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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATES

Update: 8 September 2020

Games postponed until Term 4

The feedback we have received is that the majority of people want to return to playing netball and are hopeful the season will resume. 

The health and safety of our community is our number one priority while also operating within the current circumstances as best we can. It is clear that our games cannot be played under the current Alert Level 2 guidelines for the Auckland region due to the requirement of gatherings of less than 10 people. Should these restrictions increase to 100 people per event on 17 September, we will unfortunately still not be able to play netball as our Saturday games see well over 100 people in attendance. Because of this we have decided it would be best to postpone our games until Term 4. Should these guidelines change, we will change our competition accordingly. 

The clear message from the Prime Minister is that we all need to remain vigilant. Mass gatherings can be the catalyst for a large COVID-19 outbreak and we don’t want that to happen. We support the Government’s stance on safety and trying to stamp out COVID-19 in New Zealand.

Please be assured we are working very hard behind the scenes to ensure a return to playing netball as soon as we are able in accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines and the information that we have, and based on when the Government change the alert levels. Please find changes to our events below:

  • REVISED COMPETITION DATES

At this stage we plan for our games to resume in Term 4, on Saturday 17 October. Due to the postponement of games, the competition will now conclude on Saturday 28 November. 
There will be no games on Saturday 24 October (Labour Weekend).

  • COMPETITION FORMAT

We are currently working on a modified competition and scenarios for all grades to be able to finish out the 2020 Season. Once these are finalised, we will email the schools the details. 

  • COACHING AND UMPIRING TRAINING SESSIONS

All Coaching and Umpiring Training Sessions for this Term have been postponed until Term 4, dates to be confirmed. Updates will be posted on our website under the Coaches and Umpires pages.

  • 2020 PRIZEGIVINGS

In order to protect the health and safety of our players, coaches, officials, staff and supporters, we have made the tough decision to cancel our Kidzplay Netball Prizegivings for this year. We believe the risks are too high for large indoor gatherings until there is more certainty around the control of the virus.

  • FEES

No decisions have been made at this point around refunds, however, we are currently in discussions about partial refund of fees. Information about this will be sent to the schools.

  • TEAM REGISTRATIONS

Teams will stay the same, however, if you need to make any changes to your teams, please let your school co-ordinator know asap.

  • COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR GAMES & CONTACT TRACING

Information and guidelines will be sent out about this before the start of Term 4.

Even though we’re likely to be at Alert Level 1 when Term 4 starts, in the current environment there are just no guarantees. Should anything change, we will update our Facebook pagewebsite and let the schools know via email as soon as possible.

In the meantime, while we are still not able to return to play, we are posting fun netball videos and drills to our Facebook page to keep those skills developing and the momentum going.

The NetballSmart website also offers free Skill development and Strength and Conditioning activities.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time while we work hard to make sure it is safe for everyone to come back to netball.  

We look forward to seeing you all on our courts as soon as possible.

Kia kaha, together we’ve got this!

For further information, please check with your school as we send out information to the School Co-ordinators as and when it becomes available to us.

For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit the Government’s website.

More information:

Advice and guidance on life at Alert Level 2

Sport at Alert Level 2 in Auckland

Sport New Zealand Alert Level 2 Quick Reference Guide

Update: 4 September 2020

Alert Levels Remain the Same

Today the Government has announced that New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2. Extra restrictions will continue in the Auckland region for gatherings, funerals and tangihanga. At Alert Level 2 in Auckland, social gatherings can have a maximum of 10 people.

The Alert Levels will next be reviewed on Monday 14 September. If the restrictions do change, this will happen at 11:59pm on Wednesday 16 September.

This means that our events remain postponed until 11.59pm Wednesday 16 September.

As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. COVID-19 has been a journey like no other, but we’re all in this together.

Kia manawanui, kia haumaru tātou
Let’s stay strong and stay safe.

Further information:

Advice and guidance on life at Alert Level 2

Sport at Alert Level 2 in Auckland

Sport New Zealand Alert Level 2 Quick Reference Guide

For further information, please check with your school as we send out information to the School Co-ordinators as and when it becomes available to us.

Update: 24 August 2020

No Changes to Alert Levels

This afternoon at 3pm, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Cabinet’s decision that COVID-19 restrictions will continue at their current level until at least 11.59pm on Sunday night (Auckland at Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 2).

Then, from Monday 31 August, Auckland is expected to join the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 2, but with additional restrictions on gathering sizes including no more than 10 in Auckland, except for tangihanga and funerals which allow 50 people. Masks also become a requirement on public transport throughout New Zealand. (Full update on the Government COVID-19 website here).

This means that our events remain postponed until 11.59pm Sunday 6 September.

There will be another announcement next week so we will keep you updated as and when we can.

We look forward to getting everyone safely back on the court as soon as possible, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

For further information, please check with your school as we send out information to the School Co-ordinators as and when it becomes available to us.

Update: 15 August 2020

Community Netball Update

Following the Government announcement yesterday, the below advisement applies to the delivery of Community Netball until 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Auckland will remain at COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

All Netball activity for Netball Centres in the Auckland Super City area is postponed.

Netball NZ guidelines:

  • No organised Netball activity.
  • All events and competitions postponed, on hold or cancelled.
  • All trainings, programmes, activities on hold (except on an individual basis or within designated bubble or online)
  • All workshops and meetings to be conducted online.
  • NNZ, Zone and Centre offices and facilities closed.
  • All staff and volunteers work from home.

There will be another announcement next week so we will keep you updated as and when we can.

We look forward to getting everyone safely back on the court as soon as possible.

Stay safe everyone. 

Remember:

✅ Personal hygiene

✅ Stay home if unwell

✅ Keep track of where you’ve been

For further information, please check with your school as we send out information to the School Co-ordinators as and when it becomes available to us.

Update: 11 August 2020

New Zealand’s Alert Levels are changing

Tonight Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced four positive cases of COVID-19 in Auckland, outside of managed isolation or quarantine. 

The action the Government has taken is to move Auckland to Alert Level 3 restrictions from 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday 12 August). The rest of the country outside of Auckland will move into Level 2. The restrictions will last three days until midnight Friday.

If you have questions about sports operations at these levels, please first refer to Sport New Zealand’s Alert guidance here.

The Government’s wider alert level information is available on the COVID-19 website and can be viewed here. 

The Government is also reminding New Zealanders of the importance of additional hygiene measures, including hand washing, cleaning surfaces, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and staying home if you feel unwell.

If you haven’t already done so, it is recommended that you download and use the contact tracing app. 

We will continue to update our Kidzplay Netball community with information as it comes to hand, as quickly as we can. This includes monitoring the situation and seeking advice from the likes of Sport New Zealand and the Ministry of Health in regards to our Saturday netball games.

For further information, please check with your school as we send out information to the School Co-ordinators as and when it becomes available to us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Update: 27 July 2020

Current Situation – Alert Level 1

Although the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is now low, we have put the following guidelines in place to help the prevention of future spread.

To keep everyone safe, these golden rules will apply:

  • QR codes will be available at all our courts and we ask all teams and their supporters to download the NZ Government tracer app and scan the QR code every week when attending netball. Please advise all supporters of this.
  • Teams are also responsible to keep a record of their attendees (players and supporters).
  • Players are encouraged to sanitise before, at half time and after their games. Please keep hand sanitiser in your team bags.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be available at a number of places on the school site.
  • All teams are required to list their players on the back of the scorecards in their playing positions each week.
  • We encourage alternative end of game traditions (instead of hi-fives).
  • If anyone is feeling unwell, they should stay home and seek appropriate medical advice if necessary – Healthline – 0800 611 116
  • We are asking our community to make sure they are up to date with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 webpage and the NZ Government COVID-19 webpage.
  • In the event of community transmission in New Zealand, schools are required to advise us of any cases in their school community as soon as possible.

We ask that all schools take responsibility for players and supporters of their teams. Our model is that the coach/manager of each team has the responsibility to ensure that all supporters of their teams have the NZ Government tracer app and have scanned the QR code.

Although gatherings have no restrictions and the public health requirements are not mandatory, it is still important to remain vigilant and continue to practice good hygiene to minimise the risk of community transmission.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Update: 9 June 2020

Welcome to Alert Level 1! We all stayed home, played it safe and flattened the curve.

During Level 1 there will be no restrictions on gatherings. This means that Netball is back!

At Kidzplay Netball we have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to nail down dates for the delayed 2020 season. It’s been a tricky job with complexity of COVID-19 and working with moving targets but we’re pleased to announce the following dates:

  • 2020 Competition Dates: 1st August to 19th September and from 17th October to 14th November (excluding 24th October – Labour Weekend) – 12 weeks
  • 2020 Prizegiving: Saturday 28th November 2020
  • Registration deadline: 17th June 2020. Click here for the online registration form.
  • Information Evenings for Coaches and Managers:
    Year 1, Year 2 & Year 3 Teams: Monday 27th July – College 4 (building next to Courts A-F) 7.00pm – 8.30pm
    Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6 Teams: Tuesday 28th July – College 4 (building next to Courts A-F)
    7.00pm – 8.30pm
    Further details can be found here.
  • Team Umpires Meeting: Thursday 30th July – Staffroom 7.00pm – 8.30pm (Please note it is compulsory for team umpires to attend this meeting)
  • First Steps to Umpiring Course: Saturday 25th July 2020. Further details can be found here.
  • Coaching Courses:
    Monday 3rd August – Gym 5.30 – 7pm
    Monday 31st August – Gym 5.30 – 7pm
    Wednesday 14th October – Gym 6.30 – 8pm
    Further details can be found here.
  • Spring League: As the start of the Winter League has been delayed until Term 3, we unfortunately are unable to offer a Term 4 Spring League this year. 

And finally, thank you! We’d like to sincerely thank you for the support, understanding, and patience that you’ve shown us over the last couple of months.

We’ve all come a long way, however, we’re still at Alert Level 1, so please stay home if you’re feeling unwell.

Remember to keep up the good hygiene habits, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Read the updated guidance on sport at Alert Level 1 from Sport NZ here.

For further information, please check with your school as we send out information to the School Co-ordinators as and when it becomes available to us.

Update: 26 May 2020

Yesterday the Government announced a softening of restrictions to allow for up to 100 people to gather, effective from midday Friday 29th May 2020.

This is good news as it will allow teams to train together, when they are ready to do so.

Restrictions are still needed to control the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand and this will mean that larger events are still unable to take place.

Keep watching our website (this page) and Facebook page for updates.

Read the updated guidance on sport at Alert Level 2 from Sport NZ here.

For further information, please check with your school as we send out information to the School Co-ordinators as and when it becomes available to us.

Update: 14 May 2020

Sport New Zealand has confirmed that community sports are not allowed gatherings over 10 people while in Alert Level 2, which comes into effect today, Thursday 14th May.

During Level 2, multiple groups (bubbles) of up to 10 people can operate in larger facilities and open spaces as long as they maintain the two-metre physical distancing requirement between groups.

At this stage it is not clear what, if any, netball will be able to be participated in at Level 2. Keep watching our website (this page) and Facebook page for updates.

Sport New Zealand advice for all sports, including level 2 guidance, can be found on their webpage here.

Update: 24 April 2020

The move to Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28th April, does not bring any change from Lockdown/Alert Level 4 conditions in terms of being able to play or train for netball.

Sport New Zealand released guidelines for sport and recreation activity for Alert Level 3 today.

Due to netball being classified as a ‘contact sport’ with the requirement for physical distancing at Level 3, fundamentally Level 3 has the same restrictions for netball as there was in Level 4. Namely, people should maintain their bubbles and contact activities are not permitted. Netball will be restricted to individual play at home or within household bubbles.

At this stage it is not clear what, if any, netball will be able to be participated in at Level 2. Keep watching our website (this page) and Facebook page for updates.

Sport NZ

  • A new table is available here containing the latest Government position on physical activity
  • Sport NZ has also published Frequently Asked Questions that build on the most common scenarios and will be useful to public interpretation

Update: 25 March 2020

We are at Alert Level 4 of New Zealand’s four-level COVID-19 alert system. It is likely Level 4 measures will stay in place for a number of weeks.

Everyone should stay at home. This is the best thing we can all do to stop the spread of COVID-19. This will save lives.

The game of Netball will not be resuming in any form until the government lifts the Lockdown and allows sport to resume.

We will send out information to the school co-ordinators as and when it becomes available to us.

Do watch out on our Facebook page in the coming weeks for ways in which you can still be part of the sport we all love from your home.

Stay safe and stay at home so that we can see you all back on the courts in the near future.

Update: 16 March 2020

Due to the dynamic nature of COVID-19, we are in a state of regular and ongoing reviews of how the 2020 Kidzplay Netball Winter Season may be impacted. 

However, at this stage the event is still going ahead as planned and we will continue our plans to bring you a wonderful season.

Should anything change, we will update our Facebook page and website (this page) as soon as possible.

Protecting everyone’s health is our priority, while also operating within the situation as best we can. At present, the following is the status of our events that are coming up in the next four weeks:

TERM 1 PRE-SEASON TRAINING SESSIONS AND MEETINGS:

  • School Co-ordinators meeting will be going ahead on Wednesday 18th Please advise attendance
  • All other pre-season meetings and training sessions will be moved to Term 2, dates TBC

2020 WINTER LEAGUE

  • To be able to accommodate all the postponed training sessions and meetings from Term 1 prior to the start of the season, our Winter Season dates will now be as follows:
    • The 2020 Winter League will run from 23 May to 27 June (excluding 30 May – Queen’s Birthday) and from 25 July to 5 September (12 weeks)
    • Registration deadline has been extended to 20 April. Click here for the online registration form
    • Coaching Training Sessions for Coaches: Monday 18 May, Monday 8 June, Monday 27 July
    • First Steps to Umpiring Course: Saturday 16 May 
    • Pre-season Pool Umpires meetings and training sessions: Dates TBC
    • To view the calendar for 2020, please click here
    • Please note all dates are subject to change at short notice

 

Please be rest assured we will take immediate action to respond to the changing situation as expected by the government. For now the government’s advice to New Zealanders is listed on the MoH COVID-19 webpage.  Some of their key messages to New Zealanders are:

  • Wash your hands
  • If you don’t need to travel overseas, then don’t. Enjoy your own back yard for a time
  • If you’re sick stay home
  • If you sneeze, sneeze into your elbow
  • Stop handshakes, hugs, and hongi
  • Please be mindful of the older citizens in your life. Check in on them, but if you’re sick keep your distance
  • Anyone arriving from overseas must follow the self-isolation process

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to your continuing support through these uncertain times.