Community basketball under Level 2
On Thursday afternoon Sport New Zealand released up-to-date guidance around sport operating under Level 2, including a Level 2 sport and recreation table of information which Basketball NZ are considering.
Sport New Zealand have stated that it is essential to get safety protocols in place before sport resumes, and ensure that everyone is on the same page:
“The key message we would like to stress at this time is one of taking a considered and measured approach to the restart of your operations, in consultation with your national agency. Moving too quickly sends a message to people and communities that normal functions are resumed.
“This is not the case as organisations and facilities will need to carefully manage hygiene risk, training and play environments may need to be modified, physical distancing considerations will remain and travel is still impacted.” – Sport New Zealand.
In line with this, Basketball NZ will publish more information to our community (likely middle of next week) on a ‘Prepare to Play’ phase, with guidance on what must be done by basketball organisations to ensure a safer return to community basketball. We plan to work with Sport NZ on this guidance.
Before we return to play, our community must ensure all the required safety protocols are put in place, and everyone is aware what needs to be done when attending and participating in any basketball activity.
Cabinet meet to decide the timing of the move to Alert Level 2 next Monday, 11 May.
Anyone wanting to get in touch to find out how SidelineApp can help their club or school as grassroots sport gears up to return in the coming weeks and months should contact SidelineApp founder Luke Thompson at email@example.com or 0275260807, or communications consultant Will Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0226749218.
Essentially, for community sport, Level 2 is a ‘Prepare to Play’ phase.
The courts may be empty right now, but Basketball New Zealand have revealed a staggering participation increase among youth in the sport over the past five years.