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SBA Update 24/03/2020
Communication to State and Territory CEO’s as at 12:00pm, Friday 20 March 2020
Dear State & Territory CEO’s
As the current environment evolves, Basketball Australia continues to prioritise the health and safety of the basketball community. Further to our recent communications and based on additional guidance from Federal Government (https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-coronavirus-covid-19-statement-on-17-march-2020) and our Chief Medical Officer Dr Peter Harcourt, Basketball Australia recommends all team and small group training ceases until further notice. This recommendation will be reviewed in 30 days.
Players are encouraged to continue to practise their individual skills (e.g. shooting base drills, ball handling, footwork etc) and fitness training (interval sprints, timed runs, skipping rope, body weight exercise etc) on their own. Coaches are encouraged to liaise with players via virtual means (phone, email, facetime, skype etc) and continue to provide individualised direction accordingly. Below are Basketball Australia links that can assist both players and coaches:
Should a coach be made aware of a player showing symptoms, the coach should advise the player to contact their health care professional immediately.
As previously communicated, Basketball Australia are working within three key principals:
▪ Observing government guidelines
▪ Seeking advice of contemporary health and safety experts
▪ Ensuring the safety of the basketball community.
Please note the following key points:
▪ Information is changing daily and sometimes multiple times in one day. As a result, we must all stay fluid and when additional information comes to hand, Basketball Australia will issue advice accordingly.
▪ As the national body, Basketball Australia makes recommendations to States & Territories based on the best possible expert medical information unique to our sport at the time. Any State or Territory or Local Association making a decision to suspend/cancel their competition/programs/events is a matter for each State/Territory/Association.
Basketball Australia supports the government in slowing this pandemic and reducing the peak to
protect those most vulnerable in the community. As such, we will continue to provide advice as it
evolves and continue to assess the risk of each of our competitions, programs and events
We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding in this rapidly changing environment.
SBA Update 19/03/2020
Dear SBA Members,
Please see the following communication from Dean Anglin and Basketball Victoria regarding the NBL1 competition.
Following yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister restricting Non-Essential indoor gatherings to 100 people or less, International Travel Restrictions and Airline shut downs it is increasingly likely that this situation will impact the entire NBL1 2020 season and we advise you to prepare for this situation. Regardless, I can confirm the NBL1 season WILL NOT commence prior to the 15th May 2020. This date has been selected as it is 4 full weeks after the Easter Period and would allow time for clubs to prepare for a season in time if the COVID-19 situation has improved, however, with the above considerations this is a very optimistic date.
We will continue to review the situation and will provide updates as available.
Dear SBA Members,
Please see the following communication from Jeff Downes and Basketball Victoria regarding the Big V competition where our Sabres VYC teams play.
Following yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister restricting non-essential indoor gatherings to 100 people or less, international travel restrictions and airline shut-downs, it is increasingly likely that this situation may impact the entire Big V 2020 season and we advise you to prepare for this. We can confirm that the Big V season will not commence prior to the 15th May 2020. This date has been selected as it is four full weeks after the Easter Period and would allow time for clubs to prepare for a season in time if the COVID-19 situation had improved. However, with the above considerations, this is an optimistic date. We will continue to review the situation and will provide updates as available.
When the league is in the position to consider a start date we will provide every club with an outline of the season dates (not sooner than 4 weeks notice), cost of participation, support available from the League and recommendations on the structure of league.
SBA Update 17/03/2020
Dear SBA Members,
Please see the latest communication from Basketball Victoria regarding COVID-19
Basketball Victoria COVID-19 Update
On Friday 13 March, Basketball Victoria made the decision to suspend all Basketball Victoria related activities, leagues, programs and events to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Today, Monday 16 March, the Victorian State Government has also declared a State of Emergency for four weeks in response to this pandemic.
We continue to regularly consult with key stakeholders including the Victorian Government, VicSport and Basketball Australia, as well as listening to our members which assists us in providing the appropriate guidance, information and updates on the continually unfolding COVID-19 situation and the effect on the basketball community.
We understand that basketball is a large part of many people’s lives, which will be missed at the moment, however our current priority is to make decisions that ensure the health and wellbeing of all players, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers and all of our families are maintained.
At this stage, the suspension of all related Basketball Victoria sanctioned activities, programs and events will continue through the state of emergency period. This date may change, and we will continue to provide updates on a weekly basis.
We have been listening to the questions and concerns of our community. Please see below for clarification on certain matters:
Basketball Victoria considers formal or organised team training to be part of basketball related activities, programs and events. As such, we highly recommend training sessions are postponed until further notice.
VJBL games are postponed until at least April 17. Further updates will continue to be provided on a weekly basis.
Big V games are postponed until at least April 13. Further league specific communications will follow in the coming days.
League specific communications will follow in the coming days.
The Under 12 and Under 14 Country Championships due to be played between now and April 13 will be postponed until further notice. We will provide updates as soon as they come to hand.
Under 14 Skills Days
Upcoming Skills Day events scheduled to be held this weekend at Dromana, Ballarat, Bendigo, Bellarine, Hamilton, Korumburra, Swan Hill, Traralgon and Wangaratta are postponed until further notice. Additional information will follow as soon as it comes to hand.
The Aussie Hoops program in Victoria is suspended until at least April 13. Further updates will continue to be provided on a weekly basis. In addition, Term 2 Registrations are also suspended.
Tribunal matters or hearings are to be deferred until further notice, unless there is an urgent matter. For any queries – please contact: Gerry Glennen on 03 9837 8000 or email@example.com
BV Awards Night / BVC Awards Breakfast
At this stage, both the BV Awards Night and the BVC Awards Breakfast are postponed until further notice, a future date has not yet been decided. We will continue to provide updates as further decisions are made.
Winners for all categories have been decided, we will not release winner’s names or the recognition of service award winners yet until further decisions have been made for potential celebrations later in the year.
Further updates about Basketball Victoria activities, events and programs will be provided as information comes to hand. Please check our website and social media channels for these updates.
For more information about COVID-19 and ways to keep yourself and your family protected please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
We will continue to work together to ensure we all get through this challenging time as best we can.