COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN

Action Volleyball Club COVID-19 Safety Plan

Following the guidance from Volleyball BC, viaSport and Worksafe BC, please refer to this document as a guideline for the measures Action Volleyball Club will be taking to protect our staff and participants.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

  1. Personal hygiene: Players and coaches should all practice proper hygiene (ie: hand washing, hand sanitizing).
  2. Stay home if sick: Players and coaches should know the common symptoms of COVID-19 and stay away if displaying symptoms
  3. Environmental hygiene: More frequent cleaning of practice facility and training equipment
  4. Safe social interactions: Training will be conducted in small cohorts and will be structured to be able to maintain 2m of physical distance.
  5. Physical modification: Training spaces will be arranged to allow maximum physical distance and transition times will be placed between sessions to minimize contact.

ILLNESS POLICY:

  1. Compliance Forms: Participants and coaches will be required to fill out the Volleyball BC Declaration Compliance Form
  2. Assessment:
  • If you are unsure please use the BC COVID-19 self-assessment toolhttps://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en
  • Participants must stay home if:
    • They don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19
    • Someone in their household has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19
    • They have traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
    • Someone in their household has traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
    • They have been in contact with a known/presumptive case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Participants will not be allowed to attend training if:
    • Show symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days (e.g. cough, fever, chills, headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, sore throat, diarrhea, fatigue, etc.)
    • Have been directed by Public Health to quarantine or self-isolate
    • Have recently been in contact with a known/presumptive case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    • Have returned from travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
    • Have a temperature of over 38˚C (100.4˚F)
  • If you are feeling sick:
    • Remain at home and contact Health Link BC at 8-1-1.
    • If you feel sick and /or are showing symptoms while within the sport environment, they should be sent home immediately and contact 8-1-1 for further guidance.
    • No one may participate in a practice/activity if they are symptomatic.
  • If athlete test positive for COVID-19:
    • The athlete will not be permitted to return to the practice/facility until they are free of the COVID-19 virus.
    • Any athlete who play closely with the infected Team Member will also be removed from the practice/facility for at least 14 days to ensure the infection does not spread further.
    • Close off, clean and disinfect their practice/facility area immediately and any surfaces that could have potentially be infected/touched.
  • If an athlete has been tested and is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 Test:
    • As with the confirmed case, the athlete must be removed from the practice/facility.
    • The Public Health Agency of Canada advises that any person who has even mild symptoms to stay home and call the public health authority of B.C.
    • Other athletes who may have been exposed will be informed and removed from the practice/activity for at least 14 days or until the diagnosis of COVID-19 is ruled out by health authorities.
    • The practice/activity space will be closed off, cleaned, and disinfected immediately and any other surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched.
  • If a Team Member has come in to contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19:
    • Athletes must advise their coach if they reasonably believe they have been exposed to COVID-19.
    • Once the contact is confirmed, the athlete will be removed from the practice/activity for at least 14 days or as otherwise directed by public health authorities. Athletes who may have come into close contact with the athlete will also be removed from practices for at least 14 days.
    • The activity area will be closed off, cleaned, and disinfected immediately and any other surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched.
  • Athletes and coaches must quarantine or self-isolate if:
    • You have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days.
    • You have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or you have tested positive
    • You have been advised to do so by health officials
    • You are living with someone who is self-isolating or in quarantine 

TRAINING PROTOCOL:

  1. Athletes are asked to arrive at the time of their session and leave immediately after their session ends.
  2. Registration: If in person registration is needed, barriers will be placed around the registration desk.
  3. Full contact information will be collected for each individual for possible contact tracing.
  4. Participants will answer a quick wellness questionnaire/self-assessment prior to commencing each training session. If a participant is showing signs of cold, flu, or COVID with coughing or sneezing, they must be removed from the activity and self-isolate immediately as per Illness Policy.
  5. Temperatures will be checked before entering. Athletes will be sent home if their temperature is above 38˚C (100.4˚F) as per Illness Policy.
  6. Transition Times: Time between sessions will be scheduled to ensure social distancing is in place and that there is time to clean
    1. Athletes are asked to arrive at the time of their session and leave immediately after
  7. COVID-19 safety plan will be on display at the facility and provided to each athlete and coach 

TRAINING RULES:

  1. Personal Hygiene: Players and coaches should all practice proper hygiene including:
    1. Frequent handwashing and hand-sanitizing
      1. Hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) will be provided for coaches and players at each session
      2. Players and coaches will be required to sanitize their hands before and after each session
    2. Abstain from touch face, eyes, mouth, and nose
    3. Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
  2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
    1. Prior to training: Masks must be worn in lobby areas of schools and common areas.
    2. During training: All coaches and staff will be required to wear non-medical grade face masks if 2m physical distance cannot be maintained. Players have the option of wearing a mask.
  3. Designated Spots: Participants will come to practice ready and will put their things in their designated tile, which will be wiped down after each session
  4. Water Bottles: Players and coaches must bring their own name-labelled, water-filled water bottle. Sharing water bottles is not allowed.
  5. Drills: All drills will be modified to adhere to the 2m physical distance rule
    1. Maximum of 12 players per court – 6 per side
    2. No contact that is unnecessary with players outside of the cohort (e.g. high fives, hugs, etc.)
  6. Equipment: The use of team shared equipment will be limited to training sessions on their own court
    1. Shared equipment will be sanitized before and after the next training session using them
  7. Spectators: There will be no spectators in order to limit the number of people in the training facility

CLEANING PROTOCOLS:

  • All equipment (balls, score cards, ball carts, nets etc) will be disinfected after each session
  • Players are required to store personal items in tiles and these tiles will be sanitized after each use
  • Follow all facility operator guidelines for safe use of the space. The facility owner or operator has overall responsibility for cleaning protocols within the facility. However, anyone renting their space is responsible for ensuring that there are sufficient protocols in place, as well as ensuring all equipment is properly cleaned.
  • Floors will be wiped down in between each session
  • All equipment will remain with one court until the session is done
    • If a ball comes from another court, return it with feet
  • All seating will be wiped down before and after each session
  • Coaches and athletes will wash hands before and after sessions and anytime they come into contact with equipment that is not currently in use by the court and after cleaning
  • Coaches will be mainly responsible for overseeing and delegating cleaning
  • Must wear gloves when cleaning 

OUTBREAK PLAN:

(Outbreak is two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19)

  • Early Detection of Symptoms: It is critical to notify the team coach as the early detection triggers the immediate implementation of effective control measures including cleaning protocols to limit the spread.
  • If a case or outbreak is reported, the President of Action Volleyball has the authority to modify, restrict, postpone or cancel activities.
  • The facility owner will also be notified to ensure enhancing cleaning protocol takes place at public touch points within the vicinity.
  • The illness policy will take effect.

EMERGENCY PLAN:

(Taken from Via Sport)

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.

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/information-sheets/ofaa-protocols-covid-19- pandemic?lang=en First aid protocols for an unresponsive person during COVID-19:

https://www.redcross.ca/training-andcertification/first-aid-tips-and-resources/first-aid-tips/first-aid-protocols-for-an-unresponsive-personduring-covid-19