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VJBL Timeline

With 5 days of zero's and Uncle Dan set to open the state this Sunday what do we think the possibility is of grading games before Christmas? Is 4 weeks noticed to short to get teams selected and ready to go? No sure how many clubs have already started reg but if we opened this weekend and some kind of try-outs started on the 14-15, then 4 weeks would allow for 2 Fridays of grading (11th and 18th).

Just a thought.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Think they should be putting on development tournaments again now for January.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I'd say anything before Christmas is a little bit optimistic

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Anonymous  
Last year

Its not happening this year and it wouldn't be good for the kids to start playing competitively so quickly after such a long break. Try Outs before Christmas and an abbreviated grading period starting Feb is possible.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Wouldn't think there would be anything before Christmas, kids haven't really been doing a huge amount for the last 8 months, so you need to give them time to work there way back into it with development and then trials etc. Last thing that is needed for kids to come back and get a whole heap of serious injuries cause the body isn't in shape.
I wouldn't be surprised is they started grading in mid January. People can't really travel and a lot of people wont have holidays left to be able to take.

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sixtiesrockstar  
Last year

So extending the break until after Christmas so they don't get injured because they have just had a long break already and shouldn't rush back too quick. Makes sense....

Get back into it asap.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Back in my day we played outside, barefoot in the snow, with broken limbs and everyone had Meningococcal disease.

Never mind that sudden increases in load has conclusively shown to disproportionately increase the likelihood of injury.

Harden up and get back to it!

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Duke Fan  
Last year

"Back in my day we played outside, barefoot in the snow, with broken limbs and everyone had Meningococcal disease."

You were lucky.....

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Anonymous  
Last year

There is a plan. It's been communicated to associations by the VJBL. If your association hasn’t been keeping you up to date they are probably all still at home on job keeper. Court access is the issue. Not everyone will be back on court indoors next week as allowed. Non contact.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I would suggest looking at what the rest of Australia has done, probably a good roadmap for your return to basketball

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sixtiesrockstar  
Last year

If you're going to cop the same sort of rubbish regulations and rules we did about Covid, just because you're playing indoors compared to outdoors, then good luck as I would assume you won't be playing anything for a while.

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Anon  
Last year

Some teams have sent out dates for try-outs in Dec. Expect more to do so soon after announcements tomorrow.

Big question is how many kids will turn up. Parents and kids will have reassessed life over the past 6 months, and the prospect of driving around Melb on a Friday night will not be overly attractive to many. Costs may also impact people.

Would be good to know if anyone has insights into numbers that have registered for try-outs so far - is the number down?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Rockstar, grown up. It's the requirements you dumb....

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Anonymous  
Last year

Heard numbers are 35% down

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Anonymous  
Last year

Good that the numbers are down. Maybe now they can make the comp higher quality not glorified domestic!

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Anonymous  
Last year

^you must be talking about SA district

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Anonymous  
Last year

Crazy comment - good numbers are down - never good to see kids playing less sport.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I am not so sure that number will be down - at our club we have had 50/60 kids turning up at zoom session every week (across age groups) Looking at Mckinnon and their outside 3x3 "The Cage" they have had big numbers turning up. I think the kids are keen to play

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Anonymous  
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Frankston ran a 3x3 comp at 3 separate venues all day (10am-8pm) on Saturday and have 2 more Saturdays to come. The atmosphere was awesome, no way numbers are down

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Anonymous  
Last year

Those are well organised clubs and should be congratulated foe their efforts in getting back up and running in some way. Not all clubs will be the same.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Spoke with the director of basketball at one of the bigger associations. Have done pre-regos, and they are expecting a v big drop off. Concern is people not willing to commit $ if season doesn't go ahead cause not getting it back. They reckon domestic will be busy. More relaxed and less $.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Have heard there has been a 50% drop off in registrations at a larger club, representing 150 or so less kids playing. At $700 a kid, that's a hundred large. Ouch.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Kids will come back quick.

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Hoopie  
Last year

Why would domestic be any better as an option?

Training and playing venues will be more expensive as they'll be trying to claw back lost revenue, will need to pay for cleaning and stuff, and can’t put through as many at a time as they used to.

Associations and clubs will also be trying to catch up on lost revenue, and will probably need to reduce the size of their comps because of the health restrictions in their venues.

And there’s also the uncertainty around whether the season will go ahead or even finish.


I expect a big drop-off in domestic as well, because casual players won’t want to pay high fees for an uncertain season or fewer games.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Yep, try-out numbers are down definitely 30-50%.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Yep, try-out numbers are down definitely 30-50%.

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Anonymous  
Last year

reduced numbers could be a good thing, making the competition more elite, not a glorified domestic competition?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Has there been any update on when vjbl grading will commence? I heard a rumour late Jan (15th or 22nd)

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Anonymous  
Last year

Interesting. A large club I know has also experienced an increase in tryout turnout. Guess it depends on what clubs kept their kids engaged over the lockdown.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Melbourne Tigers website stating Jan 22nd start.

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