Dear SBA Community,
Over the past few weeks the Victorian State Government, Basketball Australian and Basketball Victoria have released information for the staggered return to competitive basketball in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SBA are having on-going discussions with Basketball Victoria and the Bayside City Council about re-opening our stadium and how it will function from a practical perspective. While these discussions continue to take place, we ask that all of our members remain patient and vigilant.
We acknowledge that the situation changes from day to day as new information is communicated, but to clarify the current SBA position:
As we return to organised basketball, our #1 priority is the health and well-being of our members. We will always act in the best interests of our members and ensure the SBA environment is safe and secure.
While the Victorian Government has advised that indoor sports facilities can re-open on the 22nd of June with restrictions on the number of patrons and participants inside our stadium, we need to stress that there will be a period of adjustment before full competitions with players, spectators and crowds begin again. The current guidelines allow for 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 continuing to seek clarification around this and what it looks like for our four court basketball stadium.
We are in the process of taking steps to ensure the stadium is prepared for the return to basketball, including:
- The installation of hand sanitiser dispensers across the Tulip street courts.
- Seat markings highlighting spectator distancing measures.
- Designated stadium entry and exit points.
We are also having on-going discussions about how our court space is best shared between SBA junior and senior domestic, Sabres junior and senior rep, casual shooting and the entry level programs that we run.
We are also engaging with our external venue providers – mainly local high schools – about their availability once we return to full play. We rely on these venues for both games and training sessions and want to ensure that any SBA activities that take place there are sanctioned and safe.
Please continue to check the SBA website for more information.