Thursday March 19th, 2020

 

Basketball Ballarat have made the decision that the Hotondo Homes Ballarat Miners and Selkirk Ballarat Rush Teams will not participate in the 2020 NBL1 South Season.

 

Basketball Ballarat, with guidance from many key stakeholders including  Basketball Victoria, Community Clubs Victoria and other Victorian Basketball Associations, have come to this difficult decision in the best interests of the physical and mental well-being of all athletes, members, supporters, staff, volunteers and match officials during this unprecedented global health pandemic caused by COVID-19.

 

Over the upcoming weeks and months, we will be prioritising working extremely closely with our local member clubs, players, officials and families to ensure that we re-establish the sport of basketball within our community from the grass roots level up.

 

The NBL1 competition is at the pinnacle of our regional athlete pathway and this difficult decision has already been made by other member Associations to ensure we are all viable for all local club and member programs and competitions immediately when we are through the current emergency.

 

We assure you that we are already planning for how to provide the best possible grassroots program for the thousands of junior and senior local players and their families who rely on us to provide the sport that we all love. This will flow back into our elite level senior NBL1 programs from 2021 when we will fully resume our full pathway for all athletes, coaches and officials.

 

As a club with a rich heritage spanning generations, we have faced many challenges before and through working together, supporting our members & sponsors, and focussing on remaining viable to get our generations of participants back on court we want to provide confidence that our focus is in the right place.

 

Thank you for all your support in the past and looking into the future to continue that support of the game we love.

 

Peter Eddy

Chief Executive Officer