Many of you would have seen the State Government’s announcement that Stage 2 of easing of restrictions has been brought forward. This means that from midday, 1 June Queenslanders were able to resume indoor, non-contact community sports, with a maximum limit of 20 people per stadium, including coaches, parents/caregivers and venue staff. Following this announcement, Basketball Queensland (BQ) has lifted the state-wide suspension on organised basketball training sessions (non-contact only). The delivery of training and other activities will vary from association to association, depending on their own circumstances and in particular, venue availability.
What does this mean for our Wizards family?
Availability of venues will determine the return to training, development and competitions. The Sports Centre at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre have advised their re-opening is not viable until Stage 3, which is currently scheduled for 10th July. School venues have also advised they are unable to offer hiring opportunities at present.
We recently received the very welcome news that the two original courts at the South Pine Sports Complex at Brendale are available for immediate hire to member sports whilst construction continues outside the existing court area. We are continuing to work with the venue managers to identify hiring opportunities for basketball. Due to the restricted numbers imposed by Stage 2, the maximum number of participants allowed in the building at any time is 20, including coaches, staff and biosecurity officers.
Today we have opened registrations for a 5-week Junior Skills Development program, to be delivered at the South Pine Sports Complex. Parents – please check your emails for registration details. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on this program.
We anticipate a return to regular training sessions and some competitions from Stage 3 on 10th July. Once again, this will be dependent on the availability of venues. Boondall senior teams will soon receive further information about the likely return of their competitions. Brendale senior teams will be contacted as more information becomes available regarding the accessibility of courts at the South Pine Complex.
The resumption of junior club training and junior competitions will soon be advised to members, once consultation with our junior clubs and school teams has been finalised.
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.
All activities including skills sessions, training and competitions (when they are able to resume) will be delivered subject to a range of published biosecurity measures, i.e. separate entry and exit to venues, a record of all people accessing venues together with their contact details and the required sanitising and and hygiene processes.
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.
Stay safe and we hope to see you all back on a court soon!
Northside Wizards Basketball Board and Staff