Hockey Announcements, COVID-19

Redlands hockey members letter, 24th Mar 2020.

To the members and friends Redlands Hockey Association:

 

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented and confusing period.  

The board continues to observe and study closely the information being forwarded from Hockey Australia, Hockey Queensland, Redlands City Council, Queensland Health and the Federal Government. 

Last Thursday night I joined with the other Queensland association presidents for a phone conference.

The relevant parts of the meeting included trying to find ways to keep our hockey moving during this down time and a continuation of planning to achieve a hockey season in 2020.  The overall feeling was positive and upbeat and certainly all our sisters and brothers in the other QLD associations are united and keen to get as much out of the season as they possibly can.

The main advice for the South East corner however is to delay our start until the 2nd of May.  Although this seems like an eternity it is relevant and provides us with more time to assess and prepare for the coming season. 

The board met in a very different meeting on Saturday observing social distancing as we discussed how we are going to get our members involved and excited during the period leading up to the upcoming start. 

When we start on the 2nd of May (game 3), we believe that we can still run the whole season.  Some of the suggestions included extending the season by one week and maybe 1 or 2 double headers playing an extra game on a Sunday. 

We discussed the changes that we will have to make around the grounds.  We also discussed ways to get our younger players to stay Hockey Active prior to the start date.

We will be at this stage forming teams and assigning coaches who will through email and other eMedia formats communicate and provide a platform for some self-home training.  In addition, we will work on some fitness ideas and it has been suggested that we could start some competitions and networking with hockey-based video challenges. 

Although we are limited with what we can do we should not be limited in our creativity and desire to be involved.  The board is keen to hear from any or all our members with good ideas to keep things ticking along and exciting leading up to the first round.

As pointed out in the last update the start of the season will be unorthodox as we typically use the preseason to sort teams and players.  We have and will however do our best to get most things in order so that when we run out to play our first game this year that we are and will have already been part of a team with a bit of a different lead up.

As information comes to hand, we will continue to provide relevant updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


On behalf of the Board

Paul Sciberras

Mobile 0406 113 710

President 2020

Redlands Hockey Association

PO Box 852

Cleveland  QLD  4163

 

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BWHA & BHA Joint Statement

Urgent Communication to all BWHA Clubs and our hockey community, below is a joint statement from BWHA & BHA and it should be distributed to all members of your club.

 

Dear All,

 

BWHA and BHA have been closely monitoring the current health situation and the various advices from Government, Hockey Australia and Hockey Queensland. Sport is an important part of people’s social interaction and contributes to both their physical and mental wellbeing.

 

We appreciate the concern within the community about minimising the spread of the virus and the advices about social distancing. There is no suggestion that any of our players are at any greater risk from having participated than any other member of the community.  Whilst the Government advice continues to support the continuation of community sport where possible we have taken the difficult decision to suspend fixtures from now until after Easter to see what unfolds. We appreciate that views differ in this space but we have taken a conservative approach.

 

This is a suspension and not a cancellation.  The reduction of the various representative commitments by Hockey Australia and Hockey Queensland will give us some flexibility around how our season unfolds and we have the ability to run the season later into the year if required. At this stage we hope to be in a position to resume the season at the start of May and will review our position mid-April.

 

The two Associations will continue to work together to achieve the best outcomes we can for our member Clubs, their players and for our sport. We will closely monitor the unfolding health situation and are mindful of the financial impact on the Associations, the Clubs and their players .

 

Regards

Karin Walduck and Todd Fuller

 

Lisa Donaldson
Administration Officer

Brisbane Women’s Hockey Association

P (07) 3357 9560 | F (07) 3357 7234

www.bwha.com.au

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Redlands hockey members letter, 18th Mar 2020.

To the members and friends of Redlands Hockey Association: 

 

As you are aware, the World Health Organisation has declared COVID‑19 a pandemic (a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time). The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve and change rapidly. 

We are observing and studying closely the information being forwarded from Hockey Australia, Hockey Queensland, Redlands City Council, Queensland Health and our Federal Government. 

The advice from Federal and State Governments are now focused on actions to slow the spread of COVID‑19 in the community and protect those who are likely to experience more severe disease such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. These steps are also essential to reduce the demands on the health system so that it can function effectively. 

RHA is somewhat fortunate in this case that our normal season is typically delayed from starting due to the unavailability of the playing fields.  As such our season still has some way to go before it kicks off.  The Board has at the 18th March 2020, as a precautionary measure, decided to
cease all preseason activities which include the Hooked into hockey program (postponed), all association training and all development activities including trials and preseason games. 


This action is made with the health and well-being of our players, coaches, officials and volunteers and the broader community as the priority.  This also provides the Board with time to continue to assess the overall situation moving forward. 


The Board will use this time to gather more information and listen to all recommendations before the start of the official season on the 4th of April.  Obviously further information will be provided as it comes to hand.  Be assured that it is the Board’s objective to get as much hockey in as possible in 2020.  We will continue to prepare for the start of the season. 


The start of the season will be unorthodox as we typically use the preseason to sort teams and players.  We will all need to have some level of patience in the first rounds until it works itself out.  Our fantastic subcommittees are hard at work now to minimise the pain.

We have had a lot of information coming through from various parties and we will post as much relevant info as we can. 


At this stage the most notable disruption is the cancellation of all Master’s State championships including women’s and men’s. 
As previously mentioned, things are moving quickly. We will continue to work closely with relevant agencies and organisations to ensure we have access to the latest advice on how to keep our volunteers, the hockey community and the public safe. 

It is important to note that the season is not being cancelled. We will continue to review the situation and provide you all with regular updates.  Next meeting with Queensland Hockey is Thursday 19th March. 
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. 

 

On behalf of the Board

Paul Sciberras

Mobile   0406 113 710

President 2020

Redlands Hockey Association

PO Box 852

Cleveland QLD 4163

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Relevant information; RHA RCC QLD HA

Redlands City Council Link  

 

Queensland Health Link       

     https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

 

Australian Government Department of Health Link    

     https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

 

Hockey Queensland Link      

      https://hockeyqld.com.au/coronavirus-statement/

NEW      HQ COVID-19 Announcement 24 Mar 2020

             HQ COVID-19 Announcement 17 Mar 2020

 

Hockey Australia Link              

     https://hockey.org.au/hockey-australia-covid-19-statement/

NEW       COVID-19 HA Statement 24 Mar 2020

              COVID-19 HA Statement 17 Mar 2020

 

 

Other helpful Links

 

Basic fact sheet - on what you need to know  

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know_2.pdf  

 

Advice on organising public gatherings  

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-organising-public-gatherings.pdf 

 

Social distancing guide  

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-social-distancing.pdf

 

FAQs and myth busters on the Qld Health website   

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/find-the-facts/faqs-and-myth-busters 

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Upcoming
CANCELLED -- Pre-Season Participation and Development Day - Saturday 28th March at Henry Ziegenfusz Park from 1pm to 5pm.
CANCELLED -- Pre-Season Skills and Development - Sunday 29th March at Henry Ziegenfusz Park in front of Clubhouse
Juniors 3-4pm
Seniors 4-5pm
Petra West will coordinate this session
POSTPONED -- Hooked in2 Hockey Program Tuesday afternoon **Postponed - stay tuned** - FINAL day of 5 weeks at Henry Ziegenfusz Park, Cleveland from 4pm to 5pm.
Team Launch and Rep Presentation Evening - more details to follow.
HOCKEY SEASON STARTS !
Round 1 - Saturday 4th April.
Henry Ziegenfusz Park.
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