Frequently asked questions
When can community netball start?
Organised contact and non-contact sport can begin when we reach Step 3 on the Roadmap.
For Regional Victoria the Third Step has been announced and effective 21 September, community netball can return.
The return to outdoor, contact and non-contact community sport was able to resume on 28 October in Metro Melbourne.
When will we be able to start our netball competitions?
Effective 21 September, Regional Victoria can recommence netball activity.
All community netball must be held outdoors.
People 18 years and younger can commence contact training and competition.
Adults can return to non-contact sport, but cannot take part in competition.
Effective 28 October, Metropolitan Melbourne joined Regional Victoria and people 18 years and younger can commence competition at outdoor venues.
This roadmap outlines a number of trigger points for easing of restrictions.
The decision for easing restrictions will be considered with public health advice and a series of conditions being met.
> Regional Victoria Regional Victoria has moved to the Third Step on the Roadmap to Reopening. - non-contact and contact sport for people 18 years and younger, outdoors - non-contact sport for adults, outdoors
> Metropolitan Melbourne Metropolitan Melbourne has also moved to the Third Step on the Roadmap to Reopening.
> Non-contact and contact sport for people 18 years and younger, outdoors - non-contact sport for adults, outdoors If everything goes according to plan, then we should see the full return of community sport for all ages sometime in November. Here, we will see the resumption of contact sport for all age groups at indoor and outdoor venues. This is the last step outlined in the Roadmap, and the last step before we reach COVID Normal.
Can I travel further than 25km to participate in a netball competition?
Participants from metropolitan Melbourne must not travel more than 25km from where they live to participate in community sport.
Participants from metropolitan Melbourne must not travel to Regional Victoria to participate in community sport.
Participants from Regional Victoria cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne to participate in community sport.
Can we run pre-season training activities?
Yes, organised non-contact and contact training can occur for people 18 years and younger at outdoor venues.
Adults, or those aged 19 years and over, can participate in non-contact training only, outdoors.
Can we hold trials?
Organised training and community netball activity can occur. Associations and clubs may hold team selection trials, however we recommend some changes. If you can, postpone trial dates until 2021.
If you cannot postpone, please consider implementing some, or all of the following:
1. Hold more sessions, over shorter periods of time, with less participants. Instead of having 80 people trial for one age group over a 2-hour period, hold two 1-hour trial sessions with 40 people in each session. Divide that group of 40 into two groups of 20 and limit mingling between groups.
2. Group or cluster players together to limit the crossing over or mingling of participants.
3. Limit the use of shared equipment.
4. Add a thorough warm-up and use this to assess player movement, footwork and agility.
5. Plan a well-structured training session to replace the traditional focus on match play. Incorporate basic skills and drills in the session and coach the players through this.
6. No spectators. Limit the number of parents/guardians attending a trial session.
Do I need to wear a mask?
Players and umpires are not be required to wear a face mask while participating in the match.
It is recommended that coaches wear a face mask.
Other scorers, support personnel, volunteers, administrators and parents/guardians are required to wear a face mask at all times.
My association plays at an indoor venue, when can we start?
The date for the resumption of indoor community sport is yet to be announced.
We will have to wait until we reach the Fourth Step on the Roadmap before we see the resumption of indoor community sport.
Effective 28 October, indoor venues may open in Regional Victoria under heavy restrictions. Indoor venues may only open for participants 18 years and younger and for non-contact training only. Gathering limits apply and must be followed.
Can we start our NetSetGo program?
Yes, organised contact and non-contact sport, including NetSetGO Programs can begin.
I'm not feeling well. Should I attend training?
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.