Return to Netball FAQS

The “Level “of community sport allowed will be determined by State Government but will be based around the AIS Framework which has Level A, B and C. Check your local government websites for up to date information. 

Please refer to the Community Guidelines as these clearly outline the level classifications and how to interpret them. 

Netball Australia and the NA COVID taskforce regularly meet to review Government protocols along with our Chief Medical Officer’s advice. As the Government restrictions are eased, and they deem sport safe to return we will strictly follow this advice. Each State have slightly different return to sport guidelines so please consult with the relevant State bodies. 

The first place is to define your classification level. Then conduct an assessment and prepare your environment. This includes things such as facility cleaning, ensuring hand washing facilities and sanitiser units are readily available, limiting the amount of time players and spectators are all in one place, preparing training and game rosters to ensure a streamlined flow of people, communicating in advance to all members as well as producing awareness collateral on ground, to educate around your COVID risk plans and outlined expectations. 

Please review the Community Guidelines for more information as well as the return to sport COVID safe checklist to help conduct a risk assessment your Centre. 

It's important that you consult with all other shared sporting bodies to conduct a joint assessment and to collaborate on rotations to ensure social distancing and hygiene measures are undertaken. 

These are a set of guidelines that may help you navigate your return to community sport however each State Government and LGA may have slightly different regulations. Please consult and collaborate with your LGA and State Governing bodies as they should be your primary source of information. 

There are some great resources to help guide you with hygiene measures outlined in the Community Guidelines including education and collateral packs for support your Centre. 

Good question. Most pharmacies, grocery and Bunnings stores now stock hand sanitisers. Ideally purchase the 500mg pump bottle sanitisers to reduce the amount of contact is best. 

You will need to ensure you have had washing facilities with appropriate soap stock levels and request that participants all wash, or encourage them to bring their own supply of hand sanitisation. 

This will depend on the Level classification. Please refer to the Community Guidelines. 

Yes, however you will not be able to swap bibs in the initial stages of our return to training, it's important to carry enough bibs so that one bib can be allocated per player. If you consider this, it is best to avoid taking bibs on and off over faces during our early stages of returning to training to decrease risk. 

All practical equipment, this includes items such as netballs, skipping ropes, footwork ladders, cones, will need to be cleaned and sanitised before and after use.  

There is a lot of variation around the country as we ease back into community sport. Some permit indoor training, some don’t, and in all instances social distancing and strict hygiene measures must be adhered to. You will need to clarify the exact numbers and conditions via your state/territory guidelines. In any case, it will feel and be different, so let’s get creative and see what we can do!  

A netball court is 465.13 square metres in size. So, 116 people, remaining in social distance principles can fit on a court. How practical is this given the movement of players? Netball is a sport that can safely meet the number of people per square metre guidelines, be sure to take into consideration the social distancing guidelines in conjunction with the numbers and size. 

No, but it should be clearly stated in information provided to participants and at the entry points that NO ONE should attend if they have a fever or any respiratory symptoms. It is important need to monitor the amount of people in the facility at any one time to ensure social distancing and adherence to State and Territory regulations. 

No, however it is advised that everyone has the COVIDsafe app on their phone so that if they come into contact with a positive COVID-19 case they can be contacted quickly, isolated and tested to prevent any further spread. We advise for all to check in with your local Association or Club for any specific requirements. 

Please check your individual state guidelines available at your Member Organisation website for state specific information. 

This depends on the Level classification however it’s encouraged that spectators are kept to the minimum and only one immediate family or carer should be in attendance. 

It’s important to notify your members of any modified rules, training practices, COVID risk plans and importantly your expectations around behaviours and risk mitigation while in attendance. 

There is a wealth of resources on the Government sites to help with communications please refer to Community Guidelines and Government sites such as: 

 

Anyone who has any of the following symptoms (even if they are only mild) should not attend: 

Cough 

Sore Throat 

Fever 

Shortness of Breath 

 

They should NOT attend the venue. They should ring their local doctor (GP) or the COVID hotline to discuss whether they should be tested or need to attend for treatment.  

Non-contact skills training is activities which do not require any physical contact between players. The session can involve the skills of netball (attack, defend, shoot) however you must avoid activities that will place players in direct contact with each other. As many of us know, netball is classified as a non-contact sport, however incidental and accidental contact does occur, we need to plan training sessions and activities to reduce this. Please note that you cannot conduct match play of any kind, including modified games (1v1, 3v3 etc) until directed to do so my Government. 

You will need to determine the number of people who can attend your facility based on the 4m2 rule to ensure adequate social distancing measures. If the facility is large enough and you have a plan for share common areas this should be fine. 

Netball Australian and the State Association will soon be releasing a digital platform that will assist coaches with skills and drills, supporting all participants to keep connected with Netball and to keep fit and healthy.  

It's important to inform the Club Manager and advise the participant to seek medical attention and follow the Government protocols. You should not attend the venue/training and should contact your local doctor (GP) or ring the COVID hotline for advice and next steps. 

It is strongly recommended that all participants install the COVIDSAFE App to ensure that any active cases may be tracked and traced if they should arise. 

The sooner the community adheres to the principles of health, hygiene and ensures social distancing, the sooner we will get back to the new normal. 

Consideration of the circumstances around any particular case would need to be taken into account to understand if there was any potential liability to an association, club or team. An association, club or team can limit the risk of being found liable for a positive test case by taking reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within their environment and the wider community, including but not limited to, strictly following the advice and recommendations of NA , your Member Organisation, your local State/Territory Government, and the Australian Government. 

If there is an increase in COVID-19 in the community, and restrictions are tightened by the State/Territory Government/s it may mean a postponement to netball. NA and your Member Organisation will continue to take advice and follow direction from the State/Territory Government/s in this area. 

No, the only people recommended to wear masks are those that are ill. 

No, NA are not mandating temperature checking for community participants as they enter for training or matches. If you are unsure, please check with your Member Organisation or Association. 

Our advice is that any person/s over the age of 70 or those that have underlying medical conditions may consider discussing their individual situation with their local doctor (GP) in relation to their safety in large groups. It is the individual's responsibility and choice to access this information to assist with decision making. We can help by adopting excellent social distancing and hygiene protocols to suport all to be safe.