KBA Statement - COVID-19

KEILOR BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION INC Hi to all of our Keilor Basketball Community Members,

Thank you all for your continued support of our association during the COVID-19 shutdown. What a relief it was for everyone when some easing of restrictions was announced. This message covers off what the announcements mean for the Keilor Basketball Association (KBA) Programs. Junior & Senior Domestic Competitions At this stage the restrictions in place mean we are still unable to start our Winter season. However, we are working in the background with our key stakeholders on what a season could look like. Any new season will be in line with the Draft Return to sport guidelines released by Basketball Victoria (BV) last week. The next review date for domestic competition basketball by BV will be Sunday 31 May.

In the interim our Director of Coaching (Liam Glascott) has been sharing weekly workouts for our Junior Domestic players via social media, and through clubs, to help keep our community active. It has been great to see some of our junior players showcasing their skills! VJBL BV anticipate the resumption of the VJBL will be similar to that of domestic basketball.

The KBA will not be organising, or sanctioning, any official trainings just yet. However, if you have access to an outside ring or large park you can workout with up to 10 of your friends, and a coach, ensuring you follow social distancing rules:

  • keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart),

  • no activities indoors

  • non-competitive (e.g. no team vs team)

  • you can do an activity with a maximum of 10 people plus a coach and support person

  • no contact, no high fives and no hugs!

* Remember, outdoor places are shared community spaces so please use common sense and be mindful and respectful of those sharing the space with you. We are beginning work with our Director of Coaching (Liam) on a return to basketball plan for our representative teams. This will be in line with the Return to Sport Guidelines provided by BV. It’s been great to see the participation of our Rep teams in the Homecourt Challenges over the last few weeks, we hope this continues with the plans we have for the future.

Big V Program At this stage the program will go ahead but there is no confirmed resumption date. The delayed start means that the programs may run later into the year than normal and all options and formats are being considered. So, what can you do? As of the 12th of May restrictions were eased allowing people to participate in outdoor activities or train in community sport in groups of up to 10 people.

The Government (DHHS) stipulates that “you can participate in training for all sports, but it must be non-contact, with only 10 people participating at any one time in addition to those people running the training (e.g. coach, manager)”. Further details can be found at DHHS here.

We are being provided an opportunity to enjoy a level of sport and exercise outdoors in the short term, but we must not compromise safety, nor the reputation of the sport or our community at this vitally important time. The purpose of any outdoor non-compulsory training session should be:

  • Player Health & Wellbeing mindset - to get athletes back interacting/socialising with their friends whilst following the social distancing rules

  • Fitness & Conditioning - to begin a slow, modified reintroduction to fitness and conditioning before we hit the indoor courts hopefully in June. To view Basketball Victoria’s COVID-19 updates follow this link.

Once again, we’d like to thank our members for their continued support in this time. Please abide by the social distancing rules above when you are working out. Our return to basketball depends on it.

Remember it is not a matter of will basketball return, it is a matter of when! Stay healthy, stay safe. Regards, KBA Board.

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