Changes to Professional Coaching Guidelines Under Alert Level 3

Tuesday, 02 March 2021
We have just recently received some great news from Sport New Zealand regarding coaching under Alert Level 3. Please see the below communication:
"With approval from the Government Covid Response Function, it is now possible to undertake limited single-client professional coaching (e.g. tennis coaching) under Alert Level 3. Note that the new guidance only applies where training cannot be delivered remotely e.g. online or through video conferencing.
Where coaching requires use of specialised venues (e.g. a tennis court or bowls green) or there are techniques that cannot be assessed remotely and require a coach to be physically present (e.g. athletic throwing disciplines), coaching in person can now take place subject to conditions being met including:

  • The venue or premises must be able to open under Alert Level 3 (e.g. outdoor tennis court or golf course). Most public facilities are closed at Alert Level 3. The coach or trainer must have agreement from the venue for its use.

  • The coach should be able to demonstrate that the coaching needs to take place (e.g. as part of an existing training plan) and that they have exhausted any remote coaching options first

  • Training or coaching that requires any contact between coach and athlete is not permitted.  At least 2m distance must be maintained at all times

  • The coaching must be delivered in an environment that meets all applicable health and safety requirements at Alert Level 3

  • Coaching activities should be low-risk activities, to reduce the chance of needing medical care

  • The coach must hold a coaching qualification relevant to the coaching offered; be certified by, or registered with, their national or regional sports organisation, is currently affiliated to a club and paid for their coaching

  • No equipment including payment methods can be shared"

View full information on the new guidelines and related restrictions here

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