As referenced in our communication on April 24th, a “return to play” task force has 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:
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.
Date: April 17, 2020 at 4:52 PM
Subject: Message from USAV CEO Jamie Davis
Information regarding virtual training/coaching/meetings involving minors…
Parents/guardians must sign a waiver in advance.
Please read this important letter.
You are not alone. Yes, we are apart but we are never alone; as long as we have each other!
In this period of social distancing, separating, and the new, not so good, norm we must listen to the advice from medical experts on how to stay healthy. For right now, staying healthy means staying home. Staying away from our volleyball friends and events is hard and we miss the sounds of a gym, the balls bouncing and the whistles blowing. But for now the gyms are empty and the balls are all packed in carts standing ready for our return. We will all be back playing volleyball but for now let's focus on love, gratitude, courage, creativity, fun and laughter.
Some updates: USAV has extended the "no sanction time" through April 30, 2020
March 19th, 2020
Good Evening GLR Club Directors,
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.
As always, thank you for your support and cooperation during this difficult time.
Great Lakes Region Volleyball