Stay up-to-date with Hockey ACT plans surrounding the 2020 Season, Community Sporting Activities, and COVID-19
Updated Tuesday March 24, 2020
An update to our Members
22 MARCH 2020
HOCKEY ACT ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Board of Hockey ACT met earlier today (Sunday 22 March, 2020) in regards to plans to commence the season on Friday 27 March, 2020. Following that meeting the following decisions have been made:
– The Hockey ACT Winter season has been postponed indefinitely. The Board will continue to monitor the situation and at a time it believes appropriate will notify clubs at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the season. The Board have additional measures at its disposal such as lengthening the season into October if necessary to ensure as much hockey as possible can be played this season. It appears unlikely that the season will commence before May at this stage.
– Training will be cancelled until the Board have had an opportunity to seek legal advice on the potential outcomes of taking facility bookings at this time. The Board will gather on Tuesday 24 March, 2020 to consider this evidence prior to making a decision.
The Board of Hockey ACT would like to thank clubs and members for their support and patience at this time. These are very fluid times we are operating in and while the word unprecedented is used a lot, we think now more than ever we are truly operating in unprecedented times.
Hockey ACT will distribute an EDM to all members on Wednesday 25 March, 2020 with the most up to date information regarding this and other decisions made between now and then.
In the interim we wish all members the best of health for them and their families.
Hockey ACT Board
Hockey Australia Statement
24 MARCH 2020
Hockey Australia (HA) can confirm all National Championships, including Masters, for this year have been cancelled, but re-emphasises a commitment for local competitions to take place at some stage in 2020.
The decision was made after consultation and agreement with Member Associations (MAs) and the HA Masters Committee, coupled with the latest developments and government directives regarding COVID-19.
The Australian Masters Hockey Championships, which were scheduled to be held in June and July, had been initially postponed but are now cancelled. The 35+ and 40+ Men’s competition set down for October will also no longer take place, as well as this year’s Masters Indoor Challenge.
The National Country Championships scheduled for Albany WA in August will also be cancelled for 2020.
Planning around what these cancellations mean in regards to the timing and make up of all National Championships for 2021 has already commenced.
Considering the uncertainty around COVID-19 and these unprecedented times, the decision to cancel the entirety of HA’s national events was made in the best interests of the hockey community and to ensure the health and wellbeing of all players, staff and officials, which remains the highest priority.
It was also agreed that with the current restrictions in place, there would not be adequate opportunity to hold selection trials or competitions in order to select squads for the various championships.
The primary focus for HA and every MA for the remainder of this year will be on local competitions and working to ensure all Australian hockey members can operate and be part of viable competitions in 2020.
It is Hockey Australia and the Member Associations’ ambition to ensure members get hockey sticks in their hands at the soonest possible time as community hockey is the lifeblood of the sport in this country. HA and the MAs reinforce the intention and importance to get local competitions up and running, but obviously only if and once clearance and assurances have been announced by the government and relevant health authorities.
Notably, any decisions regarding local state based competitions and leagues are up to the respective MA and individual state/territory. For the latest information and updates on state based hockey leagues and competitions, please contact your relevant Member Association.
A decision on the Sultana Bran Hockey One League 2020 Season will be made in the coming days. The Hockey One Board is scheduled to meet tonight and is expected to confirm a position on whether plans remain for Season 2 of the competition to go ahead.
HA can also confirm the closure of the National High Performance Unit Daily Training Environment (DTE) in Perth until further notice in the best interests of athletes and staff. This decision follows the announcement by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) that Australian athletes should prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021, which stems from the IOC flagging a potential postponement of this year’s Games, together with changes in the public health landscape in Australia and across the globe.
HA fully supports the position taken by the AOC and have implemented this change in the best interests of our players, coaches and support staff. Kookaburras and Hockeyroos athletes have been instructed to return home, follow the necessary government protocols and remain socially responsible with planning now underway for a possible Olympics to be held sometime next year.
Meanwhile, the postponement of the FIH Pro League has been extended to 17 May 2020. This means the Hockeyroos’ and Kookaburras’ scheduled home matches against New Zealand on 16/17 May in Perth have been cancelled, together with the kids coaching clinics associated with the matches.
HA and the MAs reiterate the importance to follow all necessary measures and recommendations in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and will provide updates regarding community hockey and the 2021 calendar events in due course.
Hockey Australia National Events cancelled for 2020
Under 13 Championships
Under 15 Championships
Under 18 Championships
Under 21 Championships
Women’s and Men’s Masters Championships
HA will continue to monitor, and act accordingly, in response to statements and policies enacted by both Federal and State Health authorities. Further advice on the Coronavirus COVID-19 can be found from the Australian Government Department of Health (www.health.gov.au) or for general advice regarding COVID-19, call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
In the meantime, HA reiterates continuing to practice good hygiene by doing the following:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Catch it, bin it, kill it.
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Keep a 1.5 metre distance from other people and practice social distancing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
(To read the full article please go to: https://hockey.org.au/hockey-australia-statement-24-march-2020/)
Hockey NSW Announcement: State Championships Update – COVID-19 Situation
24 MARCH 2020
Dear Association Executives,
Following the ongoing developments and latest government announcements regarding COVID-19, Hockey NSW wishes to provide the following update.
As with many other organisations, Hockey NSW takes guidance from Government Agencies in relation to actions and decisions concerning COVID-19. We continue to monitor the coronavirus situation daily and receive regular updates from Hockey Australia in conjunction with the Federal and State Departments of Health.
Based on recent advice, and in consultation with our key stakeholders, Hockey NSW will be cancelling a number of upcoming events. This also follows the recent advice provided by Hockey Australia regarding the cancellation of their National Field Championships.
Hockey NSW has an important responsibility to assist with reducing the risk of infection. We continue to regard the health and wellbeing of players, officials and staff at all levels as our highest priority.
- Under 18 Boys Wollongong – 15-17 May
- Under 18 Girls Lismore/Ballina – 22-24 May
- Under 15 Boys Armidale – 29-31 May
- Open Men Moorebank – 6-8 June
- Open Women Narellan – 6-8 June
- Under 15 Girls Lithgow – 19-21 June
- Under 13 Girls Grafton – 2-5 July
- Under 13 Boys Parkes – 9-12 July
- Women’s Masters NORTH Taree – 24-26 July
- Women’s Masters SOUTH Wagga Wagga – 24-26 July
The Federal Government’s directive prohibiting gatherings of 500 people or more would have been relevant to these Championships, and after considerable consultation and assessment the decision was made to cancel the above Championships for 2020.
While we recognise that this is extremely disruptive and unfortunate for the players who have been impacted, we consider this to be a responsible and sensible position to take at the current time.
Due to the already crowded nature of this year’s hockey calendar with respect to National, State and domestic competitions and events, together with the time-frame unpredictability around COVID-19, it was determined there was not a suitable window to reschedule these Championships.
Hockey NSW acknowledges the uncertainty of the current situation and that this advice can rapidly change as the situation evolves. As such, Hockey NSW will continue to monitor and act accordingly in response to statements and policies enacted by both Federal and State Health authorities.
At this point in time, Hockey NSW will be prioritising our energies into planning for the resumption of community hockey competitions around the State when it becomes safe and practical. We will be in constant contact with our Associations and Clubs over the coming weeks and offering any support we can to ensure we get our hockey community back out onto the field when the appropriate time comes.
Further advice on the Coronavirus COVID-19 can be found from the Australian Government Department of Health (www.health.gov.au) or for general advice regarding COVID-19, call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information above or any other COVID-19 enquiry, please click here to submit it to our team. We will endeavour to respond to all enquiries within a reasonable time-frame.
(Hockey NSW EDM to all State and Association Representatives – Tue 24/3/20)
Government Links and Useful Information:
- ACT Government Health – Novel Coronavirus Updates
- Australian Government – Department of Health
- AIS: COVID-19 & Sporting Activity
Help Stop the Spread – Best Hygiene Practices & Protocols
Australian Government Initiaitive – 14 MARCH 2020
All “Help Stop the Spread” material from the Australian Government – Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/launch-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-campaign
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Hockey ACT office during office hours at (02) 6189 0570.