Covid-19 Information

In line with advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced some further easing to restrictions.

From 11:59pm on 31 May some changes come into effect for hockey, in line with the Restricted Activities Direction. Allowing
outdoor activities to be held with groups of up to 20 people (2 zones of 20 per pitch) while still maintaining social distancing
rules is the most relevant announcement relating to hockey.

Please read the below information relevant to you. This information will be updated regularly in accordance with any future government directives.

Read the FAQ’s here: COVID-19 HV FAQs 24.3.20


Statements

Update: 2.30pm 11/5/2020

Dear affiliates,

The key points in this update are:

  • Outdoor activities in groups of up to 10 people will be allowed from 11:59pm on Tuesday 12 May in Victoria.
  • There are still many questions that will need to be clarified and confirmed with the relevant authorities before we can safely return to hockey activities.
  • Hockey Victoria strongly recommends to its affiliates to hold off on resuming hockey activities until next week. This will allow us to work with the authorities to finalise the Return to Hockey Guidelines.
  • Further information will be communicated to all affiliates when it becomes available.

On Monday, 11 May, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that some coronavirus restrictions will be lifted from 11:59pm on Tuesday 12 May. Allowing outdoor activities to be held with groups of us to 10 people while still maintaining social distancing rules is the most relevant announcement relating to hockey. Clearly, this is a very positive move towards resumption of hockey activities.

However, while some of the restrictions will be eased from 11:59pm on Tuesday 12 May, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that we can get back on the pitch safely. Our experiences from dealing with other Member Associations around the country tell us that it takes up to a week or more to clarify and confirm how new, eased restrictions apply to hockey. For example, can a hockey pitch be divided into 4 zones, with 10 people training in each zone while still maintaining the social distancing rules; does a coach count as one of the 10 people; can players access toilets, etc.

There are numerous details yet to be confirmed and finalised. We will now work with the relevant authorities to finalise these details and communicate the first draft of HV’s Return to Hockey Guidelines. Until then, Hockey Victoria strongly recommends that clubs hold off on organising any formal training sessions under the eased restrictions. We anticipate to be in a position to issue the Guidelines within the next week. Please note the HV guidelines will cover hockey activities (based around people movement, activities, equipment and communication). We will provide examples of facility related guidelines, however, the clubs should get in contact with their facility owner (i.e. local councils/schools/universities) for all facility usage related guidance in the first instance.

We acknowledge that everyone will be buoyed and excited about the prospect of return to hockey, but to ensure that we get to the point of competitive hockey in the near future, we need everyone to be patient and allow Hockey Victoria to get the relevant information and provide guidance on conducting hockey activities safely for all participants and without breaking any applicable laws.

In the meantime, we would encourage you to review the FIH guidelines on returning to pitch and start the discussion with your facility owner (i.e. local council, school, university) about the steps needed to get the pitch ready for hockey activities. The FIH guide can be found on this link.

Kind Regards,

Andrew Skillern

Chief Executive Officer

Hockey Victoria


Update: 5pm 20/3/2020

The purpose of this communication is to provide an update on the 2020 Events following on from the position statement that we released on Thursday 19 March.

Having reviewed the 2020 events, we have made the following decisions:

  • Junior Country Championships – CANCELLED for 2020
  • Women & Girls Breakfast – CANCELLED for 2020
  • Senior Country Championship – CANCELLED for 2020
  • Junior State Championships – POSTPONED until later in 2020

These decisions today reflect the developments over the past 24 hours, as well as the prevailing concern to minimise impact on the health and safety of our players, officials and the wider community, as well as remove uncertainty and minimise impact on the regional families in particular.

It is important to note that the Junior State Championships (JSC) are not cancelled.  Going forward we will continue to:

  • Monitor the situation closely
  • Work collaboratively with our Affiliates to set a new date for JSC, and
  • Keep you updated

We look forward to your ongoing support of Hockey Victoria, as without it we will not be able to effectively deliver hockey in 2020.


Update: 6pm 19/3/2020

HV COVID-19 STATEMENT, Thursday 19 March 2020

The purpose of this communication is to provide an update from the position statement that we released on Tuesday. In the past 24 hours we have directly engaged with Sport & Recreation Victoria, Sport Australia and Hockey Australia to seek the latest information.

Effective immediately Hockey Victoria will suspend all HV hockey activities and postpone the start of the Winter competition until 1 May 2020.

We have not taken this decision lightly given that the current advice from State and Federal Governments remains that community level sporting activities should continue.  Working closely with Affiliates however, we recognise that some of them are losing access to their facilities and temporarily suspending their own hockey activities.  Our decision today therefore reflects these developments, as well as the prevailing concern to ensure the health and safety of our players, officials and the wider community.

It is important to note that the season is not cancelled.  Going forward we will continue to:

  • Monitor the situation closely
  • Keep you updated
  • Work collaboratively with our Affiliates
  • Develop a range of competition scenarios for the 2020 season. Our intent at this stage is to deliver all competitions in their entirety, while working with the affiliates to embed as much flexibility as possible.

On Friday 20 March, HV will provide further updates on the HV events (JCC, JSC and SCC).

We appreciate all the support received from so many members of our community over the past 24-48 hours and look forward to working with you and collectively providing hockey to the community after 1 May 2020.

We look forward to your ongoing support of Hockey Victoria, as without it we will not be able to effectively deliver hockey in 2020.


Update: 2.30pm 17/3/2020

Dear hockey community,

Firstly, thank you for the queries in relation to COVID-19 that have come through over the past several days. It is helpful to receive feedback where greater clarity is sought, so please continue to keep the dialogue open with further feedback, comments and questions. We do ask that the feedback is coordinated and that it comes ONLY from a Club President or Secretary rather than individual players/coaches/parents from each club. This will assist all sides to have a coordinated and consistent approach to all inbound and outbound communications.

We also ask that all queries are lodged on this link which can be found on the HV website, in the dropdown menu under About Us/COVID-19 Information.

The purpose of this communication is to provide an update on the following:

  • U15 and U18 National Championships
  • Current Hockey Victoria activities and 2020 Winter Season and JCC, SCC and JSC, and
  • 2019 HV AGM

U15 and U18 National Championships

On Monday 16 March, due to the latest Federal Government direction in relation to gatherings of 500+ people, Hockey Australia announced that the U15 and U18 National Championships will be cancelled.

For more details please see this link:  https://hockey.org.au/hockey-australia-covid-19-statement/

Hockey Victoria communicating with all impacted Victoria players, families and volunteers and will continue providing support to all of those affected by the cancellation.

Current Hockey Victoria Activities and 2020 Winter Season and JCC, SCC and JSC

In the past 24-48 hours, we have carefully considered the current status of COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria, and the State Government’s directive on gatherings of over 500 people, which would exclude the vast majority of community sport, and therefore community hockey.

Sport and Recreation Victoria’s statement as of 17/3/2020

Based on the current position of the Government and the relevant authorities, and given that none of the planned activities exceed the 500 people mark in one venue, Hockey Victoria will proceed with the planned activities until such time when the directive from the Government changes. At this stage, we are still working towards delivering the 2020 Winter Competitions as planned, with specific health & safety guidelines in place to be distributed in the coming days.

In the meantime, we are exploring different scenarios that can be implemented if and when this directive changes, so we can work with all affiliates on adapting our implementation plans accordingly. These guidelines are a part of our broader considerations, and include relevant Rules & Regulations that may need to be amended or introduced to minimise the impact of COVID-19. For example, rules in regards to use of face masks.

We will continue to review the situation on a daily basis in line with the up to date information from the State authorities and other relevant parties (i.e. Hockey Australia), and will provide further updates on the HV activities as they become available.

At the club or association level, it’s important to follow relevant health advice to reduce your risk – Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus.

In regards to the events (JCC, SCC and JSC), at this stage we plan to deliver the events in their usual timelines, however we intend to advise the hockey community of any changes by the end of March at the very latest, or prior should the current COVID-19 situation change. Until then, we advise the regional affiliates to hold-off on any accommodation bookings.

2019 HV AGM

At this stage, we are intending to proceed with holding the AGM (and the Club & Associations Forum) as per previous communications.

Date: Wednesday 25 March, 7.45pm

Venue: Netball Function Room, State Netball Hockey Centre

And finally, to all of our Presidents and their committees, thank you for the hours of hard work over the last few days and for your leadership. These are challenging times for all of us, but in the end we are all united to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our members and the wider community.


HV will release an official statement at 2pm tomorrow (17/3/2020) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Update: 3pm 13/3/2020

Please find links to the relevant authorities’ websites if you need more information:

National Coronavirus Health Information Hotline: 1800 020 080

Department of Health and Human Services Website – Victoria: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novelcoronavirus2019-ncov-health-alert

Worksafe: https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/safety-alerts/exposure-coronavirus-workplaces

Australian Institute of Sport: https://ais.gov.au/health-wellbeing/covid-19

Hockey Australia statement (updated 12/3/2020) : https://hockey.org.au/hockey-australia-coronavirus-update-12-march-2020/


As most other organisations, Hockey Victoria have been keeping abreast of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and monitoring information as it comes to hand from the relevant authorities.

With regard to any changes to Hockey Victoria’s programs, competitions, trainings or programs, we will provide guidance and advice on any changes to these as required. This means it is business as usual for now, however please have patience during this time, as we work with relevant stakeholders and experts in determining the most practical steps if and when changes need to be implemented.

We will keep you well informed should any other part of our business be impacted in any way, as we’re taking it day-by-day as new information comes to hand.

It goes without saying there is media saturation of Coronavirus at present, and sourcing information from reliable and accurate sources is certainly best practice. Rest assured we are taking every precaution and taking matters seriously. We have provided some links to relevant websites and resources for your reference. We encourage you to share these with your members.

The most important preventative measure remains to not conduct matches or training if your members are sick and showing the following symptoms:

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
* Fever
* Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
* Cough
* Sore throat
* Fatigue or tiredness.

If any of your members experience the above symptoms, we would recommend that they contact their GP for medical advice/attention and they will be able to inform your member of the best course of action. If COVID-19 is confirmed, please notify Hockey Victoria ASAP via the below forms:

Other preventative measures include:

  1. Reminding players and volunteers/staff of hygiene protocols such as:
  2. Washing hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with a paper towel or hand dryer.
  3. Trying not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  4. Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  5. Avoiding shaking hands etc.
  6. We strongly encourage all members of the hockey community to receive the flu shot (available from April).

With the spread of COVID-19 likely to continue to impact for many weeks, please continue to be informed through the media and the Department of Health website. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Some athletes may feel anxious about the impact of the virus and Dr Michael Carr-Gregg has prepared advice to guide parents in talking about this issue: https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus

As the situation in regards of cases of Coronavirus is evolving rapidly please use the available resources to keep informed of the latest updates.

Other key resources are listed below:

Department of Health and Human Services Website – Victoria: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

SmartTraveller Website: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19

Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Worksafe: https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/safety-alerts/exposure-coronavirus-workplaces

If you need to contact us please send an email to admin@hockeyvictoria.org.au 

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