The Government of Saskatchewan recently updated its Re-Open Sask Plan to allow for increased outdoor sport activity.  Click here for Sask Volleyball’s updated Return to Play protocol, effective July 2.  Changes to the plan are highlighted in yellow, and summarized below.

  • Implementation: July 6, 2020
  • Indoor Volleyball allowed for up to 30 Participants, while Outdoor Volleyball continues to be allowed for up to 50 Participants.
  • Competition or Training is allowed with no modifications within a Program or League.
  • Participation from across the province is allowed, though focus should remain within Local Communities.
  • Spectators must be separated from playing area, and Max 1 Spectator per Participant.

If you are interested in running an indoor volleyball program this summer, please fill out the Approved Indoor Volleyball Program form to apply.

The Government of Saskatchewan recently updated its Re-Open Sask Plan to allow for increased outdoor sport activity.  Click here for Sask Volleyball’s updated Return to Play protocol, effective June 30.  Changes to the plan are highlighted in yellow, and summarized below.

  • Implementation: June 30, 2020
  • Modifications to sport activities required:
    • Outdoor Volleyball Only
  • Competition and Training allowed with no modifications, for up to 50 Participants within a “Mini-League”.  Any skill, like blocking at the net, or competition format is allowed within the Mini-League.  Participants cannot be a part of more than one Mini-League within an approved Sask Volleyball program.
  • Participation from across the province is allowed, though focus should remain within Local Communities.
  • Update on Spectator, recommend max 1.

If you are interested in running an outdoor volleyball program this summer, please fill out the Approved Beach Volleyball Program form https://site2733.goalline.ca/register.php?reg_form_id=36251 to apply.

Approved Beach Volleyball Programs have started their registrations as of June 22nd. During the return to play transition, we know that many of our members are eager to get out and play volleyball while doing it as safely as possible.

If you are interested in Volleyball or training during this time of COVID, it is strongly encouraged that you review our Return to Play protocol.

Any additional questions regarding our COVID precautions and return to play can be directed to Aaron@saskvolleyball.ca.

Beach Volleyball training opens June 22nd!

The Government of Sask Re-Open Saskatchewan plan was updated yesterday, with outdoor sports allowed to begin training-only programs starting June 22nd. Sask Volleyball has now finalized its Return to Play Protocol, which attempts to align or exceed all government restrictions for a safe training environment…

http://www.saskvolleyball.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Sask-Volleyball-Return-to-Play-FINAL-jun17.20.pdf

Highlights

  • Modifications to sport activities required:

o Outdoor Participation Only

o Limit to Group Size, no more than 6 Participants on a Court

o Limit exposure to shared Equipment and between Participants

o Limit breaches of 2-meter physical distance between Participants as much as possible.

o No Blocking at the Net during Training

  • Primary focus on Skill Development, No Competitions until Sask Re-Open plan allows.
  • Community focus, Remain within Local Communities.

Our Return to Play Protocol will be updated on an ongoing basis as the Government of Saskatchewan modifies its Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Hopefully future updates will include indoor volleyball, reduced restrictions, competition, and travel.

For groups interested in offering beach volleyball training this summer, Sask Volleyball plans to publish an Approved Beach Volleyball Program application on the VRS June 18. In order to be approved, groups will be required to agree to follow the Sask Volleyball Return to Play Protocol, and ensure all coaches have been screened (Police Records Check and Respect in Sport), prior to being approved.

Sask Volleyball’s insurance provider does not cover pandemic situations like COVID-19. Therefore, it is essential that all Participants, Coaches, Organizers, and Parents read, understand, and follow the Return to Play protocol.

Earlier this evening, the Government of Saskatchewan updated its Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan with a resumption of Outdoor Activities, including Beach Volleyball, with restrictions. Sask Volleyball has begun reviewing details of the new information. We anticipate that we will be in position to update our membership with our Return to Play plan within the next week, including a description of approved activities (with restriction), timing for resuming these activities, and how to sanction an activity.

 

Important details of note about today’s Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan update:

• Beach Volleyball only, no Indoor Volleyball

• Training Only, no Competition

• Local participation only, no Travel

• Social Distancing restrictions, Gathering limits, and Hygiene protocol must be included in any Return to Play initiative

 

Sask Volleyball believes this is great news for our volleyball communities, which will eventually allow us to gradually and safely return to beach and indoor competitions, province-wide.

 

You can find the most updated Re-Open Saskatchewan plan here, with Outdoor Activities listed on page 70-71…

www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/re-open-saskatchewan-plan/re-open-saskatchewan

2020 Summer Programming

As you know, with gathering restrictions, this summer will require additional government information before we can properly attempt a safe return to in-person training. Sask Volleyball is currently working on a Return to Play plan based on what we currently know, to ensure we can safely get back to volleyball as quickly as possible. Sask Volleyball is using the direction and advice from the Government of Saskatchewan/Sask Health, Volleyball Canada, and Sask Sport in order to develop our Return to Play plan.  Once our Return to Play plan is drafted, Sask Volleyball plans to survey its members to gauge overall comfort level to participate in modified sport while physical distancing restrictions are still in place.

Phase One of our Summer Programming will be focused on delivering athlete FREE ONLINE training in June, July and August. Phase Two will be geared towards in-person Team Sask programming in July and August, as restrictions allow.

Here are links to Sask Volleyball’s Summer Programming outlines.

OFF COURT PHASE ONE – Jun/Jul/Aug

ON COURT PHASE TWO – Timing TBD

Volleyball Canada has recently developed some Return to Volleyball guidelines to help Provincial Sport Organizations begin to develop their Return to Play plans.  Sask Volleyball is using these guidelines to develop our Return to Play Plan, in conjunction with direction from our Provincial Government’s Re-Open Plan.  As of May 15th, Sask Volleyball has been authorized to approve Coaches/Members of Volleyball Canada or other bodies approved by Sask Sport (i.e. Sport Medicine and Science Council of Sask) to provide Online Training instruction to individuals athletes. This training can only occur online for now, with athletes and coaches abiding by current social distancing requirements.

Future approval of in-person volleyball training and competition, including timelines, restrictions, and requirements, will be dependent on the Government of Sask Re-Open Plan and guidelines provided by Volleyball Canada, and will be outlined in Sask Volleyball’s to-be-developed Return to Play Plan.  It is anticipated that the Sask Re-Open plan will need to proceed to a minimum of Phase 4 before any modified or full group training or competition can occur.

Please see below for reference material…

Click here for Volleyball Canada’s Return to Volleyball Considerations and Progressions

Click here for Volleyball Canada’s Return to Volleyball Risk Mitigations

Click here for the Government of Sask Re-Open Sask Plan

Revised process for Provincial Championship Official Apparel refunds

Initially, when Provincial Championships were cancelled, it was announced that all pre-ordered Provincial Championship Official Apparel would be refunded.  However, in the last couple days Sask Volleyball received many requests from members to continue with their orders.  Therefore, we will continue with all pre-orders unless we receive email confirmation to cara@saskvolleyball.ca by Friday, April 3rd that you would like to cancel your order.

Members can also still pre-order Provincial Championship Official Apparel until Friday, April 3rd using the following form…

https://site2733.goalline.ca/register.php?reg_form_id=31938

Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19): March 24th, 2020

Sask Volleyball is committed to protecting the health and safety of our members, the public and those associated with our sport. We have been following the advice of the Government of Saskatchewan and public health experts such as the Saskatchewan Health Authority regarding COVID-19. In light of recent events, Sask Volleyball has made the decision to cancel 2020 Indoor Provincials and all remaining Indoor Club activities for the season.

The rationale to cancel activities relates to the Government of Saskatchewan’s ban on mass gatherings over 250, facility unavailability, and encouragement for members to self-isolate in hopes it will contribute to a slow-down in spreading the coronavirus.  Sask Volleyball hopes to resume regular activities in time for Provincial Team and Beach seasons, and will consider the removal of the ban on mass gatherings as the impetus for this resumption.

Full refunds will be provided for Indoor Provincials, Indoor Provincials Official Apparel, Sask Cups, tournament sanctions, ID Camps, and Workshops. Communication surrounding refunds will be shared with participants of those programs as soon as possible.

Sask Volleyball will also issue a refund all pre-orders for Indoor Provincials Official Apparel.  Alternatively, there will be an announcement shortly on an opportunity to order regular Sask Volleyball Official Apparel.

Below is a summary of the status of all activity as of today:

Cancelled Activity
remaining Sask Cups
Indoor Provincials
Sanctioned Club Tournaments
Club Practices
Team Sask ID Camps
NCCP Coaching Workshops
Adult Leagues
Grassroots programs

Activity To Be Determined
Team Sask Final Selection Camp
Team Sask Training and Competition
Beach Programs

Team Sask – Providing the mass gatherings ban is lifted no later than May 1, Sask Volleyball will offer a Team Sask program in some form. In the event that this ban is not removed, with cooperation from Volleyball Canada and the other provinces/territories, we will communicate a revised plan as soon as possible.

Sask Summer Games – The Sask Games Council, with the city of Lloydminster will make an official announcement on May 15th. For the time being, all Sask sport bodies will continue to plan for this summer event. Please note, if you have a 2006 athlete interested in participating, open tryouts in your area will be held between May 29th and June 7th. Official dates and locations will be listed on the Sask Volleyball website on May 1st and shared with each District.

Sask Volleyball will continue to monitor all appropriate public safety advice and encourage our members to take any and all reasonable precautions.

Preventing Further Spread

To further assist with containing the spread of the Novel coronavirus, we also stress and emphasize the following behaviours:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (20 seconds) or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • If you are ill or are showing any symptoms, stay home
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

Volleyball Canada’s Statement regarding the Coronavirus:

https://volleyball.ca/en/news/responding-to-uncertainty-during-coronavirus

Due to Saskatchewan’s recent state of emergency declaration and our national social distancing efforts, many Sask Volleyball staff will begin to work from home and our offices will be considered closed to the general public. We hope to continue providing what services we can to our members. Please review our staff directory, as we will remain accessible through phone and email. Any required face-to-face meeting will need to be arranged by appointment.

http://www.saskvolleyball.ca/our-team/

Thank you for your understanding.

Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19): March 16th, 2020

Sask Volleyball is committed to protecting the health and safety of our members, the public and those associated with our sport. We have been following the advice of the Government of Saskatchewan and public health experts such as the Saskatchewan Health Authority regarding COVID-19. In light of recent events, Sask Volleyball has made the decision to cancel ALL events up to and including April 5th, 2020. Below is a summary of the status of all activity as of today:

Cancelled Activity
Remaining Sask Cups
Sanctioned Club Tournaments
Team Sask ID Camps
NCCP Coaching Workshops
Adult Leagues

Full refunds will be provided for Sask Cups, tournament sanctions, ID Camps, and Workshops. Communication surrounding refunds will be shared with participants of those programs as soon as possible.

Suspended Activity until further notice

Club Practices
Grassroots programs

Activity To Be Determined

Indoor Provincials – moved to May 1st-3rd and May 8th-10th
Team Sask Final Selection Camp
Team Sask Training and Competition
Beach Programs

The rationale to cancel activities relates to the Government of Saskatchewan’s ban on mass gatherings over 250, as well as the unavailability of facilities due to recent closures.  The rationale to suspend activities relates to Sask Volleyball wanting to be proactive and encourage members to self-isolate in hopes this can help contribute to a slow-down in spreading the coronavirus.  Until further notice, clubs are not insured to participate in any organized activity.  Sask Volleyball hopes to resume regular activities as soon as possible, and will likely consider the removal of the ban on mass gatherings as the impetus for this resumption.

In the hopes of increasing the odds of still hosting Indoor Provincials, Sask Volleyball will be moving the event to the weekends of May 1st-3rd and May 8th-10th.  All divisions that were originally scheduled to play on May 1st-3rd will remain on that weekend.  All other divisions will be moved to either May 1st-3rd and May 8th-10t, and will be communicated to members by March 23rd.  Sask Volleyball will decide whether Indoor Provincials will be held or not by April 17th.  A decision and timelines for all other programs will be announced as soon as possible.

Sask Volleyball will continue to monitor all appropriate public safety advice and encourage our members to take any and all reasonable precautions. Weekly updates on the situation will be provided to members every Monday starting March 23rd.

Preventing Further Spread

To further assist with containing the spread of the Novel coronavirus, we also stress and emphasize the following behaviours:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (20 seconds) or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • If you are ill or are showing any symptoms, stay home
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

In light of the ongoing concern resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in support of suggested recommendations from health authorities regarding avoiding large group and crowded public activities, Sask Volleyball has decided to suspend activities until further notice, including the cancellation of Sask Cups for this upcoming weekend March 14-15, 2020.

Additionally, we are cancelling sanctions for all other activity this weekend, including club tournaments, club practices, and coaching workshops.  A determination of whether other Sask Cups or Provincial Championships, or any other activity will take place will be reviewed in the upcoming days and communicated to members as soon as possible.

Tournament Fees for Sask Cups and Tournament sanctions paid to Sask Volleyball will be refunded where necessary.

We apologize for the inconvenience, however we feel this decision is in the best interest of protecting the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, referees and the general public.

The following resources are available for further information:

Public Health Agency of Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Sask Health Authority
https://pubsaskdev.blob.core.windows.net/pubsask-prod/115659/Coronavirus2019-Public-QA-Mar%252B11%252B2020.pdf

https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/

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