Thunder Return to Play and Communicable Diseases Prevention Plan

Following the guidance from Volleyball BC, viaSport and Worksafe BC, please refer to this document as a guideline for the measures Thunder Volleyball Club (“Thunder”) will be taking to protect our staff and participants.  

Key Guiding Principals

  • Participants, Coaches and Family Safety is paramount and at the forefront of all the decisions Thunder makes to safely Return to Play (“RTP”).  
  • Participants, Coaches and Families involved in Thunder programs must understand and adhere to all public health restrictions and follow the  put in place by Volleyball BC’s RTP. 
  • Thunder will follow all directions from our government and from the governing bodies of our sport, namely Volleyball BC and viaSport BC. This plan is in accordance with and in addition to these governing bodies.
  • A reference to “participant” in this plan includes members, players, coaches, managers, all other volunteers, staff, administrators, contractors and parents/guardians/family members of players.

Return to Play Principals

  • The goals of this Return to Play (“RTP”) plan are both to help us provide an enjoyable volleyball environment that is a safe as possible for our participants and to help those participants with informed decision-making as it relates to their participation in Thunder programming during the presence of Covid-19.
  • This document does not contain all of the information, documents or forms relevant to Thunder’s RTP plan. Participants should also review the materials and websites referenced throughout this plan.

Risk Management

  • All participants (or their parents/guardian if under 19 years old) acknowledge their acceptance of risks and guidelines for participation in volleyball and the transmission of communicable diseases.
  • Thunder’s RTP plan will continually change with developments, revisions and/or additions from federal/provincial/municipal governments, viaSport BC, and Volleyball BC. Any changes will be posted on the club’s website and/or e-mailed to members.

Thunder Programming and RTP

  • Thunder programming will follow the guidelines of BC Public Health, viaSport BC and Volleyball BC, and closely monitor and adopt other sport best practices in the prevention of communicable diseases.
  • Step 3 of B.C.’s Restart plan is currently in effect. Thunder participants must refer and adhere to the Proof of Vaccination requirements regarding access to some events, services and businesses as of September 13, for the most current information.

Additional Safely Measures

1. Transition times schedules

  • There will be sufficient time scheduled between training events to allow for proper social distancing.  

2. Group and gathering limits 

  • Spectators are permitted within the guidelines and restrictions set forth by viaSport BC and Volleyball BC.   

3. Cleaning best practices 

  • Spacing of Player Equipment: 
    • Player equipment will be spaced accordingly to prevent close contact.  
    • Balls will be cleaned before and after each training session to be used with the next session at the following time slot. Balls and any shared equipment will be sanitized prior to the next training session using them. 
  • Hygiene/Hand Washing/Touching Face/Laundering: 
    • Players and coaches should practice proper hygiene,  
    • Use a government approved sanitizer and/or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) 
    • Abstain from touching their face (mouth, eyes, or nose  
    • Hand sanitizer/cleanser will be provided for staff and participants at each session.
    • Participants will be required to use sanitizer before and after training. Athletes are asked to bring their own personal sanitizer for their use. 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • All staff will be provided with non-medical grade face masks and be asked to wear masks. Players must bring their own masks and wear them on and off the court during all Thunder programs.
  • Water Bottles
    • Participants must bring their own water bottles to all team activities to help to reduce transmission risk.  

4. Participant health

  • Participants must be healthy with no signs or symptoms of illness or underlying condition.  
  • Participants will answer a quick wellness questionnaire/self-assessment via the link provided by Thunder prior to commencing each training session. The coach will verify this step has been taken prior to allowing athletes to participate in training.
  • Participants should know the common symptoms of COVID-19 and stay away if displaying symptoms.  
  • If a participant is showing signs of cold, flu, or COVID-19 with coughing or sneezing, they must be removed from the activity and self isolate immediately.  
  • Participants must stay home if  
    • They don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19  
    • Someone in their household has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19  
    • They have traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days  
    • Someone in their household has traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
    • They have been in contact with a known/presumptive case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Participants who are over 65 years, immuno-compromised, or who have underlying health conditions are deemed to be higher risk. Underlying health conditions include hypertension, diabetes, COPD/asthma, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and higher thromboembolism risk. Volleyball is not recommended for these individuals.
    • Those who live with high-risk individuals should consider their participation carefully. For more information about return to play for higher-risk individuals see page 16 of viaSport BC’s guidelines. 

5. Collecting information for contact tracing

  • Thunder is responsible for obtaining information from participants for the purpose of contact tracing.  This information will be securely retained by Thunder for 30 days from program end date.
Participation and attendance in Thunder programs may be denied by a staff member if any of the above guidelines are not being met by an athlete or spectator OR if illness is suspected. Thunder reserves the right to refuse participation in training as a measure to keep our staff and athletes safe.

Illness policy

(Adapted from viasport’s return to sport guidelines – appendix C) 

In this policy, “Team Member” includes executive, coaches, volunteer, participant, or parent/spectator.  

  • Experiencing Symptoms During a Session
    • Inform your coach or program coordinator immediately if, you feel any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite. 
  • Assessment
    • Team members must review self-assessment signage located at the courts prior to commencing training to attest that they are not feeling any of the COVID 19 symptoms.  
    • Managers/coaches will visually monitor team members to assess any early warning signs as to the status of their health and to touch base on how they are regarding their personal safety throughout the workday/practice/activity.
  • If a Team Member is feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms  
    • They should remain at home and contact Health Link BC at 8-1-1.  
    • If they feel sick and /or are showing symptoms while at work, they should be sent home immediately and have them contact 8-1-1 or a doctor for further guidance.  
    • No Team Member may participate in a practice/activity if they are symptomatic. 
  • If a Team Member tests positive for COVID-19  
    • The Team Member will not be permitted to return to the workplace/practice/facility until they are free of the COVID-19 virus.  
    • Any Team Members who work/play closely with the infected Team Member will also be removed from the workplace/practice/facility for at least 14 days to ensure the infection does not spread further.  
    • Close off, clean and disinfect their work/practice/facility area immediately and any surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched. (Does not include sand) 
  • If a Team Member has been tested and is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 Test
    • As with the confirmed case, the Team Member must be removed from the practice/facility.  
    • The Public Health Agency of Canada advises that any person who has even mild symptoms to stay home and call the public health authority of B.C.  
    • Other Team Members who may have been exposed will be informed and removed from the practice/activity for at least 14 days or until the diagnosis of COVID-19 is ruled out by health authorities.  
    • The practice/activity space will be closed off, cleaned, and disinfected immediately and any other surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched. (Does not include sand) 
  • If a Team Member has come in to contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19  
    • Team Members must advise their coach if they reasonably believe they have been exposed to COVID-19.  
    • Once the contact is confirmed, the Team Member will be removed from the practice/activity for at least 14 days or as otherwise directed by public health authorities. Team Members who may have come into close contact with the Team Member will also be removed from the workplace for at least 14 days.  
    • The activity area will be closed off, cleaned, and disinfected immediately and any other surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched. (Does not include sand) 
  • Quarantine or Self-Isolate if:
    • Any Team Member who has travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self- isolate.  
    • Any Team Member with any symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.  
    • Any Team Member from a household with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.  
    • Any Team Member who is in quarantine or self-isolating as a result of contact with an infected person or in families who are self-isolating, is not permitted to enter any part of the facility.  

Outbreak plan

(Adapted from viasport’s return to sport guidelines) 

Early detection of symptoms will facilitate the immediate implementation of effective control measures. In addition, the early detection and immediate implementation of enhanced cleaning measures are two of the most important factors in limiting the size and length of an outbreak. An “outbreak” is two or more cases; a “case” is a single case of COVID-19.  

  • If a case or outbreak is reported, only the Lead of Thunder has the authority to modify, restrict, postpone or cancel activities. 
  • If staff (including volunteers) or a participant reports they are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 and have been at the activity place, implement enhanced cleaning measures to reduce risk of transmission.  
    • The facility owner will also be notified to ensure enhancing cleaning protocol takes place at public touch points within the vicinity 
    • Thunder Illness Policy will immediately be implemented, and we will advise individuals to:  
      • Self-isolate
      • Monitor their symptoms daily, report respiratory illness and not to return to activity for at least 10 days following the onset of fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite.  
  • In the event of a suspected case or outbreak of influenza-like-illness, Thunder will immediately report and discuss the suspected outbreak with the local Medical Health Officer (or delegate.) The Thunder Illness Policy will also be implemented. 

Emergency plan

(Adapted from viasport’s return to sport guidelines – emergency plan) 

In the event that first aid is required to be administered during an activity, all persons attending to the injured individual must first put on a mask and gloves.  

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/information-sheets/ofaa-protocols-covid19- pandemic?lang=en  

First aid protocols for an unresponsive person during COVID-19:  https://www.redcross.ca/trainingand- certification/first-aid-tips-and-resources/first-aid-tips/first-aid-protocols-for-an-unresponsiveperson- during-covid