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COVID-19 Return To Play/Safety Plan

KVA PACK COVID-19 Safety Plan

Updated- September 5th, 2020


 

The safety and well-being of our athletes, families, coaches and volunteers is our top priority in this uncertain time.  We will adhere to the guidelines provided by our ruling authority (VolleyballBC) and the appropriate government agencies.

 

VolleyballBC and Via-sport Return to Play guidelines:   As of August 24th, 2020 we have moved to the ‘Progressively Loosen’ stage of Return to Play.   The protocols and Safety plan will update as the COVID-19 situation changes


 

  1. Return To Play protocols

    1. Note: Each program and/or facility may have additional guidelines/restrictions in addition to these.  

    2. All participants must complete the appropriate waiver and health declaration form, signed by their guardian if under 18, prior to participation in any program

      1. Waivers and Health declaration forms will be emailed for each program prior to the program start.

    3. All participants, athletes and coaches, must do a health assessment prior to each session they attend.

      1. App (https://bc.thrive.health/)

      2. Website (https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en)

      3.  Verbal questionaire

    4. Any participant, athlete or coach, who feels ill or has any possibly COVID-19 (or flu-like symptoms MUST stay home and inform the individuals running the program immediately.

      1. If an attendee becomes ill during the session they must immediately self-isolate and inform the program admin.  At which time the program admin may have to decide whether to cancel the entire program.

    5. If an individual is in contact with, or has been in contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 must inform admin immediately and also self-isolate until they are confirmed to be negative

    6. While Off Court,  Social Distancing must be maintained at all times.  That is a 2m (6 feet) spacing between individuals.

      1. Only 1 individual in a washroom at a time.

      2. Store Bag/Water bottles etc… isolated from others

      3. Masks are encouraged while off the court/on breaks

    7. Participants must show up already changed. (NO CHANGING AT VENUES PERMITTED)

    8. Participants MUST show up with their own water bottle(s) already filled.

      1. There is to be NO sharing of personal equipment.  Water bottles, towels, knee pads, masks, clothing etc...

      2. Bring enough water to last.  There is no guarantee of water stations available at facilities

    9. Spectators are still discouraged.  

    10. Drop off/pick up should occur in the parking lot/outside, while maintaining social distancing protocols

    11. Traffic flow to/from training venue must allow for social distancing and is highly recommended that car pooling is within cohorts only!

    12. There will be NO drop-ins/pick-ups.  Registered individuals only

    13. Volleyball Cohorts

      1. In the Progressively Loosen phase, cohorts should be created for all volleyball activities where there is contact or close proximity of less than 2 metres. ViaSport BC defines a cohort as “a group of participants who primarily interact with each other within the sport environment over an extended period of time 

      2. Up to 100 individuals can form a training/competition cohort.

      3. In order to change Cohorts, a two week break between activities is required

      4. Parents/Spectators are NOT part of the cohort and must still maintain physical distancing from participants.

      5. Coaches/referees do not have to be part of Cohort but must maintain physical distancing if they are not.

    14. Number of participants per session will be limited 

    15. Still have the maximum of 50 individuals at a gathering.

    16. If an outbreak (or suspected outbreak) occurs events may be cancelled pending advice from local health authorities.

  2. Modifications to Sport

 

    1. While Training/Competing within your Cohort (Outdoor and Indoor)

      1. Physical Contact/proximity for the purposes of training/competition in the sport is permitted

      2. Minimize any ‘non-essential’ contact (aka high-fives)

      3. 12 participants are allowed on the court.  

      4. All participants, including substitutions, must be from the same cohort

      5. All participants, coaches and parents etc… must still maintain physical distancing off the court.

      6. Must still follow the maximum of 50 people at a single gathering restrictions!  So an entire cohort of 100 will NOT be allowed at the same time

      7. Family spectators are allowed but must still maintain physical distancing and count towards the 50 people at a gathering so will be limited

      8. Community (non-family) spectators are currently restricted

    2. Outside of your cohort

      1. Still follows previous phase guidelines/restrictions

      2. For Indoor sessions: 

        1. Per current VBC guidelines a maximum of 3 individuals per side of net, for a total of 6 individuals on a whole court allowed.  That includes Coaches!  Coaches can coach from the sideline with 3 athletes per side on the court. If a coach is on the court as part of an exercise they count as 1 of the individuals.

      3. For Outdoor session:  (Updated Outdoor protocols from VBC as per Aug 1,2020)

        1.  Per current VBC guidelines a maximum of 4 individuals per side of net, for a total of 8 individuals on a whole court allowed.  That includes Coaches!  Coaches can coach from the sideline with 4 athletes per side on the court. If a coach is on the court as part of an exercise they count as 1 of the individuals.

        2. Modified game play for outdoors is currently permitted. 

          1. Still must maintain social distancing on the court and NO blocking is permitted at the net

      4. Participants will be kept in the same small groups  using the same set of balls for the entire sessions.  Participants and Balls will not switch between groups.

      5. Under current guidelines there is to be no blocking at the net of attacked balls as individuals cannot maintain the 2m distance in this case.

      6. Focus will be on small group skills training.  There will be NO gameplay.

      7.  
  1. Cleaning Protocols

    1. All Balls/equipment will be cleaned in between sessions.

    2. Hand Sanitizer will be available and all participants are expected to use before and after each session. And during any designated breaks for such as indicated by the program admin

  2. Facility Specific requirements

    1. Some Venues/Facilities may have additional restrictions/requirements/protocols in place. We will be required to adhere to these as well.

  3. Administration.

    1. All participants must fill out the appropriate waivers and Health Declaration form

    2. Daily Health Assessment must be done prior to all sessions.

    3. Program Administrators must keep accurate attendance of all sessions.

    4. Program Administrators must keep a contact list of all participants.

    5. Program admin can and will suspend any participant from the session(s) for failure to adhere to the guidelines and protocols.  We MUST put the health and safety of everyone as our top priority.


 

 

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    The Kamloops Volleyball Association (KVA) comprises of a youth program (KVA PACK) and Adult program.  KVA PACK is committed to providing a sport environment that is athlete-centred and which is characterized by open, clear communication and honesty, fairness and mutual respect. Being a member of the KVA has many benefits and privileges. At the same time, athletes, coaches and parents are expected to fulfil certain responsibilities and obligations including complying with KVA's and Volleyball BC’s policies, rules and regulations. These rules and regulations were developed to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

    The functions of the KVA PACK include: 

    1. Providing an opportunity for players and coaches who enjoy volleyball to participate in a quality male or female program beyond the traditional school season.

    2. Assisting players to reach their goals and to bring players who are pursing an elite level an opportunity to achieve their goals. 

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