The Victorian Government announced a new digital mental health platform – MOST. Self isolation can be a difficult time for people’s mental health, the new platform will allow young people to have access to tailored online therapy and peer support during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
Please see below for the full update from Premier Daniel Andrews:
Victoria has recorded 191 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 2,824. Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions will be reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July. Stage 3 Restrictions will be implemented for six weeks, and there will be only four reasons to leave your home: Shopping for food and essential items, care and care giving, daily exercise, work and study — if you can’t do it from home.
Unfortunately this means that our basketball competitions, trainings and programs cannot start as planned. We will have more information for you all within the next few days.
We would like to thank you all so much for your support this year, stay safe and we hope to see you all back at the stadium soon.
After months of self-isolating and limiting our contact with people, the Victorian Government is able to cautiously ease restrictions and give us back a few of the things we have all been missing. At this stage basketball is not one of them, however if all goes well the Victorian Government is looking to re-open stadiums on June 22nd with strict 20 person guidelines. As of June 1st, outdoor group sport and exercise can now have up to 20 people involved. Basketball Victoria recommends outdoor training 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).
We will continue to update you as soon as we have information available and look forward to (hopefully) seeing you on court soon!
Please see below for updates from Basketball Victoria:
Update – Outdoor Training Guidelines
As you know, the Victorian Government made an announcement about further easing of restrictions effective June 1. The key changes relating to sport are:
- Up to 20 people can participate in group sport and exercise activities but it must be outside and non-contact.
- Up to 20 people can use public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skate parks
- Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can be opened to a maximum of 20 patrons per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule calculated on the publicly accessible area excluding the pool and a limit of 3 persons per lane in each pool.
While there is a reference to 20 people participating in group sport and exercise, it is important to note that the activity 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).
Should you choose to participate outdoors, have fun, but please do so in a safe and respectful manner.
June 22 Restrictions
Basketball Victoria will provide further details on what is allowed under the restrictions from June 22, as well as a specific Indoor Guideline for this stage of the restrictions once we have received greater detail from the State Government. As per previous correspondence, we are seeking clarity on the following rule applying from June 22:
- Indoor sports centres and venues can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity
Please follow the link below for Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey’s statement to The Age about their plan for returning to basketball:
Basketball Victoria will be directed by governments and medical advice like everyone will, but they believe that the start of term three would be a fantastic natural break to begin community basketball again. BV have suggested anything from July 13th to July 20th as the resumption-of-play date. The school holidays would provide the time for facility managers and sporting clubs to get organised for the return and adjust their seasons to the new guidelines.
These dates are not confirmed as it is up to the Victorian Government to decide when sports competitions can resume. Basketball Victoria can plan for resuming senior and junior basketball, but it needs permission from the Victorian government to reopen stadiums and clearance to operate courts.
We would like to thank Nick Honey and commend him on his push to get our sport up and running again as soon as possible.
We will continue to keep you updated as we receive more information.
You may have seen the Federal Government announcement Friday evening (01/05/20) in regard to the planning for a staged return to community sport.
Included in the National Cabinet update was:
- An agreement to bring forward the review of the first phase of removing baseline restrictions on Friday, 8 May 2020.
- The consideration and endorsement of the ‘National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities’.
- A ‘Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment’ was also developed by the AIS.
Please note: States and Territories are responsible for sport and recreation resumption decisions, both at the professional and community level and will determine progression through the phases, taking account of local epidemiology, risk mitigation strategies and public health capability.
In addition, we have prepared comprehensive guidelines – “BASKETBALL VICTORIA’S RETURN TO SPORT“ – in conjunction with feedback from some associations and the Medical Director for both Basketball Australia and the AFL – Dr Peter Harcourt. This document incorporates the principles and framework by the AIS and is in the final stages of review by Dr Harcourt as well as Victorian Government officials. The document refers to risk management strategies to enable a return to basketball at various levels of restriction including, the flow of traffic in and out of venues, time restrictions, compulsory cleaning, sanitisation and restrictions on players, officials and parents per court.
As new information is made available, we will provide further updates in the following few days.
Good Evening Diamond Valley Members,
Diamond Valley Basketball Association is continuing to be proactive in staying up to date with the most recent developments in COVID-19 plans in Victoria. On March 16, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews declared an unprecedented State of Emergency in Victoria for four weeks in response to the pandemic. The State Government has requested a full closure of all sporting associations where the potential for 500 or more people in one location is possible. This ban has taken immediate effect through to midnight on April 13, 2020.
It is the DVBA’s priority to act in the best interests of our community. As such we have decided to postpone all DVBA competitions, training sessions and programs until no earlier than April 14. As an affiliated Basketball Victoria member, Diamond Valley Basketball Association will continue to follow their guidance in any decisions moving forward:
- All junior team trainings (Domestic and Championship) have been suspended until no earlier than Tuesday 14th April. It is not acceptable for team officials to organise what could be perceived as ‘official’ training sessions during this time. We are advising any members who choose to train only do so with one player and one coach per ring.
- All Senior Domestic games have been postponed until no earlier than Tuesday 14th April.
- All introductory and development programs have been postponed until no earlier than Tuesday 14th April.
- VJBL and Big V competitions have been postponed until further notice from Basketball Victoria.
We suggest all members familiarise themselves with Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria’s recommendations and follow all guidelines given by the State Government.We will keep you notified on updates to your relevant programs as information develops. Basketball Victoria are yet to put a timeline on the return of Big V or VJBL, although we believe they are unlikely to proceed earlier than Friday 17th April due to the current State of Emergency guidelines.
Here at the DVBA we encourage all of our members to keep training from home in order to stay active and healthy! Drills and training techniques that can be done from home will be shared on our NEW website (Coming soon!!), via email and on social media to help all athletes keep up their skills! These training exercises will also cater for our players that may not have access to a basketball ring at home and will include strength and conditioning exercises to help with general fitness.
We understand basketball is a big part of our players and their families lives, however we must all do our part to protect the welfare of our broader community. We encourage our members to stay connected with people and to look after each other during this difficult time. We must all do our part to ensure our return to basketball will be a smooth one.
For more information about COVID-19 and ways to keep yourself and your family protected please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
As of today, March 13th, all Diamond Valley Basketball Association competitions and programs will be POSTPONED due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
All Junior Domestic, Senior Domestic, VJBL, Big V competitions and development programs are postponed UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This is based off Basketball Victoria’s decision to suspend Basketball Victoria related programs, events and leagues as of this afternoon.
The DVBA will continue to update its members on the operations of Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria via our website and social media to ensure everyone is kept up to date.
The DVBA has not received any confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus from any of its members, the decision to suspend all games has been made by Basketball Victoria to ensure the health and wellbeing of all players, coaches, referees and staff are maintained.
The DVBA would like to thank you for your understanding at this time.
Diamond Valley Basketball continues to monitor the situation in regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and is taking steps to protect members, employees and guests against the spread of the virus in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Department of Health. We therefore ask you to ensure that you comply with the guidelines issued by our Health Authorities in order to protect our basketball and wider community and limit the spread of this virus.
If you have recently:
- travelled from or transited through a designated country (designated countries include the People’s Republic of China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Other countries may be added in future days and weeks)
- Have been in contact with anyone confirmed to have contracted the Coronavirus
- Have been in contact with anyone suspected of having such symptoms in the last 14 days
You will be required to undertake a period of self-isolation (quarantine) for 14 days. If this condition applies to you, or anyone you know, you are requested to not attend any Diamond Valley Basketball Venues, Club Training Venues and (for any Diamond Valley Eagles) any other VJBL venue in any capacity (even as a spectator) until the applicable quarantine period has expired.
Given the uncertainty of the situation evolving in Melbourne, we would ask that all parents exercise common sense and your own best judgement. Please be especially mindful if you or your child/ren attend a school with a known outbreak.
At this point in time all Junior and Senior Domestic matches will be proceeding as scheduled.
For Diamond Valley Eagles players, coaches and parents, at this point in time VJBL matches are proceeding as scheduled and we will be guided by Basketball Victoria and the VJBL if anything changes.
We will continue to try and keep members up to date on the newest information as it becomes available.
How can I help prevent the spread of the virus?
Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence. The most important actions are:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow
Where can I get more information?
For Victorian updates to the current incident, go to: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus
For national updates: https://www.health.gov.au/news/latest-information-about-novel-coronavirus
For international updates: https://www.who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus
WHO resources: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus