COVID-19 FAQs

“Return To Play” Information from Kilsyth Basketball
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The cost has not gone up, but door entry has been added into the team sheet cost. It has been calculated as $42, $3 for 7 players & 7 spectators per team. 

For those who wish to receive credit for games missed due to COVID-19, they must: 

Email president@mlbclakers.com.au as soon as they are aware that they are going to miss a game 

Advise the club of the test result 

Provide the letter showing that they tested negative (either first test or last test after quarantine) 

The certificate/letter must be lodged with the Club and the Club will then lodge with the Kilsyth to have credit given for the games missed. 

It is mandatory that all players, Coaches & Team Managers are registered on PlayHQ or they cannot participate (this is why the Team Manager needs to tick them correctly at the start of every game) 

Spectators must enter the stadium next to the player that they are accompanying & check in via one of the QR code system stations which is a recording of people entering the stadium for tracing if required 

Summer 2020 / 2021  Start: December 1st, End: March 31st

Yes, a parent, family member, sibling, friend, or anyone can attend. They just need to enter the stadium with the player and register via the QR code system at the stadium. 

To monitor & report on a venue’s compliance to BV’s Return to Sport Guidelines(RTS Guidelines); 

  • To record the number of people within a venue at a time;
  • To minimise the risk of person to person transmission of COVID-19 within a venue;
  • To provide necessary information to the Association or Club in the event of a positive COVID-19 test from one of the participants;

Following Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, an appointed Bio-Safety Officer will ensure the following points are met in conjunction with any of the Kilsyth Venues: 

Preparation Checklist. 

  • Sanitisation of Score Bench (Between Games/Trainings)
  • Sanitisation of Laptops (Between Games/Trainings)
  • Sanitisation of Basketballs (Between Games/Trainings)
  • Sanitisation of Score Bench Controller (Between Games/Trainings)
  • Court Cleaning (Between Games/Trainings)
  • Toilet Cleaning (As required)
  • Cleaning of Vending Machines ((As Required) Not applicable till Green-100)

All spectators are to maintain social distancing both inside & outside of any basketball venue at any time.

Before & after a session/game the Laptop/Tablets, Score Bench, Scoreboard Controller & Game Basketballs are wiped & sanitised under the supervision of the BSO. 

Yes, as per the guidelines from Basketball Victoria, KMDBA has implemented compulsory infrared temperature testing to enter any of the stadiums under their control. 

Public drinking water supplies are safe to drink, however the surfaces around the fountain including the spout, button/leaver & nozzles could pose a risk for the transmission of COVID-19 & other germs. For this reason, shared fountains are currently not permitted. 

All participants must supply their own drink bottle (or two) & towel (both clearly labelled) 


KMDBA have implemented games to start hourly with a 20 min break before the next one as per the guidelines. Players are not to arrive earlier that 10 minutes before the game to allow time to enter & upon completion of the game are to immediately exit the venue & leave. Coaches are NOT allowed to complete an after game debrief anywhere including on court, courtside or even outside of the venue. 

Yes, that is correct. Under current social distancing requirements, you are to greet people with a smile or wave, don’t shake hands, hug or high-5 as a greeting.

Each team is allowed a maximum of 3 which include a Coach, Team Manager & Assistant Coach. All Team Officials MUST be formally registered with MLBC Lakers via PlayHQ & ticked off before the game by the Team Manager.

There will be hand sanitiser upon entry for all players & spectators to use. 

It is also mandatory on score bench area which players must utilise at all breaks & substitutions. 

All Coaches & Team Managers have completed online COVID training. The Club has put in place any processes that we are required to & support the practices implements by Basketball Victoria & Kilsyth Basketball. 


Now that masks are mandatory across all of Victoria, all of the basketball community including team officials, parents, staff and all athletes over 12 years of age must wear face masks on arrival and departure from the venue, as well as inside the venue, except for participants or officials (scorers, referees, coaches) during competition. This is optional, but is allowed provided they adhere to the Return to Sport Guidelines. 


More FAQs

  1. Call the relevant Lakers coordinator regarding a spot on a team
  2. Go to Join/Register page & fill in the new player online registration form
  3. The Coordinator will then advise you how to register and pay via PlayHQ
  4. A few weeks before the season starts you will be contacted by your coach & advised of your team number, training day & time
  5. Attend the uniform night/afternoon or registration session to arrange a uniform. If you can’t make it you can contact our uniform coordinator & Merchandise Officer & arrange a time to collect a uniform
  6. Enjoy the season!
  1. Call the relevant Lakers coordinator regarding a spot on a team (they will need to know the club, age group and grade your child last played in)
  2. The coordinator will need to check these details and ensure the transfer is legal. If all is okay, the club will lodge a transfer. Once this is done, the player cannot change their mind.
  3. Go to Join/Register page and complete the new player online registration form
  4. The Coordinator will then advise you how to register and pay via PlayHQ
  5. A few weeks before the season starts you will be contacted by your coach & advised of your team number, training day & time
  6. Attend the uniform night/afternoon or registration session to arrange a uniform. If you can’t make it you can contact our Uniform & Merchandise Officer & arrange a time to collect a uniform
  7. Enjoy the season!

MLBC Lakers are part of the domestic league for Kilsyth Basketball Association (KMDBA); games are played at Kilsyth, Lilydale, Oxley & the new Melba Stadiums. Most Boys play on Saturday, Girls generally play Tuesday & Wednesday nights, depending on age. Contact the relevant Coordinator for more information

There is a special program that has been devised for U7 year olds called Miniball, all the children in this program are aged from 4 years old. The boys and girls use a size 5 ball as it is lighter for them to throw, bounce and shoot with. The rings are left at the standard height, it is an effort to get the ball through the hoop, but when it happens it is so exciting to watch. Sometimes it takes the mini Lakers 3 seasons before they get a goal! No experience is necessary, & it is a wonderful way to get your child involved in a team sport.

There are set cut off dates:

Summer season: 31 December

Winter season: 30 June

E.g.  If you turn 11 before Dec 31, then you would have to go up to under 12’s for the Summer season. 

If you turn 11 after December 31, then you can stay in U11’s for the Summer season

In domestic basketball, there are two seasons Summer – October to March (breaking over Dec/Jan school holidays) and Winter – April to September

We thought you’d never ask!
Contact any of our friendly committee members to find out how! We meet a few times each season on a Monday night at 7.30pm at Club Kilsyth. Please contact our President Dean on 0402 070 003 or any of the committee members for more details.

The Lakers uses “Facebook” to send out updates about the clubs activities, events, finals pictures & results.  All parents & players should like MLBC Lakers to be able to view the posts & stay up to date.  Occasionally we send emails and SMS messages as well.

Stadium entry is FREE from 2021!

TEAM MATCH FEE – this pays for your team sheet, which in turn pays for the referee’s & stadium expenses. 

Your team manager will require $50 instalments (every 4 weeks; the 4th payment amount adjusted to that owing depending on the number of players in your team). 

The first $50 is required to be paid at the first round game.

The Team Manager will organise alternate tops (white background) from our Equipment Officer (David Douthwaite PH: 0416 113 564) 

The FIRST LISTED team on the fixture must change their tops. 

Please don’t leave this until the last minute as you may miss out. 

Alternately you can borrow them from the stadium at no charge if you are playing another Lakers team.

Yes. Lakers always change as they came into the competition after Kilsyth Heat. The Team Manager will organise alternate tops (white background) from our Equipment Officer (David Douthwaite PH: 0416 113 564) 

Please don’t leave this until the last minute as you may miss out. 

If you forget to get them, they can be hired from the stadium for around $10.00 per game. They are only loaned for free if you are playing another Lakers team. 

See our Fixtures page. You will need to know your age group, grade & team number. If you are unsure, speak to your Team Manager.

It is half of the playable games for the season, so byes & forfeits are not included.
E.g.  15 rounds requires 8 games to qualify.  If there is any reason a player will not qualify for finals please speak to your coordinator. It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure their child plays enough games to qualify.

For injured or ill players who wish to receive credit for games missed, to assist with qualifying for finals, there are two types of requirements:

  1. For those players that have already played a game in the current season and are registered in their team for that season, obtain a signed medical certificate, quoting the dates that they are unavailable to play and lodge a copy of this with the club and a copy with Kilsyth stadium, within fourteen (14) days of the days of the diagnosis.
  2. For those players that have not played a game in the current season, they need to have been registered in their team at the start of the season, obtain a signed medical certificate, quoting the time period that they expect to be unavailable to play and what the injury or illness is. The certificate must be lodged with the club and the club will then lodge a request with the Kilsyth Commission to have credit given for the games missed in that season.

Fill in an incident report at the stadium kiosk and ask for an insurance claim form. This insurance will cover some out of pocket expenses but is not a comprehensive policy.  You can also download a form from the Kilsyth Basketball website

The Team Manager or Coach can reach out to other Team Managers & Coaches (as provided by your Coordinator). If you are unable to field enough players notify your Coordinator ASAP as they may know of a few players who are happy to fill in for older teams. As a last resort the Club President is notified of the need for a walkover (it costs the club $100+ every time) so the decision must be made by one of the clubs executives.

Kilsyth Basketball Association will not accept a walkover from anyone other than the Club President. Where a team has to forfeit the game in a competition, all registered players of that team will be required to pay any walkover fine imposed by the association. If a team needs to forfeit more than once in a season, the association will consider withdrawing the team. 

The Coordinators put a lot of time into placing players in teams. They try to put teams together according to skill level/ability, physical attributes, number of players in a group as well as other factors to balance sides to be competitive across the different grades. Where possible we like to keep friends together but keep in mind, this may not always be possible. Team placement priority will always go to the players who have registered and paid their fees. If you aren’t happy with your child’s team placement, please contact your coordinator. We will try to facilitate your wishes but keep in mind, it may be a great chance for your child to make new friends.

Firstly discuss this with your Team Manager Coach as they may already have further information. Remember that the first 3 games of the season are grading & sometimes where a team is entered is not comparable to their skill level. Round 4 is a crossover round where teams may play teams currently in another grade to assist with the grading process. 

If as of round 5 you still feel that the team isn’t in the correct grade speak to your Coach and they can then email the team details to the Coordinator to monitor. The Coordinator or a Committee member will then take the issue up with the Association & Grading Committee if they feel the team has been graded incorrectly. 

Definitely! We never want a child to miss out on the opportunity to play basketball.  

Please call our Treasurer to arrange a payment plan. 

Speak to the Team Manager as they are always your first point of call as sometimes the rules may change. They may choose to speak to the Coach, & if they agree, the Team Manager may find a Referee Supervisor to watch the game. If this does not improve the refereeing or behaviour, then a complaint needs to come from the Club, in writing. (Please remember, Kilsyth Basketball will not consider any complaint which has not come through the Club)  

Please email president@mlbclakers.com.au with the game details (date, time, stadium) & an explanation of what was wrong with the refereeing or behaviour. If the President feels it warrants further action, the President will lodge a complaint with the Association and/or relevant Club involved 

You do not need the referee’s name or any spectators’ names, just a description.  

The referee does not have to give you their name. Do not approach the referee or argue with the referees. Remember the children learn from their elders, so set a good example. 

Speak to you Team Manager as they will be able to provide you with a how to guide. Another option is to ask if they or one of the other parents in your team could sit with you & show you what to do until you are confident in what you are doing.  

Remember that every parent/family is expected to take their turn in scoring, except the coach’s family. 

Being Team manager is easy. Basic Duties are… 

Collect enough money from each player to cover the game. Depending on the team size, this can be anywhere from $6 to $8 per week. You can give players/families the option to pay the season upfront or other amounts throughout the season ($50 or $100) if this is easier to manage. 

Any extra money collected can go to purchasing a present for the Coach from the team or for a team break-up at the end of each season! 

Get to the game about 10 minutes early to pay for the team sheet. 

Before the game starts check the computer is correct (make sure players details are correct, top number and correct players ticked as playing) 

Set up a scoring roster (use the templates under the Team Manager section of our website) 

Be the point of contact between the coordinator and the team (occasional text messages to send out) 

Notify the players & the Coach of any walkover or game time change 

Organize the alternate tops if needed 

The week before the season starts (normally the 2nd week of the school holidays) you will be contacted by your Coach or Team Manager & advised of your team number, grade, training day & time. 

All parents/carers of players in the team are expected to help out in some way, either coaching, team managing or on the committee.

Size 5 basketballs for Miniball competitions. 

Size 6 basketball for all midweek/girl’s games regardless of age group excluding miniball. 

Size 6 basketballs are to be used for Under 8 to Under 14 inclusive Saturday games. 

Size 7 basketballs for Under 15 to Under 21 inclusive Saturday games. 

No, only two (2) basketballs per team are allowed into the controlled stadiums. They must be in a bag and remain under the control of the Coach or Team Manager at all times. All balls to be sanitised at the venue prior to use. 

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