Covid-19

What we’re doing about Covid-19

The safety of our members is our number one priority.

We’ve put new safety measures and cleaning protocols into place so you can get back to playing Dodgeball safely.

Find out what we are doing to keep everyone safe, well and active.

As a non-contact sport close person to person contact in Dodgeball can be avoided by following the adaptations and considerations laid out within this plan. They include measures to maintain good hygiene and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

British Dodgeball (National Governing Body)

All the measures that we have put into place are those recommended by British Dodgeball and the UK Government. The extensive guidance document by British Dodgeball can be found here.

We’ve extensively listed what we’re doing below but here’s a summary of the key points:

  • Appointment of our Welfare Officer, Tom Lake, as our designated Covid-19 officer, responsible for ensuring all government guidance is followed by the club
  • Strict hygiene measures followed, such as players sanitising before, every 20 mins and after the session, and balls being sanitised or isolated for 72 hours.
  • Extra safety measures during play, such as increasing court size to allow for social distancing and prohibiting unnecessary contact.
  • Frequent communication with our governing body, our exec and our members on government guidelines and safety.
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Hygiene

Sanitation and cleaning
  • The marking out of dodgeball courts including any use of court surrounding net must be applied and removed by the same person/people in the same household.
  • All participants should sanitise their hands:
    • Before activity
    • Every 20 minutes or less during activity
    • After activity  
  • All cloth dodgeballs used must be left untouched for a minimum of 72 hours
  • All foam dodgeballs must be wiped using antimicrobial wipes
  • Players should arrive changed and shower at home
  • Injury treatments should remain but it is advised to wear a mask when giving aid.
    • A record should also be kept as to who has given treatment and to whom
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During Play

Safety on court
  • The court width should be increased to 9 metres for adults. Where this is not possible playing numbers should be reduced to 4 aside. Players are recommended to spread out where possible during game play.
  • All outboxes are to be marked out no less than 1m by 5m with 1m markers for ‘out’ players in place to aid social distancing.
  • Where the distance between the back line and the wall is 2m or less, ball retrievers should only operate on the side of the court. Unless using substitutes, all ball retrievers should be named and fixed for a full match and must adhere to the same rules around hand hygiene as players.
  • Pre or post-game handshakes or team huddles are not permitted.
  • No foot support is permitted from a team mate during the opening rush.
  • Face to face contact must be reduced to less than 3 seconds.
  • Special consideration should be made to avoid throwing towards an opponent’s head and face.
  • Players are requested to not hold the ball close to their face when communicating with team mates.
  • Avoid using your hands to pick up dodgeballs from other courts. Where possible use your foot to return them.
  • Dodgeballs that go out of play and are touched by those not competing in that match should be replaced with clean ones.
  • A ‘hygiene break’ should take place at the end of each half
    • During each ‘hygiene break’ the dodgeballs should be cleaned using an antimicrobial wipe, and all participants hands cleaned using hand sanitiser. This routine should also be followed at the start and end of any training activity or session.
  • All finger tape must be disposed of correctly and replaced at each hygiene break. All hand and wrist supports should be clean on before each match and hands should be washed without tape or without wearing a support.
  • Face to face confrontation with opponents and officials is not permitted. Any communication with the officials must be done whilst adhering to social distancing and without raised voices.
  • No team celebrations are permitted.
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Communication

Informing you on what’s happening

As a club, we take your safety extremely seriously which is why we are putting all these safety measures into place. We also realise how important it is to notify and advise you on best practices, in line with government guidance. Here are some things we are doing to let you know what’s happening:

  • We will support NHS Test & Trace efforts by collecting written info on participants at all trainings and competitions.
    • This includes name, email, and telephone number
    • Records will be kept by the club for 21 days.
  • We will keep you informed on what British Dodgeball and the UK government advise to ensure your safety
  • We will make sure all participants are aware of expected social distancing and hygiene measures during play and whilst at the venue.
  • We will consult British Dodgeball’s guidelines, club checklist and risk assessment to ensure all safety measures are in place.

To ensure the safety of those in our club and community, we also ask that you take several steps to minimise any risk. In particular:

  • We ask that prior to all activity that all players must undergo a self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms
  • No-one should leave home to participate in dodgeball at training or at an event if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID -19 or they have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace.
  • Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after dodgeball activity.
  • Participants should bring their own hand sanitiser where possible (we will always have some if you forget your own though) and maintain strict and frequent hand hygiene measures at all times.
  • Participants should follow UK Government guidelines on shielding and protecting people who are vulnerable and on travel.

Designated Covid-19 Officer

Thomas Lake

Tom will be our designated Covid-19 officer this year. Alongside his role as Welfare officer, he’ll be responsible for making sure the club follows government guidelines and overseeing our response to Covid-19.

The rest of the Exec will also be ensuring that we are following all safety measures so it is a club wide effort to make sure everyone is as safe as possible.

If you do have any concerns about Covid-19, please don’t hesitate to contact Tom or the rest of the Exec.

We know that this may be a lot to take in, but we want to be fully transparent and exhaustive in how we are looking after you and the rest of our community here in Warwick Dodge.

If you have any questions, queries or suggestions, we would love to hear from you! Just shoot us a message on our social media!