State Championships Postponed
Following the release of the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions, Basketball Queensland (BQ) can now confirm that the Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 State Championships will no longer be able to proceed in July as originally hoped.
With Queensland not due to enter Stage 3 of easing restrictions until July 10, our focus for the next two months will be on resuming basketball activities across the state and working with our Associations to make sure participants can return to a safe playing environment.
While we cannot proceed with our State Championships in July, we know that the Championships are a highlight of the year for many players, coaches, officials and associations.
Prior to our Championships review with Associations this week, we sent out a non-compulsory, anonymous survey to participants and Associations to gauge if participants would attend State Championships if they were held in Spring, during the school holidays in September/October.
We had an average of 81.5% of respondents across all age groups saying they would be willing to attend if the Championships were to proceed.
After looking at the representative calendar at the end of the year, we have proposed the following dates to hold each tournament.
|Under 16 (Boys & Girls)||21 – 24 September, 2020||Girls: Southern Districts |
|Under 14 (Boys)||24 – 27 September, 2020||Cairns|
|Under 12 (Boys & Girls)||28 September – 1 October, 2020||Townsville|
|Under 14 (Girls)||2 – 5 October, 2020||Mackay|
There are several factors that we have taken into consideration, and we want to make clear that the State Championships will only proceed if restrictions across the state have been eased so that we can conduct the championships safely and in compliance with Government requirements.
To avoid a potential clash with the U14 Girls Netball State Championship, we have scheduled the Under 14 Girls Championships towards the end of the school holidays and we are working with Associations to provide a modified schedule for BQJBC, CQJBC and QNJBC prior to all State Championships to ensure players, coaches, officials and Associations have adequate preparation prior to the Championships.
BQ will conduct a further review of the above dates by 24 July, which is a couple of weeks after the introduction of Stage 3 of the easing of restrictions to determine if the State Championships can safely proceed.
As we work on our Return to Basketball guidelines, BQ are also continuing consultation with Associations regarding the resumption of senior representative basketball later in the year.
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