Netball got its starting whistle earlier this week with the state body announcing community clubs could resume training as soon as yesterday — but a mountain of requirements and paperwork has meant that a majority of teams won’t hit the court again for a while yet.
Footballers got their return to training date of next Monday, May 25 last weekend while the netball side of clubs patiently waited for Netball Victoria’s stance on the matter.
The body declared on Tuesday that from Thursday, May 21, clubs all over the state were permitted to run club-sanctioned training in groups of 10, in line with the State Government’s current restrictions for outdoor gatherings.
There are strict rules in place for clubs who wish to train however with no indoor courts allowed, one group of 10 at a time plus coaching or support staff allowed per court, a mandatory 20 minute break between each group of 10 for complete sanitisation of equipment and the area, no match simulation, 1.5 metre distance between all people, no bibs, no spectators and each club must have a COVID-19 safe officer to enforce these requirements.
While no contact and keep your distance are rules that every netballer already lives by, the strict rules and demand now put onto club staff has Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League (MCDFNL) netball president Katrina Turner doubting whether any of the local league’s clubs will be up and running for training any time soon.
For more on this story see the Back Page of The Advertiser, Friday, May 22