COVID FAQ

COVID FAQ

ARE L4Y KEEPING THEIR CURRENT UMPIRE PROVISIONS?

The introduction of a second umpire was well received. As such we will be reviewing this on a league-by-league basis. All existing leagues with two umpires will continue to have two umpires until the end of the current season as a minimum. If you wish to revert back to one umpire, please let your local coordinator know. Any change will only be implemented if a majority agree.

CAN I PLAY MORE THAN ONE MATCH A DAY?

Yes. There are no restrictions on how many matches you play. Our sanitation guidance should be followed at all times.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A PLAYER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

If there is a player who has tested positive, they must from that point self-isolate (or if they have symptoms, from the moment of symptoms) and NHS Test and Trace will pick up from this point. The player should contact NHS 111.

The team/club can carry on, but be mindful to ensure all the guidelines are strictly followed on social distancing, hand washing etc. If Test and Trace contact them, they must provide the details and then if deemed anyone needs to isolate on their instruction, do so.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE PLAYED AN OPPOSITION AND ONE OF THEIR PLAYERS HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

Match play is not considered ‘close contact’ so no action is needed unless individuals experience symptoms, in which case they must self-isolate from that point as per Government guidance.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CANNOT FULFIL A FIXTURE DUE TO PARTICIPANTS SELF-ISOLATING?

If you believe you will not be able to fulfil a fixture you must contact your local coordinator as soon as possible here. Leagues4you will attempt to assist you by using player request groups to enable the fixture to go ahead. In the circumstance where a team cannot be formed then L4Y will postpone the fixture (Note, following recent upgrades to our systems payment is only processed when there are fixtures, therefore if a fixture is postponed, no payment will be due). Please note if less than 60 minutes notice is provided then the fixture will be charged, and points awarded to the opposition.

A PLAYER HAS HAD COVID-19 BUT IS NOW RECOVERED – CAN THEY PLAY? (DO THEY NEED A NEGATIVE TEST?)

As long as the player is no longer symptomatic and has fully recovered then is would be fine for them to play, without a negative test, as long as they have finished the specified quarantine period. However, the player should follow advice from a medical professional on when is best to return to exercise. They should not rush back if they do not feel well enough.

I AM A HEALTHCARE WORKER AND REGULARLY IN CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WITH COVID-19 – CAN I PLAY?

As long as you do not have any symptoms (as is the case for any other participant) and are not self-isolating, then you are able to play. Please adhere to Government guidance on this.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A PLAYER OR UMPIRE SHOWS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER A MATCH?

A players, officials, employees must undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms. No-one should leave home to participate in Netball if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following:

  • A high temperature (above 37.8C)
  • A new, continuous cough.
  • A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste.

If a participant becomes Covid-19 symptomatic during the activity, they should immediately remove themselves from the session and return home as soon as possible. NHS guidance on further management of symptoms should be followed.

If a individual becomes symptomatic post an activity they must follow the NHS Test and Trace guidance found here.

ARE WE ALLOWED TO SHARE BIBS AND BALLS?

The sharing of equipment should be avoided where possible. Where equipment is shared, equipment should be cleaned before use and during game intervals by another person.

Leagues4You will not be providing bibs to teams and teams are not permitted to use L4Y balls before or after games. Team are welcome to bring their own. L4Y will continue to provide match balls and will undertake the regular sanitation of balls.

DO WE NEED TO SUPPORT NHS TEST AND TRACE EFFORTS?

Yes. Teams and facility providers should support NHS Test and Trace efforts by collecting name and contact information on participants. This information should be stored for 21 days in-line with the Government Recreational Team Sport Framework then deleted and collected/proceeded in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and in line with GDPR principles. It should only be used for the purpose of NHS test and trace and, where requested to share with the NHS for test and trace purposes, the shared information should relate only to the match in which the player tested positive. Your league coordinator will be able to provide you with your venues Test and Trace policy.

WHAT IF THERE IS AN INJURY, IS IT SAFE FOR A PLAYER TO BE TREATED?

If a participant gets injured, a member of their household can assist if present and appropriate, but others (including match officials, teammates and L4Y employees) will still need to socially distance unless a life or limb-threatening injury necessitates compromising guidelines to provide emergency care.   All leagues4you first-aiders are equipped with the appropriate PPE to protect themselves and others if they need to compromise social-distancing guidelines to provide medical assistance.

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