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Volleyball Canada Updates: COVID-19

 

 

JUNE 11, 2020: Volleyball Canada has cancelled its remaining women’s and men’s indoor National Team training centre programming for the summer of 2020.  Read the full release.

May 08, 2020:  Men’s and women’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL) is officially cancelled for the 2020 season.

VNL 2020 was scheduled to begin on May 19 for the women’s competition and May 22 for the men’s event. Ottawa’s Arena at TD Place was to be the site of the women’s hosting dates (June 2 to 4) in Canada; and WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary was to host the men later that month.
 
The FIVB announced the postponement of the event in March 2020:  “However, given the evolving nature of the pandemic, the complexity of staging the global event, across multiple host countries, and the commitment to safeguarding participants’ health, the VNL Council, the FIVB Board of Administration and the event organizers, jointly agreed to cancel this year’s edition of the VNL. The FIVB is continuing to work closely with all parties to coordinate the schedule for the VNL 2021 while retaining both Italy and China as the host nations for the finals.” 
 
Read the full statement:
https://www.fivb.com/en/about/news/fivb-announces-cancellation-of-vnl-2020?id=90800

"We would like to thank our hosts and fans for their patience as the FIVB and its partners made the difficult decision to cancel the event this year due to the worldwide health crisis," said Alan Ahac, Volleyball Canada’s Director of International Events. "VNL is an exciting showcase of our sport, and we’re looking forward to future events when it’s safe to play again."

Refunds will be issued by TD Place (Ottawa) and Ticketmaster (Calgary) according to their respective policies.

The FIVB also confirmed that teams that qualified for the VNL 2020 in the 2019 edition of the Challenger Cup, the Slovenian national men’s volleyball team and Canada’s national women’s volleyball team, will retain their places for the VNL 2021. This would be the Canadian women’s team first appearance in VNL.
 
Other COVID-19 related updates as of May 08:

-The Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame, which was to be held in Calgary in June during VNL weekend, is now carried over to next year. The 2020 inductees will be publicly inducted in 2021. The call for nominations for 2022 will be posted on our web site by end of this year. The AGM, which was also to be held the weekend of June 19 to 21, will be held online during the same time period.
 
-Canada Cup: As was earlier communicated to stakeholders, the 2020 Canada Cup event organized by Volleyball Canada is postponed to July 2021 in Calgary. For more information on proposed dates and format, please contact dsales@volleyball.ca
 
Link to latest Sport Medicine Advisory Committee update:
https://csiontario.ca/news/update-15-advisory-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:
https://volleyball.ca/en/news/volleyball-canada-s-2020-nationals-cancelled
 
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.
World Tour:
https://www.fivb.com/en/about/news/fivb-announce-changes-to-the-beach-volleyball?id=90668
Beach Major Series:
https://www.fivb.com/en/about/news/beach-volleyball-major-series-announcement?id=90678
 
-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.

Links

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:

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

Government of Canada web page:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

For our National Teams, we are closely monitoring the updates issued by the Canadian Olympic Committee, in partnership with other relevant organizations:

https://www.csiontario.ca/news/update-12-advisory-covid-19