Return to Sport Updates for Participants

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

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 in a stadium (in Regional Victoria) 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

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.

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.


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.


Current Basketball Restrictions

METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE (including Mitchell Shire)

All associations and domicile participants

3 August to 13 September

Reactivation Status = RED – 0 

(as per Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines)

 

REGIONAL AND COUNTRY SHIRES (excluding Mitchell Shire)

All associations and domicile participants

6 August to 13 September 

Reactivation Status = RED – 0 

(as per Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines)

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


Refunds

BV 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).

Refunds

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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