The DVBA Board met this week to establish the Association’s roadmap in returning to basketball. You will all fully appreciate that any return to Junior Domestic Competitions is dependent on what is permitted by the Victorian Government and, in turn, sanctioned by Basketball Victoria. We are thrilled with the Premier’s announcement of the easing of restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne, however, we have no further advice from Basketball Victoria regarding a return to sport date at this time.

The Board held a lengthy and detailed discussion, with advice provided by the Association’s Accountant, and the decision was reached that Junior Domestic Competitions will resume, as a continuation of Season 2020, as soon as is permitted. As previously discussed with clubs, a return will include Regular Season games only, not Finals Matches. If a resumption of play is possible, Season 2020 will conclude on 20 December 2020. If play is unable to recommence before the end of November, further information will be provided citing a return through programs as sanctioned at that time.

It was also decided that registrations for the Autumn Season 2021 will open shortly, via PlayHQ. We will be in further contact very soon in relation to the exact opening date of registrations and the associated deadlines. We appreciate that some members will still be uncertain about moving forward and making plans for a new season, however, it has been deemed the best course of action under the current circumstances and we wish to allow clubs as much time as possible to manage the registration period.

In light of the missed playing time this year, we are also currently strategizing to potentially adjust the highest age groups’ cut off limits, thus allowing clubs’ top age players the option of continuing in the sport, rather than aging out during COVID. We will provide more details regarding this as soon as possible.

We were recently notified that Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre will be under construction until the end of Term 1 2021. We are currently working with local council and Aligned Leisure to ensure the beginning of our 2021 competitions will not be impacted. Our competitions and programs will be divided among our other venues until its completion.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding this year. We hope that good news is imminent and that we can see all of you back on court very soon.

Braden Cotter
General Manager
Diamond Valley Basketball Association