HAMPDEN league clubs are preparing to play without crowds unless more clarity around caps arrives from the state government.
The Victorian Department of Health's guidelines allow just 150 people at an outdoor sporting event as a means of restricting the spread of coronavirus.
The Standard understands the league and clubs on Thursday night were still awaiting clear advice on whether players and officials were included in that cap or were exempt.
A Hampden league statement said no crowds would be permitted to attend matches on Saturday unless critical advice arrived prior to 12pm on Friday.
At this stage only players, club officials, volunteers and coaches required to run games, umpires and officials and one parent or guardian of players under the age of 18 will be allowed.
We spoke about that tonight, about enjoying it because you don't know when it could happen again.Ben Parkinson
There will be no entry fees at any Hampden league matches across the weekend. Club raffles are still allowed to be conducted.
The statement said game times will be amended to limit amount of people at the venue at any given time.
It said game times would be advised as soon as possible.
"All matches will be operating under a 'Get In, Play, Get Out' philosophy," it said.
"We appreciate that these are challenging times we live in and please be respectful of all club volunteers that are doing their best to facilitate football and netball.
"We will provide any updates as appropriate."
Camperdown coach Neville Swayn said it had been a "funny week".
"It's been a funny week with the unknown of whether or not we're going to play," he said.
"We didn't know even up to quarter past seven as to whether or not we would.
"It'll be funny with no crowds but it'll be good to have a kick."
Warrnambool mentor Ben Parkinson said he'd urged his players to enjoy the run-out.
"We spoke about that tonight, about enjoying it because you don't know when it could happen again," he said.
"You have no idea what could happen in a month's time or if the government could shut us down again.
"We spoke about it being a bit of a small freedom to get to play and we want to have fun while we're doing it as you miss it (when it's not there)."
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