Under the Queensland Government’s ‘Roadmap to easing Queensland’s (COVID-19) restrictions’ the community has been progressively able to get a little closer to normal and so now we reach Stage 3 which will take effect from Friday 3 July 2020.
Moving to this stage is a significant step for sport as it means Volleyballers can return to ‘playing the game’, something we haven’t done for quite some time! In our absence the game hasn’t changed however much around it has and so we must continue to;
- maintain social spacing,
- practice excellent personal hygiene,
- provide our details and most importantly,
- not turn up if unwell, get a test and isolate ourselves.
As players, coaches and match officials when we come to volleyball we then must also;
- turn up ready to play, gear on, water bottles full – don’t expect change rooms and showers will be available;
- there won’t be benches or chairs so space your gear from team mates on the side of the court and leave you water bottle on the floor/ground/sand.
- get into the venue after the last set of players clear the court, play or train, then you clear the court and get out of the venue so the next match or training can occur;
- bring your own whistle, red & yellow cards, pens etc for doing any duty you may have.
For organisers, whether a club, association, school or private provider of training or competition;
- you must deliver your volleyball activity in accord with the approved Industry Plan (indoor sport sub sector) and yes this covers indoor, outdoor, rebound or beach;
- consider the Volleyball Queensland Return to Play Guide to help in your planning;
- attest to operating in accord with the Industry Plan by signing and displaying the Statement of Compliance for your activity;
The regularly updated Volleyball Queensland working calendar for 2020 continues to be a valuable resource and I encourage the volleyball community to check this regularly in order to stay up-to-date with the latest event and competition developments.
For more information about how you can protect your health and help reduce COVID-19 from spreading, visit or use;
- Queensland Return to Play – our plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions
- Queensland Health COVID FAQs
- Australian Government – Coronavirus (COVID-19) website
- Download the COVIDSafe app in the Apple App Store or Google Play
- COVID-19 WhatsApp message service
- Volleyball Australia – Community Return To Play Guidelines
- Australian Institute of Sport – COVID-19 and Sporting Activity
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our members, affiliates, commercial partners, staff, the Board, and our wider volleyball community for their ongoing support during these difficult circumstances.