Despite getting the green light to train, numerous Ballarat Football Netball League clubs are weighing up whether or not a return to training is worth the effort.
Representatives from North Ballarat City, Redan, East Point, Sebastopol and Lake Wendouree all confirmed further discussions would take place before players to took the court.
However, Darley head coach Dianne McCormack said it was unlikely her players would train until a competition start date had been put in place.
"The amount of work we've got to do for us to go back, it's just not worth it without a competition date," she said.
Under Netball Victoria's training guidelines, clubs must abide by a raft of safety measures. They must install entry and exit points, spray and wipe down balls and equipment after use and prevent players mingling in groups or car parks.
With group sizes of only ten people allowed, and limited court space available, McCormack,who coaches Darley's A-Grade, B-Grade and 19-under squad, said it would be a logistical nightmare to organise training times for all teams.
"There must be 20 minutes between each training session, so you might train for 40 minutes and wait around for the next 20 minutes for the next group to come in," she said.
"With no start date, do you go through the all resources of the club to get all those people on board? It seems like too much."
While she didn't say it was impossible, McCormack said the club would wait until it had more solid information before it made a decision.
"There was no preparation time for Netball Victoria's announcement, considering the rules in place were astronomical," she said
Sebastopol A-Grade netball head coach Georgia Cann said the club's board would meet before it decided whether or not to let its players train, while Redan president Garry Goyne said the club was unsure how a training structure would work.
"We've got to do it for the whole club, not just senior football and netball," Goyne said.
Meanwhile The Central Highlands Netball League gave its clubs the go-ahead to train as of yesterday.
However, not all clubs will seize the opportunity immediately.
Learmonth senior head coach Jordan O'Keefe said it wasn't in any club's best interest to return to training.
"Even with guidelines, it's very clear that there are a lot of netball specific things you won't be able to do, and it's impractical for a lot of teams given the number and space they have as well, he said.
O'Keefe said CHNL C-Grade squads often had up to 12 players. Therefor it would be impossible for the whole squad to train under the imposed 10-person limit.
He said people would also need to be appointed to ensure that all the sanitary regulations were being followed.
What's more, O'Keefe said players would still be required to pay a Netball Victoria membership fee in order to train. He believed it would be unfair to make players pay, given there was no guarantee the season would go ahead.
He said it was important to remind people a global pandemic was still occurring.
"We still don't know what the conditions are and I'm not personally comfortable with putting myself or my players in that position yet," he said.
"As far as my squad is concerned, I can't see us training anytime soon."
O'Keefe coached Learmonth to an undefeated home and away season in 2019.
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