COVID 19 PROTOCOLS

Principles for Return to Volleyball

  • Participant health and safety is our highest priority.
  • To be safe and successful in returning to volleyball, we must follow all public health guidelines, practice physical distancing, good hygiene, and continue acting responsibly.
  • To follow a process and timeline that incorporates a careful progression to restarting volleyball.

Return to Volleyball Progression

  • Individual Training & Skill Development
    • Participants must complete initial waivers and the daily screening.
    • Volleyball or physical training can be done provided the instructor/coach and athlete maintain physical distancing of 2 metres throughout the activity. High intense activity, with heavy breathing, requires 3 metres of distancing.
    • The ball and training aids should be disinfected prior and after use. d. The instructor/coach is encouraged to wear a mask
  • Small Group Training and Skills Camps With Physical Distancing
    • Participants must complete initial waivers and the daily screening.
    • Participants who become symptomatic during a session are required to be isolated from others and must return home immediately.
    • Volleyball or physical training can be done provided the coach, instructor, athletes, and any other participants maintain physical distancing of 2 metres throughout the activity. High intense activity, with heavy breathing, requires 3 metres of distancing. The established gathering restrictions for Stage 2 must be followed (maximum persons: 50 indoor & 100 outdoor).
    • Balls should be disinfected or replaced at frequent intervals, and at minimum should be done prior, once during and after each volleyball session.
    • Contact Attendance Logs should be collected for all participants in each session by the organizer, to support public health contact tracing efforts if a participant tests positive for COVID-19. Providing information is voluntary for participants, and the organization must obtain an individual’s consent and notify them about the purpose and legal authority for the collection. Information will only be requested by Alberta Health Services if a potential exposure occurs onsite. The organization must make reasonable security arrangements to protect personal information, and the Attendance Logs should be retained for 3 months and destroyed after that period in accordance with the Personal Information & Protection Act
  • 3. Small Group Training and Skills Camps Without Physical Distancing (Cohort Group)
    • Participants must complete initial waivers and the daily screening.
    • Participants who become symptomatic during a session are required to be isolated from others and must return home immediately.
    • Balls should be disinfected or replaced at frequent intervals, and at minimum should be done prior, once during and after each volleyball session.
    • Small Group Training and skills camps without physical distancing restrictions, must proceed as a Cohort Group in Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch.
    • Contact Attendance Logs should be collected for all participants in each session by the organizer, to support public health contact tracing efforts if a participant tests positive for COVID-19. Providing information is voluntary for participants, and the organization must obtain an individual’s consent and notify them about the purpose and legal authority for the collection. Information will only be requested by Alberta Health Services if a potential exposure occurs onsite. The organization must make reasonable security arrangements to protect personal information, and the Attendance Logs should be retained for 3 months and destroyed after that period in accordance with the Personal Information & Protection Act.
    • Alternate game-play formats (i.e. 2 vs. 2 or 4 vs. 4) should be considered in addition to other rule adaptations (i.e. attacking from behind the 3 metre line, or no blocking) to limit close contact between participants.
    • Physical Distancing should be practiced during breaks, prior to starting, at the completion of the session, and whenever possible.

Cohort Groups

  • Any volleyball activity (small group training or mini league) that does not promote and apply physical distancing of 2 metres between participants, will be considered a Sport Cohort Group.
  • Cohort Groups cannot exceed 50 people in Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy. This includes athletes, coaches, referees, and trainers who cannot always maintain two metres of distance from others. This number does not include parents and spectators.
  • Individuals should limit the number of sport cohorts/mini leagues they belong to. A meeting with Provincial Sport Organizations, the Government of Alberta and AHS was held on Friday, September 4. The direction provided was participants should limit to one sport cohort/mini league at a time as a best practice, and sport organizations should create strategies that limit sport cohorts to one. (Updated September 3).
  • Should they leave that Cohort, they must wait fourteen days (symptom free) before joining any other Cohort.
  • Cohort Groups must be managed by a staff person or organizer who is responsible for the maintenance of the Cohort and ensures that all the guidelines are followed.
  • Provided a coach always maintains physical distancing during a Cohort’s activities, that coach may participate in other Cohort groups. Physical distancing requirements are not negated if a coach handles a shared ball.
  • Physical distancing should be maintained between all participants when “off the court”, not directly involved in drills or game play (during breaks, in between matches and whenever possible).