Return To Netball In WA

Netball WA has welcomed Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement to extend Phase 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap as of Monday, October 19. Netball WA has developed a framework that aligns to the Government’s Road Map.

Under the restrictions, the state government has implemented a 2sqm distancing rule and has removed the 100/300 people limit at sporting venues. This is wonderful news for bigger netball associations who were delaying their competition due to waiting on venue exemptions. 

Netball WA is still maintaining a cautious approach as our members head back to the courts, by educating all associations and clubs to continue practising the state government’s physical distancing measures as well as maintaining high safety and hygiene practices both on and off the court. 

Netball WA will continue to support our Clubs and Associations to implement and manage the protocols required for Spring competitions to continue, and also provide ongoing information and support.

To ensure our sports return meets the continuing conditions and restrictions of government, and to protect the health and wellbeing of our members, Netball WA has developed a number or resources as part of this framework to guide our Clubs and Associations:

These documents are supported by the State Government’s COVID Safety Plan Phase 4, COVID Sport and Recreation Guidelines Phase 4, COVID Sport and Recreation Safety Plan Phase 4, COVID Food and Licensed Venues Safety Guidelines Phase 4, COVID Food and Licensed Venues Safety Plan Phase 4 and Netball Australia’s Community Return to Play Guidelines.

This framework aligns to the Australian Institute of Sports recommendations to Government, and has been developed alongside our key stakeholders including Netball Australia, the State Government, other state sporting bodies and our Clubs and Associations, to determine the best approach for netball to return under these new parameters.

We encourage all Teams, Clubs and Associations to prepare for a return to training, and to review the guidelines and registration forms in the link above. Your Association will be reviewing and considering this information and how it relates to your Club in the coming days, and will provide further information in due course. Please be patient whilst they undertake this initial process.

The health and wellbeing of our community remains at the core of our decision making, and it is critical that all players, spectators and officials adhere to this framework to ensure a safe and sustainable return of our sport.

Thank you again for your ongoing support, and we look forward to seeing you on court in the coming weeks.

FAQs

As per the easing of restrictions by the WA State Government, Netball WA (NWA) have approved Phase 3 return to contact
training and play as of 6 June 2020. Phase 4 will commence Saturday 27 June 2020. There are still protocols in place to ensure
associations, clubs and teams are abiding by WA State Government restrictions. NWA will continually review our protocols in line
with WA State Government restrictions and advise.

The Suncorp NetSetGO program including all three Tiers Net, Set and GO can resume from 6 June 2020.

A COVID-19 Safety Plan Sport and Recreation has been provided by the WA State Government to assist with this process, please
update in accordance with Phase 4 guidelines. Associations and clubs are required to complete this documentation and develop
the strategies to fill any gaps uncovered- It is highly recommended a Netball specific risk assessment should be carried out and
prepared specific to the association’s environment. The phase COVID-19 Safety Plan must be printed and must display the COVID
Safety Certificate.

Mass gathering restrictions have been lifted and the venue capacity is dictated by the 2sqm restriction.

Yes, at the association direction. Spectators may be limited to adhere to the 1.5m / 2sqm restrictions. Recommend 1 per
participant in Phase 4.

To determine the spectator space between your courts measure the distance between courts, subtract 2m (1m umpire space for
each court) and multiply it by the length of the court, then divide this by 2 to determine the number of spectators per space.

Designated fixed seating areas are determined in consultation with venue owner based on 2sqm guidelines.

Yes, at the association discretion. Capacity determined by 2sqm restriction within spectator area.

Outdoor Venue - Yes, at the association discretion. Please note-BYO seating will reduce spectator capacity.
Indoor Venue – Yes, as determined by Venue/Club/Association

No. All LSV exemptions that have been approved will only be required until 11:59pm on the 26 June. As of 27 June, no LSV
exemption is required, and venues can then operate under the 2sqm rule.

Prior to commencing contact training and competition there are requirements that associations, clubs, teams, and participants
must undertake prior to commencing contact training and competition, these include:
• All participants must be registered to NWA.
• Read WA State Government COVID Safety Guidelines Phase 4 and Complete COVID-19 Safety Plan or certificate or obtain a
copy from your venue
• Read and complete the Netball WA Risk Assessment template as it applies to your association
• Read understand the resources provided by NWA including:
» Return to Community Netball Roadmap
» Conditions of venue and training
» Role posters
» Return to play Phase 4 - Frequently Asked Questions
• Ensure that the association, club, and teams have the required hygiene protocols in place.
• Association and club committees, all coaches and managers to undertake the online COVID-19 Infection Control Training,
which should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
• Ensure all participants, coaches, volunteers, and parents/guardians are briefed on the Phase 4 requirements.
• Ensure relevant COVID-19 posters and information are displayed across the venue.
• Complete Netball WA Association document checklist and return to NWA with supporting documentation.

If I am playing at 6.15pm can I watch the 8.30pm game?
No. You still need to adhere to the Get in Get Out policy. Players playing at 6:15pm will not be permitted to stay and watch the
8:30pm matches and players playing at 8:30pm will not be permitted to arrive early to watch the 6:15pm matches.

As a player where do I enter at the Gold Netball Centre (GNC)?
Teams will enter GNC via the door closest to the court on which their match will be played.

Will teams be able to access the change rooms at the Gold Netball Centre?
Each club will be allocated a changeroom. Use of the changeroom is limited to pre-match strapping, private medical treatment
and use of the toilet. The number of people in the changeroom and the amount of time spent in the changeroom must be kept
to a minimum. Athletes are encouraged to arrive at the venue ready to play if possible (i.e. strapping done before arriving).

Are spectators allowed at the Gold Netball Centre?
Spectators are permitted in the venue but must not sit in adjacent seats (i.e. leave a seat between you and the next person).

Associations, clubs, teams, and participants must adhere to the following to ensure they are meeting WA State Government
restrictions and NWA protocols, but most of all, are staying safe and limiting any potential spread of COVID-19.
• Adherence to NWA hygiene and or venue protocols at all times.
• Physical distancing of 1.5m, good hygiene and 2sqm rule is applied to activities not included in the drills and match play.
• A 20-minute time frame to be allowed between training times – allowing 10 minutes to clear the venue and 10 minutes
for the next groups to enter.
• No person is to enter the training venue until 10 minutes before their assigned training time. Entry must be via the
assigned entry point. Physical distancing must be maintained on entry.
• Adhere to the indoor and outdoor court training as per COVID-19 Safety Guidelines Sport and Recreation Phase 4
• All equipment is permitted to be used. Hygiene protocols need to be followed.
• Bibs can be used. Hygiene protocols need to be followed. We recommend using Velcro bibs in competition. Please
ensure care is taken when putting on and taking off bibs to minimise contact with players face.
• No sharing of whistles
• Contact training is permitted
• High fives, huddles, handshakes, or other physical contact is not permitted.
• Training is to be no longer than 90 minutes (1.5hour) for Community Netball (this includes warm up time).
• Gold Industry Group WANL Clubs training is to be no longer than 120 minutes (2 hours) (this includes warm up time).
• Cool down and stretching must be completed within the allocated training time or completed when home.
• Player feedback must either be included within the allocated training time or completed later via phone, skype, zoom,
email etc.
• At the conclusion of training, groups/teams are to leave the training venue within 10 minutes via the assigned exit.
Physical distancing must be maintained on exiting to limit the potential of crossover of training groups.

No, this is no longer required. Please keep a record of all previous training registers until 28 days after the State of
Emergency has been lifted. The coach/manager still has responsibilities to ensure hygiene protocols, physical distancing and
athlete health and wellbeing.

Yes. Refer to your Association COVID-19 Safety Plan- Phase 4. Hand Sanitiser is required at the Entry (Ingress) point.

No, but it should be clearly stated in information provided to clubs, teams, and participants and at entry points that no one
should attend if they have a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or any respiratory symptoms.

No, however it is recommended to continue consistency across team training times and courts to assist with limiting any
spread of COVID-19 should an outbreak occur.

Changeroom facilities, club rooms, toilets or gyms are accessible to members at the association discretion.
• Water fountains are permitted; regular cleaning required.
• Canteen facilities availability at the association discretion. Still must complete COVID-19 Safety Plan for Food
Businesses and Licences Premises Phase 4 and complete the online AHA Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 hygiene
course.

Community – Yes as per association competition rules
GIG WANL – Yes as per competition rules.

Yes, all teams must have suitable first aid kit, with rubber gloves with their teams at their matches and training.

The score card must have enough room to record all match participants’ full names (players, team officials, umpires, scorer &
timer) and show all 4 quarters and must be completed with each quarter’s positions recorded. All scorecards must be kept until
further notice by Netball WA.

No, sharing of food is not permitted.

Opening of club rooms will be at the direction of the association. Club rooms must comply with the 2sqm per person rule. Each
venue must have a COVID Safety Plan that has been developed in consultation with its local government or venue owner. Patrons
should practice physical distancing by keeping 1.5m from patrons from other households.

Asthma does not increase your risk of catching coronavirus nor is asthma considered a risk for getting a more severe case of
COVID 19 if you do get infected by the corona virus.

Hay fever does not increase your risk of catching coronavirus, but the sneezing may cause concern to others even though you are
NOT a risk to others. So make sure you discuss with your doctor the best way to a mange your symptoms (e.g. anti-histamines)
and always practice good hygiene (i.e. sneeze or cough into elbow and if you use tissues dispose of them in a bin and wash your
hands thoroughly).
However, you should note if your symptoms change, particularly if you develop symptoms of a viral illness (sore throat, fever,
aches). If that happens you should see your doctor and discuss getting a coronavirus test and not attend netball until these new
symptoms go away.

As long as you have discussed the chronic illness with your doctor and it is well managed and the doctor has cleared you to be
out in public then you are not a risk to others. You should always practice good hygiene and cough into your elbow.
However, you should note if your symptoms change, particularly if you develop symptoms of a viral illness (sore throat, fever,
aches). If that happens you should see your doctor and discuss getting a coronavirus test and not attend netball until these new
symptoms go away.

If there is a positive case within the team environment, then all participants, coaches and volunteers and coaches who have been
in contact will need to self-isolate for 14 days and refer to the State Government health departments processes. If you are feeling
unwell you should seek medical advice immediately by calling your GP and please do not attend training.

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.

If there is an increase in COVID-19 in the community, and restrictions are tightened by the State Government it may mean
a postponement to netball. NWA will continue to take advice and follow direction from the State Government and Netball
Australia in this area.

Consideration of the circumstances around any case would need to be considered 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 NWA, the WA State
Government, and the Australian Government.

If you are a registered member of NWA, you are covered for personal accident through V-Insurance Group. The Scope of Cover
Coverage applies whilst members are involved in sanctioned Netball Australia and/or State/Territory and Association activities.
These activities include organised club competitions, coaching clinics, official events, playing, training, trialling, official fundraising
and social activities and travel to and from these activities. Associations and clubs are covered for Public and Professional Liability
and can download their Certificate of Currency.
Whilst there is not an exclusion on the Public Liability Insurance policy relating to COVID-19 directly, Netball Australia and its
members have a duty to exercise reasonable precautions to prevent personal injury and property damage and to comply with
all statutory obligations, by-laws or regulations imposed by any public authority in respect of the safety of persons or property. If
Clubs and/or Associations do not comply with State Government regulations, for example by ignoring social distancing or selfisolation
requirements then insurers may deny a claim on the argument that you breached this duty of care. If an affiliated Club
or Association member innocently breached a government restriction we would hope that your insurers would be considerate
however for the avoidance of doubt we would highly recommend members take every effort to follow all governmental guidelines
enacted in accordance with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be reminded that the Personal Accident insurance does not cover any
type of illness, such as that which may arise from infection with COVID-19 (in the same way it would not cover the flu).
Cover under these policies is always subject to their terms, conditions and exclusions. Further information can be found Here or
alternatively contact V-Insurance for more clarification.

We ask that all associations, clubs, teams, and players strictly adhere to the guidelines as advised. Fines and imprisonment
can apply to clubs, teams and individuals that breach State Government restrictions.
Breach of State Government restrictions include:
• Individuals can be imprisoned for up to 12 months, or fined up to $50,000,
• Clubs can be fined up to $250,000 for breaching an enforceable direction as set by the Commissioner of Police.
Breach of the Netball WA Phase 4 protocols may be sanctioned by NWA by measures deemed appropriate.