Although somewhat expected, I’m sure all of us would have been disappointed with this latest setback to our return to basketball plan through the impending lock down of suburbs located in nominated postcodes. Hume City Council has confirmed to us that our basketball stadium and the leisure centre will need to close again because the postcode 3047 applies to their location.
The purpose of this message is two fold: first, to check that all of you are holding up well in light of this interruption to the basketball activities that commenced this week and to let you know that our Committee of Management and the Office understands and empathises with the levels of frustration many of you may be experiencing; and secondly, to inform you of Basketball Victoria’s (BV) latest advice and what might be possible during the next four weeks.
BV have confirmed that, for those suburbs not impacted by the lockdown, the Orange 50 framework still applies, namely “Full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is currently possible.” BV have also announced that, due to these lockdown measures, the commencement of the VJL season has been pushed back from the original resumption date of 17 July.
The BBA Office is currently exploring ways in which to apply the confirmed BV framework through, for example, using our current booking arrangements at the Greenvale Recreation centre (which is not in a lockdown postcode) to stage small scale directed basketball activities that could be live streamed to both our junior domestic and junior broncos members. We are keen to ensure that the engagement systems established so effectively prior to 22 June can continue to operate during the current selective lockdown stage and you can expect to receive updates on this through the BBA Office.
The lockdown news presents another challenge but I’m confident that the COVID safe preparations the BBA Office have made stands us in good stead to resume training and competition immediately as soon as we receive the green light to do so. In the meantime, I ask all sectors of our basketball community to show the patience and resilience that has been a feature of the way in which we’ve coped with the difficulties presented by this pandemic. If there is any specific support you need during this time, please contact the BBA Office and we will do our best to assist.
Stay safe, stay strong.
Broadmeadows Basketball Association