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COVID Return To Play/Safety Plan

KVA Youth Volleyball Coach Training and Safety Education (revised Dec 24, 2020)


Please read and understand the information below.  Adherence is mandatory.


KVA has a responsibility by providing trained/educated coaches/volunteers to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our athletes. 


This document was created to provide KVA coaches/volunteers a guiding framework that aligns with the Provincial Medical Health Office, Volleyball BC and viaSport Return to Play recommendations and guidelines.


We are currently in Phase 2, everyone has a responsibility to keep our sport safe.

Phase 2 Highlights (VBC RTP Dec. 3, 2020)

-All youth volleyball programming is permitted but must meet VBC Transition Measures (Phase 2) in the VBC RTP document.

-Activities must be limited to skills development and those that permit physical distancing at ALL TIMES. (eg: individual serving, passing, attacking practice)

-NO BLOCKING at the net

-Participants must maintain a physical distance of 3 metres at all times on/off the court.

-No more than 12 individuals per court (6/side) at any time.

Coaches are recommended to introduce balls from outside the court (Warm Up Protocol - 2020 Indoor Club Handbook VBC)

The coach is counted as part of the 6/12 if on the court.

Athletes not on the court must remain off the court until the coach replaces the athlete with that of one on the court.

         -All games/competitions are suspended until further notice.

-Travel to, from and between communities for team athletic activities is prohibited.

-Masks are now required for everyone in all indoor public settings including    recreation centres.

-No Game Play At All.  Competition or Scrimmages/Play Days/Mini-Games

Coach Training

Return to Play - Familiarize yourself with the information contained in these documents.

Volleyball BC Return to Play

viaSport Return to Play

Coaching Requirements* (2021 Club Season)


Volleyball BC Code of Conduct

Volleyball BC Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy

Volleyball BC Privacy Policy

                 VBC coach requirement matrix (see attached)

                 Course/education links:



Current/updated CRC-Vulnerable Sector

         Information/request provided by KVA


                     Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders

                     Responsible Coaching Movement


Note: You are responsible for completing and receiving credit for the requirements applicable based on the age group that you coach.

*Failure to complete required training by deadline may/will exclude you from events.


*NB** For the 2021 season, NCCP coaching levels requirements for KVA PACK will be reduced due to the Training Only environment.

  • RCMP CRC Checks

  • Making Ethical Decisions

  • Making Headway (concussion)


Safety Education


Coach Roles/Responsibilities

         Communication with parents/guardians/athletes to set expectations;

-No spectators at any time(ex: parents/guardians)

         -Drop-off/Pick-up times/location

         -Entry/exit of athletes

         -Ask if athlete completed self-assessment prior to or ask screening questions

(A ‘YES’ answer or REFUSAL to answer is reason to ask the athlete to leave)

                     1. Are you experiencing any of the following?




Cough/Sore Throat

Loss of appetite/taste/smell

Fatigue/Muscle aches

Severe breathing/Shortness of breath

2.  Have you travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days?

3.  Did you provide care or have close contact with a person confined with COVID-19?

4.  Did you provide care or have close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19?

(We have a duty to ask but not question the accuracy of their answer)

         -Use of washrooms

As dictated by facility/rental agreement or

         Limited to 2-3 at a time, no gathering/loitering

         -Manage Practice

-Record attendance at EVERY practice (required by CoK/SD as per rental   agreement)

                     Google Doc/email Paul at the end of each session

         -Cleaning/disinfecting of frequent touch points

                     Net/Standards/Protective coverings/Mats



                     Other equipment ex: hitting boxes, shared ball carts, etc.

                     Enter/Exit door handles

Requirements may change per venue.



*Manage your practice and cleaning/exit time.  If you need more than 15 min to clean/exit, end your practice sooner.  


Athlete Responsibilities

         -Complete daily symptom-screenings via BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool

         STAY HOME if experiencing any the following symptoms:                  

-Coaches will also complete a verbal screening prior to start of practice

-If you develop symptoms during practice, you have a responsibility to immediately remove yourself from the facility (if allergy related, inform the coach).  -However, the coach can request that you leave if they notice/visually observe any of the above symptoms

-Arrange ahead of time drop-off/pick-up times

         -Arrive dressed in practice gear except indoor shoes

         -Bring sufficient hydration/snacks (no access to refill water)

         -DO NOT share water bottles, snacks, gear ex: knee pads, shirts, towels, etc.

         -Wear appropriate face covering when not on court or bench


General Rules/Expectations

-You are expected to follow all guidelines required by the CoK or SD as per use of their facility or rental agreement. Yes, there may/will be duplication but it is required by both the CoK/SD and KVA. ex: CoK requires ALL visitors of TCC to sign-in/sanitize when entering the facility AND as part of our rental agreement, KVA is required to submit an attendance list within 24 hours of our rental.

-No spectators allowed inside facilities

-Athletes must wait outside for pick-up

-Coach must communicate drop-off/pick-up expectations with parents/guardians.

-Athletes must dress accordingly based on weather conditions (ie: pants/sweats over shorts).

-Athletes must arrive in practice gear with the exception of indoor footwear.

-Coach must arrive ahead of the first athlete(s) to allow entry.

-If the incoming coach is not there when athletes arrive, outgoing coaches will not allow entry/access to court.

Incoming athletes should arrive no sooner than 5 minutes of their practice time.

Incoming athletes must wait outside the facility/court until their coach allows entry

Outgoing athletes must leave immediately at the end of their practice unless you are sanitizing/cleaning at the request of the coach.

No access to change rooms including team meetings.


Enter/Exit (15 min turn-around between practice times)

                 Staggered arrivals

                                 Enter at designated entry points

                 Staggered departures                            

                             TCC – follow posted CoK signage/directional arrows

KCS – see diagram attached

PacWay – exit via emergency exit doors on court 2      

                             Brock – exit out respective gym exits for each court

Physical Distancing Requirements

Court Space

-Where applicable, use a divider curtain/wall to separate courts ie: PacWay.  In all other instances, maintain physical distancing requirements between courts (min. 3m)

 Athlete Space 

- Maintain 3m distance between athletes at all times on/off court)

-Athletes on different courts must maintain physical distancing between each other.  

-At no time should an athlete from one court crossover into the other court.  ex: to shag a stray ball.  Someone from that court will pass the ball back using a foot to roll the ball back over.

         Use of Equipment (use only what you need)

                     First team sets up (nets, protective covering, antennae)

Last team takes down and puts away in an orderly fashion

                     Teams use assigned team balls

If the ball crosses into the opposing court, roll the ball with your foot to return the ball.

                     Use of ONLY facility/KVA provided equipment allowed

NO PERSONAL equipment to be used with the exception of an electronic whistle/flip scorebook.

Use of ‘shared’ flip scorecards not permitted

         Use of phone app or mental tracking recommended or own flip scorebook

Sanitizing/PPE for Individual/Person (see attached)

Follow ALL facilities posted instructions/directions upon entering.

Use of approved/provided hand sanitizer only:

         Start/end of each practice

         Start/end of each water break

         Increase frequency as needed.

NO high-fives, hugs, fist bumps, etc. on/off the court

Athletes/Coaches MUST wear appropriate face covering AT ALL TIMES on/off the court.

Disinfecting/Cleaning of Facility and Equipment


Facility Staff may/will be required to clean as per rental agreement.                    

Net standards, protective covers, antennae sleeves and white tape around net.

Each ball used/touched during practice.

Every bench/chair used.

         *SANITIZING SOLUTION (provided by KVA/DO NOT bring/use own)

RMC Enviro-Care Neutral Disinfectant (Approved by CoK and SD)

                     Wipes – will be provided

Incident/Injury Reporting

All coaches are required to report all incidents/injuries that occur during a practice or competition.

Copies of these forms are included in your first-aid kit provided by KVA.


         Incident Report – (see attached)

Injury Report – (see attached)


If the coach notices/visually observes any signs/symptoms of COVID-19, Flu or Cold, they must document the name of the athlete and time of the observation and whether or not the athlete was asked to leave.

First-Aid Training/Education

A basic f/a kit is provided to all teams.  This is to be with you/team and available at all times during practice/competition.  Make sure you know what is in the kit.



         Make Ethical Decisions

Making Headway in Sport

Volleyball Canada Concussion Protocol (see attached)



         Standard First-Aid for Industry w/CPR C and AED

         Taping (finger, thumb, wrist, ankle)

         Create EAP for every event/facility (see attached)

         Is first aid provided/available at the facility and location?

Know how to activate your ‘Emergency Response Plan’

         Know location of AED for facility

First Aid Treatment/Taping

The f/a attendant and patient when physical distance cannot be maintained must wear masks.

The f/a attendant must wear gloves.

The patient must be handed a mask and put on first, then the f/a attendant if he/she is not already wearing one.

If the patient can treat himself or herself ex: clean a cut and apply a Band-Aid, let them do it and assist by putting the necessary supplies within reach ex; place Band-Aid on chair and let them reach for it.

If you are asked to tape a joint, it will be difficult to do so with gloves on.  However, due to proximity to each other, both individuals must wear masks.  Hand sanitize immediately after.

Do not allow individuals to access the first-aid kit/supplies.  This should only be done by the coach to minimize contamination of supplies.  Also, it is recommended to keep frequently used items like Band—Aids and cleansing wipes in a Ziploc bag for ease of access/use.

Cold Therapy (Instant Cold Packs)

Works by reducing blood flow to a particular area, which can significantly reduce inflammation and swelling that causes pain, especially around a joint or a tendon. It can temporarily reduce nerve activity, which can also relieve pain.

Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel or ice bath to the affected area. You should never apply a frozen item directly to the skin, as it can cause damage to the skin and tissues. Apply cold treatment as soon as possible after an injury.

Use cold therapy for short periods of time, several times a day for up to 72 hours. Ten to 15 minutes is fine, and no more than 20 minutes of cold therapy should be used at a time to prevent nerve, tissue, and skin damage. You can elevate the affected area for best results.


NOTE: Instant Cold Packs are a convenient/instant source for cold therapy however they are only to be used on the initial treatment.  Find an alternative source of ‘cold’ for continued/subsequent application.  Know if/where ice is available at the facility/event.  I.e.: TCC has an ice machine located on the floor TCC field house near/under the stands to the right nearest the entrance of the field house.

Taping of Joints (ONLY if you have been trained)

Taping of joints is meant to only provide ‘temporary’ support.  If bracing is required, athlete should provide their own ex: ankle brace.  If medical treatment is applied during a practice/competition, a coach should reconsider allowing that athlete to play until cleared by a medical professional.

OTC/Prescription Medication

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE will a coach/volunteer under KVA provide/administer OTC/Prescription medication to athletes.  Only in the circumstance when a parent/guardian is not able to accompany their athlete and shares medical information that requires an adult to monitor/verify dosage.  This is the responsibility of the adult chaperone of that athlete.


Concussion aka Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Timely identification/action are critical.  There is no excuse or reason to delay medical attention or jeopardize an athlete’s recovery and long-term mental health/wellbeing. 

Replenishment of Disinfectant, Wipes and F/A supplies

Please ensure that you have sufficient supplies especially if you are travelling to an event.


If you require replenishment, please send an email to with your request and arrange for pick-up.


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