NVVA's plan for an in-person winter season experience with adjustments for the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, parents, and staff.
As we settle back into our routines and schedules, and athletes return to the facility for classes and practices, we want to take a moment to update our community regarding recent developments with the Omicron strain of the virus as well as the updated guidelines from CDC.
Based on the CDC’s updated quarantine guidelines which were released on 12/28/21 NVVA has updated our COVID exposure guidelines effective immediately:
There will be no access to VVC or participation in any NVVA activity for 5 days post exposure. You may return to the facility on day 6 if you have no symptoms.
For individuals who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive, we highly encourage you to test on day 5 post exposure to ensure you are not positive and potentially contagious.
Any individual who tests positive or comes in contact with someone who has tested positive there are 2 things NVVA needs you to do:
As we come off of the holiday break our goal is to help our community return to our programs in a safe manner. With the knowledge that proper masking plays a large role in the prevention of spreading airborne viruses, we will temporarily have all athletes, coaches, staff/volunteers, or parents/spectators wear masks at ALL times in the facility to include the time spent playing on the courts. This change to our masking policy will begin on 1/2/22 and will be re-evaluated at the end of the week on 1/7/22.
While we are asking our athletes to wear masks for the near future, we also believe that the new CDC guidelines for quarantine will help keep our athletes on the courts and playing with their teams.
We want to thank all of you for doing your part to continue to keep NVVA safer during this time!
Despite the mild weather we’ve had recently, the winter months have set in! Thankfully, the availability of vaccines against COVID-19 have given us the opportunity to reconnect with friends and family we’ve missed over the past year and a half.
As we think about the holiday season and all of the activities and fun it’s likely to have this year, we want to reach out with a quick reminder that COVID is still an important consideration in everything we do at NVVA. While the number of COVID positive cases are rising in Loudoun County, we are not making changes to our COVID policies at this time. As always, we continue to monitor our local, state, and federal agencies and will make changes if needed in order to comply with any updated guidelines.
We know that many families have taken advantage of vaccine availability. We can’t express enough how that decision helps our community in the prevention of spreading the virus! We appreciate all the families that have taken this step!
At this time athletes are required to wear masks in the facility unless they are playing on the courts. Our coaches and staff continue to wear masks at all times. Because the different types of programs we offer require different facility entry procedures for the athletes, we wanted to summarize the procedures to help families understand what is expected:
~Clinics, Camps, Classes, and Private Lessons – Athletes attending any of these programs are required to fill out this online form. They will need the resulting QR code to enter the facility.
~Club and Galaxy practices – Athletes are not required to do our daily health check QR code entry procedure. They should enter the facility and proceed to their practice court.
Please take a moment to look at this helpful reminder from the Loudoun County Department of Health regarding suggestions for celebrating the holidays safely.
If your athlete is exposed to COVID or tests positive, it is important to notify us right away. It allows us to begin our contact tracing and COVID-19 mitigation procedures as soon as possible. Please use this link to notify us as soon as possible. Our staff is notified immediately, and we can begin to take action.
We thank you for helping us create a safe environment for our athletes, coaches, and staff to enjoy the sport of volleyball. We wish you and your family joy and happiness this holiday season.
The NVVA Team
In the months ahead as weather cools and people begin to spend more time inside Following CDC and VDH guidelines, NVVA will follow new COVID protocols when a positive case is diagnosed beginning 9/22/21.
We continue to have athletes complete a health check before coming into the facility. If your event is associated with a team, that health check link will be emailed to you through League Apps no more than 6 hours before your practice or game.
If you are attending a class, please fill out this online health check form. Your athlete will need the resulting QR code to enter the facility.
IF YOU SUSPECT A COVID EXPOSURE OR ISSUE, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM ASAP. This allows our staff to take action right away to protect athletes, coaches, and staff. Please use this form BEFORE notifying your coach. Any notification of close contact or known household COVID case could affect your team. Please inform us as soon as possible.
If an athlete is exposed to a positive COVID case or tests positive for COVID, our COVID management team will begin our contact tracing and COVID-19 mitigation procedures, which starts with informing the athletes and their families who would have come in direct contact with the athlete now known to have been exposed.
If an athlete is a close contact and:
If a team is exposed due to an event or an athlete on their team either testing positive or being considered a close contact and possibly contagious during a team event, the entire team will follow similar guidelines:
All instructions and notifications regarding a COVID situation will be sent from our COVID-19 Case Coordinator, Amy Showalter.
A close contact per CDC is anyone within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 cumulative minutes in a 24 hour time period. Either party being masked does not affect this classification.
BEFORE your athlete can return to play, you must fill out this Return To Play Form indicating how they will be coming back to NVVA activities.
We will continue to assess the COVID situation throughout the season, and will make adjustments to this procedure if needed.
Hello NVVA Families and Athletes,
I hope everyone had a great summer and you are enjoying the beautiful weather this long weekend. I also hope our student-athletes have had a great and safe start to the new school year. I would like to take a moment to send everyone a note to reflect on the last few months and the months ahead.
This summer has been the busiest summer NVVA has ever seen. Our summer camps were completely sold out within the safe capacity levels in which we decided to operate. During the last couple of weeks, we evaluated more than 850 athletes that will be participating in our fall youth league, LYV. At the same time, we worked on facility upgrades by installing $20,000 worth of new LED light bulbs, which are environmentally friendly and much brighter than the lights we previously had. And we are also in full swing preparing for the next winter season, making all the logistical plans for a safe and rewarding winter/spring season.
Unfortunately, we still need to remain vigilant regarding COVID-19 and the Delta variant. During the height of the pandemic, and throughout the year, our team has worked around the clock to keep our programs running smoothly and safely. We are proud to note that even though thousands of athletes go through our facility and programs every day, no community spread has been recorded under our supervision. It is still uncertain what the future holds when it comes to the pandemic. Our promise to you is that we will continue to be diligent in our work, by placing safety as our number one priority.
For over a year now, NVVA has been the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to take a moment to thank NVVA’s administrative and coaching staff for the wonderful job they have done, knowing well the considerable extra workload they have taken on. As an organization, NVVA does its best to provide volleyball opportunities for every athlete that wants to learn the game of volleyball. We have continued to fulfill that mission during the pandemic, but at the same time, the lack of available personnel for hire, as well as the increased emotional and physical demand of running a COVID-19 safe program, has been very difficult for our team.
When you have a chance, please thank our coaches and administrative staff for their efforts and commitment. I know it will mean a lot to them. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteer parents who stepped in to help with our programs during one of our most challenging times. Your time will mean a lot to the kids who now get the chance to learn and play volleyball. We know lots of high school players get their start with LYV.
Thank you again to those of you that keep supporting NVVA and we hope to see you all soon!