Return to small outdoor group training protocols
This afternoon, AFL Victoria have released their Return to Small Outdoor Group Training Protocols for all Victorian clubs. These documents will provide all clubs with the tools and required guidelines for compliant training sessions to resume on or after 25 May 2020. It is also important for clubs to note that 25 May is the date that club sanctioned training can resume within the scope of the protocols, but it is not the date that they must start training. When, or if, a club resumes training is at the discretion of the club. Clubs in AFL Gippsland were provided four documents:
1. Return to Small Outdoor Group Training Protocols - This document list general guidelines and protocols that must be met, what a small group training looks like, field layouts, hygiene protocols and practices, the responsibilities of clubs safety officers and education protocols.
2. Return to Small Outdoor Group Training Checklist - A checklist for clubs to utilize to assist with compliance.
3. Register of Trained Officials - A registration form to be used to record all COVID-19 trained officials.
4. Club Training Attendance - A register for all players for each training session
In addition to the above, the following is a link to the online training each club is required to complete as part of the protocols, which takes around 15 minutes to complete.
To support your questions and around the return to small outdoor group training protocols, the AFL has provided an FAQ section on the Club Help page of their website. - https://www.afl.com.au/clubhelp/covid-19/faqs/return-faqs
The AFL Victoria return to small outdoor group training protocols are based on the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport (https://ais.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/730376/35845_AIS-Framework-for-rebooting-sport_FA.pdf) and Victorian State Government guidelines around the resumption of sport and recreation activities (https://sport.vic.gov.au/our-work/return-to-play/resumption-of-sport-and-recreation-activities).
In reference to the attached Netball Victoria’s return to training statement, as netball is governed by Netball Victoria they were required to put out their own set of return to training guidelines separate from AFL Victoria, Basketball Victoria etc. The majority of compliance requirements are mirrored in the AFL Victoria guidelines which will limit any repetition of duties across the two sports.
AFL Gippsland advises clubs communicate to their players that a return to training does not guarantee and return to play. The return to training should be seen as a positive step towards renewed community engagement and an important step in the management and welfare of everyone’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.