Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 7 July

Effective 08 July, the NSW border with Victoria will be temporarily shut to contain the spread of COVID-19.

There will be a permit system 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 Victorian Government has announced Hotspot Zones and restricted postcodes.

Stage three restrictions will return for people in the following postcodes: 
3012, 3021, 3031, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3051, 3055, 3060, 3064

Further restrictions apply to all residents living in nine identified housing estates in Flemington and North Melbourne.  

Netball training and competition cannot occur within a restricted postcode. If you live in an impacted area you cannot travel to participate in community sport elsewhere.

Outdoor sports facilities will be closed, and indoor sports centres will be closed.

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.

Effective 22 June, people 18 years and younger 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.

Adults, or individuals 19 years and over are still required to maintain 1.5metre physical distancing while training. Training needs to be modified to allow 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.   

Subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued management of the spread COVID-19, adults can return to full contact training from 13 July.  Competition can return from 20 July.

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.

On Sunday 14 June, the Victorian Government announced further easing of restrictions.  

Netball Victoria will process the information, clarify details and provide an update to the Return to Community Netball guidelines as soon as we can.  Please note that the current Return to Community Netball guidelines remain in place until 22 June.  

Yes, individuals are required to have a current Netball Victoria Membership from the point at which they begin participating in sanctioned Club or Association activities. These activities include organised playing, training, trialing, club competitions, official events and social activities and travel to and from these activities. 

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.

Each netball Association and Club must read and understand the Return to Community Netball guidelines and have completed the Return to Community Netball Checklist. 

Community netball and NetSetGO programs can return to training from Thursday 21 May, 2020. 

Read the Return to Community Netball guidelines and complete the Return to Community Netball Checklist.

We need to wait for further advice from the Victorian Government.  

Yes, providing you have separate entry and exit points, and that you can manage and direct the flow of traffic, or prevent access to other areas of the facility.

Yes. Where the facility has multiple courts more than one group of 10 can be accommodated.  It is strictly one group of 10 - plus a coach - per netball court.  

Groups of up to 10 people, plus a coach or the minimum number of support personnel reasonably required to manage the activity.

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.

No.  No spectators are permitted to attend any session.  Parents and guardians are required to keep a reasonable distance or they will be considered part of the group up to 10 people.

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.  Consider dividing equipment between groups to minimise the sharing of equipment.  Balls and other equipment must be sanitised between each group’s use. 

Do not handle any equipment from another court and do not move onto another court to retrieve equipment.    

Yes, you must follow any directions provided by the venue managers and always adhere to the 1.5 metre physical distancing.

Yes, but limit the number of people accessing the facility and clean or sanitise any frequently touched surfaces.

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.