USA Volleyball Response on the Coronavirus

NOTE FROM THE CAROLINA REGION:

CDC Coronavirus Resource page

March 31 Update: USA Volleyball has announced the following:

USA Volleyball is extending the elimination of sanctions for all USA Volleyball activities (including but not limited to events, practices, team activities, individual training sessions or anything covered by USA Volleyball insurance) through April 30, 2020. USA Volleyball is monitoring the situation daily and will continue to provide updates on a regular basis.

March 19 Update: USA Volleyball has posted the following on their website:

USA Volleyball is announcing the elimination of sanctions for all USA Volleyball activities (including but not limited to events, practices, team activities, individual training sessions or anything covered by USA Volleyball insurance) through April 15, 2020. USA Volleyball is monitoring the situation daily and will continue to provide updates on a regular basis. 

USA Volleyball has been asked by local clubs whether such ban applies to club activities covered under the club’s own (non-USA Volleyball) insurance. In these situations, USA Volleyball strongly encourages all member clubs and coaches to adhere to USA Volleyball’s policies. However, should a club decide to voluntarily disregard those policies and assume all risks associated therewith, we recommend that the club adhere to CDC; local, state and federal guidelines and recommendations when deciding whether or not to host practices or individual training sessions. If a club does host practice or individual training sessions, those activities would be considered a non-sanctioned activity by USA Volleyball and thus NOT covered by USA Volleyball insurance.

The health and welfare of our membership, volleyball families and fellow citizens is our primary concern in all decisions we are making during these uncharted times.

As a reminder USA Volleyball has a page on its website solely devoted to COVID-19 which is updated with the latest information at https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/features/usa-volleyball-response-on-coronavirus.

March 14 Update:  USA Volleyball has just posted the following:

We are continuing to monitor the status of COVID-19 coronavirus.  In the interest of welfare and safety of our membership, USA Volleyball is eliminating the sanctioning for all USA Volleyball activities (including but not limited to events, practices, individual training sessions or anything covered by USA Volleyball insurance) effective 11:59pm, Friday, March 13th.  This ban on all USA Volleyball sanctioned activities extends through March 31st.  We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will provide periodic updates as information becomes more apparent.  Please refer to (https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/features/usa-volleyball-response-on-coronavirus) for the latest updated information.

March 13 Update:  All Regional Championship weekends have been cancelled.  See this page for full Announcement.

March 12 update:  All Carolina Region tournaments this weekend (March 14 and 15) have been cancelled.  This info has been posted to our Tournament System and all teams have been emailed.  A note to all Club Directors will also go out shortly.  All Regional Championship Events are still scheduled to play.  We will continue to monitor the situation in our state and will post updates as decisions are made.  We ask all to check both the Tournament System and/or this page for all updates.  We will post at both of these sites.

Future Tournaments: We are advising all tournaments to suspend the handshake protocols pre- and post-match through the end of the season.  We have also requested TD's to have hand sanitizer at score tables where possible (hand sanitizer may be in short supply in some parts of the state).  We encourage players and spectators to bring their own if they have it.  March 21/22 and 28/29 Regional Championship events are still scheduled to play as of now (updates will follow above).  As with the inclement weather policy, each family/team must make their own decisions on whether to attend an event regardless of whether the Region decides to hold the event or not.

Message from Jamie Davis, CEO, USA Volleyball:

The safety of our members, spectators and staff is our paramount concern.

As we head into the heart of our tournament season with many people on the move, I want to share what we know right now and our plans going forward. In analyzing all of the data, USA Volleyball has determined that it would be premature to cancel our tournaments at this time as the risk is still very low in the United States. That being said, we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and may alter our decision should the need arise.

USA Volleyball has this page dedicated to this situation where we will be posting the latest information on the outbreak, USAV event updates, recommended health precautionary measures and any event specific protocols that will be adjusted as a result of the virus. Given the fluidity of this matter, decisions regarding each event will be determined independently as factors affecting one may not affect another and we are working with each of the local authorities and event venues to increase safety measures.

Finally, we have established a mailbox at healthinfo@usav.org where you can send any inquiries related to this issue.

- Jamie Davis, CEO, USA Volleyball

March 9, 2020 update

In recent days, we have received several inquiries from individuals asking the status of USA Volleyball-organized and -sanctioned events as a result of the coronavirus. We are monitoring the situation very closely and are in contact with local authorities regarding each event. At this time, we have elected not to make any sweeping decisions regarding USA Volleyball-sanctioned events but rather address each according to the individual circumstances. We will follow and comply with any cancellation instructions levied by such local authorities.

Until further notice we are asking that all team handshakes/high fives/etc. be suspended and that teams and organizers follow all recommended precautionary measures.

Go HERE for the main page on USAV dedicated to the Coronavirus updates.  The above, tips for cleaning volleyballs, and more is available at this page.