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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Netball – it’s Back On! Here’s This Year’s Suncorp Super Netball Fixture.

After months of limitations it looks like it’s only a matter of time before we can enjoy the full indoor stadium experience of netball after 12 months of the more extreme COVID restrictions look like being lifted this Friday 26th March. 

To put some icing on the cake here is the Suncorp Super Netball Fixture for 2021. Now televised on Channel 9 via the Telstra app, the competition is really flying with the Olympic Games the next major advance well within reach. 

Netball is by far the most popular and fastest growing women’s sport in Australasia with significant growth in Malaysia and Singapore as well.

For your interest here is the fixture for 2021 – Suncorp Super Netball. 

2021 Season Fixture: Full 2021 fixture realeased 

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Super Netball 2021 Fixture 

The 2021 Suncorp Super Netball fixture has been released, revealing that the Grand Final rematch between the Melbourne Vixens and West Coast Fever will open the season on May 1. 
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The Melbourne Vixens will host a 2020 Grand Final re-match against the West Coast Fever in front of fans at John Cain Arena to kick-off the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball season.

The release of the full 2021 Suncorp Super Netball fixture this morning has unveiled that the first match of the season will be played on Saturday 1 May at 3pm AEST with the action set to continue at the same venue that evening with the Collingwood Magpies taking on the Sunshine Coast Lightning at 7pm AEST.

See the full fixture here

Round 1 will then move north on Sunday 2 May where the Queensland Firebirds will host the NSW Swifts at Nissan Arena at 1pm AEST, and then across to Adelaide where the Thunderbirds will welcome GIANTS Netball to Netball SA Arena at 3pm AEST.

The 2021 fixture sees all teams hosting seven home games throughout the season with fans able to attend all matches*, returning the competition to normality following the condensed hub format the 2020 season was played in.

Netball Australia Chief Commercial Officer and EGM of Events, Dave Lee is pleased to release the full 17-week fixture today.

“The Suncorp Super Netball league is delighted to be welcoming fans back to matches across the country in 2021 for a full home and away season,” he said.

“The world’s premier netball league will be making a return to states that didn’t get to watch a match live in 2020 and we know the athletes are incredibly excited to have the cheer of a home crowd behind them. There is just so much to look forward to this season with team rivalries greater than ever before.

“With the uncertainty in today’s world, we have worked closely with clubs, broadcasters and venues to put strong contingencies in place for this entire fixture, ensuring we’re best placed to keep the 2021 season going if various borders close throughout the year.”

In other fixture highlights, the Finals Series will be played over three weeks culminating with the Grand Final on Sunday 29 August, the new home of netball in Sydney – Ken Rosewall Arena –– will be unveiled in Round 2, night matches will be played across the season and Collingwood will play at the Silverdome in Launceston.

Round 8 will be played over two weekends to allow each team to have a bye within the season and themed rounds for the 2021 season, such as Indigenous Round, will be announced as the season approaches.

Mim Haysom, Suncorp Executive General Manager Brand & Marketing said, “Suncorp is delighted to continue our support of Suncorp Super Netball and together with netball fans nationally, eagerly anticipate a season of exciting match-ups and hopefully plenty of opportunity for fans to get close to the live action in venues.

“Suncorp is proud to be committed to supporting women’s sport, and every level of netball, from our juniors in Suncorp NetSetGO programs all the way to the aspirational role models and high performing athletes we see on the court in Suncorp Super Netball.”

Teams are currently in full pre-season training with many practice matches happening between Suncorp Super Netball clubs around the country. See club websites for details.
The 2021 Suncorp Super Netball season will be broadcast live on Nine, Telstra TV and the Netball Live Official App.

*fan attendance/capacity will depend on health advice in each local jurisdiction.

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NBA – Simmons suffer ‘mystery injury’

With the summer holidays in full swing and local competition, the NBL scheduled to kick off on Friday January 15th, lets take a quick look at what’s happening Stateside with Melbourne’s most famous Basketball player, NBA star Ben Simmons.

The NBA Season is again roaring along with some very exciting stuff, not the least of which was Lebron’s impossible corner 3 pointer.

But what’s happening with Ben Simmons? Read all about it here…

‘Connect the dots’: 76ers in hot water after Simmons skips town, develops mystery injury

Ben Simmons has caused the Sixers a bit of a headache

The Philadelphia 76ers have been fined $25,000 ($A32,000) after Ben Simmons reportedly skipped town without the team’s knowledge.
Simmons was a late withdrawal from Sunday’s (AEDT) game against the Denver Nuggets with a knee injury, but the NBA was not informed of the development in requisite time.

The Sixers barely had enough players to field a team even before Simmons’ withdrawal after Seth Curry returned a positive COVID-19 diagnosis during the game against the Brooklyn Nets.

According to Yahoo Sports, while the rest of the team returned to their hotel in New York following the Nets game and Curry’s positive test, Simmons left the New York area and got a driver to take him back to Philadelphia.

This was done without the team’s knowledge and he was made to return to New York when his absence was discovered.

Yahoo’s NBA writer Vincent Goodwill told the Posted Up podcast: “What I have gathered was that Ben Simmons left New York that evening. He left New York and went back to Philadelphia, you know, apparently probably hired a driver from a service. I don’t think Ben Simmons was out here in a regular old, you know, Hyundai Sonata or nothing like that, you know what I’m saying? On the car service, I believe it was probably something reputable.

“The team clearly found out. Here’s the one thing that we do know. Because of the restaurant protocols and everything else, there’s certain restaurants and places that you can’t go to. There are no restaurants in New York City that are approved. So if a team is staying in New York City, they have to stay there. Apparently, Ben Simmons said, nah, I’m out. I’m headed out. Got a driver, went back to Philly.

“I believe the team found out, and I believe team security, as you know, you know, team security knows these things. They’re like the CIA. Ben Simmons has to come back. And magically, or however you want to say it, he winds up on the injury report the next day, you know, not playing. Now who knows how you want to connect the dots.”

Coach Doc Rivers said it was not a deliberate ploy from Simmons and a mistake that he quickly corrected.

“Obviously, that night we were all in disarray, a bunch of guys were ordering cars, because we all did think we could go back home,” he said, per the Philly Inquirer.

“Ben was on his way, I called him and told him he couldn’t because of league protocols, and he just turned around and came back. I don’t read, so I heard, but the way it sounded was like it was some kind of bad thing and it wasn’t, it was just the way it was.”

“We didn’t know anything. At the time, even I was ordering a car. We didn’t know what we could do the next day, we thought we could leave and get tested at home. Then we were told we could not do that. So, after that game it was, it was a lot of different moving parts going on at the same time.”

Rivers revealed Simmons had knee stiffness in the Brooklyn game amid concerns surrounding the fact he was not included on the injury report leading up to the game.

“Ben in the Brooklyn game had some knee stiffness, and so we almost probably knew after the game that he wouldn’t play tonight,” Rivers said. “And then Joel started complaining about his back over the last, he started yesterday. And we didn’t know if he was playing or not. But honestly, with the minutes we would have to ask, it would be insane to play him.”

Source: foxsports.com.au

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It’s the off season for the NBA and the NBL, the Super Netball is in recess and local competition is just re-commencing, so we thought it a good opportunity to share some all-time action. this week we feature “The Top Ten NBA Dunks of All Time”. Sit back, relax and be amazed!

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In addition, both Federal and State Governments have funded Community and Regional Indoor Sports Stadiums with FIBA approved Sports Flooring, enabling high level competitions.

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Take 2 – Basketball and Netball – The Lockdown Reprise

It’s hard to know what effect this latest lockdown will have on local competitions and Junior grades in Netball and Basketball. Certainly it will push back the reopening of stadiums and to most competitions by a further 6 weeks. Whilst other states like NSW, Western Australia and Queensland remain ‘open’ the major leagues such as the NBL and the Suncorp Super Netball can prepare for competition hubs. But for the rest of us here in Victoria the message is #StaySafeStayHome

This week we wanted to take a peek at the new South Melbourne Primary School, Australia’s first vertical school. So that’s all we could do – take a peek. The school is graced with a full indoor sprung timber competition level court suitable for Basketball, Netball and indoor activities such as Gymnastics, Volleyball and other indoor sports.The new court was installed by Nellakir last year. But as of the 9th of July, it’s now having an enforced lay-off.

In reality the lockdown provides a great opportunity for organisations to access the ‘state of the game’ with their individual sports and plan for the post Covid-19 strategy for their sport.

Netball Australia has been quick off the mark announcing an independent review of the sport of Netball.

Here is their Press Release,

Netball assesses State of the Game

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Netball Australia has today announced an independent review to holistically consider the State of the Game in order to reset the sport’s strategy following the impact of COVID-19.

The review, to be headed by former Australian captain Liz Ellis, will canvas the views and experiences of the wide range of customer and stakeholder groups from across the netball nation, inviting diverse and bold thinking to ensure the ongoing sustainability, prosperity and relevance of the game.

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Ellis will be joined on the panel by an accomplished group of leaders from across different industries, all sharing a common belief in the power of netball to enrich communities. The three other panel members are Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, experienced non-executive director and former MP Wendy Machin and experienced non-executive director, CEO, CMO and media executive Joe Pollard.

In the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, Suncorp Super Netball was delayed, community netball was suspended, Netball Australia furloughed half its workforce and Suncorp Super Netball athletes accepted a reduction in their player payments for 2020.

Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner said the consultation aspect of the review will be the most significant in the sport’s history and for good reason.

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“The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant financial impact on the netball ecosystem and comes at a time when the competition to own the hearts and minds of women in sport is at an all-time high,” she said.

“Without action, parts of netball will encounter considerable financial uncertainty. So, faced with this reality, the sport will take steps to ensure its not only future proofed, but that our strategy leading into 2027, our centenary, is designed to strengthen the entire netball community,” she said.

“Across the next two months our aim is to capture the voices and experiences of our entire Australian netball family at a scale that hasn’t been done before. We want to listen to their stories and understand what makes the sport great and where we can do better. Most importantly, we want to capture a collective ambition for our game and, in doing so, shape our future.”

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The Review’s terms of reference will see the panel consider:

  • Netball’s value proposition and critical pain points.
  • The alignment between customer and stakeholder insight and the sport’s purpose, vision and strategy.
  • The culture of Netball in Australia.
  • The financial, delivery and commercial model of netball in Australia.
  • The optimal future governance structure of netball (Netball Australia, Member Organisations, associations, clubs, Suncorp Super Netball and Suncorp Super Netball clubs).
  • The roles of each entity in the netball ecosystem.
  • Any other matter that would best serve netball in Australia.

Panel Chair Liz Ellis said the State of the Game Review will provide a listening post at a critical juncture of the sport and help build strong, innovative strategies leading to 2027 when the sport hopes to host the Netball World Cup.

“Netball is the preeminent sport of choice for Australian women and girls, but like all sports, netball has experienced significant financial pressure across the system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

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“This review is an opportunity, not only to capture the pulse of the netball nation, but to understand what’s most important to people that love netball – from elite through to grassroots, social, mixed and men’s netball. It’s also a chance to also understand what our commercial partners see as the future of our business.

“We need to ensure the sport has a contemporary strategy and structure. This is a unique opportunity for the sport to reimagine and if necessary, reshape relevant features to ensure we can all bounce back stronger together.”

It is estimated the review panel will provide recommendations to Netball Australia by the end of September 2020.

Netball Australia is inviting all netball fans, participants, volunteers, anyone involved in the sport to provide input into this review. Go to netball.com.au/stateofthegame to find out how you can provide feedback.

Source: netball.com.au

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NBA Update – The LA Lakers and Orlando.

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Basketball fans are keenly awaiting the resumption of the 2019-20 season at the ESPN complex at Disneyworld located in Orlando Florida.

Here’s a complete rundown from Head Coach Frank Vogel dated July 1st 2020…

Frank Vogel Addresses Lakers Roster Updates for Orlando

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When Frank Vogel became the head coach of the Lakers over a year ago, he knew there would be plenty of challenges, and plenty of pressure.

But there’s no way he could have predicted a truly unprecedented 2019-20 season including the events surrounding the team’s preseason trip to China, the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the racial and social justice movement that continues to evolve.

Amidst all of that, Vogel is trying to lead his players and staff through never-traveled terrain as the team’s first game in the Walt Disney World bubble is exactly one month away.

As players continue individual workouts at the UCLA Health Training Center, ramping up towards the planned departure of the team charter on July 9, Vogel acknowledged that JR Smith would replace Avery Bradley on the roster, though it would take a team effort to replace Bradley’s role.

The other question mark on the roster is about Dwight Howard, who’s dealing with a unique family situation that he described to us in May, in addition to his focus on social justice.

Vogel offered an update on Howard’s status.

“We’ve been in communication with Dwight the whole way,” he said. “We don’t know what the level of participation is yet. He wants to play. We’re hopeful he’s able to join us. We’re hopeful and optimistic that he’ll be able to join us in Orlando.”

Howard is one of 10 Lakers to average at least 16.8 minutes per game this season: LeBron James (34.9); Anthony Davis (34.3); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (25.4); Danny Green (25.1); Kyle Kuzma (24.6); Bradley (24.2); Rajon Rondo (20.5); Howard (19.2), Alex Caruso (17.8); and JaVale McGee (16.8). Markieff Morris had also entered the rotation, earning 14.8 minutes in his eight appearances.

Meanwhile, Quinn Cook and Jared Dudley got spot minutes and filled in admirably when needed, and Vogel said repeatedly that he’d trust them in any game situation. One could surmise that both Smith and playoff-roster-deadline acquisition Dion Waiters would fit in with Cook and Dudley as veterans who could be called upon for specific reasons and matchups, i.e., the need for a guy who can get his own bucket off the bench (Waiters) or floor spacing (Smith, who’s a 37.3 percent 3-point shooter who ranks 9th all-time in postseason 3’s made, and 4th in the NBA Finals).

Vogel has yet to work with Smith on the court, but he did have a welcome-to-the-team chat with the 34-year-old veteran.

“The experience factor,” said Vogel about what Smith brings. “This guy’s a big-time player, he’s proven it over the course of his career. We know he can help us. We almost added him earlier in the year when we added Dion Waiters, and now we have the luxury of having both. We’re not going to ask him to come in and be Avery Bradley, he’s going to come in and be JR Smith.”

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And while Smith provides depth on the wing, the bulk of Bradley’s 24.2 minutes could be split amongst KCP, Caruso and Rondo, depending upon the game situation.

“Avery’s loss is obviously a huge loss for us, but we’re a next-man-up team,” Vogel continued. “Alex is an elite defender in his own right in a different way than Avery, as is KCP. Offensively, clearly we wouldn’t run plays that Avery uses for Alex, we’d run plays that put Alex in the best position to succeed.”

On his own Zoom call with reporters earlier on Wednesday, Caruso offered a similar sentiment.

“It might not be with one person (filling Bradley’s role), but this team has done a great job this year when guys have been out, of stepping up and filling a role or a need,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll be the sole provider of everything that Avery did, that’s a lot to ask for because of how good he is at what he does, but I’m definitely going to be ready to fill part of that gap and that need.”

Caruso mentioned Bradley’s skills as a supplementary ballhandler and defender who took open threes as things he thinks he replicate. On the other hand, Caruso acknowledged Bradley’s strength with mid-range pullups and floaters out of the sets Vogel was asked about as things with which he is less comfortable. Fortunately, those are sets that KCP can replicate.

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In fact, KCP started all 18 games for Bradley from Nov. 15 – Dec. 22 after Bradley suffered a hairline fracture in November. The Lakers went 15-1 before back-to-back losses at Indiana and Milwaukee at the end of a difficult road stretch. LAL also won games at Chicago (Nov. 5) and at OKC (Jan. 11) with KCP starting for Bradley, bringing the total mark to 17-3.

One benefit to those KCP lineups is the increased floor spacing he provides. Caldwell-Pope has hit 87 3’s this season on an impressive 39.4 percent from the field, compared to Bradley’s 63 makes on 36.4 percent. With LeBron as the primary ballhandler with the starters, Rondo could remain in his playmaking role off the bench.

Fortunately for Vogel, his squad has a 5.5 game lead in the West, meaning he can use the eight seeding games to iron out such rotation questions ahead of the start of the playoffs. Vogel was asked how having that lead might impact his approach in Orlando.

“We do have a different type of perspective from some teams that are playing for their playoff lives, but it doesn’t mean we’re not going to go out and – like we always would if these were the last eight games of the regular season – we would compete to win,” said Vogel. “That’s how your habits are built the best … Does that mean we’re going to play certain guys 47 minutes? Obviously no.

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“We’ll be intelligent with the whole process of trying to find the right pace to bring our group along from a conditioning standpoint and evaluating on a daily basis what we feel they can handle and what they’re ready for without compromising their bodies and putting them at risk to injury. We will be cautious with those eight games, but we will compete to win.”

Then it’s time for the playoffs, a unique challenge given the circumstances, and one for which Caruso is ready.

“This is something personally that I relish,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of lasting, of being the team that can be the mentally toughest, the mentally strongest and saying ‘Yeah, we may be on this isolated campus for three months, but we have a goal, we have a mission and it’s not going to affect us trying to get to that end goal and finish the job.’”

It’s that mental side of the game where Caruso thinks the Lakers will have an edge, with everybody dealing with a similar physical challenge.

“The hardest part for us is getting back to doing physically what we were able to do, as far as being early on assignments, being physically ready to box out, to play as physically as it takes to beat teams like the Clippers, Bucks, Rockets and Nuggets, all the good teams that are competing for championships and are going to be in the playoffs,” he explained. “Just getting back to that physical form of being able to do it night in, take a day off, night out, keep going and going and going for a month and a half. The mental part I feel like for our team is going to be easier just because we have such a heady and basketball-smart team, basketball-IQ led team and coaching staff.”

Source: nba.com

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Return Dates for Local Basketball and Netball Competitions Imminent.

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It seems that most of Australia has ‘dodged a bullet’ with the Covid-19 pandemic. Compared to the USA, we seem to have remained relatively unscathed. However there is still the need to maintain vigilance with the possibility of the ‘second wave’ of infections being very real. It’s easy to be complacent but remember in the USA, UK and Europe the toll has been tragic.

Both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria have been in discussions with the Victorian Government and the relevant State and Federal health Authorities. Both have provided press releases as to the present status on a return to local competition. For your information we repeat the for you here…

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COVID-19 Updates as of June 17, 2020

Guideline Level: WE ARE CURRENTLY AT RED-10 (Outdoor) – until June 22

Thank-you to those who attended the Return to Sport Update today. Although it is an exciting time with some clearer dates for us to return, we need to remain vigilant, patient and prepare as best we can to ensure the health and safety of our community is the highest priority while we aim to get participants back on the court.

We’ve put forward a position to SRV and DHHS that our understanding and application of the Victorian Government return to sport announcement from Sunday June 14, allows for basketball to move to “Orange-50” reactivation status. We anticipate we will be in a position to confirm this status for indoor training and competition for participants 18 years and under by the end of the week.

Please find below links to guidelines, tools, signage and checklists (in preparation for an Orange-50 status) as well as the recording from todays webinar. The Q&A from todays session is being drafted and will be available tomorrow.

Please note the documents and tools provided for the proposed Orange-50 status are to be considered for preparation purposes and not to be treated as confirmed until Basketball Victoria notifies otherwise of acceptance from SRV and DHHS.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of the whole community, we ask that everyone continues to maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures to ensure we get through this together.

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As of June 15, 2020

Return to Sport Update

Basketball Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions (announced Sunday June 14), regarding community sport.

Managing our return to basketball training and competitions in a timely, yet safe and controlled manner is critical. This will ensure the health and wellbeing of participants, as well as the viability of our associations and clubs.

To be clear, basketball is regarded as a ‘contact-sport’ for the purposes of these Victorian Government restrictions and guidelines.

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 stage, as 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 Government confirmation.

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 for) July 13
– For 18 years and over – resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 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.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our community throughout the COVID-19 postponement of basketball and into the future as we ease restrictions and see our sport return to competition in upcoming weeks and months.

It is important to remain vigilant as we return to indoor basketball training and competitions – please continue to maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures, as this will aid in the ongoing health and safety of our community.

Source: http://basketballvictoria.com.au/covid-19/

And from Netball Victoria…

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Netball Victoria is delighted with the Victoria State Government announcement today of a road map for the return of community sport in Victoria. We have seen netballers return to training with cautious excitement, and know the delight that a return to competition will bring our community.
We are processing the detail in these announcements and seeking further clarification before we can provide further advice to our netball community. We will provide the updated Return to Community Netball guidelines as soon as we can.

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The Victorian Government has announced further easing of restrictions which will enable groups of up to 20 – plus a coach – to participate in training at outdoor venues from Monday 1 June, 2020. All activity and training must continue to be non-contact and no competitions or match play may take place. Netball Victoria will continue to support Associations, Leagues and Clubs through this unprecedented time to ensure they adhere to the Return to Community Netball guidelines.

Netball Victoria continues to advocate on behalf of our community to the State Government for a roadmap to resume competitive netball. At this point in time, we are advocating for a recommencement of competition netball in mid-July 2020.

To enable us to effectively assess the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on your annual Netball Victoria membership, we have deferred an announcement until October 31, 2020. This will enable us to make an informed decision based on the state of play, and to further assess a range of options to manage current and future memberships. We continue to accept applications for refunds based on hardship or medical reasons, which are assessed on a weekly basis.

We are aware our netball community are doing all you can to make decisions in this uncertain environment. We encourage you to wait for the Victorian Government announcements regarding further easing of restrictions before making any definitive decisions. We expect to see a strong Return to Community Netball and look forward to continuing to work with our passionate netball community to achieve this.

Source: vic.netball.com.au

It will be fantastic for the kids to finally get back to enjoying a game, but it’s critically important that families and friends follow the directives and advice provided to ensure there is a full return to competition in the following months.

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We wish all competitors at all levels the very best of luck in returning to full competition. As the referee says, “Play Ball!”

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The NBA – It’s ON – Season to be completed by Mid October.

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Last week, the NBA officially announced that the season was to be completed by mid October at a hub established at Disney World in orlando Florida.

Here’s the full report…

NBA to restart season in Disney World hub as top 22 teams aim to complete season by mid-October

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The NBA is aiming to resume in less than two months at a Disney World hub

The NBA has approved a plan to restart the suspended 2019-20 season at a designated hub at Disney World in Florida, with a tentative start date of July 31.

Key points:

  • NBA franchises voted near-unanimously to restart the season at Disney World in Florida
  • The 16 teams currently in playoff positions and the six teams closest to breaking in will see out the season
  • The league is hoping to be able to start the 2020-21 season on December 1

The plan would see 22 of the NBA’s 30 teams play eight seeding games to determine a 16-team playoff field that would follow the traditional post-season format, with four best-of-seven series that would crown a champion no later than October 12.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we are hopeful of finishing the season in a safe and responsible manner based on strict protocols now being finalised with public health officials and medical experts,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.

The league said approval from its board of governors, which came on the day originally scheduled for the start of the NBA Finals, is the first formal step among the many required to resume the season.

According to ESPN, the vote on the format was 29-1, with the Portland Trail Blazers voting against the proposal.

All games, practices and housing would be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is inside Disney’s Orlando resort and has multiple hotels and arenas and would allow the league to limit outside exposure.

The NBA was the first North American sports league to suspend its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic after one of its players tested positive for the new coronavirus in mid-March with five weeks remaining in the 82-game regular season.

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Twenty-two of the league’s 30 teams will compete to finish the season.

The 22 returning teams would be comprised of the eight teams from each of the two conferences currently in playoff positions plus the six clubs that are six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.

At the conclusion of the seeding games, the seven teams in each conference with the best combined records across regular-season games and seeding games would qualify for the playoffs.

A play-in tournament would be used to determine the final playoff seed in each conference if the team with the eighth-best combined record is four games or fewer ahead of the team with the ninth-best combined record in the same conference.

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The NBA season was suspended in March after Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive to COVID-19.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the teams excluded from the NBA’s return-to-play plan because of their record, expressed disappointment at not being able to play more games but said they understood and accepted the decision.

“It is important that we be a good teammate not only to the NBA, but to the other 29 teams to support the efforts to complete this season and prepare for next season in a healthy and safe manner,” the Timberwolves said in a statement.

If everything goes according to plan, the NBA said the 2020-21 season would begin on December 1.

The league also said it planned to hold its 2020 NBA Draft Lottery to determine the order of the first 14 selections on August 25. Lottery teams would be comprised of the eight clubs that do not participate in the restart and the six that go to Florida but do not qualify for the playoffs.

The actual NBA Draft, typically held in June, is now scheduled for October 15.

Source: abc.net.au

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Good News! Basketball Local Competitions Return.

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For some time now, all local sporting competitions have been restricted due to Covid-19 and the lockdown precautions now applied. However today Basketball Australia has set out the ground rules for the return of Community Basketball post lockdown.

Community basketball due to resume under set guidelines

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No side-by-side games, constant hand sanitising and as few supporters as possible are among the suggested practices for the return of community basketball.

Basketball Australia will release its ‘Return to Basketball’ guidelines on Wednesday and the information will inform what each state and local association do when trying to put thousands of local basketballers back on court.

Federal and state regulations will still dictate when indoor sports can start again, this is why there is no resumption date listed, but the guidelines do paint a picture for how community basketball will look.

The guidelines make it clear that in smaller stadiums only some courts will able to be used and a strict stadium capacity be maintained at all venues.

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All state and territory bodies worked with Basketball Australia on the guidelines, which were based on the federal government’s national principles for the resumption of sport and the Australian Institute of Sport framework for re-booting sport.

AIS chief medical officer Dr David Hughes and Basketball Australia chief medical officer Dr Peter Harcourt offered their expert advice for the guidelines.

“We can all see how we are adapting quickly at the local level and we imagine it will be the same for basketball,” BA chief executive Jerril Rechter said.

“The way people walk into the venue, the way they leave the venue, the way they need to be on court and the practices we need to put in place will become natural and our basketball sector is ready to show we have done a huge [amount] of work for the rebound of the sport.”

For junior basketball the guidelines suggest a small number of parents can watch and only from a separated, socially distanced location like an upper grandstand. There will need to be distance between each active court.

Players will be advised to not arrive more than 10 minutes before their game while stadiums will be asked to have separate entry and exit points plus extra time between games to allow players to leave and new teams to enter.

Balls will need to be sanitised and changed each game while all unnecessary contact including “high fives” will be outlawed.

Stadiums will also need their own penalties for teams or people who do not follow the rules.

Players and referees will also be asked to wash with soap and water at home pre-game and be changed into their playing gear before arrival.

Opening jump balls will likely be replaced with “rock, paper, scissors” for the first possession.

Rechter said people were adapting in everyday life and would do so at local basketball.

“People are quite buoyant about the fact junior basketball will be able to return,” Rechter said.

“There are different ways we will need to think about junior basketball but a lot of the facilities have that capacity where parents and guardians can be removed [seated at a distance] and can still [have] oversight of their kids.”

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Source: smh.com.au

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National Netball Championships Scheduled for Hobart Cancelled

This year’s National Netball Championships scheduled for the 18th to the 23rd of April have been cancelled. Unfortunately since the declaration of the Pandemic Covid-19 Virus this was always likely to be the case.

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But the future looks bright. Right now the Nellakir team are preparing the Stump Systems for six new Netball Courts at Netball Victoria’s Headquarters at Royal Park in Victoria. This is a massive expansion of the existing competition level courts at the facility.

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The Nellakir team are also commencing works on the Sirius College Court in Keysborough as well as the Twin Rivers Primary School in Echuca, both next week.

Here is the Statement from the CEO of Netball Australia re the National Championships in Hobart and their cancellation.

2020 National Netball Championships Cancelled

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Based on the expert medical advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, endorsed by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, that organised public gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in Australia, Netball Australia will not proceed with the annual 17&U and 19&U National Netball Championships due to take place in Hobart from 18-23 April.

Given the nature of the event, and after extensive consultation with medical experts and relevant stakeholders, Netball Australia made the decision not to proceed with the tournament, which would bring together teams from all states and territories.

Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner said the health of the Australian netball and wider community is paramount and that Netball Australia continues to work closely with state and territory Member Organisations in relation to community and grassroots netball.

“It was an incredibly difficult decision not to proceed with the National Netball Championships, especially knowing how much preparation by the athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers goes into this event. It is however prudent that we do everything we can to reduce the spread of the virus,” she said.

“In relation to community netball, we are working with Member Organisations, government organisations and medical professionals to determine the best approach and we will release guidelines to support community netball organisations across Australia in the coming days. Until then we encourage all community netball organisations to demonstrate caution in line with government recommendations that everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections.”

Netball Australia will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves in relation to the upcoming Deakin University Australian Netball League season, due to start on Saturday 2 May.

Netball Australia has confirmed that the cancellation of the National Netball Championships does not mean that all netball events and competitions should be cancelled, however, caution in line with government recommendations should be exercised.

Source: netball.com.au

So whilst players take an enforced break, the Nellakir team will prepare the new facilities mentioned as well as over the Easter break and first term holidays Nellakir will undertake a number of annual maintenance programs – resurfacing and re-lining. All in all it should provide for a great resurgence and renewal once things return to normal.

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