Although we had begun our return to the courts, last Tuesday afternoon’s announcement by the State Government saw the cancellation of the 2020/21 VJBL season. And we are in lockdown for a minimum of another six weeks.

Frankston Blues Girls’ Coaching Coordinator, Kerryn Mitchell praised the club on handling the first lockdown period.

“We are really proud of the way the Junior Blues Coaches engaged with their teams during the first lockdown.”

“The majority ran weekly if not twice weekly, zoom training sessions to help the players keep their skills up as well as connect with their teammates.”

“Our Junior Blues coaches have proven themselves to be transformational rather than transactional coaches; demonstrating the type of selfless attitude that we, as a society, need now more than ever.”

Aside from the Zoom trainings, many of the coaches set weekly challenges, as well as homework designed to help their players learn how to ‘think the game’. And while skill development was important, the time was kept fun thru cooking challenges, crazy hair days and parental inclusion.

Throughout the first few months, while a free service, the HomeCourt app allowed us to offer weekly training schedules, challenges with prizes and an online tournament run against other local associations. As we got closer to the first return, the Zoom platform was utilized by the club to run Strength & Conditioning sessions and allowed our NBL1/Youth League players to engage with juniors thru skill development sessions.

With another period of lockdown upon us, the club is interested in providing more basketball and athlete development alongside personal development in the form of online classes provided by professionals from a range of different industries and backgrounds.

We are going back to our Blues families for their feedback in how we can better service them and their children during this time in order to gather information and provide direction.