What you can’t do when weekend sport returns


While state governments continue to have the final say on what sporting activities will be cleared to return, Mr Morrison and senior government officials are expected to consider easing sporting restrictions as early as this week.

Individual states continue to have discretionary powers to grant exemptions in some cases and to apply the guidelines as they interpret them.

The individual states will make their own decisions on when sport restrictions begin to be scaled back — but they will all be making those decisions on the back of the same advice provided by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

The AIS team, led by Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr David Hughes, developed the return to sport framework in collaboration with sport CMOs around Australia and in consultation with the Federal Government’s CMOs.

The report outlines the strict rules that will remain in place once restrictions are eased and, even under Level B, significant isolation must be observed in most sports.

The move to prioritise the return of sport comes after it was identified in an AIS submission as a key vehicle for the “re-establishment of normality in Australian society”.

Sport Minister Richard Colbeck last week confirmed he was armed with the AIS report when he attended the national cabinet meeting on Friday.

It is likely children’s sport will return first. Picture: Mike KeatingSource:News Corp Australia

He moved to put pressure on the national cabinet.

“We’ve put so much of a focus on community sport, to make sure they get a start,” Senator Colbeck said, according to the ABC.

“National Cabinet will make decisions over the next two weeks to hopefully reduce restrictions, so if we can move to ‘level B’, the community can go back out and start being active again before the codes get up again.”

The AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport paper says sport is vital for the health and well-being of the three million children and 8.4 million adults involved in sport.

The report’s executive summary shows how important the return of sport is for the country.

“Sport makes an important contribution to the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of Australians. The economic contribution of sport is equivalent to 2–3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” the report claims.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on communities globally, leading to significant restrictions on all sectors of society, including sport. Resumption of sport can significantly contribute to the re-establishment of normality in Australian society.”

The report also outlines the rules that will remain in place once the decisions are made by the state governments to ease restrictions from Level A to Level B.

Even under Level B restrictions, significant isolation must be observed in most sports.

A move to ease restrictions even further under Level C guidelines would still see some sports, including lawn bowls and cricket, need to respect some restrictions at the same time that rival sports are given full clearance to resume without any restriction.

Here are the AIS guidelines for grassroots athletes to observe as sport begins to return to normal:

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Level A – Running, resistance training (solo), skills training (solo).

Level B – Passing, kicking, catching drills. No tackling or grappling. Small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total).

Level C – Full training and competition.

ARCHERY

Level A – Outdoor range and solo only

Level B – Full training indoor or outdoor range, with limited numbers/appropriate distancing between athletes.

Level C – Full training and competition.

ATHLETICS

Level A – Outdoor training sessions on own, with coach, or with 1 training partner (no sharing of equipment).

Level B – Full training. Avoid running in slipstream of others.

Level C – Full training and competition.

AFL

Empty stands at the MCG stadium.

Empty stands at the MCG stadium.Source:News Corp Australia

Level A – Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) including kicking, handballing, ball handling skills.

Level B – Controlled kicking, marking and handball drills. No tackling/wresting, contact, body on body drills. Small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) for both education and training.

Level C – Full training and competition. Consider maintaining some small group separation

BADMINTON

Level A – Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) at home or outdoor. No indoor sporting facility access allowed.

Level B – Full training on court, singles or doubles.

Level C – Full training and competition.

BASEBALL

Level A – Running/aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo).

Level B – Full training with small numbers (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total).

Level C – Full training and competition.

BASKETBALL

Level A – Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training and shooting drills (solo) at home or outdoor (no indoor sporting facility access allowed). No ball

handling drills with others.

Level B – Non-contact skills using basketball — passing, shooting, defending, screens and team structure. Small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total).

Level C – Full training and competition.

BOXING

Level A – Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), technical training (solo). Bag work if access to own equipment, without anyone.

else present.

Level B – Shadow sparring allowed. Non-contact technical work with coach, including using bag, speedball, pads, paddles, shields. No contact or sparring.

Level C – Full training and competition.

CRICKET

Australia's David Warner celebrates his century at the SCG. Picture: Brett Costello

Australia’s David Warner celebrates his century at the SCG. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia

Level A – Running/aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo).

Level B – Nets: batters facing bowlers. Limit bowlers per net. Fielding sessions: unrestricted. No warm up drills involving unnecessary person-person contact. No shining cricket ball with sweat/saliva during training.

Level C – Full training and competition. No ball shining with sweat/saliva in training.

CYCLING

Level A — Solo outdoor cycling or trainer, resistance training (solo).

Level B — Avoid cycling in slipstream of others – maintain 10m from cyclist in front. Avoid packs of greater than two.

Level C — Full training and competition.

EQUESTRIAN

Level A — Solo/pairs training only.

Level B — Full training and competition.

Level C — Full training and competition.

FOOTBALL

Level A — Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo).

Level B — Non-contact skill training drills: passing, shooting, headers. Small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total).

Level C — Full training and competition.

GOLF

Level A – Solo or pairs only (if permitted by local Government). Maintain at least 1.5m between players.

Level B – Full training. Maintain at least 1.5m between players.

Level C – Full training and competition. Maintain at least 1.5m between players where possible.

GYMNASTICS

Level A – Resistance training, skills training solo and outside of gym only. Rhythmic: skills at home. Trampoline: off apparatus skills, drills at home only.

Level B – Small groups only: 1 gymnast per apparatus (including rhythmic and trampoline). Disinfecting high touch surfaces as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Level C – Full training and competition.

HOCKEY (FIELD)

Level A — Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) if access to appropriate surface available.

Level B — Non-contact skills training drills in small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total).

Level C — Full training and competition.

LAWN BOWLS

Level A — Maximum of 2 people are allowed per green at any one time. All players are to use separate mats and jacks (or ensure that the same player on each rink places mats or places/

rolls jacks). Other bowls equipment cannot be shared between players. Coaching should be limited to no more than a coach and one other person at the time and all practising physical

distancing of 1.5m during the coaching session. No barefoot bowls activity

Level B — A maximum of 10 persons is allowed per green at any one time. Maintain at least 1.5m between players on green. Bowling Clubs may need to have a booking system in place

to facilitate. Bowling Clubs with more than one green need to ensure that compliance is achieved in respect to social gathering restrictions.

Level C — Coaching is permitted. Resume normal activities (including competition) and

player numbers but maintain at least 1.5m between players on green. Barefoot bowls permitted.

MOTOR SPORT

Level A — Running/aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), simulation work at home if available.

Level B — Full training.

Level C — Full training and competition.

NETBALL

Level A — Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo), including shooting (outdoor or own ring only) or ball skills eg against a wall to self.

Level B — Skills using netball passing, shooting, defending. Small group training (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) based on skills with set drill, but no close contact/defending/attacking/match play drills.

Level C — Full training and competition.

PARA-ATHLETES SPORTS

Para-athletes require individualised consideration and assessment through all Levels (A, B, C) of a return to sport. Some para-athletes will have medical conditions that will require

detailed planning and consultation with their regular treating medical team prior to a return to formal training/competition, or progression through Levels A, B, C.

Specific para-athlete equipment (e.g. wheelchairs, prostheses) will require regular cleaning (for all levels).

ROWING

Level A — Ergometer if access to own at home. Cycling (solo), running (solo), resistance training (solo). On-water single.

Level B – Group resistance training sessions and outdoor group ergometer training placed 1.5m apart. Not more than 10 athletes/staff in total. Groups of single sculls.

Level A –

Level B –

Level C –

RUGBY LEAGUE

The SCG members stand during the St George Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers NRL game at the SCG.

The SCG members stand during the St George Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers NRL game at the SCG.Source:News Limited

Level A — Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) including kicking, passing, ball skills (solo).

Level B — Skill drills using a ball, kicking and passing. No tackling/wresting. Small group (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total).

sessions.

Level C — Full training and competition.

RUGBY UNION

Level A – Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) including kicking, passing, ball skills (solo).

Level B – Skill drills using a ball, kicking and passing. No rucks, mauls, lineouts or scrums,

no tackling/wresting. Small group (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) sessions.

Level C – Full training and competition.

SURFING

Level A — Solo or with 1 training partner only.

Level B — Full training.

Level C — Full training and competition.

SWIMMING

Level A — In-water training (solo) in own pool or open-water.

Level B —

Use of communal pool with limited numbers, 1 athlete per lane.

Level C — Full training and competition.

TENNIS

Level A — Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo).

Level B — Full training on court, singles or doubles.

Level C — Full training and competition.

VOLLEYBALL

Level A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) at home or outdoor (no indoor sporting facility access allowed).

Level B: Small group (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) skill sessions only. No matches.

Level C: Full training and competition.

WINTER SPORT

Level A — Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), Resistance training (solo), balance training (solo).

Level B — Use of institute gym facilities and indoor ice surfaces in

small groups of less than 10 people. Use of acrobatic facilities such as trampoline, bungee and water ramp in small groups with 1 athlete at a time and at least 1.5m distancing to support staff. Limited on snow training dependent on travel restrictions. Small groups widely

spaced, no communal living.

Level C — Full training and competition dependent on commercial operation of mountain facilities.



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