Thunder Beach Covid-19 Safety Plan

Beach Volleyball Training Sessions – conducted by Thunder Beach

Statement of Purpose

We are committed to providing safe and healthy sessions for all participants.  A combination of measures will be used to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  

  1. Principles under which we will operate:

During the current “Transition Measures Phase” of COVID-19, all beach volleyball sessions will operate under the following principles:

  1. Stay home if you’re sick
  2. Routine daily screening
  3. Anyone with any symptoms must stay home.

2. Participants must maintain physical distancing

  • Two meters apart from one another at all times, including on court* (*does not apply to persons within your household ‘bubble’).
  • Non-contact activities only
  • No handshaking, high fives, hugging, etc.
  • There may be no more that 6 people on the court and/or sharing the same ball (3 on each side).
  • No blocking will be permitted.
  • Coaches will maintain physical distancing.

3. When physical distance cannot be maintained

In the event that physical distancing needs to be broken (for example: to administer first aid), the coach will have a mask on hand to use.

4. Common equipment

  • We will aim to reduce unnecessary contact with balls, nets, and other shared equipment.
  • Balls and equipment will be sanitized before and after every training session. Hand sanitizer will be available for water breaks for participants and the coach to use.

5. General Hygiene Considerations

  • Participants, coaches, and staff should wash their hands before and immediately following participation in volleyball activities.
  • Breaks to ensure hand washing or sanitizing at intervals throughout the activity should be scheduled.
  • Participants, coaches, and staff should avoid touching one’s face throughout volleyball activities.
  • Participants, coaches, and staff should either: (a) cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash their hands, or (b) sneeze/cough into their elbow.
  • All participants and coaches should consider wearing a mask and gloves.
  • There should be no sharing of water bottles, towels, or other personal items.
  • Physical distancing of 2 meters must be practiced at all times.
  • There should be no unnecessary contact between participants – this includes handshakes, hugs, meeting at the net, and high-fives.
  • Participants should “Get In. Train. Get Out”. Participants should not congregate or socialize before or after the activity.
  • Consider signage to remind all participants of the hygiene considerations outlined above. See the Useful Resources section for examples from BC Centre for Disease Control.

6. Types of Permitted activities

We will limit activity to skill development and lower risk activities

  • Activities will be those typically done in practice and/or training environments, which permit physical distancing at all times (e.g. Individual serving, passing, setting, attacking practice)
  • No games/ competitions. Competitive volleyball does not permit physical distancing at two meters and will therefore not be played at this time.
  • As participants may have had limited exposure to physical activity for the last 6+ weeks while confined to their homes, we will consider this layoff and have injury prevention top of mind.

7. Declarations and Waivers

  • A written health declaration will be completed and signed by each participant before training begins, and a verbal questionnaire will be done before the beginning of any training session to ensure participants do not have any symptoms, nor does anyone whom they have come into contact with for the past 14 days.
  • Each participant must provide the required waiver, completed and signed, to Thunder Volleyball Club before beginning training , which the waiver will outline the risks involved in resuming volleyball activities and in which the participant agrees to adhere to all relevant guidelines.

8. Communication plans and training

  • As there is one coach and a same small group of athletes, the head coach will be responsible to maintain regular updates to the athletes and their legal guardians via email or in person at each session, while maintaining physical distancing.
  • In the event of a substitute coach, the head coach will communicate all plans and restrictions to the said substitute coach in writing, including this Safety Plan.

9. What to do if someone develops COVID-19 symptoms

  • If a participant develops symptoms of COVID-19 recognized by the BC Centre of Disease Control during a session, they must immediately don a mask, notify the head coach and return home.
  • If a participant develops symptoms after having been at a session, they must immediately notify the head coach and remain at home.  The other participants will be told they may have been exposed, but the name of the symptomatic participant will not be disclosed unless necessary.
  • Participants who develop symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately contact public health or their physician for advice on being tested.
  • If the participant is tested, they must self-isolate at home until the results of the test are known. If the test results come back negative, the participant must seek medical advice on when they may return to full participation in beach volleyball.
  • If a test is either not available or not recommended, the participant must self-isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and until their symptoms are completely resolved (i.e. it may be longer than the minimum 10 days).  Self-isolating individuals should call public health (8-1-1) or their personal physician for medical advice and for advice on when they are fit to safely return to beach volleyball.
  • Participants who live in the same household as a person with confirmed or clinical COVID-19 symptoms who is self-isolating must self-isolate and not return to beach volleyball sessions until cleared to do so by the public health officials (8-1-1).
  • Participants who are self-isolating are not to return to beach volleyball sessions until: (1) they are cleared to do so by public health officials (8-1-1); and (2) they have notified the head coach that they have received the required clearance.

10. Monitor the overriding COVID-19 climate and update plans as needed

  • As the summer progresses, and with continued advice from the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, plans will be adapted as needed to ensure they comply with public health restrictions and to ensure maximum participant and coach safety.

11. Questions regarding the Safety Plan

All questions and feedback should be directed to the head coach: Jonny Wiskar. Email – jonathan.wiskar@gmail.com

Thunder Beach – Return to Play Update

Thank you for your patience while we prepared a Return to Play policy and considered program options. Due to the impact of Covid-19 and following the guidelines of BC Public Health and ViaSport, Thunder Beach will not be offering our regular Train and Play or High Performance programs this summer.  Rather, a small number of privately coached sessions have been arranged through Thunder Beach Head Coach Jonny Wiskar and will strictly follow the Thunder Return to Play policy and guidelines set out by ViaSport and BC Public Health.

While we are all looking forward to the return to a normal train, play and compete routine, we strongly believe in following the safest pathway to achieve this and limiting the number of contacts during this unprecedented time of pandemic. Thunder continues to monitor the return to play for the indoor season and will post updates when available.

Thunder Season Update – Indoor and Beach

INDOOR UPDATE

Thunder Volleyball Club is committed to following the protocols in place from Volleyball BC and Volleyball Canada as the health and safety of our volleyball community is – and will always be – our primary concern.

With all Indoor Provincial and Nationals tournaments cancelled, the 2020 season for all age groups has ended. While we are all disappointed that there is no more indoor volleyball for our teams this season, we are supportive of the difficult decisions facing Volleyball Canada and Volleyball BC in managing Covid-19 directives. 

A huge thank you to our coaches, players and parents for a great start to this short season! We are very proud of the excellence and effort our teams exhibit on and off the court. A special shout out to our senior players as they move onto post-secondary opportunities and to all our Thunder families for supporting our club. 

Our Thunder coaches have been working behind the scenes to create virtual opportunities to help keep the girls’ spirits up, provide some volleyball leadership and give the girls something to look forward to. Please see the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVTbu26wy1aw86rJpr1Xng

We know that this is a not an easy time for everyone and to the best of our ability we will try to figure out the financial details around refunds. This will take time as we work with VBC and our other partners to figure out the logistics and timelines so your patience is much appreciated.  

The Thunder Executive and Coaches  

BEACH UPDATE

Thunder Beach will be suspended for the spring/summer of 2020. With the current pandemic situation all Thunder Beach programs will be put (hopefully) on hold until this whole situation blows over. It is impossible to predict when that will happen but if/when it does we will have some programs ready to go. 

We as a volleyball community have a social responsibility to do everything we can to make this situation better. It takes everyone working together to make social distancing work. Please spread this message to the best of your ability. If you see someone doing something they shouldn’t call them out on it. We are all in this together.

Thanks and stay healthy.

Jonny Wiskar, Head Coach Thunder Beach

Covid-19 Update for Thunder Volleyball Club

In response to the latest update from Volleyball BC on March 16, 2020, all Thunder practices have been cancelled until further notice and will continue to follow the recommendations outlined by health officials and Volleyball BC regarding practice and tournament participation. 
Please visit the Volleyball BC website for up-to-date information regarding tournament cancellations. Yesterday’s Volleyball BC update is posted below:

COVID-19 (CORONOVIRUS) UPDATE from Volleyball bc

Updated March 16 @ 2:00 PM PDT

The health and safety of our volleyball community is – and will always be – our primary concern.

Today’s announcements by the provincial and federal governments highlight the need for everyone to play an increased part in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Effective immediately, Volleyball BC will be suspending events, programs and activities.

A full list of cancellations and postponements can be found below. We will assess the situation and information as it becomes available and will continue to update the website.

The Harry Jerome Sport Centre will be closed to the public until week of April 6, at which point we will further evaluate the situation. 

Volleyball BC believes that we – and our clubs and teams included –  have a social responsibility to take proactive measures. We strongly recommend that all of our members follow public health guidelines and that volleyball activities cease immediately to limit potential exposure and spread of the virus.

We will continue to monitor all appropriate medical and public safety advice, and we will encourage our members to take all reasonable precautions. Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent. Until then, we thank you, our members and your families, for your patience and hope you stay healthy.

VOLLEYBALL BC – YOUTH CLUB EVENTS

  • March 16-19 – Spring Break Camps – CANCELLED
  • March 21-22 – Team BC Training Camp #3 – Delta – CANCELLED
  • March 28/29 – 16U Girls A Super Series – Langley – CANCELLED
  • March 28/29 – -16U Boys Super Series – Victoria – CANCELLED
  • March 28/29 – 13-16U Boys Super Series – Victoria – CANCELLED
  • March 28/29 – 17-18U Boys Super Series – Langley – CANCELLED
  • March 28/29 – 17-18U Girls Super Series – Kelowna – CANCELLED
  • March 28/29 – Development Coach Workshop – Fraser Valley – CANCELLED
  • April 4/5 – Advanced Development Coach Workshop – Fraser Valley – CANCELLED
  • April 4/5 and 10-13 – ALL Regional Championships – various locations – CANCELLED
  • April 4/5 – 15U Girls Tournament – Langley and Burnaby – CANCELLED
  • April 4/5 – 16U Girls Tournament – Victoria and Nanaimo – CANCELLED
  • April 10-13 – Island Championships – Vancouver Island – CANCELLED

At this point in time, we have not cancelled the Indoor Provincial Championships. We will continue to assess the situation and will make a decision by week of April 6, 2020.

Congratulations to our 2020 Raffle Winners!

Our sixth annual Thunder Raffle and Club Night took place on Saturday, February 1st at War Memorial Gym where the T-Birds defeated the Cougars in 3 straight sets.

A big thank you to our 2020 Raffle Sponsors: North South Travel, Lululemon, UBC Athletics and UBC Bookstore.

Also a big thank you to our parent volunteers AND a big thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket to support Thunder Volleyball Club!

THE WINNERS OF THE 2020 THUNDER RAFFLE ARE:

  • 1st Prize: $1250 Travel Gift Card from North South Travel – Kelly Vance (Ticket # 2187)
  • 2nd Prize: $750 Cash Prize – Chad Rathlef (Ticket # 0412)
  • 3rd Prize: $400 UBC Prize Pack – Simon Pimstone (Ticket # 0283)
  • 4th Prize: $250 Lululemon Prize Pack – Maureen Neilly (Ticket # 3639)

BC Gaming License #122497

#GiveFive Donation from Thunder

Thunder Volleyball Club is pleased to donate $1650 to Volleyball Canada for the Women’s National Team program $5 collected from each Thunder tryout registration for the 2020 season. Thank you to all families who registered for our Thunder tryouts as a portion of the fee directly benefits the Canadian Women’s National Volleyball team.

Celebrating 20 years of Thunder Volleyball Club!

Next year, 2020, marks 20 years since Thunder Volleyball Club was formed. We have much to celebrate from the past 20 years and much to look forward to in years to come!

20th Anniversary – New Thunder Logo and Thunder Club Night on Saturday, February 1st.

As part of our 20th year celebrations, Thunder Volleyball Club is pleased to introduce our new logo designed by our very own long time former Thunder player Sofia Warrington. Inspired by our spectacular region, the image reflects reaching new heights on and off the court and is featured on all our 2020 team gear and spirit wear.

Also part of our 20th Celebrations is an event to bring together past and present Thunder members and supporters at our Thunder Club Night on Saturday, February 1st at War Memorial Gym. Details to come in the new year but please mark your calendars now for this special occasion.