VIC & TAS

Victorian New Coaching Guidelines

  • 13 Nov, 2020
  • Glynis Nunn

(Effective from 11:59pm 8/11/2020 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 12th November 2020 (but is effective at 11:59pm 8th November) and the situation could change at any time, please keep up-to-date by checking on the relevant government websites.

When reading these guidelines, “Community sport” refers to competitions and training sanctioned by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, such as Athletics Victoria or Little Athletics Victoria. Physical recreation is any other activity that is not associated with competition or training sanctioned by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, such as fitness and gym classes or activities and social matches.

Where are you located?

  • Victoria (includes both Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria) (see section 1)
  • Tasmania (see section 2)

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-premier-81

Section 1: Victoria

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.):

  • You and your athletes must observe social distancing and hygiene, including wearing a mask when not undertaking vigorous exercise.
  • You and your athletes must not share equipment – each athlete should bring their own equipment.
  • Keep records of worker, volunteer and participant details for contact tracing, where person attends work premises for longer than 15 minutes.
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation is allowed:
    • outdoor contact and non-contact sport allowed for people ≤18 y.o., with gathering and density limits,
    • outdoor non-contact sport only allowed for adults, with gathering and density limits,
    • boot camps and outdoor fitness groups for 10 people (trainer not included in the cap),
    • Individual events, such as running or track and field events, can resume with up to ten participants taking part in the event or race at a time. The ten-person cap does not include those necessary for the event e.g. coaches.
    • Non-contact means maintaining a distance of 1.5m.
    • equipment is cleaned and disinfected between users
    • no indoor facilities or shared facilities (except communal change rooms and toilets) are used
    • NOTE: A sport is non-contact if participants can maintain a distance of 1.5 metres while playing.
  • Indoor physical recreation (including classes and personal training, refer to the definition of physical activity given earlier)
    • Adults:
      • Strict density quotient of 1 per 8m2.
      • Patron cap of up to 10 per space and 20 per venue with a maximum group size of 10 per session.
      • Patrons continue to wear face masks unless out of breath.
      • Staggered class times and time gap of 15 minutes to avoid congregation and exceeding group limits.
      • Required to have a COVIDSafe Marshal on-site (for more information about the role of COVID Marshals, follow the covid marshal link given below).
    • Children (18 and under):
      • Non-contact activities permitted where a distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained for a maximum of 20 people. Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where child requires supervision.
    • Indoor community sport (refer to the definition of Community Sport given earlier)
      • Adults:
        • Not permitted
      • Children (18 and under):
        • Non-contact activities permitted where a distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained for a maximum of 20 people. Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where child requires supervision.
      • Gathering limits means
        • limited to the number of people required to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. cricket may be played with two teams of eleven players and the necessary coaching personal and umpires).
        • Spectators are permissible only for the supervision of children or for necessary support for players with additional needs. No spectators allowed for adult sport.
      • Check the rules relating to where you wish to conduct your session. Where outdoor facilities are open, these facilities must have a patron cap of 10, unless each group of two can maintain 100 meters distance from all other people. Your local track is very likely to have a 10 patron cap (as was common in Melbourne during Stage 3). You MUST check the rules in place for the facility you intend to use as some facilities have stricter rules than those required by the Victorian Government.
      • Please check your insurance if you are coaching non-athletics related fitness training activities such as with various football codes and running your own physical fitness businesses.
      • Where private coaching activities are involved, the coach must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that meets the requirements of VicSport’s current COVID-19 requirements. For groups of only 2 athletes an independent CSO at every training session is unnecessary. We would strongly recommend the coach has done the Covid Safe course, so they act as a CSO themself. Over 10 athletes, a CSO is recommended. Over 20, a CSO is mandatory.

For more details, please refer to:

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-11/201108%20-%20Third%20Steps.pdf

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-11/Industry-Restart-Guidelines-Physical-Recreation.pdf

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-11/Industry-Restart-Guidelines-Community-Sport-and-Recreation.pdf

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covid-marshals

Also refer to the following regarding the positions of:

  • Little Athletics Victoria (APPENDIX II) and
  • Athletics Victoria (APPENDIX III).

 

 

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