Tournaments – COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE

We hope you are surviving the madness.  With the fall tournament season approaching, we wanted to address the pandemic situation, while still being in a position to host the tournaments on the docket.  We’ve had record registration for the 2020 season, and remain hopeful that we will be able to get into the gym beginning in August.

But at this juncture there are still more “unknowns” than “knowns” about Middle School and High School sports in Georgia this fall.  In the absence of firm guidance from GHSA and other agencies, we are proceeding as follows:

  • We will control the population in the gym by limiting the number of teams we will accept.
  • We hope to hold September’s events at the new, 13-court A5 Sportsplex in Roswell, utilizing no more than six courts. This will allow us to maintain a greater degree of social distancing.
  • The Sportsplex has experienced a few construction delays owing to the pandemic. If it is not complete in time for the September tournaments, we will hold the affected tournaments in Southern Volleyball Center, and will spill over to other venues as necessary.
  • Safety of our customers is our paramount consideration. We would rather cancel tournament(s) than put players, coaches, officials or spectators at risk – though we all know that the only way to avoid risk altogether is to hibernate at home.  In the event that we cancel any events, coaches will be notified and registration fees will be returned as soon as the decision is made.
  • We have developed and will enforce a COVID-19 policy for our tournaments.  We ask that you review the policy before attending.  Scroll down to see it.

In the meantime, HERE IS WHAT WE NEED FROM COACHES WISHING TO ATTEND ONE OR MORE OF OUR EVENTS:

  • If you have registered and paid for the tournament(s) you wish to attend, no further action is necessary.
  • If you decide not to attend any of the tournaments for which you are registered, please notify Briana Johnson
  • If you have registered for any tournaments but not yet paid, we ask you to handle this not later than July 10. If circumstances dictate a reduction in the number of teams, those teams that are latest to pay their registration fees will be the first to be dropped.

It is important that we communicate if we are to achieve any level of normalcy prior to the development of a vaccine for the virus.  Please feel free to contact us at any time, and we will do the same.

Refund Policy –– SVC hosts about a dozen tournaments each year.  We are often asked about our refund policy.  We are normally happy to refund a registration fee if a team drops – provided that the intent to drop is delivered timely to us — i.e., sufficiently in advance to prevent us from having to re-do the schedule — typical two weeks.

Beast, Southern Exposure and the Southern Volleyball Invitational are exceptions to this, in that teams make plans to attend these events 8 months in advance, and there is always a wait list.  However, wait-listed teams must manage their own schedules, so they make alternate plans if they can’t get in.  Therefore, the cutoff dates for registration fee refund are as follows:

  • Southern Invitational          3/31
  • Beast of the Southeast         12/31

We regret to inform you that food tables will no longer be allowed at any of our venues.  Each team may bring one cooler into the facility.  Teams are welcome to set up tables and tents outside the facility.

SVT COVID-19 Policies

Recognizing that we all want to get back into the gym — we all want to compete – Southern Volleyball Center will host the tournaments on its docket.  We will not do so at the expense of safety, however, so we ask all athletes, coaches and spectators to adhere to the guidelines below.  Moreover, we ask individuals with any of the following symptoms to remain home:

Symptoms: shortness of breath, dry cough, sore throat, headache, runny nose or nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of sense of smell/taste, dizziness, muscle aches, general weakness, fever of 100 or more, chills, shaking, recent unprotected contact with a known positive COVID-19 patient.

Upon Entrance

  • We ask all participants to enter through the front entrance to SVC and exit to the rear.
  • All participants will be temperature checked at the front entrance. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees will be denied admission to the facility.
  • Once you have passed the health check, you will be given a wristband to signify that you have passed the check for the day. These wristbands MUST be worn at all times in the building, including during competition. This includes all athletes, coaches and chaperones. If you are in the building without the appropriate wristband, you may be expelled from the event.
  • Officials, event staff, vendors and all others in the building will be subject to the same protocols
  • Please wear your mask when entering the building and take it off only upon exiting.
  • Spectators will be charged an admission fee of $7. We will not accept cash.  Credit cards only.
  • We ask everyone entering the building to use the sanitary hand wash, and to continue this practice frequently throughout the day.

While in the Facility

  • Masks must be worn at all times within the building. Exceptions:  athletes warming up or actually playing in a match.  (Athletes on the bench must have their masks on.)
  • Food tables are not allowed. However, one cooler per team will be permitted inside the competition venue and can be kept with the team.
  • Athletes will minimize contact with other participants. We will not switch sides between sets; we will not shake hands before or after a match and we will not give high fives after a good play.
  • All participants will wash hands before and after each match.
  • Population in the facility will be controlled by accepting significantly fewer teams than the capacity of the facility allows.
  • Participants should endeavor to maintain social distancing of six feet. Spectator chairs will be so arranged.
  • Officials will sanitize game balls between each match.
  • Teams should bring their own pens and pencils for scorekeeping.