The great work of the West Australian community, together with great leadership from the WA Government and Premier Mark McGowan, has resulted in an easing in restrictions and a reduction in active Covid-19 cases in WA.
The sacrifices made by everyone have been enormous in this extremely difficult and challenging time, but with the relaxing of restrictions we can now start to look forward and lay down a road map for us to return to basketball.
The Mike Barnett Sports Complex remains closed but we are working with the City of Rockingham to put in place rules around returning to basketball.
Upon return, the complex will be allowed to host 20 players for non-contact training. When you return you will see limited seating in the complex; entry and exit rules will change; you will need to sanitise your ball before bringing it to the stadium; and social distancing will need to be maintained.
With the City of Rockingham’s agreement we hope to have 20 players training in each sports hall – 40 at a time. Training start and finish times will be staggered. Once training sessions are organised you will need to come to training just before training starts and leave straight afterward.
Your hard-working administration staff are preparing our Covid-19 plan, and all coaches will be required to complete a Covid-19 course before team training recommences.
The RBRA hopes to return to domestic basketball, dependent on advice from the State Government and Chief Medical Officer.
RBRA domestic basketball will look very different. There will be 20 minute gaps between games; extensive cleaning will be done; hand sanitising will be extremely important; and we may only be able to use a restricted number of courts.
Aussie Hoops and Some development programs will return in line with a return to domestic basketball.
BWA has confirmed they are aiming to start the WABL competition on the final weekend of the Term 2 school holidays, but this of course will be dependent on WA’s ability to continue to suppress the virus.
RBRA will be briefing our WABL coaches shortly on the guidelines for a safe return to WABL. There will be limited spectators, social distancing and other changes. Symone Redhead will be working with you all planning the return to WABL.
As you’ll be aware, the State Basketball League has been abandoned for 2020. I know this has severely impacted players, coaches and referees however the decision was taken by Basketball WA in the best interests of all involved. Our USA-based players and our interstate players have returned home to be with their families.
An amateur competition between SBL clubs is proposed once the restrictions permit, but like everything else it is dependent on controlling Covid-19.
We will be in touch with our season pass holders and corporate partners with our plan moving forward to 2021 over the next few weeks.
The staff and board have been working hard to ensure the clubs financial viability into the future. Once social distancing rules allow we will schedule our AGM.
Warren Boucaut, RBRA President