Previous Updates

7 JULY 2020

Netball Victoria acknowledges that metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, return to Stage 3 Stay at home restrictions effective 8 July 11:59pm.  We understand the implications this will have on our netball community.

We will reach out to our Associations and Leagues to offer further detail.  We encourage our community to delay any decision making until we can provide this update.

We thank you for your patience.  And again, please stay safe and look after each other.

4 JULY 2020

Following a further update from the Premier today, please note that from 11.59pm tonight (Saturday 4 July) a further two postcodes have been added to Victoria's "hot zones" list; 3031 and 3051.  Just like the 10 postcodes announced last week, these postcodes will now also be required to return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions, where there are only four reasons for residents to leave their homes; to shop for food and supplies, for medical care or caregiving, to exercise, or to study or go to work – if this can’t be done from home. 

This means that unfortunately netball training and competition cannot continue in these postcodes, and residents in these postcodes are not permitted to travel outside of their postcodes for the purposes of netball.  

1 JULY 2020

Netball Victoria echoes the Premier’s disappointment that a necessary step has had to be taken to lockdown 36 Melbourne suburbs to help curb a ‘second wave’ outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite the implications this will mean for so many members of our netball community, it is clear that this is a necessary step for the health and safety of not only the people residing in these suburbs, but the wider Victorian community.

From 11:59pm tonight (Wednesday 1 July), postcodes linked to these outbreaks will go into local lockdown. For now, that includes; 3038, 3064, 3047, 3060, 3012, 3032, 3055, 3042, 3021, 3046.  These postcodes will be required to return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions, where there are only four reasons for residents to leave their homes; to shop for food and supplies, for medical care or caregiving, to exercise, or to study or go to work – if this can’t be done from home. 

This means netball training and competition cannot continue in these postcodes, and residents in these postcodes are not permitted to travel outside of their postcodes for the purposes of netball.  

We understand this localised lockdown will affect a number of Affiliates, Clubs and members located both within and outside of these designated postcodes, and that so many of our Affiliates and Clubs have worked hard to ensure they follow the Return to Community Netball guidelines.  This is a localised setback, but we fully commit to continue supporting our Affiliates and Clubs through this period.

Netball Victoria have decided to delay the commencement of our own Parkville Netball competition (PNC) as many of those who participate at PNC come from these affected suburbs, plus, our temporary home at Riverside is also closed.  Competition will now commence from Monday 3 August, with opportunities for practice matches for others in the lead-up to this date.  Clubs and teams will be contacted directly with further information.

We acknowledge your concern for the health and safety of yourselves, your family and your community, and we know this situation continues to create uncertainty.  But when we hit the court once again, we know all of the hard work we have put in to get there will have been worth it.

We will continue to keep our community updated with the latest updates on government regulations and what this means for our roadmap to Return to Community Netball state-wide.  With the exception of the 10 abovementioned postcodes, the current advice for participating in netball remains the same as per the guidelines released on Monday 22 June. 

For the people that live within these restricted postcodes – many of whom we know have been doing the right things– we know this is devastating for you.

However, right now, our priority everyone’s health – regardless of where you live.  Wash your hands.  If you feel unwell, stay home.  Even if you have the mildest of symptoms, get tested.  Physically distance yourself from others, even those you love the most.  Download the COVIDSafe App.

And - most importantly - please look after each other.

30 JUNE 2020

Following the Premier's statement this afternoon regarding the lockdown of specific Melbourne suburbs in order to combat the continued spread of COVID-19, we are assessing the information and the expected impact for the postcodes included in this announcement.

We remain committed to our roadmap for the return of community netball.

In the meantime, please stay safe and look after each other.

24 JUNE 2020

Netball Victoria is pleased to release the updated the Return to Community Netball guidelines, following the recent Victorian Government announcements regarding the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions.  We are excited to have a road map which paves the way for the return of community sport in Victoria.  

The way that our netball community has adopted Netball Victoria’s Return to Community Netball guidelines has been fantastic, and shows a commitment to ensuring the safe return to play.

We understand that our sport is reliant on local community input and a dedicated workforce of volunteers, and it is our aim to provide information and resources to support the return of community netball.

To this end, Netball Victoria will once again be hosting a number of information sessions to inform and educate Affiliates on the protocols for a safe return to netball and to ensure that you are comfortable with your role in this.

As you will most likely know, from last Monday, 22 June:

- Indoor venues could open for the purpose of sport and recreation;

- People 18 years and under were able to resume full contact training and competition, at both indoor and outdoor venues;

- Adults could participate in non-contact training in groups of up to 20 - plus a coach - at both indoor and outdoor venues.

Adults will have to wait a little longer to return to competition.  We expect further clarification on this in July.  

Netball Victoria Affiliates and Clubs are required to adhere to the Return to Community Netball guidelines.  Naturally, we will continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of both the individuals involved our sport, as well as the wider community as we work toward a safe return to training and competition in this new COVID-19 environment.

All Return to Community Netball information and resources can be found here.

Netball Victoria continue to engage with AFL Victoria, Basketball Victoria and other sporting organisations around the return to community sport, and we encourage you to continue working together to adopt the best approach for your local community.

We are eager to get back to the game we love, and we look forward to working with our Associations, Leagues and Clubs to ensure our return to the court is as seamless as possible.

For further advice on how your Association or Club can return to play, please contact participation@netballvic.com.au.

Further announcements around the easing of restrictions, including the return to competition details for adults, will be made in July, pending further government announcements.

Participants should not return to netball if, in the last 14 days, they have been unwell or have had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19.  We encourage everyone to maintain physical distancing and keep up good personal health and hygiene practices.

22 JUNE 2020

Netball Victoria continues to work through government announcements regarding the return to community sport guidelines released last week, as well as the updated announcements made over the weekend.

We expect to release our Return to Community Netball guidelines in the coming days. The return to competition is exciting and we want to ensure we provide you with the best information to make the return to play as smooth as possible.

We thank you for your patience.

15 JUNE 2020

Netball Victoria is delighted with the Victoria State Government announcement today of a road map for the return of community sport in Victoria.  We have seen netballers return to training with cautious excitement, and know the delight that a return to competition will bring our community. 

We are processing the detail in these announcements and seeking further clarification before we can provide further advice to our netball community.  We will provide the updated Return to Community Netball guidelines as soon as we can.  

27 MAY 2020

The Victorian Government has announced further easing of restrictions which will enable groups of up to 20 - plus a coach - to participate in training at outdoor venues from Monday 1 June, 2020.  All activity and training must continue to be non-contact and no competitions or match play may take place.  Netball Victoria will continue to support Associations, Leagues and Clubs through this unprecedented time to ensure they adhere to the Return to Community Netball guidelines.

Netball Victoria continues to advocate on behalf of our community to the State Government for a roadmap to resume competitive netball. At this point in time, we are advocating for a recommencement of competition netball in mid-July 2020. 

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.  

We are aware our netball community are doing all you can to make decisions in this uncertain environment.  We encourage you to wait for the Victorian Government announcements regarding further easing of restrictions before making any definitive decisions.  We expect to see a strong Return to Community Netball and look forward to continuing to work with our passionate netball community to achieve this.
 

25 MAY 2020

On Sunday 24 May, the Victorian Government announced further easing of restrictions, which will come into effect from Monday 1 June.  Netball Victoria Affiliates and Clubs are required to adhere to the current Return to Community Netball guidelines. Further information regarding the easing of restrictions will be released in the coming days.

Return to Community Netball – Information Session (Tuesday 19 May, 2020) Recording

 

18 MAY 2020

Following the Victorian Government announcement on Monday 11 May of a phased approach to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Netball Victoria has developed their Return to Community Netball guidelines to support the resumption of training on outdoor courts.

We are excited to be able to advise that from Thursday 21 May, groups of up to 10 people will be permitted to meet outdoors for the purpose of group netball activity, whilst adhering to appropriate physical distancing regulations.  Netball Victoria sees this as an opportunity for teams to gradually begin to reconnect with their teammates and return to training in a safe and cautious manner.

Netball Victoria Affiliates and Clubs are required to adhere to the Return to Community Netball guidelines, to assist teams in returning to training in a manner that prioritises the health and wellbeing of both the individuals involved in the session, as well as the wider community.

Of course, any return to training should be optional and entirely at the discretion of the individual.  In addition to this, participants should not return to netball if in the last 14 days they have been unwell or have had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19.

Netball Victoria have compiled a range of downloadable and editable resources, to help Associations, Leagues, Clubs and Netball Victoria members ensure a smooth and safe return to play in a new COVID-19 environment:

Please note the resources and information provided by Netball Victoria are aligned with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment, and the State/Territory COVID-19 Road Map.

There is a range of other external resources which you may find helpful to promote a healthy and safe environment at your Club or Association:

Netball Victoria continue to engage with AFL Victoria, Basketball Victoria and other sports around the return to community sport, and we encourage you to work together to decide on the best approach for your local community. 

Netball Victoria will be hosting information sessions to inform and educate Affiliates and Clubs on the protocols for a safe return to netball.  

For further advice on how your team or club can return to play, please contact participation@netballvic.com.au.

Further announcements around the easing of restrictions, including the return of competitions and programs, will be made by May 31.

 

14 MAY 2020

Netball Victoria is continuing to work with the relevant State Government departments to ensure we provide a Return to Play protocol for community netball.  We expect to have these guidelines available early next week.  In the meantime, we recommend that you do not take part in any formal training or play.  

We are seeking further information from government and provide Associations, Leagues and Clubs with State-specific guidelines to inform and support your Return to Play.  

We understand this is not ideal and everyone is eager to get back to training, however we want to ensure we provide you all with guidelines which meet the health and safety requirements of the Victorian Government.

 

13 MAY 2020

For several weeks now, Netball Victoria have been working on a Return to Play action plan.

Following Premier Dan Andrews announcement about beginning to ease restrictions on Monday, we are waiting on some final details from government before we can release Step 1 of this plan to you ASAP! Stay tuned.

 

7 MAY 2020

By working together, staying connected and leaning on each other we will get through this unusual time.  Here at Netball Victoria, we will continue to listen to the government and take advice from health experts.  We are in constant communication with Sport and Recreation Victoria, VicSport and other state sporting organisations, which enables us to share information and build a collective voice for community sport across Victoria.   

We will lean on you – our Victorian netball community - to share your experience, to share your knowledge and understanding of your local community to help us with a strategy to return to netball when the time is right.  Together we will get there.

RETURN TO PLAY

At this stage, all community netball is suspended until at least May 31, 2020.  This date will be reviewed and updated as the impacts of the government regulations, such as physical distancing, evolve.  We thank you for your understanding and the support you have shown throughout this time.  The health, safety and wellbeing of our community is the most important thing right now and you are playing a major role in helping Australia fight through this pandemic.

We are very optimistic that community netball will return sometime this year.  Netball Victoria is working on a Return to Play strategy to ensure you have the best possible chance to deliver competitions and programs when it is safe.  We do expect that some restrictions will continue through to the end of the year and we will provide advice when we know more about those potential restrictions.

We are doing everything we can to make sure that you can deliver competitions in 2020.  We are lucky that our sport has flexibility in how we deliver competitions and programs and we are lucky that so many of our facilities are available all year round, on weekends and weeknights.  We are lucky that our sport is affordable and most of all we are lucky that we have so many people dedicated to and involved in the organisation and administration of community netball.

To assist the netball community to get back to participating in the sport we love, think about downloading the Federal Government’s COVIDSafe App. The quicker we get on top of COVID-19, the quicker we will be able to hit the court again.

STAY CONNECTED

Staying connected today is vital to our social and emotional wellbeing.  Stay connected to your members, let them know you are still around and how they can connect with you.  We know you can’t be at the courts but provide your contact details and include when it’s best for people to contact you.

Online Programs & Events
If you had to postpone or cancel an event or program, try hosting an alternative offering online.  We have seen a lot of Associations and Clubs keeping in touch with their representative teams, their coaches, and let’s not forget about our umpires.  Connect and have a chat.  Find a webinar or online education session that you can all dial in to.  Throw out a challenge on social media.  Share some fun work out at home activities.  Post regular updates on your social media channels so we can see them too!

SALT Lunchbox - Mental Health and Wellbeing
SALT (Sport And Life Training) have announced a program of interactive webinars to help both groups and individuals with the unique and difficult times that we are in.  These are free, online sessions, held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm.  The webinars will include topics such as emotional agility, resilient thinking, overcoming stress and anxiety, having kids home 24/7, maintaining friendships and much, much more.  The sessions will be positive and interactive, and you can tune in by following this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/768832900.

STAY INFORMED

So much is happening so quickly, it’s hard to stay up to date with the current thinking.  Here are a few items that you might find beneficial.

Women of Sport – An Interview with Rosie King
Read this open and honest interview with Netball Victoria’s very own CEO, Rosie King.  Hear about how Rosie is leading Netball Victoria through this time, what keeps her awake at night and what she is looking forward to when sport can resume: vic.netball.com.au/news/iso-her-own-words-ceo-rosie-king.

Offsiders ABC
An interesting episode of Offsiders aired on Sunday 12 April.  The episode focused on community sport, the significance of sport to local communities and the value of junior participation.  You can catch up on iview here: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/offsiders/series/0/video/RS1908V011S00.

Should Our Goal Be To Return to Normal?
What is the future for sport after COVID-19?  What choices do we need to make now to best prepare us for the future?https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/should-sports-goal-return-normal-ian-sandbrook

Impact on Community Sport
The impact on community sport is somewhat unknown?  What should we be looking for in the short-term and in the long-term?
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-10/coronavirus-community-sport-clubs-feeling-impact-of-pandemic/12137910

Netball's Ability To Survive On Little Will See Them Through Covid-19 Uncertainty
As a sport we have always been resourceful and innovative.
https://www.espn.com.au/netball/story/_/id/29061932/netball-ability-survive-little-see-covid-19-uncertainty

A Call for State Government Support
Netball Victoria CEO Rosie King is calling for government to support Associations to get back to netball.  Read about it here: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/netball/calls-for-states-to-support-grassroots/news-story/7c089e95f65c78c904493a4f0af2ec1c.

CONNECT WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT & VENUE MANAGERS

Local Government is a major contributor to community sport and community sports facilities.  It is important that we keep in touch and up to date with decisions regarding fees, charges and maintenance.  Some Local Government Areas have announced they will waive fees or provide relief packages for community and sporting groups using Council-owned and managed sporting courts and buildings.  Contact your Local Government Area and chat about the specific measures that might apply to your area. 

Likewise, if you operate from a venue managed by another organisation, make contact and have a conversation about what the next couple of weeks and months might look like.

CONNECT WITH SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Stay in touch with the groups and organisations that support your Association.  Work together to find new and different ways of supporting each other through this period.  Many Clubs and Associations are well supported by local businesses; the local café, butcher, hairdresser, shoe shop and so on.  These local businesses are being impacted and there may be ways you can continue to support them; buy a voucher, promote their take away options, advertise a sale, repost their communications.  The important thing is to stay connected, have a conversation and continue to work together.

ADMINSTRATION @ HOME

Now is the time to do all of those things we usually don’t have time to do!

Working with Children Check Status Checker
Now is the perfect time to check the status of your staff and volunteers’ Working with Children Checks.  Head to this website and download the status checker spreadsheet: https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/about-the-check/resources/status-checker.  Input the Surname and Working with Children Check Number of your staff and volunteers.  Click ‘Start Search’ and this template will check the status of multiple cards at the one time.  It is super simple and will save you a mountain of time.

MyNetball Administration
Now is the time to jump on MyNetball.  You can record and download player contact information, player and match statistics and other important historical data.  You can download, record and file data without too much effort.  The attached document MyNetball Administration Tasks provides a step-by-step guide showing how to complete the following three tasks. 

1. Player History, Matches Played Report - download that all important player history data.  Keep track of how many games someone played for your club or association.
2. Participant Contact and Membership Information - download copies of your registered members from the current or previous years. 
3. Email Communication - MyNetball has a free and very simple email communication function.  You can use this to email all members, or you can break it down an email a team, a competition or membership type such as NetSetGO or juniors.

#VIXENSATHOME

A number of resources have been developed for junior players and fans alike, such as colouring in pages, find-a-words, recipes and more!  Check out: melbournevixens.com.au/community/vixens-at-home.

 

15 APR 2020

To our Victorian netball family;

What song is it that said, “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone?”  The impact that we have all felt since netball has stopped is significant.  

Of course, we know how important sport is to our community and our individual wellbeing.  It develops friendships, social skills, teamwork and connectedness. Sport also provides significant physical and mental health benefits and most importantly it builds strong communities. The games and teams we are part of or that we follow, weave us passionately together, in times of celebration and hardship. 

Many of the things that we could rely on - pre COVID-19 - as being part of our lives are no longer accessible to us because of the new restrictions that have been developed for community safety by our Federal and State Governments.  Our entrenched routines and habits are now shifting in ways that would have seemed improbable to us only a few weeks ago.

There is no doubt that we are all wishing life to be back to normal, however our ‘new normal’ may be quite different; both in the short and in the long term.  This extends to how the entire sporting landscape might look going forward, particularly for the rest of this year. 

Community Netball

At this stage all community netball seasons have been suspended until at least May 31, 2020.  This date will be reviewed and updated, as the impacts of the different government strategies - such as social isolation - evolve.  We thank you for your understanding and support of our decisions throughout this time – we truly are all in this together!

Netball Victoria Competitions

Yesterday we announced the unfortunate yet necessary decision to cancel Netball Victoria’s Association Championships and State Titles for 2020.  The full statement with regards to this decision can be found here.

The Netball Victoria Participation and Development teams are currently working on some alternative competition structures and other engagement opportunities for our members in the later part of 2020.  We will keep you informed about these as they are confirmed.

Talent Academy and State Team Selection Policies

Following the announcement that both Association Championships and State Titles would be cancelled for 2020, it was also announced that the Netball Victoria Board has suspended the current Talent Academy and State Team selection policies.  This will allow Netball Victoria to review our talent identification process to ensure our pathway programs remain strong on the other side of COVID-19.

Moving Netball Online

Since it became apparent that 2020 was going to look significantly different to what we had planned, our Netball Victoria staff have been working furiously behind the scenes to re-design as many of our courses and resources as possible so that they can be made available online.  They are also working on new initiatives and content to keep our Victorian netball family as involved with netball as possible during this period of hiatus.  

Like many other organisations we are currently charting unknown territory, and we are discovering some logistical factors which is making this process more time consuming than we would like.  We thank you for your patience during this process; we’re confident that the outcome will be worth it!

Netball Victoria Memberships

As our community netball seasons have been impacted thus far by COVID-19, it is natural that the question of member refunds will come up, given the indefinite delayed start of the season, and therefore reduced opportunities to play this year.

Other sports across Victoria are largely in the same boat, and as such we have been in regular contact with our peers as we work through the best way to manage this situation for our members.  At the same time, we need to carefully manage our finances to ensure longevity of our sport.  As you would be aware your membership fees cover a range of essential services and programs, which we are continuing to deliver which are in addition to your insurance and our usual netball competitions.  You can find out more about the benefits of being a Netball Victoria member here: netballvic.com.au/your-membership-is-more-than-insurance.

We remain optimistic that competition will resume in 2020 and we are working hard to plan different scenarios for what community competitions will be, once the government restrictions are relaxed or lifted.

As we have a high expectation that there will be some form of competition this year, and because there has been significant investment since the cessation of our last competition to ensure that we have been ready for the 2020 season proper, we believe that it is premature to consider member refunds.  However as always, we will consider requests for refunds to those members who are experiencing extreme financial hardship at any time.

Sports Perks

Don’t forget that all current Netball Victoria members have access to Sports Perks (formerly Sports Pass) as an added benefit of your membership. Sports Perks gives you access to discounts on Woolworths shopping, and many other discounts that can still be redeemed during this period of ‘shutdown’. And when social distancing regulations are relaxed, a range of other event and activity discounts will also be available to all Netball Victoria members via Sports Perks.

You must sign up using your Netball Victoria membership number to access the benefits, which can be done here: sportsperks.com.au/sports/netball-vic.

Suncorp Super Netball

The Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) Commission has advised us that they will come to a decision as to what the 2020 SSN season will look like by May 31.  We appreciate that there are many scenarios that need to be worked through and various stakeholders that need to be considered in the making of any decision, and hence this is a time-consuming process. We will let our members and community know the outcome as soon as the Commission inform us of their decision.

However, while we’re waiting for netball to return, the great news is that thanks to Telstra, all match replays are now available on the Netball Live app for free for all users!  There is also Suncorp Super Netball’s Rebound portal and the Melbourne Vixens #VixensAtHome activities to keep you occupied during this period of hiatus.

Melbourne Vixens Memberships

Whilst we wait to see what the 2020 SSN season may look like, we’re asking our Melbourne Vixens members to please hold on to your membership cards for the 2020 season.  Our membership team is also working to send out your membership scarves and beanies to all members (which would usually be collected on game day) so that we can still be united by our support of our club, even though we can’t all be together at the moment.  We can’t wait to see the pictures of you at home in your Vixens gear when you receive them!  

In addition to this, all brand-new 2020 Vixens merchandise will be available for despatch in the next couple of weeks, so we encourage all supporters to check out the new designs and place your orders online.

The eight SSN teams are presently discussing the impact to team memberships and we expect that all teams will have a similar approach which will become clearer once the SSN Commission have announced what the season will be.  Generally, SSN team memberships are non-refundable, however, as with our Netball Victoria memberships, we will of course consider requests for refunds to those members who are experiencing financial hardship at any time.

On behalf of the team at Netball Victoria, thank you for your ongoing support.  We will keep you informed as new information comes to light.

Most importantly please stay safe, look after those around you, and we hope to see you back out on the netball court or cheering from the sidelines soon!

Kind regards,

Rosie King
CEO
April 15, 2020

 

14 APR 2020

Due to the current situation our sport and the wider community is facing in response to COVID-19, Netball Victoria has made the difficult decision to cancel two of our most significant competitions; Association Championships and State Titles.

The full statement from Netball Victoria with regards to this decision can be found here.

Here is the current status of various Netball Victoria and Melbourne Vixens events and activities:

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

Postponed until at least June 30.

 

State Teams

Cancelled.

 

Talent Academy

Currently suspended until May 31.

 

Association Championships

Cancelled.

 

State Titles

Cancelled.

Melbourne Vixens

Ballarat Battle

Cancelled.

 

Melbourne Vixens Family Festival (Fan Day)

Cancelled.

 

Suncorp Super Netball season

Postponed until at least June 30.

 

Train Like A Vixen

Cancelled for Term 1 school holidays.

 

Player Appearances

Suspended.

 

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.