Coaches’ Volleyball Health Protocol

When addressing parents at your first practice, please relay the following information:

● Provide notice to all parents and guardians of the enhanced risks of participants being in direct contact with anyone age 65 or older for 14 days after participating in a sports event or practice.

● Parents should monitor the health of their children and not send them to participate in practices or games if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms(cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, or known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19). ACYP reserves the right to send any child home who shows any of the above-described symptoms of being sick.

● Before practices and games parents/players/children must submit to a temperature check before entering and will be required to sign off on not having the above mentioned COVID 19 symptoms.

● If you or your child or a family member has recently taken a COVID test please do not show up to practices or games until after you/they received a negative result. If your test results were positive we will need a doctor’s note before you can continue playing.

● During Practices:

In order to follow cohort guidelines:

a. Since each sporting team is considered a cohort, before and after practices and games please discourage players from mixing between cohorts. In this way, if someone tests positive, contact tracing can easily be implemented and isolation can be accomplished in short order.

b. Parents/Guardians & players should stay in their car until 5 minutes before practice before coming inside the building. After practice, please leave quickly without visiting other teams, thus engaging the cohort strategy.

c. Only one parent or guardian is allowed to attend practices. Siblings that are not practicing or going to practice on that day are not allowed to attend practices.

d. Parent/Guardians and players must wear a face mask when entering or leaving the building, when going to the restroom, or when social distancing cannot be maintained.

e. Players do not have to wear a mask during practice. The ball will be sanitized, so hands need to be sanitized before practice and when the practice is over. Please bring a hand sanitizer from home for your child to use.

f. Bleachers are marked with a red X to indicate 6 ft. social distance.

g. Parents or guardians can sit with their children who are waiting for their practice to begin without social distancing.

h. Coaches unless maintaining social distancing must wear a mask during practice. And at all times have your mask around your neck where you can easily slip it over your nose and mouth when social distancing is challenged.

i. Let parents know that each child should bring their own volleyball with their names prominently marked with their name for practices and are encouraged to use only the ball they brought from home.

j. Players must have court shoes, but if they cannot afford them, they may use wipes to clean the bottom of shoes to make sure all rocks and dirt are cleaned off shoe bottoms.

k. Water fountains are off-limits, so parents should provide their child/children with water bottles that are marked with their names.

l. All water bottles need to stay in the stands by a guardian or parent and no drinks or water bottles are allowed on the gym floor.

m. During this pandemic, only 2 people or players may use the bathrooms. Players must wear a mask into the bathrooms and must use hand sanitizer to clean hands if they are not versed in the proper way to wash hands.

n. The back gym doors will stay open for air circulation.

● During Games:

a. Since each sporting team is considered a cohort, before and after practices and games please discourage players from mixing between cohorts. In this way, if someone tests positive, contact tracing can easily be implemented and isolation can be accomplished in short order.

b. All games are scheduled 15 mins apart to allow easy transition of players and families coming and going from and to cars and the building, before and after games.

c. Parents/Guardians & players should stay in their car until 5 minutes before game time in order to practice the cohort strategy when coming inside the building. After games, please leave quickly without visiting other team players, thus engaging the cohort strategy.

d. Spectators for games should comprise of groups no larger than 10 individuals of the immediate family (example: Mom, Dad, sister, brother). Please discourage immediate family members who are considered high-risk attending games.

e. Bleachers are marked with a red X to indicate 6 ft. social distance. Immediate families can sit together without social distancing.

f. Players do not have to wear a mask during the game

g. Coaches do not have to wear a mask during the games, as long as they keep a 6’ social distance from their players. When huddling or talking to their players, coaches need to wear their masks.

h. Water fountains are off-limits, so parents should provide their child/children with water bottles that are marked with their names.

i. During games, all water bottles will be placed on the table between the two nets where games will be played. No liquid containers on the floor.

j. The back gym doors will stay open for air circulation.

k. During this pandemic, only 2 people or players may use the bathrooms at a time. There will be an attendant at games to ensure this practice is adhered to and will make sure bathrooms stay clean. Players must wear a mask into the bathrooms and must use hand sanitizer to clean hands if they are not versed in the proper way to wash hands. A Parent with a small child that needs help in the bathroom will be considered one person.

l. Players must have court shoes, but if they cannot afford them, they may use wipes to clean the bottom of shoes to make sure all rocks and dirt are cleaned off shoe bottoms.

m. After your game is over, all players and player’s immediate family must leave quickly, returning to cars without stopping and visiting with other teams to stay in compliance with the cohort strategy.

All City Youth Programs Volleyball understands this pandemic is a strain on all, but we truly appreciate all our parents and players complying with the above procedures to assure that our program runs in a safe matter and does not get shut down, due to a lack of health protocols. Thank you and enjoy your Volleyball!