COVID-19 - GUIDANCE AND t&c'S

Totally Netball is committed to prioritising the Health & Safety of all of our participants, alongside avoiding the spread of Coronavirus.

The guidance from both England Netball and the Government is constantly changing however, we are slowly making progress in the #relaunch of the Totally Netball Leagues.

We will continue to follow guidance from England Netball and the Government to ensure that the #relaunch of netball is done in the safest way possible.

Please ensure you are familiar with our normal information:

Our Guidance 

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE GUIDANCE AND TERMS & CONDITIONS ARE READ AND THOROUGHLY UNDERSTOOD PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN ANY NETBALL ACTIVITY PROVIDED BY TOTALLY NETBALL.

These guidelines are in place until further notice.

The guidance and T&C's set out below is split in to the following sections:

  1. COVID Officers

  2. Rule Modifications, Umpires & Position at Start of Play

  3. Safety & Hygiene

  4. Health Screening & Personal Risk Assessment

  5. First Aid

  6. Test & Trace

  7. Social Distancing

  8. Payments & Helping Teams

  9. Get In, Play Safe, Get Out

  10. Disclaimer

COVID Officers

Our assigned officers are Janice Daynes & Brett Daynes.

 

​​Rule Modifications, Umpires & Position at Start of Play

  • 4ft spacing for start of play

  • 4ft marking

  • 4ft position of penalised player

  • Removal of toss ups

  • Removal of idle interactions

  • Umpires must ensure players are adhering to the rule modifications

  • Maintain 4ft from players at all times

  • All players must not position within 4ft of any other player

  • GA/GD/WA/WD can position as normal at any point along the transverse line but must maintain a distance of 4ft from each other

  • GS/GK are required to start inside the Goal Circle 4ft apart

  • Centres can position as normal but must maintain a distance of 4ft either at the Centre Circle or if the Centre decides to mark at the transverse line

Players will arrive 5 minutes prior to the start of their match

Safety & Hygiene

  • Players are required to sanitise their hands at the start and end of each quarter

  • Umpires/Coordinators will sanitise the ball at the end of each quarter

  • Team talks should be undertaken with social distancing in place

  • Players should, as much as possible, avoid touching the post

  • Shouting is not permitted

  • No sharing of water bottles

  • Bibs should not be shared

Health Screening & Personal Risk Assessment

Prior to attending any of the venue locations, for a match, each player, umpire & coordinator should assess themselves based on the Health Screening & Personal Risk Assessment shown below

By participating in any of Totally Netball's matches as a player, umpire or coordinator you agree that you have not developed or had any of the following symptoms (listed below in the Health Screening section) on the day of, or within the last 7 days of the match

Health Screening

  • Fever

  • A new, continuous cough

  • Any loss or change of your sense of taste or smell

  • Any member of your household or someone that you have been in contact with reported any of the above symptoms in the last 14 days

  • Any member of your household or someone that you have been in contact with tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days

  • Have you been notified by the NHS Test & Trace system that you are a close contact of someone with known COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days

Personal Risk Assessment

The below information aims to inform you if you are of a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

We strongly recommend you consider the risk to both yourself and others by returning to any Netball activity.

Should you wish to discuss further please email info@totallynetball.co.uk prior to any attendance.

People at moderate risk:

  • are 70 or older

  • have a lung condition that's not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis)

  • have heart disease (such as heart failure)

  • have diabetes

  • have chronic kidney disease

  • have liver disease (such as hepatitis)

  • have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy)

  • have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections

  • are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids)

  • are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above)

People at high risk:

  • have had an organ transplant

  • are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy

  • are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer

  • are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors)

  • have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)

  • have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine

  • have been told by a doctor they have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)

  • have a condition that means they have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)

  • are taking medicine that makes them much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppressant medicine)

  • have a serious heart condition and are pregnant

First Aid

Injuries or accidents within training sessions or matches should continue to be treated as wellbeing is paramount.

First Aiders should consider the first aid protocol and see guidance from St Johns ambulance

  1. Either the injured player or a team member should call for ‘time’ if there is an injury.  In some circumstances, the umpires will stop the game, however the severity of an injury may not be immediately apparent to an umpire, so please shout clearly to stop the game.

  2. In the event of an injury, please be aware that the Umpires will not administer first aid.  The game will be stopped and England Netball Rules will be applied at the discretion of the Umpire.  Basic First Aid equipment will be at the Coordinator’s table; however, it is advisable to have a team member who is competent in first aid.  The Umpires will always use common sense when deciding whether to continue or abandon the game.

  3. The league and Totally Netball cannot be held responsible for any injury/injuries sustained throughout the duration of the league, so please ensure that you are covered by your own insurance.  There is no insurance provided by the league for players or umpires.

Test & Trace

Any participants (including coaches, officials, volunteers and others) who have been told to self isolate by NHS Test and Trace as a result of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case, must not attend any netball activity and they should remain at home.

 

We will follow the protocol in line with the NHS Scheme.

The captain will be responsible for completing their Team Sheet prior to the start of their match (latest 18:00)

Teams will not be allowed to take the court without this being complete.

IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR TEST & TRACE THAT THE TEAM SHEET IS COMPLETE PRIOR TO THE MATCH

 

Social Distancing

Social distancing within any of our matches; before, during and after need to be adhered to

Please see below some changes to the "norm" you may be used to:

  • Nail & Jewellery checks will take place at a distance of 2m or more

  • No pre match, post match or after quarters huddles

  • No "hands in", "high fiving" or handshakes

Payments & Helping Teams

Players will be allowed to help out other teams within their "bubble" but are limited to 1 match per night. A player is allowed to play for multiple teams across multiple leagues. Again, that player can only play for 1 team per night - a maximum of 1 match per night..

We currently offer 4 payment options:

  1. £6.50 Pay to Play​​
    A player will not pay more than £6.50 to play in a match. Should the team have more than 7 "Pay to Play" players than the team will be required to pay a maximum of £45

     

  2. £40 Per Month (Gold Membership)
    Until the further notice players who pay the £40 per month option will be able to play across all leagues (1 match per night)

     

  3. £25 Per Month (Silver Membership)
    Until further notice players who pay the £25 per month option will be able to play for multiple teams in a single league (1 match per night)

     

  4. £45 Team Fee
    Teams are able to pay for their match in full

Captains will be required to collect the money, via online payments, from "Pay to Play" players and make a BACS payment to Totally Netball before the start of the match.

Payment details will be sent to the captains prior to the first matches.

For more information regarding our membership/payment options please visit our Membership Page

For the finer detail surrounding membership & payments please see our Membership Terms & Conditions

Get In, Play Safe, Get Out

This is a concept that England Netball have introduced.

Get In – arrive changed, ready to participate/coach or officiate. Arriving considerably earlier than the session or match time should be avoided. 

 

Play Safe – safety within sessions or matches must be taken seriously by all and is the responsibility of everyone. Players should encourage and remind one another of the COVID-19 rule modifications and protocols as much as coaches and officials do.

 

Get out – At the end of any activity all players, coaches, officials and others should clear the court/area straight away and should not congregate at the edge of courts at the venue and should shower/change back home.

Disclaimer

By participating, as a coordinator, umpire, player or coach you agree to all the Terms & Conditions listed on this page as well as our General Terms & Conditions

COVID-19 - CORONAVIRUS

What is COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

Totally Netball is committed to prioritising the Health & Safety of all of our participants, alongside avoiding the spread of Coronavirus.

The guidance from both England Netball and the Government is constantly changing however, we are slowly making progress in the #relaunch of the Totally Netball Leagues.

We will continue to follow guidance from England Netball and the Government to ensure that the #relaunch of netball is done in the safest way possible.

Local Lockdowns

In some areas of the country the government have introduced local lockdowns as a result of the increased rate of infection.

We will be following government guidance, per location, on what measure we will need to take should a local lockdown be enforced.

This may mean netball activity may be temporarily suspended or forced to go back to an earlier stage of the England Netball Roadmap, in areas of local lockdowns

Modified Netball Rules

England Netball have been given the green light to accelerate the return of netball through a modified version of the game.

Netball can only be played in line with the following rules modifications:

  • 4ft spacing for the start of play – GS and GK are required to start inside their respective goal circles, GA, GD, WA and WD on the transverse line and the centres in the centre third. The modification requires all players to position themselves a minimum of 4ft away from their opposing players and teammates at the start of play. This will be managed by umpires at the start of play.

  • 4ft marking – the defending distance has been increased from 3ft to 4ft. Particular attention must be paid in the circle when defending. This will be blown as distance.

  • 4ft position of penalised player - penalised players for major infringements are required to position beside the player they infringed but from a distance of 4ft. This will be managed by umpires when an infringement occurs.

  • Removal of toss ups – No toss ups are permitted, the team who had the ball directly before the action that caused the toss up to be awarded will retain possession. The umpire will briefly hold time, instruct the ball to be returned to the relevant team and play will be restarted on the umpire’s whistle.

  • Removal of idle interactions – Players not engaged in play or who are stood still are required to be positioned 4ft away from another player. This frequently happens on the circle edge, on the transverse line, whilst walking back to centre pass and returning to the team bench at the end of a quarter. Managed by umpires and supported by players and coaches.

Whilst the game has been modified this does not mean the game has changed in it's entirety. Contesting for the ball is still allowed, provided that the players are involved in the phase of play.

Our Guidance and Terms & Conditions

For specific guidance and also the T&C's that every person who will be playing, umpiring, coordinating or coaching, will need to accept, please follow this link to our Guidance and T&C's

Resources & Further Guidance

England Netball and the government are regularly updating the guidance surrounding COVID-19.

Please see below some resources that may be of use:

GOV.UK

ENGLAND NETBALL

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