A RETURN to competition edges closer for netballers on the South Coast, after Netball NSW approved the return to training for players, in groups up to 10.
Netball NSW recently released its guidelines on how clubs, including those in the Shoalhaven Netball Association and Ulladulla and Districts Netball Association, can return to the court, after the NSW public health (COVID-19 restrictions on gathering and movement) order (number two) 2020 came into effect.
"This [announcement] will enable netball training to re-commence, however still without any body contact drills," a Netball NSW spokesperson said.
"Importantly, associations are advised the restrictions applied to netball allow for a maximum of 10 people on a court at any one time.
"This includes players plus any coaches, parents and spectators - the 10 person per court limit can not be exceeded at any time."
The key points under Netball NSW's return to play are:
- Outdoor venues are able to operate with up to 10 people per court: a) No mixing of groups of 10 at any time b) No swapping of people between groups of 10 c) Coaches are included in the 10 person total
- "Train and go"- participants to arrive at the venue, training on nominated court and then leave without interacting with other groups.
- Use of change rooms and bathrooms to be kept to the absolute minimum.
- Maintain appropriate social distancing and COVID-19 hygiene practices.
- Skills training only. No close contact or match play drills.
This announcement presents the first step in matches across the state returning to the court my mid-July
"The most important thing is that netballers in NSW stay healthy," a Netball NSW spokesperson said.
"Please follow the guidelines so we can play our part in moving NSW towards the further easing of restrictions in the weeks to come.
"Netball NSW would like to thank our fantastic members for their patience and support as we work through the return to play process."