Communication Update – July 26, 2020
Just a quick update for all those who have signed up for the Summer season. As previously communicated, the extended season, intended to kick off 8 August, has been impacted by the latest round of COVID related restrictions in Melbourne. We have been advised that planning is underway for the season to now start on Monday 5 October, which is the first week of Term 4 and in line with a regular Summer season.
Obviously, things are pretty fluid at the moment, so this date may shift if we have an extended lockdown period. We'll update everyone if we hear this is going to change.
We can also let you know that as this is now back to a regular Summer season and not an extended one, the decision was also made by MEBA to revert to the normal age groups and not hold over the Winter groupings. As a result, we will now begin work again on forming teams and our intent is to distribute these once we have a confirmed start.
So please stay safe, follow the rules, and hopefully we'll see you all courtside soon.
Communication Update – July 5, 2020
Based on some queries & social media commentary regarding changes to the fee structure this season, we wanted to make sure everyone is clear on what has changed and what the impacts are.
MEBA have made a number of decisions that impact costs for this season including increasing the cost for weekly team sheets and adding the venue entry fee to this to facilitate a cashless experience. Full details of changes for the season are listed below.
We have reviewed the new cost structure against a number of variables including the profile of players per family at our club, the number of players in a team, and the number of parents attending games. Whilst this is assumption based, and we recognise that there are lots of variables that influence each family's circumstances, we have been able to identify that the majority of the club will likely either pay the same, or are a little better off than last season.
We understand that there are some scenarios where a small number of families will be paying more, and for anyone who cannot absorb this, we are able to review individual circumstances. If you think this is your situation, then please email the Club President Hamish Blank, in confidence, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have added more detail below to help you understand the impact to your family’s position. Hopefully this helps.
We have also made the decision to not include the full cost of registration & team sheet fees as a single payment in order to spread out costs throughout the season. This means we will use the Teammo app to facilitate weekly team sheet payments. We'll shortly circulate details on this to Managers for this season however for a brief overview, please take a look at a demonstration at
As a club, we obviously seek to represent your interests in keeping costs as low as possible, however we also recognise this is a unique situation for MEBA to manage this year. We have decided to absorb the additional 7-8 weeks of training costs from running an extended season, and for future seasons, we will look to further review options for those families with 3 or more children playing.
Summer season changes & cost impact assessment
What has changed?
- This season there will be 25 games, not including finals (up from a typical 16-17 game summer season)
- MEBA have increased team sheet costs from $38.50 to $41 per game
- MEBA has made the decision that venues will go cashless and therefore the $3 entry fee per player/spectator, per day, will now be added to the team sheet cost
- MEBA have calculated that on average 14.3 players/spectators have attended each game in recent seasons, which means the entry fee component to be added is $43 per game
- The total cost per game is therefore now $84
- The $84 weekly payment will now be completed electronically via Teammo app each week
What have we done?We have estimated the cost change against:
- Number of parents attending each day (1 or 2)
- Number of players in the team (7 or 8)
- Number of children in each family (1-3)
We've completed a table to highlight impact of the main scenarios - the change per week from last season is highlighted, with the colour coding to represent scale of impact (note negative impacts i.e. where families are better off, are represented with brackets)
Change per week with 7 players on a team
Change per week with 8 players on a team
We identified that the majority of families in the club have just one child playing and therefore have a minimal impact or are better off
This table does not cover every scenario, but we think it covers the majority of the club. Obviously if there are more parents/direct family members attending, this will decrease the cost but the reverse is true for some of the older age groups who may have no family members or parents attend
What does this mean for me?
For the large majority of the club, you are either paying less or about the same as previous seasons
Your team manager will still collect team sheet payments as per previous seasons, however this will now include the entry fee component
Keep in mind that the increase team sheet cost for the season is also as a result of a 50% increase in the number of games to be played
Communication Update – July 2, 2020
We hope you are all looking forward to the resumption of basketball. As we’re sure you can appreciate, there is a lot to do behind the scenes to ensure a safe and coordinated return to sport. Things seem to be changing daily, with revised restrictions etc, so who knows what will happen in the next 6 weeks! We will push on until we hear otherwise.
In the meantime, here is some more information for you regarding registration, coach/team managers call out, COVID safety, game-day procedures and other housekeeping!
1. Reminder on registration for Summer 2020/21
As outlined in our previous communication, here are the options for the registration for the coming season:
• If you were not registered for the Winter season, but wish to play the Summer season, registration is now open here until 10 July
• If you were registered for the Winter season, but will not play the Summer season, please let us know asap via email to email@example.com and we will provide details for how you can claim a refund
• If you were registered for the Winter season, and wish to play the Summer season, there is nothing for you to do! Your registration is carried over and you are paid up, however you should try on your uniform, and visit the club shop if you need to buy anything new if you’ve had a winter growth spurt.
2. Call for managers / coaches and register
The club relies on volunteers and we appreciate everyone who puts their hand up to assist us with coaching and team management. With restrictions likely to include only one parent/guardian being able to attend junior games (in addition to coach & manager), it’s a perfect time to volunteer! If you would like to register your interest in these positions, please do so here. Thank you to those who have already registered. Role specific communications will be forthcoming.
We have a dedicated coaches Facebook page (search “Vermont Vultures Coaches”), we’d love you to join and ask any questions you may have. Alternatively, please contact Matt or Brendan at firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Details will also be sent through shortly for some upcoming Club-subsidised Coaches courses on July 15th and 23rd. These Community coaching sessions run by Basketball Victoria are a great way to develop beginner level training skills.
3. COVID- related safety info and online training
We will likely require all team managers and coaches to complete the COVID-19 Infection Control Training provided by the Health Department to assist with compliance at team trainings etc. Parents who are substituting will also need to have done the training. The more club members who undertake the training, the safer we can be!
Nunawading Basketball Centre have released their ‘Return to Basketball Guidelines’. They have asked that all members familiarise themselves with the directions provided. You can download the document here.
In exciting news, our hard working committee has managed to secure a $1000 grant courtesy of Sport and Recreation Victoria, so we will be in a position to supply sanitiser & wipes to our teams.
Updates regarding the return to basketball and COVID-specific regulations are posted regularly at
As COVID-restrictions are still limiting our ability to distribute last seasons’ trophies, please be assured we will get them to you as soon as we can.
Visit the club shop if you need to buy anything new if you’ve had a winter growth spurt! For all enquiries regarding uniforms and pickup please email: email@example.com
6. Training commences 3/8
Availability of stadiums is still being confirmed, with training tentatively set to commence on Monday August 3rd. Further details will follow as we hear more.
Thank you for your patience as we re-plan. We’ll keep you updated as more information arises.
Regards, Vultures Committee
June 25, 2020 Update
Communication Update – We’re Back!
We are pretty excited to let you know that we have a confirmed return to basketball, albeit with plenty of changes. Given the amount of information we have to let you know, we'll update our comms several times over the next fortnight so as not to swamp you. Keep following us on Facebook, keep an eye on your inbox, or continue to visit this website to stay up to date.
We also encourage you to read through a communication from our local association MEBA, that provides more detail on the below (see link at bottom of update).
Here are the key points:
The Winter season has been cancelled, however an extended Summer season has been scheduled to commence 8 August, 2020, and will run until Friday 26 March, 2021 (last Grand Final day)
All Winter registrations will be rolled over to Summer and age groups will be ‘frozen’ as if it was still the Winter 2020 season
The mid-week competition has been consolidated; U8’s Mixed and Girl’s will now only play on Monday’s and the Boy's will now only play Friday’s
The competition venues will become ‘cashless’ and the per person entry fee will be incorporated into the weekly team sheet cost which will increase accordingly
What do I need to do now?
If you were not registered for the Winter season, but wish to play the Summer season, registration is now open here until 10 July
If you were registered for the Winter season, but will not play the Summer season, please let us know asap via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll provide details for how you can claim a refund
If you were registered for the Winter season, and wish to play the Summer season, there is nothing for you to do! Your registration is carried over and you are paid up, however you should try on your uniform, and visit the club shop if you need to buy anything new if you’ve had a winter growth spurt.
We are conscious that the situation in Victoria is fluid at the moment in regards to COVID restrictions, so we will keep you updated as we hear more. More details on COVID protocols for training and games will be released shortly.
Can't wait to see you all soon!
Regards, Vultures Committee
Welcome to the Vermont Vultures basketball club!
Vermont Vultures has a long history of promoting junior basketball for boys and girls in Vermont and surrounding areas of the eastern suburbs. We provide opportunities for training, improvement in skills, and competition in an enjoyable environment. We promote and instil a culture of pride, dedication and respect within the basketball and wider community.
Junior Domestic Competitions
Vermont Vultures is a domestic club of the Melbourne East Basketball Association (MEBA Inc.) - an affiliated association of Basketball Victoria, the peak governing body for basketball in Victoria, Australia.
We field teams in both the Midweek and Saturday Junior Domestic Competitions in all levels from Under-8s onwards. The Saturday competition is also known as the Greater Eastern Basketball Conference (GEBC).
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