Back on Court! Local Competition is Happening Again – Exciting.

The last of the more onerous restrictions on indoor team sports have now been lifted enabling local competitions to resume – junior, senior and masters. Both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria have information for participants available on their websites.

For your assistance we re-publish the advice here for participants from the VBA website

Participants

Return to Sport Update – 25 March


We are pleased to see additional easing of COVID-19 restrictions as announced earlier this
week by the Victorian Government and the Department of Health. From 6pm on Friday 26
March the following changes occur: 
Venue Density and Patron Capacity 
Density limits in indoor venues will move from 1 person per 4sqm to 1 person per 2sqm. This
is in line with other entertainment venues, cafes, pubs and
restaurants. Additionally, the maximum number of people allowed in indoor non-
seated entertainment / sporting venues will increase from 50 per cent to 75 per cent capacity. 
For basketball venues, this means the maximum number of people within a venue including
participants and spectators where allowed, is 75% capacity per
court dependent on venue density limits. Density limits are calculated at 1 person per
2m². The table on page 3 of the Return to Sport Guidelines (V12/March 26) shows the
maximum capacity per court. 


Masks 
Masks will no longer be required in retail settings but Victorians will still need to carry one
with them at all times and wear it on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis and in
sensitive settings such as aged care facilities and hospitals. Basketball Victoria recommends –
when social distancing cannot be maintained, that all patrons aged 12 years or older, should
wear a mask in venues unless medically exempt.   
As with previous updates, masks are not required during games for players, referees and
coaches while on court.  


QR Codes 
Electronic record keeping such as QR codes must be used to allow for contact tracing to be
updated. The QR code requirement for community sport, is to have electronic record keeping
through the Services Vic application or a government API-linked digital system. Venues will
have a 28-day compliance amnesty to ensure this is the case.

QR Code Reporting

Basketball Victoria recommends the use of QR codes for all patrons to ensure sufficient
attendance records are maintained over the coming months as we return to sport.
The Victorian Government has launched a new and free QR Code Service which will help
venues and businesses to keep records of visitors. To use the service, you only need to
register the venue or business, download and print a poster containing a Victorian
Government QR Code, and display it prominently.
In addition, a PlayHQ COVID report is available for players, coaches and team managers
who participate on a given day/night and are tagged into electronic scoring if a case arises.

If required, please lodge a support ticket via https://support.playhq.com/

Basketball Victoria Participant Licence

As previously noted, the Basketball Victoria participation licence is not season or association
specific and allows individuals to play as many times as they want across the state in a 365-
day period. We are extending all active licences for individuals for the duration of the
period that basketball was/is unable to be played in Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As you would be aware, in addition to competition management and insurance, individual
participant fees (the Basketball Victoria Licence) cover a range of essential services and
programs which we are and will continue to deliver.
Note: A detailed explanation of the 365 Day Licence can be found here.
However, as always, we will consider requests for individual refunds to those participants
who are experiencing extreme hardship at any time (the individual must contact their club or
association who then escalates to Basketball Victoria via a Support Ticket).

Refunds

Generally speaking, BV’s licence fee is not refundable, as per our terms of registration and
we are extending the BV licences as per above. However, we can consider requests for
refunds in certain cases. We are in a unique situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and we
understand any significant economic or health related impact.
The process/conditions for individual refunds are as follows:

Individual refund requests need to come through via the club (if applicable) to the
association (as per the correct communication channel including club requests) via
http://support.playhq.com
o Senior Domestic need to request via the association who then lodges support
ticket The player needs to have played fewer than 3 games
 Player’s registration to the season in question needs to be marked as cancelled
 A valid reason needs to be provided

 BV needs confirmation in writing that the association and/or club has refunded any
fees that were paid to them before BV considers the request for refund of the BV
licence fee
 Bank details provided for an approved refund to be processed.

Venues and Facilities 

Follow all signage or instructions that direct the flow of traffic or prevent access to areas of the facility. Follow signage indicating the maximum number of people permitted in any space at a single time. Access to toilets and changerooms is permitted but may be limited. It is recommended that only participants use changerooms. It is recommended that you shower at home. Canteens and cafés may be open. 

Health and Hygiene

Always carry a face mask. If you feel unwell, do not attend. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after the session, and more frequently as required. Use approved hand sanitiser before, during and after each session. Wash your uniform after each session with warm water and detergent. Refrain from all unnecessary body contact ie. no handshakes or high fives. 

Take it easy. A sudden rise in activity may increase the risk of injury. Community netball participants should not return to netball if in the last 14 days they have been unwell or had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19. Community netball participants must stay informed about case locations and exposure sites. Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the specified time must isolate, get a COVID-19 test, and remain isolated for 14 days. Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during the specified times is encouraged to get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result. Refer to Department of Health and Human Services processes upon confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case.

Under no circumstance should associations or clubs refund the Basketball Victoria
licence fee to individuals. Please refer to the BV refund process.

For netball we provide a link below to similar advice from Netball Victoria:

Return to Netball

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