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Netball in Tasmania - Current Status
Conditions have been updated today, Monday September 21st. See the Current Conditions details set out below.
In summary, the plan allows:
Participants are still encouraged not to enter venues earlier than required, and to leave as soon as practical (for the avoidance of social gathering), however specific time restrictions have been lifted. The onus will be on Associations/Venues to manage total attendee limits and social distancing appropriately.
From Friday September 25th the limit for outdoor gatherings has been raised to 1000, provided that the combined space allows for 2 square metres of space per person.
There is no longer a requirement to have a staff member (or designated employee) on site when a venue is in use – outside of the requirement of a Competition Manager at competitions.
There is no longer a requirement for each designated area to have it’s own separate entry and exit point, provided the venue entry exit points allow for social distancing and avoid ‘bottlenecks’.
There is no longer a requirement for teams to complete attendee checklists for training or competition, provided the team can provide details of attendance to public health as required.
As per previous correspondence, no time related ‘caps’ apply to training or matches.
Non participating individuals may attend trainings provided that there is capacity within the venue based attendee limit.
Staged recommencement at each of the designated dates remains dependent upon current public health advice at the time, and will be moved if necessary. Participants should plan in line with the dates provided, and confirmation that recommencement will proceed as planned will be provided in the week leading into each of the proposed dates.
In terms of the maximum numbers of attendees at court sessions – does that include minors i.e. if a player needs to bring their child to training will they be counted as one of the 20?
• Athletes that are participating in the session are those that contribute to the 20 person cap, and others sit outside of it as the
• While there isn’t a cap on “officials” there is a reasonable expectation that the “officials” are limited. So if there are 2 Coaches
and 1 Team Manger plus 1 Minor then that should be fine. If there are 7 officials and 3 minors then we may have a problem.
Clubs have some flexibility to work within the parameters but need to exercise reasonable judgement.
Given we are uncertain of exact numbers at Stage 3, are you able to advise how Netball Tasmania have determined participation numbers as we are not aware of this information?
• We’re aware that at every stage of recommencement, we must adhere to point in time public health advice. Ours Plans were
identified as compliant by sport and recreation, with input from public health, noting that we will be conducting a review in
the week leading into each date to ensure that current public health advice still support that Stage of recommencement. You
will note in Plans and previous correspondence that everything states that it is subject to ongoing public health advice.
• The dates were established based on the forecast dates and conditions in the initial information we were provided relating
to the State Govt Roadmap to Recovery plan. Again, these dates may still need to change if public health does not support the
forecast easing of restrictions when that time arises. We have now seen an example of this with the advice provided on Friday
June 6th restricting overall numbers in an indoor venue to 20.
• Netball Tasmania proposed numbers on a ‘per court’ basis, using basic and Nationally used Netball data relating to ‘individuals
per sqm’, noting that there was ‘surplus’ room in the playing area at a given time, but restricted area courtside where tiered
seating wasn’t present. 30 per court was the established amount per court, with a view to also contain the overall number of
individuals in a ‘venue’ at a given time.
• We’re aware that certain venues may have other restrictions imposed on them and that the 30 per court, or the 100 per
‘stadium’ for TNL, may not marry up with the venue directed restrictions. You will note in the Competition Management Plan
that is states that ‘Competition Owners are required to liaise with Venue Managers to discuss restrictions on spectators which
may vary in standard between venue and competition’. In regard to the 30 per court standard, this is purely the number in the
Netball Tasmania Management Plans. Unless a particular council imposes specific and different restrictions on a venue in their
jurisdiction, then the approval under our Plan is for 30 per court (pending public health advice). In regard to councils, the
advice from sport and recreation was that they would be contacting the Local Government Association of Tasmania (who
would in turn advise councils) to advise them of State Sports Organisations which have had their Plans identified as compliant,
which may in turn apply to Associations and Clubs (through signing up to the State Body Plan) to avoid them needing to
develop localised Plans.
What processes will Netball Tasmania have in place to ensure Competition Management Guidelines are met consistently at all matches by a variety of volunteer Competition Managers, all with varying skill sets and levels of background knowledge?
• It has been determined (as of June 17th), following consideration and considerable planning, Netball Tasmania staff will
perform the role of Competition Manager (as per Covid-19 Management Plans) at all TNL matches this season. It has
previously been communicated that we would be responsible for the first two games post recommencement, and then
this responsibility was going to fall to the Clubs. In order however to alleviate concerns and ensure the best chance for
safe and compliant return to competition, we will now perform the role for the full (modified) season. We still require a
nominated representative of each Club to ‘shadow’ the NT employee during your first one or two home games. This is
to ensure that someone knows what to do and can step in as a ‘reserve’ in the event of an emergency such as late notice
of illness etc. The Competition Manager role will not impact the remainder of ‘Home Game’ duties which the Clubs will
still be responsible for in 2020.
What processes do Netball Tasmania have in place to manage compliance and non-compliance? What are the visiting teams rights in regards to compliance and non- compliance? Are you able to advise what authority the Competition Manager will have to ensure compliance?
• Regarding the specific processes relating to compliance management – don’t have all the answers yet, and in honesty
it’s not a matter which is worked through quickly. We will however be ready to issue something in the coming weeks and
well prior to competition. We need further advice, but we also need to find the appropriate balance between necessary
management and oversight, and an expectation of compliance and common sense from individual participants and Clubs.
Is there a possibility of a refresher session for bench officials, particularly for new volunteers that are replacing those in risk categories?
• Yes. An agenda for an online refresher is currently being finalised, and clubs will be sent information to distribute to relevant
parties. The refresher will be run on multiple dates to maximise opportunities to participate. Some current bench volunteers
may deem themselves unavailable, so clubs will be encouraged to share the zoom link with existing and any potential new
• We’re also still working through how a bench may best, and most safely, operate for TNL to ensure that we operate in
compliance with physical distancing standards. We may not be able to operate the Bench in a conventional manner. We
will provide updates as soon as decisions are finalised.
What may a revised bench set up look like to comply with Covid-19 requirements?
• We’re working through what the best set up for each venue will be. Decisions around placement of the score bench and
adjusted practices will be made to ensure that it fits within guidelines and doesn’t place added stress on team managers.
• Our position on team benches is to be as flexible as possible on a club by club basis. Your bench set up may differ to your
opposition at any given match, but as long as they both comply with physical distancing and hygiene standards, Netball
Tasmania is keen to help make that happen. In terms of players being allocated to a seat, or sitting wherever they feel like,
we can only make recommendations. If it suits your coaching team to have players sit anywhere and it’s within the team
managers scope to wipe down seats (although this isn’t mandated), then you would be welcome to. If it’s easier to have
allocated seating for the match, and your bench set up can allow coaches to comfortably work with players potentially being
more spread out, then that would be fine too!
Clubs are to have the final say in the health and wellbeing of their athletes in terms of them being allowed to play?
• Yes, the responsibility will be in the hands of the clubs, they will need to exercise judgment and where it is clearly not being
exercised and there is an obvious issue, the competition manager will be responsible for stepping in. We are working on a
checklist to help guide the clubs. Clubs however should be aware that where there is an instance of someone playing who is
demonstrating obvious signs of being unwell and unfit to compete in a Covid-19 environment, the Competition Manager may,
following consultation with the team staff, instruct that a player be removed from a match.
Discussion was had around if 3 athletes in a team are unwell and not able to play – Opens can pull from their 19U to cover but 19U sometimes can’t pull from anywhere else – if this happens in finals time and athletes aren’t qualified to play are the clubs able to get an exemption? What is the process around this?
• Through the regular season, if there are athletes that cannot play in the revised roster, names of new/replacement athletes
don’t need to be submitted to Netball Tas. As long as they’re registered in MyNetball before they take the court for a roster
match, that’s fine.
• Clubs are encouraged to qualify some extra players through the season in the event that they may be considered for finals.
There will be no upfront ‘exemption’ applied to finals qualification rulings, however Netball Tasmania reserves the right as
Competition Owner to consider exemptions if and when required in extreme cases only. This has been an extraordinary year,
there may be extraordinary circumstances to consider.
The DOE have a checklist to aid in managing illness. Is it possible for Netball Tasmania to develop something similar for clubs?
• We are not ‘required’ to have a checklist, but we do have a Covid-19 Case Management Plan (which is mandated) but agree it
would be good to have a checklist to assist. If we can get a copy of DOE’s it would be beneficial, and we can develop our own
and release soon along with the Manager Checklist for training's.
What are the new parameters in terms of number of quarters played given the season is now reduced in eligibility for finals?
• Athletes must take the court in at least 4 games in total (12 games per club, a third of which is 4) to be eligible for finals.
How many quarters in Opens before you need to stay up if 19U eligible?
• The quarters will be set at 16, reflective of the reduced season and meeting of the one third of total quarters before being
re-graded as an open only player.
If we have athletes that cannot play in the revised roster when do we have to have names of new/replacement athletes to Netball Tas by?
• If they’re registered in MyNetball before they take the court, that’s fine. We won’t be developing a new manual as things will
Considering the current climate, there are some concerns about the athletes staying in accommodation together (sometimes sharing double beds)…
• Since the time of this question, accommodation restrictions have lifted. Clubs should however be aware that many
participants may not wish to share accommodation in the current environment, and should consider alternative options
(such as arranging own accommodation) for this year only given the unusual circumstances, and all Clubs only having one
‘away’ double header remaining.
Travelling together in cars for over 2 hours each way to Launceston / Ulverstone / Hobart?
• There is no restriction in place for the number of people travelling together in a vehicle. Again however, Clubs should
consider individual participants preferences/concerns.
Are Clubs able to use buses for travel?
• There are no restrictions on bus travel, but Clubs should be aware that individual companies may have restrictions in place
for their own vehicles. This should be checked when booking.
What about parents transporting athletes, then not being able to be spectate if restrictions remain and having to stay overnight?
• We can’t control this unfortunately. We may be able to build some flexibility into the 100 max. i.e. the allocations for Club
Officials, and there is space for 5 different parents to do Bench on each game. Ultimately though – we’re hard capped on
attendees (and that’s still subject to point in time advice), so we won’t be able to open to spectators as we normally would
until there is future easing of restrictions. It’s a challenge, like many in a return to sport post Covid-19.
Are there any special requirements for our primary carer during games with regards to COVID-19 from Netball Tasmania?
• Primary Carers will need to be across the Netball Tas management plans in regard to return to play. When treating athletes
and they are unable to maintain the 1.5m distance, they must wear a mask, sanitise hands before and after treatment, and
sanitise any equipment used before and after treatment, i.e. wiping down the massage table, foam rollers etc.
• They will be under the same umbrella of not attending if they're unwell/showing any symptoms, and it's club responsibility
to check this.
In terms of planning for next year, given TNL Licence are currently being called for, is there a timeframe in terms of making announcements? This is even more paramount now we are playing 2 seasons in 13 months.
• We’ve said as soon as practical after the June 30th deadline, so early July seems possible, which is still quite a bit
before season commencement.
What is the current plan for 2021?
• We’ve said throughout that we don’t want the impact of Covid-19 flowing across multiple seasons unless absolutely
necessary. At this stage, Clubs should be preparing for a commencement date similar to that of 2020 – early to mid-March.