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Update – 11.59pm, 16th September 2020

The Victoria Government recently announced from 11:59pm on 16 September, regional Victoria will move to the Third Step of the roadmap for reopening Victoria.

For regional Victoria this includes:

Community sport:

  • outdoor non-contact sport can resume for adults.
  • non-contact sport is any sport where you can maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others while playing.
  • you can play sport with the number of people required to play plus necessary coaches and umpires.
  • spectators are not allowed.
  • outdoor sport can resume for people who are 18 years of age and younger, this includes contact sport.
  • you can play sport with the number of people required to play plus necessary coaches and umpires.
  • spectators are allowed if they are supervising children or supporting players with additional needs, while maintain gathering limits of less than ten people.
  • toilets and communal changerooms are open
  • canteens, kiosks or at-venue dining facilities can open subject to the industry restart guidelines for hospitality
  • a cap of 10 people in any cohort participating in an individual outdoor community sport (e.g. athletics, cycling, walking, bushwalking, trail walking)

Please check the Sport and Recreation Victoria and DHHS Websites for confirmation of current information and guidance for the full list of all sport/recreation/fitness activities.

Sport and Recreation Victoria

https://sport.vic.gov.au/news/articles/Victorias-roadmap-for-sport-and-recreation-the-first-steps

Department of Health and Human Services

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/third-step-restrictions-regional-victoria-covid-19

Guidance list of community sports to resume adult non-contact competition from 11:59pm, 16 September 2020 in Regional Victoria


The activities listed below are advice only and guide individual community sport and recreation organisations to better understand the type of activities that can be undertaken at a safe distance of 1.5 meters during competition. It is the responsibility of community sporting organisations to undertake their own assessment to determine whether activities can maintain the required 1.5m physical distancing requirement.

Please note that only activities that can be conducted outdoors are permitted under the Third Step of the Roadmap

In some circumstances, community sporting organisations may elect to make operational adjustments to activities in order to commence competition from 11:59pm on 16 September 2020. The rules are written so that community sport and recreation organisations can make their own informed assessments about compliance with the Victorian Chief Health Officer Directions.

If you are a professional sporting organisation, please refer to the Guidance note – Professional Sport.

All sports must maintain awareness of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) environment and align current practices with informed decisions for athlete and other community sport member safety.

No modifications for competition and full training to resumeNo modifications to rules/format are required.
Some modifications for competition and full training to resumeSome minor modifications to rules/format are required where there is incidental physical contact.
Major modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumeMajor modifications required due to high physical contact. Areas shaded grey highlight where a modified format of a high physical contact activity can be introduced to reduce the spread of COVID19.
  Sport/activityAre modifications required?  What modifications can be easily made to the activity to maintain a 1.5m physical distance?
American FootballMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumeTackling and contact is fundamental to the activity. Modification – Flag football to reduce contact is suggested.
ArcheryNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Artistic SwimmingSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others Modifications required for team events to ensure non-contact between participants.
AthleticsNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others Modification of running in lanes to maintain physical distancing between athletes suggested.Modification to start lines, marshalling and finish lines may be required
Australian Rules FootballMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumeTackling and contested marking is fundamental to the activity. Modification – AFL 9’s without contact or use of tag ribbons are modified formats that can be introduced as non-contact versions.
BadmintonNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
BaseballSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others Modification required for tagging base runners and physical distancing between catcher, batter, fielders and umpire.
BasketballS Major modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumeIncidental physical contact is a part of the activity.
BiathlonNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Billiards/snookerNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
BoxingMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumePhysical contact is fundamental to the activity.
BMXSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others Modifications to space out participants. Consider limiting numbers in races.
BocceNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
BushwalkingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
CalisthenicsSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others Modifications to duo and team competitions to limit contact between participants.
CanoeingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
CavingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
CheerleadingSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others Modifications required to limit contact between participants.
Climbing & AbseilingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
CroquetNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
CricketSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others Fielders maintain physical distancing.
CyclingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others. Riders maintain physical distancing.
Dance SportMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumeDancing with a partner is a fundamental part of the activity.
DartsNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
DivingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others with physical distancing between diving partners.
EquestrianNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
FencingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Field HockeySome modifications for competition and full training to resumeSome incidental physical contact can occur.
Football (soccer)Major modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumeIncidental physical contact is a part of the activity. Modified format introduced to ensure no tackling/contact between participants.
GolfNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
GymnasticsNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
HandballSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeIncidental physical contact is a fundamental part of the activity. Modified format introduced to ensure non-contact between participants
Horse trail ridingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Indoor cricketSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others •    Fielders maintain physical distancing.
JudoMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumePhysical contact is fundamental to the activity.
KarateMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumePhysical contact is fundamental to the activity.
Lacrosse Incidental physical contact is a part of the activity.
Lawn BowlsNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Modern PentathlonNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeModification of running in lanes to maintain physical distancing between athletes. Modifications at start and finish to ensure distance maintained between athletes
Motorsport (CAMS)No modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Mountain bike ridingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
NetballSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeSome incidental contact can occur. Spacing between attacking and defending players is strictly enforced to ensure no contact.
OrienteeringNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Para-Athletes Sports (General)Some modifications for competition and full training to resumeDependent on activity
Pony clubNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
RaftingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeActivity can resume, consider limiting numbers on rafts to maintain physical distance
Roller derbyMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumePhysical contact is fundamental to the activity.
RowingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Rugby LeagueMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumeTackling and physical contact is a fundamental part of the activity. Modification – OzTag modified format for non-contact competition introduced to reduce physical contact.
Rugby UnionMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumeTackling and physical contact is a fundamental part of the activity. Modification – modified format for non-contact competition introduced to reduce physical contact, i.e. use of flag ribbons.
SailingSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others Consider limiting numbers of people in boats
Shooting sportsNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
SkateboardingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
SnorkellingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
SoftballSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others •    Modification required for tagging base runners and spacing between catcher, batter, fielders, and umpire.
Sport ClimbingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
SquashNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
SurfingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
SwimmingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Table tennisNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
TaekwondoMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumeContact is a fundamental part of the activity Modification for non-contact format focusing on technique for juniors to ensure non-contact.
TennisNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Tenpin bowlingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Touch rugbyMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumeIncidental contact is fundamental to activity.
TriathlonSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others, but maintain physical distancing between participants
VolleyballSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others, but maintain physical distancing between participants
Water PoloMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumePhysical contact is a fundamental part of activity.
WeightliftingNo modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others
Wheelchair BasketballSome modifications for competition and full training to resumeIncidental physical contact is part of the activity. Modified format of non-contact introduced.
Wheelchair RugbyMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumePhysical contact is a fundamental part of the activity. Modified format of non-contact introduced.
Winter sports (skiing & snowboarding)No modifications for competition and full training to resumeCan reasonably be done while maintaining 1.5 metres from others. Consider limiting numbers in snowboard cross events.
WrestlingMajor modifications required, or different format introduced for competition to resumePhysical contact is fundamental to the activity

How Can We Help?

We know this is a hugely difficult time for everyone in the community and we’re continuing to monitor the current situation to get a fuller picture about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on community sport.

South West Sport is working with our Regional Sport Victoria colleagues around two immediate priorities  over this period:

  • Supporting the sector to ensure it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible 
  • Doing everything we can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is now more important than ever. 

We will continue to work with you to understand the ongoing and future impact of coronavirus and we want to make sure that whatever action we take has the greatest positive impact. So, we want to hear from you now about the issues you’re facing and to take on board these  ideas and concerns to feed into consideration of the type of support we offer moving forward.

We know that:

  • It will be difficult for your club, league or association to run and host programs or events as planned and retain member engagement;
  • The timings of your season are uncertain;
  • People in your community are likely to be anxious, and will probably want to be continuing with their sport participation; and,
  • More generally, you may be interested in alternative operations to respond to the current situation and to keep your organisation going.

We are offering South West Sport as a point of contact for clubs, leagues, associations and individuals within the South West. Due to the complexity and evolving nature of the pandemic, we may not have all of the answers – but are committed to supporting you as best as we can.

Please contact us via covid19@southwestsport.com.au and let us know:

  • How coronavirus is impacting you  or your organisation?
  • The type of help you think would be most beneficial?

Please keep in touch with us via the above e-mail address as you or your club’s situation changes.


Here at South West Sport:

Our priority is the health and safety of our stakeholders, team members and our communities. We have adjusted our service delivery and programs based on the current expert advice.  You can read about our programs by clicking the below button.