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COVID-19 Competitive Season Update

2020 / 04 / 02

2 April 2020

As you are all no doubt aware by now (thanks to the many TeamSnap messages that have gone out to one and all), both the Provincial and National Championships were eventually cancelled by their respective organizing bodies.

 

As for the Maverick Club, specifically, our executive members are spending several hours a day trying to get fees refunded so that year-end reconciliations cand be figured out per team and per family. This is a complex and multi-layered task, but we are committed to overcoming the many roadblocks that pop up and will get it done, systematically, and as speedily as feasible.

 

You can be assured that each family will be informed of their final balance as soon as we can.

 

Please continue to follow the guideliness for safe distancing and other protective measures to protect yourself and others so we can flatten that curve and start to recover.

 

Stay safe.

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14 March 2020 (1:15 pm)

In response to the fluid nature of fallout related to the COVID-19, the competitive-level Maverick executive is busy keeping track of the many changes being thrown our way and is working to find the best solutions for our competitive volleyball community. 

 

As you know by now, the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) has basically cancelled the end of regular season play – all events up to and including April 5th – but the status of Provincials is still up in the air (they may reschedule at a later date). Likewise, Volleyball Canada has yet to make a final decision on Nationals, which had been scheduled for mid-May.

 

Certain actions/re-actions are out of our control and we appreciate the patience exhibited by our many parent groups while the Club executive continues to work to confirm details – including finding out what third-party refunds can be attained and applied to each team’s budget. We are also working to try to delay the final payment installments, however this is proving a challenge as the system was not set up for this kind of eventuality. Rest assured, individual year-end balances will be sorted out once all financial updates have been accounted for, and applicable refunds will be duly sent out to each family after year-end reconciliations, as per standard practice.

 

A Team Snap message will be sent out to advise on processes for stay-and-play hotel cancellations. 

 

In an effort to stay safe, we encourage everyone to follow contamination-reducing protocols such as maintaining social distance at all times, diligent hand washing, and reducing contact with any vulnerable members of your social circle. Scroll down to our March 5th entry for preventative measures and key informational links.

 

Stay safe, and stay tuned.

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12 March 2020 (4:45 pm)

JUST ANNOUNCED: All publicly funded schools will be closed from March 14 to April 5th in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

All Maverick competitive-level practices are cancelled immediately and until further notice. All OVA-sanctioned events up to and including April 5th have also been cancelled by the Ontario Volleyball Association.

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12 March 2020 4:30 pm

Maverick Volleyball is continuing to closely monitor the very fluid situation regarding the Coronavirus and how it may affect the Maverick community and extended family members.

We are monitoring OVA decisions about tournaments and will alert our player families with updates as they become available. We have a call in to the OVA to find out the most recent decisions because their web site information has not been updated since Monday March 9th.

 

The virus remains most serious for the older population, and this is of great concern as we all need to reduce our interactions and take precautions so the “community spread” does not extend further and faster than it already has. 

 

Even though the morbidity is still highest in the older age groups, “community spread” is extremely difficult to contain, especially where groups of people congregate. People with minor symptoms can be spreading the virus without knowing they are sick. With now two cases identified in Ottawa (the second being a woman in her 40s), we must all take the highly infectious nature of COVID-19 seriously due to the rapid community spread. 

 

A major Health Canada announcement is expected tonight, and we are encouraging parents to make their own decisions about whether their children should attend the last practice before March Break. There will be no repercussions for not showing up to practice.

 

We are still contemplating whether to cancel all March Break activities for the safety of the greater community.

 

Stay tuned.

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5 March 2020 (2:00 pm)

Coronavirus Health Message from Maverick Volleyball

To players, family members and coaches,

 

With the increasing concern over the possible implications of the new coronavirus within the sporting world, the Maverick organization has compiled some useful information links and suggestions to help you minimize your own exposure or susceptibility to COVID-19 (COronaVIrus Disease – identified in 2019). 

 

Global consensus within the medical community indicates that common sense measures, as listed on our PREVENTATIVE MEASURES section below, comprise the best advice to date. 

 

Given the high numbers of random people who attend sporting events, we have included some advice specific to tournaments and the most effective type of wipes for sanitizing with.

 

 BASIC FACTS

  • Coronaviruses are responsible for illnesses that range from the common cold to the more serious respiratory syndromes. Because COVID-19 is a new virus, we are just starting to learn its impact and severity. 
  • To date, of those infected, only 5% develop symptoms critical enough to be hospitalized, but almost half of that group do not recover.
  • The fatality rate is highest among the elderly (especially over 80 years) and those with other medical conditions and vulnerabilities.
  • The risk to athletes (i.e., younger and healthier) is estimated at a 0.3% fatality rate (the higher risk is to their older family members.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • It may be possible to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • People are most contagious when they are the sickest. Some spread might be possible before symptoms show, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

At this time, the risk of any age group contracting COVID-19 in Canada is still very low. However, if you are experiencing the common symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath), and suspect COVID-19, you should contact your doctor’s office and arrange for a consultation. A vaccine will undoubtedly be available within the coming year(s), however, there is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19 beyond managing the symptoms and transmission.At this time, the risk of any age group contracting COVID-19 in Canada is still very low. However, if you are experiencing the common symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath), and suspect COVID-19, you should contact your doctor’s office and arrange for a consultation. A vaccine will undoubtedly be available within the coming year(s), however, there is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19 beyond managing the symptoms and transmission.

 

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

 

Recommendations for protecting yourself and preventing the spread of COVID-19 illness are the same as for any illness spread by respiratory droplets, and the Number One suggestion is to wash your hands (with soap or antiseptic) often. The advice to avoid touching your face is much harder because most people don’t even realize how often they touch their eyes, nose and mouth – so be sure to sanitize your hands often.

  1. Wash your hands (with soap or antiseptic) frequently.
  2. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially when in a public space.
  4. Stay home if you're feeling sick.
  5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Specific to volleyball tournaments, we have been advised that, in addition to "strict adherence" to implementing the above precautions, especially frequent hand-washing, it would be a good idea to wipe down balls with antiseptic wipes before and after warmup, and wiping the game ball from time to time. Wipe down tabletops being used for food, and avoid touching public surfaces when safe to do so (such as the benches).

 

What is the difference between an antiseptic wipe and an antibacterial wipe? … basically, Antibacterial products kill bacteria, or hinder their reproduction. Antiseptic substances inhibit the growth and reproduction of many microorganisms, including bacteria, as well as fungi, protozoa, and viruses – therefore, we advise that antiseptic wipes will be more effective.

 

The Government of Canada advises travellers to “be vigilant for symptoms that may indicate a respiratory illness consistent with COVID-19.”

 

Face masks are somewhat effective when used by an ill person to prevent spread from spray. However, other than the most expensive medical masks, they are not at all effective when used by a healthy person as a preventative measure, as they cannot "screen out” the microscopic droplets in the air being breathed in.

 

INFORMED SOURCES

 

The latest World Health Organization statements on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control clarifies how COVID-19 spreads:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

 

The Sport Medicine Advisory Committee (comprised of Chief Medical Officers from the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network) issued a comprehensive bilingual report highlighting known facts, listing travel advisories, and offering specific advice to athletes and coaches such as "Vigilant hand and face hygiene should be practiced” in large group settings and on airplanes. They include a wide variety of links to key sources at the following link.

English:

https://paralympic.ca/news/sport-medicine-advisory-committee-advisory-covid-19

Français :

https://paralympique.ca/nouvelles/comite-consultatif-de-la-medecine-du-sport-avis-concernant-le-covid-19

 

The Pubic Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) gives some basic info here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus.html

 

PHAC updates coronavirus statistics (global and Canadian) here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

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