Return to Sport Update
Meeting Recording and Association Assets
Thank-you to everyone who attended the update meeting yesterday in regards to our strategies to assist the Basketball Victoria community and plan the return to sport when safe to do so.
Return to Sport Guidelines
As discussed we have developed Return to Sport Guidelines for basketball in Victoria that consider the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport; and acknowledges the Federal Governments principles for the resumption of sport and recreation.
Basketball Victoria strongly believes that indoor sport should be reactivated at the same time as outdoor sports, and has proactively developed these detailed guidelines to demonstrate to government that our sport has the ability to provide a safe and controlled environment for the return to participation. However, we need to acknowledge that these guidelines are still in draft form, and will ultimately be guided by the directions from the Victorian Government. Basketball Victoria is providing members these draft guidelines now, to inform you how we envisage the sport may be reactivated and the types of steps that we may all need to take to ensure that we return in a safe and sustainably healthy manner.
We wish to emphasise that these are not for implementing at this stage. We will communicate to all members as soon as we have further details from the Victorian Government on how community sport can be activated and we will amend our draft guidelines as necessary to ensure that our members have the most up to date and accurate guidelines for reactivation.
It is highly likely that there will be a gradual return to sport, with systematic staged lifting of restrictions only when the state government has a level of confidence to do so. This will mean that we will need to show flexibility in how we operate, understanding that this is a different time for sport, and patience for everyone involved in all areas trying to make this work. We will need to ensure that we comply with guidelines, and not take actions that can risk the restrictions being lifted. The basketball community has shown great strength and understanding during this unprecedented time for our sport, and we’re confident this will continue through the recovery that lies ahead.
Note: The guidelines do not cover the actions for associations to take if there is a new or positive case of COVID-19, we have been advised that government is working on a set of guidelines for the business community which will be adapted for sports, but will need to be adopted regardless.
Should any members have any questions arising from these draft guidelines we encourage you to contact either Dean Anglin, Mark Hubbard or David Huxtable at Basketball Victoria.
Advocacy to Government
Your local Council, State and Federal Members are key influencers and decision-makers in the local community, and as such, it is important to engage with them all on a regular basis to keep them informed about your association, and to build a long standing positive relationship. The Council and local MP’s play an important function in the supply of infrastructure for the sport, possible grants, funding assistance, profile development, and access to information and support programs.
Therefore, during this unprecedented impact from the COVID-19 pandemic it is a particularly important time to be keeping in contact with these key community stakeholders. We recommend that you send your Councillors, Council CEO, Council Director Community or Leisure Services, Local State Member/s and Local Federal Member an email or letter. To assist, a template letter has been drafted below for your potential use, which each association should tailor to your specific situation. Importantly, Basketball Victoria would like your support to communicate the three key issues included in this letter, as we believe they are currently the biggest challenges our sport faces to reactivate basketball.
Via the buttons below we have:
- The draft Return to Sport Guidelines
- The recording link of yesterday's meeting to pass on to those who couldn't make it or to re-watch again for those who did
- Correspondence template for associations
- Basketball in Victoria Infographic to assist with lobbying
We will continue to provide regular updates via email and our COVID-19 page as we work together to enable the continuity of Victorian basketball during this significantly difficult period.
Basketball Victoria CEO