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.

Basketball Victoria
As of 25 May 2020

Please see below the following updates regarding announcements made recently by the Victorian Government. While the announcements were significant yesterday, the current information is that we are still only allowed restricted basketball activities as per the Outdoor Training Guidelines.

Updates to Victorian COVID-19 Restrictions and Stage 3 Changes 

The Victorian Government has made the following changes impacting basketball and the return to community sport regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

From 11:59pm on 31 May the following changes will come into effect: 

  • Non-contact outdoor sporting activities (e.g. basketball training sessions) will increase to 20 people plus the instructor (previously 10 people plus the instructor) as per the previously distributed Outdoor Training Guidelines

From 11:59pm on 21 June – and in line with the most up-to-date advice of the Chief Health Officer – the following changes will be made: 

  • Indoor sports centres and physical recreation venues, including gyms, to open with up to 20 people per single undivided indoor space and up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time.

We are currently working through what these changes will mean for basketball with Sport and Recreation Victoria, while working through our Return to Sport Guidelines and will have further updates on these changed conditions as soon as available.

You can read the full update from the Victorian Government here.

Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package 

The Victorian Government announced a $40 million Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package to provide grants to support the operational viability of community sport and active recreation organisations impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s new Experience Economy Survival Package providing urgent support to help a range of key organisations, associations and clubs ride out the economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help them reboot, rebound and recover.

The Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package includes $40 million for community sport organisations in four categories: 

  • Grants of up to $350,000 available for large state sporting associations;
  • Grants of up to $200,000 available to smaller state sporting associations; regional sports assemblies, academies and other state sport and recreational bodies;
  • Grants of up to $15,000 are available for associations and leagues; and
  • Grants of $1,000 are available for individual clubs.

We are dissecting the eligibility criteria and specifics of the program to help associations and clubs that are eligible to get assistance as soon as possible.

For specific details on the program, including the objectives of the fund, the number of applications that can be submitted under each stream, the grant amounts available and eligibility of applications please refer to the guidelines, which are available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website

We aim to hold an online meeting with members in the next week when we have further clarification for our return to sport and so we can discuss the impacts, timeline and strategy. Details to be provided shortly.

Basketball Victoria will continue to work with government and advocate on behalf of basketball to ensure our sport is able to return in a safe, manageable and prompt fashion.

As of 20 May 2020

Basketball Victoria acknowledges the Basketball Australia – Return to Basketball Guidelines that were released today. As each State and Territory are currently under different restrictions and protocols, we are reviewing the document(s) for jurisdictional consistencies with our previously distributed – Basketball Victoria – Return to Sport Guidelines and with the Victorian Government. We will be amending and distributing a finalised version of the document by Friday, May 22.

The BV document refers to risk management strategies to enable a return to basketball at various levels of restriction including, the flow of traffic in and out of venues, time restrictions, compulsory cleaning, sanitisation and restrictions on players, officials and parents per court.

Basketball Victoria is hoping that the next phase in the easing of restrictions, from the beginning of June, will allow a return to indoor stadiums with an allowance for a reasonable level of individuals per court, as we have detailed in our guidelines. We believe our sport has the ability to provide a safe and controlled environment for the return to participation.

We are striving for a greater understanding of the proposed next stages of a return to sport, which will assist with advanced planning for us all. We continue to liaise with all levels of government and will provide an update as soon as information comes to hand. In addition, we are working on a preferred supplier solution to assist associations and clubs purchase sanitisation products and equipment which we will release details of next week

The basketball community has shown great strength and understanding during this unprecedented time for our sport, and we’re confident this will continue through the recovery that lies ahead.

We will continue to update you as soon as we have information available.

 

Frankston & District Basketball Association (FDBA)

As of 5:00pm Friday 13th March the Frankston & District Basketball Association will be indefinitely closed as a precaution against COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Until further notice, all FDBA sanctioned activity will be suspended including:

Domestic Competitions: Due to stage 3 restrictions and the extension of the State of Emergency (until May 11) by the Victorian Government, the Autumn and Winter 2020 domestic basketball seasons are suspended until at least 31 May 2020.

Read more here.

Mornington & District Basketball Association (MDBA)

Once we have a clear return plan for our domestic competition we will advise members if we will run a Winter or Summer season. As previously advised if the Winter season does not commence members will be credited for the Summer season or provided a refund if they do not return.

Some members are bursting to get back on court others are understandably nervous about the return. Please be assured that we will only return when we can provide a safe environment for our community. We look forward to the announcements on 31st May 2020 and being able to provide you with further information.

Read more here.

Western Port Basketball Association (WPBA)

In concurrence with the Basketball Victoria 2020 ‘Return to sport’ guidelines, WPBA has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Domestic Winter Season and extend the 2020/21 Domestic Summer season to a 23 round season starting August 1st permitting Victorian Restrictions allow 5 on 5 competition to return.

Read more here.

We will continue to update these statements and links once updates are released.