Ogs Player Notes Re Covid-19

GROUP TRAINING (UP-TO 10 PEOPLE) IF THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS ARE MET:
1. Strictly adhere to the maximum of 10 participants per group (not including a coach or the minimum number of support staff who are reasonably required to manage the activity), as per the current Victorian Government restrictions.
2. Groups of 10 must not mix with each other and must remain distant, with participants not allowed to swap between groups.
3. Strictly no physical contact between players can occur (i.e. no tackling, no bumping, no marking contests).
4. Social distancing of 1.5m must be maintained at all times.
5. No access to club rooms, changerooms or wet areas can occur, other than toilets. Access will be permitted for the purpose of one person obtaining equipment, immediately following which the rooms must be locked.
6. Footballs can be used for small outdoor group training, however only limited additional equipment is permitted to be used during training (i.e. field marking cones are permitted).
7. Each club must nominate one COVID Safety Officer and as a minimum this person must undertake the free Australian Government online COVID-19 Infection Control Training prior to recommencement of Club activity. It is also strongly recommended other club officials also undertake this training. Certificate of completion needs to be emailed to your League Administrator prior to the recommencement of activity. Where possible, we encourage Clubs to have multiple people to take ownership of this role and share the responsibility.
8. A log, or register, using the approved AFL Victoria or League template, of all participants in attendance at each training session MUST be maintained and available upon request by either the League, AFL Victoria or health authorities.
9. The Return to Small Outdoor Group Training hygiene protocols outlined in this document are to be strictly adhered to at all times, with no exceptions.

WHAT DOES SMALL OUTDOOR GROUP TRAINING LOOK LIKE?
• Staggered training schedule (e.g. start times, different days, potential for different locations) with no cross over to manage entry and exit points and help avoid gatherings.
• Training groups of no larger than ten (10), not including a coach or the minimum number of support staff who are reasonably required to manage the activity.
• Groups of 10 must not mix with each other and must remain distant, with participants not allowed to swap between groups.
• Training activities must be non-contact (e.g. no tackling, no bumping, no marking contests).
• Use of equipment to be limited to footballs and marking cones.
• If pair/group work is required, pairs must be consistent across each training session.
• Specific group activity footballs can be used, but must be wiped down after each session.
• Any necessary meetings to occur remotely using video technology.

FIELD LAYOUT FOR SMALL OUTDOOR GROUP TRAINING
• The oval must be divided into two distinct areas where groups of 10 can train.
• No more than two (2) groups of 10 will be permitted per oval (20 people max. training at one time, not including a coach or the minimum number of support staff who are reasonably required to manage the activity).

HYGIENE PROTOCOLS FOR A RETURN TO SMALL OUTDOOR GROUP TRAINING
• If you, or people you have been in contact with are sick, DO NOT attend small outdoor group training and advise your football coach who is responsible for informing the COVID Safety Officer (Simon Bones).
• All players to be temperature tested and must download the Covid App
• Generally, you should be tested for COVID-19 if you develop fever or respiratory symptoms and meet at least one the following criteria: You have returned from overseas in the past 14 days, been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
• Staggered training schedule (e.g. start times, different days, potential for different locations)
• Alcohol-based hand sanitisers must be available for all team training sessions, with players encouraged to use prior, during and following training.
• There is strictly to be no sharing of personal items such as water bottles, food or towels. Personal items need to be easily distinguishable, labelled and kept separate.
• Players and coaches must not spit or clear nasal passages at small outdoor group training.
• No high fives, handshakes, or other physical contact.
• Changerooms, club rooms and wet areas are not to be utilised for small outdoor group training (i.e. players arrive at venue in football gear and must shower at home).
• Club provided footballs must be wiped with antibacterial wipes or alcohol-based sanitiser prior to and after small outdoor group training sessions.
• Players are to be responsible for their own strapping if required.
• No player massages.

GENERAL HYGIENE PRACTICES
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home and seek medical treatment when you are sick.
• Cover your mouth with your elbow to cough or sneeze.
• Any player or club member that has underlying health conditions or is considered a vulnerable person should consult with a healthcare professional prior to returning to small outdoor group training.
 

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