Belnorth Newsletter 18/06/20

Capital Football Update

Subject to the further easing of restrictions by the ACT Government, Capital Football is working towards the commencement of competitions in two stages, starting from 20 June 2020.

In the first stage, Capital Football is working to recommence MiniRoos U5-U9 matches in the ACT once the ACT Government moves to Stage 2.2 of Canberra Recovery Plan, which is scheduled for midnight 19 June. In NSW, MiniRoos U5-U9 matches are planned to commence from 1 July in line with easing of restrictions by the NSW Government.

https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/1558701/COVID-19-Easing-of-Restrictions-Roadmap-Release-2.0-12-June-2020.pdf

In the second stage, Capital Football is working towards the commencement of all other competitions from the weekend of Saturday 18 July 2020, in line with Stage 3 of Canberra recovery plan.

The return dates of competitions are subject to the easing of restrictions by the ACT Government.

The competitions scheduled to start on 18 July 2020 include the National Premier Leagues for women and girls (NPLW), National Premier Leagues for men (NPL1 and NPL2), National Premier Leagues for boys (NPLY), Senior Leagues, Junior Leagues and MiniRoos U10 and U11 age grades.

Capital Football are asking players, parents, referees and volunteers to be patient. 

Belnorth will heed advise released by the ACT Government, the Federal Government, Capital Football and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA).

https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/resources/canberra-recovery-plan

Miniroos (U5 – U9) Commencement –  4 July 2020

The first stage of football for Belnorth will be the commencement of games for the miniroos (U5 – U9) which is the 4 of July 2020 at Kaleen.

To assist clubs, coaches, players and parents to understand how to comply with the return to game day conditions, Capital Football has prepared MiniRoos Return to Play Guidelines.

https://capitalfootball.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/20200615-PLC-MiniRoos-Return-to-Play-Guidelines-Phase-2.2-V2.pdf

Belnorth is developing the return to game day plan that fits within these guidelines and Capital Football has to approve this plan before games can commence on the 4 of July 2020.

Registrars will be in contact with the coaches and managers for the U 5 – U 9 to advise when jersey’s and training’s kits can be collected.

Belnorth is working on a competition schedule and this will be posted on the Belnorth website.

The aim of football for 2020 is participation which enable children to play the game and have fun.

Please ensure that all players, coaches, managers and parents read the Capital Football Guidelines and the Belnorth plan before the start of the shortened season.

Reminder on the parent and player expectations of encouraging participation, being respectful and playing fair.

Referee fees for U 8 and U 9’s will be paid by Belnorth. Coaches and managers of each team will not be required to pay the referee and game leaders for 2020.

  • Game Day reminders
    • Maximum number of people is 100 per full-size football field (including the coach, players and volunteers)
    • Do not participate if unwell, especially if you have flu-like symptoms. 
    • Belnorth encourages that players and parents download the COVIDSafe App
    • Players and coach to turn up no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the game
    • Avoid carpooling
    • Maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres at all times
    • Practice good hygiene: players will be required to wash hands or use hand sanitiser before the game
    • No handshakes or high fives
    • Players to be ready by having their boots, shin guards on.
    • There is to be no sharing of drinks bottles, towels and pleas do not provide fruit for half time or snacks.
    • Players should let their coach and manager know if they won’t be at the game.
    • Players, parents and coaches are to leave the game area immediately after the match has finished.

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME: we are always looking for more volunteers!

If you are able to assist with your team, or with the club in any capacity, please let us know. 

Please raise any concerns or queries with the club.

Return Date for Junior (U 10 – U 18) and Senior Leagues – 18 July 2020

Capital Football is working towards the commencement of all other competitions from the weekend of Saturday 18 July 2020, in line with Stage 3 of the Canberra Recovery plan.

The return dates of competitions are subject to the easing of restrictions by the ACT Government.

Capital Football have advised that they are discussing with ACT sports grounds, on the possibility of playing until the end of September 2020, however this will be confirmed once a decision has been made.

Capital Football are developing the competition schedule based on a hub model (i.e. playing teams that are close to the Belconnen region).

Please note that Belnorth teams are able to play trial games against other Belnorth teams, but are not allowed to play against other clubs.

Belnorth is developing the return to game day plan before games can commence on the 18 of July 2020.

Please raise any concerns or queries with the club.

Training Update – Contact is allowed as of 20 June 2020

Capital Football have advised that teams are able to do contact at training as of the 20 of June 200. 

To assist clubs, coaches, players and parents to understand how to comply with the return to training conditions, Capital Football has prepared Return to Football Guidelines.

Capital Football has approved the Belnorth plan that fits within these guidelines.

Please ensure that all players, coaches, managers and parents read the Belnorth plan before they attend training.

https://belnorth.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Belnorth-Football-Club-Return-to-Play-in-a-COVID-Safe-Environment-Plan-v2.pdf

The Belnorth plan will continue to be updated when restrictions have changed. Capital Football will continue to provide guidelines and approve any changes to the Belnorth plan, so please be patient with the club as there is a process which every club has to follow in the COVID 19 environment.

With the ACT government’s easing restrictions the number of players and coaches that can attend training session has increased from 20 – 100 as of Saturday 20 of June 2020. Belnorth still recommends to have 20 people at training sessions.

  • PRE-TRAINING
    • Maximum number of people is 20 (including the coach, players and volunteers)
    • Do not participate or attend training if unwell, especially if you have flu-like symptoms. 
    • Belnorth encourages that players and parents download the COVIDSafe App
    • Players and coach to turn up no earlier than 15 minutes prior to training
    • Avoid carpooling
    • Maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres at all times
    • Practice good hygiene: players will be required to wash hands or use hand sanitiser before and after training
    • Players are welcome to bring and use their own ball.
    • Players to be ready by having their boots, shin guards on.
    • Players should let their coach and manager know if they won’t be at training
  • TRAINING
    • Warm-ups to be done within the training session or at home 
    • There will be no physical contact or tackling during training
    • Games are not permitted
    • At training players and coaches are required to maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
    • Parents and guardians are encouraged to remain in the car during the session or drop them off and then collect them at the specific time after training
    • There is to be no sharing of drink bottles, towels, or bibs
    • No handshakes or high fives
    • There will be no team meetings or gatherings. 
    • Players, parents and coaches are to leave the training area immediately after the training has finished.
    • Coaches are required to fill in a form on who attended training

NEXT STEPS: The registrars will contact the managers/coaches to see who expects to be interested in training under these conditions.

The initial allocation of training spots will be made by the Club, but the Belnorth Return to Football Plan will be reviewed, as restrictions are updated by the ACT government and advise provided by Capital Football.

Arrangements for gear allocation will be advised.

Belnorth PLAN

In order for us to move a step closer to the return of football as we know it, it is important that all players, coaches, parents and our community follow these guidelines. We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation during this time.

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME: Additionally, we are always looking for more volunteers!

If you are able to assist with your team, or with the club in any capacity, please let us know. 

CONCERNS/ISSUES: This is a challenging time and some people will be feeling cautious about a return to training.

Players and members of our community have to make the best decision for themselves and their family, in terms of whether they can participate in training, and those decisions will be respected.

Belnorth recommends that U 5 – U 7, do not participate in training, as it is difficult to social distance for this age group.

Coaches for U 8 – U 9, should contact the parents to find out if they are comfortable with training in this age group in a COVID 19 environment.

Please raise any concerns or queries with the club.

We are working together as a community to return to football.

Belnorth COVID-19 Refund Update

The Belnorth Committee is working on a registration refund model and process as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Belnorth will communicate and keep its members up to date, once a decision has been made.

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