Mar the 25 Corporate
Volleyball Canada Update: COVID-19
March 25, 2020: As was widely distributed on March 24, Volleyball Canada, with the support of its partners, made the decision to cancel 2020 Nationals.
"As the pandemic evolved it became clear that measures such as bans on large gatherings, social distancing and travel restrictions would continue through May and potentially beyond," said Mark Eckert, president and CEO of Volleyball Canada. "This was a joint decision with our partner Edmonton Events, and although we are disappointed to have to cancel this year’s events, the welfare of participants and fans is our greatest concern at all times."
Please see the full statement here:
NORCECA U20 and U21 tournaments, also scheduled for Edmonton this May, are postponed, and any future event(s) would be dependent on the lifting of travel and pubic gathering bans. More information will be shared as it is available.
Other developments as of March 25, 2020:
-On March 22, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees distributed a joint release regarding Tokyo 2020 stating that Canada would not send a team if the Games went ahead this summer as planned. On March 24, the IOC and Tokyo organizing committee issued the following regarding the postponement of the Games:
All Volleyball Canada programs are working around these developments and respecting orders to not use training facilities at this time.
- Volleyball Canada has made the decision to postpone the U21 Men’s selection camp, slated for April 29 to May 3. Staff will keep assessing the situation around the pandemic and communicate further information in a few weeks on the status of the camp as well as on the outlook for the rest of the summer for our U21 program.
-The women’s NextGen trials are also postponed. Originally scheduled for Richmond, B.C., May 3 to 7, more information will be released when it’s available.
-The Volleyball Canada Beach Training Centre remains closed, and World Tour and Beach Major Series events have been postponed or cancelled.
Beach Major Series:
-The men’s national team red and white series, scheduled for Laval, QC, in May, has been cancelled.
-All Volleyball Canada offices are closed, and staff are working remotely until further notice. We remain committed to answering questions and requests during this time but ask for patience and understanding as work hours may be flexible to accommodate family situations.
Other developments as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
-The men’s National Excellence program in Gatineau is cancelled.
-Registration for the upcoming indoor NextGen trials for women is suspended as is registration for the U21 men’s trials. More info is to come on these programs and related tournaments.
-National Team athletes in all our programs have received information provided by their respective Integrated Support Teams (IST) on maintaining their physical and mental well-being during uncertain times. Training centres and affiliated gyms and facilities remain closed.
-Volleyball Canada is continuing to communicate with its provincial and territorial partners regarding the ongoing crisis and how it’s affecting events and programming.
-Volleyball Canada’s head office remains minimally staffed and all other staff are working remotely. No work-related staff travel is taking place, at least until the end of April.
Other developments as of Monday, March 16, 2020:
- As of today, the Beach Volleyball World Tour will be suspended until the end of April, with all scheduled events during that period postponed to a later date or cancelled. From the statement: “The FIVB recognises that the COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly evolving and so it is likely that there will be further changes to the beach volleyball calendar. We are therefore already in contact with the IOC about potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”
-The Volleyball Canada Beach Training Centre in Toronto is closed, until April 06 or later if necessary. National Team beach athletes have returned or are in the process of returning to Canada, and have bee instructed to follow a 14-day isolation period by Volleyball Canada’s support staff.
-Indoor athletes have been instructed to return home from overseas if possible and follow the current health advice and COVID-19 precautions. Indoor centres in Gatineau QC and Richmond BC are closed.
-Volleyball Canada is evaluating the viability of hosting NORCECA indoor events, scheduled for Edmonton in May.
-Volleyball Canada staff members are working remotely, and email is the suggested best way to reach employees, as head office is not fully staffed at this time. The April 17-18 in-person meeting for the Board and Staff is cancelled.
-Regional Excellence Programs scheduled over the next few weeks are cancelled. All upcoming camps and trials are being evaluated.
-Volleyball Canada applauds the decision of the PTAs in their measures to postpone or cancel events, as directed by their local health authorities.
Other developments as of Friday, March 13, 2020:
-Volleyball Nations League for both our men’s and women’s teams has been postponed, announced Friday am. More information on the FIVB’s decision can be found here: https://www.fivb.com/en/about/news/fivb-announces-changes-to-events-calendar?id=90648
-Our men’s National Excellence Program (NEP) in Gatineau is suspended for at least two weeks.
-The planning and execution of all upcoming camps and trials will be reviewed on a day-to-day basis.
-The Volleyball Canada Beach Training Centre in Toronto is reviewing its procedures and protocols for athletes returning from overseas play (including quarantined periods where warranted). Our staff is working with CSIO to ensure the health and safety of athletes and coaches. UPDATE (March 15): The Beach Centre is now closed and FIVB events are postposed. More info to come.
-Our National Team staff have been in contact with Team Canada members playing in professional leagues around the world to monitor their situations, which vary greatly depending on the country.
-The men's Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Qualifier in the U.S., scheduled for March 16, was cancelled earlier this week. Our athletes sitting volleyball athletes are in Canada.
-Volleyball Canada strongly endorses the measures set out by its provincial partners regarding handshake protocols and ball cleaning procedures.
When in doubt, please follow the advice of your local health authority, as well as the following web pages:
Alberta (site of Edmonton Nationals) Health Services web page regarding COVID-19:
Government of Canada web page:
For our National Teams, we are closely monitoring the updates issued by the Canadian Olympic Committee, in partnership with other relevant organizations: