Basketball New Zealand and the NBL have a number of events scheduled over the next two months, which many may feel concerned about given our quick transition into Alert Level 4 after a community case was identified in Auckland, announced last night.
Currently, we are continuing to prepare for our events while at home in lockdown. We will do this while also following developments and updates from the Government, which will potentially affect the operation of these events.
We are hoping New Zealand can contain the community spread quickly, but we will also need to consider the possibilities of different Alert Levels.
In 2020, we saw the Alert Levels gradually improve as community spread was contained, from Alert Level 4 through to 3, 2 and then 1. Each level carries restrictions around events. This could mean events are impacted within the next two months – last year was particularly difficult with the cancellation of some key events, including the Secondary Schools Nationals.
We know that we cannot operate events in Alert Levels 4 or 3. At Alert Level 2, the 100-person gathering limit comes into play (we have guidance for basketball events at Alert Level 2 here on NZ.basketball. This page on the Sport NZ website also has helpful guidelines for each Alert Level).
We remain in frequent contact with School Sport New Zealand, Sport New Zealand and following Government requirements. We’ll continue to keep you updated.
In the meantime, if you have booked accommodation and travel for any events, or are planning to, we suggest you check refund policies with your providers just in case. These sometimes have a particular date in which you can get a refund, so good to be aware of those time frames.
All our COVID-19 Updates are available here.
BASKETBALL NEW ZEALAND & NBL EVENTS, AUGUST TO OCTOBER
Sal’s NBL (Women) | 12 August – 11 September
Pulman Arena, South Auckland. (Week 2 has been cancelled – statement on NZNBL.basketball here).
Junior Secondary School Premierships | 28 – 31 August:
- Zone 1. Pulman Arena, South Auckland.
- Zone 2. Energy Events Centre (Unison Arena & Sportsdrome), Rotorua Girls High School, John Paul College. Rotorua.
- Zone 3. TSB Stadium , New Plymouth Boys High School. New Plymouth.
- Zone 4. Saxton Stadium, Nelson.
3×3.EXE Premier New Zealand Playoff | 4 September
Swish Factory, North Auckland
Regionals Cups | 1 – 4 September:
- Northern Cup. 1 – 3 September, Pulman Arena, South Auckland
- Central Cup. 1 – 3 September, Springvale Stadium, Whanganui
- Southern Cup. 2 – 4 September, Selwyn Sports Centre (Rolleston), Canterbury
‘A’ Secondary School Premierships | 1 – 4 September:
- ‘A’ North Island Premierships. Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North
- ‘A’ South Island Premierships. Edgar Centre, Dunedin.
‘AA’ Secondary School Premierships | 1 – 4 September:
- Zone 1. Eventfinda Stadium and AUT North Shore, North Auckland.
- Zone 2. Energy Events Centre, Unison Arena, Sportsdrome, Rotorua.
- Zone 3. ASB Sports Centre, Wellington.
- Zone 4. ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill.
Tertiary Championships | 17-19 September
AUT North Shore, North Auckland.
‘A’ and ‘AA’ Basketball New Zealand Secondary Schools National Championships | 4-9 October
Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North
Aon U13 Regional Championships | 13-16 October:
- Northern Regional Championships. Eventfinda Stadium, AUT North Shore, YMCA North Shore, North Auckland.
- Central Regional Championships. Pettigrew Green Arena and Hastings Sports Centre, Napier and Hastings.
- Southern Regional Championships. EA Networks Centre and Basketball Mid-Canterbury Stadium, Ashburton.
Schick 3X3 Cup | 14-16 October
ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill.
A reminder about Alert Level 4
- Only essential services are able to operate.
- All indoor venues and sporting facilities, including clubrooms and gyms, are closed.
- Organised sports and physical activity are not allowed outside of your bubble.
- You can train at home, or outdoor places in your local area. Maintain physical distancing with people outside your bubble.
- Contact activity or sharing equipment/balls with people outside your bubble is prohibited.
- All water-based activities are prohibited because these activities expose participants to danger or may require search and rescue services.
- The Government is asking everyone to wear a mask and keep a two metre distance whenever you leave your home.
- Practice good hygiene including hand washing.
- If you’re sick, call your doctor or Healthline on 09800 358 5453.
- To remind yourself of what happens at Alert Level 4, go to the COVID-19 website here.
- If you have questions about sports operations at alert levels, please first refer to Sport New Zealand’s Alert guidance here.
- Further Sport NZ guidance on how to manage day to day activities and events as part of pandemic planning and operational management can be found here.
- Detail on the broader range of restrictions in place at Alert Level 4 can be accessed at the Unite Against COVID-19 web site.
- Guidance about what you can do in the workplace at COVID-19 alert levels can be obtained from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment here.
- Keeping scanning QR codes if you go out (such as to supermarkets).
- The Government’s COVID-19 website can be found here.
- All our COVID-19 Updates are available here.