FISB/COVID-19: RETURN TO MANAGED PLAY

The 12th International Club championship
May 3, 2020

FISB/COVID-19: RETURN TO MANAGED PLAY

Guidance for SpeedbalL Players :

FISB/COVID-19: RETURN TO MANAGED PLAY

Version 1; Published 1/7/2020

 

PLAY SAFE GUIDELINES – RETURN TO MANAGED PLAY

INTRODUCTION

We know how important it is for people to be active, and the particular role Speedball can have in the physical and mental wellbeing of those that play it. By its very nature, Speedball is an activity whereby close person to person contact can be avoided, with most of the Governments sayings, Speedball is a good example of an activity that can be undertaken in a way compliant with social distancing restrictions.

These guidelines outline adaptations and considerations so that Speedball activity can be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Governmental advice and helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They include measures to maintain hygiene and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

Please be aware that not all courts may be open, as venues will need to make an assessment based on their own individual circumstances as to whether they feel they can facilitate safe play at their venue. Where they chose to remain closed please respect this decision.

We hope you enjoy getting back on court!

IMPORTANT: Do not leave your home to play Speedball if Government advice means you should stay at home, or you are in the clinically extremely vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.

 

GUIDANCE FOR SPEEDBALL PLAYERS:

** BEFORE & AFTER PLAY:

STAY UP TO DATE: Follow all official announcements related to Sport activity in general, and Speedball in particular,in your country.

** BEFORE LEAVING HOME & AFTER YOU RETURN:

n Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible).

n Play should only take place on outdoor courts, with indoor courts remaining closed.

**EQUIPMENT:

n Take hand sanitizer with you.

n Use your own equipment where possible. Equipment such as

rackets can be shared, but where this happens ensure thorough cleaning

before and after use. Players should not share items such as towels.

n Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play.

n Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles

before and after use.

n Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others.

n Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do

not leave anything on court.

Stay safe & keep on.                  Dr.Ahmed Lotfy

 

 

 

Guidance for Speedball coaches:

FISB/COVID-19: RETURN TO MANAGED PLAY

Version 1. Published 1/7/2020

 

PLAY SAFE GUIDELINES – RETURN TO MANAGED PLAY

INTRODUCTION

We know Speedball coaches will be keen to offer sessions for customers as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so. By its very nature, Speedball is an activity whereby close person to person contact can be avoided, with the Governmens saying Speedball is a good example of an activity that can be undertaken in a way compliant with social distancing restrictions.

Based on our continued discussions with Governments and following the further easing of restrictions, the FISB has developed this set of practical guidelines for coaches to follow so that Speedball can be played  where the local environment allows.

These guidelines outline adaptations and considerations so that Speedball activity can be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Governments advice and helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They include measures to maintain hygiene and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

Coaches and coaching providers are all different and operate in different local contexts. Making an assessment of whether a safe exercise environment can be provided depends on a range of factors, which apply differently at each venue. It is the responsibility of each Speedball provider, coach and facility to make that assessment based on their local environment.

These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the guidelines for players , and all elements of the guidelines should be considered to ensure activity can be delivered safely.

Alongside these guidelines, venues should read any updated information published by their the National Sport Authority.

 

GUIDELINES FOR COACHES

COACHING ACTIVITY

 All activity should be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, travel, social distancing and hygiene at all times

 Coaches and coaching organisations must consider safety first, particularly minimising the risk of infection/transmission.

 Coaches who have had their normal activity disrupted and have a need to coach outside of their normal venue, should seek prior permission from the venue, local authority or operator who is in charge of the Speedball facility, before un

 Any measures coaches put in place to enable Speedball activity to resume need to be capable of being flexed or changed quickly if tighter movement/social distancing is reintroduced in the future or when the restrictions are further relaxed.

 

 

COACHING LIMITS

 Coached sessions should be limited to group sizes allowing the coach(es) to apply the advisable social distance (which is not less than 150cm , the length of the nylon thread of the Speedball ball), so the group size should be determined according to the size of the venue in which the training will take place.

 

MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCING

 Social distancing between players, and between the coach and players should be maintained at all times, so to ensure social distancing only the super solo and the single types of Speedball play is allowed, while the doubles and the relay are still not safe and forbidden.

 Coaches should ensure this is emphasised to participants at the start of each session, and that they are clear on how they should maintain social distancing for each drill before starting it.

 

HEALTH, SAFETY & HYGIENE

 Hand hygiene is imperative – use alcohol gel to clean your hands after touching a shared surface

 Avoid touching your face

 If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve

 If a player you have coached develops symptoms of COVID-19, they

should be directed to follow the Government’s ‘test and trace’ guidelines.

 

EQUIPMENT

? At the beginning of the training session,Coaches should ask each player to clean the Speedball pole with a suitable sterilising agent.

 Coaches do not need to use new or fresh Speedball balls for each lesson, but it is advisable to give each player a ball from the start and he will use it all through the session.

 Where new or fresh balls aren’t used, and where players need to handle used  balls then extra care must be taken to ensure the coach and players do not touch their faces during play, and they should all clean their hands before the session and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required)

 Players should bring their own equipment where possible – it is advised not to allow racket sharing but use of communal rackets can be done subject to thorough cleaning processes between uses.

 Any coaching equipment used (e.g. cones) should be cleaned and wiped down afterwards

 Ensure all equipment is removed from the court at the end of the session

 

COMMUNICATION & VENUE LIAISON

 Coaches should liaise with the venue to ensure an agreed approach to activity that is feasible to deliver safely, and explore how coaches can be supported to deliver sessions.

 Communicate with your customers clearly and regularly, making them aware in advance of the measures you are putting in place for your sessions, and guidelines they should follow when attending.

Stay safe and keep on.                  Dr.Ahmed Lotfy