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Sport is coming

As we shifted to Alert Level 2, sport moved tantilisingly closer.  Most of the major codes, and other sports are following the Government and Sport NZ recommendations, which involve a phased approach to returning to sport.

Phase One – Get Ready.  This means clubs are planning and preparing to get back underway, including hygiene practices, and contact tracing.  As clubs and sporting bodies get these systems in place, trainings will be able to get underway with strict guidelines, and maximum groups of 10.

Phase Two – Prepare to Play. This will have further guidelines added, after the Government has given further advice, expected to be communicated on the 25th May.  This will hopefully allow for larger numbers and contact training.

Phase Three – Return to Play. The bit we have all been waiting for. As with the previous two phases there will still be strict guidelines around hygiene practices and contact tracing for team members, coaches, referees and other officials, and spectators, who will also need to practice social distancing.

Some clubs and sporting bodies have released some further information, and this is also going to be subject to the further guidelines released by the Government in coming weeks.

Parkrun is aiming for a June startup.  Currently all parkruns are cancelled around the world until the end of May.

Football has advised they will be using a tracing app called IDME.  They have also released a training checklist for players.  Mainland football are aiming to begin most competition grades around the 6th June, with a season extended to around the 26th September (subject to weather, and some grounds being prepared for summer codes.)  Clubs will provide more information for In-house leagues.

Rugby has also advised they will be using the tracing app IDME, along with some manual options.  They expect to have a four week Phase Two to get players ready for contact rugby, and so are looking at a 20th June start date.  The Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa professional competition will begin in June.

Basketball are currently waiting for further information from BBNZ about the specifics of their protocols, but are looking at competition dates, dependent on venue availability. The plan is for a start date for club competitions on the 6th June.  Midweek leagues may restart on 3rd June.

Hockey are currently working on their processes and procedures before opening turfs.  Nunweek Park is aiming to open for some trainings around the 20th May. The Waimakariri clubs are also hopeful of getting the Waimakariri Turf open around this date too.  This will also be subject to the hygiene, contact tracing, and the training group size limitations. Turfs are likely to require bookings to ensure numbers are limited. Start dates haven’t been confirmed yet but mid June is possible, with the season likely to be extended to the end of Term 3.

Netball are also working through the guidelines, and given netball is often played at centres with large numbers of players in a confined areas, so there is still a bit of work to do. Professional netball is returning soon, with the ANZ Premiership beginning on the 19th June.

Rugby League have confirmed that under the Get Ready phase, there will be no rugby league activity or training permitted. They will release further information once the government has issued further information later in the month.

The Rangiora Gymnastics Club have confirmed their trainings until Monday 25th May for recreational classes.  Woodend Gymnastics are looking at resuming in Term 3.

The North Canterbury Swim Club are back in training now with all of their guidelines in place.

North Canterbury Athletics are also restarting their sessions with small groups.

Many other clubs and sporting activities will be getting underway too.  Gyms are reopening. Most clubs are contacting their members, or providing communication via social media.  It is important to understand what your sports return to play plans are, and how you can ensure you follow all of the procedures and guidelines to keep yourself and others safe.

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