COVID-19 Information

Please find below updates from Netball Victoria regarding the COVID-19 (also known as 'coronavirus') situation. This page will continue to be updated as new information comes to hand. 

31 MAR 2020

To help us navigate this global pandemic; COVID-19, all Netball Victoria staff will now be working from home from Monday to Thursday. Further to this, Netball Victoria’s virtual offices will be closed on Fridays for the foreseeable future.  The longevity of netball in Victoria and job retention for our staff is our priority throughout all this, so that we can continue to assist our Victorian netball community throughout this period of uncertainty. 

Currently the State of Victoria is in the midst of a state-wide shut down of non-essential services, and we thank our netball community following suit and suspending all community netball competitions and activities.

At this stage all community netball – including NetSetGO - is suspended until May 31, a timeline which we are reviewing continually. We will update the Victorian netball community as soon as any further updates come to hand.

Please note that Netball Victoria is not currently issuing refunds on Netball Victoria memberships during this time.  We will re-assess as required if the situation continues or escalates.

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.

26 MAR 2020

Netball Victoria memberships update:

Please note that Netball Victoria is not currently issuing refunds on Netball Victoria Memberships due to the recommendation that community netball be suspended until May 31.  We will re-assess as required if the situation continues or escalates.

24 MAR 2020

To help us navigate this global pandemic; COVID-19, all Netball Victoria staff will now be working from home from Monday to Thursday. Further to this, Netball Victoria’s virtual offices will be closed on Fridays for the foreseeable future, commencing Friday 27 March.  The longevity of netball in Victoria and job retention for our staff is our priority throughout all this, so that we can continue to assist our Victorian netball community throughout this period of uncertainty. 

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.

 

18 MAR 2020

A reminder that our recommendation to the Victorian netball community is to suspend competitions until Tuesday 14 April (the end of the Victorian school holidays).

If Affiliates continue to run competitions, they must be within the updated government requirements outlined below:

Indoor competitions - 100 or less people to be present at the one time

Outdoor competitions - 500 or less people present at the one time

The Federal Minister for Sport has also released guidelines for community sport in response to the COVID-19 situation.  Please visit Sport Australia's website for more information.

We are assessing the situation and how it affects our Netball Victoria calendar daily, and we will also be going through the tournament calendar with our community.  Please see the current status of Netball Victoria-led events and programs below:

Netball Victoria

Parkville Netball competitions

Currently suspended until April 14.

 

Season Launch

Public event cancelled.

 

Annual General Meeting

Working through alternative options.

 

Community Clinics

Participants will be contacted.

 

Coaching & Umpiring Workshops

Participants will be contacted.

 

Other NV-led community events

Participants will be contacted accordingly.

Pathway Programs

Bupa VNL

Currently suspended until April 15.

 

Victorian Fury

Training continues, awaiting Netball Australia decision.

 

State Teams

Training continues, National Championships cancelled.

 

Talent Academy

Zone trainings will continue.

 

Association Championships

CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW.

Melbourne Vixens

Ballarat Battle

Cancelled.

 

Melbourne Vixens Family Festival (Fan Day)

Cancelled.

 

Suncorp Super Netball season

Training continues, awaiting Netball Australia decision.

 

Train Like A Vixen

CANCELLED - CURRENTLY WORKING THROUGH ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS.

 

Player Appearances

Suspended.

 

17 MAR 2020

A message from our CEO

To our Victorian netball family;

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 (also known as ‘coronavirus’), the Federal Government yesterday provided advice to the sports involved in the Coalition of the Major Professional and Participation Sports (Netball, AFL, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Soccer, Cricket and Tennis) that community sport should continue across Australia for the following reasons:

- For the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the community;

- There is no suggestion or evidence that the virus can be transmitted through sweat.

As a result, our national body recommends that community netball continues, with full compliance to government restrictions to limit gatherings to less than 500 people, adhere to travel restrictions, and to the previously published hygiene guidelines.

That said, there is a rising sentiment in our Victorian community that local sport should be suspended given discussions about ‘social distancing’.  Yesterday we had a conference call with many other Victorian state sporting associations where the common theme was very much about suspending, cancelling or postponing community sport competitions; many of which have already done so.

At Netball Victoria we are mindful that we have both Association-led netball as well as the Football Netball Leagues, which are managed in partnership with AFL Victoria, and as such we have been liaising with our counterparts at AFL Victoria.

Many Associations and Leagues, both in Victoria and across the rest of the country, are making independent decisions based on their own community feedback.  We encourage this approach to continue, as you know your community better than anybody else does.  Many decisions have been forced due to venue closures and reduced access to facilities.  After extensive consultation:

Our recommendation to the Victorian netball community is to suspend competitions until Tuesday 14 April (the end of the Victorian term 1 school holidays).

Teams or clubs that wish to continue other netball-related activities (e.g. training) may do so at their own discretion, providing they comply with government regulations and guidelines stated above.  This must be on an opt in basis only, allowing people to make the decision that is right for themselves and their family at this current point in time. 

The April 14 timeframe will be reviewed on a daily basis, and we will continue to communicate any changes as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

The table below outlines the status of our upcoming events and competitions:

Netball Victoria

Parkville Netball competitions

Currently suspended until April 14.

 

Season Launch

Public event cancelled.

 

Annual General Meeting

Working through alternative options.

 

Community Clinics

Participants will be contacted.

 

Coaching & Umpiring Workshops

Participants will be contacted.

 

Other NV-led community events

Participants will be contacted accordingly.

Pathway Programs

Bupa VNL

Currently suspended until April 15.

 

Victorian Fury

Training continues, awaiting Netball Australia decision.

 

State Teams

Training continues, National Championships cancelled.

 

Talent Academy

Zone trainings will continue.

 

Association Championships

Pending decision in mid-April.

Melbourne Vixens

Ballarat Battle

Cancelled.

 

Melbourne Vixens Family Festival (Fan Day)

Cancelled.

 

Suncorp Super Netball season

Training continues, awaiting Netball Australia decision.

 

Train Like A Vixen

Participants will be contacted.

 

Player Appearances

Suspended.

Netball Victoria has supported our community for nearly 100 years; through two World Wars and a Depression and we are going to continue to support our community as we now face this terrible global pandemic; COVID-19.  We can assure you that the decisions that we make are done so with best intentions and with the most up to date information that is available to us.

Netball has stuck together and continued to support each other and as a result we have survived many challenges; and we know that we will do that again. 

Rosie King
CEO
March 17, 2020

13 MAR 2020

Netball Victoria statement: COVID-19 UPDATE

With COVID-19 (also known as ‘coronavirus’) still being at the forefront of many people’s minds, Netball Victoria would like to provide you with an update.

The advice from government is that from Monday 16 March, 2020, all non-essential, organised mass gatherings of 500 people or more should be cancelled.

At Netball Victoria we have been assessing our upcoming events scheduled over the next few months to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our entire netball community, and we encourage you to do the same.  Many of our Associations and Leagues are already taking proactive measures.  Should your competition comprise of 500 or more people gathering at the one time, we would advise you to consider alternative options for the upcoming weeks.  There is no timeline on these restrictions, however of course we hope that the sooner Australia can contain and slow the transmission of COVID-19 the sooner our community can return to ‘business as usual’.

The government has assured the nation that these measures are purely precautionary to get ahead of COVID-19 and should not induce panic.  Hence, we ask that all members of our community can similarly apply caution yet common sense when reacting to these measures. Containing and slowing the transmission of the virus in Australia is the aim.

Of course, if you are displaying symptoms that are associated with COVID-19 you should self-isolate and seek professional medical advice.  Information about self-assessment for your risk of COVID-19 can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19.

We will endeavour to keep you updated as new information comes to hand.  In the meantime, please continue to look out for each other.

11 MAR 2020

Netball Victoria statement: COVID-19

We want to reassure our Netball Victoria community that we are in close consultation with the State Government of Victoria, VicSport and other key stakeholders, and are monitoring the public health situation and any possible impacts as a result of COVID-19 (also known as ‘coronavirus’).

Until further directives from the State Government of Victoria in relation to group gatherings due to COVID-19 concerns are received, all Melbourne Vixens and Netball Victoria events will be going ahead as planned.

In relation to local competitions, please keep in close contact with your club, Association or League for the most up-to-date information as it comes to hand. 

We understand people’s concern given the potential seriousness of the situation, but ask our community not to panic, and instead listen to evidence-based, real-time advice of health professionals and government officials.  Please follow the directions and information on COVID-19, issued by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which can be found here; www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

For sport specific advice, please refer to the Australian Institute of Sport webpage, which includes information on travel, as well as FAQs relating to COVID-19.

Everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections. Good hygiene habits include:

- washing your hands often with soap and water;
- using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze;
- avoiding close contact with others, such as touching.

You can read more about protective measures against COVID-19 on the World Health Organization website.

We also wanted to reassure you that in the current environment if you feel uncomfortable shaking hands with your opposition at the end of a game, there are plenty of other ways to display sportsmanship and gratitude at the end of a game; such as a verbal congratulations.

We will endeavour to keep you updated as new information comes to hand.  In the meantime, the most important thing you can do is look out for each other.