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Frequently Asked Questions
Updated 27 July
The member should get tested as soon as possible. The individual should return home immediately after the test and must remain in self-isolation at home until they find out their test result. The individual and the members of their household, should not participate in netball or any netball related activity until the result is known. If the test is negative, the member should still isolate at home until their symptoms are completely gone.
The member should isolate at home and follow the direction of the Department of Health and Human Services. The individual should notify the club or association immediately.
The individual and the members of their household, should not participate in netball or any netball related activity. Anyone who has come into close contact with confirmed, positive COVID-19 case should quarantine for 14-days.
A member who has a confirmed positive COVID-19 case should isolate until they receive a clearance from the Department of Health and Human Services. The member should gain medical clearance before returning to training, competition, or any netball related activity.
The individual should notify the club, association, or league as soon as practical. The association or league should then notify all clubs or teams of the recommendations of the Department of Health and Human Services. This information should be used to decide to proceed, postpone, suspend, or cancel games. The Department of Health and Human Services may direct venues to close or be cleaned. Venues should only re-open on the advice of Department of Health and Human Services.
Where there is a suspected or positive COVID-19 case, local schools will provide direction to their school community. Students may be asked to self-isolate while the school is cleaned or while contact tracing occurs.
If the school has closed and advised students to stay at home, then clubs or teams should recommend that players from that school do not attend training or play in any fixtured games.
The school or the school authority will notify students when it is safe to return to school. Once students are cleared to return to school they may also return to netball.
The contact tracing team will notify students if they are a close contact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case. Those individuals should follow the directions of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Do not assume that your members are at any additional risk of contracting COVID-19. Any individual who is considered a close contact of a suspected or positive case will be contacted directly by a contact tracing team and provided with relevant advice.
Take time to consider the facts. Rely on real information, not rumours or gossip. Consult with Netball Victoria. Consult with your clubs or teams.
Updated 13 July
Effective 09 July, Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have returned to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions.
All community netball training, competition and programs are suspended across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire until Wednesday 19 August.
No, if you live in a restricted area you cannot travel outside of that area to participate in community netball.
Effective 22 June, people 18 years and under, living in Regional Victoria, can take part in contact training and competition.
Effective 22 June, adults +18 years, living in Regional Victoria can participate in non-contact training.
People living in Regional Victoria can continue to follow Return to Community Netball guidelines effective 22 June.
Effective 08 July, the NSW border with Victoria will be temporarily shut to contain the spread of COVID-19.
A permit system is in place for people who need to travel into New South Wales. Travel for the purposes of work and essential health services will be permitted.
The South Australian border with Victoria is also temporarily closed to contain the spread of COVID-19. A Cross Border Travel Registration process is in place, however cross-border community members are not permitted to travel for sport.
Effective 22 June, people 18 years and younger, living in Regional Victoria, can return to full contact training and competition. Players 18 years and younger do not need to maintain 1.5metre physical distancing while training or playing. We encourage all coaches, umpires and other officials to maintain 1.5metre physical distancing at all times.
On 10 July, the State Government announced that the return to contact training and competition for adults, living in Regional Victoria, was on hold.
Netball training for adults, living in Regional Victoria, must remain non-contact, all netball activity needs to be modified to allow adult participants to maintain 1.5 metre physical distance. All training activities must comply with Government restrictions as outlined in Netball Victoria’s Return to Play guidelines.
A record of attendance must be kept for each non-participant entering an indoor venue or an indoor space such as a canteen or change room. Collect and maintain a record of attendees including first name, phone number, and date and time of attendance. A record of attendance for non-participants at outdoor venues does not need to be kept. Encourage everyone to download the COVIDSafe App.
Yes, individuals are required to have a current Netball Victoria Membership to participate in a sanctioned training activity or competition. These activities include organised playing, training, trialing, club competitions, official events and social activities and travel to and from these activities.
Using the link below, search your age group then search your postcode to find nearby clubs and associations. You can search netball associations on social media for the most up-to-date information about competitions and start dates.
A couple of week ago, Netball Victoria released the below statement regarding refunds:
To enable us to effectively assess the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on your annual Netball Victoria membership, we have deferred an announcement until October 31, 2020. This will enable us to make an informed decision based on the state of play, and to further assess a range of options to manage current and future memberships. We continue to accept applications for refunds based on hardship or medical reasons, which are assessed on a weekly basis.
Netball Victoria are currently working through the complex process and finalising a refund policy. Once the details are finalised all information will be forwarded out to our members.
We recommend one parent/guardian per child, however, understand that in some situations, siblings may need to attend.
Parents/guardians must not gather in groups of more than 10. If siblings attend, they should be counted in the group of 10. The size and capacity of the venue will affect how many groups of 10 can be accommodated safely. Siblings are encouraged to stand with their parents, not wander around the venue.
The restriction on the number of parents/guardians attending and the recommendation to not bring siblings wherever possible, is an attempt to limit and manage the number of people within a venue.
Yes, with the easing of restrictions, and the return of contact training and competition, players 18 years and younger can now choose to play with multiple teams or clubs. Players should recognise and acknowledge the risks associated with encountering multiple groups of people.
We are also suggesting that clubs and individuals provide opportunities for the maximum number of people to participate. One player playing in multiple teams could potentially be taking the sport of another interested individual. With reduced opportunities to play in local competitions this is just something extra to think about.
Netball Victoria has completed a return to play plan which has been reviewed by the Expert Advisory Panel. Associations and clubs can use Netball Victoria’s return to play plan to inform their own documents to ensure a safe return to community netball for participants, members, volunteers, and staff.
The return to play plan was updated on 05 July to include the additional requirements of opening indoor venues and facilities.
Effective 22 June, indoor venues can open with a maximum of 20 people per space or zone.
You will need to work together to decide on how to manage the venue. Under all circumstances you need to follow the Return to Play guidelines.
You will need to work together and agree on procedures to access the venue, develop, and agree on a schedule of use, cleaning rosters etc.
You might want to complete the Return to Community Netball Checklist together.
Yes, NetSetGO Programs can resume. NetSetGO Programs should comply with the guidelines relating to participants 18 years and younger.
The Train at Home Checklist will help participants to prepare for training at home safely. The Checklist will help participants to create a safe and risk-free training environment. The Checklist is available on our COVID-19 Information page under the resources tile.
While you are thinking about training at home you might want to check out Netball Australia's Knee Program
The Match Day Checklist is an important facility assessment tool that should be completed prior to the start of play on each match day. Associations and clubs must ensure the court and surrounds are safe for play. The Checklist allows you to identify and address any risks.
The Safe Netball App is a tool that allows you to complete the Match Day Checklist online. The Safe Netball and can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play. The App allows Associations and Clubs to identify safety concerns and electronically record any actions required to address these concerns.
No. Groups should not mix, and groups should remain constant. There should be no swapping between groups - this includes the coach.
Yes. Providing they adhere to a 20-minute changeover period, wash their hands between each session, use hand sanitiser regularly, and sanitise any equipment used.
Firstly, make sure you have purchased a 2020 Netball Victoria membership. All current registered members are covered for personal accident insurance.
Netball Victoria’s insurance policy covers all sanctioned training activities. Activities that do not comply with these guidelines may not be covered by insurance.
Associations and clubs are covered for Public and Professional Liability. All insurance cover is subject to terms, conditions and exclusions.
Yes, you will have to modify your session to incorporate activities that allow participants to maintain a 1.5 metre physical distance. For instance, take a look at Netball Australia’s KNEE program at knee.netball.com.au
All training activities must comply with government restrictions as outlined in Netball Victoria’s Return to Community Netball guidelines.
Consider offering participants a train at home option. Encourage participants to complete the Train at Home checklist to ensure they are operating in a safe environment.
This is Step 1 in our return to netball. Take this time to reconnect with your teammates, have fun, and get back into it slowly.
Start slow, with a reintroduction to fitness and conditioning. Focus on small group activities, fitness, running, footwork and passing.
Yes, you must follow any directions provided by the venue managers and always adhere to the 1.5 metre physical distancing.
No, participation in training is optional, and at the individual’s discretion. Associations, clubs or coaches should not force anyone to attend and no individual should be penalised for not attending a planned session.
No. Do not attend netball training or competition if you are unwell and experiencing symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, fever, fatigue or shortness of breath.
Do not attend if you have had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19.
Netball Victoria’s Talent Academy and State Team selection policy was suspended earlier this year.
When we have more information 2021 Talent Academy and State Team selection processes will be communicated to all associations.