THE League COVID-19 Rules and Regulations & Code of Conduct - Updated 16/08/2021
The League Netball Game Modifications - England Netball have relaxed game modifications and standard rules of netball now apply.
COVID-19 has not disappeared. Although many of the restrictions have been removed, the virus is still prevalent and appears likely to remain so for some time. It is for these reasons that this guidance is crucially important; it sets out the actions we must take in line with the latest Government guidance, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-grassroots-sports-guidance-for-the-public-and-sport-providers as well as clear recommendations to protect and give confidence to the Netball Family. Everyone involved in netball should familiarise themselves with the guidance and play a role in keeping the risk of COVID-19 transmitting at netball to a minimum.
As such we have comprehensive measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission as there is an increased risk associated with taking part in netball activity and as such all The League match play and competition will adhere to the following:
1. Personal Risk Assesment and Opting In
The ‘Opt In’ Process and Confirmations as advised by England Netball and adapted by The League Netball.
This process is designed to make sure that the risks of netball and COVID-19 are understood, and the information is readily available for all individuals and ensures choice with regard to joining netball activity as provided by THE League.
This information is for all The League members, players, coaches, officials, umpires, and volunteers.
The risks associated with Netball activity related to COVID-19 and providing information to enable your choice re 'Opt In' is available and explained by the:
Netball Medical Information video - Understanding the risk of netball.
All players/officials/umpires please read the Personal Risk assesment (Form 1 attached below) and Opt In document (Form 2 attached below.) as part of the first stage towards your informed safe return. Please consider your personal circumstances when making your decision to return.
2. THE League COVID 19-Leads
COVID-19 Lead - Janice Enright 07875738959 firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Lead - Jessica Enright 07891891237 email@example.com
As self-designated COVID-19 Leads on behalf of our organisation THE League, we are following England Netball and www.gov.uk guidelines.
To ensure fast and smooth communication each team Captain is our designated COVID-19 Link and any named other as deemed by the Captain.
3. The League Pre-Game Process
a) Track and trace
The League will support test and trace efforts by asking the captains/COVID-19 links to collect written/electronically written information on participants who are attending their matches. This must be detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact all participants if a player becomes ill with COVID-19.
Any attendee who develops COVID-19 symptoms up to 48hours after any netball activity must report to NHS Test and Trace and notify their Team Captain if the test is positive. The Team Captain then informs THE League COVID-19 Leads.
What to do if you develop symptoms or have been in contact.
The records must be kept by the captain/ COVID-19 links for 21 days.
Please see attached below Document 3 The League Players Test & Trace Form
b) Symptom check/Self-assessment
Our aim is to promote and maintain the health & safety of all our Netball family. Please help us by answering the questions on the COVID-19 Health Declaration Form before attending each game.
If you feel like you are displaying any of the symptoms listed, please do NOT attend the game.
There is no legal requirement to complete a COVID-19 test before any netball activity, but while positive cases remain high England Netball are encouraging that all within the Netball Family complete regular (twice weekly) Lateral Flow Tests at home to help limit the spread of the virus. Information on obtaining lateral flow tests is available here. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/
If a person tests positive, they must not attend any netball activity and they must self-isolate at home for 10 days in line with Government guidance and have lateral flow tested negative prior to returning to netball.
Captains please ensure this check is performed prior to game attendance/mixing with others.
Please see attached below Document 4 The Self Health Declaration.
c) Arrival & Exit from the venues
This will be venue specific, current available venues are,
1. Goals – ALL Saints Sports Centre.
a. Court 1 procedure - Only enter when the previous game has completed. Enter via main reception and exit via the top fire door. Match start times have been staggered to reduce congestion. Please do not congregate in reception.Try to arrive near your match start time. Set up team 'benches' with hand sanitiser in place on opposite sides of the hall and not near the umpires table will be in place.
b. Court 2 procedure - Only enter when the previous game has completed. Enter and exit via reception. Match start times have been staggered to reduce congestion. Try to arrive near your match start time. Set up team 'benches' with hand sanitiser in place on opposite sides of the hall and not near the umpires table will be in place.
c. Court 3 procedure - (stand alone court) Only enter when the previous game has completed. Enter via the bottom fire door and exit via the top fire door. Match start times have been staggered to reduce congestion. Please do not congregate in reception. Try to arrive near your match start time. Set up team 'benches' with hand sanitiser in place on opposite sides of the hall and not near the umpires table will be in place.
2. Killamarsh Leisure Centre. - Only enter when the previous game has completed. Enter via main reception and exit via the fire door, or if you'd prefer back through main reception. You are fine to wait outside the main hall in the seating area before your game begins.Try to arrive near your match start time. Set up team 'benches' with hand sanitiser in place on opposite sides of the hall and not near the umpires table.
3. Mercia School - There is a pedestrian gate with an entry code pad on the wall on your left. Each week the school will issue a code to gain access. Continue up the drive and turn left at the top. The entrance, which will be open and is at the far end of the building. Wait there, outside, until permission is given to enter which will be when the previous match has exited the building. Set up team ‘benches’ with hand sanitsers in place on opposite sides of the court away from the umpires will be in place. The exit route is the opposite of the entry route and there is a button rather than a code to open the gate.
4 Goodwins Sports Centre - Please try to attend as near to your game time as possible. Enter thru the main doors and exit thru the back doors which are located just outside the hall and lead out onto the outdoor pitches and then walk around the back of the building. Only enter the hall when its clear from the previous game. Set up team 'benches' with hand sanitiser in place on opposite sides of the hall and not near the umpires table will be in place.
5. Netherthorpe School - Only enter when the previous game has completed. Enter via main reception or fire doors, and exit via the fire doors, or if you'd prefer back through main reception. You are fine to wait outside the main hall, or outsode the fire exits before your game begins.Try to arrive near your match start time. Set up team 'benches' with hand sanitiser in place on opposite sides of the hall and not near the umpires table.
6. Park Academy -
We are in close contact with Springs & Meadowhead Academies and are waiting for confirmation of their restart.
4. The Game – Arrival and During
Maintain sensible one way systems or other traffic flow systems as people arrive to avoid unnecessary and avoidable congestion
Maintaining social distancing when not on court. There is no legal requirement to distance, but it should be encouraged where possible, particularly indoors
Spectators are permitted but should, where possible, be encouraged to maintain social distancing and wear a face covering indoors, particularly if there are larger numbers of spectators Items such as water bottles and whistles should not be shared
The League will continue to only provide match balls, bibs in case of colour clash and position change, first aid including PPE equipment and sanitising products.
Please arrive ready to play, the policy is ‘Get in,’ Play Safe, Get out!'
Do not arrive too early.
Use your own training ball for personal use.
Keep all your personal belongings 2 metres away from others.
If possible, arrive wearing your own bibs as provided by yourselves.
Nails short and jewellery removed or taped by yourselves.
Hands must be sanitised upon arrival at the venue.
If paying on the night please pay prior to start of the match with prepared monies, online payment is the preferred option.
b) Play Safe
With the lifting of restrictions, the COVID-19 rule modifications no longer apply and the standard rules of netball can now be used. There is no longer a limit on the length of time or number of matches/ training sessions an individual can attend in a single day. Care should continue to be taken and it should be remembered that increased contact time and increased interactions pose a greater risk of transmission of COVID-19 and the need to self-isolate if someone subsequently tests positive.
Safety within matches must be taken seriously by all and is the responsibility of everyone. Players should encourage and remind one another of the COVID-19 protocols as much as officials and umpires do.
Players are required to sanitise hands at the start and end of each quarter
Players are actively discouraged from touching the post
Team talks to be conducted in socially distanced circles.
No shouting or cheering
Substitutes maintain social distancing.
No sharing of water bottles, place 2 metres away from other water bottles.
c) Get Out
Hands sanitised at the end of the match.
At the end of the match all players should clear the court straight away and should not congregate at the edge of the courts at the venue.
5. The Post-Game Process
Please leave as soon as the game is completed, if payment is to be made at the venue, please pay on arrival using the correct monies.
Sanitise hands on exit.
All venues will contimue to have entry and exit points that ensures social distancing can be maintained.
Venues may display the appropriate signage to facilitate entry and exit at all points throughout the facility.
Ensure test and trace is completed and stored safely and destroyed after 21 days.
Contact THE League Covid-19 Leads if any attendee develops COVID-19 symptoms which leads to a positive test via NHS Test and Trace within 48 hours of dated The League netball activity. After 2 positive cases per game, team within a 14 day period we will then report to England NHS Test and Trace and covid@englandnetball to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and take advice
16TH AUGUST 2021 ONWARDS
Government guidance states that if you have been fully vaccinated or are U18 you will be exempt from being required to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive case.
You will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible.
Anyone who is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive should do a COVID-19 test on the day of any netball activity and can only attend if this test is negative
Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to self-isolate and not attend any netball activity if they are a close contact of someone testing positive
Captains please continue to keep registers of all netball activity, so that COVID-19 Officers can advise on close contacts of positive cases
Please use the NHS Test and Trace QR code displayed within the venue (if one is displayed)
6. General Rules and Guidance
1. Preferred option - Team Payment.
If possible, a per team selected individual pays £35.00 weekly online stating their team name.
2. Individual payments.
For individual online payments, please state the team name.
3. Cash payments.
Please pay cash into your provided designated team envelope on the night of play. (apart from Sheffield Division 5 based at Chaucer School which will be cashless - option 1 & 2 only.
Bank Account Details: The League
PAYPAL Number and email - 07875738959, firstname.lastname@example.org
A freshly cleaned/sanitised ball per match will be provided and used for each quarter (same ball can be used but must be cleaned at quarter times).
A spare ‘clean’ ball will be kept in reserve if the match ball enters a spectator area.
The post at each goal end will be sanitised prior to the start of the match, and if/when contacted during the game and on game completion.
A clean set of bibs will be provided by each team, however there will be a spare clean set at each venue in case of colour clashes. Changing positions during a game should be limited to as less position changes as possible, however if a player is to change position, a clean bib from the sets provided at each venue can be used.
Participants should take their kit home to wash it themselves, rather than have one person handling a large quantity of soiled materials. Where kit absolutely has to be shared or kept together (for example last minute stand-in players, shortage of kit, or an essential club function), each person handling it must wash or sanitise their hands immediately after.
There is an additional risk of infection in close proximity situations where people are shouting or conversing loudly. This particularly applies indoors and when face to face. Players will therefore try to avoid shouting or raising their voices when facing each other during, before and after games.
Umpires are our greatest asset and must be treated with respect, if you need to approach umpires at quarter times, please maintain social distancing and speak normally.
2 umpires must be used during match play and will ensure players are adhering to the rule modifications and will instigate the appropriate game management protocol as per;
The Netball Rule Book Manual 2020.
Will check nails from 2m away.
Will keep 2m away from netball activity, can stay in front or behind play if the court has a short run off.
Will ensure the last player holding the ball at the end of each quarter and on completion of the game will sanitise the match ball. Will place the sanitised match ball on game completion in the designated 1 per ball bag. Sanitise hands prior and post ball contact. Place antibacterial wipe in the bin.
Will sanitise the netball posts prior to game start, after any physical post contact during the game and post-game completion. Sanitise hands prior and post netball post cleaning. Place antibacterial wipe in the bin.
Provide their own record keeping and score cards and pens. Will email all match information through to The League.
Will complete the onsite The League Test & Trace form stating how many games umpired, which court and timings.
Please see attached Document 5 The League Umpires Test and trace form
e) Pool Players
There is no longer a limit on the length of time or number of matches/ training sessions an individual can attend in a single day.
When the player is booked please inform The League and we will sign the player in, on the relevant division pool/play up player sign in sheet. Captains please add the pool/play up player onto your Test and Trace form. There will be a backup Test & Trace form available at the venues.
Captains please ensure that the player is symptom free via the COVID-19 Health Declaration Form and is aware of the current risks via https://www.leaguenetball.co.uk/node/339
Captains please ensure the booked player is aware of the venue/court entry and exit guidelines and time of match arrival.
If a pool/play up player develops symptoms which lead to a positive test within 48hrs of the dated The League netball activity, the player must inform the captain of the team. The team captain must then inform The League.
Pool players must play in the Divisions relevant to their ability. For example a Division 1 standard player should not be playing in lower divisions. The umpires will monitor this aiming to maintain fairness to all teams. Regional players play/play up into Division 1 only unless they are registered to a team. A Pool player can play for the same team 8 times per outdoor season. (4 in indoor seasons)
f) Injury treatment
Injuries during play will be treated with the participants wellbeing as paramount. The League will endeavour to protect you and others through rigorous sanitising, PPE and distancing. face coverings, gloves and apron will be worn when providing assistance.
First Aid kit will be provided.
After contact with an injured participant, first aiders must clean their hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol sanitiser at the earliest opportunity and avoid touching mouth eyes and nose.
The League accident book will be completed at the earliest opportunity.
g) Spectators and Substitutes
We request spectators are still kept to a minumum
Spectators are to remain socially distanced whilst attending games.
A Test and Trace form will be at designated venues where we will collect information from spectators which is detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact them if necessary. THE League will hold the information for 21 days post the dated netball activity.
Substitutes - Team substitutes are allowed court side and please be ready for play. To maintain social distancing at all times whilst court side. To sanitise hands prior to play and after each quarter and at the end of the match.
The League does not provide any Insurance including Personal risk or COVID-19 related. THE League will not be responsible for attendees who develop COVID-19 symptoms or illness after any netball activity/involvement as organised by THE League Netball.
Please source and organise insurance on a personal or team basis as you see fit.
8. Outdoor Netball
We will cancel by 5pm due to poor weather.
All the above COVID-19 expectations apply as do our Standard Rules and Regulations.
Last and not least, breath, enjoy, our game is back!!