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(last updated 4/4/2021)

MYA Volleyball COVID-19 Protocol

McLean Youth (MYA) Volleyball is committed to the well-being of its participants. Below is the COVID-19 Protocol for the Spring 2021 season following all relevant national, state and local policies and guidelines. It applies to all players, coaches, referees, league officials, parents and spectators.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

  • STAY HOME IF SICK - Anyone who has a fever or is feeling ill should not attend an MYA Volleyball event. 
  • MASKS REQUIRED- Sturdy masks must be worn at all MYA Volleyball events, both on and off the court.  No bandanas or neck gaiters are permitted.  Masks must cover both the mouth and nose -- they can only be momentarily lowered to drink water. If a mask is inadvertently dislodged during play, action must stop (and point replayed if a game) until the mask is covering both the mouth and nose again. If a participant's mask is no longer functional or the participant is unwilling to wear an acceptable mask properly, he/she must immediately leave the gym or outdoor playing area. Recommendation: bring a backup mask.
  • HEALTH SCREENING REQUIRED - Prior to participating in a MYA Volleyball scheduled event, players, coaches and referees must pass Virginia's health screening checklist on the day of the event using the Javelin mobile app. Only an adult 18-years or older can submit the health screening survey for a youth participant.
  • ONE TEAM IN GYM - At least 15 minutes are scheduled between indoor practices or games. Participants must wait outside (preferably in cars) until the start time of the scheduled event. The first group must vacate the facility before the next group enters. 
  • CLOSED PRACTICES and MATCHES - Only team players, coaches and designated league officials are permitted to attend indoor practices and matches.  No parents and other spectors are permitted in the gym. The one exception is the team's designated Parent Liaison (if appropriate) to support compliance with the COVID-19 Protocol. This same policy does not apply to outdoor games.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING - Participants must practice appropriate social distancing at all times during practices and games. Hugs, handshakes, high-fives and fist-pumps are not permitted.
  • NO SHARING - Each player or coach must bring his/her own mask, hand sanitizer and water. Sharing is not permitted. Using school drinking fountains is discouraged.
  • HAND WASHING - Hand washing and hand sanitizer use is recommended prior to arrival and upon finishing play.
  • EQUIPMENT DISINFECTION - Volleyballs and any shared or frequently touched items are disinfected between events.
  • GYM VENTILATION - During indoor practices and games, all gym doors are propped open. Where feasible and permitted, supplementary fans may also be deployed to help circulate air.

 

SICK PARTICIPANT

  • PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY - In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, the participant must do the following:
    • Notify the MYA Volleyball Director immediately by mailing  or texting 571-830-0141
    • Cease attending MYA Volleyball events
    • Follow the direction of public health officials
    • Consult the "Return to Play" protocol below
  • MYA VOLLEYBALL RESPONSIBILITY - Per Fairfax County Department of Health policies, MYA Volleyball must file a Health Department report if a participant has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This initiates a contact investigation
  • TEAM PAUSE- Per Health Department policies, if a participant has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the entire team is placed on a pause for the Health Department to run its contact investigation.  If there was a recent match, both teams are paused. 
    • The MYA Volleyball pause period is automatically 14 days after the date of exposure. All practices and matches during that period will be postponed or cancelled.
    • Per Fairfax Health Department policy, "those who practiced with or competed against the infectious individual and met the exposure criteria must quarantine for 14 days past the last date of exposure."
    • After the contact investigation is complete, the Health Department may determine that the pause period may be shortened or extended.
  • TEAM NOTIFICATION - MYA Volleyball will notify the entire team of the COVID-19 exposure and team pause while protecting the confidentiality of the infected individual.
  • RETURN TO PLAY - Those identified as having known exposure or have tested positive may return to play after 14 days OR after ALL the following criteria has been met (whichever is longer):
    • Fever-free for at least 72 hours following symptoms
    • AND other respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) improving
    • AND at least 10 days since symptoms first began
    • AND a negative test result is completed by a medical professional

 

PROTOCOL VIOLATION

  • Anyone who violates the letter or spirit of this protocol may be disqualified from the season and barred from further participation in MYA Volleyball spring 2021 events.

  • If the actions of an individual knowing placed other participants at risk, the matter is escalated to the MYA President for further disciplinary consideration which may include a life-time ban from all MYA sports.

 

SPECIAL GAME RULES

The following rule modifications are in place for the spring 2021 season.

  • Teams remain on the same side throughout a match and do not change sides between games
  • At the beginning of the match, the team listed in the schedule as the "home" team chooses the side and the team listed as the "visitor" team chooses to either serve or receive first. With each subsequent game in the match, the teams remain on the same side but alternate which team serves first.
  • Referees use electronic whistles only

 

REFERENCES - National, State and Local

US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Virginia Commonwealth

Fairfax County