Little Athletics Victoria Covid Safe Protocols

General principles

• Attendees contact details will be recorded prior to each sanctioned activity.

• Physical distancing (>1.5 metres) must be observed by all attendees at all times.

• The maintenance of high standards of personal hygiene – such as regular hand sanitisation – is critical.

• Equipment must be disinfected before and after use.

• A “Get in, Train/Compete, Get Out” approach to sanctioned activities must be adhered to

. • Attendees essential to the conducting of sanctioned activities only are to be present. This includes supervising parents/guardians.

• Only one parent/guardian is permitted to be present to supervise their child/children at all times.

Note: where a family is rostered on, regularly volunteers, or is selected to fulfil volunteering duties, both parents/guardians are permitted to be in attendance for purposes of child supervision.

• Spectators are not required or essential to the conducting of sanctioned activities and cannot attend.

• Competition (track and field events) cannot exceed 10 athletes at a time.

Officials & volunteers conducting the event are in addition to the athletes.

• Attendees should avoid all contact with others, such as handshaking and giving high fives.

• Access to changerooms and toilets is permitted.

• Face masks are to be worn by all attendees 12 years of age and older, including athletes when not competing, that is when they are not on the field of play.

• Car pooling is to be avoided for compliance with child safety standards and COVID-19 safety.

Attendance Records and Managed Access

• Prior to the commencement of sanctioned Centre training and competition activities, all attendees will have their attendance recorded by the CSO

Equipment

• Athletes are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, towels and other personal items to avoid sharing where possible.

• Athletes clothing items, such as tops, hoodies, etc, are to be separated when not worn to avoid contact with other athletes’ items. • Uniform items are not to be shared.

• For training, athletes should be advised to supply their own equipment where practicable; the sharing of equipment is to be avoided where possible.

• For training, athletes will be required to only use the equipment allocated to them unless they supply their own.

• For competition, throwing implements are to be cleaned with disinfectant wipes after every attempt.

• For training, shared throwing implements are to be cleaned with disinfectant wipes after every attempt.

• For training, athletes are to collect the throwing implements allocated to them.

• Athletes will be required to sanitise their hands after using shared, or their own equipment.

• In training, only the coach (or other designated individual) will be allowed to use the rakes, brooms, and tape measures for any activities.

.• Long & triple jump: when athletes are leaving the pit, athletes must clean their hands of sand and sanitise.

Competition

• Competition events must not exceed 10 athletes at a time. This applies to both track and field events.

• Field events: athletes must maintain 1.5m physical distancing while waiting for their attempts.

• Track events: physical distancing of 1.5m between athletes is not required while competing (i.e. standing at start line and during the race).

• Multiple heats may be lined up at the start line with 1.5 metres of spacing between each line of athletes. • Once a field event with a maximum of 10 athletes has concluded, the next group of 10 athletes can commence.

• Upon completion of track event, athletes are to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.

• Face masks are to be worn by all attendees 12 years of age and older, including athletes when not competing, i.e. when they are not on the field of play.

Uniform requirements

• It is compulsory for athletes in all sanctioned competition: o to wear their Centre uniform;  to display their SUBWAY patch;

 Venue

• All attendees will be required to maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres.

• For requirements pertaining to athletes on the field of play, refer to the ‘Competition’ section.

• Attendees not on the field of play may not gather in groups exceeding 10 people.

• Groups of up to 10 people must be reasonably spaced apart.

Personal infection control & management

• Attendees must inform the CSO if they are feeling unwell, can only return once medically certified to do so.

• Attendees must disclose to the CSO if they are being tested for COVID-19, and can only return once cleared by the health authorities, along with a medical certificate confirming their health. The CSO must take the following actions:

  • Record the incident details in the attendance register;
  • Advise the Centre Committee;
  • Advise LAVic;
  • Report the incident to the health authorities.

• Athletes, coaches, officials, Centre administrators, volunteers and parents/carers at sanctioned competition and training activities are advised to:

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash hands; o Carry and use hand sanitiser;
  • Cover a sneeze or cough with an elbow or a tissue rather than hands;
  • Immediately dispose of used tissues in the bin; o Avoid close contact with people who are unwell;
  • Limit the touching of eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Not spit or clear nasal/respiratory secretions;
  • Avoid contact with other participants, inclusive of handshakes, high fives, huddles and celebrations.
  • Suspected COVID-19 infections at the Centre must be reported to the COVID-19 Hotline: 1800 675 398 (open 24 hours, 7 days).

Hygiene

• Face masks are to be worn by all attendees 12 years of age and older, including athletes when not competing, i.e. when they are not on the field of play.

• Participants must use hand sanitiser prior to commencement and completion of any sanctioned activity.

• Participants must thoroughly wash their hands after using the toilets.

• Athletes are required to sanitise their hands after sneezing/coughing.

• Hand sanitiser must be provided for use at athlete sign in, toilets, each event site and at the canteen.

• Disinfectant wipes must be available at each event site where equipment is used.