FOOTBALL NSW outlined their return to training measures during a presentation on Tuesday night but have advised all activities should remain suspended in place until the new measures are ratified against the NSW Government's Framework.
Following the relaxation of COVID-19 measures last Friday, Football NSW outlined their list of recommendations but are still awaiting the necessary ratification from the state government - and as such, the guidelines remain labelled as a draft.
The measures have been drawn up to give coaches an understanding of the best way to conduct sessions in a safe environment.
However, Bathurst Football Association secretary and treasurer Grant Foster was quick to point out that the new recommendations will only come into effect once they receive the necessary ratification against the NSW Government's framework.
And until such a thing arrives he says "nothing's changed" from the previous updates.
"We're waiting to see whether the rules around 10 people outside can be applied to training," he said.
"Football NSW released these documents on the provision that it was made clear that, until the government says otherwise, we are still under a suspension until May 31st.
"We've been waiting for around two weeks for such confirmation from the government but it hasn't arrived yet."
Among the main points included in the document are: Maintaining attendance records, prohibiting the use of change rooms and showers, ensuring toilets have sanitiser, avoid contact with other training sessions and maintaining the government's recommended 1.5 metre distance between participants.
Football NSW recommends that clubs nominate a jacketed official who will act as a COVID-19 marshal at each training session.
When it comes to the use of fields Football NSW have recommended dividing them into quarters and ensuring that no more than 10 people are in each quarter at any one time.
This means a full squad of around 15 to 20 players will require one half of a field but must then split the team in half and not have the two groups come together during the session.
The guidelines also go into specifics regarding handling the ball.
It's recommend that any handling of equipment is to be kept to a minimum.
Heading of a ball may occur during the natural process of a drill, for example a ball being crossed. However, practising of heading by picking up the ball and throwing should be discouraged.
Players must not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to training commencing, and if arriving by car, remain in the car until five minutes before training to avoid gatherings, while they also must leave the venue immediately once their training session has concluded.
Football NSW is in ongoing discussions with associations and National Premier Leagues clubs to work through a range of different options with regards to competition schedules.