Marcellin Eagles Basketball Club
21 April 2020
I trust this note finds you and your families well during this challenging time.
Please find below an excerpt of communications from John Morkham, President of the EDJBA, regarding the commencement of the Winter 2020 basketball season.
“Led by Basketball Victoria, the EDJBA and its member clubs, alongside basketball associations across Melbourne, united as the first community level sport to shut down in the defence against COVID-19. We did so under the guidance of health authorities and whilst at the time many questioned whether we should have; in hindsight this was clearly the right decision in the interests of community safety. Since that point in time, we’ve continued to be guided by leadership of Basketball Victoria and the State Government as to the return of the EDJBA and its participants.
You will no doubt be aware that in line with Basketball Victoria, we had planned for a potential return of May 2nd.
With the announcement by the State Government of an extension of the ‘State of Emergency’ this is now officially ruled out. In line with Basketball Victoria’s announcement on Tuesday 14th April that their Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) has been postponed until 31st May, the EDJBA follows suit and postpones games until the end of May. We await further communication from Basketball Victoria on May 11th and will provide further advice at that point in time.
This would mean a potential return date would be Saturday June 13th based on the current EDJBA dates. Maybe optimistically, but if restrictions start to be pulled back then we do not rule out options to begin the Winter season at an earlier point.
The goal of the EDJBA is return players to the courts as quickly as possible once it is deemed safe for the community to do so”
Once a return date has been confirmed, the Marcellin Eagles Committee will work through appropriate reimbursement of registration fees based on the balance of the season. However, should any family be experiencing financial hardship during this time, please contact myself or the Coordinators and arrangements will be made to refund registration fees paid.
The Marcellin Eagles Annual General Meeting, which was scheduled for May, will be re-scheduled once Level 3 restrictions and the requirements for social distancing have been lifted.
And finally, on a positive note, the Committee believes it is important to recognise the contributions and efforts of our playing members from last season. Our original intention was to reschedule Summer 2019/2020 Presentation Day in line with the re commencement of Winter Season. However, given the further delays noted above, we will be taking a different course of action and will be advising Coaches of next steps over the coming days. So please stay tuned to share in celebrating last Season’s award winners.