Currently the BC Provincial Health Office has exempted youth sport participants (including coaches and staff) from the current vaccine mandates.  Unless the order changes, this should not affect any competition within the province, however, this is an evolving situation and we recognize that we may need to navigate changing circumstances as the season progresses. Elevate will do our best to anticipate any changes or impact public health orders may have on our programs to avoid significant impact to our athletes, however, situations may arise beyond our control or foresight.  In addition, there may be some facilities that have tighter restrictions impacting tournaments. As a member of Volleyball BC, Elevate must follow all PHO orders as defined by viaSport and VBC related to masks, protocols, vaccines and facility restrictions and we appreciate your cooperation and patience in this regard.


In times of heightened risk of Covid-19, our club will rely on the Elevate Volleyball Club COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN as directed by public health officials. 

1)    Introduction:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Elevate Volleyball club has developed a return to play safety plan aligned with Worksafe BC, Public Health guidelines, viaSport, and Volleyball BC. We will also work with our facility partners to ensure we are aligned with their enhanced cleaning procedures. While the pandemic evolves, we know the response to it will evolve as well. We will update our procedures as necessary. While we recognize that no protocol ensures a zero risk of viral exposure, we remain confident that our leadership and coaches will remain mindful and proactive in ensuring safety in our return to play strategy.

2)    Enhanced Cleaning Supplies and Equipment:

  • Hand sanitizer – avail at entrance and exit, ball cart, and individual athlete zones
  • Touchless garbage cans – at both front and back entrances, one in washroom
  • Sanitizing wipes – at entrance, ball cart, bench area
  • Touchless soap dispenser – washroom
  1. b)    Public Poster Signage (in coordination with our facility partners)
  • Entrance “Please do not enter if you are experiencing symptoms… “
  • Entrance “Please use hand sanitizer upon entry and exit”
  • Interior “Please promote Physical distancing”
  • Interior – Return to play Safety Plan
  • Washroom -Washing instructions
  1. c)     Cleaning Schedule (in coordination with our facility partners)
  • Disinfect interior and exterior door handles; all equipment and touch points
  • Disinfect washroom including toilet, mirror and sink
  • Check (and if necessary, replace) paper towels, toilet paper, liquid sanitizer and hand soap
  • Empty garbage cans
  • Disinfect assigned ball cart & balls
  • Clean top and bottom of nets; posts & antennae straps
  • Disinfect any other peripheral coaching aids

4)    Rules & Protocols:

  1. a)    Participants will NOT be allowed to attend if:
  • Show symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days. Symptoms include fever, chills, coughing, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea and/or new muscle aches or headaches.
  • Show any symptoms of or have a cold or flu.
  • Have been directed by Public Health to self-isolate.
  • Have recently arrived from outside of Canada or have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 infected individual and have not isolated for 14 days.
  • Have not passed the Daily Health Declaration Questionnaire.
  • Have not signed the COVID-19 insurance waiver.
  • Have had their temperature checked upon entry and identified with a fever.
  1. b)    Prior to entry to facility participants must:
  • Have sent the club a parent signed COVID-19 Insurance Waiver and completed the Health Declaration form.
  • Bring their own name-labelled, water-filled water bottle.
  • Wash their hands thoroughly before leaving home.
  1. c)     Prior to the start of each session:
  • Coaches will initiate entry and exit from the facility.
  • Participants must clean their hands using hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizers.
  • Coaches (or designate) will check the temperature of all athletes upon entering building.
  • If any participants show signs of illness during check-in, they will be asked to contact their parents immediately and self-isolate until their parents can pick-up.
  • Coaches will ask all participants health check questions at the start of each camp.
  • Coaches will assign participants to individual athlete stations for hand sanitization, breaks, water, gear changing and preparation for play.
  • Athletes and coaches will have the option to bring and wear a mask during activities.
  1. d)     During Camp(if any) or practices(in season):
  • Each session will be assigned an exclusive ball cart with a reduced number of balls.
  • Each court will be assigned a specific set of balls to reduce equipment sharing.
  • The majority of the drills will be player-centric.
  • Whenever possible, participants must exercise physical and social distancing (2 meters apart), during drills, particularly during breaks and coach/player group meetings.
  • Participants have the option to wear masks.
  • Participants must avoid close contact socializing.
  • Participant must cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
  • Participants should avoid touching their face whenever possible.
  • Participants should wash their hands with sanitizers or soap during breaks.
  • Balls will be cleaned with sanitizing wipes during breaks.
  • No hand shaking, high fives or hugging between participants and/or coaches.
  • No sharing of water bottles, snacks or towels between participants.
  • Whenever possible, participants will stay on the same court and work with the same partner for each daily session.
  • Participants will be encouraged not to use the washroom unless absolutely necessary.
  • If anyone uses the washroom, they must clean all surfaces touched while inside.
  • If any participants show signs of illness during the camp, they will be self-isolated and asked to contact their parents immediately for pick-up.
  1. e)    When leaving the camp for the day:
  • Participants must take all of their belongings with them.
  • Participants must sanitize hands upon exit.
  • Parents are not allowed inside the facility during camp/practice and must wait outside for pick-up.
  1. f)     Additional Information:
  • Coaches will adhere to the same health and safety restrictions as the participants.
  • The use of the water fountain will not be available to patrons until further notice.
  • No visitors or spectators allowed, including parents, family and friends during camp/practice.