With so many updates to keep track of relating to COVID-19 and basketball, we’ve collated the most relevant and current updates from bodies and associations particular to our club.
As of November 23, 2020
Return to Sport Update – 23 November
Basketball Victoria is pleased to confirm the return of indoor basketball for participants of all ages across Victoria following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday 22 November and the subsequent Restricted Activity Directions from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Announced as part of the Victorian Government’s move to Last Step Restrictions, further information on how this affects sport and leisure is also available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.
Basketball Victoria has made the following updates in line with our Return to Sport Guidelines based on DHHS Restricted Activity Directions, effective as of Sunday 22 November at 11.59pm.
In principle, basketball can return under the Orange-50 category of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, subject to the following:
- Venues with an Occupancy Permit of less than 600 people are subject to a maximum capacity of 150 people per venue, 50 people per court (as per Orange-50 RTS) or 1 person per 4m2 whichever is the lesser;
- Venues with an Occupancy Permit of more than 600 people are subject to a maximum capacity of 25% of the occupancy, 50 people per court (as per Orange-50 RTS) or 1 person per 4m2 whichever is the lesser.
- Under Orange-50 guidelines, parents and guardians are limited to 1 person per participant – under 18.
- Approved face coverings should be worn by all patrons over the age of 12 years, on arrival and departure from the stadium and at any time when not participating. Referees, coaches or other people in non-exertive roles must wear a face mask unless a lawful exemption applies.
- Players and officials may choose to wear a mask during competition, provided that the masks are made of a non-abrasive, soft material such as paper or cloth and attached to the ears with elastic. Those choosing to wear a mask whilst playing basketball or officiating should seek medical advice prior to doing so to ensure they understand any personal risks associated with wearing a face mask during physical exercise. They should limit their court time and if experiencing shortness of breath or dizziness you should immediately take a break until they return to normal and consider removing the mask.
- Where the maximum capacity for the facility is 500 or more, a COVIDsafe Plan for the facility must be published on the facility’s Internet site. Basketball Victoria recommends all venues have a COVIDsafe Plan in place.
- Orange-50 is subject to venue capacities
- Basketball Victoria advocated for DHHS to consider all stadiums based on their size, not based on the four walls.
- Venue capacity based on occupancy/fire permit eg <600 cap = max 150, >600 cap = 25% of occupancy capacity.
- Employees and venue staff are excluded from Venue & Group Cap;
- Referees, coaches and other Team Officials are excluded from the Venue & Group Cap;
- Parents/Guardians are included in the Venue Cap, but excluded from the Group Cap.
- The Victorian Government (DHHS) do not have spectators for indoor community sport at this stage, which is reflected in our RTS guidelines.
- Our guidelines state that 1 parent/guardian per child are allowed for supervision purposes only for competitions under 18.
- For 19 and over competitions there are no spectators allowed at this stage.
While not mandated by DHHS, Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines require a Bio-Safety Officer to be appointed whenever stadiums are active to assist with and monitor associations compliance with Orange-50 guidelines.
QR Code Reporting
Basketball Victoria also 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.
Frankston & District Basketball Association (FDBA)
FDBA returns from 23 November.
They’ve put together a Return To Sport page on their website (here) which has heaps of information as we return to basketball at Frankston.
Mornington & District Basketball Association (MDBA)
Mornington Basketball is returning Under 8 – Under 18 domestic competitions from 30th November 2020. Senior domestic and Under 21 competitions are planned to return in early 2021.
They have put together a comprehensive guide for returning to play which includes all their Season information as well as their COVID plans. If you’re a Mornington player, please read this ahead of season commencement.
Western Port Basketball Association (WPBA)
We welcome yesterday’s announcement from in regard to the easing of restrictions with our plan around a Summer domestic season and VJBL tryouts remaining on track.
However, the situation in relation to the number of people allowed per venue/facility or per space is still awaiting clarity/amendment by DHHS and SRV for both the ‘Third’ and ‘Last Step’.
We will continue to update these statements and links once updates are released.