Urban Rec Return to Play Protocol for Beach Volleyball

Return to Play Plan – Adult Recreational Beach Volleyball

On June 15, 2020, Volleyball BC released their ‘Phased Return to Volleyball’.  While Urban Rec has no direct affiliation with, nor are subject to governance by Volleyball BC, this document forms the foundation upon which the Urban Rec Beach Volleyball Return to Play protocols have been developed.  These protocols will be updated periodically as the situation requires and may differ from the Province wide guidance provided by Volleyball BC as we evolve our offering in alignment with PHO guidelines and the municipal guidelines in the communities in which we operate.

Pre-Arrival Health Check:

Each day before each session of play, each Group Leader will be sent an email to remind them to confirm with their group that all participants planning to attend can answer “NO” to the following 3 questions:

  1. Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing) over the last 5 days?
  2. Have you travelled to any country outside Canada within the last 14 days?
  3. Have you provided care, or had contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, in the last 5 days?
Limit Participation:
  • Only players that are Urban Rec members and have completed all requirements of being added to the group roster, including accepting all Waivers, Addendums and Terms and Conditions of play, may be in attendance at the court.
  • A maximum of 6 players per group will be allowed, no spectators may be on the court
  • A maximum of 2 groups (totaling 12 participants) and 1 Urban Rec Staff will be allowed to be in the standard beach court area defined by the 10mx20m rectangle encompassing the boundary and 1m offset to net posts and back service lines
Signage:
  • Signage posted at each venue supplementing any existing signage to ensure the following elements are included:
    • Health Check 3 Questions @ Entrance
    • Arrival/departure procedure @ all potential points of entry/exit
    • Reminders to maintain Social Distancing @ all potential points of entry/exit
    • Hand Sanitization @ Entrance and each sanitizing station
Sanitization/Disinfecting Procedures:
  • Hand Sanitizer  will be available for participant use (although we do encourage teams to bring their own)
  • UR Staff to disinfect all equipment prior to play
  • If participants would like their game ball disinfected, Urban Rec Staff will be happy to do so at the Event Centre
  • UR Staff to disinfect all equipment at end of play

Participant Guidelines – Adult Recreational Beach Volleyball

Personal Protection/Hygiene:
  • The use of a mask is recommended for all participants
  • Participants must avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth
  • Participants must cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and apply hand sanitizer immediately after a coughing or sneezing event.
  • Always maintain current physical distancing standards from others
  • Be mindful of common surfaces and limit touch points
Equipment:
  • 2 Volleyballs (one for each side of the court) will be provided by Urban Rec.
  • Do NOT bring your own volleyballs to the facility
  • Come prepared to play! Do not change at the field - No access to washrooms/change rooms
  • Bring your own water bottle - Do not share any drinks or food
Arrival/Departure at the BEACH:
  • Participants can arrive at the beach no more than 10 minutes before scheduled play time
  • Absolutely no congregating at the beach, facility or parking area before or after your game
  • Do not enter the court area until ALL other groups have left the court
  • Follow the Entry & Exit plans as designated by Urban Rec and/or the Venue
    • Once you enter the beach court area go directly to your teams’ designated area
  • At the end of your play, immediately leave the court following the appropriate exit plan
  • Collect all garbage/recycling and place it in the appropriate bins after your play
Mindful Participation:
  • Review guidelines in advance of arrival
  • Listen to, and follow, the direction of Urban Rec Staff at all times
  • Review and adhere to directions posted via onsite signage
  • Pre-sanitize hands and equipment before play
  • Stay within your designated areas at the beach courts
  • Do not linger around the beach area after your play

UR Staff Guidelines – Adult Recreational Beach Volleyball

Equipment:
  • Each staff member will be provided
    • Mask (welcome to use their own as long as it covers their mouth and nose)
    • Staff Clothing (must be worn)
    • Access to gloves
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Whistle
    • Individual binder for each staff for notes and record keeping.
Training:
  • Each staff member will go through a training procedure on how to run each specific venue
    • Participants encouraged to wear masks
    • How to conduct captain’s meetings
    • How to deal with discipline at the venue
    • How to deal with first aid
    • When and how to disinfect equipment
Communication:
  • UR Staff are empowered to request any participant to immediately leave the venue should they display any symptoms of COVID-19 or if behavior is not in keeping with safe and healthy play
    • Re-ask the participant the ‘3 Health Check Questions’
    • Staff may ask entire group to leave if behavior from one or more group member is not in keeping with safe and healthy play
First Aid Plan:

In the event that first aid is required to be administered during an activity, all persons attending to the injured individual must first put on a mask and gloves.

Urban Rec Staff will be guided in their first aid protocols by the following documents:

Phase 1 Return to Play Activities: Beach Volleyball Training

Tentatively in place through June 30th, 2020.

In alignment with Volleyball BC guidance, a typical Urban Rec Beach Volleyball session would include:

  • A maximum of 6 players per group with 3 on either side of the net on a single court
    • No spectators or substitute players will be allowed at the venue
  • Groups will only engage with members of their own group – there will be no team vs team play
  • Beach Volleyball rules will be modified to ensure physical distancing standards before, during and after the session
  • Participants will be at the beach for a maximum of 60min
  • There will be no contact between any participants at any time
    • No hand shaking, no high-fiving, no fist bumps, etc.
  • All participants must keep 2 meters away from other participants.
  • There will be a ‘restricted area’ approximately 1 meter away from each side of the net
    • A participant may not hit/spike a ball from within this restricted area
    • A participant may not attempt to block from inside the restricted area
    • A player may enter this area to bump or set a ball, but must leave the area immediately after the touch
  • Participants must stay on their side of the court

Phase 2 Return to Play Activities: In Club Beach Volleyball Game Play

Timeline: Tentatively commencing July 1st, 2020.

Urban Rec is a club of member participants from local geographic regions central to the facilities in which we operate.

  • A maximum of 12 players with 6 on either side of the net on a single court
    • No spectators or substitute players will be allowed at the venue
  • Beach Volleyball rules and group sizes will be modified to ensure physical distancing standards before, during and after the session
  • Participants will be at the beach for a maximum of 75min
  • Teams will only be scheduled to engage with one other team per session/per week.
  • There will be no contact between any participants at any time
    • No hand shaking, no high-fiving, no fist bumps etc
  • All participants must keep 2 meters away from other participants.
  • There will be a ‘restricted area’ approximately 1meter away from each side of the net
    • A participant may not hit/spike a ball from within this restricted area
    • A participant may not attempt to block from inside the restricted area
    • A player may enter this area to bump or set a ball, but must leave the area immediately after the touch
  • Participants must stay on their side of the court