19th March 6pm
HV COVID-19 STATEMENT, Thursday 19 March 2020
Hockey Victoria statement re COVID-19 here
The purpose of this communication is to provide an update from the position statement that we released on Tuesday. In the past 24 hours we have directly engaged with Sport & Recreation Victoria, Sport Australia and Hockey Australia to seek the latest information.
Effective immediately Hockey Victoria will suspend all HV hockey activities and postpone the start of the Winter competition until 1 May 2020.
We have not taken this decision lightly given that the current advice from State and Federal Governments remains that community level sporting activities should continue. Working closely with Affiliates however, we recognise that some of them are losing access to their facilities and temporarily suspending their own hockey activities. Our decision today therefore reflects these developments, as well as the prevailing concern to ensure the health and safety of our players, officials and the wider community.
It is important to note that the season is not cancelled. Going forward we will continue to:
- • Monitor the situation closely
- • Keep you updated
- • Work collaboratively with our Affiliates
- • Develop a range of competition scenarios for the 2020 season. Our intent at this stage is to deliver all competitions in their entirety, while working with the affiliates to embed as much flexibility as possible.
On Friday 20 March, HV will provide further updates on the HV events (JCC, JSC and SCC).
We appreciate all the support received from so many members of our community over the past 24-48 hours and look forward to working with you and collectively providing hockey to the community after 1 May 2020.
We look forward to your ongoing support of Hockey Victoria, as without it we will not be able to effectively deliver hockey in 2020.
17th march 9pm
SUHC Club Statement
Tonight we met as a Committee of Management and have decided to suspend all hockey activities at SUHC until the morning of Tuesday 24 March 2020.
This decision has not been made lightly, and as many of you are aware, is inconsistent with Hockey Victoria’s statement earlier today.
However, as a community organisation we recognise our duty of care to our SUHC members as well as the community more broadly. Our decision has been made on the belief that by suspending our activities we can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our community. Our decision is made in an effort to support the most vulnerable in our community and contribute towards the broader community’s effort to ‘flatten the curve’ of the demand on our health system.
This decision may be over cautionary, it may be unnecessary, and we hope it is.
However, we would rather look back and be accused of over reacting rather than proceed with ‘business as usual’ and reflect later that we had not done enough.
On Monday 23 March 2020 the CoM will reconvene to assess its decision and re-evaluate its decision given the environment at the time and the development of COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, during this tough time it is important we offer support to each other where we can. Reach out and check-in on your friends, family and team mates to make sure they’re doing OK.
Look after yourselves SUHC community.
To reiterate, SUHC will be ceasing all activities, this means:
– No training
– No practice matches
– No access to pitch or facilities
Southern United Hockey Club President
17th March 2.30pm
HV have announced at this stage the season will go ahead as planned. PLEASE do not come to training if unwell, we must think about all members of our community and our society. See below
As most other organizations, Hockey Victoria have been keeping abreast of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and monitoring information as it comes to hand from the relevant authorities.
With regard to any changes to Hockey Victoria’s programs, competitions, trainings or programs, we will provide guidance and advice on any changes to these as required. This means it is business as usual, however I ask that you please have patience during this time, as we work with relevant stakeholders and experts in determining the most practical steps if and when changes need to be implemented.
We will keep you well informed should any other part of our business be impacted in any way, as we’re taking it day-by-day as new information comes to hand.
It goes without saying there is media saturation of Coronavirus at present, and sourcing information from reliable and accurate sources is certainly best practice. Rest assured we are taking every precaution and taking matters seriously. We have provided some links to relevant websites and resources for your reference. We encourage you to share these with your members.
Should you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me on the details below.
Chief Executive Officer
The most important preventative measure remains to not conduct matches or training if your members are sick and showing the following symptoms:
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
* Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
* Sore throat
* Fatigue or tiredness.
If any of your members experience the above symptoms, we would recommend that they contact their GP for medical advice/attention and they will be able to inform your member of the best course of action. If COVID-19 is confirmed, please notify Hockey Victoria ASAP.
Other preventative measures include:
- Reminding players and volunteers/staff of hygiene protocols such as:
- Washing hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with a paper towel or hand dryer.
- Trying not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
- Avoiding shaking hands etc.
- We strongly encourage all members of the hockey community to receive the flu shot (available from April).
With the spread of COVID-19 likely to continue to impact for many weeks, please continue to be informed through the media and the Department of Health website. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19
Some athletes may feel anxious about the impact of the virus and Dr Michael Carr-Gregg has prepared advice to guide parents in talking about this issue: https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus
As the situation in regards of cases of Coronavirus is evolving rapidly please use the available resources to keep informed of the latest updates.
Other key resources are listed below:
Department of Health and Human Services Website – Victoria: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
SmartTraveller Website: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19
Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
The Southern United Committee of Management are continuing to monitor and discuss the ongoing and rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. We want to offer hockey to our members for as long as this is viable, though the health of these members and wider society is our greatest responsibility and consideration. Like you, we have many questions about the likelihood of the current winter season starting on time, if at all, and correct protocols for our training and pre-season activities.
We remain in close and regular contact with Hockey Victoria and Hockey Australia as they also seek to establish the best course of action during these unprecedented times. We rely on their guidance, which in turn is dictated by state and federal government policy which is in a high state of flux.
As of today, Monday 16th March, training will continue as planned, given they are safely below the 500 person group limit currently set by the government. However, any members who do not feel comfortable attending at this time, who have exposure to high-risk individuals, or who feel unwell in any way, should remain absent as they see fit. A number of our members have already acted as such.
We would stress that during hockey activities all members must continue to observe best-practice guidelines for reducing the spread of any potential virus, as advised by Hockey Australia – namely, avoid handshakes or unnecessary skin contact, as well as the sharing of any communal items. We are currently seeking cleaning goods for our face masks and would advise that these are not used until these are secured. Above all, as elsewhere, wash your hands regularly.
We will update you further as, and when, the situation changes. Hockey Victoria’s latest statement can be found here: https://hockeyvictoria.org.au/hv-statement-covid-19/.
Hockey Australia has released an update regarding hockey and Covid-19. The full update can be read here.
Any member with flu-like symptoms should self-exclude from playing, training and spectating at the first sign of the symptoms and seek medical advice. We understand that you might be keen to train to show you are committed but a no show at training for illness will not affect your selection in any teams. Please let your coach, team manager or section head know if you can’t train (SUHC)
Some key important points:
- As at 12:00pm today (Thursday 12 March 2020), the advice is to continue with planned hockey activities but increase hygiene measures and implement self-exclusion if exhibiting flu-like symptoms (note – this is a fluid situation and we need to ensure we stay up to date with the latest information being provided by Federal & State Governments).
Hockey Australia recommends all members (players, team staff, spectators) of hockey clubs, associations and leagues implement (at a minimum) the below set of actions for upcoming training sessions and matches:
- Replace handshaking at the start and conclusion of games with (for example) simply tapping sticks on the ground, fist pump or a thumbs up.
- Use labelled water bottles. These must be strictly single person use. Avoid use of communal water bottles.
- Take care with food handling at games; for example, oranges or lollies at half-time or full-time. Use tongs to serve or reconsider shared food.
- Mouth-guards should be washed after each game, followed by cleaning of hands.
- Continue to cover nose and mouth with tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Keep 1.5m distance from anyone that is coughing or sneezing.
- Use alcohol-based hand wash available at the canteen counter, dugouts, and seat stands outside the change room.
- All players and officials should wash their hands with soap and water and dry with paper towel prior to and after games.
- Gloves should be worn when attending to players with injuries – especially against blood exposure but also to prevent contact with mouth-guards.
Further advice on the Coronavirus COVID-19 can be found from the following recommended sources:
- Australian Government Department of Health (health.gov.au) or for general advice regarding COVID-19, call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080
All members of the hockey community should note that this is an evolving situation and advice could change at any time. Hockey Australia will endeavour to update the hockey community as it is relevant.
Hockey Victoria statement re COVID-19 here