COVID-19 Updates

Statement as at September 18th from Casey Basketball Association

Dear Casey Basketball Member,

We hope you have been well during lockdown 2.0 and have recently been enjoying more of the sun.

With any luck, the number of active cases will continue to drop and life will be back to ‘somewhat’ normal soon enough.

We are just letting you know that preparations for a return to basketball have begun again.

Whilst the time-frame for this can change, we will recommence as soon as it is safe to do so, with the hope that this will be toward the end of November.

Depending on government guidelines, we may be able to run some junior training sessions prior to the season commencing; if this is the case, we will send out some more information so remember to keep an eye on our website: www.caseybasketball.com.au

We encourage you to get in touch with your club, coach or teammates and start to rally the troops for a return to basketball in 2020.

If you’re looking for some ideas, drills or stretches you can do from home, you can find some great resources here: https://www.caseybasketball.com.au/player-portal-2/

Until we do return, we implore you to continue to do the right thing and follow all restrictions to ensure we get back on court as fast and as safe as possible.

Kind Regards,
Tammy Bower
General Manager
Casey Basketball Association


 

A message from the City of Casey.

Please see the following information for support service available to community members:

Community Resources Flyer – Part 1

Community Resources Flyer – Part 2

Please use the following link for information on services ranging from financial and legal support, counselling and emergency food relief.

https://www.casey.vic.gov.au/community-resources-during-coronavirus-pandemic

Alternatively, community members are also able to call Customer Service on (03) 9705 5200 for additional assistance.

 


 

Statement as at July 8th from Casey Basketball Association

Dear Casey Basketball Member,

In light of the recent announcements from the State Government and Basketball Victoria, Casey Basketball has postponed all competitions and programs. At this stage, the lockdown is set to last at least 6 weeks and our staff will begin preparations to re-launch basketball in late August. We will update you as information becomes available on what this return to basketball looks like.

Basketball Victoria has officially announced that the 2020 VJBL and Big V seasons have been cancelled. This will be disappointing news for many members, however, we will look to continue to build on the work done this year for the 2021 seasons.

We understand that many of you may have questions, but please be patient as more information will be released next week.

Queries for Domestic competitions: comps@caseybasketball.com.au
Queries for Cavaliers programs: cavaliers@caseybasketball.com.au

We hope you all stay safe and healthy and we look forward to having you all back on court as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
Basketball will be back!

Kind Regards,
Casey Basketball Association

 


 

Statement as at July 7th from Basketball Victoria

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Return to Sport Update – July 7, 2020

Basketball Victoria acknowledges the Victorian Government’s announcement today (July 7) of increased COVID-19 restrictions (return to Stage 3) for Metropolitan Melbourne (plus Mitchell Shire) from 11.59pm July 8 for a period of six weeks (August 20).

While this announcement is disappointing for the return of community basketball for a large percentage of the Victorian population, the health and safety of the community is the most important focus for us all at the moment. We must play our part to help curb the spread.

Please visit DHHS for the Premier’s statement on COVID-19 – Stage 3 restrictions.

Summary of Current Restrictions for Basketball (please refer to the Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines):

Metropolitan Melbourne LGAs and Suburbs
(plus Mitchell Shire – includes Wallan, Seymour and Broadford associations)

ALL ASSOCIATIONS and DOMICILE PARTICIPANTS: 
July 9 to August 20 – Reactivation Status = RED – 0

VJBL

With the re-introduction of Stage 3 Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne, we unfortunately have no alternative but to cancel the 2019/2020 VJBL Championship Season. Further details for associations and the 2021 season plan will follow in the near future.

Big V

With the re-introduction of Stage 3 Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne, we unfortunately have no alternative but to cancel the 2020 Big V Season. Further details for associations and the 2021 season plan will follow in the near future.

While we may have geographical challenges, working together to keep our community engaged while managing the return to basketball in a timely, yet safe and controlled manner is critical. Please continue to follow Victorian Government directives, maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures, as this will aid in the ongoing health and safety of our community.

We will update our website at 6.30pm and post on our social media channels tomorrow morning at 10am to allow you to tailor your own communications for your community tonight. We will continue to update you on these matters as soon as often as possible.


 

Comment as at July 7th:

The Victorian Government has re-instated Stage 3 lock down restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne for an additional 6 weeks.
This includes the City of Casey.

All basketball has been postponed.

Further details will be given shortly, once Basketball Victoria provides an update.


 

There are new entry/exit protocols for training and competitions, please view these here prior to attending a venue:

https://www.caseybasketball.com.au/2020/06/30/covid-19-venue-entry-exit-protocols/

 


 

Statement as at June 24th from Basketball Victoria

Basketball Victoria Return To Sport Guidelines – June 2020

Since the Victorian Government announcement on June 14 of a further relaxation of restrictions commencing Monday June 22, we have been working to seek specific clarity on what level of reactivation could apply for the Victorian basketball community. As of today, we have received the specific detail that we required to announce the return to indoor venues under the Orange 50 reactivation level for people 18 and under; and Orange 20 indoor and outdoor training for people 19 and over.

We thank everyone for your patience and understanding over the last several days as everyone across sport and government has worked to define the details behind the Victorian Government announcement.

Before we provide further details, we wish to note that given the current increased COVID cases in Victoria, we emphasise the importance of everyone following the Victorian Government restrictions and advice when planning, preparing or conducting basketball related activity. Our sport has been given the opportunity to restart and the whole Victorian Basketball Community must work together and follow the Basketball Victoria Guidelines to help minimise risks and ensure there are consistent and safe experiences for participants.

Department of Education Update

We have received a formal update from the Department of Education (DET) in regard to venue access for the return to train and/or play.

Schools may provide associations and clubs access to shared school facilities for community basketball activity from Monday, 29 June, however, it is at the discretion of each school as to whether they open their facilities from that date, or the start of Term 3. While we are hopeful that schools will make their facilities available from June 29, we ask that our members be respectful of the decision of schools should they elect not to open their facility until the start of Term 3.

The Department of Education and Training advice for schools in relation to opening indoor facilities for community use can be found here.

COVID-19 Restrictions: Orange-50 Status (18 years and Under)
Basketball Victoria has now received notification from Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), that our understanding and application of the Victorian Government return to sport announcement (on Sunday June 14), allows for basketball to move to an Orange-50 indoor competition/training reactivation status from June 22 – for players 18 years and under. For players 19 years and over the status is Orange-20 – Indoor/Outdoor Training from June 22.

We will continue working with Local Government Authorities and facility management groups (such as YMCA, Aligned Leisure, Belgravia) to relay this information and confirm our guidelines to try and ensure a consistent approach across all indoor venues.

For details on the latest approved Basketball Victoria Reactivation Summary and Return to Sport Guidelines, as well as checklists, tools and signage, visit  here.

The Sport & Recreation Victoria website also provides further clarity on the updated restrictions; and below is some of the key information:

Facilities:

  • Outdoor and indoor sports venues and physical recreational facilities (for example, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness studios, dance studios and personal training facilities) can open.
  • For physical recreation, multiple separate zones may be created within a larger indoor space. To be considered a zone, the area must be for the exclusive use of a group and be no less than 200 metres squared. For example, a large indoor court could be separated into two zones for different groups at each end. Signage must be displayed at the entry to each indoor zone or indoor space outlining the maximum number of people allowed at a single time.

Participants/Parents:

  • For organised community sport, both indoors and outdoors, the minimum number participants required to conduct the sport should participate in the activity. The rules of the sport governing body (e.g. the State Sporting Association) determine the number that can participate (ie. the number who would normally be involved in a match or training, including players on the field/court and allowed substitutes). This applies even if it exceeds the density quotient or group limit on the venue.
  • For example, 20 players for a game of basketball or 26 players for a game of water polo. Please note, that as these activities are considered contact-sport, only those aged 18 or under can participate.
  • If indoors, spectators should not attend – just those necessary for the competition or training and to support the participants (e.g. supervising parents).

Summary of Current Restrictions:

  • For 18 years old and under – full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22.
  • For 19 years and over – non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22.
  • For 19 years and over – full contact training for both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 13
  • For 19 years and over – resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor (forecast for) July 20

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

Venue Safety Plans & Checklists
 
Basketball Victoria has developed some checklists and tools that can help Clubs and Associations develop a Venue Safety Plan and a Venue Access Plan, in preparation for the return to venues. Please visit here:

VJBL

We are still aiming for a season return on July 17, however this is dependent on factors such as venue availability and Victorian Government travel advice or warnings with the current ‘COVID-19 hotspot’ areas. We will be as flexible as possible, but the health and safety of the community is our highest priority.

We will continue to provide further updates as soon as possible.


 

Statement as at May 11

The Victorian Government today announced some gradual easing of restrictions for Victorians that will come into effect on Tuesday 12 May from 11:59pm.

Return to Sport – Outdoor Activity

The key changes announced means the following will be permitted:

  • 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.

These activities can occur in groups of up to 10 people outside, but the requirements on physical distancing remain.

  • for weddings 10 guests are allowed, plus the couple and the celebrant
  • for funerals, 20 people will be allowed at an indoor ceremony and 30 people at an outside ceremony. This is in addition to the minimum people required to conduct the funeral
  • religious gatherings and ceremonies will be permitted with up to 10 people, plus those required to perform the ceremony

While basketball is a predominantly indoor sport, there are a number of ways that people can participate in basketball activities utilising community accessible outdoor courts and open spaces.

Importantly, this must be done with a maximum of 10 people in any group activity, with no contact permitted, and applying social distancing and safe hygiene practices at all times. We have a helpful infographic guide below to share with your participants.

We appreciate the announcement doesn’t allow for the use of indoor venues, however, we will continue to work with government to institute the appropriate guidelines that will see a return to indoor basketball at some stage in the very near future.

Domestic Basketball Update

The next review date for domestic competition basketball will be Sunday 31 May in line with the Victorian Government’s extension to the State of Emergency as of Monday 11 May.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to be active through basketball outside in a safe and respectful manner under strict compliance with the governments new restrictions.

For more details on the latest government restriction updates – including specific sport and recreation activities, please visit the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus update.
Leagues Update
Following the Victorian Governments announcement on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, Basketball Victoria (BV) provides the following update on Leagues managed by BV.

BV remains committed to the safe and viable return to sport for all participants, domestic and elite.  Our primary objective remains the return of grass-roots basketball and domestic competitions.

While we anticipate the resumption of the VJBL will be similar to that of domestic basketball, our senior elite leagues (Big V, NBL1 and CBL) will be evaluated once the sport has a confirmed resumption date. The delayed start may mean the need for senior elite leagues to run much later into the year than normal, we are considering all options and formats for senior elite leagues in 2020.

We will continue to provide regular updates when we are informed of the next steps in the return to sport.

2020 National Junior Classic cancelled (11/5/2020)

Due to the uncertainty of interstate travel and the staged lifting of restrictions for a return to indoor sport, Basketball Victoria and the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) have cancelled the 2020 National Junior Classic.

With the 128-team tournament, featuring participants from the VJBL VC Divisions, Country Championships and interstate, due to take place over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (6-8 June 2020), Basketball Victoria looked at various options and future dates but have made the difficult decision to cancel the event and look forward to planning a greater event in 2021.

“We don’t take this decision lightly and have waited as long as possible to make a decision surrounding the National Junior Classic,” VJBL General Manager John Hilton said. “Seeing the best of Victorian and Australian club talent come to Melbourne each June for the National Junior Classic is a highlight on the calendar and one we will unfortunately not get to showcase in 2020.

“With interstate travel requirements preventing most travel between states, it would preclude the ability of our interstate teams to participate.

“This coupled with the current conditions surrounding the return to indoor sports, it is logistically impossible to host the National Junior Classic to a sufficient standard this year. We look forward to seeing this event return in 2021 as well as seeing the VJBL return as soon as possible to complete the 2020 Championship season.”

Please visit the Basketball Victoria website – www.basketballvictoria.com.au/covid-19/ – for up to date information.

Best Regards,

Nick Honey
Chief Executive Officer
Basketball Victoria


 

Statement as at 14-04-2020

Dear Members,

Following the recent updates provided by the Victorian State Government to maintain stage 3 restrictions, Basketball Victoria has outlined that the 2020 winter domestic basketball season will remain suspended until at least the 31st May.

We will continue to communicate updates to you as they are received from Basketball Victoria.

We look forward to seeing you all back on the court as soon as we are safely allowed to do so.

Kind Regards,
Casey Basketball Association


 

Please click on the below statement:

Coronavirus Statement 13-3-2020

CBA Update as at 17-03-2020

Dear Members,

Following the recent ‘State of Emergency’ implemented in Victoria by the State Government and updated advice from Basketball Victoria in relation to COVID-19, Casey Basketball has made the tough decision to cancel the remainder of the Summer 2019/20 season for both Junior and Senior Domestic Competitions. This will mean the final round of the regular season and finals will be abandoned. We understand many of you will be extremely disappointed, but we appreciate your continued support as we navigate through this difficult situation.

Our intention is to begin the Winter 2020 season as soon as Basketball Victoria advises that competitions and programs can recommence. As the situation is always evolving, we will continue to provide updates on our website: www.caseybasketball.com.au and via email as information becomes available.

Kind Regards,
Casey Basketball Association


 

Basketball Victoria COVID-19 Update
16/3/2020 – Update

On Friday 13 March, Basketball Victoria made the decision to suspend all Basketball Victoria related activities, leagues, programs and events to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Today, Monday 16 March, the Victorian State Government has also declared a State of Emergency for four weeks in response to this pandemic. 

We continue to regularly consult with key stakeholders including the Victorian Government, VicSport and Basketball Australia, as well as listening to our members which assists us in providing the appropriate guidance, information and updates on the continually unfolding COVID-19 situation and the effect on the basketball community.   

We understand that basketball is a large part of many people’s lives, which will be missed at the moment, however our current priority is to make decisions that ensure the health and wellbeing of all players, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers and all of our families are maintained.  

At this stage, the suspension of all related Basketball Victoria sanctioned activities, programs and events will continue through the state of emergency period. This date may change, and we will continue to provide updates on a weekly basis.  

We have been listening to the questions and concerns of our community. Please see below for clarification on certain matters: 

Training
Basketball Victoria considers formal or organised team training to be part of basketball related activities, programs and events. As such, we highly recommend training sessions are postponed until further notice. 

VJBL
VJBL games are postponed until at least April 17. Further updates will continue to be provided on a weekly basis. 

Big V
Big V games are postponed until at least April 13. Further league specific communications will follow in the coming days. 

NBL1
League specific communications will follow in the coming days. 

Country Championships  

The Under 12 and Under 14 Country Championships due to be played between now and April 13 will be postponed until further notice. We will provide updates as soon as they come to hand. 

Under 14 Skills Days  

Upcoming Skills Day events scheduled to be held this weekend at Dromana, Ballarat, Bendigo, Bellarine, Hamilton, Korumburra, Swan Hill, Traralgon and Wangaratta are postponed until further notice. Additional information will follow as soon as it comes to hand. 

Aussie Hoops 

The Aussie Hoops program in Victoria is suspended until at least April 13. Further updates will continue to be provided on a weekly basis.  In addition, Term 2 Registrations are also suspended.   

Tribunal 

Tribunal matters or hearings are to be deferred until further notice, unless there is an urgent matter. For any queries – please contact: Gerry Glennen on 03 9837 8000 or gerry.glennen@basketballvictoria.com.au 

BV Awards Night / BVC Awards Breakfast 

At this stage, both the BV Awards Night and the BVC Awards Breakfast are postponed until further notice, a future date has not yet been decided. We will continue to provide updates as further decisions are made.  

Winners for all categories have been decided, we will not release winner’s names or the recognition of service award winners yet until further decisions have been made for potential celebrations later in the year.  

Further updates about Basketball Victoria activities, events and programs will be provided as information comes to hand.

For more information about COVID-19 and ways to keep yourself and your family protected please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus 

We will continue to work together to ensure we all get through this challenging time as best we can. 

Nick Honey
Basketball Victoria CEO

 

Casey Basketball Association Statement
RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Time: 13/3/2020 – 3:00pm

Games cancelled effective immediately.

Casey Basketball will be suspending all domestic competitions and development programs as a precaution. All fixtures will be postponed until further notice.
This decision has been made in consultation with Basketball Victoria who have similarly suspended all VJBL & Big V competitions after meeting with State government & health authorities earlier today.

This action plan commences immediately.

The Association will continue to liaise with Basketball Victoria and the Victorian Government and maintain constant communication with its’ members to ensure updates are passed on as soon as they become available.

We remind all members to stay vigilant with their hygiene and continue to ensure their health is their number one priority.

We thank you for your support at this time and we will continue to communicate updates as information comes to hand.

 

 


Basketball Victoria:

 

Basketball Victoria has made the decision to suspend Basketball Victoria related programs, events and leagues from now March 13, until further notice. This includes ALL VJBL games, Big V games and the Country Championships being held in Ballarat this weekend.

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience as we work through this difficult period. This is a decision we don’t take lightly and want to reassure the basketball

community that we will continue to work with the Victorian Government and other health authorities to ensure the health and wellbeing of our players, coaches, referees and staff are maintained.

Further updates will be provided in the coming days and weeks.


Dear Casey Basketball community,

Casey Basketball Association continues to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are following guidelines provided by the Department of Health and Basketball Victoria. Our priority is to protect our basketball community against the spread of the virus.

If you have recently travelled from or transited through a designated country (People’s Republic of China, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea, or any other countries added over the next days or weeks), or have been in contact with anyone confirmed to have contracted the Coronavirus, or with anyone suspected of having such symptoms in the last 14 days, you will be required to quarantine yourself for 14 days.

If you are affected by this condition, we request you refrain from attending any Casey Basketball venues, club trainings or any VJBL venues, until the applicable quarantine period has expired.

Casey Basketball Junior and Senior Domestic matches will be proceeding as scheduled but be assured we are constantly monitoring this situation and will continue to follow the guidelines set out by the Department of Health.

Casey Cavaliers players, coaches and parents – VJBL matches will continue as scheduled and we will be guided by Basketball Victoria of any changes.

We ask for your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines for the benefit of our basketball members.

We will continue to keep you updated as information comes to hand.

Kind Regards,

Casey Basketball Association

Basketball Victoria Updated Statement:

Basketball Victoria statement – COVID-19

Coronavirus FACT SHEET

Hygiene Instructions 1
Hygiene Instructions 2

Posted on Saturday 12th September, 2020