WARRNAMBOOL Basketball Inc's proactive planning has it well positioned to return to indoor junior competition when coronavirus restrictions are eased.
The association hopes juniors can play at The Arc from November 23 - the first day Victoria is expected to be in the final step of the state government's COVID-19 re-opening roadmap.
Under the final step indoor community sport - contact and non-contact - will have a patron cap of up to 100 people, group sizes of up to 20 with a density quotient of one person per four-square-metres.
Large sporting venues, like the Arc, will open with a 25 per cent venue patron cap with each space subject to the density quotient.
Development officer Mike McGorm confirmed plans were in place for a four-week competition for players aged nine to 17 to participate in competitive games.
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McGorm said the return to competition was exciting but its fate was in the hands of the state government, which is expected to make an announcement on Sunday.
"What we believe is we will be back to where we were. We won't have any issues to go ahead and that is the exciting bit out of it all," he said.
"We can train indoors now but can't be competitive. It's mostly just ball handling and a little bit of shooting.
"I believe our kids will be relieved they can be a little more competitive inside as it opens up to us playing games again.
"We thought about doing another block of training but we felt they have had long enough and all they want to do is play. Most of the kids are looking forward to getting back on court."
McGorm said the association had been proactive with its planning to ensure its players could return as soon as possible.
"We were getting a lot of the grinding stuff done during lockdown and worked hard during that time and as soon as a little window opened we could hit the ground running," he said.
"We did lot of prep during lockdown and that's really helped us. Having access to outdoor courts at Merri River School helped us a lot when other associations can't get on outdoor courts."
McGorm said Warrnambool Basketball had got itself ahead of other associations in a number of areas.
"Our competition is going ahead next week, if we are allowed, while others have not even started selecting their teams," he said.
"We have picked our rep teams, are back to training and will soon be back playing. A lot of associations aren't ready to go back to playing but we made sure we were organised, proactive and ready to go."
McGorm said outdoor sessions had been a success with a majority of the association's Monday-Thursday and Friday-Sunday sessions selling out.
He said once restrictions eased more training spots would be offered so "no one misses out". Rep teams will also start training indoors again.
McGorm said a number of members had been nominated for state team selection trials.
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