Hi all,
I just thought that I would post a quick update as to where we are with the return to competition. The truth is that there’s not much to tell.

As you may be aware Basketball Australia released return to play guidelines last week, but that does not mean that we are returning to basketball just yet. Factors that affect our return to competition include meeting State and Federal Government guidelines and Department of Education requirements (as most of our courts are on school sites), whilst also fitting in with the AIS Return to Sport Framework, and the Basketball Australia and NSW guidelines. As you can see there are a lot of moving parts that must be working together well before we can return to local competitions.
Please just know that we are working with BNSW, which is working the NSW State Government to try and get our competitions up and running as quickly and safely as we can, with as little disruption and modification as possible.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how long the tunnel is, but at least we are seeing some plans put in place to get there.

In the meantime, I hope that you are feeling a small sense of normality as the world slowly opens again. And for those of you at school, enjoy your return to classes and being around your friends.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Stay safe.

PS Don’t forget to join Team App, as I will be significantly reducing the traffic on WhatsApp. Team App is going to be our primary form of communication on our return.

Find us on Team App



Teap App – MWBA Referees

I sent an email recently outlining my need to streamline our communication processes a bit better. So I created a Team App for our Team: MWBA REFEREES. Check your email for more information, or follow this link to join our team. 

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Taking care of ourselves – mental health is important

I am fully aware that at this time we can all deal with out “new normal” in different ways. Some of us may be completely okay, but some of us may also be experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and stress. This is an unprecedented event, and it is important to know that even though the way we deal with it may be different, that help is available for each of us.

In saying that I just want to give you some tips and resources to perhaps help reduce any negative feelings that you may be having, and to help you stay mentally and physically healthy.

  • Media coverage: find a healthy balance and limit news and social media if you find it too distressing. We live in a world where we are bombarded with information, and it can sometimes be hard to switch off, but I encourage you to try and stay away from the media if you are finding all the information too much.
  • Sources of information: if you must access information, do it from credible sources – government and health authorities, not through social media and hearsay. It is important that he information you do access is correct and not speculative or hype.
  • Maintain perspective: remember that experts around the world are working hard to help. You can also do what you can to help by staying safe by staying at home.
  • Stay calm and be practical: follow advice from credible sources (see above), and resist the urge to panic, as this makes it harder for authorities to manage the outbreak effectively. Remember that this won’t last forever, but we just have to do what we need to ensure that we can continue our lives safely when this is all over.
  • Stick to a routine: aim to get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat healthy foods and keep up with your school routine when you go back. Take the time that you have to develop some healthy habits, including downtime away from your devices – read a book, paint some art, make music.
  • Learn: whether it be maintaining your school workload, or learning something new, there are millions of free resources out there to help pass the time in a positive and effective manner.
  • Keep ballin’: even though we are not AT basketball, there’s still so much you can do to continue participating in the game that you love. Even if it’s just watching a movie (my favourite basketball movie would have to be Coach Carter, but I am planning to watch the new Jordan doco on Netflix), practicing your skills (whether you play or ref there is always something you can practice), or just keeping up your fitness (there are plenty of free training resources available). There is always something we can be doing to make us better (“Just be better” – Rhys)
  • Stay connected and/or seek support: keep in touch with your family, friends, colleagues or professional support services by phone, video call, social media or email. Technology allows us to still connect with our friends and family, even though we are can’t physically be with them. For the first time ever, your parents will be encouraging you to catch up via your device – take advantage of it. You may wish to seek support outside your circle of family and friends – there is always someone that you can lean on.

If you do feel like you need that extra support outside of you family or friends, here are some resources that might be able to help:

  • Kids Help Line:                             1800 551 800
  • Beyond Blue:                                1300 224 636
  • Lifeline Australia:                         13 11 14
  • NSW Mental Health Line:           1800 011 511
  • Sports Chaplaincy Australia:     1800 667 792

We’ll get through this. Stay safe and stay connected.

Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you.




If you’re anything like me, “lock down” has involved a little too much food and drink (damn you Easter Bunny for bringing all that chocolate), and not enough exercise. It’s very easy to procrastinate – there’s not having enough room at my place, I can’t go to the gym – and at this rate we will all come back to basketball a looking like we’re ready to compete in the Sumo world championships, or to take Santa on for the jolliest looking person in the world this Christmas.

Core Advantage in Melbourne has developed a FREE Lock Down Training program specifically for basketball. Although it’s aimed as players, we can all benefit fro the workouts that are posted – it includes warming up, strength and agility, running, an even yoga workouts that I’m sure we could all do with to make sure we are at peak fitness when we return.

You can access Core Advantages FREE Training Resources HERE.

There are plenty of other resources on the website too – some free, some you need to pay for – that can help us all keep fit and strong at this time (and beyond). The gym is owned and operated by the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Basketball Victoria, and they work with a lot of basketball athletes in Melbourne – referees and players.

Head over and have a look, and maybe follow their Facebook page for the Workout of the Week.
Stay Safe, Stay Home, Keep Fit



I have had a couple of you ask what employment entitlements you are eligible for as we are going through this unprecedented event.

Sorry, but the simple answer is none.
Referees are not considered employees of the Association, and are not eligible for any payments that contracted employees would be entitled to.

Under Section 12-190(6)(a)(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Ace 1936 all sports officials (not just basketball) are considered as performing an “activity, or series of activities, done as a private recreational pursuit or hobby” – so we are hobbyists. That means that what you earn reffing does not need to be declared as income to the Tax Department, and is not subject to income tax or superannuation entitlements – and why the Association doesn’t supply you with a group certificate every year.

As Not For Profit entities, local sporting associations are able to do this. If referees were considered employees, the Association would have to pay payroll tax and super to all it’s officials, and it wouldn’t be able to afford to operate. This Act allows sporting clubs to pay officials for their service, while still providing a service to the community.

Professional sports officials pay tax on their earnings and are paid superannuation, etc. They have seasonal contracts that declare them as employees of the League for the duration of the season – this is totally different to us.

I hope this answers any questions that you may have had on the subject.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me…….I’m still working, so I’m here for you.