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COVID 19 Information

SOMDVBC operates under the auspices of CHRVA.  Therefore, SOMDVBC has adopted CHRVA's COVID-19 policies and guidelines.  Please click on the document below to see CHRVA's Participation Position Statement in its entirety.


Face Masks are to be worn at all times - even during active play.


CHRVA Essential Parameters:

  • All individuals who arrive at a site must wear a face covering which covers the nose and mouth at all times.

  •  All individuals, when not actively playing, will maintain a social distance of six (6) feet from others. This includes team areas, team huddles, and team meetings. Use of outdoor facilities for team functions is encouraged.

  •  All participants shall have their temperature screened prior to entering a site.

  • All individuals are required to refrain from participation, if prior to arrival at a site, they or someone in their household (or someone they have been in contact with) is sick, has a pending COVID-19 test, has within the last ten (10) days tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, if a participant has a fever of 100.4 or greater, that participant will not be allowed to participate.

  • Chesapeake Region requires all adults to be familiar and follow the CDC Guidelines for COVID-19, USA Volleyball Return to Play Guidelines, and the individual State/Local restrictions where the activity is held. Adults will communicate this to all minors.

  • 9-22-20 No spectators are allowed during indoor activities. Activity administrators must follow requirements for Safe Sport environments. One Chesapeake Region rostered Chaperone will be allowed per team.

  •  Activity organizers must adhere to State/Local restrictions/regulations on the number of people allowed in a facility. Activity organizers understand the number of people can change daily and must adhere.

  • Activity organizers must clean the facility between designated group activities. This includes equipment,common areas, scorer tables, chairs, etc.

  • Participants must bring cleaning products for themselves for use before and after activities.

 


SOMDVBC Notice and Disclaimer

The Southern Maryland Volleyball Club (SOMDVBC) is committed to providing the safest possible environment in our efforts to offer volleyball opportunities during the 2020-2021 season.  Physical activities inherently have risks associated with participation.  By agreeing to participate in any SOMDVBC program, the participants and others associated, acknowledge the risk and agree to adhere to all safety requirements.  If an individual does not agree to abide by all or violate any of these requirements, they will no longer be allowed to participate.  It is understood, that during the volleyball season, in order to keep the greater volleyball family safe, all participants will minimize or exclude interactions with others outside the family home.  We know how difficult this is for everyone, but it is up to all of us to do our part.

SOMDVBC and the Captial Clubhouse has implemented measures aimed to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 amongst athletes, coaches, staff, and all involved.  We do not guarantee or warrant against the risk of infection.  This Notice and Disclaimer is intended as a warning to you of the risk of contracting COVID-19, a disclaimer of SOMDVBC liability, and explanation of some of the restrictions put in place to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19.  Some restrictions are: (List not all inclusive)

·       All individuals must wear a face covering which covers the nose and mouth at all times

·       All individuals, when not actively playing, will maintain a social distance of six feet from others.  This includes team areas, team huddles, and team meetings.  

·       All individuals shall have their temperature screened prior to entering the gym.

·       All individuals are required to refrain from participation if they have been in contact with someone who: is showing signs and symptoms of or is sick from COVID-19; has a pending COVID-19 test; has within the last 14 days tested positive for COVOD-19.  Additionally, if the individual has a fever of 100.4 or greater and/or is experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, will not be allowed to participate.

·       All individuals returning from a state reporting a positive COVID-19 test rate greater than 10 percent should self-quarantine according to Maryland mandate or test negative upon return.

Safety requirements are subject to change according to COVID-19 condition changes and infection control updates.   Parents/Guardians are responsible to facilitate the athlete's compliance to safety requirements.  


Positivity Rate by State (Source Johns Hopkins Corona Virus Resource Center)

Click here to find out the positivity rate by state. All individuals returning from a state reporting a positive COVID-19 test rate greater than 10 percent should self-quarantine according to Maryland mandate or test negative upon return.


General Volleyball Guidelines to Combat the Spread of COVID 19

Governance:

SOMDVBC will be following the USA Volleyball “Return to Play Guidelines”; as well as the guidelines and restrictions put in place by Charles County Parks and Recreation and Chesapeake Region Volleyball Association.

Ball Cleaning:

We will be utilizing the suggestions by Molten USA for Quick Turn Leather Game Ball Cleaning.  To clean the ball with faster turnaround times, we also reference CDC recommendations.

The CDC released a list (referred to as ‘List N’) of effective disinfectants for disabling SARS-CoV-2 (i.e., the virus that causes Covid-19 disease) on hard, nonporous surfaces. Since our game balls are neither hard nor nonporous, we cannot assume that 99% of virus particles will be eradicated, but we believe the CDC’s list is a good starting point for greatly reducing virus particles. It is critical to follow manufacturer and CDC recommendations for the correct application and contact time for each cleaning product to maximize efficacy against SARS-CoV-2. We will utilize the Lysol and/or Microban disinfectant method to spray each individual ball down after use, per CDC recommendation.

Parents/Guardians:

As of 9-22-20, no spectators are allowed during indoor activities. Activity administrators must follow requirements for Safe Sport environments. One Chesapeake Region rostered Chaperone will be allowed per team. 

RISK CATEGORIES:

Current volleyball activities are segmented into three types of risk categories:

Low Risk – Individual skill development (passing drills, blocking, hitting, setting, serving, general fitness, strength training) at home (backyard, driveway, in-home), alone or with household members and with owned and sanitized equipment.

Medium Risk – The above activities in public spaces alone or with household members; individual skill development with non-household members following the recommended physical distancing and sanitizing volleyballs.

High Risk – Individual skill development with non-household members not following the recommended physical distancing & not sanitizing volleyballs. Participating in any team or group play.

RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES FOR INDIVIDUALS:

Adhere to the most stringent federal, state or local guidelines when participating in any activity.

Before Activities:

• Be symptom free for at least 14 days prior to any activity.

• Stay home if you are sick or do not feel well.

• Be aware of and disclose any potential contacts with affected individuals.

• Wash and sanitize your hands often.

• Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth with unclean hands.

• Practice social distancing regularly.

• Wear a face mask to reduce exposure to airborne particles.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze.

• Keep a list of people you have been in contact with each day.

During Activities:

• Refrain from attending any activity if displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.

• Comply with all permissible regulations approved for the venue/league.

• Wash and sanitize your hands often.

• Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth with unclean hands.

• Refrain from contacting other participants and attendees (high fives and huddles).

• Practice social distancing as often as possible.

• Wear a face mask while at the venue.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze.

• Bring hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.

• Properly dispose of your personal drinking cups, bottles, or utensils used.

• Keep a list of people you were in contact with during the activity.

After Activities:

• Wash and sanitize your hands often.

• Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth with unclean hands.

• Monitor your health and report any symptoms after every activity.

• Practice social distancing as often as possible.

• Wear a face mask when possible to reduce exposure to airborne particles.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze.

• Wash and sanitize all gear, uniforms and apparel used during the activity.

RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES FOR CLUBS AND CLUB FACILITIES:  

Adhere to the most stringent federal, state or local guidelines when participating in any activity.

Before Activities:

• Disinfect the venue and all equipment, including volleyballs, where the club activities will take place.

• Verify that venue staff, club staff and participants are symptom free before participating in any activities.

• Provide hand washing or sanitizing stations throughout the venue.

• Turn off water fountains at the venue.

• Establish social distancing protocols.

• Create and display signage clearly outlining the venue’s/club’s COVID-19 policies.

During Activities:

• Continue to clean and disinfect the venue and equipment, including volleyballs, where the club activities will take place.

• Enforce social distancing requirements.

• Regularly sanitize commonly touched surfaces during the club activity.

• Remove anyone from a club activity if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms.

• Limit the number of people in the facility to be compliant with local guidance.

• Modify drills or activities to limit/reduce potential violations of social distancing requirements including but not limited to: high fives, huddles, and team meetings.

• Use hand whistles as opposed to regular whistles when possible.

After Activities:

• Sanitize all surfaces and volleyballs that were used during club activities.


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