Basketball Victoria COVID-19 Update

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The Victorian Government today announced some gradual easing of restrictions for Victorians that will come into effect on Tuesday 12 May from 11:59pm.

Return to Sport – Outdoor Activity

The key changes announced means the following will be permitted:
  • outdoor gatherings being permitted with up to 10 people
  • indoor gatherings at home are permitted, with 5 visitors able to visit the normal residents of a household
  • the ability to leave the house for exercise will be expanded to include outdoor recreational activities.
These activities can occur in groups of up to 10 people outside, but the requirements on physical distancing remain.
  • for weddings 10 guests are allowed, plus the couple and the celebrant
  • for funerals, 20 people will be allowed at an indoor ceremony and 30 people at an outside ceremony. This is in addition to the minimum people required to conduct the funeral
  • religious gatherings and ceremonies will be permitted with up to 10 people, plus those required to perform the ceremony
While basketball is a predominantly indoor sport, there are a number of ways that people can participate in basketball activities utilising community accessible outdoor courts and open spaces.
Importantly, this must be done with a maximum of 10 people in any group activity, with no contact permitted, and applying social distancing and safe hygiene practices at all times. See below for a helpful inforgraphic to share with your team, friends and family for any athletic training sessions.

We appreciate the announcement doesn’t allow for the use of indoor venues, however, we will continue to work with government to institute the appropriate guidelines that will see a return to indoor basketball at some stage in the very near future.

Domestic Basketball Update
The next review date for domestic competition basketball will be Sunday 31 May in line with the Victorian Government’s extension to the State of Emergency as of Monday 11 May.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to be active through basketball outside in a safe and respectful manner under strict compliance with the governments new restrictions.

For more details on the latest government restriction updates – including specific sport and recreation activities, please visit the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus update.
Leagues Update
Following the Victorian Governments announcement on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, Basketball Victoria (BV) provides the following update on Leagues managed by BV.

BV remains committed to the safe and viable return to sport for all participants, domestic and elite.  Our primary objective remains the return of grass-roots basketball and domestic competitions.

While we anticipate the resumption of the VJBL will be similar to that of domestic basketball, our senior elite leagues (Big V, NBL1 and CBL) will be evaluated once the sport has a confirmed resumption date. The delayed start may mean the need for senior elite leagues to run much later into the year than normal, we are considering all options and formats for senior elite leagues in 2020.

We will continue to provide regular updates when we are informed of the next steps in the return to sport.

2020 National Junior Classic cancelled (11/5/2020)
Due to the uncertainty of interstate travel and the staged lifting of restrictions for a return to indoor sport, Basketball Victoria and the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) have cancelled the 2020 National Junior Classic.

With the 128-team tournament, featuring participants from the VJBL VC Divisions, Country Championships and interstate, due to take place over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (6-8 June 2020), Basketball Victoria looked at various options and future dates but have made the difficult decision to cancel the event and look forward to planning a greater event in 2021.

“We don’t take this decision lightly and have waited as long as possible to make a decision surrounding the National Junior Classic,” VJBL General Manager John Hilton said. “Seeing the best of Victorian and Australian club talent come to Melbourne each June for the National Junior Classic is a highlight on the calendar and one we will unfortunately not get to showcase in 2020.

“With interstate travel requirements preventing most travel between states, it would preclude the ability of our interstate teams to participate.

“This coupled with the current conditions surrounding the return to indoor sports, it is logistically impossible to host the National Junior Classic to a sufficient standard this year. We look forward to seeing this event return in 2021 as well as seeing the VJBL return as soon as possible to complete the 2020 Championship season.”

Please visit the Basketball Victoria website – www.basketballvictoria.com.au/covid-19/ – for more up-to-date information.

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