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.
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-Safe, click 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/
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
Want more to do over this period? Why not check out a number of our resources:
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