SOCIAL COMPETITION UPDATE
Volleyball Ballarat continues to monitor advice from the Federal and State Governments as well as our governing body, Volleyball Victoria, as it relates to community sport and the risks posed by COVID-19.
Volleyball Victoria released an updated statement regarding the further easing of restrictions on 18 June which can be read in full here .
The statement reflects that in theory competition can return for adults in July with a limit of 20 people per space, but there are a number of external factors that need to be accounted for before volleyball in Ballarat can start up again. Firstly, we are limited to how and when we can start by Stadium protocols and reopening dates. We have a strong relationship with Basketball Ballarat and have been in constant communication with them. BBA are looking to restart their Junior competition from 14 July and Senior competitions from 20 July. This has yet to be ratified by the BBA board but assuming it will be, pending any other changes in restrictions, it will open the way for volleyball to restart.
We have 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.
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 will have a comprehensive record of the last 50 years to share online and at our special 50th ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER to be held on the Saturday night of our Annual Skins Tournament on the weekend of November 14th & 15th.
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.
2020 Social Competition structure
The season will be reviewed once the full extent of the COVID-19 impact is known and the societal restrictions have been lifted. Once we have a safe date for return to the venue, announcements will follow as to structures and timeframes.
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