We know you are all eagerly awaiting a return to basketball and we are working hard behind the scenes to make that happen! You may have see the release of the Queensland Government’s “Return to Play” guide, which provides a significant amount of information for all sports. Of high importance is the physical distancing information on page 7, which details the measures applicable to indoor activities and competitions, including basketball.
We are hopeful of being able to re-commence competitions from Stage 3 on 10th July although we are yet to receive confirmation of how this will work for indoor sports venues. There are still a number of details requiring clarification to enable venue operators and hirers to plan the resumption of activities.
We are in consultation with venue operators regarding biosecurity measures, which will include separate entry and exit to venues, capturing a record of all people accessing venues, cleaning and hygiene processes, timing of activities and a clear understanding of the responsibilities of all parties.
As advised by the Queensland Government, there is no option for indoor venues to operate in the current Stage 1 period, and any outdoor activities are restricted to unorganised, non-contact small group activities only.
Basketball Australia have also released a set of guidelines that provide support to States and Territories preparing their plans for a safe return https://australia.basketball/blog/2020/05/20/return-to-basketball/?fbclid=IwAR16XOx27pt0Bkoz1kl8EAqnpxgmvGaTxlrHT5T4R9yCE4HmUPN6XrSXNOA
Northside Wizards has been working closely with Basketball Queensland and other associations to review all of the information provided by the relevant authorities, and we anticipate the release of the Basketball Queensland guidelines by the end of May. These will provide further clarification regarding the resumption of basketball in this state and will support associations to prepare a final implementation plan in consultation with venue operators.
The Wizards office is continuing to operate with the support of members and the Government’s JobKeeper program, working staggered hours in the office and from home to ensure social distancing measures are observed. The best way to contact the Wizards team members continues to be via email. We appreciate your ongoing support with this.
We intend to resume Junior and Senior competitions as soon as we receive the all-clear to do so, albeit with modifications to ensure we meet all requirements. Guidelines around how competitions will be delivered will be announced once the final “Return to Sport” protocols are known. In relation to player registration fees, as previously advised we will adjust registration expiry dates once the rescheduled competition dates are known, as will Basketball Queensland for their annual registration fees.
You may have seen recent advice from Basketball Queensland that the state championships for U12/U14/U16’s have been rescheduled to September. At this stage it’s envisaged that BQJBC will recommence in early August for U12’s & U14’s and there may be some lead-in games for U16’s prior to the state championships. Whilst we are making plans towards these dates they are of course dependent on the continued, successful easing of restrictions. Further information will need to be provided for parents in relation to travel plans and other restrictions including the ability for spectators to attend the events. A final decision will be made in July and will be communicated to members.
Stay safe and we hope to see you all back on a court soon!
Northside Wizards Basketball Board and Staff