Covid Adjustments

COVID-19 ADJUSTMENTS

Published on 22nd September 2020 | Please check back regularly for the latest advice.

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We will continue to follow the latest guidelines at all times. These may be subject to change with little or no notice and may vary from region to region. We will endeavour to communicate any localised amendments directly but encourage all our customers to continually visit this webpage to review the adjustments in place. If you have any queries or concerns please get in touch with us.

ALL PLAYERS, OFFICIALS AND STAFF MEMBERS.

In order to participate in our leagues, each and every time all players, officials and staff members confirm that:

  • You do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You have not received a positive test in the last seven days.
  • You are not waiting on a Coronavirus test result.
  • That no member of your household has Covid-19 symptoms or is waiting on a test result.
  • You are not isolating because you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace or because you are required to under public health measures at the border..
  • To the best of your knowledge you have not been in close contact with anyone who is exhibiting Coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive.
  • All players, officials and staff members are expected to maintain social distancing where possible and to keep themselves, fellow players and Leagues4You staff safe by adhering to the safety advice and guidance given.

If any of the above statements cannot be quantified then you MUST NOT participate. By participating you are thereby confirming the above to be factual.

VENUES / TRACK AND TRACE

Leagues4You operates in venues across England and Wales. Each location has made an individual assessment based on whether they can facilitate safe activities within their facilities. Where they choose to have activities or services remain closed, please respect this decision.

Track and Trace. Many venues are operating Track and Trace. All participants must follow the venue guidelines and requests. In some instances Track and Trace will be carried out by Leagues4You. Please follow local instructions.

We hold data on all captains and work on the assumption that captains are present at all their team matches. It is the captains responsibility to ensure that a record of all players attending matches is kept for a minimum period of 21 days. If a captain isn’t present then one must be nominated in order to ensure a register of players is taken. We will share the contact details of our captains, officials and staff with NHS Test and Trace (England) and NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect upon request. If you do not want your contact details to be shared, please let a your local coordinator know (applicable for England only).

GAMES AND OTHER ALTERATIONS

All matches will now be 4 x 9 minutes in duration on outdoor courts.

During each interval the ball will be sanitised by a member of the "home" team. leagues4you will provide sanitising wipes.

Before, during each interval and after each match all players must use hand sanitiser.

The use of L4Y balls prior to the match starting is prohibited. You may bring your own.

Leagues4You will not be providing bibs. We understand for some teams this may be a challenge but we trust you accept this decision as the best way to mitigate risk of contamination. We are happy to loan our bibs to teams (subject to deposit). This will be on a first come first served basis. Alternatively your coordinator can advise you where the best value bibs can be purchased or if you are feeling crafty how you can make your own.

Players must remain 1.2m from League Officials at all times.

Limit contact with teams that have played previously. Be mindful of matches ending and players leaving and the subsequent “bottle necking”.

There must be no shaking hands or high fives at any point.

All fixtures must be paid online. You will only be charged when you have a fixture.

Any cash payment to umpires must be contactless. The money must be placed in an envelope with your team name written clearly. No change will be given.

We recommend that you avoid car sharing and arrive at games on your own.

MODIFIED GAME RULES

To meet Government guidelines, netball can only be played in line with the following rule 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.

Despite the changes, the modified game still looks and feels very much like the version we know and love. Contesting for the ball is very much permitted providing players are involved in the phase of play. Please remember our officials and coordinators will be on hand if you have any queries.

IS IT SAFE TO RETURN?

Yes! In addition to the extra efforts we are making and our venue partners to ensure the facilities are clean and hygienic, we would like to emphasise the vital role that exercise and activity play in maintaining a strong immune system. Being fit and healthy helps to fight many infections and we encourage you to lead active lives throughout this period.

Let’s work together to keep ourselves safe and healthy.

We encourage you to help reduce the spread of the virus through good personal hygiene. This includes:

  • Frequent hand washing (wash your hands for 20 seconds) and hand sanitising during your visits
  • Making full use of the soap, sanitisers and cleaning items available in venues
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue in the bin after use
  • Familiarise yourself with the latest guidance from Public Health England and do not visit any venues if you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus and are advised to self-isolate
  • Follow Government guidance

We’ve also produced a handy guide which summarises the key alterations. Remember we are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Handy Guide to COVID
Covid Handy Guide