Perth Redbacks WABL Re-start plan

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Hi Parents

The following outlines the approach our club is taking to re-starting our 2020 WABL program.

It’s important that all teams follow this process to ensure no players are at a disadvantage when the season restarts.

This plan makes a couple of assumptions.

  • Full contact, indoor WABL training will resume in regular training timeslots and at regular locations in June
  • The WABL season will commence on 19 July (end of Term 2 school holidays – 10 weeks away).

These assumptions are our ‘best guesses’ at this time. As you know, Federal and State Government advice is changing weekly, and sometimes daily at the moment. What follows is subject to change should new advice or earlier relaxation of restrictions present themselves.

May training for PBA WABL teams

Our WABL coaches and assistants will be bringing their teams together for 1 x 1-hour session each week in May. Most teams are starting this weekend. That session will be an outdoor conditioning session written by Sean Connolly, our club’s strength and conditioning coach.  The time, day and location for each weekend’s session are to be determined by each team’s coach.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Of the BWA guidelines for these training sessions. 

In addition to the weekend conditioning sessions, we would also like all WABL players to complete 1 x 30min mid-week at-home conditioning session in the weeks of May 11, May 18 and May 25. These three at-home sessions will be provided by Sean Connolly.

The goal of this approach to May WABL training is three-fold:

  1. Reconnect players with their coaches and teammates
  2. Provide a conditioning bridge between the activity they’ve been doing during home isolation and the expected resumption of full-contact, on-court training in June. {NB: These are not hard-core ‘make them spew’ style sessions. Their purpose is simply to get the players moving again and minimise the risk of injury when they’re back on court.}
  3. Ensure all teams in the Perth Redbacks’ WABL program are taking the same approach to re-entry into WABL

Within the next week or so, we hope to have a clearer roadmap for what a return to full WABL training and competition will look like. As soon as we know more, we’ll let you know 🙂

If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to ask. The best person to email is Jen Saliacus.

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