(Effective from 11:59pm 18/10/2020 for Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Guidelines for Tasmania are modified slightly to reflect changes effective 25/9/2020.)
In all cases, it is highly recommended you undertake the COVID safe certification, which can be found here: https://www.openlearning.com/courses/covid-safe-sport-coach-certification/
Further, note that a knowingly and deliberate act of not complying with the restrictions and the relevant State Government’s COVID Safety Guidelines, could be deemed an act of negligence, and consequently may jeopardise your insurance cover. (Please refer to APPENDIX I for details of insurance.)
This advice relates to the situation as at 19th October 2020 (but is effective at 11:59pm 18th October) and the situation could change at any time, please keep up-to-date by checking on the relevant government websites.
Where are you located?
Community sport training and competition cannot occur. (NOTE: some of these points are not specifically mentioned in the current roadmap, but are assumed to be the case based on prior documents.):
NOTE: The Vic Gov website indicates:
As this seems to contradict other advice, it is subject to confirmation.
Taking the most conservative view, training and competition cannot occur, this means you should NOT be coaching and your insurance will not cover you (see APPENDIX I). LAVic and AthsVic have both confirmed that even professional coaches CANNOT coach at this time. Department of Sport and Recreation Victoria emphasises coaches are NOT personal trainers.
Also refer to the following regarding the positions of Little Athletics Victoria (APPENDIX II) and Athletics Victoria (APPENDIX III).
For more details, please refer to:
Training and competition can occur. (NOTE: some of these points are not specifically mentioned in the current roadmap, but are assumed to be the case based on prior documents.):
For more details, please refer to:
Also refer to the following regarding the positions of:
Please refer to the relevant section below.
The Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport (AIS Framework) is the guiding document for resuming sport and recreation in Tasmania and specifies activities for community and individual sports according to the level of restrictions currently in place.
A return to full sporting activity (indoors and outdoors) in alignment with Level C of the AIS framework comes into place as of midday Friday 26 June 2020.
The maximum density limit of 2 square metres per person applies for outdoor and indoor sport, with a cap of 1000 people outdoors and 250 people per single undivided space indoors (participants, athletes, support staff, officials, spectators and volunteers are counted within the maximum).
Where practical, players and athletes should maintain 1.5 metres from other people. Larger teams should consider maintaining some small group separation at training.
Non-essential social gatherings should be limited.
Athletics Specific: Full training and competition. Avoid running in slipstream of others. Competition — Multi Event rooms remain a risk and time spent here should be minimised with adequate space/separation. Similarly, call rooms pre event will need to be restructured
As for Coaching Privately, and also Please refer to the following regarding the positions of Athletics Tasmania (APPENDIX IV) and Little Athletics Tasmania (APPENDIX V).
ATFCA provides full and comprehensive insurance cover for its member coaches as follows:
The following was sent from Anthony McIntosh on 15th September 2020:
Earlier today, the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, released a statement announcing that regional communities would proceed to the ‘Third Step’ of the re-opening roadmap, effective from 11.59pm on 16th September.
In a positive development for the commencement of the 20/21 season for our sport, the statement, in part, reads:
“Outdoor contact and non-contact sport will begin for regional Victorians aged 18 and under, as well as outdoor non-contact sport for adults, with gathering and density limits.”
In its announcements on Sunday 6th September, the State Government foreshadowed this development as part of the roadmap for Step 3. Unlike the hard dates set out for metropolitan Melbourne, the steps to re-opening for regional Victoria will continue to be determined by infection rates.
At this stage, there is no further information available regarding the conditions and restrictions under which our sport can commence.
It’s expected that the Department of Health & Human Services and Sport & Recreation Victoria will be providing this advice to all State Sporting Organisations, including LAVic, in coming days. In turn, LAVic will revise and distribute its competition and training protocols for regional Victorian Centres, to ensure the conduct of safe, legal, and insured Little Athletics activities.
Centres are reminded that they are not insured for season 20/21, and are unable to register members or conduct sanctioned activities – such as training and competition – until they have successfully affiliated, have registered at least one COVID-Safe Official and have received written authorisation from LAVic. The protocols and authorisation process will be finalised and communicated in due course.
The LAVic Team
The following protocols were released by LAVic in July, they are superseded now and are provided for interest and assistance in longer-term planning. As advised above, new protocols are due in coming days :
Stay up to date here:
NOTE: it is likely this will change based on the changes to the restrictions. It is the most up-to-date we have at the moment.
The following was the position of Athletics Victoria as at 28th September 2020:
From 11:59 pm on 27 September 2020, metropolitan Melbourne moved to the Second Step towards COVID Normal.
Exercise is allowed within 5km of your home, or 5km from your workplace if you are on the permitted worker list (you must carry your permit)
Regarding exercise and recreation:
Outdoor exercise is permitted in line with public gathering limits, within 5km, only where facilities are not required.
Outdoor personal training is limited to 2 people, plus the personal trainer, but excluding children under 12 months. Equipment sharing is not permitted, and the trainer must wear a mask.
Indoor physical recreational facilities can be used for the purposes of education and work, including exclusive use of training for professional and high-performance sports persons or exclusive use by a school, including:
a personal training facility;
a swimming pool at a non-residential premise
Outdoor pools are permitted to open for exercise only
Toilets at outdoor pools can be open, but changing rooms are closed
People allowed in a pool is the lower of the density quotient or 20 people
People unable to congregate around a pool
Publicly accessible playgrounds can open, outdoor only, but playcentres, skate parks and trampolining centres are closed.
For all the latest roadmap information including an outline of the Step process visit vic.gov.au/roadmap.
For more information on metropolitan Melbourne restrictions
Further, Glenn Turnor confirmed the following in private correspondence:
Is club coaching permitted?
Club Coaching not permitted as it falls under COMMUNITY Sport and Govt has confirmed under current stage, no Community sport. However physical exercise is permitted for up to 2 hours.
Regarding private coaching – under one of the previous levels of restriction, private coaching was allowed if coaching was someone’s primary source of income. Is that still the case?
Unfortunately not this time and under the current stage of restrictions. I asked Sport and Rec for the last three weeks and the response has come back ‘it only applies to personal trainers this time’.
Here is the email confirmation (relevant part) from government when they pushed for the definition to include ‘coaches’ but it was denied. It has been really difficult to negotiate and lobby through this lockdown stage. Looking at Regional Vic and where they are at under the next step, Metro Melbourne should be at the same point (hopefully) around 19 October ….
“Also, regarding the coaches policy – the answer is no unfortunately. Only PT trainers are allowed at this stage and other coaches are not allowed as community sport facilities remain closed. We pursued this very strongly but could not get it through. Given the Premier’s announcement of 19 October being the next possible easing date, hope it is not too far away for the change again.”
Is the coach allowed to travel outside their 5km limit?
Not under this current stage we are in, unless the coach has been approved by Athletics Australia for ELITE/HP Coaching exemption.
Personal trainers are allowed two clients. Groups of 5 are allowed to exercise together. How large a group is a coach allowed to have? Are the exceptions if the squad is from the same household?
As mentioned there is not provision for coaching in the current regulations. You can socialise with another household as you mentioned. What these two households do during their physical activity time is their choice as long as they stick by the rules!
Density on the track?
At the moment govt have noted that facilities are closed however the ultimate decision around facilities lies with Local government. I am aware that Collingwood track has remained open to the public. The local council therefore controls that space.
When are we likely to return to competition? Will it look different to the past?
We are working towards varied competition as restrictions are lifted by govt. We have based our plans on the roadmap for Metro Melbourne and Regional Vic presented by the government. It will be very different up until we return to COVID normal. This is what we will be sharing during the sessions coming up next week
I know that this is not a perfect situation.
Regional VICTORIA from 11:59pm 16th September 2020
Glenn Turnor issued a statement 15th September saying that athletic competition is still not permitted. All Regional clubs have been advised of this.
A “Road Map To Return To Play” was sent to Regional Clubs on 16th September. This document is 20 pages long, which is too lengthy to reproduce here. If your club does not have a copy, please contact Athletics Victoria to obtain one.
Athletics Specific Responses Club, Squad and Development Training and Programs (Level C of the AIS Framework):
Spectators and Additional Personnel:
Athletics Tasmania COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines: https://cdn.revolutionise.com.au/cups/tasathletics/files/oaoia5ahx3xpezxv.pdf –
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