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Volleyball Alberta IMPORTANT: Communique regarding COVID-19

By Volleyball Alberta 06/01/2020, 10:00pm MDT

IMPORTANT: Communique regarding COVID-19 – Return to Participation effective May 14, 2020

Position as of May 14, 2020                                                                                                     

IMPORTANT: Communique regarding COVID-19 – Return to Participation effective May 14, 2020

We hope you are all healthy and safe during these uncertain times. We understand it has been a difficult few months and hope to be back playing the sport we all love soon.

The Alberta Government has released their relaunch strategy to ease restrictions and re-open the economy. Currently, we are still working with our government, Volleyball Canada, other Provincial Sport Organizations, and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to determine the best course for returning to participation when it is safe to do so. We want to assure everyone the health and safety of our members remains our highest priority and we will closely monitor and take advice from Alberta Public Health to finalize our plans moving forward.

We will send a survey to our Club Directors shortly, to receive input on how to return to participation for Volleyball Alberta’s programs and activities.

2020-2021 Club Season

While the current tournament series has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, athletes are still committed to their current club for the remainder of the indoor season (concludes May 31, 2020).  Communication or contact from other clubs cannot occur during the current season of play.

The start of 2020-2021 indoor season will be delayed. As of June 1, athletes and parents can begin to seek out information about clubs & coaches, and clubs may communicate with athletes and families about their programming. Athletes cannot sign commitments and clubs may not collect deposits until the revised Signing Policy has been released.

Volleyball Alberta’s Athlete Development Committee completed a thorough review of the club Signing Policy and recommended changes for the 2021 season. The recommended changes include, but are not limited to:
- Athlete Wellness periods
- An opportunity for clubs to re-sign athletes registered with their club in the previous season
- Early Tryouts vs. Early Signing
- Standard Tryout Periods
However, due to COVID-19, the 2021 Signing Policy will undergo an update so it can be approved in an appropriate relaunch. We hope to have an updated communication by August but need to ensure our policies and procedures align with government regulations for the reopening phase.

2020 Beach Season

Volleyball Alberta is responsible for developing a return to participation for beach volleyball and will submit our plan for approval to the Government of Alberta. We are consulting with our clubs, Volleyball Canada, other provincial associations, and sports as part of this process. At present, volleyball activity is not recommended by Volleyball Alberta. Shared handling of a ball and other equipment should only take place within members of the same household until we have clarification and approval on the safety and risk management measures required. When approved by the government, we will share the finalized plan of this phase with you. We will need your support and compliance to this plan for our sport to be played safely and minimize risk to all participants.

As in all circumstances during the pandemic, Volleyball Alberta will follow the approval process established by the government and recommendations from Public Health.

For up to date cancellations and suspensions please refer to the following page.

Covid-19 Info for Albertans - Click here

IMPORTANT - Volleyball Alberta Communique regarding COVID-19

By Volleyball Alberta 03/24/2020, 10:00pm MDT

IMPORTANT: Communique regarding COVID-19 – Volleyball Season: Cancellations and Suspensions effective March 24th, 2020

Position as of March 24, 2020                                                                                                     

IMPORTANT: Communique regarding COVID-19 – Volleyball Season: Cancellations and Suspensions effective March 24th, 2020

In response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Volleyball Alberta has made the decision to cancel our 2020 Provincial Championships.

We are very disappointed to have to make this announcement as we know how important these tournaments are to the volleyball community. 

The health and safety of our members remains our highest priority; with current modelling for COVID-19 indicating that we have yet to see the peak of this pandemic, all indications show that we will be under public health restrictions for the long haul.

Moving Forward Together

Although we may not be in physical contact, we can still be there for each other! The volleyball community is special, and we still want to connect with you! 

  • Please take a moment to read this great article on Volleyball Canada’s website about ways to deal with social distancing and responding to uncertainty of COVID-19.
  • Follow us @VolleyballAlberta on Facebook, @VolleyballAB on Twitter and on Instagram for up to date information and great content.
  • Most of our staff are working remotely but we are still available by phone or email and to respond to your questions. We are posting all our latest information on our website, volleyballalberta.ca, so you can stay as up to date and connected.

We will continue to monitor all appropriate medical and public safety advice. Our goal is to resume our programs as soon as it is appropriate and prudent. Until then, we thank everyone for your patience and commitment.

Cancelled Events

VA March Coaching Clinics
March 14-15:
15U/16U Premier #2
March 21-22: 13U Premier #2/14U Premier #3
March 21: 15U/16U Team Alberta Identification Camp
March 28-29: 17U/18U Premier #3
April 4-5: 15U/16U Premier #3
April 18: 17U Team Alberta Selection Camp #1
April 18-19: 13U & 14U Provincials
April 25-26: 17U & 18U Provincials
May 2-3: 15U & 16U Provincials
GO Sports Spring Program (Saville)

Suspended Events:
May 30-31: 17U Team Alberta Selection Camp #2
May 30-31: Team AB Beach Selection Camp
Volleyball Alberta Youth/Adult Beach Tournaments

Frequently Asked Questions:

F.A.Q.'s updated March 24, 2020   

  1. Should my Club/Team still be practicing?

No, Albertans are prohibited from attending all public recreation facilities and private entertainment facilities.

  1. What is your refund policy for cancelled events?

Due to the unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation, we ask for your patience as we continue to work with our Board of Directors, stakeholders, and risk management team to review the appropriate refund policy for each of our cancelled/suspended events.

We need to ensure our organization remains financially sustainable, while being aware of the impact on our clubs, teams, and individual members.

  1. Will cancelled tournaments be re-scheduled?

We do not have the capacity to reschedule cancelled tournaments.

  1. What about Provincial Shirts – will I still get my order?

We understand how incredibly disappointed our athletes are – we are right there with you!  We will extend the deadline to place team orders for Provincials shirts until (March 30, 2020), for any athletes/coaches that would like a memento of the cancelled season. We will ship the team order to the Team Contact at no additional cost.

  1. What is happening with Nationals?

Volleyball Canada will take the advice of local and federal government bodies and decide by April 15 on whether to cancel Nationals. Please note a decision may be made sooner, depending on how the situation evolves. Please refer to the Volleyball Canada webpage for the most up-to-date information: https://volleyball.ca/en/competitions/2020-volleyball-canada-nationals

We will continue to monitor all appropriate medical and public safety advice, and we will encourage our members to take all reasonable precautions. Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent. Until then, we thank you, our members and your families, for your patience and understanding.