CLUB WIDE UPDATE
Dear Boomers Family,
To say that the current times across the world and in sport are unusual is an understatement. In the interests of community health and on the advice of our governing bodies, the Club has decided to continue the suspension of all basketball-related activities conducted by our Club due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time in the history of our Club we have faced the need to do this.
Like you, the Club has been awaiting further updates since Basketball Victoria’s announcement of last Friday in which it advised that it would be suspending all of its basketball activities. We had been planning and preparing for multiple scenarios, including one where the suspension would be lifted and we could all go back to what we love doing – playing and supporting basketball – however this has turned out not to be the case.
As most of you would be aware, yesterday the Victorian Government declared a state of emergency for four weeks in response to the pandemic with Basketball Victoria quick to follow suit in suspending all Basketball Victoria-sanctioned activities for a minimum of four weeks, including the VJBL and BigV competitions. The Club’s Board is aligned with the position that Basketball Victoria has taken and has similarly decided to suspend all Club basketball-related activities and programs until at least April 13 2020.
Whilst our Club has no control over competitions such as the EDJBA, VJBL and BigV and will continue to support them in their decision making, we as a Club also must make decisions and act in the best interests of our community in the face of this unprecedented situation.
The suspension includes all training and competitions. It is not acceptable for team officials to organize what could be perceived as ‘official’ training sessions during this time and the Club expressly does not sanction any training sessions to be held during this time.
During the enforced break, the Club is looking at a number of innovative ways to remain engaged and connected with our players, coaches and officials. More information on this will be released shortly.
We understand this is a challenging time for a lot of people. We encourage the Boomers Family to check in with each other often, so that when basketball recommences we are ready to go as a collective. We are in this together – if you or anyone you know are doing it tough, we encourage you to reach out to the Club, your wider Boomers family or our friends at RU Ok?.
Our Club office will be operating under different conditions than it usually would during the suspension. We ask that you please use the Club’s social media platforms for updates and refrain from contacting the Club unless urgent, given the situation – we will be providing you with updates as and when they become available to us.
On behalf of the Board and our staff, we thank you for your ongoing support of the Bulleen-Templestowe Basketball Club and will make every effort to keep our community updated and informed as this situation evolves.
Mike Connell, BTBC President
Matthew Dunstan, BTBC General Manager
Tom Sapountsis, BTBC Secretary
Craig Davidson, BTBC Media