Clubs have targeted the 'fun factor' as they resume training.
Wangaratta, Myrtleford, Yarrawonga and Wodonga Raiders had their first session on Tuesday night since the COVID-19 pandemic brought sport to a screaming halt in March.
"As a coaching group it was just about having a bit of fun, you can't do any competitive work, you can't do too much ball movement, so we just had a kick and played a few games and enjoyed being around each other," Raiders' coach Jarrod Hodgkin said.
Victorian clubs are restricted to training in two groups of 10, with no interaction between the pair.
NSW outfits are allowed three groups of 10, however it's non-contact for both states and social distancing (1.5m) must be followed.
"I guess the non-contact is the most difficult (to police), but we got some touch with the ball and played a few competitions, which was a bit of fun," first-year Yarrawonga coach Mark Whiley said.
While the AFL Victoria protocols restricted what could be done, both coaches say it was definitely worthwhile.
"It was good, there was a really good feel and a good opportunity to get the boys back together," Whiley said.
"I think it's important we stay together, even with these restrictions, it's good for the mental health."
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No decision has been made on whether the season will start, but Morris medallist Hodgkin says it's business as normal until told otherwise.
"For sure and even If the season doesn't get going, you want the boys to remember why they play footy and in terms of next year you want them to enjoy being around the club and each other."
You want the boys to remember why they play footy ... and enjoy being around.Jarrod Hodgkin