Competition and Training Update 5 June 2020
This post is to update you on important next steps for teams and players regarding the 2020 season, particularly in relation to resumption of training and the return to competition.
Return to training
We have approval to start training from 9 June 2020. Training must happen in strict accordance with our approved Return to training framework June 1 2020, as required by the current Public Health orders. A copy of this framework is on the COVID19 resources section of our website.
We are excited to begin training for the 2020 season, but stress the importance of everyone following the procedures for training – this is not just for your own and others’ safety but also to ensure that we continue to be able to train. The return to training guidelines are summarised at the bottom of this email. Information about where and when your training is will be provided by your coach or manager.
Resumption of competition for juniors
The NSW Government has given approval for community sport for juniors (u18 and below) to return to play from 1 July.
The CDSFA competition for juniors will begin for all u8-u18 age groups on the weekend of 4th/5th July and run every weekend, finishing on the weekend of 3rd/4th October.
We will start our u6s and u7s on the same weekend, and they will start training in the first week of July.
Key points about the junior competition are
This season will run for 14 weeks
– There are no finals for competitive age groups (u12 and above), and the competition will be run as “first past the post” (u8-u11 do not play “competition” so there are no tables or premiers)
– There will be no breaks for school holidays or long weekends.
– Washed out games will not be replayed
While this is very different season from any we have ever had, it is great that we are still able to fit in almost a full season.
We appreciate that as with the return to training, there is still quite a lot of uncertainty for individuals who may not feel ready to play. The responses to our training survey tell us that the vast majority of you are very keen to play football.
Key dates for Juniors-committing to the season or deregistering
We now need to do is make sure that our teams have enough players. We need every player (and their parent) to either confirm whether they are still willing to play for the 2020 season. This is to help us know whether or not teams still have sufficient numbers, and make sure players have a team.
– Please let your coach or manager know by Monday 8th June whether or not you will play this season. If you do not know/have a coach/manager please email your age coordinator (or reply to this email indicating your age group and we will forward to the right person). If we do not hear from you we will assume that you do not wish to play, and we will not include you in a team. It is very important that we have an answer from everyone. Please do not leave us to guess, as this impacts on your team.
– If you know that you do not wish to play this season, we would like you to deregister in PlayFootball as soon as possible (ideally before Thursday 11th June). We will refund players who wish to deregister, but we will charge a $25 administration fee. To claim your refund you will need to submit the refund request form on the COVID Information page to email@example.com
– If you are still not sure but think you may like to play, do not deregister, but let us know. This is very important for team viability, as we will form our teams based on those players who are committed to playing for the whole season. This will allow you to play if you decide by 1 July that you feel ok about playing.
Resumption of competition for seniors (Women’s Intermediate League, U21, All Age Men and Women, 030 Women, 035 Men and 045 Men)
We do not yet have a firm date for the resumption of competition for our seniors. However, we expect an announcement soon, and we expect that the senior competition will be run on the same basis as the juniors. We will let you know ASAP of any developments for senior players. Senior players who do not wish to play should let their coach/manager know and deregister as soon as possible, and they will also be refunded. Please do not seek a refund until you have deregistered, and do not do so if you think you may wish to play.
We respect everyone’s individual decision about whether to play or not. The administration fee covers our costs for processing refunds. Any player who cannot be placed in a team because of numbers will receive a full refund. We will begin processing refunds in early July.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding – this is new territory for us all, but we really want to make sure that we can provide a great Hurlstone Park Wanderers experience for all our new and returning players.
Rosalie, HPW President
On behalf of the HPW Committee
Guidelines for return to training
– Do not attend training if you are unwell or have any symptoms that could be COVID19.
– Arrive at training ready to train, no more than 5 minutes before training. Leave promptly at the end of training.
– Observe physical distancing at all times (at least 1.5 m space).
– No more than 10 people per ¼ pitch and no intermingling between groups.
– All training activities should be non-contact, no tackling, no games.
– Do not share waterbottles.
– Minimise handling of equipment
– Use hand sanitiser regularly during training.
– Attendance at training must be recorded.
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