As you may have seen in the recent days and weeks, Basketball Victoria have been sending out semi-regular communications regarding their plan for our return to sport. KBI has held off sending additional updates whilst we waited for the Premier Daniel Andrews to announce his update on the 11th May.
Here are the key takeaways from the Premier’s latest update, active after 11:59pm tonight (Tuesday 12 May):
- 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.
As you can see above, not much has changed in regard to basketball, as there is still a ban on all indoor sports. There was a mention of groups of 10 being able to train outdoors, however KBI is unable to manage this effectively or guarantee insurance to our players should they receive injuries whilst training outdoors.
However, if you / your team wish to complete a non-KBI-sanctioned outdoor session, you must still adhere to hygiene and social distancing rules. This means:
- All participants (including the coach) must stay 1.5m away from each other
- No physical contact can be implemented
- No high-5s, handshakes, screens, boxing out, bumping, one on one play etc
- If you are having a session on your own property, you can only invite 5 other participants – social distancing should still be adhered
- All participants MUST use their own basketball, and only touch that ball
Taking all of this into consideration, workouts should consist of 1 vs 0 drills and conditioning. If a coach or team decides to run an unofficial session like this, it MUST be optional and up to each individual to decide if they wish to be involved.
The next review date for the Victorian Government’s State of Emergency is Sunday 31 May. It is anticipated that if the curve is maintained at low levels that we may move to Level 2. This could allow for limited indoor basketball activity. KBI will be releasing its own Covid-Safe Venue Management Plan if this occurs. Knox Basketball cannot guarantee any of these changes, so please be aware its subject to change and based on the advice we receive from the Chief Medical Officers and Victorian Government.
The above Return to Sport Guidelines have been prepared by Basketball Victoria in conjunction with the AIS Framework and through regular dialogue with Sports Recreation Victoria, the State Sports Ministers and Premier’s office. These guidelines set out four (4) stages of returning to sport, from Red 10, Orange 20, Orange 50 to Green 100. Again, this is a guide and may change depending on the advice from Government. KBI will continue to update clubs, parents, players & coaches once further information comes to hand.