AFTER-training catch-ups and meals are out for the time being with AFL Victoria announcing a 'get in, train, get out' mantra.
The state body on Tuesday announced strict social distancing protocols for new-look training sessions, including no tackling, marking, or bumping contests, while the sport navigates its way back from a coronavirus-enforced break.
High-fives and handshakes are also out while clubs, including those in the Hampden, Warrnambool and District, South West and Mininera and District leagues, must stagger training across different nights and times to avoid player crossovers.
Players can train in groups of 10 with two allowed on an oval at any one time at either end of the ground.
The groups can't mix.
Players can't share personal items such as drink bottles, towels and food and are responsible for their own strapping for injuries.
Footballs are to be wiped down with sanitiser and change rooms will remain closed and each club must appoint a COVID-19 safety officer.
There is no word on when the restrictions will ease and grassroots clubs can return to contact work.
AFL Western District commercial and operations manager Matt Ross said clubs would be in charge of their return-to-training plans.
"It is important to note that May 25 is the date that club-sanctioned training can commence within the scope of the protocols but is not the date clubs must commence training," he said.
Warrnambool coach Matt O'Brien on Sunday said clubs would have to be agile with the restrictions and learn how to manage their large training squads.
"I was disappointed to see there was only two groups of 10 on the ground," he said.
"Even at junior footy you've probably got a squad of 22 to 24 kids and senior footy you've got seniors and reserves and maybe some under 18s training as well.
"You could potentially have 40 (at one time) so managing that could be really difficult."
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