With further relaxations on competitive sports activities announced on Nov 8th, it’s time to get ready for a summer of Sport. Indoor facilities such as Basketball and Netball stadiums will soon re-open for competition – with some limitations. Schedule a consultation now with Nellakir to ensure your Timber Sports Flooring is in premium shape for re-opening. Call 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here [https://www.nellakir.com.au/contact.html] to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.
For your interest, here are the latest Press Releases for participants from both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria…
Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Update
Monday 9 November
Basketball Victoria welcomes yesterday’s announcement from the Victorian Government in regard to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions with the current (as of November 9) ‘Third Step’ aligning Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne, plus the roadmap to the ‘last step’ (as of November 23).
However, we are still awaiting clarification regarding the number of people allowed per venue or facility or per space from DHHS and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) for both the ‘Third Step’ and ‘Last Step’.
Please note: The current DHHS guidelines stipulate that a ‘facility’ is capped at 20 people only, regardless of the number of courts or separated areas within the venue.
We remain hopeful this refined definition of a “facility” by DHHS can be resolved in the coming days, as we have advocated via SRV and VicSport again this morning along with a number of other indoor sports and facility operators.
From November 23 (the Last Step), there is positive news that both adult and junior participants can return indoors in a ‘contact’ or ‘non-contact’ scenario for either training or competition.
However, a venue limit of 100 ‘patrons’ has been set for indoor community sport and a group limit of 20. This is in addition to large sporting venues being able to open with a 25 per-cent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient. We have asked for clarity on the definition of ‘patron’ as well as further detail on venue definitions and approved capacities.
We appreciate our community’s patience and support throughout these difficult times as we aim to plan to reactivate the sport in its entirety alongside our associations and clubs in upcoming weeks. We will continue to discuss the issues and advocate for basketball with the Victorian Government on a daily basis. Basketball Victoria and your associations will make further updates as soon as they’re available.
From 11:59pm on Sunday 8 November
Please refer to Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines for further detail
FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER:
Outdoor (contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-20 Indoor (non-contact) training only – ORANGE-20
FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER:
Outdoor (non-contact) training only – RED-10
From 11:59pm on Sunday 22 November
Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-50 Indoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training – ORANGE-20*
NB: Further clarity to come*
Patron cap of up to 100 people*. Group size up to 20 people*. Density quotient of 1 per 4m ²* Large sporting venues will be able to open with a 25 per–cent venue patron cap, with each space subject to the density quotient*.
Netball Victoria Latest Update
We have been overjoyed watching the steady return of community netball across Victoria and we look forward to seeing more associations and leagues commence in the coming weeks.
Effective 11:59pm Sunday 08 November, the 25km travel limit will no longer be in place and the boundary between Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria will come down. There will be some changes to indoor community sport venues across metro Melbourne, unfortunately this does not include netball competitions and programs. Non-contact training may occur at indoor venues with a maximum of 20 people, but only if participants can maintain 1.5 metre physical distancing.
There are no changes to community netball in regional Victoria. There is no change to community sport for adults across Victoria.
Netball Victoria’s Return to Community Netball guidelines have been updated, you can find the latest resources here.
We look forward to the further easing of restrictions on 23 November and will provide further detail once it is available.
Meanwhile the NBA Draft period jockeying for position is in full swing, and unsurprisingly another young Aussie is front stage with strong interest.
Aussie gun Josh Green set for huge NBA Draft day. One team is his ‘perfect fit’
He comes from The Land Down Under but has made his mark in the Valley of the Sun.
With all the media focus on the Knicks’ lottery pick at No. 8 in the Nov. 18 NBA draft, the front office has worked just as diligently on their second first-round pick at No. 27 and their second-round pick at No. 38.
“They are trying to find the diamond in the rough,’’ one NBA source said.
One player of particular interest is Arizona freshman Josh Green, a shooting guard who moved from Sydney, Australia, to Phoenix when he was 13.
Green is listed at 6-foot-5 but has a 6-10 wingspan. Scouts have classified him as the prototypical 3-and-D.
“He’s an NBA athlete,’’ one NBA scout said of Green. “He excels in transition and has potential as a defender with good awareness. He probably still needs to improve his outside shooting.’’
In his one-and-done, COVID-19-shortened college season, Green averaged 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 30 games. He shot a decent 36.1 per cent from 3, but there’s been criticism of his shooting mechanics.
“He’d be the perfect fit for the Knicks,’’ another talent evaluator said.
Some NBA officials believe the Knicks may have to trade up a few slots to snare Green because he may not last until No. 27.
Green, who turns 20 next week, is represented by the preferred Creative Artists Agency, which Knicks president Leon Rose ran until March when owner James Dolan chose him to lead the franchise.
“He can shoot and defend, but he could still be a project,’’ ESPN’s draft guru Fran Fraschilla said. Green is the only Australian predicted to be selected in the first round.
The Knicks obtained the 27th pick from the Clippers at the February trade deadline in exchange for Marcus Morris, now a free agent who could still re-sign with the Knicks if they want to pursue him.
Because of the parity in this year’s draft that extends all the way to the middle of the lottery, the Knicks have no idea who might be there at No 27.
In a perfect world, the Knicks prefer to select a scoring point guard with their lottery pick and a deft outside-shooting swingman with their second first-rounder.
Besides Green, other players who fit that shooting-guard description are Duke swingman Cassius Stanley, 6-7 Robert Woodward II of Mississippi State and Texas Christian’s Desmond Bane.
At 27, the Knicks could be staring at two other Duke players besides Stanley — point guard Tre Jones, RJ Barrett’s former teammate, and freshman centre Vernon Carey Jr.
Indications are the intriguing Carey is higher on their list. Knicks GM Scott Perry viewed Carey, son of former Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey, as a sure-fire first-round pick last season.
Carey is hurt by the perception that he’s a low-post, old-school centre akin to Duke draft-bust Jahlil Okafor. Carey has lost 30 pounds since the Duke season ended in March, and he’s shown an ability to hit from the outside in recent workouts.
In fact, there’s talk he will go higher than 27 because of his weight loss and dispelling the myth he’s only a back-to-the-basket big. That was essentially the role in which Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski employed him.
“I like Carey, and I think people undervalue him,’’ the NBA scout said.
If the Knicks don’t take a point guard at No. 8, San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn and France’s Theo Maledon could be point possibilities at 27.
Some of these names might still be around in the early second round at No. 38.
Adding three rookies to the roster will have its disadvantages this season, with no summer league and almost no time to get acclimated before a potential Dec. 1 training camp.
To boot, there may not be a traditional G-League season to develop rookies.
“In this draft, there’s no difference between 20 and 40,’’ Fraschilla said. “A good player will be there at 27 and 38.”
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