Return To Training Guidelines


Return to Training – 2020 Framework



Updated 29th May, 2020

In effect from 1st June, 2020



Hockey ACT Return to Training 2020 Framework – Full Document (PDF)

** For a copy of the Club Editable Document, please contact the Hockey ACT Office. **




The Board and Management of Hockey ACT are committed to delivering a strong, enjoyable and successful Hockey season in 2020. Working with Sport & Recreation ACT, Hockey Australia and The AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a Covid-19 Environment principles the following ACT Guidelines for Hockey (including Return to Training & Play) have been developed. The Guidelines will continue to evolve as updated direction is provided by relevant authorities, Hockey ACT will mark the date of when the document was last updated and version number in the footer of the document.  In the event there are changes which will have a material impact on your clubs guidelines or operations Hockey ACT will highlight these changes and distribute to members via our regular communication channels and with updates on the Hockey ACT website.




As part of the ACT Government guidelines, this document will be regularly monitored and reviewed, and updated as necessary. This document will remain fluid and updated as required throughout the COVID-19 pandemic period. This will ensure the document and advisory guidelines remain as up-to-date as possible.




National Principles and AIS Framework


ACT Sport & Recreation Links:


ACT Government Links:




Hockey ACT encourage the Hockey Community to download the COVIDSafe App as this speeds up the contact process for people exposed to COVID-19, helping to support you, your family and friends. The Board of Hockey ACT are wanting to ensure we take every measure possible to help limit any exposure, and keep the community as whole as safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.


The COVIDSafe app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. The app helps state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The COVIDSafe app speeds up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This means you’ll be contacted more quickly if you are at risk. This reduces the chances of you passing on the virus to your family, friends and other people in the community.


State and territory health officials can only access app information if someone tests positive and agrees to the information in their phone being uploaded. The health officials can only use the app information to help alert those who may need to quarantine or get tested.


The COVIDSafe app is the only contact trace app approved by the Australian Government.


** Please be advised, downloading the app is a personal choice, and everyone should considering their personal circumstances before downloading the COVIDSafe app. More information can be found here.




In preparing the Hockey ACT Return to Training Framework the protection of the health of individuals and communities has been the primary focus and will remain the focus of Hockey ACT while the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains.




A key component of the Return to Hockey Guidelines depends upon individuals taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, as well a putting the communities’ health and needs above their own hockey commitments.






The Coronavirus can affect individuals in different ways, most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms of the virus which may include:

  • Fever
  • Dry Cough
  • Tiredness
  • Flu like Aches & Pains


Some people may experience the following symptoms:

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose
  • Diarrhea


If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 or has the above symptoms within the last 14 days please do not present at a Hockey venue and follow appropriate ACT Government quarantine and testing requirements.




Hockey ACT will communicate all guidelines in the following manner:

  • Directly to Club and Association Presidents/Secretaries in the first instance;
  • A link to the Return to Play Policies will be placed on the Hockey ACT Website;
  • Notification on social media sites with regular updates to ensure members are reading most recent versions.




All clubs are required to generate their own Return to Training Framework. The content of this document is a minimum requirement that clubs will need to have in place to resume training. The content below is compulsory for all clubs that are training at the National Hockey Centre, Lyneham and Tuggeranong Hockey Park, Greenway. Clubs have two options:

  • Utilise the document in its current format as their own Framework;
  • Use the content as a minimum and add additional information. Each club is reminded that if they are utilising additional facilities not operated by Hockey ACT than those facilities will need to be considered in a Clubs plan.


*Please note clubs must abide by the Hockey ACT Protocols outlined below and are unable to make adjustments to Hockey ACT Facility requirements.



Current ACT Government Guidelines



Update Wed 13/5/20: The ACT Government has eased restrictions to allow sport in the Canberra community to resume under a phased approach. Commencing with “small group” non-contact outdoor activities (individual groups of no more than 10 participants inclusive of coaches or support staff), will allow each phase to be closely monitored for any impacts before further easing of restrictions.


All individual sport and activity providers should ensure they are complying with the ACT Government’s general principles for the return of sport. From Saturday May 16, 2020:


  • Outdoor sports only;
  • Limit activities to small individual groups with a maximum of 10 participants (inclusive of coaches and support staff);
  • Get in, train and get out;
  • Practice good hand hygiene before and after training;
  • Avoid physical contact between participants;
  • Change rooms, canteens and kitchens remain closed – arrive dressed and ready to train;
  • Stay home if you are unwell;
  • Don’t share drinks or towels;
  • Sharing of equipment such as balls and weights is allowed however should be kept to a minimum;
  • Sportsgrounds must be booked prior to use;
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres from other people; and
  • Follow the one person per 4 square metres rule to ensure sufficient physical distancing between participants.

(The full ACT Government document & guidelines can be found here)


UPDATE Wed 26/5/20 – Community Sport

From 11:59pm on Friday 29 May 2020: The maximum capacity of organised social sport will be increased to 20 participants, and indoor sport can commence under the one person per 4 square metres rule. Local sporting organisations are encouraged to ensure low physical contact, and to limit the sharing of equipment. Hand washing before and after sessions is strongly advised, and shared facilities other than toilets will not be open. (The full media release can be found here)


Each individual sporting organisation from peak bodies to individual clubs must develop a Return to Play in a COVID-safe Environment Plan (HACT Return to Training Framework) to guide your return.



The ACT Government is mandating training be conducted under the policy of:

“Get In, Train, Get Out!”

Meaning that individuals are not permitted to linger within facilities prior to or after training.




Hockey ACT Protocols


To ensure that Hockey ACT is meeting all ACT Sport & Recreation requirements; the following Hygiene, Training and Facility guidelines are being implemented at all Hockey ACT venues:




  • Sharing of personal equipment is not permitted and under no circumstances should an individual handle equipment that is not theirs. – Including but not limited to Hockey sticks, shoes, clothes, face masks, shin pads etc.
  • Mouth guards are to only be placed in mouths or storage containers. Please do not place them on facility surfaces or put them in socks. Each time a mouth guard is touched individuals should use hand sanitiser or wash their hands.
  • Team equipment and training aids should only be handled by one person during a session. This person must be responsible for set up and pack up of equipment. The same individual will be responsible for ensuring all equipment is wiped and sanitised at the completion of each session.
  • Players are to avoid handling hockey balls during sessions where possible.
  • Players to bring light and dark tops – Shared bibs/tops can not be used.
  • Social distancing rules apply to all training sessions on and off the pitch – Training drills should be designed with social distancing measures in place meaning individuals remain at least 1.5m apart.
  • Personal hygiene guidelines:
    • Take care to store your mouthguard appropriately when not in use
    • Do not share drink bottles, clothing, towels etc.
    • Bring your own water bottle/s to training filled with sufficient quantities to get through a training session. Taps will be available however usage is discouraged unless essential
    • Use hand sanitiser when entering the pitch and as required during your training session. *Please be advised that this the responsibility of the individual, and will be a requirement that you bring your own hand sanitiser when attending Hockey ACT facilities. (This is to avoid multiple handling of the same hand sanitiser.)
  • Change rooms will be closed.
  • Arrive at training dressed and ready to train. Shower at home prior to training and wear clean clothing.
  • Shower at home after training and wash clothing to reduce transmission risks.




  • One group of 20 participants + 1 coach maximum can train on one hockey pitch at any one time. This total of 21 includes all participants, coaches, manager or team officials involved with a training session. No other individuals will be permitted access to the field of play (maximum of 21 people per field of play).
  • Every individual involved in the group must be registered for the 2020 season. This is to ensure that we can notify individuals should an outbreak occur and also ensure that individuals are covered by insurance.
  • An individual can only interact with 20 other people during the training session. Under no circumstances are people to switch between groups during a training session.
  • An individual can only train within one group of 21 people on a single day. (AKA. An individual can only train once per day, and this also applies to all team/club officials.)
  • ACT Government Social Distancing of 1.5m (or 1 person per 4m2) must be adhered to all times.
  • No deliberate contact should be organised within session however minimal incidental contact is allowed.




  • If you are unwell please do not attend training or Hockey ACT facilities.
  • Spitting is NOT permitted. Any person seen spitting will be asked to leave the facility immediately. Further suspensions may apply.
  • Staggered training times for each pitch (5pm, 5.10pm, 5.20pm etc.) to limit groups in walk-way/communal areas at once.
  • No individual should arrive more than 15 minutes prior to their designated training start time.
  • Each pitch will have entry and exit points. Participants are to only access the fields and leave the fields via these points. This is to avoid participants from different groups congregating in high traffic areas.
  • To avoid groups mingling with other groups, Hockey ACT will have gathering points for each group where they can meet prior to training commencing. We ask that players adhere to these gathering zones.
  • Training Attendance Sign-In Sheets: All teams training will be required to provide Hockey ACT with a list of all members attending training for each session (maximum of 21 people, including any team officials. Only official Hockey ACT forms will be accepted.
    • Training Attendance Sign-In sheets can be emailed to Hockey ACT before 4pm on the day of training or submitted to Hockey ACT staff prior to the commencement of training.
    • Only Hockey ACT Official Training Attendance Sign-In Sheets will be accepted (no handwritten napkin notes will be allowed for attendance), and they must include the following information about every participant at training: Date, Club, Field, Training time, Player name and RevSport National ID.
  • Groups should be prepared for the end of their session and be vacating the field when their session ends, not packing down.
  • Groups must vacate the facilities within 5 minutes if their training session finishing.
  • Groups are not permitted to enter the field of play prior to their training start time.
  • Hockey ACT requests that no one enters tech bench areas for any reason. We also encourage groups to limit use of team bench areas if it can be avoided.


Hockey ACT Return to Training Venue Map – National Hockey Centre, Lyneham ACT



The following facilities will remain open:

  • Public toilets will remain open with additional cleaning scheduled for these areas.
  • Vending machines can be used and will be wiped down regularly.


The following facilities are closed:

  • All change rooms.
  • All café, canteen and bar facilities.
  • Ray Brown Indoor Stadium.
  • All Hockey ACT meeting rooms.
  • The Hockey ACT office will remain closed to the public.
  • ATM
  • Tuggeranong Hockey Park



Hockey ACT has a number of businesses operating within its facilities. Their current operating status is:

  • PowerHouse Physiotherapy: Open
  • Evolve Gym: Open
  • Select Sports: Reopening 9 June
  • Canberra City Gymnastics: Reopening 9 June
  • Wilson’s Car parking Tuggeranong: Operating without change.




To protect the Hockey ACT community, under these guidelines, no spectators will be permitted inside the Hockey ACT facilities. A spectator free environment is the preferred option however for transport and the safety of minors, Juniors (individuals under the age of 18) will be permitted the accompaniment of one adult parent and/or guardian, noting the following:

  • Only ONE parent and/or guardian will be allowed entry to a Hockey ACT facility with each junior participant.
  • Parents and/or Guardians must exercise appropriate social distancing at all times whilst within Hockey ACT facilities. ACT Government Social distancing and hygiene practices must be observed, including any guidelines that may be specific to your club.
  • Major walkways and thoroughfares must be kept clear at all times. It is recommend parents and/or guardians utilise grandstand/seating areas when inside the facility.
  • Parents and/or guardians that are required to remain in the group to support the team, will be considered part of the group up to 21 people (such as coach, manager or team official).
  • Parents/guardians/spectators are asked to remain well clear of group gathering points.


Junior Participant collection areas will be in operation near the entry to Hockey ACT owned facilities. These areas will be available for small numbers waiting on collection. Parents/guardians need to be aware that we are aiming to have all participants cleared from the facility within 5 minutes of the scheduled end of each session and plan collection accordingly. Under no circumstances are cars to park in the collection zones.




A full venue clean will be carried out on a weekly basis at all Hockey ACT facilities, with extra cleaning to focus on the following areas:

  • High traffic areas
  • Handrails
  • Toilet facilities – including doors, benches, hand dryers, paper towel bins emptied
  • Rubbish bins will be placed outside of toilet facilities to encourage patrons to open doors with hand towels then dispose of on exit
  • Paper towel, soap, and hand sanitiser levels to be monitored regularly

In addition to the above, Hockey ACT will conduct regular hygiene checks to ensure all Hockey ACT venues and facilities meet the requirements set out by ACT Government and ACT Sport & Recreation directives.




If an outbreak of COVID-19 does occur among the Hockey ACT Community, Hockey ACT and its affiliates must fully cooperate with the relevant local authorities. Should an outbreak occur, we must be ready to act quickly following instructions which may include restriction of activity, quarantine of teams and close contacts for a specified period.


If a member of your Club or Association tests positive for COVID-19, this should immediately be reported to a Club Committee member who will report it to Hockey ACT. Hockey ACT will work with ACT Health & CDC officials who will advise of further actions to be taken.


What if I discover I have COVID-19?

  • Follow all medical advice given to you by the health authorities.
  • Contact a representative from your club and notify them. Please make the club aware of any sessions you have attended.
  • Do not attend a Hockey ACT facility until cleared to do so by health professionals.


What if a member notifies the club that they have tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Ask the member for what dates and sessions they have attended training and record their responses.
  • Notify Hockey ACT ASAP of this information.
  • Don’t panic, follow advice and assist as requested.




  • Record attendance at training for every group and include players, coaches and officials.
  • In the event of a positive COVID-19 test follow the procedures outlined above.
  • Individuals, clubs and Hockey ACT will work with ACT Health to support contact tracing efforts.
  • Follow advice given by health professionals especially in regards to quarantine periods.
  • Hockey ACT will close facilities immediately and work with health authorities on a plan to make the facility safe to reopen.




Hockey ACT is aware of people’s enthusiasm to get the season started for 2020. These are unique times and we encourage individuals to adhere to guidelines and exercise caution. Hockey ACT will be following ACT Government advice as it prepares to hopefully commence the season. To avoid confusion Hockey ACT will be updating these guidelines and only including information that is relevant for the current situation. Once a timeline is in place to resume the season than Return to Play protocols will be announced.


We encourage all to please adhere to the guidelines outlined above. Failure to do so will ultimately only see a delay or cancellation of the season. We love your passion for the game and very much appreciate it, however now is the time to be patient and move through the steps required to get back to competition.


Failure to adhere to any of the above guidelines by an individual, team or club may result in their removal from Hockey ACT venues, events and competitions.





If you have any questions about the above, please refer to the ACT Government and ACT Sport & Recreation resources in the first instance, and if required then contact Hockey ACT.


Key contact:

Rob Sheekey

Chief Executive Officer

Hockey ACT | 0417 489 488





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