Sports SOP : As NSC in slumberland, AIS comes out with a comprehensive list

As the National Sports Council ponders after 45 days to come out with their versions of standard operating procedures for sports to resume, they ought to just look down under to see how the Australian Institute of Sports have drawn up the guidelines.

Frankly one does not need to call in coaches or association for a discussion as NSC has always portrayed the image of know all and be all.

In reality one does not have to be an Oxford graduate to cone out with simple yet effective guidelines for sports.

The difficult part is adhering to it.

Surely the NSC is not planning to bring the athletes to Bukit Jalil and house then there when most of Klang Valley is still under the Red or Yellow Zones.

Now why did we close down most of the Unit Sukan Prestasi Tinggi Negeri?

Wonder whose brainchild was it as was closing down the NSI satellite centres?

A foolish act needles to say as it could be based for athletes to return to training in green zines

On Friday the Australia government released its 15 principles for the resumption of sport and recreation, which said the AIS framework would provide a general guide, but decisions on when to implement each phase would be made in close consultation with federal, state/territory and local public health authorities

“Resumption of sport can significantly contribute to the re-establishment of normality in Australian society,” the AIS states in its framework document.

Here’s how the path to “normality” looks;

Archery

A: Outdoor range and solo only

B: Full training indoor or outdoor range, with limited numbers/appropriate distancing between athletes

C: Full training and competition

Artistic swimming

A: Solo training drills only – land based, in own pool or open-water. General fitness, strength work

B: Swimming (own lane). In pool solo technical drills or group technical drills without physical contact. No lifting, holding

C: Full training and competition

Athletics

A: Outdoor training sessions solo, with coach, or with one training partner (no sharing of equipment eg javelin, discus, high-jump mats, pole vault, shot put, hammer, starting blocks)

B: Full training. Avoid running in slipstream of others

C: Full training and competition. Competition – multi-event rooms remain a risk and time spent here should be minimised with adequate space/separation. Similarly, call rooms pre-event will need to be restructured

Badminton

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) at home or outdoor (no indoor sporting facility access allowed)

B: Full training on court, singles or doubles

C: Full training and competition

Baseball

A: Running/aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo)

B: Full training with small numbers (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total)

C: Full training and competition

Basketball

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training and shooting drills (solo) at home or outdoor (no indoor sporting facility access allowed). No ball handling drills with others

B: Non-contact skills using basketball – passing, shooting, defending, screens and team structure (offence and defence). Small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total)

C: Full training and competition

Boxing

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), technical training (solo). Bag work if access to own equipment, without anyone else present

B: Shadow sparring allowed. Non-contact technical work with coach, including using bag, speedball, pads, paddles, shields. No contact or sparring

C: Full training and competition

Canoeing

A: Running/aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), on-water training (solo) B: Full training

C: Full training and competition

Cricket

A: Running/aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo)

B: Nets – batters facing bowlers. Limit bowlers per net. Fielding sessions – unrestricted. No warm up drills involving unnecessary person-person contact. No shining cricket ball with sweat/saliva during training

C: Full training and competition. No ball shining with sweat/saliva in training

Cycling

A: Solo outdoor cycling or trainer, resistance training (solo)

B: Avoid cycling in slipstream of others – maintain 10m from cyclist in front. Avoid packs of greater than two (including motorcycle derny)

C: Full training and competition

Diving

A: On-land training only (solo)

B: Full training, with one athlete per board/platform (or two if synchro training)

C: Full training and competition

Equestrian

A: Solo/pairs training only

B: Full training and competition

C: Full training and competition

Fencing

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo). No bouts with others. Solo footwork practice (steps, lunges, fleshes). Pointwork – using cushion/board to practice fine motor skills of point work with sword

B: Full training and competition. Ensure no shared masks. No shaking hands post bout

C: Full training and competition

Field hockey

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) if access to appropriate surface available

B: Non-contact skills training drills in small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total)

C: Full training and competition

Football

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo)

B: Non-contact skill training drills – passing, shooting, headers. Small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total)

C: Full training and competition

Golf

A: Solo or pairs only (if permitted by local government). Maintain at least 1.5m between players

B: Full training. Maintain at least 1.5m between players

C: Full training and competition. Maintain at least 1.5m between players where possible

Gymnastics

A: Resistance training, skills training solo and outside of gym only. Rhythmic – skills at home. Trampoline – off apparatus skills, drills at home only

B: Small groups only – one gymnast per apparatus (including rhythmic and trampoline). Disinfecting high touch surfaces as per the manufacturer’s guidelines

C: Full training and competition

Handball

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) at home or outdoor (no indoor sporting facility access allowed)

B: Skill drills – passing, shooting, defending. No contact drills. Small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total)

C: Full training and competition

Judo

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), technical training (solo) – eg mirror work

B: No contact/bouts. Non-contact shadow training. Non-contact technical work with coach

C: Full training and competition

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Karate

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), technical training (solo) – eg mirror work

B: No contact/bouts. Shadow sparring. Non-contact technical work with coach, including using pads, paddles

C: Full training and competition

Lawn bowls

A: A maximum of two people are allowed per green at any one time. All players are to use separate mats and jacks (or ensure that the same player on each rink places mats or places/ rolls jacks). Other bowls equipment cannot be shared between players (e.g. bowls, cloths, measures). Coaching should be limited to no more than a coach and one other person at the time and all practicing physical distancing of 1.5m during the coaching session. No barefoot bowls activity

B: A maximum of 10 persons is allowed per green at any one time. Maintain at least 1.5m between players on green. Bowling clubs may need to have a booking system in place to facilitate (Levels A and B). Bowling clubs with more than one green need to ensure that compliance is achieved in respect to social gathering restrictions

C: Coaching is permitted. Resume normal activities (including competition) and player numbers but maintain at least 1.5m between players on green. Barefoot bowls permitted

Modern pentathlon

A: Running/aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo). In-water training – open water or own pool only. Solo laser shooting practice at home or shooting technique. Solo laser run practise using at home range with run conducted on property/nearby streets. Horse riding, if horse on own property. Participate in “virtual” laser shooting and laser run competitions

B: Swimming – use of communal pool with limited numbers, one athlete per lane. Laser run practice in small groups, respecting distance on shooting bench

C: Full training and competition

Motor sports

A: Running/aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), simulation work at home if available

B: Full training

C: Full training and competition

Netball

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo), including shooting (outdoor or own ring only) or ball skills eg against a wall to self

B: Skills using netball passing, shooting, defending. Small group training (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) based on skills with set drill, but no close contact/defending/attacking/match play drills

C: Full training and competition

Para-athletes sports (general)

Para-athletes require individualised consideration and assessment through all levels (A, B and C) of a return to sport. Some para-athletes will have medical conditions that will require detailed planning and consultation with their regular treating medical team prior to a return to formal training/competition, or progression through levels A, B and C. Specific para-athlete equipment (eg wheelchairs, prostheses) will require regular cleaning (for all levels).

Rowing

A: Ergometer if access to own at home. Cycling (solo), running (solo), resistance training (solo). On-water single

B: Group resistance training sessions and outdoor group ergometer training placed more than 1.5m apart (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total). Groups of single sculls

C: Full training and competition

Rugby

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) including kicking, passing, ball skills (eg against wall) to self

B: Skill drills using a ball, kicking and passing. No tackling/wrestling. Small group (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) sessions

C: Full training and competition

Rugby sevens

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) including kicking, passing, ball skills (eg against wall) to self

B: Non-contact skill drills using a ball, kicking and passing, small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) only. No rucks, mauls, lineouts or scrums, no tackling/wrestling

C: Full training and competition

Rugby union

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) including kicking, passing, ball skills (eg against wall) to self

B: Skill drills using a ball, kicking and passing. No rucks, mauls, lineouts or scrums, no tackling/wresting. Small group (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) sessions

C: Full training and competition

Sailing

A: Solo or double handlers (if allowed by state regulations) only

B: Full training

C: Full training and competition

Shooting

A: Aerobic/resistance training (solo), technical skills (solo) – eg standing/holding and dry firing. Mental skills training – eg concentration/reaction time, visualisation, arousal control). Live fire on home ranges only (no club range access)

B: Continuation of athlete-led preparation at home. Coach-led training including live fire in small groups at authorised venues (ie clubs/ranges)

C: Full training and competition

Skateboarding

A: Outdoor and solo only, or indoor only in personal facilities

B: Full training with appropriate distancing between athletes

C: Full training and competition

Softball

A: Running/aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo)

B: Small group (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) skills training

C: Full training and competition

Sport Climbing

A: Aerobic and resistance training (solo), climbing solo/pairs on own wall or outdoors (if allowed by local government). Solo hang board training

B: Full training. Cleaning of indoor walls required between athletes/groups

C: Full training and competition

Surfing

A: Solo or with one training partner only

B: Full training

C: Full training and competition

Swimming

A: In-water training (solo) in own pool or open-water

B: Use of communal pool with limited numbers, one athlete per lane

C: Full training and competition

Table Tennis

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) at home or outdoor (no indoor sporting facility access allowed)

B: Full training on court, singles or doubles

C: Full training and competition

Taekwondo

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), technical training (solo)

B: Non-contact technical work with coach, including using pads, paddles, shields. No physical contact or grappling. No kicking of chest guards

C: Full training and competition

Tennis

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) eg serving only, hitting with ball machine

B: Full training on court, singles or doubles

C: Full training and competition

Triathlon

A: Solo or in pairs only. Consider remote programming. In pool water training if access to own pool (consider using swim tether) or open-water only. Consider use of wind trainer and treadmill for those in quarantine (who are medically well)

B: Avoid cycling in slipstream of others – maintain 10m from cyclist in front. Avoid packs of greater than two. Avoid packs of greater than two running. Maintain social distancing while running. Use of communal pool with limited numbers, one athlete per lane, consider one lane between athletes

C: Full training and competition

Volleyball

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) at home or outdoor (no indoor sporting facility access allowed)

B: Small group (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) skill sessions only. No matches

C: Full training and competition

Water polo

A: In-water training (solo) if access to own pool only, or open-water

B: Use of communal pool with limited numbers and distance maintained. Swimming, throwing (passing/shooting) drills. No full contact/defending drills, wrestling

C: Full training and competition

Weightlifting

A: Resistance training, technical work at home (no indoor sporting facility/gym access allowed)

B: Full training with limited numbers to avoid congestion

C: Full training and competition

Wheelchair basketball

A: Aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) at home or outdoor (no indoor sporting facility access allowed)

B: Non-contact shooting, dribbling drills. Other non-contact technical /skill drills. Small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total)

C: Full training and competition

Wheelchair rugby

A: Aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) at home or outdoor (no indoor sporting facility access allowed)

B: Non-contact passing drills on court. Other non-contact technical /skill drills. Small groups (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total)

C: Full training and competition

Winter Sports

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), balance training (solo)

B: Use of institute gym facilities and indoor ice surfaces in small groups ( less than 10 total athletes/support staff). Use of acrobatic facilities such as trampoline, bungee and water ramp in small groups with one athlete at a time and at least 1.5m distancing to support staff. Limited on-snow training dependent on travel restrictions. Small groups widely spaced, no communal living

C: Full training and competition dependent on commercial operation of mountain facilities

Wrestling

A: Running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), technical training (solo)

B: Non-contact skills training. Resistance training in gym, solo mat-based drills (eg weighted bags)

C: Full training and competition