There will not be a winter netball competition in Port Lincoln in 2020 after the local association decided to cancel the season at the weekend.
The Port Lincoln Netball Association decided the season would not go ahead following a meeting via Zoom with club presidents, club delegates and life members on Saturday.
This decision came after Netball Australia and Netball SA passed on to associations guidelines for return to play, based on the Australian Institute of Sport's Level B framework.
These restrictions include only allowing 10 people (players/staff) on court at a time, not allowing spectators except one parent/caregiver permitted for supervision of juniors (and to wait in the car if possible), and no use of change room facilities or canteens.
One person, recommended to be the team coach, is also required to ensure adherence with the protocols.
Association president Huia Groen said factors for cancelling the season included the financial impact, the amount of season left and the availability of players, many of which worked on the front line including doctors, nurses and police officers.
She said everyone's health and wellbeing was important.
"It was seen as a bit unreasonable to go back at level B," she said.
Instead the association will look to start its summer season early and explore options of junior development or the possibility of an inter-association carnival.
Mrs Groen said the government was fearing a second wave of COVID-19 cases and while hopeful such a thing would not happen, the league believed cancelling the season would provide further community security.
"We're hoping in by doing this for our community and our players it will lessen (impact) in the long run," she said.
"We hope we can get through this with no occurrences with COVID-19 and can move on."
Mrs Groen said the competition would return in 2021.
Port Lincoln Football League allowed teams to restart training for most grades from Monday, with all grades except under 13 and lower permitted to return to training in groups of no more than 10.
Great Flinders Football League and Great Flinders Netball Association are expected to make a joint announcement on the state of their 2020 seasons on Wednesday morning.
The Port Lincoln Hockey Association was expected to discuss its season at a board meeting on Monday night.