Basketball Victoria would like to make the following statement regarding the cancellation of select representative tournaments and events throughout the remainder of 2020 and early 2021.
With Victoria navigating its way through the Victorian Governments COVID-19 restriction roadmap, and with the focus on a successful return of grassroots basketball for the community, Basketball Victoria (BV) has the following event and representative team updates below.
SOUTHERN CROSS CHALLENGE – 2021 EVENT CANCELLED
Without a clear return to interstate travel due to current border restrictions, as well as the inability to organise and host fair try-outs, Basketball Victoria has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Southern Cross Challenge, originally scheduled for January 2021. We look forward to the 2022 Southern Cross Challenge and bringing back the tournament’s significant development opportunities for under-14 and under-15 players as well as developing coaches and referees.
EAST COAST CHALLENGE – VICTORIAN TEAMS WITHDRAWN
In lieu of a potential cancellation and with similar concerns surrounding interstate travel and event logistics, Basketball Victoria has made the decision to withdraw its teams from the 2021 East Coast Challenge. This development tournament for elite under-16 and under-18 players remains an important event to BV and we will work together with Basketball New South Wales to ensure the success of the event in 2022. BNSW will make a further statement on the tournament next week.
BASKETBALL VICTORIA – 2020 COUNTRY EVENTS CANCELLED
The 2020 Country Events Calendar, including the rescheduled Country Skills Days, has unfortunately been cancelled. This is due to the Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions and the lack of viable options for rescheduling dates through the remainder of 2020.
Basketball Victoria will contact 2020 Under-14 Skills Day participants in the coming days with information regarding refund options.
Further information regarding the Country Basketball League and the 2021 Country Events Calendar will be available in upcoming weeks.
AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY JUNIOR BASKETBALL CUP – VICTORIAN TEAMS WITHDRAWN
In addition, the uncertainty regarding interstate travel in the early stages of 2021, the inability to conduct our lead in programs and the continuing focus on grassroots participation, Basketball Victoria has made the decision to withdraw its Victoria Country teams from the upcoming Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (ACJBC).
It is a decision we have made regretfully, as the ACJBC is a highlight on the calendar for junior players and Country coaches alike. We continue to fully support the ACJBC organisation and aim to return to the event in 2022. Dates for the ACJBC in 2022 will be announced in time.
“Due to ongoing uncertainty regarding the return of basketball in Victoria and our continued focus to support associations to provide grassroots opportunities, we have unfortunately had to withdraw teams and cancel a number of representative events for late 2020 and early 2021 on the basketball calendar,” Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said.
“Interstate travel is still uncertain at this stage, which makes the extensive planning needed to operate these elite development tournaments particularly difficult to achieve. With Victoria still under COVID-19 restrictions, we have to cancel these events and suspend our involvement in others in the interim.”
We thank everyone for their patience and understanding regarding the ongoing and flexible nature of our scheduling. We continue to strive for a successful return of grassroots basketball to enable a strong foundation for our associations, athletes and coaches, which will lead to representative opportunities throughout 2021.