Changes for 2020-2021 Travel Season
If you have any question or concerns about the changes outlined on this page, please contact our juniors programs team at email@example.com or attend the Parents Meeting on August 26, 2020 at 7 PM at RVC Stonebridge.
With the announcement that VHSL is moving high school volleyball to the spring, we have adjusted our junior travel tryout dates and practice schedule so that RVC teams may begin practicing in September with an adjusted scheduled during high school season and resumption in May.
- Tryouts will be earlier this year. See the Tryout Information web page for exact dates and times.
Practices will start early to accommodate fall high school volleyball moving to the spring . Currently, the practices will be done in blocks:
- The first block will begin September 20, 2020 for National and Zonal teams, and October 18, 2020 for State and Regional teams. These practices have been designed by juniors management and will have the travel coaches running their team’s court. Practices will occur 2x week.
- The second block will begin November 29, 2020 for all levels. National and Zonal teams will begin 3 practices per week (State and Regional remain at 2x week). One of these weekly practices will be a clinic style practice (designed by management staff).
- The third block will begin January 3, 2021 for all levels where teams will practice entirely on their own.
- The fourth block will begin if and when the High School volleyball season is held. During this period (expected mid-February to beginning of May), teams will not practice.
- The fifth block will begin when High School season has concluded and will return to 2 or 3 practices per week (depending on level) and team coaches will run all practices.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Changes
We understand that volleyball is important to your child and that in order to practice and play, players must work together on a court where social distancing is not always possible. We do want to be as consciously aware and proactive about the health and safety of our players as we can and will continue to monitor recommendations from USAV, JVA, CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Council on Youth Sports in making decisions about our programming. Additional changes have been implemented for the upcoming 2020-2021 Junior Travel Season in order to provide the safest and healthiest play environment as possible. These changes include:
- We CANNOT accept walk up registrations this year. Parents/players must register online prior to tryouts and attend a pre-tryout orientation. No player/parent will be able to register at tryouts.
- Uniform try on will be limited. We wish to limit the number of players trying on the same uniform so players who played travel last year will be asked to choose a size based on their old uniform. New athletes will still need to try on uniforms during pre-tryout orientation.
- Parents will not be allowed in the gym for tryouts. In an effort to limit building capacity and to practice social distancing no spectators will be allowed in the gym during tryouts.
- Parents will not be allowed in the gym for practice. In an effort to limit building capacity and to practice social distancing no spectators will be allowed in the gym during practices.
- Tournament schedule may change and is by no means set in stone. Currently, we have two options. A fairly normal travel season or one that includes no flying. We are hoping for as normal a season as possible which is reflected in total estimated cost. This price may drop significantly if tournaments or travel is cancelled/restricted.
- Total estimated cost (travel expenses) has gone up to accommodate more hotel rooms that may be needed to limit the number of athletes in a room. We used to have 4 players per room, but have now gone to 2 players per room so that they no longer need to share a bed.
Tryout and Practice Procedures for COVID
Conceptually speaking, we want to keep these kids in their team bubble while in practice. Keep them on their court, away from other teams, with their own sanitized volleyballs.
- Players will be screened by staff (or screened through an app)– we will ask about symptoms and exposure to others with symptoms. If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, you will be asked to leave.
- All players must wear masks at all times including during practice and competition.
- All players should bring their own hand sanitizer.
- All players should bring a small towel or something similar to wipe their faces as necessary. Coaches will be reminding players to avoid touching their faces.
- All players should bring a full water bottle to practice.
- Once screening is complete the athlete goes straight to the court he or she is assigned to.
- They will enter the gym quickly and go directly to their assigned court.
- Players may enter the gym no more than 5 minutes before their practice time in order to comply with guidelines.
- Please do not bring any unnecessary equipment, backpacks, etc. into the gym. Per CDC guidelines, belongings should be kept separate and it is difficult for us to manage this and sanitize between teams if numerous belongings are brought in.
- We cannot accommodate parents inside the gym.
- During practice, coaches will closely monitor players and demand social distancing whenever possible, reminding players not to touch their faces, etc. This includes team huddles and pre-practice conversations especially.
- Staff will monitor bathrooms to ensure no more than 2-3 players are in at one time.
- Players should be picked up immediately after practice concludes as there will be nowhere for them to sit or congregate. We must prepare the building for the next group of players that will be in the building.
- All balls will be sanitized after one team’s use and prior to the next team’s use. Teams cannot simply pass the cart to the next group. Volleyballs will not be shared with other groups without being cleaned
- NO sharing water bottles. NO drink carriers at tournaments or practice.
- As needed (during congested times), we will have separate entrance and exit.
- Arrive dressed and ready to play so that we may maintain social distancing in our bathrooms.
We are continually striving to improve our programming and make the registration process as easy as possible for our parents and players. To that end, general changes have been made to Junior Travel program from last year to improve on what was done the year before.
- Registration fee has been changed from $225 to $75. The $75 will be a non-refundable tryout fee. The RVC membership and fundraising deposit is now part of the $350 confirmation fee when a player is offered a spot on a team.
- Age group birthday cutoffs have changed from September 1 to July 1. Please see the NEW 2020-2021 age definition chart for details. This will in turn, change age divisions that players are eligible for and some players will be designated to stay in their previous season’s age group. Players may tryout up an age group if they played up the year before. To do so, they must attend tryouts for both age groups (the one they are currently designated in under the new birthday cutoffs, and the one above).
- We will only be offering one (1) regional team for each girls age bracket this year. The number of VYVL teams will increase to accommodate more players.
- Changes have been made to Pre-Tryout Orientation to make the process quicker. We no longer will be measuring a player’s height, handing out raffle tickets (this will happen after team selections either at the team meeting or one of the first practices), and returning players are encouraged to not try on uniforms, but base their sizing off of last season’s uniforms.
- An additional $75 Orientation fee will be charged for all parents/players who do not attend a Pre-tryout Orientation. We make sure that Pre-Tryout Orientation is offered over multiple weekends and is well staffed by coaches and office staff alike to help parents successfully complete orientation is a fast and friendly manner. Office walk-ins require the dedicated time of the front office staff, takes longer to complete then attending an orientation, and with COVID-19 we want to limit the number of people coming in and out of the office.