Covid-19 FAQS

Making Decisions about your Netball Competitions

 Make sure you keep visiting for the latest updates to how to make decisions and let us know if you have any questions that you’d like added please email us at covid19@netball.com.au 

Government advice may change quickly depending on the spread of the virus, so please take this into consideration with your planning and decision making.
We may get to a point where offering regular community netball competitions is not feasible.  

Good question!  At the moment, this is defined as any function or event attended by a large group of people, such as conferences, music festivals, sporting events, some religious and life celebrations, cultural events, elections and other public occasions.
It does not extend to schools, universities, shops, supermarkets, public transport or airports at this time.

Yes.  Netball is an organised sport, so if you are an association that has more than 500 people in your facility for any one game / games of netball then you will need to look at ways to modify the fixture and schedule to have under 500 and ensure that you have adequate hygiene measure in place.  Recommendations around hygiene measures are included in this guide.
A number of State / Territory governments have penalties in place if you don’t comply.  So, keep up to date!

Every Association is set up is differently – so you’ll need to find solutions that suit you.  Contact your State Body or other Netball Associations in your area to see what they’re doing.  
Here are some initial thoughts though, they’re going to require some extra work and creativity:
•	recommend that match/training attendance is limited to players, families, and officials.
•	Spread your competition across multiple days / nights.
•	Schedule more time between games so people can flow in an out of the venue in a less congested way.
•	Make your games a bit shorter to allow more time between games so people can flow in an out of the venue in a less congested way. 
•	Can you have an ‘in flow’ and ‘out flow’ for your venue.
We’ll keep adding to these and if you come up with any creative solutions, please email us at covid19@netball.com.au

No.  Even if you have more than 500 members, you need to consider whether you have more than 500 people in your facility for any one game / games of netball.  
If you don’t you can continue to find ways to deliver your competition, ensuring that you have appropriate hygiene measures in place.  

No, you’re Committee may decide that you do not want to continue delivering netball competitions for the time being – this is your decision – and you should ensure your Committee has the latest information when making these decisions.
The latest Government advice, which Netball Australia supports, is that community sport can continue, and that Associations should assess whether you can implement adequate hygiene measures.
Noting that the advice around the number of participants, currently 500, may come down.
If you would like to continue offering netball competitions and comply with Government guidelines – that’s great too!  We know the role that sport plays in the health and wellbeing of our community and that’s important.
Make sure your Association can comply with the recommended hygiene guidelines.

It’s important to understand and listen to the advice provided by your State / Territory body.  There may even be rules relating to your affiliation that require you to adhere to the recommendations of the State / Territory body – so make sure you know what you’re required to do.
Consult with your State / Territory Body and ensure that your Association has considered how you can comply with the recommended hygiene guidelines if you want to keep running your competition.

Many sports are taking different approaches with respect to these recommendations.
Some are delaying the start of the season; some are postponing indefinitely.
If you are considering delaying the start of the season, you should also be well prepared to modify that position moving forward.
At this stage neither the Government nor health experts have a crystal ball, so we don’t know when guidelines will change, and we don’t know when the spread of the virus will die down.  It could be months rather than weeks.

That’s ok.  Associations, clubs, teams, NetSetGO centres and participants can elect not to proceed with competitions or participate – we totally understand that there’s a lot of concern.
Associations – if you are continuing to offer competitions, you’ll have to be flexible here.  We know how much time goes into scheduling, however if you want to keep your competition running, you’ll need to flex.  Maintain regular and clear communication with your Netball community so they know what’s happening.
Clubs, Teams and Participants - make sure you’re communicating with your Association and / or NetSetGO Centre.  If they’re continuing to offer competitions and programs, they’ll want to know what you’re doing!  Remember if you are not feeling well, do not participate.
We respect that participation in any competition and / or program (as a player, coach, administrator or otherwise) is an individual decision and we ask that these decisions are respected at this time. 

It is perfectly understandable that you may feel uncomfortable playing during this time, please notify your local club administrator that you will not be participating and how long you wish to suspend your participation. 
If you love your netball and want to keep active from home, get creative - all you need is a ball with a wall!
Check out NETFIT who have a range of on-line netball products including:
•	Online School Holiday Clinics
•	 School of NETFIT
•	Nightly LIVE Workouts 
•	NETFIT App
 www.netfitnetball.com.au

This is an uncertain reality – so we’re all going to have to plan-ahead and be ready if this does change.  We may get to a point where offering regular competition is not feasible.
In most States and Territories, penalties are in place if you don’t comply with the Government guidelines, so make sure you are aware of your responsibilities.
We’ll be #hereifyouneed with information and advice – if you have any questions, please email covd19@netball.com.au

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others when you are sick is the best defence against most viruses. You should:
•	Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
•	Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
•	If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
•	Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures
If you are in the high-risk category or showing signs of illness, follow medical advice and do not participate. 
Those deemed most at risk of infection are:
•	People with compromised immune systems
•	Elderly people
•	People with diagnosed chronic medical conditions
•	People in group residential settings
•	Those who have recently travelled overseas
•	Those who have been in contact with someone who is known to have the COVID-19 virus

They should not be at netball.
If you have a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, please do not attend or participate. 
Advise the coach or Club as soon as possible and seek medical advice or call the COVID-19 hotline 1800 020 080.

Whilst it’s difficult to minimise physical contact given the nature of netball, participants can limit contact by doing things like not shaking hands, high-fiving and other non-essential contact. Players are encouraged to verbally thank each other after a game.  
We recognise that players rotate through positions and therefore change bibs. Clubs / teams may consider minimising position rotations and / or have multiple sets of bibs, so that bibs are not passed between players. It is also important to maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. 
Clubs should also consider washing/disinfecting the ball before and after games.
You can also recommend that match/training attendance is limited to players, families, and officials to limit the number of people in venues at any given time.

You will need to consult with the other local Sporting Associations to determine the number of players in one place at any given time and schedule games accordingly. This will need to meet the Australian Government restrictions on non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people. 

This is an uncertain reality – so we’re all going to have to plan-ahead and be ready if this does change.  We may get to a point where offering regular competition is not feasible.
In most States and Territories, penalties are in place if you don’t comply with the Government guidelines, so make sure you are aware of your responsibilities.
We’ll be #hereifyouneed with information and advice – if you have any questions, please email covid19@netball.com.au

The government is currently considering this matter and we’ll come back to you once we have more information.

No decision has been made at this time.  We are monitoring the likely duration of the Government guidelines and will decide in due course.

That is a matter for your Committee.  

That is a matter for your Committee.  You may consider holding off on any decision until we have a greater understanding about the likely duration of the Government guidelines.

Netball Australia will shortly publish elite guidelines, which are based on advice from our Chief Medical Officer and the AIS.  
Associations and Member Organisations will be able to make decisions about if and how they can continue to deliver their pathway programs.

The advice is changing quickly. A Netball Taskforce which includes Netball Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, meets multiple times each week and provides advice and options for the Netball Community based on the latest information. 
We acknowledge that the advice is changing rapidly, given the nature of the situation and this is challenging for everyone involved. 

The Government have yet to place any restriction on education and learning so at this stage it is at the discretion of the club/association to continue to run these courses. To minimise risk of disease transfer please consider virtual coaching or e-learning as an option where theoretical training is required. Where practical training is required, we encourage the application of social distancing to minimise person-to-person contact where possible.

We are in discussion with Sport Australia about program delivery and expectations.  If you are delivering the program, please also liaise with the school to see whether they have set up any protocols which would impact your ability to deliver the program.

The Suncorp Super Netball league’s official pre-season tournament, the Suncorp Team Girls Cup, has been cancelled due the risk associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The decision should be made based on Government regulations. If over 500 people clubs cannot continue playing the sport. If under 500 people, the State Member Organisation/ Association can make that decision based on their risk plan.

This will be the responsibility of the Cub or Association to ensure games don’t exceed 500. It’s important to communicate to the players and ask that they only bring required family to the games to reduce attendance numbers and therefore reduce risk.

This will depend on who is running the tournament – so best to check in with the Event Organiser and regularly check their social media channels.

This will depend on who is running your school holiday clinic – best to check in with them if you have booked something.  
We understand State bodies are working through how COVID-19 will impact all the events scheduled including the School Holiday Clinics. They will be providing updates as they are available directly to those who have already registered and through their social media channels.