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COVID19-Related

Northwest Volleyball's highest priority is conducting our training sessions safely for our players, coaches, and their families. We expect families to make decisions based on their needs and requirements. If they do not feel safe, they should not participate.

We have created the following processes/procedures based on the guidance provided on the links on this page. Specifically, we are using the guidance Professional Sports & Other Sporting Activities Phase 2 and 3 COVID-19 Requirements except for having the ability to sanitize our volleyballs and using volleyball guidelines from the USA Volleyball (USAV) where applicable. By participating in any training session, the parents, players, and coaches accept all risks associated with COVID 19 and any other general risks associated with playing beach volleyball.

 


7/3/2020: Covid19 Update

The governor's order is for five people or less in a training zone (court) and no spectators. There is also a threat of rolling back to Phase1 because of the recent spike in cases. We do not want to contribute to the increase; therefore, we will be enforcing a new policy at our beach tournaments, effective 4th of July Weekend. Any persons that are not able to follow these policies will be asked to leave the facility.

  1. EVERYONE NEEDS TO BRING A MASK TO NW JUNIORS BEACH FACILITY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  2. Participants will NOT be required to wear masks while playing.

Everyone inside the gates must wear a mask when they are not playing or are not inside their vehicle. Exceptions will be made when eating or drinking.


COVID19 PROCESSES/PROCEDURES

  1. If a player exhibits any of the symptoms outlined here by the CDC, they are required to stay home.
  2.  All players must arrive and depart based on their schedule time. Players cannot arrive early and must immediately leave the court area as soon as players are dismissed.
    • The player DROP OFF zone will be on the East side of the courts, near the RED food truck. 
    • The player PICK UP zone will be on the South side of the courts near the WHITE bathroom trailer.
    • Between rounds, players are asked to stay in their vehicles until the previous group has been dismissed and left the player tent.
  3. Players will have designated areas for their personal gear.  There will be boxed areas under our outdoor player tent area, they must practice social distancing when stowing and accessing their gear.  We ask that players bring their own bottled water, personal hand sanitizer if possible, and any personal protection they need to participate in practice. 
  4. Players and coaches must stay at least 6' apart during sessions and avoid all direct contact with each other. 
  5. Players and coaches must sanitize their hands and forearms using their personal sanitizer. The club will have sanitizer on location as well for both players and coaches to use if needed.
  6. Each court will have a freshly sanitized set of volleyballs. The balls will be marked as designated for that court. When a ball crosses to an adjacent court, players and coaches are asked to kick the ball back to its designated court. Avoid using your hands.
  7. At the end of each practice session, players will return their volleyballs to the cart at the check-in area where they will be sanitized for future groups. 
  8. Players will be assigned to a court during the check in process. They are required to stay on that court for the entire session.
  9. Players will return to their designated gear location for breaks and return back to their court when the break is finished.
  10. When players are dismissed, they must leave the court immediately. Another group may be coming in after them.
  11. Tony Miranda or Joe Tassia are the designated onsite COVID-19 Supervisor for sessions.
  12. Under the Governor's Phase 2 guidelines, coaches are required to wear face masks.  Once we move to Phase 3, because this is outside in an open area, and all parties can stay 6' apart, we do not require coaches or players to wear masks.  However, We encourage any person to wear them as they feel necessary. Please note, a player may be asked to suspend activity if they choose to wear a mask and it becomes a breathing hindrance.  
  13. We understand parents or siblings want to watch practices primarily with the younger players, however, Phase 2 return to play protocols specifically state that spectators are not permitted. We ask that you either remain in your vehicle or temporarily leave the facility.

We will communicate any changes made to these processes/procedures, but it is the responsibility of all parties to check here before each training session. We will modify this document as we feel necessary.  However, please do not interrupt coaches during training sessions.

We appreciate your cooperation and assistance with these processes/procedures. 


USEFUL LINKS

We have compiled the following links to resources to show full transparency to our players, coaches and their families.


CDC - Symptoms of Coronavirus

If a player exhibits any of the symptoms outlined here by the CDC, they are required to stay home.

USAV Return to Play Guidlines

Our practices are sanctioned by the AVP, however the USAV Guidelines are a great framework and plan for return to play.

WA State Face Mask update 06/26/2020

"You also do not need to wear a cloth face covering when you are exercising outdoors and you have plenty of space."

Professional Sports & Other Sporting Activities Phase 2 and 3 COVID-19 Requirements

"Outdoor Youth Team Sports and Outdoor Adult Recreational Team Sports, Excluding School-Connected or Administered Team Sports and Junior Hockey RESTART COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS • In Phase 2, team practice can resume if a) players are limited to groups of five in separate parts of the field, separated by a buffer zone and b) practice can follow social distancing of a minimum of five feet between players with no contact. Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan. Parents and household members must not congregate on the sidelines during practice. • In Phase 3, teams can resume playing games. Total gathering at any one game cannot exceed 50 individuals. For sporting complexes with multiple fields or other playing surfaces, the 50- individual limit is counted on a per-field, not a per-complex basis."