As we get deeper and deeper into the delay, we wanted to put some important resources and updates in one place for our families and staff.
Dear USA Volleyball Membership,
As parts of our nation have commenced plans for reopening, USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis and Board Chair Cecile Reynaud have established a task force to create a comprehensive roadmap to safely restart USAV’s sanctioning of activities when it is appropriate. The team is comprised of the following members:
We believe that this joint staff and board task force provides for a broad representation of USAV’s membership constituency and is also comprised of members from regions with varying stages of COVID-19 severity and recovery.
This group will be collaborating with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, medical experts, government entities, volleyball clubs and other national governing bodies to adopt a phased reopening plan in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines and with the foremost goal of safeguarding USAV members and spectators. We will not be removing the suspension of USAV sanctioning activities until it is safe to do so.
Thank you in advance for your patience as we develop our roadmap forward.
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:
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.
Dear USA Volleyball Members and Clubs,
First and foremost, I hope that you are staying safe and healthy as our nation and the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like you, we are eager to be back competing on the court and playing the game we love. That said, the safety of our members, spectators and staff is our top priority and thus we have been forced to make many decisions which have impacted the 2020 USA Volleyball tournament calendar. Regular real-time event-specific updates are available on our website.
As you are aware, a few of our qualifiers have been canceled with the majority of them being postponed. We are furthermore monitoring the feasibility of our championship events and exploring the postponement to later dates should the conditions not be safe to stage them as planned. It would be far easier for us to simply cancel all of these events, but the overwhelming feedback that we have received from you has been in favor of trying to salvage the season. You want to play and we want to provide you the competitions to do so. I am hopeful that we will be able to accomplish this common goal.
Again, safety is paramount and we are closely monitoring city, state and federal social distancing guidelines and recommendations. We are furthermore developing new processes, procedures and regulations that will be put in place to further enhance the safety of the events. Final decisions on whether to proceed will only be made once factoring in all of these factors.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this ever-changing situation.
|CANCELLED due to loss of Venue|
Dear Club Director, Coach or Team Rep:
This is a difficult email to write. For the first time in 34 years, we will need to cancel Emerald City Classic. As I'm sure all of you are aware, we have been dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak and it has been nothing short of surreal. We have been hanging on as long as we could before making this decision. We lost access to the University of Washington when they notified us about two weeks ago about their closure through at least June 4th. Since that time we have been working with two alternative venues, the Washington State Convention Center and the Centurylink Event Center. Alas, both venues are not yet comfortable booking an event that is currently prohibited by our Governor Jay Inslee and we do not know when we will be able to resume large youth sports events.
We are very sorry to have to cancel and really hope this turns out to be a once in a century pandemic as I don't think any of us can go through this again!
We will be refunding the entire entry fee for all teams beginning this week. If you paid by credit card, there was a processing fee on top of the entry fee that we cannot recover so your refund will be the full entry fee amount. We will process all refunds by written checks and they will be sent by regular US mail to the address you have in your account for AES registration, unless you contact us and instruct otherwise. Please let us know as quickly as possible if you need your check to be written out differently than in your club name, or if you need us to send your check to a different address.
We feel terrible about this decision as we know how much everyone looks forward to our great tournament in Seattle every year. We also recognize that you can also use this refund to help keep your club's finances from deteriorating further so we will send these checks out quickly.
If you have any questions, or need to give us special instructions related to your refund, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support of the Emerald City Classic Invitational. We are thinking of all of you and hope that you and your club members are all surviving these unprecedented times and we are all looking forward to getting our lives back to some type of normalcy.
-Dave Weitl, ECC Tournament Director