RETURN TO BOWLS – Wednesday 1st July 2020 – 12.00 for 12.30 start

Hi All,
Great news for our Bowlers.
As from Wednesday 1st July we are back to Social bowls.
Commencing 12.00 for a 12.30 start.
Clubrooms will be open, but restrictions still apply, so please read and understand the rules.
I have attached the advice from Bowls North Below.
It will be great to see many of you that we have missed for the last few months.
Regards.
John Glisson
Secretary GTCBC.
Good afternoon Regions and Clubs,

Stage 3 Restrictions are now in effect in Tasmania as of 12pm today 26th June 2020.  This has brought about good news for Tasmanian bowlers with the increase of numbers on our greens and in the clubrooms now increased.  Bowling numbers basically to return to normal with greens able to be run at full capacity.

Of course there are still restrictions, this is simply Stage 3, we’re not quite out of the woods yet.  So please carefully read the Bowls Return to Play Stage 3 document for specifics along with the State Government Sport, Exercise and Recreation section of the Coronavirus Tasmania website.

It is imperative that all Clubs have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place before opening.  This is not a Bowls Tasmania recommendation but Law for all Tasmanian Businesses.  You can read about the specific requirements for the Tasmanian Sport & Recreation Sector HERE.  This link also offers templates that can be used to create this template.  Information has been sent to Clubs regarding this, however if your Club would like any extra assistance please contact Bowls Tasmania directly.

Bowls Tasmania would like to sincerely thank all Regions, Clubs and Bowlers for your patience and understanding throughout this trying time.  Congratulations to all Tasmanian’s for your work in helping flatten the curve in Tasmania and enabling us to be able to moving through these restrictions at a quicker pace than first thoughts.

Bowls Tasmania would also like to thank the State Government and the department of Communities Sport & Recreation for their ongoing support and assistance.

If anyone would like any further assistance or clarification on any matters then please contact Bowls Tasmania ceo@bowlstasmania.com.au or 6331 7436

Bowls Tasmania

COVID Safe Plan – Stage 3

Friday 26th June 2020 12:00pm

It is a mandatory requirement that all Clubs have a COVID Safe Plan in place. This information has been sent to Clubs on numerous occasions. Please ensure this is in place before opening.

Bowlers

If you are feeling unwell or showing any cold or flu like symptoms, then please stay home. Non-essential social gatherings should be avoided.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing requirements of 1.5m must be adhered to both on and off the green. Also a density level of 2m squared must be complied with. (This will need extra attention for your bar and hall facilities. Please ensure you have measured your Clubs facilities so you can be certain of your capacity).

Spectators

Clubs are permitted to have a maximum of 500 players and spectators at their venues for OUTDOOR competition and 250 for INDOOR competition. This is provided that the 2m squared rule and 1.5m social distancing can be complied with. So please ensure you work this number out for your own venue.

Training & Competition

Bowls activities can return to normal. Please comply with the following points to ensure the safety and wellbeing for all.

Clubs:

  • Bowls Tasmania recommends that all Clubs have a designated volunteer/staff member to fulfil the following guidelines. This person should be fully aware of and compliant with their own State Government legislation and STA advice.
  • Hand sanitiser is to be made available at the entrance to the Bowling Club and beside each green in use.
  • Disinfectant spray must be made available beside mat/jack boxes. After each use, all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned before being used again.
  • Any club bowls that are loaned to players are to be thoroughly cleaned before and after use.
  • Where possible, outdoor-accessible toilets should be open, if using an outdoor green. At the very least, hand washing facilities should be available.
  • It is recommended that a register of participants is kept for the purpose of tracing if required.Bowls Activity:
  • 1.5m physical distancing rule is to be observed at all times, including for coaching.
  • Other bowls equipment should not be shared between players (e.g. bowls, cloths,measures etc).
  • Disinfectant spray must be made available beside mat/jack boxes and betweeneach use all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned by players.
  • Players should practice safe hygiene at all times, including washing hands for atleast 20 seconds before and after bowls.

RETURN TO PLAY – BOWLS TASMANIA

Bowls Tasmania Return to Play Document

Bowls Tasmania has formulated the following Return to Play Document to assist our Club’s in understanding the 3 stages of Tasmania’s Roadmap to Recovery and how it specifically applies to the “Bowls World” in Tasmania.

This document should also serve in assisting Club’s to understand their obligations in allowing people back on the greens within their facility.

Please understand that this document is only applicable to bowls activities and NOT the opening of your bar facilities.

The consideration of opening bars, clubs and casinos/gaming has been noted by the State Government as being looked at under Stage 3, but no announcements have been made as yet.

This document has been compiled in line with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment, Bowls Australia’s recommendations and all Tasmanian Government regulations, with an oversight from Community Sport & Recreation Tasmania.

It is imperative that all Clubs who will have a green available for play during this period (indoor and outdoor) have a thorough understanding of this document and your Clubs obligations. Please note that Indoor Facilities are not permitted to open for sport until Stage 2 of this document.

Bowls Tasmania in conjunction with Bowls Australia will assist all Clubs in having an online booking system available through these stages. This will enable Clubs to keep a clear record of who has been at the Club during certain periods and help ensure that Clubs are complying with all restrictions regarding the number of people at the venue at each time. It is recommended that Clubs allow 20-30mins between timeslots to ensure that bowlers have had time to leave the venue prior to the next timeslot arriving. This will also allow time to sanitise all of the necessary equipment in between users.

It should be noted that the only spectators that would be permitted on the premises would be those in a caregiver type role, for example a parent, guardian or disability support person. This person will not be considered part of the 10 or 20 persons depending on which Stage we are at. However this person should be separated from the playing area and all spectators should maintain social distancing.

It is understood that there will be further information from Sport & Recreation Tasmania in the leadup to Stage 2 (15th June 2020). At this time Sports will be seen as a workplace under the rules and it is understood there may be further requirements by Clubs including Workplace Checklists etc. Bowls Tasmania will assist with this process once further information is known.

All bowlers and personnel are reminded that if they are unwell or showing any flu like symptoms they must remain home.

Vulnerable people are encouraged to stay home and protect their health. (Vulnerable people is per the Government definition)

Should you require any further clarification or assistance around this issue please contact Bowls Tasmania directly; ceo@bowlstasmania.com.au or 6331 7436.
This document will be reviewed prior to Stage 3.

Bowls Tasmania Return to Play Document

18th May 2020

• Informal Rollups resume (Outdoor Green Only)

• Every second rink in use only

• No more than 4 people on a rink (only permitting 2 people at each end i.e. pairs)

• No spectators permitted (unless this person is a caregiver and they then must maintain social distancing)

• No more than 10 people including staff or volunteers

The approach to training should focus on ‘get in, train, get out’

• Vulnerable People are encouraged to stay home& protect their health.

15th June 2020

• Applies to roll ups and organised competition for Indoor & Outdoor bowling facilities.

• No spectators permitted (unless this person is a caregiver and they then must maintain social distancing)

• Every second rink in use only

• No more than 4 people on a rink (only permitting 2 people at each end i.e. pairs)

• No more than 20 people including staff or volunteers

• Vulnerable People are encouraged to stay home& protect their health.

13th July 2020

• Gatherings of 50-100 are to be determined by Public Health

• Further information will therefore be released regarding Sport & Recreation and this information will be updated once available.

Bowlers are reminded that if they are feeling unwell or showing any flu like symptoms to please remain home.

Clubs:
• Bowls Tasmania recommends that all Clubs have a designated volunteer/staff member to fulfil the following guidelines. This person should be fully aware of and compliant with their own State Government legislation and STA advice.

• Hand sanitizer is to be made available at the entrance to the Bowling Club and beside each green in use.

• Disinfectant spray must be made available beside mat/jack boxes. After each use, all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned before being used again.

• Any club bowls that are loaned to players are to be thoroughly cleaned before and after use. (Bowls Tasmania recommends that Club’s do not have loan bowls available during this time to minimise the use of communal equipment and the requirement for further sanitisation).

• Bowling Clubs may need to implement a booking system to facilitate rink bookings, to confirm with guidelines. Best practice is that a register of attendees is kept, just in case a communicable illness were to occur. Bowls Tasmania is able to offer assistance to Clubs for an online bookings system.

• Where possible, outdoor-accessible toilets should be open, if using an outdoor green. At the very least, hand washing facilities should be available.

• No barefoot bowls groups to be hosted at this stage. Bowls Activity:

• Subject to the social gathering and distancing legislation/restrictions, (please note this is particularly relevant during Stage 2) only four people are allowed to play together and the 1.5m physical distancing rule is to be observed at all times.

• There must be one rink space (an empty rink) between each rink in use. 

• 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 etc).

• Disinfectant spray must be made available beside mat/jack boxes and between
each use all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned by players.

• Players should practice safe hygiene at all times, including washing hands for
at least 20 seconds before and after bowls.

• Individuals must leave the premises immediately after conclusion of play and
cleaning of equipment.

• Coaching should be limited to no more than a coach and two other people at
the time and all practicing physical distancing of 1.5m during the coaching
session.

• No barefoot bowls activity.

COVID 19 VIRUS UPDATE

Sadly as of 5.30pm today 18th March 2020, George Town Bowls Club has suspended ALL Club competitions including Social Events.

Bowls Australia recommends immediate suspension of all bowls events Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Amid growing concern and uncertainty around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Bowls Australia (BA), in consultation with the state and territory associations, has recommended that all bowls events be suspended indefinitely. While acknowledging that BA is not the controlling body of competitions staged locally by states, territories, districts and clubs, we feel it is prudent in the current climate that we issue this advice in order to limit any non-essential mass gatherings, until further notice. This advice is related to any pennant competition, championships, tournaments and other club events and is aimed at safeguarding the health of the sport’s members, participants, employees, volunteers and officials, many of whom are typically from demographics that are particularly susceptible to the effects of the virus. Further information pertaining to the status of the 2020 World Bowls Championships, Australian Open and other national events will be made by BA in the coming days.

To all please be safe and more importantly healthy

Looking forward to our happy family being ALL back together as one community.

Junior Bowls

 

Paul Bryan on (R) coaches junior bowler Ryan Ferguson  (L)

Ryan had some success this season playing with Bowl North and currently Division 5 Pennant Bowls.

RYAN FERGUSON – My Bowls Profile

I was first asked by Paul Bryan if I would be interested in joining bowls for juniors, and to see if I liked it.  George Town Bowls Club was giving a grant to assist young players just like me; must say a great opportunity to give it a go.

So around about the 18th September 2019 I decided to try it out.  Paul picked me up once a week to do some practice to see if I liked it and also taught me the rules as we went.

I really enjoyed playing from the start and picked up the rules pretty good. I kept training with Paul then I got asked to play in the Saturday social game which I really enjoyed.

I built up my confidence when playing with the adults.  After a little while I was asked to play Pennant but I was told I would have to be committed every Saturday, and I said I would be, and my role was to play Lead.

Then Paul suggested I try out for Bowls North under 18’s which I really enjoyed playing.  Then I played in the North Bowls Statewide Challenge at Longford and I was helped a lot by Vicki.  Next up I played Bowls North under 18’s championship’s in Launceston and was helped by Dennis, Vicki & Rae.  I also met a lot of junior players my age and younger who helped me as well.

After that I felt I really had built my confidence.

Early this year I found more confident training by myself; also Rae Simpson helped me out a lot with practise at Kings Meadows.

I feel I have gained a lot of skills and enjoyed playing Pennant in Division 5 with Paul as my skip.

I really appreciate George Town Bowls Club for helping and supporting me so far and encouraging me to never give up.

I have really enjoyed my time playing and cannot wait to be able to play again.

Ryan Ferguson