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COVID-19 Response | Updated 5/14/2020

ERVA Response on Coronavirus

May 14, 2020 UPDATE

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.

USAV will be resuming sanctioning of activities on May 15, 2020. All USAV sanctioned activities will be required to adhere to the most stringent federal, state or local guideline for their respective areas. USAV insurance coverage will only be provided for activities that are allowed under such government directives.
 

Click Here to review the USA Volleyball Return to Play Guidelines

Detailed reopening guidance can be found on the state webpages for:

Idaho

Washington

Montana

All three states have issued, or are expected to issue, specific guidance for gyms and youth activities.  

DISCLAIMER – These guidelines and statements are provided for general informational purposes only and are not intended as, or should be relied upon as, specific medical or legal advice. All participants are strongly encouraged to consult with qualified medical personnel and/or public health officials for medical advice. Also consult with federal, state and local orders and/or laws for legal considerations. If you use any considerations provided herein, you do so at your own risk and specifically release from any and all liability, USAV, the forty (40) Regions, and their directors, officers, employees, volunteers and agents in connection with your use of the enclosed guidelines. USAV and the Regions make no warranties or statements as to the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of the information contained herein.

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May 5, 2020 Update

As referenced in our communication on April 24, a “return to play” task force was established by USA Volleyball to create a comprehensive roadmap to safely restart USAV’s sanctioning of activities when it is appropriate. The task force has been meeting diligently and gathering information from United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), medical experts, government entities, volleyball clubs and other national governing bodies to help pave our course of action. At this point, the group believes that it is premature to safely commence play and thus 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 May 22, 2020.

Virtual training/coaching/instruction/meetings are permitted during this period of sanction suspension. Any virtual training/coaching/instruction/meetings involving minors are subject to requirements of MAAPP, specifically the regulations on electronic communications and one-on-one interactions. These requirements include the following:

  1. All virtual trainings/coaching/meetings must be “observable and interruptible,” able to be ended at any time, and have at least two applicable adults on each session, i.e., coach and assistant, coach and club director, etc.
  2. All parents/guardians must be provided the code or link to join the virtual session.
  3. All parents/guardians must sign a waiver in advance as these sessions could be viewed as individual training. A record of which clubs/coaches have been approved to conduct these sessions should be kept. USAV has created a standardized waiver form if you care to use it.
  4. If a minor athlete ends up emailing a video to a coach for feedback or additional coaching, the coach needs to copy the parent/guardian and/or other applicable adult on all correspondences.

To be clear, virtual training/coaching/instruction/meetings will only be considered sanctioned so long as the above requirements are followed.

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.

USA Volleyball is monitoring the situation daily and will continue to provide updates on a regular basis.

April 23, 2020

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 May 8, 2020.

Following several communications with the USOPC, the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and our insurance providers, USA Volleyball has received permission to sanction virtual training/coaching/instruction/meetings during this period of sanction suspension.

Any virtual training/coaching/instruction/meetings involving minors are subject to requirements of MAAPP, specifically the regulations on electronic communications and one-on-one interactions. These requirements include the following:

  1. All virtual trainings/coaching/meetings must be “observable and interruptible,” able to be ended at any time, and have at least two applicable adults on each session, i.e., coach and assistant, coach and club director, etc.
  2. All parents/guardians must be provided the code or link to join the virtual session.
  3. All parents/guardians must sign a waiver in advance as these sessions could be viewed as individual training. A record of which clubs/coaches have been approved to conduct these sessions should be kept. USAV has created a standardized waiver form if you care to use it.
  4. If a minor athlete ends up emailing a video to a coach for feedback or additional coaching, the coach needs to copy the parent/guardian and/or other applicable adult on all correspondences.

To be clear, virtual training/coaching/instruction/meetings will only be considered sanctioned so long as the above requirements are followed.

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.

USA Volleyball is monitoring the situation daily and will continue to provide updates on a regular basis.

March 31, 2020

ERVA Community,

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.

The ERVA Board of Directors, in conjunction with the ERVA full-time staff, discussed the following upcoming ERVA sanctioned events, ERVA Regional Championships, HP Tryouts/Camp, Border Smackdown & outdoor sand leagues. Please see below for the updated status on each event, more details will be provided soon if any events are able to be rescheduled.

  • HP Tryouts | April 17, 2020 |CANCELLED
  • HP Camp | May 16-17, 2020 | POSTPONED

o   Potential dates: May 29-31 or June 1-3, or June 8-10, 2020

o   All interested athletes will be eligible to attend the camp regardless of attending a tryout this season. Registration will open once we are able to confirm the event.

  •  ERVA Bid Tournaments | April 17, 2020 | CANCELLED
  • ERVA Regional Championships | April 18-19, 2020 | CANCELLED

 Entry fees will be refunded  to all clubs who paid.

o   If restrictions lift in May/June the Region will offer a smaller scale event to interested teams at the HUB Sports Center.

  • Outdoor Adult & Junior Sand Leagues | START DATES POSTPONED

o   TBA when we are able to host larger gatherings.

  • Border Smackdown | May 17-20, 2020 | CANCELLED

o   Refunds have been processed to all clubs who paid.

The safety, health, and well-being of all participants is a core principle in our region.  It is the feeling of our Board and our office staff, that we must contribute to the fight against COVID-19 by adhering to local, state, and national guidelines regarding social distancing and mass gatherings.  It is our hope that this decision, while difficult, will help to “flatten the curve” against a disease that has impacted so many. 

Questions regarding refunds of club dues or other internal club logistics should be sent to club directors. 

This is an incredibly difficult time for our world.  Club volleyball pales in comparison to the very real hardships being faced by so many in our community and our country.  We will get through this.  Be kind to one another, check in on your family, talk to your neighbors, and look out for each other.  If you know anybody who works in the medical field, or who is a first responder to this crisis or any other, take a moment to tell them “thanks” for their work and dedication in the fight against this outbreak.  They have our heartfelt gratitude.

ERVA will continue to post the latest information on our website and social media channels, including a number of improvements and changes we are excited to be working on for the 2020-2021 season.

We look forward to seeing everybody back on the court in the very near future. 

Thank you for your understanding,

ERVA Board & Staff

 

March 13, 2020

Region Membership,

In the interest of welfare and safety for our membership, USA Volleyball is eliminating the sanctioning for all USA Volleyball activities effective 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 13. The ban is on all USA Volleyball-sanctioned activities through March 31, 2020, including but not limited to tournaments, practices, individual training sessions and anything covered by USA Volleyball insurance.

The ERVA Executive Board & staff will convene again to discuss the next steps regarding the new mandates (from 3/13/20) by Washington State Governor Inslee and we will send another release soon.

Thank you for your understanding,

ERVA Board & Staff

March 12, 2020

Region Membership,

Following the direction of Washington State leadership & Health Authorities, we believe that it is our responsibility to be mindful citizens, and leaders in our community. Therefore, we are suspending all ERVA-hosted events and rescinding ERVA sanctions for junior and adult club-hosted tournaments for a 30-day period, through April 12, 2020.

As this public health crisis evolves, we will continue to evaluate the landscape in Washington and provide an update regarding future events by Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  This includes the ERVA Regional Championships, ERVA HP Tryouts, Border Smackdown and any ERVA sanctioned club-hosted tournaments.

Club directors, please fully educate yourself on the recommendations of the appropriate agencies regarding sporting events and social gatherings.  After you consider the recommendations, should you choose to continue to hold practices, we expect that your organization will be prudent about following those recommendations.

We know these decisions and the issues we all face present challenges. However, after seeking counsel from USA Volleyball and local health authorities, we feel this decision is in the best interest of our members and our communities. We will keep you updated and continue to work diligently alongside you to answer questions and find solutions.

Thank you for your understanding,

ERVA Board & Staff
 

While our members are always welcome to contact our office we are operating on a limited in office staff and we may be unable to speak with each of you regarding questions or concerns, we would respectfully ask you to be mindful of the process mentioned above pertaining to upcoming events. Please know that we will communicate our decision via multiple channels once it is made.

For more information, we encourage you to visit the following websites:

World Health Organizationwww.who.int
Centers for Disease Control 
Click Here for the latest from the WA DOH 
Click here for the latest from the ID DOH
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lick here for the latest from the MT DOH
Visit your local county website for specific details regarding your area

USA Volleyball Response on Coronavirus