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Latest protocols unveiled

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AFL Barwon and GDFL clubs have been given the green light to return to open age training, with groups of up to 10 again allowed as COVID-19 restrictions ease across regional Victoria.

AFL Victoria has released its latest Return to Training and Games Protocols, covering metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, for senior (19 years and over) and junior (18 years and under) participants.

At a senior level, there are 11 clauses attached to the protocols (see below), including non-contact, 100m spacing between groups, indoor facilities, other than change rooms and toilets, remain closed.

Clubs have also been given a wide-ranging list of guidelines to follow around spectators, hygiene protocols, illness, positive cases of COVID-19, equipment, first aid personnel and cleaning.

There are also strategies for managing training and games, the responsibilities for COVID officers, and education requirements.

However, despite the protocols allowing for training to resume, AFL Barwon would prefer clubs didn’t.

“Whilst we support if clubs are wanting to reengage with their participants after a challenging 2020 season, we strongly suggest that there is no need for training to proceed in preparation for the 2021 season at this point,” a statement from the local governing body said.

Regional protocols don’t cover GDFL club Werribee Centrals, which is located inside the Melbourne metropolitan ring.

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AFL VICTORIA RETURN TO TRAINING AND GAMES PROTOCOLS (REGIONAL)

REGIONAL VICTORIA SENIORS (PEOPLE AGED 19 YEARS OR OVER)
Participants aged 19 years or over may only participate in training or games provided:
1. It is conducted outdoors
2. It is conducted in the Relevant Area
3. It is non-contact (i.e. no tackling, no bumping, no marking contests)
4. Social distancing of 1.5m can always be maintained
5. It does not involve a participant who ordinarily resides in a Restricted Area
6. No more than the minimum number of participants required to conduct the training or game participate
in the activity
7. Not more than 10 people in total at the outdoor facility at any one time, except where a distance of at
least 100 metres between groups can always be maintained
8. If more than 10 participants are in a group, all participants have the same ordinary place of residence
9. Not more than 10 people in total at the outdoor facility at any one time, except where a distance of at
least 100 metres between groups can always be maintained
10. The use of the indoor facilities, other than change rooms and toilet facilities, is not permitted
11. Club rooms and indoor sitting areas remain closed

 

REGIONAL VICTORIA JUNIORS (PEOPLE AGED 18 YEARS OR UNDER)
Training and games (contact and non-contact) can resume for people aged 18 years or under, provided:
1. All participants in a group are aged 18 years or under
2. It is conducted outdoors
3. No more than the minimum number of participants required to conduct the training or game participate
in the activity (e.g. players, necessary coaches, umpires and those required for supervision of young
children or to support people with a disability)
4. It does not involve a participant who ordinarily resides in a Restricted Area
5. Spectators follow relevant gathering rules
6. The use of the indoor facilities, other than change rooms and toilet facilities, is not permitted

Participants aged 18 years or under may only participate in training or games that involve at least one participant aged 19 years or over provided:
1. It is conducted outdoors
2. It is conducted in the Relevant Area
3. It is non-contact (i.e. no tackling, no bumping, no marking contests)
4. Social distancing of 1.5m can always be maintained
5. It does not involve a participant who ordinarily resides in a Restricted Area
6. No more than the minimum number of participants required to conduct the training or game participate
in the activity
7. Not more than 10 people in total at the outdoor facility at any one time, except where a distance of at
least 100 metres between groups can always be maintained
8. If more than 10 participants are in a group, all participants have the same ordinary place of residence
9. The use of the indoor facilities, other than change rooms and toilet facilities, is not permitted
10. Club rooms and indoor sitting areas remain closed