COVID 19 Return to Training Policy

Version 5 – 1st September 2020

1. Disclaimer:

The following policy recommendations are not complete and should only be used to supplement National Public Health guidelines, policies and procedures. The timing of the phased return to training will be variable according to a variety of factors including geographic area, disease burden, recent trends, documented immunity, local restrictions, player age /level and individual health risks of participants.

2. Introduction:

With the return to indoor sport being a possibility very soon, this document outlines the Brighton Stormers roller hockey club planned return to training policy.
The phased approach back into sport is in line with British Roller Sports Federation (BRSF) requirements which are dictated by government advice on the resumption of indoor physical activity.
This document also incorporates risk assessment requirements published by the British Inline Puck Hockey Association (BIPHA) which has been approved by the BRSF. For full details see Appendix 1.
This document will be reviewed and updated as further government guidance is released.

3. Brighton Stormers Club Requirements

 Brighton Stormers are committed to the wellbeing of their Players, Coaches, Officials and Parents. If anyone in any of these groups display any symptoms associated with Covid-19 (ie cough, temperature, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell) or are awaiting a Covid-19 test result, they should stay at home and follow Government guidance.
 Hand sanitizer will be available at Stormers training sessions and all participants and spectators will be required to use it both on entering and leaving training sessions.
 Participants, spectators and coaches will ensure that social distancing requirements are met and not to cluster in groups before/after sessions.
 Participants, spectators and coaches are expected to take reasonable personal responsibility when taking part in physical activity.
 Track & Trace – Participants must update their club contact details using the form at

 Track/Trace/Covid – Participants must confirm their attendance and fitness to train in advance of every session they attend, using form at

 Participants and spectators will be required to arrive at sessions on time and pre-kitted as much as possible such
that they can commence training straight away. There will be minimal changing areas available on sites.
 Participant body temperatures will be taken before training.
 Participants and spectators will be required to depart sessions as fast as possible on completion, this such that facility staff can complete their enhanced cleaning regimes.

 There will be a minimum 10 minute gap between sessions such that high contact surfaces can be cleaned.
 A club First Aid kit including plasters / ice packs etc will be available for every training session. Surgical masks must
be worn by those delivering and receiving First Aid.
 Face masks are mandatory for all spectators and non-playing officials / members in phases 3 and 4.
 Spectators are only allowed in exceptional circumstances in phases 3 and 4.
 Any person attending a training session that subsequently receives a positive Covid-19 test result, must advise the club immediately. All those attending same sessions will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.

4. Training premises requirements

 Southwick Leisure Centre, King Alfred Leisure Centre and My Skateworld are all committed to the wellbeing of their staff and customers. If anyone displays symptoms of Covid-19 in their premises (ie cough, temperature, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell) they will be required to return home to follow Government guidance.
 Traffic flow systems will be in place and must be followed.
 Hand sanitizers will be on offer (or people will be directed to where they can clean their hands).
 No more than one person in the toilets at any time to ensure social distancing. Face masks mandatory for anyone not participating in physical activity.
 Users and visitors of facilities are expected to take reasonable personal responsibility when in the building.
 Staff will carry out regular cleaning of high-contact touch points throughout the premises.
 Where possible external doors and windows will be left open to improve ventilation.
 Training premises management reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the facility if Covid-19 requirements are not being followed.

5. Summary of return to training phases
The BRSF Return to Play Roadmap can be found at
The following table illustrates the club’s approach to phased return. It combines the requirements of the BIPHA Return to Play Risk Assessment at Appendix 1 and the BRSF Roadmap. Note that phases 1 to 3 of the BRSF Roadmap refer only to outdoor activity. Phase 4 will be the first phase in which our club players will be allowed to train indoors.

Phase 3Phase 4Phase 5Phase 6
Max ParticipantsUp to 6 (inc.
15-20 (inc coaches)Up to 30 (inc
Social Distancing1m+ Distance –
1m+ Distance –
Stay Alert!Stay Alert!
Changing Facilities Outdoor only – no
communal changing
None allowed on site
(except skates)
At rink changing
permitted, no
Full changing facilities
and showers
ActivitySmall Group
No Scrimmage
Large Group
No Scrimmage
Normal Activity
with some
Regular Activity fully

The earliest Return to Play phase to which this document refers is phase 4 (BRSF Roadmap).

6. Revised guidance issued by BRSF on 26th September can be seen at

With effect from 24th September, adult indoor sport must only take place in groups of up to 6 people. Indoor team sports for under 18s remain exempt from the ‘rule of six’ social distancing restrictions. Specifically guidance states the following:

 Junior training – Aged 17 and under – unaffected, continue at the BRSF’s Return to Play Phase 5 without the ‘rule of six’.
 Senior training – Aged 18 or over move back to the BRSF’s Return to Play Phase 4 but with six-person limit.
 18 and over – team sport – the DCMS have confirmed that multiple adult groups of six can participate in the same venue provided the groups do not mix, are in separate zones and use separate access and exit points.
See additional control measure risk assessment introduced for adult training sessions at page 17 of the below download.

 All participants to re-confirm their contact details with the club using club form at

 Participants to confirm attendance / fitness with their coach in advance of any session using club form at


 Participants to arrive at prescribed time for formal session registration.
 Participants should wash or sanitise hands before and after each session.
 Participants should only use personal equipment including water bottles and all hockey protective equipment.

 Participants with any risk factors or illnesses must not attend sessions.
 Any player who is exhibiting any Covid-19 symptom, or are part of a household where anyone is awaiting a Covid-19test result, are asked not to enter the training premises.
 Please alert Cliff Munn, Adam Pearce or Phil Eeles if you exhibit any Covid-19 symptoms after attending training.
 All player clothing (jerseys, long pants and socks) should be washed after each training session.

Phase 4 Specific Requirements
 Participants to arrive fully kitted at training premises (except skates).
 Participants to leave premises immediately after training session.
 No spectating without prior arrangement (then max 1 per player).
 Spectators to remain socially distant and within identified viewing areas.
 No body checks or body contact.
 Social distancing to be practiced during training.
 Drills selected to avoid players standing in line.
 Chalk and talk sessions to be minimised.
 Changing rooms and player benches not to be used.
 No scrimmage.

Phase 5 Specific Requirements

 Socially distant indoor changing allowed.
 Training premises cleaning, sanitising, distancing, mask wearing and one way systems to be fully complied with.
 Participants to leave premises ASAP after training session (to allow for cleaning).
 Previous session participants must have left facility before next session participants enter.
 Spectators to remain socially distant and within identified viewing areas.
 Non participants and spectators to wear face coverings.
 Coached sessions only – drills, skills and team based training.
 Very limited use of changing rooms, in line with premises requirements.

Training – Phase 4

Max Participants: 15-20
(including Coaches)

Social Distancing: 1m+

Changing: At Home
Large group training allowed
to take place including on pad
(split into smaller groups of
max 6 players).

Distance maintained between
participants at a minimum of
1 metre.

Training sessions to be age
group / team specific and not
mixed with other training
groups / teams. Sessions to
be limited to team / age
group or other agreed factor.
Training may include:

 Stretching.
 Tactical work.
 Technical work.
 Individual skill development.
 Passing of puck at distances of greater than 1.5 metres.
 No contact or drills within 1.5 metres of other participants.
 No drills that require players to stand in line within 1.5
metres of each other.
 No scrimmage.

Training – Phase 5

Max Participants: 30

Changing: Limited at
Rink – no showers
Whole team / club training
without restriction on player

No requirement to maintain
minimum distance contact.

Contact drills / scrimmage
sessions to be introduced
Training may include:

 Stretching.
 Tactical work.
 Technical work.
 Individual skill development.
 Progressive sessions in relation to contact.
 No other restrictions on sessions.

The full RTP including Appendix 1 (BIPHA Risk Assessment) is available to download below: