Waterford Hockey Club Return to Play Guidelines for Coaches

COVID-19 Club Safety and Compliance

  • Coaches are to complete the www.sportireland.ie/covid19/course prior to scheduled training sessions, when completed email certificate to WHCcovid19@gmail.com).
  • In advance of the training session, Coaches should submit a sample session plan online to the COVID-19 Club Officer to demonstrate adherence to guidelines.
  • Coaches/COVID-19 Officer are to ensure COVID-19 Supervisor have access to the training registration list.

Travel to/from Club

  • Coaches/COVID-19 Supervisor are to ensure players have been briefed on Guidelines regarding Travel to and from club.

Check in (registration) Process/Pre-Training

  • Ensure all players have checked in and sanitised their hands prior to commencing training.
  • Have a detailed training plan, communicate this with players to allow them reduce mingling between activities.
  • Ensure minimum amount of equipment is used in sessions.
  • Communicate pods (squads) to players and ensure they remain in those over the coming weeks/months as guidance directs.


  • Coaches to ensure only approved facilities are utilised in planning activation of session, in agreement with COVID-19 Officer.
  • All meetings must take place on pitch, adhering to social distancing, and must take no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Dug outs are not to be used during this phase.

Pitch (grounds)

  • Ensure that training zone are clearly marked out.
  • Ensure all areas needed for the session are marked out prior to beginning of each session to reduce lag time between activities.
  • Where possible social distancing should be ensured during training, warm ups, water breaks, queuing for drills etc.
  • A COVID-19 Supervisor must be in attendance for all scheduled training sessions.
  • Players should not touch any coaching equipment, (hockey balls, cones, throw down lines, etc).
  • Goalkeepers should only train if they have their own designated (not shared) goalkeeping equipment, this should be sanitised after each session.
  • Training for penalty corner is permitted, however, penalty corner equipment (e.g. face masks) cannot be shared.

Post Training

  • After training ensure all players leave grounds immediately without using the facilities or mingling.
  • Ensure all players sanitise their hands prior to leaving the pitch.
  • Ensure, with the COVID-19 Club Supervisor, that equipment used in session is sanitised post session and stored for use by that team only over the coming Phases/Steps.

Activity (training etc.)

  • Coaches to ensure all activities are carried out in strict adherence to Hockey Ireland guidelines in individual Phases/Steps.  See updates as per Hockey Ireland guidance.

Social Distancing Behaviours

  • Players must refrain from handshakes and high fives.
  • Practice good cough/sneeze etiquette and dispose of any used tissue in a responsible manner.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Remain apart from other players when taking a break.
  • If a ball from another zone comes across, send it back with a kick on the ground or use hockey stick, do not pick up with your hands.
  • Social distancing is advised when travelling in vehicles to/from training.
  • No spitting or clearing of nostrils on pitch or grounds.


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