Return to Sport Updates for Participants

Return to Sport Update – 16 June

The Victorian Government, on advice from the Department of Health, has eased restrictions from the circuit-breaker lockdown for Greater Melbourne and Regional Victoria, with these measures starting from Thursday 17 June at 11.59pm.  

Greater Melbourne 

In line with Victorian Government health directives, basketball in Greater Melbourne will move to the ORANGE-50 REACTIVATION LEVEL, however with a maximum limit of 50 people indoors in a venue at one time and limited to the minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity. Spectators in Greater Melbourne are not allowed, excluding the people necessary for events such as coaches, referees, carers, parents and guardians. 

Regional Victoria 

With the lessening of circuit-breaker restrictions in Regional Victoria, basketball in those regions will be able to move to the ORANGE-50 REACTIVATION LEVEL, with a maximum venue capacity of 300 people per venue as well as a maximum group size of 50 people per court. Spectators in Regional Victoria are allowed within venue limits. 

Density Quotient 

Venues will be required to maintain a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm in both Greater Melbourne and Regional Victoria.  


With indoor sport still under significant restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne, the upcoming VJBL round scheduled for Friday 18 June has been cancelled. This round will not be rescheduled due to the previous February lockdown exhausting all available catch-up weeks. 

Big V 

The current plan is to recommence the 2021 Big V season on the weekend of 26-27 June and extend the season by 2 weeks.   

The decision to not play this weekend (19-20 June) has been taken to allow athletes to recondition themselves so teams adequately prepare for the season recommencement, plus the current venue restrictions on spectators.   

More details to come when fixtures are finalised for rounds 11-13. 


Basketball Victoria and NBL1 South have postponed all scheduled Round 9 NBL1 South games this weekend. As a result, the NBL1 South fixture has been revised down to 20 games per team rather than 22 this season, due to the timing of the NBL1 Finals in September. Basketball Victoria and NBL1 South hope to recommence play in Round 10 (25 June), which will be the league wide NBL1 Mental Health Round, with 109 game nights still to be played in the next eight weeks. 

Government Funding Assistance 

The Victorian Government is delivering more support for grassroots clubs and associations with new payments towards costs associated with coronavirus restrictions.  

The $2000 grants from the Sporting Club Grants Program are available for organisations that have incurred costs that cannot be recouped after events or activities were cancelled or postponed.  

Costs available to be claimed include cancellation fees for facilities, coaches and officials, as well as loss of perishable goods and booking fees. 

Head to the Victorian Government website for further information.

We appreciate your understanding and patience throughout this difficult period.  

Click here to download Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines – Full Version 13 (17 June 2021).

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






ALL AGES: ORANGE-50 (per venue) 



ALL AGES: ORANGE-50 (per court) 

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
    • 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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