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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Sunday 22 November at 11:59pm
- Indoor/Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – Orange-50
For further information on our Return to Sport Guidelines click here.
Basketball Victoria Participant Licence
As previously noted, 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 individuals for the duration of the period that basketball was/is unable to be played in Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you would be aware, in addition to competition management and insurance, individual participant fees (the Basketball Victoria Licence) cover a range of essential services and programs which we are and will continue to deliver.
Note: A detailed explanation of the 365 Day Licence can be found here.
However, as always, we will consider requests for individual refunds to those participants who are experiencing extreme hardship at any time (the individual must contact their club or association who then escalates to Basketball Victoria via a Support Ticket).
Generally speaking, BV’s licence fee is not refundable, as per our terms of registration and we are extending the BV licences as per above. However, we can consider requests for refunds in certain cases. We are 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:
- Individual refund requests need to come through via the club (if applicable) to the association (as per the correct communication channel including club requests) via http://support.playhq.com
- Senior Domestic need to request via the association who then lodges support ticket
- 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.
Under no circumstance should associations or clubs refund the Basketball Victoria licence fee to individuals. Please refer to the BV refund process.
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
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