COVID 19 FAQ’S

           Juniors

Training

How many players can train at once?

There is no restriction on the number of players under the age of 18 that can train at one time

Are there any field layout requirements?

 No- although we urge clubs to use common sense

Can we have access to the changerooms or toilets?

Changerooms and toilets are to remain closed. Players are expected to arrive ready to train. Toilets can be opened on an emergency bases.

Who is responsible for ensuring protocols are completed?

Each club is to appoint a COVID-19 Safety Officer prior to the commencement of club activity. We encourage clubs to have multiple people take ownership in this role and share the responsibility.

Is the COVID-19 Safety Officer required at every training session?

The COVID-19 Safety Officer is not required to attend every training session although it is recommended that all coaches, trainers and team managers also complete the online Infection Training Control course.

Is a training/attendance log required for every training session?

Yes- the EFNL have provided clubs with an attendance log document to be completed and be maintained and available upon request of the EFNL. This document can be typed or hand written. Alternatively, Team App has developed an attendance log that is available to use.

Can parents attend training sessions?

Spectators for training must abide by public gathering restrictions– spectators should be in groups of no more than 10 people in open, outdoor venues and spread out around the ground or venue.

 

What are the hygiene protocols in place for trainings?

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitisers must be available for all team training sessions, with players

       encouraged to use prior, during and following training

  • There is strictly to be no sharing of personal items such as water bottles, food or towels. Personal items need to be easily distinguishable, labelled and kept separate
  • Players and coaches must not spit or clear nasal passages at small outdoor group training
  • No high fives, handshakes, or other physical contact
  • Changerooms, club rooms and wet areas are not to be utilised for small outdoor group training (i.e. players arrive at venue in football gear and must shower at home)
  • Club provided footballs must be wiped with antibacterial wipes or alcohol-based sanitiser prior to and after small outdoor group training sessions

2020 Season

What dates will the Junior Season start and end?

Round 1 will be played on Sunday 26th July and conclude on the 20th September.

How many Rounds will be played?

Each team will play 9 games in the 2020 Season.

Will teams be regraded?

No- As teams have already been graded, they will stay as is unless exceptional circumstance rise.

Will there be a finals series?

The last two weeks of the season will be formatted into finals games. The Premiership will be awarded to the team who wins the last two weeks of finals games.

Have any rules changed?

The even up rule will now apply to all age groups. We want to ensure the maximum number of players are playing each weekend.

Will game day look different?

Appropriate changes have been made to the time length in games. Additionally, a 25 minute break between games will be introduced. Changerooms will also remain closed throughout the season. This allows people to Get In, Play and Get Out in an efficient amount of time.

Can we open the canteen?

No- not at this stage. If the gathering numbers restrictions ease, it will be optional for clubs to open their canteen.

Accreditations and Qualifications

Are club officials still required to obtain a Working With Children’s Check?

Yes- as per the EFNL Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, all relevant personnel are required to hold valid WWCC.

Are coaches still required to obtain a valid 2020 Coaching Accreditation?

Coaches are now required to have a valid Coaching Accreditation by Round 1 of the 2020 Season.

Will there be more trainers courses?

Yes- course details can be found on First Aid Managements website: www.firstaidmanagement.com.au

COVID-19

What happens if I start to feel unwell?

If you, or people you have been in contact with are sick, DO NOT attend small outdoor group training and advise your football coach who is responsible for informing the COVID Safety Officer.

What happens if one of our players test positive for COVID-19?

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

Can a club, coach, official or any other volunteer be held legally responsible if COVID 19 was detected and a player tested positive?

If the Club is following the Chief Medical Officer guidelines there is little scope to establish negligence. For a club to be held liable for negligence, a duty of care must exist, and it must be shown that the club (or one of its coaches/volunteers) breached that duty of care.  At its core, where a duty of care exists, the law requires that reasonable steps be taken to reduce the likelihood of injury because of a foreseeable risk (i.e. that a player would contract COVID-19).

Therefore, to reduce their exposure to liability, clubs should look at their activities and the club environment, identify any potential risks, and take reasonable steps to alleviate those risks. As to the risk of a child contracting COVID-19, this would involve ensuring players are in a safe and hygienic playing/training environment.

For example (without limitation) being enforcing strict hygiene practices, adhering to the safety measures released by the Government, ensuring children displaying flu/cold like symptoms are not permitted to play or train and dealt with immediately; and communicating relevant policies to all personnel (coaches, volunteers, players, officials, spectators etc.). Ongoing monitoring and management of such practices would also be considered important.

Insurance

Does the League have insurance cover in place to protect Clubs, their officials, and volunteers?

The Leagues Directors and Officers insurance is in place for Clubs, their officers and volunteers have public liability cover for this type of claim if it eventuated by reason of Club football activities.

Do I need to pay the League Registration Fee to be covered by Insurance?

Yes, the advice from our Insurer is that all players should pay the registration fee relevant to their competition.  The Insurance cover provides protection for injuries and loss of income and currently covers all training sessions.  The Insurance policy has been in place since January 1st, 2020 and will continue through to 31st December 2020 to ensure players are covered.

Please note the currently policy EXCLUDES matches and practice matches not sanctioned by the League.

Does the League insurance cover include practice matches for the Junior Competition?

No, the League insurance will not cover clubs for practice matches played prior to Round 1.

 

               Seniors

 

Training

How many players can train at once?

Training groups no larger than two groups of 20, not including the coach or the minimum amount of support staff who are reasonable required to manage the activity. Groups of 20 must not mix with each other and must remain distant. Participants are not permitted to swap between groups. If a pair/group work is required, pairs must be consistent across each training session.

We have more than 20 players in our team, can we just let a few more train?

No – the restrictions that are in place are set by the VIC State Government clearly outline the maximum number of participants, including coaches and support staff, and sanctions are enforceable if a team or club is found to be in breach of this restriction. Clubs should look to separate their groups to ensure that they are under the maximum number of participants allowable.

How are we meant to fit all teams on the ground for training during the week if they are split into smaller groups? Ground availability will be an issue

Clubs should consider introducing a staggered training schedule for the groups of 20 that may include different start times, different days and/or different locations. It is also advisable that where possible, clubs ensure that there is a gap between training times to limit the potential for a crossover of training groups at the same venue. Training times may need to be shorter to accommodate this requirement. Clubs are able to utilise lights, although we recommend seeking alternative options to minimise costs.

Can we have access to the changerooms or toilets?

Changerooms and toilets are to remain closed. Players are expected to arrive ready to train. Toilets can be opened on an emergency bases.

Who is responsible for ensuring protocols are completed?

Each club is to appoint a COVID-19 Safety Officer prior to the commencement of club activity. We encourage clubs to have multiple people take ownership in this role and share the responsibility.

Is the COVID-19 Safety Officer required at every training session?

The COVID-19 Safety Officer is not required to attend every training session although it is recommended that all coaches, trainers and team managers also complete the online Infection Training Control course.

 

Is a training/attendance log required for every training session?

Yes- the EFNL have provided clubs with an attendance log document to be completed and be maintained and available upon request of the EFNL. This document can be typed or hand written. Alternatively, Team App has developed an attendance log that is available to use.

What are the hygiene protocols in place for trainings?

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitisers must be available for all team training sessions, with players

encouraged to use prior, during and following training

  • There is strictly to be no sharing of personal items such as water bottles, food or towels. Personal items need to be easily distinguishable, labelled and kept separate
  • Players and coaches must not spit or clear nasal passages at small outdoor group training
  • No high fives, handshakes, or other physical contact
  • Changerooms, club rooms and wet areas are not to be utilised for small outdoor group training (i.e. players arrive at venue in football gear and must shower at home)
  • Club provided footballs must be wiped with antibacterial wipes or alcohol-based sanitiser prior to and after small outdoor group training sessions

 

Accreditations and Qualifications

Are club officials still required to obtain a Working With Children’s Check?

Yes- as per the EFNL Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, all relevant personnel are required to hold valid WWCC.

Are coaches still required to obtain a valid 2020 Coaching Accreditation?

Coaches are now required to have a valid Coaching Accreditation by Round 1 of the 2020 Season.

Will there be more trainers courses?

Yes- course details can be found on First Aid Managements website: www.firstaidmanagement.com.au

 

COVID-19

 

What happens if I start to feel unwell?

If you, or people you have been in contact with are sick, DO NOT attend small outdoor group training and advise your football coach who is responsible for informing the COVID Safety Officer.

What happens if one of our players test positive for COVID-19?

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

Can a club, coach, official or any other volunteer be held legally responsible if COVID 19 was detected and a player tested positive?

If the Club is following the Chief Medical Officer guidelines there is little scope to establish negligence. For a club to be held liable for negligence, a duty of care must exist, and it must be shown that the club (or one of its coaches/volunteers) breached that duty of care.  At its core, where a duty of care exists, the law requires that reasonable steps be taken to reduce the likelihood of injury because of a foreseeable risk (i.e. that a player would contract COVID-19).

Therefore, to reduce their exposure to liability, clubs should look at their activities and the club environment, identify any potential risks, and take reasonable steps to alleviate those risks. As to the risk of a child contracting COVID-19, this would involve ensuring players are in a safe and hygienic playing/training environment.

For example (without limitation) being enforcing strict hygiene practices, adhering to the safety measures released by the Government, ensuring children displaying flu/cold like symptoms are not permitted to play or train and dealt with immediately; and communicating relevant policies to all personnel (coaches, volunteers, players, officials, spectators etc.). Ongoing monitoring and management of such practices would also be considered important.

 

Insurance

Does the League have insurance cover in place to protect Clubs, their officials, and volunteers?

The Leagues Directors and Officers insurance is in place for Clubs, their officers and volunteers have public liability cover for this type of claim if it eventuated by reason of Club football activities.

Do I need to pay the League Registration Fee to be covered by Insurance?

Yes, the advice from our Insurer is that all players should pay the registration fee relevant to their competition.  The Insurance cover provides protection for injuries and loss of income and currently covers all training sessions.  The Insurance policy has been in place since January 1st, 2020 and will continue through to 31st December 2020 to ensure players are covered.

Please note the currently policy EXCLUDES matches and practice matches not sanctioned by the League.

 

 

    Auskick

Can we start Auskick again?

The 2020 official AFL Auskick program’s start date is yet to be confirmed by the AFL.  The AFL Auskick program is run by the AFL and is completely separate from the Eastern Football Netball League (EFNL).  Training, support and fees are managed by the AFL and this includes appropriate insurance cover to cover the participants and the volunteers that run the Auskick programs.

Is there an alternative Program clubs can run?

Clubs may run their own ‘Little Legends’ type training (we would strongly recommend not calling Auskick) for the 6 and 7 year old aspiring footballers but in doing so they just need to be aware that the EFNL does not have an insurance policy in place for their program.  Clubs and participants thereby engage in these activities at their own risk and should be advised of this before they join the program.  The EFNL will not endorse the club run program as we are not providing training to the volunteers that run the program.  Participants should be ensuring that all volunteers engaged in the program have WWCC and some volunteers have their Level Coaching Accreditation.

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