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COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Netball New Zealand Advisory

Under Alert Level 2 the disease is contained, but there is still a risk of community transmission. The objective of these guidelines is to minimise the risk of transmissions of the virus, and to be able to rapidly track and isolate any cases that may arise.

This advisory and associated guidelines, templates, planning tools and resources are designed to support Centres to successfully return to a safe training and competition play, ensuring full compliance with all government health and safety and contact tracing protocols.

  • Please note that this advisory is current as of 11 May 2020 and is subject to change due to government guidelines
  • Netball NZ continues to work closely with Sport NZ to provide the most up-to-date information for our netball community.
  • Sport NZ COVID-19 Level 2 Guidelines as of 11 May click here
  • ·Centres are responsible for the compliance of all Ministry guidelines. Failure to meet these guidelines could have a serious impact on the health of your community and result in your Centre being shut down.

PHASE 1 - Get Ready for Netball

Netball Centres can open on or after 15 May 2020

No Netball activity is to commence – e.g. Training, workshops.

This is the time for Centres to prepare and ensure that all the government health and safety measures and contract tracing protocols are in place prior to their Centre/venue/facilities opening for the safe delivery of trainings.


Centres must be confident that they fully understand all Level 2 guidelines for sport and ensure that the following requirements can be met for the safety of all staff and volunteers.

  • Centres with staff must complete a Worksafe plan click here
  • Centres with staff must complete the Risk Assessment for returning staff and contractors form
  • All Centres must meet Hygiene and Sanitation requirements click here
  • All Centres must meet Contact Tracing requirements.
  • All Centres must meet physical distancing requirements.
  • Gatherings must meet Ministry of Health guidelines.
  • Netball Centres are responsible for managing Ministry of Health requirements for netball activity at venues, events, and programs they manage or run.
  • Schools are responsible for managing Ministry of Health and education guidelines during school activities and programs including outside groups or individuals using their school premises.

Detailed guidelines, templates, planning tools and resources can be found here

PHASE 2 - Prepare to Play

Netball activity may start on or after 29 May 2020

This includes trainings and workshops.

This does not include delivery of competitions.

Managing requirements in the training environment at your Centre/facilities.

  • Prior to commencing this phase all Centres must complete the COVID-19 Prepare to Play - Event & Activity Health and Safety Plan - template
  • Netball activities can start if MOH Gathering limits, tracing and public health measures are met.
  • All participants and spectators must adhere to public health measures.
  • Contact tracing measures must be put in place for all participants and any other person’s /spectators.
  • Mass gathering protocols must be adhered to (including coaches and spectators) so long as physical distancing requirements.
  • To manage gathering limits we recommend that no spectators are to attend trainings.
  • Face to face workshops can be held where Ministry of Health and physical distancing guidelines of 1 metre are adhered to and contact tracing measures are in place – gathering limits apply. Online workshops are available and recommended.
  • Ensure coaches have been informed of their responsibilities and provided with the Prepare to Play - Coach Guidelines and Tracing Log resource
  • NetballSmart resources to support a safe return to participation can be accessed here

Detailed guidelines, templates, planning tools and resources can be found here

Prepare to Play Resources

Click here for the NetballSmart resource targeted towards Coaches as we move into the Prepare to Play phase of Alert Level 2 COVID-19.

Click here for the Mother Earth futureFERNS resource targeted towards Junior Netballers as we move into the Prepare to Play phase of Alert Level 2 COVID-19.

PHASE 3 - Return to Play

All Netball activity may start on or after 19 June 2020

    Managing requirements in the competition environment at your Centre/facilities.

  • Prior to commencing this phase, all Centres must update COVID-19 Prepare to Play - Event & Activity Health and Safety Plan - template
  • All Netball activities can commence.
  • Face to face workshops can be held. Online workshops remain available.
  • All Ministry of Health and Government guidelines must be adhered to - including contact tracing, hygiene and sanitation, gatherings and workplace,

Detailed guidelines, templates, planning tools and resources can be found here

Click here for the Return to Play – Centre Competition Innovation targeted towards Centres as we move into the Return to Play phase of Alert Level 2 COVID-19.