COVID-19: Protocols and Procedures Update



The State Government has introduced a COVID Safe Plan to assist sporting clubs with compliance with COVID Safe legal requirements.  The Club has an up-to-date COVID Safe Plan which enables it to continue its hockey playing operations and the operation of its licensed venue. (Copy posted on Club notice board)

The protocols and strategies implemented by the Club enables the Club to meet all obligations detailed in the plan for provision of a COVID Safe environment and incorporates the latest updates, including the Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.  The Club adopts the Clubs SA recommendations to deliver a COVID Safe environment for its licensed venue.


Key Principles

  • Density requirements, and/or maintaining 1.5m apart must be observed where possible.
  • Thorough cleaning / sanitisation of team bench areas must occur before and after each training and on match days after each match, including spot cleaning of change rooms in between use by teams.
  • Hygiene protocols previously implemented still apply.

Training and Competition Matches

  • Full competition matches and training activities will continue, including contact activities.
  • 1.5m distance between each other at all times unless in competition matches or match simulation at training shall apply.
  • The coming together in tight huddles during training is to be limited.

Entry and Exit to the Pitch

  • It is compulsory for all players, support staff and umpires to enter and exit the pitch at the player entrance/exit adjacent to the new change rooms at southern end of the ground.
  • Walkway in front of club rooms is NOT to be used by players, support staff and/or umpires for entry / exit to the playing surface.
  • Players in the next match may enter the ground immediately after a match is finished for warm-up but all warm up must take place on the opposite half of the ground from the team bench area.
  • Players in the next match not permitted to approach the team bench until all necessary cleaning is finished.

Cleaning of Team Benches – Match Days

  • The Club is responsible for thorough cleaning of all team benches in between matches.
  • To enable cleaning of team bench areas on match days Team Managers must ensure immediately a game is complete that the bench area is completely cleared out to enable cleaning to commence.

Team Bench Area Protocols

  • It is recommended that only 4 players and/or support staff be seated in the player dug-outs.
  • It is recommended that, where possible, players, coaches and support staff should maintain 1.5m from each other on the team bench.
  • Additional chairs will be added on the side-line adjacent to the team dug-outs spaced 1.5m apart (3 on each side of the dug-out).
  • Seating positions on benches in the dug-outs will be marked with tape or stickers.
  • Each participating team is responsible for bringing hand sanitiser for their team, with the Club responsible for providing umpires with hand sanitiser.
  • It is recommended that no stick bags be placed in the dug-out area.  As an alternative, stick bags can be stored, either in the change rooms or on the perimeter fence adjacent to the team bench area (inside or outside of the ground).

Player Change Rooms

  • Access to change rooms is permitted.
  • A maximum of 16 people is permitted in a change room at any one time. 
  • Each team will be allocated a change room for their exclusive use.  
  • No access for non‐essential personnel such as players or support staff from other club teams, committee members, supporters, etc.
  • Shower cubicles and wet areas can be accessed if required.

The following behaviours are encouraged:

  • Maintain 1.5m from others where possible.
  • Players should utilise personal towels or matting if required to lay or sit on floor for any reason.
  • Limit time coming together in larger groups (i.e. match briefings).

The following is NOT permitted:

  • Strictly no warm‐up to be conducted in change rooms.
  • Teams cannot access an allocated change room until the previous team has vacated the change room, and cleaning, when required, has been undertaken.
  • Anyone whose match day role does not support player preparation or recovery.

Umpire Change Rooms

  • Two dedicated umpire change rooms for allocated umpires, one for males and one for females.
  • Access to change rooms is permitted.
  • Keys for access to these rooms are available from either the canteen or bar staff. 
  • A maximum of 4 people is permitted in a change room at any one time.
  • Umpire change rooms are not to be used by players, team support staff or the general public. 

Showers & Wet Areas (Players and Umpires)

Showers are permitted under the following conditions:

  • One person in a shower cubicle at a time.
  • No sharing of hard soaps (pump bottles permitted).
  • No sharing of towels.
  • Spot cleaning following each user (if required), and deep cleaning following each training/match day.
  • Shower users are responsible for cleaning the shower following use.

Other Match Day Matters

  • Filtered water tap and mains water tap at northern end of club rooms is not to be used to fill /refill water bottles.  Both taps have been disabled.
  • Lollies / fruit cannot be shared between the players.  They need to be separated into individual bags or served by the manager with a glove or tongs.
  • Do not shake your opponent’s hand, tap your sticks instead.
  • Do not share your equipment and remember to bring your own face mask if required.
  • Public toilets inside the clubrooms and/or umpire change rooms cannot be used by players either before, during or immediately after a game – change room toilets must be used at all times

Licensed Area Requirements – Food & Beverage

The licensed area of the club has an approved capacity of 206 people (excluding staff) under the club’s Covid-Safe Plan – Step 3:

  • Members Lounge / Dining area: Maximum 74 people
  • New Board Room: Maximum 16 people
  • Meeting Room 1 (old committee room): Maximum 8 people
  • Outside covered patio / grandstand: Maximum 72 people
  • Outside paved pergola area: Maximum 35 people
  • Patrons must be seated when eating and/or drinking inside or directly outside the clubrooms itself.
  • Food and beverage can be purchased from the bar and/canteen at the club and then taken to a table. 
  • Patrons cannot stand or sit and drink at the bar.
  • Snack food and non-alcoholic beverages can continue to be purchased by spectators from the canteen and must be consumed while seated.
  • Queuing lanes are in place at both the club canteen and the bar.
  • Where possible, cashless payments should be used to pay for food and drink.

Cleaning & Hygiene Provisions

  • Change rooms, and any other match day areas to be cleaned and sanitised before each training / match day, and spot cleaned between user groups (as required).
  • Soap, water and disposable hand towel are available in all bathrooms and toilets.
  • Routine cleaning will occur, with particular focus on frequently touched surfaces such as door locks, toilet buttons, sinks and tapware.
  • The Club will provide hand sanitiser at entry points (venue, ground and food/drink service points).

Spectator Non‐Compliance

Every attendee at the Club venue has a personal responsibility to abide by COVID Safe practices, including maintaining 1.5m apart at all times, using appropriate hygiene measures and not attending matches or training if they are unwell.

If the club has concerns over behaviour of spectators the following action will be taken:

  • Kindly remind patron/s of their responsibilities in keeping others safe.
  • If continued non‐compliance, ask the patron/s to leave the venue.
  • If further issue, contact SAPOL.


The following general hygiene practices for players, umpires and official apply at all times, in line with Government advice:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Wash or sanitise your hands before eating;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Cover your mouth to cough or sneeze (using your elbow);
  • No sharing of towels/water bottles/food, including lolly or fruit bowls;
  • To reinforce the above precautions the Club will make available appropriate hand washing facilities, as well as the provision of alcohol‐based hand sanitiser and disposal tissues.

Additional hygiene

  • Mouthguards not to be removed during training or play and must be sealed away when not in use;
  • Disinfect mouth guards and whistles after each session and ensure they are appropriately stored;
  • Spitting and clearing of nasal/respiratory secretions on the turf is not permitted;
  • No sharing of headsets or computer screens/iPads;
  • All playing kit and equipment to be cleaned and disinfected between training sessions and matches;
  • Avoid high fives, handshakes or other unnecessary physical contact.


  • Players, umpires, coaches and staff must continue to follow State Government mandated social distancing, and only engage in approved activities as per the SA Government Roadmap.  Remember, 1.5 physical distancing applies both before and after a match.
  • Everyone should maintain 1.5m physical distancing from others who are not in their household or others they may otherwise regularly spend time with.


  • No hockey stick bags and/or equipment can be taken into the clubrooms at any time.

Updated:   03 August 2020

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