Start Up after Covid-19
Are you ready for Sport to come back? Have you been preparing over the last month or has the whole club been in hiatus? Here are just a few ideas of what you may have to think about to get your game back.
From midnight Tuesday night, training can recommence in groups of 10. This will probably be outside, which is fine for those sports that always train and play outdoors, but could impact badly on sports like basketball and volleyball. Here is a link to a table from the AIS showing what they believe Level B will look like. We are currently at Level A and full games should be possible in Level C.
GAME DAY REQUIREMENTS
Before shutdown you may not have had time to get everything ready for full training and game day. There are all of the kits for training and for game day to be prepared for players and staff, as well as medical kits, and supplies for the canteen to name a few. That will have to be co-ordinated now which will still be tricky when restrictions are in place. Hopefully your game day apparel is all in order but it’s not too late to order more jumpers or tops or dresses if you need them. Your apparel supplier will be able to give you an idea of lead times. (If you are looking for a new supplier, let me know and I can point you in the right direction, or I can co-ordinate that for you.) Footballs/Basketballs/other game day necessities will need to be gathered or purchased to be ready for that first whistle.
Check the first aid kits to ensure they are complete and ready and place orders with your supplier if they aren’t. Is your defibrillator fully charged? Are trainers up to date with their qualifications? On-line first aid training can take place over Zoom at the moment and could be a good way to ensure league requirements are met. (If you need some help with that, let me know.)
Did your registrations drop off over the last month or so? Do you need help with getting players registered? League requirements will have to be met for players to take to the field so it is vital that your teams are ready to go when your league announces a start date. I’m currently helping a couple of clubs with their registrations and will be happy to help you if you need it. Leagues may have had to stand down staff during this time so they will need the clubs to be as ready as possible with their information like team numbers, players ready in data bases, team information ready, officials registered and compliant etc so that it isn’t a mammoth task to get everything organised for Round 1. Let me know if there is anything I can do.
It will be more important now than ever to ensure that each child uses their own drink bottle and that the club doesn’t supply them. Protocols will have to be put in place so that no water is taken out to players on the field. Communication with members early about this is imperative so that all are made aware of the procedures.
There may also be restrictions on the number of people in the change rooms before and after a game. This will have to be managed by the parents themselves and monitored by volunteers. Again, communicating this to all parents prior to the season starting will be paramount to ensuring that there are less issues on game day.
Limits on spectators may be applied at venues. Parents may not be too supportive of this, and other potential restrictions, so preparation is key!
Stay in touch with your local league and see what they are saying about training times and groups
Speak to your council about ground/venue allocations/time-frames
Ensure there are enough volunteers to coach the smaller groups
Get all of the training kits ready
Ensure game day apparel is ready for that first game
Make sure registrations are up to date and all is ready for the League
Set up protocols for drink bottles
Communicate with parents re safety issues for virus prevention
Remember, staying safe and well is the main priority and therefore nothing can happen without the direction from your State, your State body and your League so follow their guidelines and we will be back playing before you know it.