Dear SBA Members,
Over the past week we have endured several extremely hot days which has led to the stadium becoming very uncomfortable for the players. Below is a copy of the SBA Heat Policy which is in-line with Basketball Victoria. In addition, I would also like to confirm that the commercial thermometer we have in place at the stadium is calibrated and certified by an independent company every year and a Certificate of Calibration is provided. The calibration interval is required at a period of 52 weeks which the Association complies to.
Last year the Association installed ceiling fans and security mesh to the windows above the grand stand so the windows could be opened, in our continuous effort to reduce the overall temperature on our courts during the Summer months.
Whilst management are still reviewing additional options for our courts, I am confident in the work and the decisions our court side Referees Supervisors make on the days of extreme heat.
22.0 SBA Extreme Heat Policy
22.1 The Referees Supervisor on duty will activate the Extreme Heat Policy at their discretion.
22.2 The Extreme Heat Policy MUST be activated when the temperature on any court reaches 35 degrees Celsius. The Association has installed a digital
thermometer/clock in the stadium between courts 2 & 3, which complies with Basketball Victoria’s Participants Protection By-Laws. This thermometer will monitor the temperature on courts inside the stadium when the weather is hot.
22.3 Under the Extreme Heat Policy, the following modified timing rules will be implemented:
Game halves will be shortened to 18 minutes each
Half time will be extended to 5 minutes.
Referees will call a mandatory time out at approximately the 9 minute mark of each half, regardless of the number of time outs called by the coaches.
Players will be monitored by the referees, coaches and parents to ensure they consume plenty of fluids and watch for any signs of heat stress.
If the temperature inside the stadium reaches 40 degrees Celsius games will be cancelled. Team representatives will receive an SMS message or an email to advise them of any cancellations. A notice will also be displayed on the website.