Return to Sport Updates for Participants

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. While we are confident and have discussed these changes with SRV, these restrictions are subject to the release of the Restricted Activities Directives (RAD) which are expected to be published at midnight Tuesday 27 July. If there are any changes to our Return to Sport Guidelines we will update the community as soon as available.   

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 of 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).   

*USEABLE SPACE – is defined as the total m2 area within a space excluding the court playing area (28m x 15m = 420m2) within the venue which is only accessible by the participants. Associations should calculate the Length x Width of a space, subtract 420m2 for each court within the space, then divide by the current density quotient eg. 4 (1per 4m2). This will determine the maximum capacity of each space that can be allocated to parents and guardians. Please contact Basketball Victoria if you have any further queries about Useable Space.   

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).        






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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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