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SRVA Response on Corona Virus

Why Did We Cancel Regionals?

SRVA Coaches, Players, Parents,
 
We hope you are all staying healthy and well during these trying times. After much consideration, the SRVA Board of Directors has made the very tough decision to cancel the 2020 Junior Indoor Regional Championships. This was not an easy decision to make. However, in the end, we determined that it is an impossibility to host this event in a manner that is safe for all of our participants, families and workforce

Questions & Answers:

  • Why didn’t we wait longer to decide?  We wanted to make sure if we decided to cancel the event it would be announced prior to our 30 day cutoff date with the hotels (April 29).  THS will be contacting the  individuals and clubs who used the housing service to make hotel reservations.

  • Refunding entry fees? In regard to refunds, we have spoken with your Club Director and notified them about the refund process of team entry fees. This process will take some time as we had a record number of team entries this year. We ask for not only patience on our end, but on behalf of your Club Directors as well. This is uncharted territory for us all, and it will take some time to navigate these new issues many of us face.
  • What about the National Bids? The Board of Directors is forming a competition review committee that will determine the most equitable means to determine the bid recipients. There will be more information regarding this process shared with the Club Directors once it is finalized.
  • Is the SRVA cancelling the season? No, the SRVA will continue to work with the “USAV Reopening Task Force”, and our clubs in an effort to reopen our region to sanctioned volleyball activities i.e. Beach events, Summer training sessions, and more… We are hopeful that as this crisis recedes and the nation starts to reopen, that we will be able to rejoin the joy and celebration that is youth sports.

On behalf of the SRVA Board of Directors, stay safe, stay healthy.

Steve Kenyon

SRVA Commissioner

MESSAGE FROM CEO JAMIE DAVIS MARCH 31, 2020 UPDATE

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.

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.

March 19, 2020 Update - 3:30 p.m. Mountain

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.

MESSAGE FROM CEO JAMIE DAVIS MARCH 18, 2020 UPDATE

USA Volleyball announced on March 13 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 March 31. 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.

3/13/2020 USAV Announcement

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.

SRVA 3/12 Announcement and Clarifications

This information was sent out to all SRVA members on 3/12/2020 8:45AM CST:
"SRVA will follow USA Volleyball guidelines and cancel all sanctioned events (practices and tournaments) thru March 22, 2020. We will continuously monitor the situation and provide additional updates as warranted."

In response to the most frequent questions the region received here are some clarifications:

  • Several of you have asked why practices are included in this statement? Practices are sanctioned by USAV, that is why there is insurance in place for these events and this is why they were included.

  • The region does not have the right or authority to cancel my practices! While the Region can not force you to cancel your practice.   I want to make sure that you are aware that there will be no insurance in place from USAV. If  the club chooses to hold a tournament,practice,scrimmage,camp or clinic all liability and insurance requirements are strictly the clubs responsibility. 

  • I thought that the USAV only recommended that “events” be cancelled,  did USAV actually cancel anything? Colorado Crossroads, Pacific National Qualifier, Mid East Qualifier, Men’s Paralympic Sitting Qualifier.....

  • No  other regions are doing this why is the SRVA? Actually  I spoke to multiple region commissioners  prior to sending this information out to the region, each of them indicated that they would be following the recommendation(s) of the National Governing Body that "USA Volleyball is recommending that all USAV-sanctioned events scheduled through March 22nd be postponed or cancelled."  USAV-sanctioned events can be defined as  (including, but not limited to: tryouts,  tournaments, practices, scrimmages, camps and clinics)

  • Will we get our money back for scheduled tournament on March 14 or March 21? The events that you registered & paid through the region website (not AES or Sportwrench....) the entry fees will be returned to your club account in the next week. If you registered / Paid for a cancelled event on AES or Sportwrench....  please contact the tournament host directly as they will need to process your refund.

  • The canceled tournament was my second SRVA event does it still count towards regional qualification? Yes the canceled event will count toward regional qualification. " Teams bumped from an indoor tournament due to court space limitations or cancellation of an indoor tournament by SRVA will count as a tournament if the team has registered and paid the entry fee by the tournament registration deadline."

 

USAV/SRVA Memberships

ALL SRVA-USAV memberships will remain valid through the end of the of the current USAV membership season 09/30/2020.  Any SRVA club, team or individual member wishing to participate in a USAV endorsed activity is eligible to do so.  Outdoor competitions, clinics that your club or other clubs host, scrimmages...... 

Also at this time, ALL USAV Championship events are scheduled to proceed as planned. I want to remain optimistic; however, the future of the 2020 USAV Championships is out of their control. The SRVA will actively support the programs and decisions of USA Volleyball during these trying times.

If by some miracle, something we are all praying for, circumstances permit us to get athletes back on the court, the SRVA will be ready to reinstate/promote that effort. 

WHEN permitted, the SRVA will do everything possible to create a “back to normal environment” for all our athletes!

Thank you for understanding.
Steve Kenyon
SRVA Commissioner 
(470)-499-0506 mobile
(850)-409-0708 office

Proactive Precautions to Take

Proactive Precautions to Take

USA Volleyball has issued a list of protective actions they recommend you take. Check it out below:

  • Most importantly, if you have a respiratory illness or fever, please stay home.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Avoid contact with sick people (if you’re sick, limit contact with others).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with something disposable (like a tissue) when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Clean frequently touched items (cell phones, airplane seating area -tray table, screens, windows, arm rests, air vents, etc.).
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Bring extra hand sanitizer with you to all events.

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