Thrifty Ballarat Miners & Rush Junior teams have returned to the courts this week for two fitness sessions at the Ballarat Sports Events Centre hosted by RADcentre.

RADcentre Director Chris Radford and his Performance Coaches developed the 45-minute sessions spread to assist with a Return to Play program. RADcentre support all Elite Teams at Basketball Ballarat with all their athlete performance programs, injury prevention and injury rehabilitation.

The Return to Play Fitness Sessions has allowed Basketball Ballarat to launch the new venue protocol in line with Basketball Victoria and the State Government for when the local Domestic Competitions commence.

Basketball Ballarat have continued to operate under skeleton staff and Elite Teams Manager Glenn White was excited to see athletes return.

“It’s been a really challenging time for our staff and volunteers, however we have been overwhelmed with positivity from our athletes and their parents understanding the situation we’ve been working through” White said.

Basketball Ballarat remained in touch with all Athletes, Coaches and Families over the past few months adapting to online learning programs including fitness and skills sessions designed to be completed at home under the Home Play Stay Program as well as Online Coaching Educational Sessions.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve physically seen our Junior Elite Athletes and it was great to see all the smiles on the children’s faces this week and the pure enjoyment they expressed.”

“The sessions have been really successful thanks to Chris Radford at the RADcentre and his Performance Coaches for donating their time for us this week. The wellbeing of our athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers is paramount so it’s really been an enjoyable week and we’re looking forward to the 2021 Season”

The Central Highlands Water Ballarat Miners & Rush Youth League and the GenU Basketball Ballarat Referees also completed fitness sessions throughout the week.

With the current lockdown in Melbourne, unfortunately Basketball Victoria has regrettably had to cancel the 2020 Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) and BigV Youth League.

Basketball Ballarat will release details around the 2021 Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) and BigV Youth League season later this year.