The Scottish COVID-19 Routemap and the Return of Korfball in Scotland

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Introduction

On the 21st May the Scottish Government released their routemap for exiting lockdown: 

COVID-19 – Framework for Decision Making Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis”.

The routemap outlines a 4 stage phased approach to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. We moved from Lockdown to Phase 1 on the 28th May. There is no timeline in place for moving to stages 2 – 4.

The Scottish Korfball Association have analysed the routemap and its implications for korfball in Scotland. We have done this to assist our members, but clubs & individuals should always consult current Scottish Government guidance and law before undertaking activity. Scottish Government guidance or laws will always supersede any SKA issued guidance or rules. Clubs may also be bound by the rules of any facilities they use and university clubs should separately consult their university for further guidance.

Any questions or queries relating to this guidance should be directed to Adam Hardy, Chair of the SKA Management Committee: chair@scotlandkorfball.co.uk.

Guidance Updates

As the Scottish Government issues amended guidance or clarifications, and as we move through the phases of the routemap, the SKA will update our advice to clubs and individuals. The most recent version of this document will always be available on our website.

Summary of Guidance

Organised Korfball

As it stands, the SKA advise that organised korfball in Scotland should not resume in Scotland until we move to Phase 4 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 routemap, and only if physical distancing measures are relaxed. This includes:

  • The Scottish Korfball League, SKA Cup, club organised tournaments, friendlies or any other kind of competition.
  • Club organised training.
  • Clubs travelling outside of Scotland for the purpose of playing Korfball.

Informal Activity

From Phase 1, individuals may be able to take part in limited forms of korfball, provided they carefully consult issued guidance from the Scottish Government and plan appropriately. The SKA has provided an interpretation of the guidance which can be found below.

Scotland National Korfball Team

Scotland National Team activities remain suspended indefinitely. We will update with further information in due course.

Full Guidance

Organised Korfball

The SKA has identified 4 key tests based for competitive korfball and organised club activity to resume in Scotland, and have mapped these against relevant guidance in the routemap:

TestCompetitive KorfballClub Activity
Physical distancing restrictions are liftedPhase 4  – subject to scientific evidencePhase 4 – subject to scientific evidence
Courts and sports halls are openPhase 2 – Outdoor
Phase 3 – Indoor
Phase 2 – Outdoor
Phase 3 – Indoor
Multiple households can gatherPhase 2 – Outdoor
Phase 3 – Indoor
Phase 2 – Outdoor
Phase 3 – Indoor
Travel restrictions relaxedPhase 3 – no restrictionsPhase 1 – Stay with 5 miles
Phase 2 – Stay local
Phase 3 – No restriction

Competitive Korfball

As it stands, competitive korfball will not return in Scotland until phase 4 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 routemap, and only if physical distancing restrictions are lifted. The routemap notes that this will only be the case if this is supported by scientific evidence.

Competitive Korfball includes the Scottish Korfball League, the SKA Cup and any other SKA run competitions. We also advise clubs that no other competitions or friendly matches should be organised until the conditions for competitive korfball are met.

Club Activity

It is the opinion of the SKA that it is neither practical, nor within the spirit of the routemap, to run club-organised activity while physical distancing is in place. As such, we advise that clubs should not resume any organised activity until at least Phase 4. We also advise clubs against travelling outside of Scotland for any Korfball related activities until, at a minimum, club training sessions are able to resume as normal.

Informal Activity

It may be possible for small groups to gather safely and play limited forms of korfball, such as shooting practice, at earlier stages of the framework. However, as for organised activity, it will not be possible to play any form of korfball gameplay while physical distancing is in place (outside of a single household group).

We remind you that the SKA has interpreted the Scottish Government routemap to assist the Scottish korfball community, but individuals should always consult current Scottish Government guidance and law before undertaking activity.

Informal Activity: Phase 1

The SKA has interpreted the Scottish Government routemap to mean that in the Phase 1 it will be possible for:

  • Individuals of up to two households
    • To gather outside
    • In an open space such as a field or beach
    • To play limited forms of korfball, such as shooting practice
    • While maintaining physical distancing
    • While maintaining good hygiene (no sharing of balls, disinfecting equipment, regular hand washing)
    • Staying within approximately 5 miles of your home.
  • Individuals of one household
    • To play korfball in an open space such as a beach or a field.
    • Staying within approximately 5 miles of your home.

The SKA reminds clubs that our advice is that they should not be organising any activity in Phase 1.

Informal Activity: Phases 2-4

The SKA will issue further guidance on informal korfball as the Scottish Government announces a move to a new phase.