Update Monday 15 June

Find below an update from Basketball Victoria. Please note, Knox Basketball would like to stress that it is highly unlikely that we are set to return to U18 competitions on June 22. However, we are hopeful that training may resume from that date. The resumption of training, and competition, is reliant upon the governments restrictions surrounding amount of people allowed into each space. Until we have further clarity on this issue, we cannot guarantee a return date.

From Basketball Victoria:

We have summarised the restrictions below from the DHHS and SRV releases, however we are seeking further clarity on the number of spectators/participants allowed per area/zone, aiming for an Orange-50 stageas per our Return to Sport Guidelines from the 22nd June. We will provide the relevant and updated guidelines, information sheets, checklists and signage to assist the resumption of competition as soon as we have received confirmation from the Victorian Government.

Summary of Restrictions:

For 18 years old and under – full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22

For 18 years and over – non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22 

For 18 years and over – full contact training for both indoor and outdoor (forecast forJuly 13 

For 18 years and over – resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor (forecast forJuly 20

 
Note: the forecast July dates are not locked in yet, the Victorian Government will still need to confirm these dates in the coming weeks.

 


Update Friday 12 June

Another update from Basketball Victoria below:

National Cabinet Announcement

We welcome the latest announcement (12/6/20) by the National Cabinet in regard to removing the 100-person capacity for indoor venues and instead, at Step 3 of the Federal Governments framework for a COVID Safe Australia, the rule of 1 person per 4m2 will apply to indoor venues. This approach is in line with Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, allowing for stadiums to be evaluated based on their size and the number of courts. Many indoor sports and venue managers are concerned that limits of 20 people per space, and even 100 people per space, does not make it viable for a number of indoor basketball stadiums to open, however under this new approach announced by the federal government, it would provide far greater opportunities for the community to return to basketball.

We look forward to the Victorian Government embracing this approach for future restriction levels, which we hope to have more information on later next week.

June 22 Restrictions

The current restriction level in Victoria for basketball is Outdoor Training RED-10. From June 22 restrictions will allow Indoor Training, although we are awaiting further clarification on rules relating to the number of people permitted per enclosed space:

Indoor sports centres and venues can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity

When we have further details, we will update the next version of our Return to Sport Guidelines – plus additional tools and signage to share with you.

As always, the health, safety and well-being of our community continues to be our highest priority as we ensure our sport is able to return in a safe, manageable and prompt fashion.

 


Update Friday 5 June

Here is a small update, following Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Webinar held on Thursday 4 June.

Exert from Basketball Victoria:

June 22 Restrictions

We are still consulting with the State Government for further clarity on what is allowed under the restrictions from June 22, as well as the specific Indoor Guideline for the number of people per enclosed space for this stage of the restrictions:

  • Indoor sports centres and venues can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity

We are also working on COVID-19 venue signage for associations, and simple one-page guides for each stage of restrictions for distribution in the next week.

We will continue to update you as soon as we have information available.


Update Friday 29 May

Understandably, we have seen some confusion surrounding potential return to sport dates. This release intends to clear up any misconceptions and provide all the information we have in simple summaries.

Basketball Victoria is hosting a Return to Sport Forum on June 4, and following this, Knox Basketball will be able to provide even more information to all its clubs and members.

What is allowed now?

Groups of 10 (plus a coach or trainer) are allowed to complete exercise outdoors in public spaces

  • Up to 5 visitors are allowed on private premises, if you want to have a basketball session on your property
  • Physical distancing must be adhered for both of these settings
    • All participants stay at least 1.5m away from each other
    • All participants bring separate basketballs and do not share any equipment
  • Knox Basketball are unable to manage this effectively or guarantee insurance to our players should they receive injuries whilst training outdoors
  • Parents and guardians must not be in the vicinity of the court, but can watch from a distance, while maintaining social distancing from other parents and participants

What is allowed from June 1?

The Victorian Government has made key announcements regarding the further easing of restrictions, that are effective from June 1.

  • Up to 20 people can participate in group sport and exercise activities but it must be outside and non-contact.
  • Up to 20 people can use public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks
  • Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive

While there is a reference to 20 people participating in group sport and exercise, it is important to note that the activity must be non-contact, with only 10 people participating at any one time in addition to those people running the training (e.g. coach, manager).

  • Knox Basketball are unable to manage this effectively or guarantee insurance to our players should they receive injuries whilst training outdoors
  • Parents and guardians must not be in the vicinity of the court, but can watch from a distance, while maintaining social distancing from other parents and participants
  • Seek permission from the owner (where possible) before training at public/private courts
    • Public courts are not prioritised for club trainings
    • Please be considerate of members of the public and shorten or cancel training if there is a large group already in the space

What is allowed from June 22?

  • 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.
    • Basketball Victoria is working with the State Government to get clarity on what this means for basketball associations.
    • If State Government FAIL to mandate that a singular basketball court can operate as an undivided space, then Knox Basketball will be unable to re-open its venues for indoor training.
    • If State Government DO mandate that a singular basketball court can operate as an undivided space, then Knox Basketball plans to re-open under either Red-10 or Orange-20 as per Basketball Victoria’s return to sport guidelines.
  • We are hopeful, but cannot guarantee at this stage, that this means we will be allowed to have 10 players plus a coach training on each court in our venues.
    • It will be up to the Government’s interpretation on whether each court, separated by our court dividers, is its own space

Once Basketball Victoria has clarity on this issue from the State Government, we will know whether we can re-open the venues and begin training.

  • If we are allowed one team plus a coach per court, there will be restrictions outlined by Knox Basketball surrounding distancing, hygiene and timing. All participants, parents and guardians must adhere to these rules. We will release Knox Basketballs return to sport plan to all junior domestic clubs in due course, once clarity is gained on the June 22 Restrictions.

Update 22 May

 

Basketball Victoria has been working very closely with many national and state sporting bodies and governments about what our return to sport plan would look like once restrictions were lifted.  Those discussions have been with the Australian Institute of Sport, the Victorian State Government, the respective Sports Ministers and Sports Recreation Victoria.

As you may have seen recently, the Premier of Victoria; The Hon Daniel Andrews announced three (3) potential dates for a slow release of restrictions under COVID-19, 1st June, 22nd June 15th July 2020.  I have used the term “potential” as these dates could change and are still dependant on the “curve” remaining low for COVID-19 and minimal positive cases in this State. 

Clubs needs to start planning for these “potential” re-open dates, in the hope that Victoria will slowly release our restrictions and allow basketball to return in some format.  The format in which this will be conducted will coincide with the Basketball in Victoria – Return to Sport Guidelines.

Stage 1: (Red-10 or Orange-20)

If the Victorian Government allows us to move to ten (10) or twenty (20) people indoors (per court) under social distancing rules, then this could mean that KBI is able to re-open its doors and allow junior domestic training to occur, as per Red-10 guidelines attached. 

Although Orange-20 allows for competition, at this stage KBI intends to proceed with Red-10 and training sessions only so there will be no competition under Red-10.

If we can re-open on a date announced by State Government soon, there will be strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines that KBI must follow, meaning there will be only one (1) x team training  (per court) with a maximum amount of ten (10) persons per court, including the coach. 

This will mean no parents or spectators are allowed unfortunately.  Our café’s will be open and serving takeaway coffee, drinks, and food for consumption outdoors, or as per the allowed indoor gathering numbers.  

Stage 2: (Orange-20 or Orange -50)

If the Victorian Government allows us to move to twenty (20) or fifty (50) person indoors (per court), then KBI will look to re-start our Junior domestic competition, continuing where we left off on 13th March 2020. 

Clubs need to start preparing for this date and be ready to take the court for five (5) on five (5) competition.  There are still many restrictions under Orange 20 including hygiene and social distancing rules, and no parents or spectators allowed.

Once we can move to Orange-50, this will enable one (1) x parent per player. 

Stage 3: (Orange-50 or Green-100)

If the Victorian Government allows us to move to fifty (50) or one hundred (100) persons per court, then KBI can allow more parents / spectators in as per the guidelines. 

Child Safety Officers:

As there will be no room to accommodate parents or guardians to come indoors and watch their children train or play under stages Red-10 or Orange-20, KBI will have suitably qualified Child Safety Officers (CSO) to supervise your children. 

  • The CSO will each manage one court section each at Boronia, State Basketball Centre and Fairhills.
  • Each CSO are only allowed to manage up to four (4) courts at any one time, so this enables us to have 2 x CSO’s in our main venues at once, and 1 x CSO at Fairhills.

Child Safety is of the highest priority here at Knox Basketball, so we will go above and beyond to make sure our players are safe in our venues.    

I cannot highlight this enough, that any re-open and Stages of Return to Sport are not guaranteed and are subject to change based on the advice we receive from both the Victorian Government and Basketball Victoria.