Welcome back to all for what will be a busy term of sport. There seems to be a buzz around the school yard as the boys are keen and eager to play sport again commencing with Round 1 against St Peter’s this weekend in basketball and tennis.
All tennis and basketball teams from Year 5 – 12 have now been selected. These teams have been posted in the respective AIC Basketball and AIC Tennis sections on the website. Training for these sports has now commenced as per training schedules found in the respective sport sections of the website.
Given the situation in the southern states many of us are acutely aware that a second wave is very possible. Everyone within our community must take responsibility and do their part to understand and follow the procedures put in place. Much time and effort has gone into planning the AIC season ahead and to make our venues COVID safe.
As mentioned in the last three Villa Views, the procedures put in place this term will be different due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The College has produced ‘COVID Site Plans’ for all Villanova sporting venues. These include the Villanova Multicourt, Goold Hall, Clem Jones, Morningside Tennis Centre and Mary Ward Centre (Loreto College). The site plans detail drop-off and pick-up points, entry and exit paths into the venue and registration areas. I ask all parents to download the venue maps and read the information on these maps with their son, so all parties are aware of the expectations and procedures put in place.
A copy of all maps is found in the Weekly Fixture section on the website. Simply scroll below the weekly schedule to see the venue maps. Each week we will post the opposition maps in this section so parents can easily access them.
Once at the venue all those who are permitted entry must register their attendance at the registration desk. Some venues will simply use the team sheet for the players registration. Venues will be closed when games are in place. After each game, venues will be cleaned before the next group is permitted entry. Once the games are complete all players are asked to vacate the premises immediately via the exit paths to the pick-up points.
Players must arrive in full playing gear as change rooms will be closed off. All drinking fountains at Villanova will be closed off, therefore it is imperative that all boys bring two water bottles for the trial day and game days held throughout the season.
With regards to the regular season a decision has been made by the AIC Management Committee that NO PARENTS WILL BE PERMITTED ENTRY TO SPECTATE AT ANY AIC BASKETBALL AND TENNIS GAMES this year EXCEPT those who have boys playing in an Open basketball or tennis team. These players may ONLY have one parent attend their games.
As all parents of those students from Year 5 – 12 (excluding the Open teams) will not be permitted entry, these parents will be asked to ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ their son/s only. Please understand this rule will be strictly enforced. Parents will be denied entry or asked to leave if they attend games.
When it comes to the First V Basketball game and depending on the size and layout of the venue, a very select few students will be permitted to spectate, most likely around 10 – 30 per College. These boys will most likely come from the Year 12 cohort. Those keen to spectate will be selected and notified on the Friday before game day. Unfortunately, due to the size of the St Peter’s basketball venue, they are unable to accommodate any student spectators this weekend, only one parent per player from each team can be accommodated at this venue. For those games hosted by Villanova College in Goold Hall we have calculated that only 15 student spectators per College will be allowed.
Livestreaming – AIC will livestream all First V Basketball, First XI Football and First XV Rugby games each weekend. Each week we will provide the link to all parents via Villa View, website and the College App. This week’s game can be viewed via the following link – https://youtu.be/ls4ZiR7rj8U
Presentation of First V Basketball and First IV Tennis Team – A full College assembly will be held next Friday 24 July at 10.35am to present to the College the First V Basketball and First IV Tennis Teams. A special invitation to those parents involved will be sent via email today. Unfortunately, given the restrictions in place and the size of our venue, only one parent per player may attend.
Please read below some important information regarding some of the major ‘Return to Sport’ procedures for next term.
COVID-19 INFORMATION – RETURN TO SPORT – TERM 3
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Points
- Players, coaches and officials are only permitted to enter the venue. Selected students (for the First game) and one parent per player are allowed for the Open games only. No other parents will be permitted to spectate at games
- Parents and school buses are to drop off and pick up at the designated areas during the specified times.
- Players are not to arrive more than 15 minutes prior to the start time. At the conclusion of the match all players must vacate the venue immediately via the exit path to the pickup zone
Entry and Exit Paths
- Please observe and obey all entry and exit paths as per venue map provided
- All players and all adults including coaches, officials, staff, parent spectators (Opens only) and first aid officers etc must register their attendance at the registration desk
- Utilise the hand sanitiser before, during and after the game. These are located at the many sanitiser stations at the venue
- Shower at home both pre-game and post-game
- Come to the venue dressed in playing uniform. There will be no access to changerooms. Toilet facilities will be available. Players are not to bring any unnecessary equipment e.g. basketballs
- Follow the displayed signage at the venue and social distance at 1.5m always
- If you are displaying signs and symptoms of feeling unwell STAY AT HOME and seek appropriate medical advice
- Those who display flu like symptoms will not be permitted entry
- No canteen facilities are available
- All players, coaches, officials and spectators are required to bring their own water bottles to the venue. Two full water bottles per player is recommended. Water fountains will be closed
- Venues will be cleaned before and after each match
- There will be an appointed COVID Officer at each venue
Download the App
- We encourage all members of the community to download the COVID Safe App to assist with contact tracing in the event of a contracted case whilst at any AIC sporting event
As always, I urge all students to get involved in the sports program and enjoy the challenges you face along the way. I feel for those boys who did not make a basketball or tennis team. Opportunities still exist for all boys to join the cross-country squad (training details are below), furthermore all boys will be guaranteed a place in a team during the up-coming rugby and football season, no one will be turned away from these sports.
To those who represent us this weekend. Play hard, play fair and enjoy the good times with your friends!
ROUND 1 – AIC TENNIS AND BASKETBALL
v St Peter’s Lutheran College, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 July – Times and Venues
All Year 5 and Year 6 basketball games are played on Friday afternoons. All Year 7 – 12 basketball and Year 5 – 12 tennis games are played on Saturday. Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against St Patrick’s College.
AIC Tennis and Basketball Uniform – High Expectations!
Any student who represents the College in AIC Tennis or Basketball (or any sport) must wear the full and correct College uniform. Students who are not dressed correctly will not be permitted to take to the court or field. Uniform standards will be kept and maintained at a high level. The College requires the support of the parent body to ensure these standards are met.
By today all players should have collected their Villanova basketball singlet from the Uniform Shop in readiness for Round 1 this weekend (Year 5 and Year 6 boys were given theirs by Mr Everding). Basketball players must purchase the correct shorts from the Uniform Shop.
- Villanova PE Shorts
- Villanova team shirt (Please note – this is not the Villanova PE shirt. The ‘team shirt’ is the same shirt worn by all Cross Country, Swimming and Track and Field squad members)
- Villanova sports socks or white socks
- Villanova sports cap (green)
- Villanova basketball shorts (not PE shorts)
- Villanova sports socks or white socks
- Villanova basketball singlet. This singlet is for hire and will be made available through the College Uniform Shop. These singlets should have been collected by the Year 7-12 students already. Mr Everding has distributed all Year 5 and Year 6 singlets. The hire cost of $20 has been waived this year
AIC Basketball Season
Many thanks to those who were able to attend the basketball trials last Saturday. It is commonplace for us to have several trial sessions and at least one full trial game against another College before selecting teams. Given the timeframes available, our coaches have been put under pressure to select teams after only one session. As all A and B teams and C and D team train together, it would be likely that some coaches will adjust teams based on performance at training and on game day throughout this short season.
The full ‘AIC Basketball Season Schedule’ document is now posted within the AIC Basketball section of the website which is available through the ‘Locker Room’ page. Please refer to this document for all information pertaining to the up-coming season.
AIC Tennis Season
Many thanks to those who attended trials last weekend. Usually we would have more trial sessions however we were guided by the timeframe and government restrictions put in place. All training has commenced at Morningside Tennis Centre. We ask all players to commit to all sessions and games throughout the short season.
The full ‘AIC Tennis Season Schedule’ document is now posted within the AIC Tennis section of the website which is available through the ‘Locker Room’ page. Please refer to this document for all information pertaining to the up-coming season.
TERM 3 RUGBY AND FOOTBALL
As from this week several rugby and football squads will commence their pre-season training along with our First and Second rugby and football squads who have commenced training already. All squads who train at Villanova Park will be transported to the venue. Parents are required to collect their son/s after training from Villanova Park. We ask all parents to stay in their vehicles when collecting their sons.
All squad lists for each group are posted on the web under the respective AIC Rugby and AIC Football sections. These squads were chosen based on performances last year.
Rugby Pre-season Training – Term 3 (commencing Week 1, Term 3)
- First XV and Second XV rugby squad – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park, 3.50 – 5.15pm
- 10A rugby squad – Tuesday afternoons at Villa Park, 3.50 – 5.15pm
- 9A rugby squad – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park, 3.50 – 5.15pm
- 8A rugby squad – Thursday afternoon at Villa Park, 3.50 – 5.00pm
- Year 7 rugby – (open to all interested players) at Little Langlands, Friday 6.45 – 8.00am
Football Pre-season Training – Term 3 (commencing Week 1, Term 3)
- First XI and Second XI football squad – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park, 3.50-5.00pm
- 10A football squad – Tuesday afternoons at Villanova Park, 3.50-5.00pm
AIC CROSS COUNTRY
All cross-country training will continue this week as per times below. Please be aware that runners do not need to register to run anymore as restrictions allow up to 100 boys to train so all are welcome.
Year 5 and Year 6 Squad – Training will be held each Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3.15pm – 4.30pm. Boys are to meet Miss Roberts at the Junior School Area after school and she will walk the boys down to training. Parents to collect their son/s from Little Langlands after training.
Year 7 – 12 Squad – Training will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6.45am. All students are to meet at the front of Goold Hall at 6.45am sharp (not at Little Langlands). Late comers must remain at the College.
IMPORTANT! – All Cross-Country runners should be participating in two – three training sessions per week, unless they are involved in another sport, in which case they should be completing at least one cross country session per week to be prepared sufficiently for the AIC Championships.
AIC Cross Country Championships
The AIC Cross Country Championships will take place at Curlew Park on Wednesday 12 August. 12 competitors per age group will be selected to compete. This year there will be no ‘lead up’ meets. The coaches will select those who will compete by Week 4 of this term.
At present no parents are permitted to attend the Championships, with the exception of one parent per each competing Year 12 student. More information regarding the Championships will be given in the coming weeks.
Villanova Runners Club (VRC)
Sunday afternoon 4 – 5 pm at Whites Hill Recreation Grounds, Boundary Road Camp Hill (meet at Cricket Oval # 3). Open to all students/parents/siblings/friends etc.
This activity is an initiative of the AIC Juniors Cross Country Coach, Mr Tom Lonergan. It is an opportunity for all aspiring AIC Cross Country runners to complete an extra training session each week. Parents and siblings of the athletes are invited to participate in the training. One of the training activities will be a Tabata session. Tabata is an anaerobic activity which complements fitness for running. Further information about this program can be gained by contacting Mr Lonergan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Villa Runners Club will be offered every Sunday (4 – 5 pm) from Sunday 7 June through to Sunday 18 October. N.B. There will not be VRC on Sunday 9 August 2020.
AIC TRACK AND FIELD
The AIC Track and Field program will commence in Week 6 of this term – please be on the lookout for further details via the Villa View and on the College website.
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport