COVID - 19 Update

Lacrosse Victoria
Lacrosse Victoria  
Update as of 4:40pm 24/3/2020

Based upon the Federal Government’s announcement of enforcing tighter restrictions across the country in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the LV board last night met to determine whether or not lacrosse activity could continue in the state, specifically the commencement of the 2020 season.

Taking into account the State & Federal restrictions enforced and other information provided by health agencies it was decided by the LV Board that:
- All lacrosse training and matches are cancelled until Sunday May 31st
- If it is safe enough for lacrosse activities to recommence as of Sunday May 31st, then Round 1 will be played on Saturday June 16th. This will give players, officials and administrators two weeks to prepare for matches.
-The decision on whether or not it is safe for the season to begin will be decided at the Monday May 18th Board meeting, with further discussion on what adjustments need to be made to ensure maximum participation across the sport.

The Board also has several financial considerations to be made to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the organisation. LV are currently working through the Federal and State assistance packages and if any of these can be utilized by clubs then this will be forwarded directly.

The Board are meeting informally each day and will meet again formally next Monday March 30th, and there will be constant updates given on pressing matters such as the AGM, which is scheduled for Monday April 20th.

Both the LV Board and Staff will consider all possibilities to assist clubs in maintaining membership and financial viability during this difficult time.

Like most of us, I am sure you are all anxious about membership fees, registrations and insurances. We are working through this and trust you understand this is not an easy process and there are many moving parts before we can give you a definitive answer.

Also with the cancellation of the U/18 Nationals boys and girls’ championships which was to be held at Eltham Lacrosse Club. We would like to recognize the effort and hard work they had put in to organize the event before its cancellation.

The staff are currently working from home, if you need to reach them please contact them via email.

Whilst this period will be tough, I implore you to play your role to keep one another safe and be understanding. The sooner we follow the restrictions and directions by the Governments the sooner we will be able to return to doing the things we love most.





Update as of 1:55pm 18/3/2020

COVID-19 is having a very significant and immediate impact and the Board continues to consider necessary and timely modifications to the Lacrosse season.
 
We are currently in a volatile and quickly changing world and this volatility is expected to continue for some time.
 
The LV Board met this morning and have decided to postpone the Round 1 Men's State League fixtures to be played at MCC Beaumaris on Saturday 4 April. 
 
With Easter the following weekend and no matches scheduled, this break will allow the Board to gather vital information from the various medical and government authorities. It is expected that a decision will be made at the next Board meeting on Monday 23 March regarding the ongoing fixtures.
 
These decisions have been and will be made in order to reduce the risk of a contamination at your club which may necessitate a complete closure of the competition. 
 
We will continue to provide daily updates on our website, email correspondence directly to club presidents and secretaries and through our various social media platforms.



Update as of 9:35am 18/3/2020

The LV board would like to advise that a decision will be made on the commencement of the first round of Men’s State League today, with an announcement to be made this afternoon (18th March) on the website and our social media accounts.

The LV board will also be meeting this Monday (23rd March) to make a decision on all other competitions, which are scheduled to commence Saturday 18th of April.

This is a challenging time for everyone concerned, and we would like to thank our members for their patience and understanding during this rapidly changing situation.

Further information on how clubs and individuals can take precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 can be found further below in this article.


Update as of 11am 17/3/2020

Based on the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, the LV board agree that our core objective now is to slow the outbreak of COVID-19 by taking additional steps to reduce community transmission. As a result we are suspending all state representative team trainings until further notice.

At representative training most clubs are in attendance, and through these suspensions we are able to curb any spread across multiple clubs and the wider lacrosse community.

As of this stage clubs are still able to continue training at their own discretion.

We ask that clubs spread training times, to further prevent the potential for spreading as well as urging all participants to play their role in reducing the spread of COVID-19 through personal social distancing and hygiene measures.

Additional information on what clubs and members can do to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading measures can be found further below in this article.

It is appropriate to not contact the office at this time as latest information and updates will be made available here on the website and through our social media platforms.



Update as of 3:00pm on 16/3/2020

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), health authorities have advised that all non-essential, organised public gatherings of 500 or more people should be cancelled from Monday 16th March 2020. – Peter Betson Head of Sport, Recreation & Racing, Victoria State Government

With this information and information given by state government , LV has decided to take the precautionary measure of postponing the 2020 season launch (to be held Monday March 16th), and for the Women’s Draft to be cancelled.

We do not take this decision lightly, and as of this stage round 1 of Men’s State League (commencing in 2 weeks) and other competitions (commencing in 4 weeks), will be going ahead as planned.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will share updates here on the website and on our social media channels, as per information provided by Government and Health agencies.

We ask that our individual members undertake the following precautions:
-Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
-Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
-Cover 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.
-Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
-Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
-Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.
-Do not share a drink bottle or towels at training.
-If you have returned from international travel in the last 14 days, you will need to follow the government’s advice, found below or call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.

We also ask the clubs to:
-Inform players, coaches and volunteers who are feeling inwell to avoid training and games until they have been given clearance by their doctor.
-Ensure you are educating your club members regarding your club requirements relating to attendance and non-attendance at trainings and games (e.g. Players to advise coaches of absences).
-Educate club members about general hygiene practices.
-Clean any surfaces that are of regular use in your clubrooms and any other items that may be shared, both before and after games and training sessions.
-Do not share water bottles.
-Ensure soap dispensers are always available wherever sinks are located and ensure hand sanitiser is readily available around club facilities.
-Prepare your club’s own risk assessment of its venues and practices in relation to COVID-19.

For more information, please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus


The Victorian Government has also issued its COVID-19 Pandemic plan for the Victorian Health Sector which details the staged response to containing the coronavirus disease in Victoria. You can read it here. https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/ResearchAndReports/covid-19-pandemic-plan-for-vic



Update as of 12:25 on 13/3/2020.

The Lacrosse community, like other sporting communities across the country, are concerned about the effects the coronavirus (COVID-19) will have on their club and the upcoming competitions.

 

Lacrosse is three weeks away from the commencement of the Men's State League and five weeks for the rest of the competitions.

 

Currently many sports and events with large gatherings of people are making alternative arrangements including postponement, playing without spectators or cancellations. These actions are precautionary so the virus doesn't spread too quickly and place an impossible strain on our hospitals and other services.

 

This week the Victorian Government wrote to all State Sporting Associations. This read "At this point in time our advice around major events/sporting events/creative events and other public gatherings is that they can still go ahead, and people should go about their lives as normal."

 

Lacrosse Victoria will continue to monitor the situation through the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

As you know, the situation is dynamic and we will update you as new information comes to hand.

Below is some further information which can be implemented by all.

Proactive actions members can take:

• Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.

• Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

• Cover 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.

• Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.

• Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.

• Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.

• Shaking hands is optional!

• Do not share a drink bottle or towels at training.

 

We will continue to provide regular updates through our website and social media platforms when available.

We are looking forward to the start to the 2020 season. We hope that everyone has a enjoyable preseason and that your sporting club can continue be a positive environment for your members.

Further information will be provided at the Season Launch on Monday 16 March.

-Inform players, coaches and volunteers who are feeling unwell to avoid training and games until they have been given clearance by their doctor.

-Ensure you are educating your club members regarding your club requirements relating to attendance and non-attendance at trainings and games (e.g. Players to advise coaches of absences).

-Educate club members about general hygiene practices.

-Clean any surfaces that are of regular use in your clubrooms and any other items that may be shared, both before and after games and training sessions.

-Do not share water bottles.

-Ensure soap dispensers are always available wherever sinks are located and ensure hand sanitiser is readily available around club facilities.

-Prepare your club’s own risk assessment of its venues and practices in relation to COVID-19.

 

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