What is WBA’s current stance in the sporting landscape?
WBA continues to adhere to recommendations made by Basketball Victoria. From Monday the 16th of March, in line with the Victorian Government’s State of Emergency declaration, all basketball related activities and programs have been suspended. We will continue to update our members if any changes occur.
This decision has not been made lightly and we understand the disappointment this will bring many people. However, our top priority remains to be the health, safety and well-being of WBA members and the wider community.
Is the WBA office open?
From the 23/03/2020 WBA offices have been closed until further notice. This is in line with the Victoria Government’s closure of “non-essential public venues”. Management can still be contacted via email during this time.
Will the Summer 2019/20 seasons be completed?
Unfortunately, WBA have made the hard decision to cancel the remainder of both the Junior and Senior domestic seasons. We understand the disappointment that will come with this. However, we trust that you will understand the difficult position we currently face and understand that our top priority remains to be our members health and wellbeing.
What about Winter 2020?
Senior team representatives have been contacted and informed that the previously advertised winter 2020 season has formally been cancelled. WBA is preparing for a Spring 2020 season and all entries can be carried over when team representatives read and agree to the new look format of the upcoming season.
WBA is regularly communicating with our ten local junior domestic club delegates, and providing as much information as possible and potential models for how a junior season will look. We understand some neighbouring associations are running a shortened term 3 winter season, while others are running a longer term 3, 4 and term 1 2021 summer season. WBA is fortunate to have the newly redeveloped Oakleigh Recreation Centre available for WBA competitions from November 1st, so all existing models are taking this date into consideration.
Is the NBL1 season going ahead?
The NBL in conjunction with Basketball Victoria and the other conference states have notified clubs of the decision not to proceed with the 2020 NBL1 season.
Can my Domestic or Rep team continue to train?
WBA will not be organizing any official trainings at this time. However, in line with the Victorian Government’s announcements, teams may organise their own outdoor training. Please follow the below guidelines;
- Practice social distancing whilst performing the activity (1.5 metres apart)
- These activities are not indoors
- The activities are not competitive in nature and are non-contact
- A maximum of 10 people take part
- 1 coach and 1 support personnel may attend (total of 12 people all together)
Coaches please respect families wishes if they do not wish to participate in group training sessions. Plan your sessions with the purpose of player health, wellbeing, fitness and conditioning.
Further details can be found at DHHS https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sport-cultural-and-recreational…
The full BV announcement can be found http://basketballvictoria.com.au/covid-19/
Is WBA opening on the 22nd of June?
No. Many gymnasiums and facilities that plan to reopen on June 22 are doing so with strict social distancing and limits of the number of people per enclosed space. Currently a sports stadium has not been defined for each court to be separate, and therefore if Waverley can only cater for 20 people in courts 1/2/3, another 20 in courts 5/6 and another 20 on court 4, then we could not fit all teams into a schedule to resume training at this stage