A PHASED RETURN TO PLAY PLAN DOCUMENT
View the latest club update from Volleyball BC (November 12, 2020).
Our main priority is the safety of our volleyball community. A Phased Approach to Volleyball Plan outlines the guidelines and considerations set by Volleyball BC for organised volleyball to resume in British Columbia. A safe return to volleyball will take place carefully and gradually in phases that align with public health guidelines.
As our key partners in delivering volleyball, we are committed to supporting you to safely plan and resume your organisation’s activities. This page will be used to share useful resources and information to help support you. Please check back frequently for the latest information.
developing a safety plan
In order to reopen, each volleyball organization must:
- Create a Communicable Disease Prevention Plan that meets the guidelines set out in the “A Phased Return to Volleyball Plan” document in accordance with Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan.
Member Clubs and Affiliated Associations must also complete the following:
- WorkSafe BC has created a communication disease prevention plan guide for employers.
- Own The Podium has also developed a useful risk assessment and mitigation checklist to help sport clubs and organizations work through risk assessment as it relates to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Exposure Protocol & Communication
Here’s a step-by-step guide to download in the event of one of your club members is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
The following links outline guidelines for equipment and facility cleaning:
- Mikasa: Ball Cleaning Guidelines
- Government of Canada: Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces During COVID-19
- BC Centre for Disease Control: Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings
Volleyball BC is extending our indoor season of play, which includes insurance coverage, for those clubs, players, staff, coaches and referees that were registered for the club season.
This extension will allow clubs to organize and develop indoor summer activities in addition to outdoor programming until August 31, 2020.
To operate under the VBC insurance it is mandatory that you have taken these steps:
- Create a COVID-19 Safety Plan that meets the guidelines set out in the “A Phased Return to Volleyball Plan” document;
- Gain approval of the COVID-19 Safety Plan from their Board of Directors/Owner; and
- Publish the approved COVID-19 Safety Plan electronically, front and center on the organization’s website home page and/or in hard-copy on the walls of the facility, in a conspicuous place.
As part of this, Member Clubs and Affiliated Associations must have also completed the following online declarations with Volleyball BC:
These steps apply whether you are operating indoor or outdoor programming. The VBC insurance will not be valid unless these steps have been completed.
The insurance extension for indoor volleyball applies to those members, players, staff and coaches who were registered for the indoor season.
If you have participants who were not registered for the indoor season, you may purchase additional insurance from us to cover these individuals. Contact [email protected] to do so.
NOTE: Volleyball BC’s insurance underwriter, Markel, has provided an exclusion notice for COVID-19. This exclusion means that there is currently no provision for liability and defense cost coverage associated with COVID-19 related claims or lawsuits. This situation is not specific to volleyball or BC and is being applied across amateur sports in BC and Canada. Organizations wishing to operate under Volleyball BC’s insurance are required to acknowledge this exclusion here.
Click here to review a Guideline endorsed by the Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) CMO, Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) CMO, and Own the Podium.
We have developed some template waivers for clubs to use if they wish.
A copy of the Volleyball BC COVID-19 Waiver Agreements can be found here:
- Mask use & Volleyball
- https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport – viaSport BC Return to Sport resources, including Return to Sport Guidelines.
- https://volleyball.ca/en/news/volleyball-canada-update-covid-19 – Volleyball Canada’s Return to Play resources.
- https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/gdx/go_forward_strategy_checklist_web.pdf – Province of BC Go Forward Strategy Check List
- https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en – Province of BC self-assessment tool for COVID-19.
- http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19 – Latest updates on COVID-19 from the BC Centre for Disease Control.
- http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Professionals-Site/Documents/COVID19_PhysicalDistancingPoster.pdf – BCCDC Physical Distancing Poster.
- http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Professionals-Site/Documents/COVID19_Handwashing%20Poster_MD%20offices.pdf– BCCDC Handwashing Poster
- http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/CleaningDisinfecting_PublicSettings.pdf – BCCDC Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings.
- https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates – WorkSafe BC COVID-19 guidance.
- https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/checklist/covid-19-safety-plan?lang=en – WorkSafe BC COVID-19 Safety Plan Template
- https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/information-sheets/ofaa-protocols-covid-19-pandemic?lang=en – First aid treatment during COVID-19 pandemic.
- https://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/first-aid-tips-and-resources/first-aid-tips/first-aid-protocols-for-an-unresponsive-person-during-covid-19 – First aid protocols for an unresponsive person during COVID-19.
While we aim to provide relevant and timely information, because information known about the COVID-19 coronavirus and recommended health and safety measures can rapidly change no guarantee can be given as to the accuracy or completeness of any information provided in the Guidelines. It is important to note that the A Phased Return to Volleyball Plan is not a legal document and is to be used as a guide only. It is not a substitute for actual legislation or orders of the PHO. In the event of an ambiguity or conflict between the Plan and the Public Health Act, regulations or orders thereunder, the Act, regulations and orders prevail.
Nothing in the Plan is intended to provide legal advice. Do not rely on this document or treat it as legal advice. This page contains links to third party web sites. Links are provided for convenience only and Volleyball BC does not endorse the information contained in linked web sites nor guarantee its accuracy, timeliness or fitness for a particular purpose. The information in those links may be updated from time to time. We do not monitor those sites and are not responsible for updates. You should check back regularly to ensure your Plan is up to date.
Anyone using the Plan does so at his or her own risk. Volleyball BC shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any kind arising directly or indirectly from the use of the Plan including, without limitation, reliance on the completeness or accuracy of the information provided.