To the players, coaches, referees, volunteers, board members, staff, corporate partners and the rest of the Flames Family,

Given the events that have emerged over the last few days due to the global COVID-19 virus, and following the advice of Basketball WA and the Western Australian Government, Rockingham Basketball and Recreation Association has now suspended all basketball programs until further notice.

Our main priority is to ensure that all measures are taken to put the health and safety of our community first.

This is an extremely testing time for everyone, which is undoubtedly beyond our control and measure, however we will do everything we can to assist all enquiries and will deliver any updates and information on all leagues and programs as we receive it via our social media channels and/or via email.

Our physical office is currently closed but our staff will continue to work remotely. The club is in a good position to respond to the challenges ahead.

However, as a consequence of the pandemic, and the State Basketball League’s decision to postpone the start of the season until after May 31, we have mutually terminated the contracts of our three NBL1 imports effective immediately.

Should the league go ahead as planned in June it will do so entirely with local players and no imports.

Upon receiving this advice from the NBL1 – that the league, in whatever form it takes for the remainder of 2020, would be played minus imports – that we voided the contracts of Danielle McCray, Josh Ritchart and Robert Heyer.

Josh and Robert have now both left Australia to return to the United States.

We regret we weren’t able to fulfill the trio’s deals and that we didn’t see them in action on the court, but in light of the global situation, and in the interests of being responsible, it was the safe and right thing to do.

We thank Josh, Robert and Danielle for committing to our great club and hope we are able to see them again in the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing patience while we get through this together.

Please stay safe and be sure to follow all government guidelines on how to keep yourself at low risk from the COVID-19 virus.

#FlameOn

Warren Boucaut, RBDA president, March 19