Health & Safety


COVID-19 UPDATE


June 30, 2020
  • The Governor of Arizona put in place Executive Orders yesterday to help ensure that the state continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • After today's discussions with the city of Scottsdale and Westworld, we have mutually agreed that it is in everyone’s best interest and safety to cancel the Volleyball Festival for 2020. We appreciate how welcoming both the city and venue have been after it became clear the convention center would not be ready for us.
  • We remain confident in Westworld of Scottsdale as an ideal volleyball venue and look forward to working together to host future events.
  • We need to be considerate of the state’s current “Safer at Home” approach to slow the spread of COVID-19 at a time when positive tests are moving in the wrong direction.
  • We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as we journeyed through this together. 
  • The refund process of Team and Chaperone Roster fees will begin in the next few days.

June 29, 2020
  • The Governor of Arizona put a new Executive Order in place today with measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The order includes closing bars, gyms and water parks for 30 days along with delaying the start of school until August 17. 
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  • Unfortunately, it appears that in certain situations, some establishments and patrons have not been practicing the CDC guidelines for social distancing, wearing masks and occupancy limits.
  • We expect to hear from the city of Scottsdale tomorrow with clarification on how this relates to the Volleyball Festival and will update everyone.
  • We're optimistic in the fact that we are not a public event with general spectators or ticket sales, meet or exceed the CDC safety guidelines, and have plenty of space to allow for ample social distancing when not playing.
  • We have always believed that youth sports is a vital part of the growth, development and well being of each generation. Today is no different. We truly want to give our athletes an opportunity to get back in a safe environment and compete in the sport they love. We will never stop in this pursuit and we truly appreciate all of your support and patience as we work through this.

June 19, 2020
  • We continue to move forward to host the tournament July 11-18.
  • The main location has moved to the 120,000 sq. ft. air conditioned North Hall at Westworld of Scottsdale (16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260).
  • Additional locations will be added as necessary based on team counts.
  • With the uncertainty around the Phoenix Convention Center's readiness to host us, the City of Scottsdale has welcomed us with open arms.
  • Traveling Teams will be reaching out to clubs shortly with new reservation dates and options. Their online reservation request link will also go live again after new hotel dates and contracts are secured.
  • The one parent/guardian per athlete policy will remain in place. Clubs will need to add parents to their AES team roster as a Chaperone. Chaperones will either need an AAU membership ($16) or pay a Roster Fee ($20) which includes a BallerTV Event Pass for someone to watch any game from any court live on on-demand for up to 5 days after the event. Click HERE to pay your Chaperone Roster Fee before June 27.
  • All Coaches, Players and Chaperones must complete the online Festival Waiver Form by June 27.
  • No general spectators are allowed.
  • Because of recent executive orders in Arizona, everyone will need to wear face masks when not playing or unable to maintain a 6' social distance.

May 25, 2020
  • As long as teams want to compete, we will explore every opportunity available to host a safe competition by planning for multiple scenarios at the Phoenix Convention or alternate locations. Currently, there are over 500 teams wanting to play with more signing up daily.
  • Arizona's "Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger" gradual reopening continues to progress with Phase 2 scheduled to start June 1.
  • Unfortunately, we have to be patient while Arizona's phased reopening progresses to the point that youth sports competitions are allowed.
  • Last week, the Governor of Florida lifted restrictions on all youth sports and summer camps.
  • By June 1, we will publish new deadlines and procedures for team registrations, payments, waiver forms, rosters and how the one parent or guardian per athlete policy will be implemented.
  • No spectators are allowed beyond the one parent/guardian per athlete on the team rosters.
  • Competition dates are extended to 8 days. Half the age divisions compete over the first 4 days with the other half over the next 4 days. Age division dates will be published on June 1. This limits the number of teams in the convention center at one time. If alternate sites are used, it requires  fewer locations.
  • No later than June 16, we will decide to start competition on June 25, delay the start of the tournament into July (most likely date would be July 11) or to cancel the event.
  • We are working on modified changes to the Festival format to allow for fewer teams/court, staggered start times and longer times between waves. Teams will play at least two matches per day and 8 to 9 matches total.
  • Open divisions will be created in most of the age divisions.
  • The Welcome Party in cancelled.
  • There will not be practice days before the competition.
  • Players will not be required to where masks during competition. Other mask rules will be determined based on the best guidance we have available leading up to the competition.

May 1, 2020
  • We continue to work with the city of Phoenix, state of Arizona and local public health officials to identify safeguards and guidelines that will allow The Volleyball Festival to be safely held at the Phoenix Convention Center.
  • Last week, the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships released a list of precautionary measures they plan to implement for their event June 16-28 in Orlando, Florida. The Festival take these measures into consideration when forming similar guidelines with local health officials, the city, state and Phoenix Convention Center.
  • We expect that spectators will be limited. Details to be determined, but the most extreme scenario would be one parent or guardian per athlete.
  • We expect the Welcome Party to be cancelled.
  • The Phoenix Convention Center already has put in place enhanced rigorous cleaning and sanitizing measures, extra hand sanitizer dispensers and signage for attendees on best practices to avoid illness.
  • Court layouts and seating will be modified to better enable social distancing.
  • Water and Gatorade stations will not be provided.
  • No handshakes or high-fives before or after matches.
  • No team net gift exchanges.
  • Baller TV will broadcast every game from every court. Pricing and packages to be announced.

April 18, 2020
  • We are optimistic about our ability to host The Volleyball Festival as scheduled June 24-28.
  • We are encouraged by the White House's announced 3-phased approach of "Opening Up America Again" based on the advice of public health experts. We believe if the Phoenix region enters into Phase 2, the Festival will be allowed to proceed as an "organized youth activity" in a sporting venue with "moderate social distancing protocols."
  • We anticipate having to implement some modifications and/or limitations on spectator ticketing, attendance and seating in order to satisfy social distancing protocols.
  • All necessary and recommended disinfecting solutions and protocols will be utilized to provide the safest competition for our athletes and spectators.
  • For us to properly format the tournament and finalize staffing, we encourage teams to pay their team fee, build their AES rosters and have adults on the team roster along with parents (for their athletes) complete the online Festival Waiver Form by May 15.
  • If the event is cancelled, all team entry fees will be refunded. If the event is not cancelled and a team with a paid entry chooses not to compete, their club will have a credit for one team to play in the 2021 Volleyball Festival.

March 16, 2020
  • As of now, we have no plans to cancel the 2020 Volleyball Festival Championships.
  • We are actively monitoring the current situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our priority is the health and safety of our attendees. We are working closely with the US CDC, the City of Phoenix, our Phoenix hotel partners, the Phoenix Convention Center, Visit Phoenix and the national office of the AAU. All parties are in continual communication regarding the health and safety of group events and are proactively taking the steps necessary to ensure public safety is a top priority.
  • The Convention Center has increased the frequency of cleaning throughout the campus using approved disinfectants, increased the number of hand sanitizer dispensers and increased signage for attendees on best practices to avoid illness.
  • Both the AAU and USA Volleyball have cancelled all events until mid-April when it is expected that the spread of infections from COVID-19 virus will have slowed. The status of The Volleyball Festival Championships will follow the recommendations of the authorities mentioned above. We will continue to provide updates as they are available.
  • The Volleyball Festival and Phoenix Convention Center will take preventative measures during the event including (but not limited to) the following:
    • Sanitary wipes will be provided for all score tables and in high traffic areas.
    • Pre- and post-game high five protocol will be eliminated.
    • No exchanging of friend ship gifts at the net pre-match.
    • Increased frequency of cleaning throughout the campus using approved disinfectants.
    • Increased  number of hand sanitizer dispensers.
    • Increased signage for attendees on best practices to avoid illness.
  • Everyone will need to make what they feel is the best choice for their team and families regarding travel and participating in athletic events. Should you choose to attend, those that may be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 are:
    • Older adults
    • Those with heart disease
    • Those with diabetes
    • Those with lung disease
  • The following preventive measures should be taken to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.


    DR. KEARNEY TIPS ON HYDRATION

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    BEATING HEAT CRAMPS

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    TREATING SHOULDER PAIN

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    BEAT THE HEAT

    Welcome back to Phoenix!  As many of you returning teams remember, Arizona can be HOT, to say the least, during your week at the Festival.  We have a comprehensive Sports Medicine Staff comprised of 50 plus Athletic Trainers, Athletic Training Students and Physicians available to provide round the clock medical services both through roving patrols and at three athletic training rooms in the Phoenix Convention Center to care for all our participants' medical needs. We'd also like to provide some tips on how to avoid heat related illness during your time competing at the Festival from our Associate Director of Sports Medicine, Dr. Eric Fuchs, ATC, EMT-B.  This information will help your athletes stay at a high level of performance while competing in Phoenix. Click HERE for Eric's tips entitled "How to Beat the Heat, Steps to Take to Prevent Heat Related Injuries & Illness During Volleyball Festival."

    For a powerpoint summarizing heat related injuries and illnesses and how to prevent them, click HERE.

    For the NATA's Position Statement article on fluid replacements, click HERE.