COVID-Safe Guidelines

Basketball Hawthorn is thrilled to have our competitions and programs back in 2021. This page will continue to be updated to assist all members understand the most current guidelines in place.

COVID remains a part of our daily lives and something we all must continue to be diligent with. Basketball Hawthorn continues to work with Basketball Victoria and the Victorian government health advice to ensure members safety is our highest priority. As the COVID landscape and circumstances can change rapidly, we encourage all teams to follow us on our website and social channels to remain up to date with any late-breaking developments. We will of course continue to liaise with clubs, teams and program participants as usual.

Wednesday 17 February | Resumption of Basketball Programs

Basketball Hawthorn is pleased to announce, in response to State Government and Basketball Victoria guidelines, resumption of basketball competitions and programs from Thursday 18 February.

Basketball Victoria has announced that basketball will be able to recommence across the state from Wednesday 17 February at 11.59pm at a COVID-Safe level according to the Return to Sport Guidelines (Version 10 / 17 February).

Venue density limits will apply, members will need to maintain social distancing where possible, continue to follow hygiene practices, and observe venue signage and use QR codes.

Masks are not required while on court during games for players and referees participating in an exertive role, however, must be worn while not playing and on entry and exit of stadium. Coaches (including during games) and all other patrons over 12 years of age – must wear a mask at all times while indoors unless medically exempt.

Friday 12 February | 5-day Lockdown Announced

We would like to reiterate the Government announcement which includes a ban on all indoor sports competitions and the closure of all indoor sporting venues until 11.59pm Wednesday 17 February.

This means no basketball across any program, competition or training can occur between 11.59pm tonight and 11.59pm next Wednesday.

Additionally, VJBL has cancelled all matches scheduled for Friday 12 February.

Thursday 11 February | VENUE: Methodist Ladies College (MLC)

Methodist Ladies College has specific COVID-Safe guidelines in place for use of their facilities by sports organizations including Basketball Hawthorn;

No Parents or Spectators are permitted on site. 

Only players, officials, supervisors, coaches, team managers and one scorer per team are permitted on site.

This applies to all Basketball Hawthorn programs and members including Hawthorn Magic and domestic competitions. Current programs this directly affects include:

– Tuesday Women domestic competition
– U18 domestic competitions
– U23 domestic competitions
– Sunday Mixed domestic competitions
– Junior & Senior Magic training

Parents/guardians are advised that players be dropped off at Fitzwilliam Street gate and they can either be collected by their coach/team manager or they walk down to the PEC on their own.

Monday 8 February | Junior Basketball Guidelines

In addition to guidelines set by the Victorian Government and Basketball Victoria, Basketball Hawthorn advises the following for junior domestic competitions:

– 50-Minute Time Slots: games on Saturday have been given slightly more time to help reduce participant cross-over between matches, provided the points below are observed;

– Before Mach: do not enter venue more than 10mins prior to your scheduled start time.

– After Match: collect belongings and leave venue immediately at the conclusion of match. Post game activities, such as coaches speech, should be conducted outside in a safe/suitable area.

– Entry / Exit Points: observe any specific signage regarding entry and exit points at each venue.

By following these guidelines you are helping us safeguard our sport and ensure our players can continue to participate in the sport they love.

Thursday 4 February | UPDATE: Face Masks

Following the overnight update from the Victorian Government regarding the mandatory wearing of face masks while indoors, Basketball Victoria has made the following updates to our Return to Sport Guidelines.

As of 11.59pm on 3 February 2021, face masks are mandatory statewide in indoor public spaces.

– Approved face coverings must be worn by all patrons over the age of 12 years, while inside the venue, except for players or officials participating.

– Coaches or other people in non-exertive roles must wear a face mask at all times unless a lawful exemption applies.

– Face masks must be worn in indoor public spaces apart from when eating or drinking. You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.

Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport status remains at COVID-Safe (formerly Green-100).

Visit the Victorian Government Coronavirus website for further information on current restrictions.

Wednesday 27 January | Basketball Victoria COVID-Safe Guidelines

Under Basketball Victoria standards, basketball is operating under COVID-Safe guidelines. Current guidelines and health advice:

– If you feel unwell, stay home

– Social Distancing rules still apply and should be observed where practical.

– Face Masks are no longer mandatory in all public indoor settings, however you should always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others, including when inside a basketball stadium.

– QR Codes are mandatory for all non-registered players. These will be displayed at entrance to all BH facilities.

– Spectator Attendance should be kept to an absolute minimum, and no more than 1 person per player.

– Hand Sanitizer & Wipes will be in use for equipment and patrons at all venues.

– Venue Specific Guidelines may be in place at certain locations. Basketball Hawthorn will endeavour to ensure all venue specific information is readily available and clearly communicated to members.

– Uniforms must be provided by teams. Basketball Hawthorn will not be enforcing uniform penalties during COVID, however will not be in a position to loan out singlets or bibs for health and safety reasons.

The latest information regarding COVID guidelines from Basketball Victoria and the Victorian government:

We all have a part to play – together we can ensure basketball remains safe and operating throughout 2021.