USA Volleyball (USAV) has prepared Return to Play Guidelines for region leaders, club directors, event promoters, venue operators, members and families to provide guidance as volleyball activities begin to recommence across the United States.
Read the below document outlining recommendations for COVID-19. Many of these recommendations are based upon current guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other Federal government agencies. The knowledge surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and circumstances are different based on geographic region.
First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We have received questions from the community about if and how COVID-19 will change this year’s athletic season. We know this outbreak has been stressful to many and recognize that exercising and participating in activities like sports can be a healthy way to cope with stress and connect with our community. After careful thought and planning, we are excited to let you know that we plan to resume the 2020-2021 Club Volleyball season while following CDC considerations to protect players, families, and our community.
The health and safety of our athletes, staff, and volunteers remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to play. We are:
· Intensifying cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation within our facilities and premises by deep cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces on the, court, balls, carts or play surface at least daily or between use as feasible, cleaning and disinfecting shared objects and equipment between use, and ensuring safe and correct use and storage of disinfectants.
· Reducing physical closeness or contact between players when possible. Discouraging unnecessary physical contact, such as high-fives, handshakes, fist bumps, and hugs.
· Promoting healthy hygiene practices, encouraging players to use hand sanitizer before and after practices and games, encouraging children to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow.
· We prefer that spectators wear a cloth face covering during practices and games. As a reminder, cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
· Limiting the sharing of equipment by providing extra equipment to minimize the need to share or encouraging players to bring their own equipment].
Anyone who is sick or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19— including players, family members, coaches, staff and spectators — should not attend practices or games. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
If someone does get sick during practice or at a game, we have plans in place to isolate that individual until they can be transported to their home or healthcare facility. If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact Meredith Nevels (email@example.com) for more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov.
We look forward to seeing you. Now, let’s play!
Thank you and stay healthy,
360 Volleyball Staff & Coaches