UPDATE – ALL 2020 COMPETITION & TRAINING ABANDONED
It is with much regret that the Committee for Volleyball Ballarat have made the difficult but necessary decision NOT to proceed with any form of competition and training for the remainder of 2020.
This decision has been made based on the current state of restrictions in Regional Victoria and the monitoring of advice from the Federal and State Governments as well as our own governing body – Volleyball Victoria, as it relates to community sport and the risks posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Whilst the current Stage 3 restrictions are due to end in September, there is a possibility that these may be further extended, and even if they are not, we do not expect to be able to return to venues for competition and training immediately following any easing of community rules.
Should the situation change rapidly and we are in a position to offer some form of return to our great sport, we will work as hard as possible to communicate options for a restart. In the meantime, we encourage all members to continue to adhere to government guidelines, paying particular attention to social distancing, Mask wearing and personal hygiene. If you feel unwell you should stay at home and if you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should get tested.
Volleyball Victoria Inc COVID-19 Information, https://volleyballvictoria.org.au/covid-19/
Department of Health & Human Services, www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Department of Health & Human Services – Rest of Victoria, www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/restrictions-rest-victoria-covid-19
Volleyball Ballarat has a Safe Return to Play Plan drafted ready to go and our Committee have all undergone COVID-19 Health and Safety training, but will need help from the rest of the volleyball community to ensure that protocols and sanitising procedures are implemented and safely followed if and when competition can return.
For further information and answers to questions you might have, please visit our FAQs page…
50th Birthday Celebrations
This year Volleyball Ballarat turns 50 and to help us celebrate this milestone anniversary, we are looking for help from the wider volleyball community to help us gather missing pieces of the Association’s rich history.
We are asking anyone who might have stored away memories, anecdotes, newspaper articles, memorabilia or photos that relate to any volleyball activity in Ballarat, from local competition and state wide tournaments, to members who have played representative volleyball at any level from 1970-2020, to dig deep into their archives and share it with us via:
Text: Peter Hassell 0417 065 655
In an ideal world (subject to the lifting of social distancing restrictions and potential competition rescheduling) we would have had a comprehensive record of the last 50 years to share online and at our planned 50th ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER which was to be held on the Saturday night of our Annual Skins Tournament on the weekend of November 14th & 15th. At this stage celebrations will be postponed to 2021.
We hope you will share your information with us, and this request with as many others as you can. You can also complete a questionnaire which will also provide useful information to the organising committee.
We look forward to recognising and sharing the vast and significant contribution our members have made to the volleyball community as a whole.
2020 Volleyball Victoria Registrations
We are aware that during this time of competition hiatus, many of our members won’t yet have registered for the 2020 season with Volleyball Victoria. We are also acutely aware that during this difficult time of health and economic uncertainty, many of our members will not be in a financial position to do so. We completely understand this and there is obviously no obligation to do so. What we do ask though, is that anyone who is financial unaffected and is prepared to do so, pays their registration fees now. These fees are critical in keeping the governance of our sport running during this period of uncertainty and enabling the structures to remain in place so we can restart once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
If you have already paid your 2020 registration, discussions are ongoing with Volleyball Victoria regarding options including a potential extension into the 2021 season. This will be further communicated once we have a better understanding of the full impacts given that current 2020 memberships run until 30th March 2021.
VOLLEYBALL VICTORIA PLAYER REGISTRATIONS
To ensure Volleyball Ballarat (and you as an individual member) continue to receive the full benefit of affiliation and help us sustain and grow the sport, all players are required to register with Volleyball Victoria for membership and insurance reasons. If you were a registered member in 2019, your registration is valid until March 31st 2020, so all memberships will need to be renewed before the start of April. Further information will be posted here when the portal opens and below are some everyday examples of member benefits which include, but are not limited to:
- endorsing, promoting, and supporting events and competitions
- providing support personnel, program development, and resources
- entering partnerships in junior development and other competition initiatives
- discounted member only fees for courses, programs, activities
- SportsPass members benefit program rewards schemes
- advocacy and liaison with local/state government and other stakeholders
- Personal Accident Insurance