Posted on Saturday 27th June, 2020

Return to Training – Suspended

Due to the new COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, all competition training has been suspended until further notice.

Dear CBA Members,

We are happy to announce that last night we received confirmation from the Hume City Council that we can return to training at Craigieburn Sports Stadium. This in conjunction with the approval of Basketball Victoria to move to the ORANGE-50 level (for players aged 18 and under) means we are due to start training this week.

In addition to this, the Department of Education announced this week that schools are now able to reopen for external users if they feel comfortable to do so. We are now in the process of contacting our schools to check on a possible return date.

We understand that there may be some hesitation in some participants wanting to return and we want to assure you all that we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safe return to our sport. We will have:

  • Trained Bio Safety officers monitoring the courts. 

  • Extended breaks between games to ensure a thorough clean of shared areas.

  • Strict methods on entry and exit of the stadium.

  • Predominant signage.

  • Hand sanitising stations and disinfectant wipes for basketballs. 

Some key dates to remember:

  • For players 18 years old and under are allowed to do competitive training and play matches from June 22nd.

  • For Players 19 years and over can participate in non contact training from June 22nd.

  • Players 19 years and over can resume full contact training from July 13th (this is still to be approved by the State Government).

  • Competition for players aged 19 years and older can return to competition from July 20th (this is still to be approved by the State Government).

We need to ensure we abide by the Return to Sport guidelines set by Basketball Victoria and the State Government and also ensure we cater for all who wish to participate in our programs. 

Program starting dates:

The one challenge we have ahead of ourselves is the unavailability of courts 4 and 5. During the COVID-19 break, Hume City Council organised maintenance to occur on these courts and the damage was worse than expected and will not be finished until August 7th. This in conjunction with the possible inability to use other school facilities will impact our competitions and training timetable. Here is an outline of our intended return dates:

Learn to Fly Clinics, Toddler Hoops, Next Step

Beginning week of Monday 13th July but with limited numbers

CJDBA (Saturday Domestic)

August 15th 

VJBL (Representative)

First game Friday 17th July (subject to State Government approval)

Senior Domestic

Return to play in August

Big V 

To be confirmed

Learn to Fly, Toddler Hoops and Next Step Clinics

  • For all our clinics we will be opening registrations this week.

  • We will need to reduce the number of participants we have per session, so we will look to temporarily accommodate more sessions throughout the week 

  • Returning participants from Term one still have 3 sessions outstanding from the previous term and will therefore be offered a reduced cost for the new term.

CJCBA (Saturday Domestic)

As per above with the unavailability of Courts 4 and 5 we are working with Club Presidents and Hume City Council to ensure the quickest and safest possible return to our Domestic Competition.

We have a number of scenarios under discussion regarding the return structure for Junior Domestic, with the aim to have our players back on court as soon as possible. As it currently stands we look to return to competition on Saturday the 15th of August. In the meantime, we will utilise the court spacing to allocate domestic teams training sessions as our timetable may need to alter until the works on court 4 and 5 have been completed..

VJBL (Representative)

  • To begin with, representative teams will be allocated one 40 minute training session per week. Team Managers will be notified of their training times over the weekend

  • Teams training sessions have been altered to abide by Basketball Victoria’s guidelines and to cater for the loss of court space 

  • For teams who train at school sites, we are currently contacting schools to find out the possibility of returning to training at school sites.  In the meantime, all training will be held at CSS.

  • As it currently stands VJBL is scheduled to return on July 17 and it is our aim to give Representative teams the opportunity to train 2 – 3 times before beginning competition.

  • As access to courts 4 and 5 are currently unavailable, we have had to reshuffle training courts and times. We have been able to give all teams a session on one of the nights they currently train but unfortunately we can only offer a half court. 

  • We will look to increase the duration of sessions and the possibility of allocating full courts when we are advised by Basketball Victoria that it is safe to do so and we have access to Courts 4 and 5. 

Senior Domestic

As mentioned previously, with the inability to use Courts 4 and 5, we will not be able to begin competition until August. Rohan will be in contact with all participants shortly to discuss the resumption of Senior Domestic Competition. At this stage we anticipate beginning on the 11th or 18th of August. 

Big V

Big V basketball are currently working with all associations on a restructured program and will have more information in the coming weeks.

Summary

The one thing that is certain is that basketball is back. The format and the way we operate will be very different but we are confident and trust that our members can work with us to ensure the safe return of the sport we love.

If the past weeks are anything to go by, then things can change rapidly and with little notice. Please remember that every association in Victoria is working under different circumstances and have different challenges to overcome. Our number one aim at Craigieburn is the safety of our own players. This is not the time to ‘catch up’ on lost time. It’s time to slowly and safely get back on the court and play the game we love.

If you have any questions then please contact us directly and we can ensure you get the correct information. 

Contact: info@craigieburneagles.com.au 

 

Thank you once again for your patience and understanding. We can’t wait to see you on the court in the coming weeks.