With Victorian government relaxing public health restrictions sooner than expected, the Sunbury Basketball Association has announced that it is spinning back up at pace for an extended Summer season.
THE EXTENDED SEASON
The season will run through 2020 terms 3 and 4, and 2021 term 1. The intention is to launch with four grading games from 18 July. The regular season plan is for 19 rounds starting 15 Aug; finals will run in March with the Grand Final on the 27th. As usual for the Summer season, upper age players advance age groups:
SBA competition fees are being finalized, but we can provide indicative registration fees for the extended season of approx. $300 including BVC fees and insurance. We understand the economic impact that COVID-19 is likely to have on our Hawks families, and are therefore working on rego system logistics to allow the cost to be split into two payments, with half due at the beginning of the season, and the remainder due just after Cup Day. Families should feel free to confidentially discuss more suitable payment arrangements with Nick (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our top priority is to get our young players back out onto the floorboards.
As Sunbury is moving very quickly, so must our Hawks administration to get teams configured to provide the best development opportunity for all players. We appreciate that requiring rapid responses borders on bad manners, but we are unfortunately in a position that we must ask for just that. Please email email@example.com by the evening of Saturday 4 July and let us know whether or not you are able to commit to this new extended season. In line with the Woodend Hawks team selection guidlelines (below) this should include confirmation that players will not miss more than three games for anticipated absences.
Please also indicate if you are interested in coaching a team, for training (typically Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays after school at Buffalo Stadium), and/or Saturday games. We will help support coaches with access to coaching courses, training plans and game day support. Please also let us know if you could be interested in assistant coaching -- this is a great way to learn the ropes or contribute if you can't fully commit.
SBA is being diligent with government and peak sporting body policy and guidelines. Unfortunately in the short term this will restrict spectator numbers permitted per player. The game schedules we've become accustomed to will also change as time slots are expanded from 50 to 70 minutes to minimise contact during change-overs. Hopefully this is the extent of the adjustments that we must make, but I'm sure everybody appreciates that we will need to continue to adapt as we find our way back onto the court. More specific procedures will be published soon.