March 25, 2020 Update

We are all closely following the evolution of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and based on the most recent updates, the Junior Volleyball Association is recommending that all JVA insured events (practices, clinics, camps, and tournaments) continue to be postponed to ensure the welfare and safety of the athletes, spectators and staff, as well as your respective community. We strongly recommend following the policies in place by your State Department of Public Health and local government. In light of the frequent updates from the CDC, local, state and national government, this decision could quickly change.

One bright spot in all the gloom, is the coming together of our volleyball community. Directors are connecting daily via live stream, email, text, phone calls, and we will continue to do our part to support our members any way that we can. This is a time to join together, support one another, and share resources to keep our clubs engaged and in a position to financially recover.

Insurance:
If you have purchased JVA Event insurance for any future events and need to cancel the event, please email lisa.wielebnicki@jvavolleyball.org. We are able to cancel the insurance request and fully refund as long as we have a full two business days notice. Clubs need to follow the directives and recommendations of their local health organizations and governing agencies related to gatherings and restrictions.

JVA Events:
We continue to monitor the spread of the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) daily. As of today, the 2020 JVA West Coast Cup, JVA SummerFest and JVA World Challenge are scheduled as planned. We will continue to monitor the national, state and city health recommendations in Long Beach, Columbus and Louisville. Our hope is to make a final assessment of the status of the JVA West Coast Cup by Monday, May 4th. If there are any updates before then, we will promptly notify all participating teams. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to follow local precautions

To help protect your staff, your members and their families, please read the recommendations below from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention during pandemic flu outbreaks.

JVA World Challenge (From March 16, 2020)
As you know the CDC just announced a ban on any meetings, conferences, and gatherings of over 50 people. For the health and safety of our volleyball community, we will not hold the JVA World Challenge on April 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

We are very excited that The Kentucky Expo Center and the City of Louisville are collaborating with the JVA to postpone the 2020 JVA World Challenge to June 12, 13, and 14. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as we get closer to our events in Long Beach (May 23-25), Columbus (June 6-7) and now, Louisville June 12-14.

Our housing partners are in the process of working with the hotels to move our contracts to the new weekend. Please give them through the end of the month to get this process in place. No action is needed by you at this time related to hotel reservations. We will follow-up with further instructions on hotel reservations at a later date.

We know this is an extremely stressful time with our lives changing hour by hour, day by day and week by week. We understand how closing of events, programs and your facilities is impacting your club. We hope that keeping this event on your calendar will help you keep your members engaged.

Warmest regards,

Jenny Hahn
JVA Executive Director

Recommendations

To help protect your staff, your members and their families, we recommend the following protections recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Ask staff, players and spectators to stay home when sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • If you are sick: You should wear a face mask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a face mask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask). Face masks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. To disinfect: Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
  • Clean 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.
  • Provide hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, tissues, wastebaskets, etc. at your facility.
  • Frequently disinfect surfaces like volleyballs, training equipment, door handles, bathrooms, and dining areas between uses.
  • Avoid having your athletes high five or shake hands if you are holding practice.

When traveling or in public spaces:

  • Carry hand sanitizer with you at all times.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched items (cell phones, airplane seating area -tray table, screens, windows, arm rests, air vents, grocery carts, etc.)

Event Planners:

  • Whenever possible, increase space between people at events and practices (the coronavirus travels up to 6 feet through coughs and sneezes!)
  • Reduce crowding among players, spectators, and staff by staggering play times and spreading out seating.
  • Consider having teams forego shaking hands before and after a match, and replace with a fist or elbow bump.
  • Scorers should bring their own pens and pencils.
  • Athletes and coaches acting as an R1 or R2 should clean their hands before popping their whistle (which also needs cleaning) into their mouth.
  • Place extra hand sanitizer stations, and schedule extra cleanings of the facility and equipment.

Resources:

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control
USAV created a special section on their website that will be posting updates and information.