Return to Competition – Update July 17
As the situation with COVID-19 in Victoria and NSW changes, NSW Health and Football NSW have asked us to be aware of the following:
- All participants, including players, match officials and spectators, are excluded from football training and games if they have visited Victoria in the past 14 days;
- All participants, including players, match officials and spectators, should exclude themselves from all football activity if they have attended any of the reported case locations on the NSW Health website;
- Parents and teams are asked to limit the number of people attending games, with only one parent/carer accompanying children to games.
Our COVID Safety Plan has been updated and it is vitally important we all continue to play our part in providing a safe environment for our sport:
- No shaking hands with players before or after a game;
- No high-fives, hugs or huddles after scoring or stopping a goal;
- No sharing drink bottles or food;
- Spectators to maintain 1.5m distance at all times
Return to Normal Training Schedule – Update 26 June 2020
From June 30, we will revert to our regular season training schedules. 2020 Training Schedule
Return to Competition – Update June 23
The NSW Government, in conjunction with Football NSW, has now released Return to Play Guidelines. As part of this, all CDSFA clubs, including Balmain DFC now have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Parents and spectators may still attend games, but it’s important we all continue to maintain social distancing, practise good hygiene (lather on the hand-sanitiser) and be considerate of those around us – particularly staff, ground and match officials, and opposition players and spectators.
More information about the season is being made available to Coaches & Managers during club information sessions June 29 & 30.
Return to Training – Update June 14
The NSW Government has further eased social distancing requirements.
Up to 20 people (including coach) can now train together as a group. It’s important that social distancing 1.5 metres is maintained, allowing at least 4-square-metres per player.
Players should still avoid contact and games – even small-side training games – are not permitted until July 1.
Our BDFC Temp Training Field Schedule will remain in place up to and including Sunday June 28. From June 30, we will revert to our regular season training schedules.
When do we start playing games?
The NSW Government has approved a return to competition from July 1. The first games will take place from Saturday July 4.
When do we get the draw?
The CDSFA draw has not yet been released. We expect the first rounds to be released as early as June 23. Age Coordinators will be notified as soon as the draw is released.
How long will the season run?
The season will run for 14 weeks, with games schedules every weekend, including during school holidays. The final weekend of the season will be October 3 & 4.
BDFC Temporary Training Schedule
This is the full temporary training schedule for all teams and fields, commencing Tuesday June 2. Teams must only train at the time and field allocated to them and must maintain all socially distancing requirements as set out in the Football NSW Return to Training Guidelines and the BDFC COVID Return to Training Policy. After each training Managers must submit their attendance sheet to email@example.com.
On May 21, Football NSW released information on training and Return to Training Guidelines.
These guidelines provide the framework in which groups of up to 10 people (including coach) can start training.
For most of our teams U10-O45, this will mean splitting into 2 groups and training on a half-field.
All training is to be non-contact i.e. no tackling.
New temporary training schedules will be available from your coach. Training will revert to normal schedules and drills as soon as social distancing measures are eased.
Balmain DFC will have access to its winter fields from Tuesday June 2.
Can we start training now?
No. Balmain DFC teams cannot use fields until June 2. There are serious safety concerns and penalties for teams who ignore this advice.
When can we start training?
From Tuesday June 2, only on the field and at the time allocated, and only once the team Coach/Manager has read the Return to Training Guidelines.
How do we train and maintain social distancing?
Our coaching team is currently adapting a range of drills and skills programs that can be used by coaches and players of all ages and experience, which minimise personal contact and maintain player distancing.
Download our club guide here
When do we start playing games?
We don’t yet have a date for games resuming but are planning towards July 1.
So what’s next?
Please make contact with your coach and manager. They’ll be receiving more information from the club and Age Coordinators as we get training and our season under way.
Published 24 Mar 2020
Due to Corona virus, Football Federation Australia has now suspended all Football activity until Sunday 31st May 2020. This includes any training, trial matches, games, Development Program, Holiday Camps, meetings, courses and any other Football related events.
The Balmain Executive committee are continuing to monitor the situation closely. We have stopped taking new registrations and players are advised to defer ordering their season kit.
At the current time, questions on refunds are very difficult to answer as we don’t have enough information to know the overall impacts to the season or the expenses the club will need to cover.
This does not mean there won’t be refunds, but that we will need more information before we can assess how much and in what circumstances refunds can be made. We will be actively engaging with our Association (CDSFA) as well as FNSW and FFA to work through the information required to make these decisions.
We are aware that the financial commitment members make to play football is significant and as a not-for-profit club, run largely by volunteers, we are committed to providing a fair and transparent outcome with regards to any refunds for the winter 2020 season.
For your information here is a list of FAQs put out by Football NSW: FAQs
Thank you for your support and patience as we work through what is a very challenging period.