Community sport is in a preparation phase as it looks to get back in action. Photo: Barry Whitnall/ Shuttersport (File)

Sport under level two


Sports competitions came to a grinding halt in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic and there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding when games will restart.

Level two protocols restrict gatherings of ten or more people preventing major codes from playing.

This will remain for at least another week with the decision will be reviewed on May 25.

The situation is ever evolving however as it stands sport is slowly looking to get back underway with a phase system to ensure player safety:

Phase 1: Prepare to Train.

Phase 2: Prepare to Play.

Phase 3: Play.


Our country’s primary sport is its first phase for the return of the community game.

Rugby clubs around the country have started a three-stage approach to getting back on the grass with training potentially beginning later this month.

As it stands, no organised rugby training or match activity will occur during phase one.

Teams can begin pre-season training (including contact training) within NZR’s guidelines and recommendations under phase two.

This is expected to be a four-week period.

Pre-season matches may be played in the final week prior to Phase 3.

An announcement from New Zealand Rugby (NZR) followed the Government’s confirmation that community sport can resume with certain hygiene and distancing measures in place during Alert Level Two.

If restrictions on mass gatherings are increased from 25 May, competition fixtures can begin from 20 June.


Training resumed at all levels of football across New Zealand on Saturday however no competitions can begin before May 30.

Protocols have been developed in accordance with both the Government and Sport New Zealand’s guidelines and recommendations.

Training groups cannot be larger than 10, including coaches, support staff and referees, and that appropriate contact tracing, hygiene and sanitation measures must be put in place.

Contact tracing must be in place for everyone involved in, or attending, any training session.



All netball and netball activities are still currently postponed indefinitely including training.

Nelson Netball is working alongside Netball New Zealand & Sport New Zealand to understand guidelines and requirements.

Nelson Netball Centre manager Jared Locke says Netball is taking a measured and thorough approach to ensure that all the boxes are ticked before we return to the court.

The game is currently in the ‘get ready’ and are working toward ‘prepare to play’

This will inform when teams can return to training.

“Here at Nelson Netball we are also very excited to get netball up and running again, but we need to ensure that all the requirements are covered off in-depth so that the health and safety of our community isn’t compromised.”


All forms of competition and tournament basketball remain postponed until June 4 however the government review may bring this forward to May 30.

Anyone offering basketball in their communities must prepare and put robust health and safety measures in place.

This includes contact tracing, limiting bubbles to 10 people, sanitation processes and physical distancing.

Competition will only resume when all the required health and safety measures have been put in place and tested.

To allow for more time and account for the uncertainty around this date, Basketball New Zealand recommends that competitive basketball does not resume before Friday June 4.