Health Protection Protocol

At AVA we are doing our best to ensure the safety and welfare of our athletes, families, and staff. Observing official state and federal government guidelines, consulting with volleyball sanctioning organizations and reaching out to other clubs to learn best practices from them, we have come up with health protection measures that minimize risks while we allow our kids to continue practice the sport they love.


Safety protocols:


Through extensive research, study and consultation, we have created a safety protocol to protect the health of our participants and staff. While we cannot guarantee that there is no risk of infection (no one can under any circumstance) we are confident that our protocol is adequate and reduces the risks of participating in volleyball training.

Our protocol follows the recommendations of the volleyball sanctioning organizations as well as the recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as competent state and local authorities. AVA is affiliated to the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) and USA Volleyball (USAV).

During practice/training:


  • Playing/training wearing a mask (synthetic material recommended).

  • Training will be modified to practice social distancing throughout training.

  • Taking temperatures (no contact) before entering the facility.

  • Only players and staff are allowed into the facility.

  • Players will enter the facility ready to work (wearing shorts or pants on top of spandex), with a full water bottle. Players will not be allowed into the facility if they are not ready to work.

  • Water fountains will be off limits. Bathrooms will be used ONLY for emergencies. Participants and staff will be asked to not bathrooms unless absolutely necessary.

  • Each player will bring their own hand sanitizer.

  • No one with COVID-19 or Flu-like symptoms will be allowed into the facility. (If a participant is coughing, even if it is for allergies, the participant will not be allowed into the facility).

  • Training in groups of 16 players or less (8 on each side). We may have to alternate days or times to limit the size of the group.

  • Be symptom free for at least 14 days.

  • Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth with unclean hands.

  • Sanitize hands and arms before and after training as well as during breaks using hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

During competition:


  • Wear a face cover.

  • Sanitize before and after each set or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

  • During AVA hosted events, there will be two game balls that will be sanitized in between rallies throughout the match. This measure is being implemented by most hosts.

  • Practice social distancing (about 2 arm lengths).

  • Do not touch face, eyes or mouth with unclean hands.

  • If any symptoms arise, the athlete must notify the Club immediately and make a determination about continuing at the site.

  • Bring your own hand sanitizer.

  • Do not share water bottles, food.

  • Travel to tournaments, when needed, will be limited to driving distance.

  • Multi-day tournaments limited to 2 day events during the regular season.

Returning from Travel:

  • Consider getting tested with a viral test 3–5 days after your trip and do not return to AVA activities for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, you will not be allowed to return to AVA activities for 10 days.

  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

  • Continue observing the health protection measures required above and recommended by state and federal authorities.


We are confident that if we all do our part, conduct activities with minimum risk of compromising anyone's health.


If you have questions, feel free to contact Jose Gonzalez, President, at at your convenience.  He will respond as soon as humanly possible.



Best regards,


Jose M. Gonzalez-Rodriguez


AVA Volleyball Academy