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This article text is courtesy of the JVA.
COVID-19 has devastated every aspect of our sport: from the 2020 Olympics to the beginner volleyball programs; from the small 4 court tournament down the road to national qualifiers and championships.
JVA, an association for club directors and their staff, along with many of our partners and members, have been holding virtual meetings in every part of the country. In every discussion, the club directors have come together to share ideas to keep their athletes and families engaged. The topic that comes up most often on these virtual meetings is the struggle to hold on to their staff and their facilities while the doors are closed and the lights are turned off. At the same time, they know many of their families are also struggling with parents furloughed, laid off, or having to close their offices, resulting in no billable hours.
How do they balance the needs of their families with their need to be able to open their doors again and live for the next season?
We felt it would be helpful to share some information on how member dues are allocated throughout the season. Below is a list of the expenses that are covered from club dues. Not every club has every item on this list. This outline is in line with our industry standards. As you’ll see from the information below, you can’t just look at an eight-month season and assume that 2/8’s or 1/4 of your membership dues will be refunded because you weren’t in the gym for 2 months.
Expenses that are paid out in the first 1-3 months of the season and can’t be refunded:
Expenses that are paid out throughout the season but don’t end if the season ends early:
What could potentially be refunded or credited?
If your club is a 501c3, non-profit, you might want to consider helping them out by donating any refundable fees you may have coming. Most club directors have been open and honest with parents, letting them know their options for refunds and/or credits. If your club has not yet decided, it is most likely due to the unknown outcome of the remainder of the season, and the next couple of weeks should hopefully yield some answers.
In the meantime, clubs need to focus on ways to keep their doors open, and help their athletes stay engaged physically, mentally, and emotionally while social distancing.
COVID-19 will pass. We will be on the courts together. We want all of our clubs and youth sports organizations to survive and all of our athletes to return to a quality program.