Return to Sport Updates for Associations and Clubs

Return to Sport Update – 27 July

The Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health, has lifted Victoria’s state-wide lockdown as of Tuesday 27 July at 11.59pm.       

After Basketball Victoria’s continued lobbying and advocacy to government, we are pleased to see that the summary document released today by the Victorian Government only restricts venues capacity of community sport by a density quotient of 1 person per 4m2. The RADs have included community sport and physical recreation centres under one category and places a capacity limit on community sport of 100 people per indoor space.

Definition of an Indoor Space
Indoor space means an area, room or premises that is or are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls that are temporary (in a physical recreational facility or food and drink 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.There can be multiple courts within one space, however the capacity limit applies to the entire area.
Calculating Indoor Space Capacity
There are two distinctive areas for each court. The Playing Area for participants in a game, and the Usable Space for Parents and Guardians.
The Playing Area, includes the court, players benches and score bench area that cannot be used for calculating limits on Parents and Guardians.
This Usable Space, is the remaining area that is accessible for Parents and Guardians to use, while maintaining the required Density Quotients.Players, Coaches, Team Managers and Score table officials are included in the 100 person capacity limit for an Indoor Space, and occupy the Playing Area.
Parents and Guardians are also included in the 100 person capacity limit for an Indoor Space, they occupy the remaining Usable Space and the maximum capacity must be calculated by dividing this area by 4, up to the maximum capacity.

Collectively, it is basketballs responsibility to ensure this success is not short lived and that all stakeholders do everything possible to protect the health and safety of the community, within the guidelines provided.   


The following Return to Sport information affects both Greater Melbourne and Regional Victoria with all information applying state-wide.

In line with Victorian Government health directives, associations in Victoria will be able to operate at a capacity level suitable for their stadiums, up to the ORANGE-50 REACTIVATION LEVEL within Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines. At this level, basketball will be able to recommence under these restrictions (for the next two weeks):    

  • 1 person per 4sqm of the venue
  • 100 people per space within the venue
  • 1 parent or guardian per 18-and-under participant subject to density limits of individual stadiums to be known as “useable space”  
  • COVID Check-In Marshal to be present at all venues to assist with checking in all patrons   
  • Ensure you have signage up in all areas specifying the maximum permitted patrons in each useable space* (signage template provided by Basketball Victoria).   


Masks are mandatory for people (without a medical exemption) who are 12 years and over excluding players, coaches and referees in an exertive role.

The Victorian Government states that businesses should not refuse service to patrons who may have a lawful excuse for not wearing a mask. Treating someone differently for not wearing a mask due to a medical condition may amount to unlawful discrimination.

Further information is available via the links below:

The VJBL round scheduled for Friday 30 July will proceed. As previously communicated, games that have already been missed from prior rounds cannot be caught up due to previous restrictions and no allocated spare weekends. The rule of 1 parent or guardian per 18-and-under participant applies to the VJBL also for the next two weeks.   

Big V will resume this weekend with no spectators able to attend. Games missed over the last two weekends will be rescheduled with a fixture for the remaining games to be released soon.    

NBL1 South will resume this weekend. Further information on rescheduled NBL1 South competition dates for rounds affected by the lockdown will be announced as soon as possible.   

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 13 August as to whether the tournament will proceed in 2021.   

We are currently working through potential dates to reschedule the Under-12 Regional Skills Days. Our intention is to reschedule this event and we will have further information available on the rescheduled dates as soon as possible.

Click here to download the latest version of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines – Version 18 (27 July 2021).        






For more information about current COVIDSafe settings and the vaccination program, please visit  


COVID Safe Plans 

A reminder that all associations and clubs will require a COVID Safe Plan. The following links allow easy completion for both venue managers and associations / clubs that hire venues. A completed form sends a copy via email to the individual who completes it, plus a copy is retained on file at Basketball Victoria. 

Please contact us if you have any queries or require assistance. 

Mental Health and Support Resources

Remember to look after yourself and others during this time, and always ask for help if you need it.

If you are struggling the following services are available:

  • National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080
  • For immediate support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 and in an emergency, always call triple zero (000).
  • Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
  • Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800