The high fives have been put right away at the Launceston Basketball Association - just for the moment - but there is a lot to celebrate a successful return back to the court.
No other competition from Launceston has to work in tighter confines more than it does at Elphin Sports Centre.
LBA president Craig Gibson had staved off its season from being cancelled, having been the centre of talks with state authorities to access its key basketball facility after the adjacent car park housed a COVID-19 mobile testing clinic for several months.
"So it hasn't been too bad. For the most part, everyone has been really compliant on what we need to do. Everyone has been very accommodating for it," Gibson said.
"But when we have had someone who hasn't quite got it right, we've had a quick chat and it has got rectified."
It has been about breaking habits that is part of parcel of the game much like rebounds and three-point shots.
Social distancing comes to its head on Monday nights for both the under-18 and 16 premier division 1 games for teens who mingle at school.
"We've had to make a few modifications - like there is no high fives or anything like that, obviously," Gibson said.
"That's been pretty good with all the referees, match managers and the coaches have been really supportive, but the players sort of forget."
The games initially had to be reduced to eight-minute quarters from 10, but have recently been bumped up to nine minutes each.
This is to ensure staff can wipe down and clean team benches between games, as per its COVID-19 plans.
ELSEWHERE IN SPORT
"We are trying to give back as much as we can as quickly as can," Gibson said.
"But the last thing we want is for our association to be responsible for either an outbreak again or a return to a more lockdown state.
"Our message has been very clear to members and spectators that we're lucky we're even allowed to play."
The numbers in the arena are restricted to 250 people, but the association is yet to be forced to knock back spectators at the door.
Only one court that has minimal spectator facilities has capped numbers on how many can watch a game.
"When we get closer to finals if we're in the same sort of stage, it's going to be more problematic," Gibson said.
"I'm glad we haven't had to turn anyone away yet, but the biggest issue we have has is to make people adhere to the social distancing requirements in the stadium when they're in the stands."
A man who had walked up and down the Elphin courts at a more carefree time has departed his post in Victoria.
Reece Potter coached the Launceston Tornadoes to great success, but has called time in charge of the Wyndham Basketball Association.
The development manager west of Melbourne will take on a new role as head coach of a Sydney private school.
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