EBVNC COVID19 Update - 9 July 2020
As of Thursday 9 July 2020, there is no community sport for 6 weeks. This unfortunately means our plans to return to play for SDNA, CDNA and SFNL are back on hold.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to get back out again, from 19 August, when the new suspension is due to end.
It is important to remember now, that while it may feel like we’re going backwards, we have to keep looking ahead.
As a club, we are strong, connected and supportive. We urge you to keep in touch with each other, keep making yourself and others smile, share experiences and check in on your friends.
EBVNC COVID19 Update - 16 April 2020
From Netball Victoria
To our Victorian netball family;
What song is it that said, “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone?” The impact that we have all felt since netball has stopped is significant.
Of course, we know how important sport is to our community and our individual wellbeing. It develops friendships, social skills, teamwork and connectedness. Sport also provides significant physical and mental health benefits and most importantly it builds strong communities. The games and teams we are part of or that we follow, weave us passionately together, in times of celebration and hardship.
Many of the things that we could rely on - pre COVID-19 - as being part of our lives are no longer accessible to us because of the new restrictions that have been developed for community safety by our Federal and State Governments. Our entrenched routines and habits are now shifting in ways that would have seemed improbable to us only a few weeks ago.
There is no doubt that we are all wishing life to be back to normal, however our ‘new normal’ may be quite different; both in the short and in the long term. This extends to how the entire sporting landscape might look going forward, particularly for the rest of this year.
At this stage all community netball seasons have been suspended until at least May 31, 2020. This date will be reviewed and updated, as the impacts of the different government strategies - such as social isolation - evolve. We thank you for your understanding and support of our decisions throughout this time – we truly are all in this together!
Netball Victoria Competitions
Yesterday we announced the unfortunate yet necessary decision to cancel Netball Victoria’s Association Championships and State Titles for 2020. The full statement with regards to this decision can be found here.
The Netball Victoria Participation and Development teams are currently working on some alternative competition structures and other engagement opportunities for our members in the later part of 2020. We will keep you informed about these as they are confirmed.
Talent Academy and State Team Selection Policies
Following the announcement that both Association Championships and State Titles would be cancelled for 2020, it was also announced that the Netball Victoria Board has suspended the current Talent Academy and State Team selection policies. This will allow Netball Victoria to review our talent identification process to ensure our pathway programs remain strong on the other side of COVID-19.
Moving Netball Online
Since it became apparent that 2020 was going to look significantly different to what we had planned, our Netball Victoria staff have been working furiously behind the scenes to re-design as many of our courses and resources as possible so that they can be made available online. They are also working on new initiatives and content to keep our Victorian netball family as involved with netball as possible during this period of hiatus.
Like many other organisations we are currently charting unknown territory, and we are discovering some logistical factors which is making this process more time consuming than we would like. We thank you for your patience during this process; we’re confident that the outcome will be worth it!
Netball Victoria Memberships
As our community netball seasons have been impacted thus far by COVID-19, it is natural that the question of member refunds will come up, given the indefinite delayed start of the season, and therefore reduced opportunities to play this year.
Other sports across Victoria are largely in the same boat, and as such we have been in regular contact with our peers as we work through the best way to manage this situation for our members. At the same time, we need to carefully manage our finances to ensure longevity of our sport. As you would be aware your membership fees cover a range of essential services and programs, which we are continuing to deliver which are in addition to your insurance and our usual netball competitions. You can find out more about the benefits of being a Netball Victoria member here: netballvic.com.au/your-membership-is-more-than-insurance.
We remain optimistic that competition will resume in 2020 and we are working hard to plan different scenarios for what community competitions will be, once the government restrictions are relaxed or lifted.
As we have a high expectation that there will be some form of competition this year, and because there has been significant investment since the cessation of our last competition to ensure that we have been ready for the 2020 season proper, we believe that it is premature to consider member refunds. However as always, we will consider requests for refunds to those members who are experiencing extreme financial hardship at any time.
Don’t forget that all current Netball Victoria members have access to Sports Perks (formerly Sports Pass) as an added benefit of your membership. Sports Perks gives you access to discounts on Woolworths shopping, and many other discounts that can still be redeemed during this period of ‘shutdown’. And when social distancing regulations are relaxed, a range of other event and activity discounts will also be available to all Netball Victoria members via Sports Perks.
You must sign up using your Netball Victoria membership number to access the benefits, which can be done here: sportsperks.com.au/sports/netball-vic.
Suncorp Super Netball
The Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) Commission has advised us that they will come to a decision as to what the 2020 SSN season will look like by May 31. We appreciate that there are many scenarios which need to be worked through and various stakeholders who need to be considered in the making of any decision, and hence this is a time-consuming process. We will let our members and community know the outcome as soon as the Commission inform us of their decision.
However, while we’re waiting for netball to return, the great news is that thanks to Telstra, all match replays are now available on the Netball Live app for free for all users! There is also Suncorp Super Netball’s Rebound portal and the Melbourne Vixens #VixensAtHome activities to keep you occupied during this period of hiatus.
Melbourne Vixens Memberships
Whilst we wait to see what the 2020 SSN season may look like, we’re asking our Melbourne Vixens members to please hold on to your membership cards for the 2020 season. Our membership team is also working to send out your membership scarves and beanies to all members (which would usually be collected on game day) so that we can still be united by our support of our club, even though we can’t all be together at the moment. We can’t wait to see the pictures of you at home in your Vixens gear when you receive them!
In addition to this, all brand-new 2020 Vixens merchandise will be available for despatch in the next couple of weeks, so we encourage all supporters to check out the new designs and place your orders online.
The eight SSN teams are presently discussing the impact to team memberships and we expect that all teams will have a similar approach which will become clearer once the SSN Commission have announced what the season will be. Generally, SSN team memberships are non-refundable, however, as with our Netball Victoria memberships, we will of course consider requests for refunds to those members who are experiencing financial hardship at any time.
On behalf of the team at Netball Victoria, thank you for your ongoing support. We will keep you informed as new information comes to light.
Most importantly please stay safe, look after those around you, and we hope to see you back out on the netball court or cheering from the sidelines soon!
April 15, 2020
EBVNC COVID19 Update - 24 March 2020
As you are all aware COVID-19 is impacting many in our EBVNC community and I want you to know that we are thinking of you. We hope everyone comes through this safe and well.
As previously stated, during this time, our policy is to follow the advice of the Victorian Government, and our netball associations, including SDNA, CDNA, SFNL and Netball Victoria.
The Government has implemented a state-wide shut down of non-essential services. We respect this and, as such, continue to abide by the suspension of all on-court netball activities.
Importantly, Netball Victoria has confirmed an extension to the current suspension. All community netball has now been recommended to be suspended until May 31. This includes matches, training, and NetSetGo and EBVNC supports this recommendation.
Of course, things are changing quickly in what is a dynamic situation. Therefore it is important to understand that this date will be reviewed and there may be further changes. We will continue to work with our associations and communicate information out to you as soon as we receive it.
To assist with this, you will find a dedicated COVID-19 page set up on our website. Please check this regularly for updates.
I would also like you to know that during the disruption to our on-court activities, your EBVNC Executive Committee continues to work on behalf of players and parents.
The Committee is meeting regularly and we are having discussions on a daily basis. We are working hard to ensure our club continues to operate, and taking advantage of this downtime for some ‘housekeeping’ for example website updates, internal processes and club administration.
This is a challenging time, and it is important to recognise it will impact us in different ways. Emotionally, it is important we check in on each other, stay connected and do what we can to support and smile. Physically, it’s frustrating not to be able to be as active as we’re used to.
So we’ll be doing our bit by providing exercise information, videos and tips shortly on our website to help you keep fit and maintain netball skills. We also encourage you to jump on our social media to post, comment and share, and have some fun.
The good news is we are an amazing community. So let’s stay safe, do the right thing, and hopefully, we’ll all be able to catch up in person soon. Go Vampires.
EBVNC COVID19 Update - 17 March 2020
EBVNC COVID19 Update – 16 March 2020
Firstly, apologies for the late correspondence, however this update follows a late night SDNA meeting.
In response to the ongoing advice regarding COVID19 and respecting the Victorian Government’s State of Emergency, SDNA and CDNA have both confirmed that matches this coming weekend (20/21 March) are cancelled.
As a club, our policy throughout this crisis has been to adhere to the advice from our netballing associations, and so respecting this, EBVNC will not be fielding teams this weekend.
SDNA have offered clubs the option to continue training, with the introduction of strict preventative measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID19.
However, after much consideration and discussion among our Executive Committee, we believe the responsible decision is that there will be no official club training this week or next week.
Our reasoning is that there are increased cases reported daily and more and more organisations are reducing, or ceasing, gatherings. In addition, many other community clubs have taken the tough decision to err on the side of caution, as messages increase about the importance of social isolation and keeping safe distances.
This means there’ll be a complete break from netball until the end of the school holiday’s at least.
Importantly, during this period of downtime, the club will not be arranging any training nor do we endorse any informal group training. As tempting as it may be to arrange for a bunch of players to get together for a session or fun game, our club’s insurance does not cover this, so if there is an injury of any sort, EBVNC will not be liable.
That said, we appreciate how important sport, fitness and wellbeing is for our physical and mental health.
We encourage players to stay connected, keep communicating and sharing information and feelings. Depending on medical advice, we also encourage players (and parents) to keep active, exercise and maintain fitness levels, including shooting goals at home or the park.
It is frustrating to think we will not be taking to the court until sometime in April, at the earliest. We all hope we can be back training and playing as soon as the holidays are over, but as we’ve seen in the news, this is a rapidly changing situation.
We are working hard as a club to find these answers and work through the issues with the relevant bodies. We will continue to updated you as soon as we learn more, but in the meantime we thank you for your patience and for being so supportive.
Finally, we appreciate these are challenging times and its very important that we all look out for each other as these things impact us in different ways. I encourage all members of the club to ask one another “RUOK”, and to maintain texts, chats, calls, emails (tick tocks!) to stay in touch and share experiences.
EBVNC COVID19 Update - Monday16 March 2020
Message from CDNA - Caulfield & District Netball Association.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Caulfield & District Netball Association have the health and wellbeing of our community at the forefront of our minds and are diligently staying up to date with the continual developments as they arise.
The directive from the government is that from today, all non-essential, organised mass gatherings of 500 people or more must be cancelled. Due to the State of Emergency being declared in Victoria this morning, this is now a compulsory and sanctionable ruling. Whilst our competitions don’t always reach this figure, our community as a whole must be taken into consideration. Our great netball community is not only our players and coaches but is also our parents, supporters, managers, umpires, volunteer committee members and our valued staff members too.
We, alongside many of our other netball association colleagues, would like to support Australia’s efforts to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We have therefore made the decision to cancel matches for this weekend (20th / 21st March) and until further notice.
We will, in due course, be formulating a number of proposed options to consider with the competition moving forward and will submit these to all clubs / single entity teams for comments and preferences. Then we can make an informed and educated decision to communicate to you all in a timely manner.
CDNA have also decided to cancel all Representative Team training from today. At this stage we are still allowing club training at Duncan MacKinnon, leaving the decisions entirely to the discretion of each individual club. However, being a council run facility, it must be noted that the Glen Eira Council may wish to close the venue at any time. Added to this, if mandatory school closures and self isolation are imposed, it is CDNA’s position that trainings should then be cancelled.
Two valuable links to stay updated are:
We would like to thank all of you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented and constantly evolving time. We can assure you all that we all look forward to returning to our great game of netball as soon as possible and will continue to keep you updated with any further developments as they come to hand.
EBVNC COVID19 Update - Sunday 15 March 2020
EBVNC has been in regular consultation with SDNA and CDNA while the COVID19 virus unfolds, and throughout the weekend, your Executive Committee has been in regular communication.
We are monitoring the situation closely and our policy is to follow the advice of the SDNA/CDNA Boards, which are meeting early the week commencing 16/3/20.
As soon as we receive information and advice about matches and training for the coming week and beyond, we will share it with you.
Voluntary training on Monday 16 March
In the meantime, as we have not received any advice against training, we can confirm that there will be training for U11 Legends, Crush and Storm on Monday 16 March, at BPS at the normal time.
We appreciate there might be some apprehension about this and so we have taken extra precautions to reduce any risks, such as the netballs have been cleaned and we'll have hand-sanitiser courtside.
Please ensure your child does not share their water bottle with anyone else and if anyone feels unwell, please do not attend the session.
However, if your preference is that your child does not attend, we fully understand. The training session is voluntary, and if your child does not wish to attend, we simply ask that you let your coach know.
We appreciate your support
Thank you again for your patience during this challenging time. It's a dynamic situation and things are changing rapidly.
Please be assured we are working as much as we can to provide clarity and informed advice.
We expect to share more with you early this week, so please monitor your inbox, the club website, and social media for updates.
Volunteering benefits everyone, but especially you and the EBVNC. We would love to hear from you if you would like to get more involved.
An important source of funding for the Club comes from corporate sponsors, such as yourself. We would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved in this way.