Let’s Play Hockey – Safely!

April 22, 2021

We are all looking forward to Round 1 of the 2021 hockey season, coming up this weekend. It’s fantastic to see 45 teams playing in both senior and junior competitions. While it seems as if COVID is not such a problem now, we should not forget how easily this can change.

The Geelong Hockey Association has a COVID Safe plan which has been approved by the City of Greater Geelong. It is extremely important that the procedures outlined in the plan are followed, as an inspection could be carried out at any time. If our procedures are deemed to be unsatisfactory, the City of Greater Geelong could revoke the Association’s permission to use the facilities, and the hockey season would be halted.

The HV Return to Hockey Guidelines were updated by Hockey Victoria on April 6.

Members who are attending matches, training and events at Stead Park and Lloyd Reserve are reminded of the rules which apply, and the COVID Safe hygiene procedures which are required.

  • Electronic Record Keeping

Every person (player, team official, umpire, spectator etc) who enters Stead Park or Lloyd Reserve must record their attendance by checking in using the QR code located at the venue.

There are separate QR codes for indoor and outdoor sections of the venues.

All electronic record keeping will be via the Services Victoria app using the QR code supplied. Please download the app before you enter the venue.

  • Ensure physical distancing.

Enter Stead Park via the gate on the left, exit via the gate on the right.

Players, coaches, umpires should remain 1.5 metres apart as much as possible. No high fives, handshakes, hugs or spitting.

Do not attend the venue or participate in a match if you are feeling unwell or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact in the last 14 days with someone who has tested positive or has had symptoms.

Spectators may attend and should remain 1.5 metres apart from others and not gather in groups of more than 100. If it is not possible to maintain the 1.5 m distance, spectators should wear a face mask.

Avoid carpooling where possible.

  • Entering and leaving dugouts

To avoid overcrowding and lack of social distancing at the end of games and training sessions, incoming teams who are waiting to begin their game/ training should gather to one side of the player dugouts. Do not enter the dugout until the outgoing team has retrieved their bags and left the dugout.

The outgoing team should collect their bags and move as quickly as possible to clear the dugout for the incoming team.

Sanitising spray will be provided in the dugouts. Teams are required to spray the touchpoints (gate, benches, seats, clothing racks) at the end of their game.

Only the umpires should enter the Tech Bench area. Umpires should wipe/sanitise the benches after use.

  • Carry a face mask and wear it when necessary

All persons entering Stead Park or Lloyd Reserve must carry a face mask, and wear it when you cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people you do not live with.

You do not have to wear a face mask while playing or warming up for a match.

  • Practice good hygiene

Use hand sanitiser before, during and after your match, and wash hands frequently.

Spitting/’Bushman’s Nose Blowing’

  • Will be penalised with a 10 minute yellow card (first offence), or red card for a second offence in the same match.
  • Consistent repeat offenders can be subject to a HV Disciplinary Process.

Bring a full water bottle. Drinking taps will not be used.

Arrive for your game dressed ready to play.

Use your own equipment and do not share equipment. Do not share water bottles, sticks, clothing, training bibs, towels etc.

Avoid touching the hockey ball, cones or training equipment unless you are the designated coach/ team manager.

Cones and hockey balls should be cleaned and disinfected after use, before being used again. Wash the equipment in the cleaning solution, leaving it in for at least 10 minutes, before rinsing and drying.

  • Keep records and act quickly if participants, volunteers or organisers become unwell.

Each person who enters Stead Park must sign in using the QR code located in the venue.

  • Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces.

Change rooms, toilets and the social area are open, but the meeting room remains closed to use at this time.

There is a separate QR code for the pavilion and the playing areas.

Members/ customers who sit in the social area are required to wipe the table and chairs after use.

A maximum of 2 people should be in the toilet area or in the corridor at the one time.

  • Create activity bubbles.

Limit the number of players, coaches, officials who participate in multiple games in the one day. Try to maintain physical distancing where possible.