15/06/20

We are very excited about the Victorian Governments recent announcement on the next phase of easing restrictions! This next phase will allow the return of DVBA domestic competitions after the school holidays, along with strict guidelines to ensure the safety of all members.

Basketball Victoria have publicly promoted the 13th of July as their target date for recommencing competitions. They are working persistently with other indoor State Sporting Organisations (SSO) and the State Government to achieve this. If the target date of 13th July (Term 3) is achieved; it will be our Junior Domestic teams that will be put to competition first.

Locally, schools and sporting facilities are preparing safety plans to guarantee that any use of their facilities will be done with strict measures in place. This will include set times that teams are allowed to enter a venue, a set number of people allowed into the facility and then immediate exit from the venue at the end of the game. This allows cleaning to take place before the next time allocation of participants can walk into the venue.

Diamond Valley Basketball Association is working hand in hand with Aligned Leisure to organise a quick and safe return to our competitions, however it falls to our local Nillumbik Council to decide on our official date of return. The health and safety of our DVBA community is our number one priority, to ensure that safety protocols and procedures are being followed at trainings/games we will most likely require the assistance of our members in Bio-Security Officer roles. We will be sending out more information on competition safety procedures as they are confirmed.

Thank you all for your patience in this difficult time and we hope you are all safe and well. We will provide more information shortly.

 

 

Victorian State Government’s dates for recommencing sport:

 

  • Indoor sports centres and venues can open with up to 20 people per space, with a limit of up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time for those aged over 18 years old.
  • A staggered approach to the return of community sport will begin from 11:59pm on 21 June:
    • Resumption of full-contact training and competition for people 18 years and under
    • Resumption of non-contact competition for people aged over 18 years (indoors and outdoors)
    • From 13 July: resumption of full-contact training for adults
    • From 20 July: resumption of competition for adults
  • Changing rooms and showers can open for sporting and recreational facilities, including swimming pools

 

Basketball Victoria Statement:

 

Basketball Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions (announced Sunday June 14), regarding community sport.

Managing our return to basketball training and competitions in a timely, yet safe and controlled manner is critical. This will ensure the health and wellbeing of participants, as well as the viability of our associations and clubs.

To be clear, basketball is regarded as a ‘contact-sport’ for the purposes of these Victorian Government restrictions and guidelines.

We have summarised the restrictions below from the DHHS and SRV releases, however we are seeking further clarity on the number of spectators/participants allowed per area/zone, aiming for an Orange-50 stageas per our Return to Sport Guidelines from the 22nd June. We will provide the relevant and updated guidelines, information sheets, checklists and signage to assist the resumption of competition as soon as we have received confirmation from the Victorian Government.

We invite you to an online update forum this Wednesday – 17 June at 12pm via the RSVP button below.

Summary of Restrictions:

  • For 18 years old and under – full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22
  • For 18 years and over – non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is possible from June 22 
  • For 18 years and over – full contact training for both indoor and outdoor (forecast forJuly 13
  • For 18 years and over – resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor (forecast forJuly 20

Note: the forecast July dates are not locked in yet, the Victorian Government will still need to confirm these dates in the coming weeks.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our community throughout the COVID-19 postponement of basketball and into the future as we ease restrictions and see our sport return to competition in upcoming weeks and months. It is important to remain vigilant as we return to indoor basketball training and competitions – please continue to maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures, as this will aid in the ongoing health and safety of our community.

 

14/05/20

The world as we know it is in a very different place to what it was last year. Our basketball competitions have been suspended. Our stadiums have closed. Schools have closed – and many members of our community have been impacted through their work and businesses. COVID-19 has been a real shock to everyone’s normality.

First and foremost, we hope your families are in good health and are practicing social distancing and – where possible – self-isolation, so we can get on top of this thing sooner rather than later.

The DVBA administration and board have met with club delegates to discuss the necessary steps in returning to the regular season. We will continue to take advice from Basketball Victoria who in turn are taking advice from the State Government and the relevant health authorities. As soon as we get the go ahead from Basketball Victoria we will advise the clubs and will work together to ensure the safe return to basketball. Basketball Victoria will be reviewing when domestic basketball can resume on May 31st after the next official announcement from the Victorian Government.

Aligned Leisure has been awarded the management and operation of Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre and Community Bank Stadium! After a comprehensive tender process, Nillumbik Shire Council has made the decision to engage Aligned Leisure to operate the Shire’s five sport and recreation centres: Eltham Leisure Centre, Community Bank Stadium, Diamond Creek Outdoor Pool, Diamond Creek Community Centre and Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre.

The Council have also advised that the Stadium redevelopment is scheduled to commence in late June, early July. There will be 3 new courts built at the DV Stadium, but we will lose Court 5 as part of the works for up to 18 months. We will work to provide updates to all clubs and members as things progress.

We would like to thank ClubLinks and the YMCA for their hard work and the excellent service they have provided to our community. We look forward to this exciting new chapter partnering with Aligned Leisure!

The DV office is currently still operating but is now closed to the public. We remain optimistic that we will be up and going again soon but, in the meantime, will continue to engage our members through our website and Facebook page.

Stay safe and we look forward to our basketball competitions returning soon!

 

Braden Cotter

General Manager

Stuart Callaghan

President

 

Update from Basketball Victoria

As of May 12th the Victorian Government made announcements relating to the easing of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this included allowing people to participate in outdoor activities or train in community sport in groups of up to 10 people.

Basketball Victoria supports this approach, as it recognises that sport and exercise play a critical role in the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of Victorians, but importantly this must be balanced with the risk of transmitting coronavirus.

As such, the State Government has developed the following principles to guide the lifting of restrictions around sport and exercise.

Sport and exercise can resume if:

  • you keep your distance while performing the activity (at least 1.5 metres apart),
  • you are not doing your activities indoors and they are not competitive (team vs team); and
  • you can do them with a maximum of 10 people.

For the sake of clarity, 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.

While this provides an opportunity for many of us to get back into participating in basketball outside of our home environment, Basketball Victoria wants to emphasise that how we all collectively act in the coming weeks will directly affect the health of our community and our sports ability to return to more regular indoor activity in the near future.

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 at this vitally important time.

DVSFC Redevelopment

As part of the upcoming expansion of the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre, the neighbouring vacant dwelling was demolished last week.

Asbestos removal and demolition began on Thursday 7th of May and will be carried out by a Class A-certified asbestos removalist.

The expansion of the centre will include four new compliant basketball/netball courts and is expected to start later in the year. Take a look at the drawings below!

 

EOI drawings – Attachment A – DVSFC Preliminary Drawings (Indicative Only) (002)

 

Push Up Challenge

Diamond Valley’s referees are participating in doing 3,046 push-ups over 21 days. Each day, the target number of push-ups to complete will reflect a different statistic to do with mental health in Australia. For example, 45 push-ups to recognise the percentage of Australians who will experience a mental health condition over their lifetime.

Over the course of 21-days they will be challenged to complete 3,046 push-ups in total, representing the number of lives lost in Australia to suicide in 2018. Funds raised will go to headspace.

Follow the link below to see who is on the DV team and find out how to donate:

https://www.thepushupchallenge.com.au/team/diamond-valley

 

New Website

We are excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website! Visit us at http://dvbasketball.com.au/   (Any bookmarks will take you to the old website so make sure to update the link).

After months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce its launch, complete with an ‘At Home Training’ section to help our players and coaches stay motivated over our time at home. We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, DVBA announcements and Coaching and Player Resources in the News and Development Tabs. As we move away from Sports TG we have all fixtures connected to Play HQ.

Make sure to check it out!

 

Local Businesses

If you have a business in our community that is open and needs a little bit of love in this difficult time we want to help!

We would like to promote your business for free on our social media channels and website. Please email kim@dvbasketball.com.au or tiffany@dvbasketball.com.au for more information or to send through your business promotions.