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