Netball Victoria COVID-19 update

18 May 2020

Following the Victorian Government announcement on Monday 11 May of a phased approach to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Netball Victoria has developed their Return to Community Netball guidelines to support the resumption of training on outdoor courts.

We are excited to be able to advise that from Thursday 21 May, groups of up to 10 people will be permitted to meet outdoors for the purpose of group netball activity, whilst adhering to appropriate physical distancing regulations.  Netball Victoria sees this as an opportunity for teams to gradually begin to reconnect with their teammates and return to training in a safe and cautious manner.

Netball Victoria Affiliates and Clubs are required to adhere to the Return to Community Netball guidelines, to assist teams in returning to training in a manner that prioritises the health and wellbeing of both the individuals involved in the session, as well as the wider community.

Of course, any return to training should be optional and entirely at the discretion of the individual.  In addition to this, participants should not return to netball if in the last 14 days they have been unwell or have had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19.

Netball Victoria have compiled a range of downloadable and editable resources, to help Associations, Leagues, Clubs and Netball Victoria members ensure a smooth and safe return to play in a new COVID-19 environment:

Return to Community Netball – Guidelines for Associations and Clubs

Return to Community Netball – Attendance Checklist Template (editable)

Return to Community Netball – Guidelines for Netball Victoria Members

Return to Community Netball Checklist (editable)

Return to Community Netball – Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Reference Guide – Training Requirements

Quick Reference Guide – Venue Requirements

Please note the resources and information provided by Netball Victoria are aligned with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment, and the State/Territory COVID-19 Road Map.

There is a range of other external resources which you may find helpful to promote a healthy and safe environment at your Club or Association:

Wash Your Hands Regularly Poster (Department of Health and Human Services)

Cover Your Cough Poster (Department of Health and Human Services)

Slow the Spread Poster (Department of Health and Human Services)

Netball Specific Hygiene Poster (Netball Australia)

How to Sanitise a Netball? (Netball Australia)

Netball Victoria continue to engage with AFL Victoria, Basketball Victoria and other sports around the return to community sport, and we encourage you to work together to decide on the best approach for your local community. 

Netball Victoria will be hosting information sessions to inform and educate Affiliates and Clubs on the protocols for a safe return to netball.  Click here to register.

For further advice on how your team or club can return to play, please contact participation@netballvic.com.au.

Further announcements around the easing of restrictions, including the return of competitions and programs, will be made by May 31.

23 MAR 2020

Following yesterday’s announcement from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews that the State Government will be implementing a state-wide shut down of non-essential services, we ask our netball community to please follow suit and suspend all community netball competitions and activities.

Previously we had recommended that all community netball be suspended until April 14, however today we wish to update this to recommend that all community netball be suspended until May 31.  

Netball Victoria recommends that all netball related programs including training and NetSetGO is suspended until May 31. Once again, this date will be reviewed continually, and we will update the Victorian netball community as soon as any further updates come to hand.

As we all know, this situation is evolving daily, if not hourly, and so we are doing our best to update the Victorian netball community with our recommendations with the most up-to-date information we have available to us at the time.

Here is the current status of various Netball Victoria and Melbourne Vixens activities over the coming weeks:

Netball Victoria

Parkville Netball competitions

Currently suspended until May 31.
 

 

Annual General Meeting

Working through alternative options.

 

Community Clinics

Currently suspended until May 31.
 

 

Coaching & Umpiring Workshops

Currently suspended until May 31.

 

Other NV-led community events

Currently suspended until May 31.


Pathway Programs

Bupa VNL

Currently suspended until May 31.
 

 

Victorian Fury

Awaiting further notice from Netball Australia.

 

State Teams

Cancelled.

 

Talent Academy

Currently suspended until May 31.

 

Association Championships

Postponed until further notice.


Melbourne Vixens

Ballarat Battle

Cancelled.

 

Melbourne Vixens Family Festival (Fan Day)

Cancelled.

 

Suncorp Super Netball season

Awaiting further notice from Suncorp Super Netball Commission.

 

Train Like A Vixen

Cancelled for Term 1 school holidays.

 

Player Appearances

Suspended.

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