Guidelines updated for community sport

Football-netball leagues abandon senior seasons

SPECTATORS at outdoor sporting events can gather in groups of no more than 10 people, according to the latest guidelines from Sport and Recreation Victoria.

In the SRV guidelines, the groups can be spread out around a venue.

The groups of 10 do not include people necessary for the activity to occur, such as umpires, coaches, trainers, or a parent or carer supporting a person with a disability who is participating in the event.

Spectators must keep 1.5 metres apart.

For indoor sporting events, spectators should not attend, only people who are necessary to support the activity or participants.

Subject to advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued management of the spread of coronavirus, adults can resume full-contact training from July 13 and full-contact competition from July 20.

Competition for juniors and all non-contact sport have been allowed to go ahead since Monday of last week.

Sporting bodies have updated their return to play and training guidelines.

Netball Victoria has updated its Return to Community Netball guidelines, following the recent state government announcements regarding the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions.

Indoor venues have been open for sport and recreation since last week. People under the age of 18 can take part in full-contact training and competition, while adults can participate in non-contact training in groups of up to 20 – plus a coach – at both indoor and outdoor venues.

Under the Netball Victoria guidelines, players are required to arrive at netball activities dressed and ready to play and no earlier than required.

Training for adults must remain non-contact, with activities modified to adhere to 1.5 metre social distancing requirements.

Netball Victoria will again host information sessions to educate affiliates on the protocols for a safe return to netball.

Key changes to Football Victoria’s conditions are the separation of conditions between seniors (19 years and older) and juniors (18 years and under).

Junior competitive training and games can resume effective immediately, including friendly games in preparation for the competition resumption dates.

Clubs have been told to review the changes in detail and to continue to liaise with their council or other land owner in relation to venue and facility access.

The AFL Victoria guidelines say it is the clubs’ responsibility to monitor crowd social distancing, and if required can liaise with police to enforce protocols.

Staggered training and game schedules must be adopted where multiple teams are using the same facilities.

Most junior football leagues will begin their seasons on Sunday, July 12.

Sale Amatuer Basketball Assocaition will play its delayed summer season grand finals on Sunday, July 12, with the winter competition beginning that week.

The East Gippsland Hockey Association last week confirmed its season will begin Saturday, July 25.

The Latrobe Valley Baseball Association has been working towards having its first round on Sunday, July 19.

The Latrobe Valley Soccer League will decide if its season will go ahead this week.