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SEASON UPDATES

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SEASON CALENDAR 

We're almost there! The return of other sports and community events to venues across the state has made the availability of some venues a challenge for clubs. Due to the need to reschedule most events on the calendar this season, we're excited to say we have almost finalised the last few event dates for this season.

Some key updates

  • The Meadowglen Gift will open the season on Sunday 13 December. Entries will be extended for this event.
  • Coburg will be new addition to the calendar. Stay tuned for more exciting updates for this event!
  • Race lists and prize money will begin to be advertised on the VAL website this week.

We are shuffling the final few meetings but here's what we can confirm:

We hope to have the final meetings locked in this week. We'll let you know ASAP!


COMPETITION

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON RACE DAY?

  • All athletes, trainers, family and friends will be required to sign into each venue using the QR code displayed at the entry point.
  • Masks are currently required to be worn in all indoor areas including toilets, changerooms, club rooms, prize money rooms etc.
  • Physical distancing (1.5m) must be maintained when not competing.
  • Groups must not exceed 50 people. The VAL is likely to manage on field 'zones' to ensure safe distancing of groups. This will be detailed in the December newsletter.

VENUE CAPACITY
Under the current restrictions, each competition venue will be capped at 500 patrons. This includes all people inside the venue including participants, officials, spectators etc. which means spectators may be limited at some meetings. We hope this number will increase in the new year but for now ask that spectators only attend when family, friends and training partners are actually competing. Will we continue to update you if these restrictions are amended.

WHAT WILL RACING BE LIKE?
We're happy to say that the racing format will remain business as usual. Whilst there will be some additional safety protocols in place to adhere to the Victorian State Governments restrictions, the scheduling of heats, semis and finals will remain unchanged.

RACING SINGLETS (COLOURS)
VAL competition singlets (colours) will not be worn in any heats or semi finals. We will endeavour to have all race finalists in our traditional colours and finalists silks where possible.

Athletes will be permitted to wear their squad or individual racing singlets during any heats and semi finals. However, we would like to encourage all athletes to (where possible) race in singlets that align to the colour assigned in the heat draw. Example, if you are drawn in the red lane and you have your own red singlet to wear. We understand this cannot be applied frequently, but would appreciate any assistance where possible, particularly for our race caller.

Singlets must not contain offensive material and they should resemble a similar 'cut' or 'fit' to the VAL singlets. If athletes are unable to provide their own singlets, we will happily provide assistance via our official in the colour tent.

WHAT COVIDSAFE PRINCIPLES DO I NEED TO FOLLOW?

  • Do not attend if you feel sick or unwell
  • Maintain physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • Cough and sneeze into tissue or elbow
  • Good hand hygiene
  • Do not spit or blow nasal fluid at any time within the venue

100 YEARS OF WANGARATTA

Here's your chance to be a part of one of the country's most historic sporting events. Come, compete, and celebrate the Centenary of the Wangaratta Sports Carnival on Saturday 23 January.


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

With the latest easing of restrictions now in effect, we are good to go!

Due to the impacts of the pandemic and the bulk of competition still on offer, the league will be maintaining the usual registration fees. The VAL is self funded and we rely solely on membership to remain operational. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to putting on a great season of racing!


2 MEET PERMIT

Do you know someone that should give pro running a go? They can register as a New Athlete and compete in any 2 meetings of their choice (excluding Stawell) for only $20


CURRENT RESTRICTIONS (22 NOV):

EXERCISE & RECREATION

  • Indoor physical recreation and community sport, contact or noncontact: Cap of 150 patrons with group limit of 20, subject to density quotient
     
  • Large multipurpose sporting facilities (e.g. Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre, YMCAs, large basketball stadiums, and large swimming pool complexes):
    • Total venue cap of 25 per cent capacity, subject to the density quotient of 1 per 4sqm for each space. No separate patron limit.
    • For classes a group limit applies of 20 participants indoors and a group limit of 50 participants outdoors.
    • Persons necessary to conduct classes (such as the person running a class) excluded from this limit.
       
  • Outdoor physical recreation and community sport, contact or noncontact:
    • Cap of 500 patrons, group size limited to 50 people
    • Subject to density quotient of 1 per 4sqm
       
  • Indoor pools, including lessons:
    • Cap of 150 patrons, subject to density quotient, no group size limit.
    • Indoor and outdoor pools can open subject to the separate limits in each area.
    • Saunas, steam rooms and non-chlorinated spas open.
       
  • Outdoor pools, including lessons:
    • Cap of 300 patrons, subject to the density quotient, no group size limit.
    • Indoor and outdoor pools can open at the same time, subject to the separate limits in each area.
    • Saunas, steam rooms and non-chlorinated spas open


Read the full statement from the Premier here