COVID Stage 5 Protocols at Ealing Hockey Club- Returning to “Match Play”


This document replaces the previously issued “Matches under England Hockey    Step  4 Guidelines” and builds on “England Hockey Step 5 Return to Play Guidelines”.

Venue Use

  • Changing facilities are not currently available.
  • Toilets are available on the grounds; all venue and government guidance must be adhered to.
  • Social distancing before (and after) any hockey activity must be respected.
  • Participants must not congregate near the entrance to the astro area “The Cage”.
  • Waiting players must adhere to social distancing and must not crowd or block The Cage entrance, entering only at the end of the session or when the final whistle has been blown.
  • Waiting players must wait away from the dugouts until all participants have left.
  • Any spectators at training sessions or matches (including parents and carers) must at:
    • Augustines Priory School NOT enter the cage and be restricted to discrete six-person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance.
    • Benedicts Playing Fields NOT enter the school’s grounds.

On the Pitch

  • Any person entering and leaving The Cage must sanitise their hands.
  • Players should arrive ready to play, bring only essential personal items and, where possible, place them separately from other players’ items.
  • Social distancing within the dugout area must be strictly adhered to.
  • Team warm-ups/ cool-downs/ talks should always observe social distancing.
  • Do not share equipment, eg face masks, water, or touch the ball with your hands.
  • Stick tapping, a thumbs up or verbal thank you must replace handshakes.
  • Goal celebrations must not breach social distancing guidelines.
  • Social distancing must be observed during interactions when a substitution is being made or during breaks in play.
  • Coaches, other team staff and substitutes are allowed within The Cage and by the side of the pitch but must always observe social distancing on the sidelines.
  • Anyone administering first aid is advised to wash and/or sanitise their hands after treatment and record name, date and treatment provided for NHS track and trace purposes.
  • Each team (home and away) must provide their ‘own’ first aid kit.

Players/ Coaching Staff/ Umpires

  • Home captains (or their nominated COVID Representative) are responsible for ensuring their team are aware of all COVID guidance.
  • Home captains (or their nominated COVID Representative) are responsible for ensuring the goalposts have been sanitised before each match, at half-time and after matches’
  • Match preparation meetings by umpires should be held outside The Cage.
  • Participants must be reminded of the New Guidance for the 2020/21 Season for Umpires; A 2-minute suspension (Green Card) to be issued to any player or participant caught spitting or nose blowing without a handkerchief or tissue. These areas should be cleaned by the offending player before play can continue. Further sanctions apply for repeat offences.

Ealing HC Covid Officer: