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HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT: CORONAVIRUS IN NSW

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | 26/05/2020

Hi Basketball Family,

Government restrictions are slowly starting to ease and you may have seen articles regarding the Basketball Australia Return to Basketball Guidelines. In line with these developments, Basketball NSW has submitted a detailed plan to the NSW Government which is currently awaiting approval. While these are all positive developments and we’re as keen as you to see basketball resume, we need to temper our excitement for the moment.

Some important points to note:

  • Both the Hills Basketball Stadium and Dural Recreation Centre remain closed by government direction. At this stage we have no firm indication as to when we will be permitted to reopen.
  • Hills Basketball is not currently in a position to organise nor endorse team training sessions which involve physical gatherings regardless of recent announcements concerning outdoor exercise.
  • Insurance cover for any such activity remains unclear at this stage.
  • Any basketball activity perceived to be flouting the rules could jeopardise a return to more regular activities.
  • Hills Basketball’s approach is that we will open our doors as soon as possible and provide basketball activities in line with government guidelines as soon as possible.
  • Of course this approach comes with the proviso that community safety will be the overriding priority.

In the meantime, we continue to provide a range of online content so you can keep your basketball skills sharp, ready for return. Make sure you follow our social media to keep up to date.

There is a lot going on behind the scenes at HBA and our localised planning is in line with the Federal Government’s National Principals for the Resumption of Sport  and the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport with Basketball Australia’s Return to Basketball Guidelines providing a strong reference point. We continue to work with our parent bodies and all levels of Government to ensure we are able to run basketball activities as soon as possible.

Please be patient and respectful of the rules and the community so that we can continue to move forward and get back on the court in the very near future.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | 23/03/2020

In light of today’s statement from the NSW Premier, Glady Berejiklian, Hills Basketball has suspended all activities including Social Distance Shooting, Dr Dish sessions and Representative shooting sessions.

Both the Hills Basketball Stadium (Hills Hornets – Castle Hill) and the Dural Recreation Centre (Hills Hornets – Dural) are closed to the public until further notice.

We will continue to provide updates on the situation via our website and social media. These updates will shortly include details of refunds for cancelled sessions/games.

We hope that our Hills Hornets community remains safe in these challenging circumstances. We will be releasing a series of Hornets at Home workouts and other online content to keep our community engaged.

 

Coronavirus Update 16/03/2020

As of today, Monday. 16 March, 2020, the Hills Basketball Association is suspending all Local Competitions (Summer 19/20), Hornets Academy Skills Sessions, Play and Train, Walking Basketball and Little Hoopers until further notice. To view full statement Click here.

Coronavirus Update 14/03/2020

Hills Basketball continues to monitor the situation involving Covid-19 on a daily basis. Our current course of action is to follow the recommendations of the Australian Government and its Chief Medical Officer and NSW Health. Our parent body, Basketball NSW, endorses this course of action.

All advice below remains current. All Hills Basketball local competitions and Hornets Academy classes will continue over the weekend. Hills Basketball will meet internally and with Basketball NSW on Monday to reassess the situation.

Patrons should continue to follow the advice below with particular attention to hand hygiene and good cough etiquette. Anyone who is feeling unwell should not attend HBA venues and those in high risk categories should consider staying at home.

Coronavirus Update 13/03/2020

Hills Basketball notes that there is no official update from NSW Health or the Federal Health Dept at this stage and therefore the advice below (dated 12/03/2020) remains current.

Hills Basketball also notes that the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government, Professor Brendan Murphy, have today announced that non-essential, organised gatherings of more than 500 people should not proceed as of Monday, 16 March, 2020. Hills Basketball advises that the majority of our programs fall under this threshold and all can be tailored to do so. Further details will follow in this regard.

Coronavirus Update 12/03/2020

Hills Basketball continues to monitor the situation involving Covid-19 on a daily basis. Updates will be provided as required based on information distributed by NSW Health and the Federal Health Dept. At this stage, no government agency is requiring actions in addition to those listed immediately below.

In line with the advice provided by NSW Health, Hills Basketball is taking the following measures:

  • Posting updates as necessary and encouraging patrons to adhere to the NSW Health directives below.
  • Encouraging anyone who is unwell to stay away from Basketball.
  • Encouraging additional hand hygiene and good cough etiquette.

No specific advice is available from NSW Health re. shaking hands after games and this practice is at individual players’ discretion.

This NSW Health FAQ link https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx is comprehensive for anyone seeking further information.

Hills Basketball notes the latest advice from NSW Health as follows:

If you have been in, departed from, or transited through mainland China, Iran, Italy or the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in the last 14 days, you should:

  • Self-isolate yourself from others for 14 days from the day you departed the affected country and
  • monitor yourself for symptoms

If you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms, please call your doctor or healthdirect on 1800 022 222. When you call, tell them where you have travelled or if you have been in contact with a confirmed case. If your symptoms are severe, visit your local Emergency Department. When you arrive, immediately tell staff where you have travelled or if you have been in contact with a confirmed case. If you have symptoms it is important that don’t go to work, school/university/childcare, the gym, or public areas, and you should not use public transport, taxis, or ride-sharing services. If you need to seek medical care wear a surgical mask if available when attending. You should not use public transport, taxis, or ride-sharing services to get to your doctor or emergency department.

If you have been in, departed from, or transited through any other country in the last 14 days, you should:

The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is believed to be highest for those people who have travelled through a higher risk country. However, there are an increasing number of other countries at risk of COVID-19. If you have travelled overseas to another country in the past 14 days you should self-monitor for symptoms, practice social distancing as much as possible and immediately isolate yourself if you become unwell. An outline of social distancing can be found here https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx  During the 14 days you are asked to practice social distancing, you can travel to work or school using public transport if you have no other way of travelling there. Please try to separate yourself from other passengers as much as possible. You should also maintain hand hygiene and practice good cough etiquette. If you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms, please call your doctor or healthdirect on 1800 022 222. When you call, tell them where you have travelled. If your symptoms are severe, visit your local Emergency Department. When you arrive, immediately tell staff where you have travelled. It is important if you have symptoms you should not go to work, school/university/childcare, the gym, or public areas, and you should not use public transport, taxis, or ride-sharing services. If you need to seek medical care wear a surgical mask if available when attending.

The NSW Health advice regarding attending public events is as follows:

The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly. At this stage, the risk of community spread of COVID-19 in NSW is low. In accordance with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement, NSW Health does not propose altering arrangements for public events. It is important to note that this advice is subject to change as the situation evolves.

If you are an attendee, NSW Health encourages you to:

  • stay home and not attend if you are feeling unwell
  • stay home and not attend if you have been to a country considered at higher risk of COVID-19 (excluding airport transit) in the past 14 days
  • practice simple hygiene by making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and by covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.

In addition to the above NSW Health advice, our parent body, Basketball NSW, has issued the following advice:

https://www.bnsw.com.au/news_notices/basketb-all-nsw-statement-coronavirus-covid-19/

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Due to the dynamic and fluid situation regarding the Coronavirus, the list below may not be exhaustive. Additional questions can be emailed to steve@hillshornets.com.au and answers will be added to this page.

LOCAL COMPETITION

Will Summer 19/20 Comps resume?2020-03-24T19:15:04+11:00

Hot on the heels of our recent announcement of the suspension of all games and development programs at the Hive, the statement from the NSW Premier on 23 March https://preview.nsw.gov.au/news/new-covid-19-restrictions-begin-as-schools-move-towards-online-learning has seen us forced to close our doors until further notice. As a result, we are required to cancel the remainder of our Summer 2019/2020 season. 

Will HBA refund court fees?2020-04-06T16:59:37+10:00

With Summer 19/20 season now cancelled, we can directly address refunds. Apologies for the delay however you will appreciate that this is a fluid and dynamic situation and we are dealing with unprecedented circumstances.

At a minimum, Hills Basketball Association will meet legal requirements regarding refunds. 

All Summer 19/20 Team Managers will be emailed regarding refund options. 

  • Refund not required, I would like to donate to the Association. 
  • Please rollover credit to the Winter 2020 season.
  • Please refund electronically to the Team Manager.

Team Managers are asked to discuss with all team members. Should an electronic refund be selected, the Team Manager is responsible for distribution to players.

Forms to be submitted by Sunday, 5 April 2020. Refunds to be processed the week 6-12 April 2020.

Will HBA refund Active Kids voucher payments?2020-03-24T19:11:15+11:00
Will Winter Comp start as scheduled?2020-03-24T16:51:48+11:00

Hills Basketball Association will continue to monitor the situation involving Coronavirus. We are currently looking at alternate models, including delayed start dates & formats pending Government decisions. Should Winter 2020 Competition be cancelled completely, nomination fees will be refunded. Option to rollover to Summer 20/21 season will be available.

Should I still enter the Winter 20 competition?2020-05-04T15:58:30+10:00

At this stage, we are planning as per usual for the Winter 2020 Season. So if you haven’t finalised your registration, please do so as team entries close on Sunday, 10 May 2020. Click here to register. Managers should have received their username, so they can easily rollover team from Summer 19/20 season. If you have not received, please email competitions@hillshornets.com.au

Hills Basketball Association will continue to monitor the situation involving Coronavirus. We are currently looking at alternate models, including delayed start dates & formats pending Government decisions. 

Should Winter 2020 Competition be cancelled completely, team nomination fees will be refunded OR rolled over to the Summer 20/21 season! Rollover to Summer 20/21 and you’ll secure your team’s entry prior to team entries opening!

Will registration fees be refunded or extended?2020-03-27T12:24:27+11:00

Hills Basketball Association is currently in discussion with our governing bodies Basketball Australia & Basketball NSW regarding registration fees. Given insurance ramifications, their input is vital before HBA can establish a position on registrations. We will advise via E-News and update the Frequently Asked Questions section as soon as a decision is made.

Is the stadium still open for casual shooting?2020-03-24T19:17:53+11:00

Hills Basketball has suspended most activities including casual shooting and both the Hills Basketball Stadium (Hills Hornets – Castle Hill) and the Dural Recreation Centre (Hills Hornets – Dural) are closed to the public until further notice.

Our doors might be closed, but our Hornets at Home sessions are keeping basketball going NON STOP. We have been working hard to make sure we have as much content as possible for all of our Hills Hornets Community. 

This includes;

  • Monday Hornets Academy Skill Drill.
  • Wednesday and Friday Local Comp and Representative Skill Drills.
  • Throwback Thursday Archive Games. There’s a Kings game on our YouTube from 2013 with heaps of familiar faces, just 7 years younger.
  • And many more bonus sessions and features for walking basketball, wheelchair skills, coaching resources and more.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE | HOW TO FIND OUR HORNETS AT HOME SESSIONS.

  1. Open YouTube.
  2. Search for HillsHornets or follow this link.
  3. Click Playlists.
  4. Subscribe to HillsHornets to make sure you don’t miss our future Hornets At Home videos.

HORNETS ACADEMY | LITTLE HOOPERS | PLAY&TRAIN | WHEELCHAIR

Will HBA refund Active Kids voucher payments?2020-03-24T19:11:15+11:00
When will Hornets Academy resume?2020-03-24T17:18:53+11:00

Unknown. We are being guided by Government and our parent bodies Basketball Australia and Basketball NSW.

Will HBA refund Term 1 Academy payments?2020-03-24T19:21:01+11:00

With Hornets Academy Term 1 now cancelled, we can directly address refunds. Apologies for the delay however you will appreciate that this is a fluid and dynamic situation and we are dealing with unprecedented circumstances.

At a minimum, Hills Basketball Association will meet legal requirements regarding refunds. 

All Term 1 Participants will be emailed regarding refund options. 

  • Refund not required, I would like to donate to Hills Basketball.
  • Please refund online or electronically.
  • Unfortunately we are not able to transfer credits into Term 2.
Will HBA refund Term 2 Academy payments?2020-04-14T10:49:18+10:00

With Hornets Academy Term 2 now cancelled, we can directly address transfers/refunds. Apologies for the delay however you will appreciate that this is a fluid and dynamic situation and we are dealing with unprecedented circumstances.

All Term 2 Participants will be emailed regarding transfer/refund options. 

  • BEST OPTION I will transfer my booking to Term 3 (or Term 4 pending situation).
  • Refund not required, I would like to donate to Hills Basketball.
  • Please refund online or electronically.
Have Holiday Camps been cancelled?2020-03-24T16:57:56+11:00

Autumn Holiday Camps have been cancelled. Refund information will be distributed directly to those who’ve booked in coming days. 

Can I get a refund on a Holiday Camps?2020-03-24T16:58:25+11:00

Autumn Holiday Camps have been cancelled. Refund information will be distributed directly to those who’ve booked in coming days. 

Is the stadium still open for casual shooting?2020-03-24T19:17:53+11:00

Hills Basketball has suspended most activities including casual shooting and both the Hills Basketball Stadium (Hills Hornets – Castle Hill) and the Dural Recreation Centre (Hills Hornets – Dural) are closed to the public until further notice.

Our doors might be closed, but our Hornets at Home sessions are keeping basketball going NON STOP. We have been working hard to make sure we have as much content as possible for all of our Hills Hornets Community. 

This includes;

  • Monday Hornets Academy Skill Drill.
  • Wednesday and Friday Local Comp and Representative Skill Drills.
  • Throwback Thursday Archive Games. There’s a Kings game on our YouTube from 2013 with heaps of familiar faces, just 7 years younger.
  • And many more bonus sessions and features for walking basketball, wheelchair skills, coaching resources and more.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE | HOW TO FIND OUR HORNETS AT HOME SESSIONS.

  1. Open YouTube.
  2. Search for HillsHornets or follow this link.
  3. Click Playlists.
  4. Subscribe to HillsHornets to make sure you don’t miss our future Hornets At Home videos.
Are casual sessions of Little Hoopers, Wheelies, Walking Basketball suspended?2020-03-24T19:22:43+11:00

Hills Basketball has suspended most activities including casual sessions of Little Hoopers, Wheelies and Walking Basketball and both the Hills Basketball Stadium (Hills Hornets – Castle Hill) and the Dural Recreation Centre (Hills Hornets – Dural) are closed to the public until further notice.

Our doors might be closed, but our Hornets at Home program sessions are keeping basketball going NON STOP. We have been working hard to make sure we have as much content as possible for all of our Hills Hornets Community. 

This includes;

  • Monday Hornets Academy Skill Drill.
  • Wednesday and Friday Local Comp and Representative Skill Drills.
  • Throwback Thursday Archive Games.
  • And many more bonus sessions and features for walking basketball, wheelchair skills, coaching resources and more.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE | HOW TO FIND OUR HORNETS AT HOME SESSIONS.

  1. Open YouTube.
  2. Search for HillsHornets or follow this link.
  3. Click Playlists.
  4. Subscribe to HillsHornets to make sure you don’t miss our future Hornets At Home videos.

REPRESENTATIVE PROGRAM

When will Rep competitions resume?2020-03-24T17:14:52+11:00

Unknown however Basketball NSW have advised 8 June is the earliest possible date (updated 23/03/20)

Will Rep teams continue to train?2020-05-14T12:19:38+10:00

Hills Basketball has suspended most activities including Rep training and both the Hills Basketball Stadium (Hills Hornets – Castle Hill) and the Dural Recreation Centre (Hills Hornets – Dural) are closed to the public until further notice.

Our doors might be closed, but our Hornets at Home Sessions and Representative Zoom Training Sessions are keeping basketball going NON STOP. We have been working hard to make sure we have as much content as possible for all of our Hills Hornets Community. 


I am sure you are all very excited about the New South Wales Government’s most recent announcement of some gradual easing of restrictions that will come into effect from the 15th of May.

With these restrictions changing we thought we would update everyone on HBA’s current policy regarding face to face trainings.

HBA is not currently in a position to organise nor endorse team training sessions which involve physical gatherings. Also please note that Insurance cover for any such activity is unclear at this stage.

We understand everyone’s desire to get back to basketball and we’re keen to get back ASAP, however any basketball activity perceived to be flouting the rules could jeopardise a return to more regular activities.

Please be patient, respectful of the rules, and the community so that we can continue to move forward to the return of community sport.

Will the June Long Weekend Representative tournament be on?2020-05-14T10:16:46+10:00

Basketball Victoria has cancelled the Melbourne Long Weekend tournament.

Will Rep Fees be refunded?2020-04-01T11:22:13+11:00

HBA will work on the financial implications of Covid19, including refunds, as the situation develops. Points to note:

  • At this stage, the rep season has not been cancelled or truncated.
  • While BNSW has pushed back any possible start date for Rep comps to after 8 June, it is working on various scenarios which could see the Rep season completed in full, in part or in an alternative format.
Is the stadium still open for casual shooting?2020-03-24T19:17:53+11:00

Hills Basketball has suspended most activities including casual shooting and both the Hills Basketball Stadium (Hills Hornets – Castle Hill) and the Dural Recreation Centre (Hills Hornets – Dural) are closed to the public until further notice.

Our doors might be closed, but our Hornets at Home sessions are keeping basketball going NON STOP. We have been working hard to make sure we have as much content as possible for all of our Hills Hornets Community. 

This includes;

  • Monday Hornets Academy Skill Drill.
  • Wednesday and Friday Local Comp and Representative Skill Drills.
  • Throwback Thursday Archive Games. There’s a Kings game on our YouTube from 2013 with heaps of familiar faces, just 7 years younger.
  • And many more bonus sessions and features for walking basketball, wheelchair skills, coaching resources and more.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE | HOW TO FIND OUR HORNETS AT HOME SESSIONS.

  1. Open YouTube.
  2. Search for HillsHornets or follow this link.
  3. Click Playlists.
  4. Subscribe to HillsHornets to make sure you don’t miss our future Hornets At Home videos.

Patrons should continue to follow the advice below:

  • stay home and not attend if you are feeling unwell
  • stay home and not attend if you have been to a country considered at higher risk of COVID-19 (excluding airport transit) in the past 14 days
  • practice simple hygiene by making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and by covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
  • those in high risk categories should consider staying at home.
2020-05-26T15:41:22+10:00