport Guidelines for basketball in Victoria that consider the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport; and acknowledges the Federal Governments principles for the resumption of sport and recreation.  The document refers to risk management strategies to enable a return to basketball at various levels of restriction including, the flow of traffic in and out of venues, time restrictions, compulsory cleaning, sanitisation and restrictions on players, officials and parents per court.

Basketball Victoria strongly believes that indoor sport should be reactivated at the same time as outdoor sports, and has proactively developed these detailed guidelines to demonstrate to government that our sport has the ability to provide a safe and controlled environment for the return to participation. However, we need to acknowledge that these guidelines are still in draft form, and will ultimately be guided by the directions from the Victorian Government. Basketball Victoria is providing members these draft guidelines now, to inform you how we envisage the sport may be reactivated and the types of steps that we may all need to take to ensure that we return in a safe and sustainably healthy manner.

We wish to emphasise that these are not for implementing at this stage. We will communicate to all members as soon as we have further details from the Victorian Government on how community sport can be activated and we will amend our draft guidelines as necessary to ensure that our members have the most up to date and accurate guidelines for reactivation.

It is highly likely that there will be a gradual return to sport, with systematic staged lifting of restrictions only when the state government has a level of confidence to do so. This will mean that we will need to show flexibility in how we operate, understanding that this is a different time for sport, and patience for everyone involved in all areas trying to make this work. We will need to ensure that we comply with guidelines, and not take actions that can risk the restrictions being lifted. The basketball community has shown great strength and understanding during this unprecedented time for our sport, and we’re confident this will continue through the recovery that lies ahead.

Note: The guidelines do not cover the actions for associations to take if there is a new or positive case of COVID-19, we have been advised that government is working on a set of guidelines for the business community which will be adapted for sports, but will need to be adopted regardless.

Should any members have any questions arising from these draft guidelines we encourage you to contact either Dean AnglinMark Hubbard or David Huxtable at Basketball Victoria.

As new information is made available, we will provide further updates in the following few days.

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 💪#HoopsAtHome

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


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