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Return to Play Protocols - 18 Feb 2021

2021 / 02 / 18

Maverick Volleyball Club

Return to Play Protocol

Effective February 18, 2021

 

Background Information

On November 3, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced a new tiered COVID-19 Response Framework that took effect on Saturday November 7, 2020.

The following new Framework breaks down safety measures in five distinct categories that span from tightening measures to protecting public health to loosening restrictions as public health indicators improve.

Communities will be placed and categorized under these distinct categories for the foreseeable future. The Framework is as follows:

  • Prevent/Green (Standard measures)
  • Protect/Yellow (Strengthened measures)
  • Restrict/Orange (Intermediate measures)
  • Control/Red (Stringent measures)
  • Lockdown/Grey (Maximum measures)

Ontario entered a Province-wide Shutdown on December 26, 2020 and on January 14, 2021 the Ontario government issued a stay-at-home order.

As of February 16, 2021, the Ontario government lifted the order and Ottawa has returned to Restrict/Orange category.

The Maverick Volleyball Club’s COVID Oversight Committee (“Committee”) completed their three step consultative process and has recommended to the Club Executive to reinstate the Return to Play (RTP) protocols that were put in place on November 26, 2020.

Our RTP protocols are in compliance with; the Ministry of Health, Ottawa Public Health, City of Ottawa Bylaw, our partner facility COVID protocols and the Ontario Volleyball Association’s legislation, directives and guidelines.
 

Facility Protocols

This table summarizes the City of Ottawa approved capacity limits for each facility. Each facility also confirmed that “game play”/scrimmaging is allowed in their facility and in accordance with Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa Bylaw.


 

Ontario Volleyball Association Guidelines

The following is a summary of the OVA’s guidelines for the Restrict/Orange category.

 

 

Restrictions still in effect

The following restrictions are still in place:

  1. Adherence to Ministry of Health, Ottawa Public Health and our partner facilities, laws, directives and guidelines;
  2. OVA requires mandatory masking by all participants at all times (medical exemptions allowed) https://www.ontariovolleyball.org/news_article/show/1132302
  3. Proper hygiene and sanitization practices
  4. Mandatory masking is required by all who car-pool
  5. Athlete’s COVID Pledge
  6. Team COVID Ambassadors
  7. Mandatory contact tracing of all participants through TeamSnap for all in person team events
  8. Mandatory Health Questionnaire through TeamSnap must be completed, and all participants must be cleared in order to participate for in person team events
  9. Modified athlete pods (explained below)
  10. Entry into OVA Friendlies or similar exhibition matches (i.e., home or away) is prohibited
  11. No spectators allowed

Note: Exemption has been granted for post-secondary school recruiters who must follow the established Club protocols.

These restrictions will be in place for all Maverick Volleyball Club members until further written notice.
 

Reinstatement of Maverick RTP Protocols from November 26, 2020

Please note that this is in response to the City of Ottawa being placed in the Restrict/Orange category. The Club may revise these restrictions if the city of Ottawa is placed in a different category in the coming weeks and months. Members will be provided with written notice of any and all changes.

As of Thursday, February 18, 2021, the Club will reinstate the following:

  1. Training in a team format. One team to a maximum of 12 athletes (if age appropriate 14 athletes).
  2. Teams can conduct inter-squad scrimmages.
  3. Teams are permitted to have a maximum of 10 athletes attend in-person Capital Strength workouts.

Please note that this is the earliest date of return for the Club however specific teams can choose to return at any time after this date.

Reminders for the one-team format

For Non-Centre Approach Teams:

  • Coaches are able to form one team. Grouping of athletes based on their school and car-pool will no longer be required. As per the OVA’s directive for training and game play (above) up to 6 active participants per side on the court for training and game play played on a 9 metre x 18 metre court. The OVA recommends that ideally two pods of six be maintained.
     
  • Coaches have the flexibility to design their Courts as they wish however, they are limited to 6 active athletes per side of the court.
     
  • There is an exception for a libero (seventh athlete) to be added however the restriction to only have 6 active participants is still required. If a libero is on the court, one athlete previously on the court must leave the court.

o Volleyball Canada and OVA rules allow a libero on a roster at:
     – Girls 16U and older
     – Boys 16U and older
The likelihood of in-age competitions is low at this point hence we are not allowing younger age groups to add a libero as their 7th athlete to train for out of age competitions rules (i.e., 15U girls and boys).

Example:
Court 1 at RSC 18U Girls team:
Side 1: 1 setter, 2 middles, 3 outsides plus libero (7 total)
Side 2: 1 setter, 2 middles, 3 outsides plus libero (7 total)

Court 2 at RSC 13U Girls team:
Side 1: 6 athletes
Side 2: 6 athletes

For Centre Approach Teams

  • Coach must designate 12 athletes per court (14 athletes, if age appropriate for libero)
  • Once designated the athletes on the assigned courts should not be inter-mingling

Example:

15U Girls with 30 athletes:

Court 1 – Team Black: 5 athletes on one side, 5 athletes on another side
Court 2 – Team Red: 5 athletes on one side, 5 athletes on another side
Court 3 – Team White: 5 athletes on one side, 5 athletes on another side

Court 1 should only have 10 Team Black athletes and should not have 5 Team Black athletes and 5 Team Red athletes.

  • With an appropriate “wash out” period of 5 days Centre Approach coaches can reshuffle their Courts; only effected Courts will have to wash out.

    o  Wash out period of 5 days from all on-court training and team socially-distanced events (in-person events)

        – Given the spacing and the controlled environment at Capital Strength the team can continue their strength and conditioning schedule as the prewash out designation

    o All participants must pass the Health Questionnaire on their return from this wash out period

    Example:

On Saturday February 20, 2021, Coach determines their Courts to be:

Court 1 – Team Black: 5 athletes on one side, 5 athletes on another side
Court 2 – Team Red: 5 athletes on one side, 5 athletes on another side
Court 3 – Team White: 5 athletes on one side, 5 athletes on another side

After that practice the Coach determines that these Court assignments are not working and would like to re-shuffle the team’s Courts. The Coach would have to notify their COVID Ambassador and their Ambassador will notify the Committee of their wash out period.

On or after February 25, 2021 the assignments will be:

Court 1: NEW Team Orange:

3 former Team Black athletes, 7 former Team Red athletes

Court 2: NEW Team Green:
7 former Team Black athletes, 3 former Team Red athletes

Court 3: Team White:
5 athletes on one side, 5 athletes on another side

Team White, which is unchanged, will not have to wash out for the 5 days.

Original Team Black is scheduled to attend Capital Strength on February 22, 2021, which is during the wash out period.

They should attend as Original Team Black and only change to their post-wash out designation after February 25, 2021 (i.e., either Team Orange or Green).

Scrimmaging is permitted WITHIN your team

For non-Centre Approach Teams

Teams can continue to scrimmage within their own courts following the OVA Guidelines of up to 6 active participants per side on the court for training and game play played on a 9 metre x 18 metre court, all non-active athletes must be off the court and physically distanced.

  • There is an exception for a libero (seventh athlete) to be added however the restriction to only have 6 active participants is still required. If a libero is on the court one athlete previously on the court must leave the court.
  • Volleyball Canada and OVA rules allow a libero on a roster at:
    Girls 16U and older
    Boys 16U and older

The likelihood of in-age competitions is low at this point hence we are not allowing younger age groups to add a libero as their 7th athlete to train for out of age competitions rules (i.e., 15U girls and boys).

NB: The Club continues to NOT allow inter-Club or scrimmages with other Clubs. The Committee will review this restriction in the next 3-4 weeks and communicate their recommendation to the Executive.

Example:

Court 1 at RSC 18U Girls team:

Side 1: 1 setter, 2 middles, 3 outsides plus libero (7 total)
Side 2: 1 setter, 2 middles, 3 outsides plus libero (7 total)

Court 1 side 1 vs Court 1 side 2 is permitted


Court 2 at RSC 13U Girls team:

Side 1: 6 athletes
Side 2: 6 athletes

Court 1 side 1 vs Court 1 side 2 is permitted

For Centre Approach Teams

Centre Approach age groups can scrimmage only within your Court designation.

Example:

15U Girls with 30 athletes:

Court 1 – Team Black: 5 athletes on one side, 5 athletes on another side
Court 2 – Team Red: 5 athletes on one side, 5 athletes on another side
Court 3 – Team White: 5 athletes on one side, 5 athletes on another side

Court 1: 5 Team Black athletes vs 5 Team Black athletes
Court 2: 5 Team Red athletes vs 5 Team Red athletes
Court 3: 5 Team White athletes vs 5 Team White athletes

Teams are permitted to have a maximum of 10 athletes attend in-person Capital Strength workouts

In-person workouts at Capital will commence on February 20, 2021.

For non-Centre Approach Teams

As per the Ministry of Health requirements, Capital Strength maintains a 3-metre distance for all their stations and is allowed a maximum of 10 participants in their facility.

Example:

16U Girls team has 12 athletes. They are scheduled to attend Capital Strength one day a week in person on Mondays.

Team members are Alyssa, Ava, Brooke, Calille, Camille and Charlotte, Victoria, Sophie, Solange, Rylee, Olivia and Michelle

Monday week 1 assignment: Alyssa, Ava, Brooke, Calille, Camille, Charlotte, Victoria, Sophie, Solange and Rylee (10 total)

Sitting out week 1: Olivia and Michelle

Monday week 2 assignment: Olivia, Michelle, Alyssa, Ava, Brooke, Calille, Camille, Charlotte, Victoria and Sophie (10 total)

Sitting out week 2: Solange and Rylee


For Centre Approach Teams

Centre approach teams have been assigned two Capital in person sessions per week to accommodate the number of athletes in their Centre. The same approach should be taken in assigning your Court to a day and ensuring that 10 athletes attend that day.

Example:

Capital session on Monday for 15U Centre
Capital session on Wednesday for 15U Centre

15U Girls has 30 athletes:

Team Black: 10 athletes
Team Red: 10 athletes
Team White: 10 athletes

Week 1:

Monday: Team Black athletes only
Wednesday: Team Red athletes only

Week 2:

Monday: Team White athletes only
Wednesday: Team Black athletes only

Week 3:

Monday: Team Red athletes only
Wednesday: Team White athletes only
 

Summary of RTP Protocols

 

What do I need to do?

  1. We realize that there may be varying levels of engagement and excitement to return to play with our coaches, athletes and their families. The Club is requesting that the Coaches communicate with their athletes/families to share their RTP plans. This is accomplished by having a team meeting/email led by the coaches and COVID ambassadors for the whole team.

    The earliest date that the Club will resume activities is February 18, 2021, however your team is not required to come back until your coaching staff, athletes and families feel safe to do so.

    We ask that you inform Sally Spack of any delays to return so that we can release court times and Capital sessions to save on costs and/or reassign to other teams.
     
  2. Familiarize yourself with the OVA’s guidelines
    https://www.ontariovolleyball.org/ova-return-to-play

Thank you to our athletes, their families and our dedicated coaches.

Please continue the great work that was done prior to the Christmas Break and continue to be diligent in keeping everyone safe and participating in the sport we love.

 

Stay safe,

Maverick Volleyball Club Executive

Maverick Volleyball Club’s COVID Oversight Committee

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