Return to Play Plan

👋 Hello SoCal Members!

Every month, Scott and I try to give you a comprehensive view of the work that’s gone into the previous month, where we are, and what’s next…

For the most part, it’s been limited to what’s gone into the last month and where we are presently. We’re now ready for “what’s next” − so let’s get started!

There is a lot of information here so maybe put this aside until you have time to read it all.

Jump to a section:
Government, Governing Bodies and Our Peers
Programming and Facility
Seniors
Tournaments
Fall Plans
Credits and Refunds
When You’re Ready


Safety Measures


Government, Governing Bodies and Our Peers
The hardest part of determining our emergence path has been trying to figure out how our business is defined. We’ve concluded, with our peers and government officials that the youth sports industry and specifically, our facility and business is undefined.

So our goal over the past month has been to create definitions based on the local, county and state guidelines to develop a Health and Safety Plan for our industry. We sit on multiple councils and industry groups and provide guidance to Congress, local mayors and county supervisors.

The objective has been to take the guidelines of defined industries, overlay them on ours and then exceed the requirements that one could reasonably expect in order to safely return to our facility. We believe we’ve done that.

There is a political divide between California Governor Newsom and our local leaders like County Supervisors Gaspar and Desmond and most of the city mayors like San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones (a big fan of our program).

Our task is complicated by this divide but we’ve worked through the state and county requirements for businesses, filed our request to open with the county and have used all of the governing body health guidelines to return to sport. This is a phased approach with willingness to scale back immediately as required by health and safety concerns.

We also have the ability to monitor other clubs and programs across the country and even some clubs in Riverside County that are taking a similar, phased and cautious step forward. Viper and Forza1 in Temecula are moving to re-open as early as next week, May 18th. This comes with the support of the San Diego and Los Angeles clubs and was made possible because Riverside County has taken measures to open businesses.

We are not far behind.

In addition to following government guidance, we are working with USAV’s guidelines for returning to the sport, and we monitor The Aspen Institute – Project Play, Game On San Diego, Play Sports Coalition, San Diego County Health Department, JVA and AAU organizations among many others.


Programming and Facility
We anticipate further state and county guidance that will allow us, and others, to open in a few weeks. We’re planning for June 1st. If that is the case, our training season will extend until the end of July.

We recognize that returning to SoCal, or any public facility for that matter, is a personal decision made by each family.  There is no “right” or “wrong” decision, it is yours and has our full support.

Our goal with the first two phases is to provide families with an outlet for physical and mental wellness and put your decision to participate in your hands. We are here, ready, motivated and yearning to see you, but only when you are ready. 

  • Phase 1 – Allow persons in the same household to reserve a court for their family, small group training and private lessons.
  • Phase 2 – Low density team training (i.e. small groups spread over all courts). No spectators.
  • Phase 3 – Team training with no spectators. Practices streamed for viewing.
  • Phase 4 – Team training with spectators

In preparation for your use, the facility has been professionally sanitized and we have removed tables, chairs, bleachers, all whiteboard accessories, and wood boxes; the water fountain is covered, Peace Cafe is closed, the store is closed and administrative offices are closed to the public.

Hand sanitizer is available on each court and at the entrance. Both court bathrooms remain open for “emergencies” only and are sanitized after each training session: toilet, sink, and door handles.

We will have at least one additional Customer Service Representative (CSR) staff member on site strictly for sanitizing, tracking player activity and cleaning after training ends. We will be allowing a minimum of 30 mins between training for cleaning purposes with two CSR’s present during Phases 3 and 4 to ensure these cleaning services happen and are effective. Before returning to the gym, we’ll ask that members sign a new health waiver (online, or at the door).

We’ve worked hard getting the facility ready for you. It’s still the warm inviting space it has always been but we’ve taken extra precautions. It’s been professionally disinfected and adheres to all of the county requirements for reopening and suggested best-practices by our industry. A few things you will notice:

  • Sanitizing supplies on each court
  • TV screens provide health messaging
  • Clearance of extra equipment from gym
  • No spectators until Phase 4 of our plan 
  • Entrance and Exit Procedures
  • Streaming video service for parental viewing of practice
  • Front and rear video doorbells
  • New waiver
  • Color coded balls on each court
  • Full-time staff for gym monitoring of health standards
  • Courts separated by dasher boards


Seniors
WE SEE YOU!!! And, boy, do we miss you. Yes, we will be doing your commitment banners in the gym just as soon as we are allowed to provide the celebration that you all deserve. In the meantime, we will continue to use our media outlets…and maybe a few surprises…to show you that we are thinking of you.


Tournaments
These events are difficult to track as dates are postponed or are still on the calendar, although it’s likely they will be cancelled.

Most of the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Qualifiers have been cancelled even though the USA Junior Olympics in Dallas is still on the calendar along with the Volleyball Festival in Phoenix. SCVA Mandatory Tournaments and Local Tournaments are being rescheduled into July although we think they may ultimately be cancelled.  

So, will we get to compete against other clubs? Very likely. SoCal is working with other large clubs in our region to develop a series of tournaments that will not require that we travel outside the region and will play at each other’s facilities in specific age groups and levels.

This regional approach may be how the SCVA operates in the future with the addition of a Power Pool for gold level teams.


Fall Plans
We hope and expect all of the high schools, colleges and universities will be able to safely open.

Our position on participating with your schools in the fall has not changed. Representing your school and playing with your classmates is a memorable experience. 

In any case, SoCal’s Fall Ball program can provide additional programming to support any volleyball that may be cancelled by CIF and your university. This is to say that we may expand the Fall Ball program to allow for specific teams of students from a particular high school to train and compete together.

Also, there may be a number of college student-athletes that remain in the San Diego area that do not report to their fall college semester. SoCal is considering expanded programming in the USAV Open Division to support your continued training.


Credits and Refunds
No membership-based business sets themselves up to manage this type of business interruption and as a 501(c)3 non-profit, maintaining cash-flow is critical to our fiscal health.

Our membership has done a great job maintaining tuition payments through this and has given us time to develop the process for credits and refunds. Some of the information and assumptions we are using include but are not limited to:

  1. SoCal will offer a majority of the training contracted by the members through July.
  2. Multi-day and tournaments requiring airline travel may not happen. These may be replaced by alternative tournaments we can drive to.
  3. The SCVA tournament season may be cancelled. These may be replaced by friendly tournaments between clubs in our region.  
  4. SoCal will offer refunds for the tournaments fees portion of tuition paid and cancelled. We are currently tracking and waiting on the refunds from the tournament organizers for events that SoCal pre-paid.
  5. SoCal will be offering credit for any portion of the training that is not provided to the member. These credits can be used for any SoCal service.
  6. Credits will be based on the member being in good payment standing and will be based on the full cost of tuition for a given program.

You should expect statements to come out by the end of July since we will have received any tournament refunds for end of year tournaments by then. We will also know how much team training we have successfully provided by then.

Is our process perfect? No, but we are guided, in some ways, by many of the same unknowns that you are.

We welcome feedback and communication on how we are doing…good or bad. We understand that aside from your children, your personal finances may be the next most personal and sensitive issue to your family.

No matter what your financial standing with the club, your daughter will be welcome to attend all activities associated with her current team through July. We have always prided ourselves on working with our members − that isn’t changing.   


When You’re Ready
June 1st is right around the corner and we are working hard to hit this target even if it continues to be elusive.

Could it change? Of course and should not be surprising if it does.

As community stewards, our responsibility is to listen to the guidance of our healthcare professionals. We don’t need to be heroes in a crisis that jeopardizes the health of your children. We do need to be their heroes of support and recovery when the time comes.

SoCal is still the warm, colorful, supportive club-house and second home it’s always been for you and your family. We can’t wait to be there with you, no matter what that looks like.

See you soon, SoCaliens!

Aimee Asebroek
SoCal Volleyball Club Director

2020-06-01T10:12:27-08:00May 16th, 2020|Announcements|

Welcome back SoCal!
Your guide to getting back in the gym

Please review these updated gym rules

  • Before arriving submit a new waiver here (one waiver required per family)
  • Line up at the gym’s back door 5 minutes before your session begins. A SoCal staff member will take your temperature (participants with a temperature above 100°F will not be allowed in the gym), give you hand sanitizer and share your court assignment.
  • You must wear a mask to enter the gym. It may be removed when you’re on your court.
  • The only items permitted in the gym are a water bottle (no water or ice available in the gym), and car keys. (No phones, sweats, backpacks, bags, etc.)
  • Please keep your balls on your court. If balls from another court come onto your court, gently kick them back where they came from.
  • Sanitize and wash hands during breaks. There are touchless hand sanitizers on each court.
  • When exiting the gym, exit through the door on court 1 if you were on courts 1 or 2, and the door on court 3 if you were on courts 3 or 4.
2020-05-29T10:36:44-08:00May 29th, 2020|Announcements|

Household Court Reservations

As of June 1st members of the same household may reserve a court for 90-minutes. This service is free for SoCal Volleyball Club members.

To book a court:

  • Review the updated gym rules and agree to the waiver below.
  • Search the available openings and request a time.
  • You will get a confirmation email if your request is approved.

Updated Gym Rules

  • Anyone entering the gym needs a new waiver that covers all members of your immediate family. It must be signed by a parent/guardian.
  • Your court reservation is solely for people living in your household.  No outside friends, family members or coaches will be permitted to play with you.
  • Line up at the back door of the gym 5 minutes before your session begins.  A SoCal staff member will take your temperature, give you hand sanitizer and give you your court assignment.
  • You must wear a mask to enter the gym. It can be removed once you get onto your court.
  • The only items permitted in the gym are a water bottle (no water or ice available in the gym), and car keys.  (No phones, sweats, backpacks, bags, etc.)
  • Please keep your balls on your court.  If balls from another court come onto your court, gently kick them back where they came from.
  • Sanitize and wash hands during breaks.  There are touchless hand sanitizers on each court.
  • When exiting the gym, exit through the door on court 1 if you were on courts 1 or 2, and the door on court 3 if you were on courts 3 or 4.

Submit waiver before scheduling a court

RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF RIGHT TO SUE,
ASSUMPTION OF RISK, AGREEMENT TO PAY CLAIMS

VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION: I, the undersigned, acknowledge that I have voluntarily enrolled myself and my family members, (herein after referred to as “the Player”) to participate in an event run by SoCal Athletics, Inc. and JG Performance Fitness, Inc. (“SoCal Athletics”, “HealthWest” or the “Club”).

I and my family (“I” or “we”) understand and acknowledge that we have voluntarily chosen to participate in activities at SoCal Athletics and/or to use the SoCal Athletics facilities, including but not limited to indoor, outdoor, and sand volleyball; weight, strength, and fitness training and instruction; participation in leagues, competitions, tournaments, camps, or special events; instruction in any activities; and/or any other activity undertaken on SoCal Athletics’s premises (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “SoCal Athletics Activities”) and use of buildings, locker rooms, indoor and outdoor volleyball courts, including sand courts, fitness equipment, weights, and other facilities owned or used by SoCal Athletics (hereinafter collectively referred to as “use of the facilities”). In consideration for my being allowed to participate in the SoCal Athletics Activities and the use of the facilities, I hereby agree to release and discharge from all liability SoCal Athletics, Inc., JG Performance Fitness, Inc., and each of their agents, owners, members, affiliates, investors, officers, directors, volunteers, employees, coaches, instructors, tournament sponsors, contractors, all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf, all landlords and property owners (hereinafter collectively referred to as “SoCal Athletics”), on behalf of myself, my spouse, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representatives, guardians and estate as set forth herein.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK: I recognize that there are inherent and other risks, which may or may not all be listed in this document, associated with the SoCal Athletics Activities. These dangers include but are not limited to falling; striking padded or unpadded surfaces; being injured by balls, posts, other objects, or the actions or inactions of participants, instructors, or spectators; equipment failures; risks associated with playing volleyball on hard surfaces and sand; risks associated with encounters with animals and insects; potential exposure to communicable disease such as viruses and bacteria in connection with use of the facilities; and illness or injury resulting from engaging in physical activity. I recognize that if I encounter these risks, serious injury or death may result, and I understand that no amount of care, caution, instruction or expertise can eliminate these risks. I understand that I alone am responsible to decide whether to engage in the SoCal Athletics Activities. I confirm that I am physically and mentally capable of participating in the SoCal Athletics Activities, and I understand that if my mental or physical condition changes after the execution of this agreement such that I am not capable of participating in the SoCal Athletics Activities, I am obligated to cease participating in the SoCal Athletics Activities. I understand that it is my responsibility to comply with all posted procedures, including safety procedures and hygiene procedures intended to lessen the likelihood of the spread of disease between participants and/or staff.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK: Despite the risks involved and as consideration for being allowed to participate in the SoCal Athletics Activities, I AGREE TO EXPRESSLY ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH that might be associated with my participation in the SoCal Athletics Activities and use of the facilities.

AGREEMENT NEVER TO SUE: I AGREE NEVER TO SUE AND TO RELEASE FROM LIABILITY SoCal Athletics for any damage, injury or death to me arising from participation in the SoCal Athletics Activities or use of the facilities, regardless of cause, including the ALLEGED NEGLIGENCE of SoCal Athletics, including claims of negligent instruction, with the exception of claims that cannot be released under applicable law. I understand that this RELEASE OF LIABILITY will prevent me, my child, and my heirs from filing suit or making any claim for damages in the event of injury or death arising from my participation in the SoCal Athletics Volleyball Activities or use of the facilities. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY that will apply whenever I participate in the SoCal Athletics Activities or use of the facilities, and that each time I use the facilities and/or engage in the SoCal Athletics Activities, that will constitute a renewal and reaffirmation of my and acceptance of this agreement.

INDEMNITY: If I, my child, my heir, my estate, or my legal representative files a claim or a lawsuit arising out of my participation in the SoCal Athletics Activities or use of the facilities, I AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS SoCal Athletics for any and all damages, attorney’s fees, and costs arising out of such a claim or a lawsuit. If I execute this agreement on behalf of another person, I certify that I am authorized to execute this agreement on their behalf and agree to DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS SoCal Athletics in the event that person brings a claim and contends that I was not authorized to execute this agreement.

GOVERNING LAW, JURISDICTION AND SEVERABILITY: I agree that this Waiver and Release of Liability shall be governed by California law and construed as broadly as permissible under the law. In the event that I file a lawsuit against SoCal Athletics, I agree to do so solely in the State of California, San Diego County Superior Court. I agree that if any portion of this Waiver and Release of Liability is held to be invalid, the rest shall nonetheless remain in full force and effect. This document constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and it cannot be changed or modified except in writing.

PHOTO AND VIDEO RELEASE: I acknowledge that SoCal Athletics and other participants may photograph or videotape the SoCal Athletics Activities and SoCal Athletics facilities. I agree that SoCal Athletics may use these recordings in any way without compensation to me including, but not limited to, for marketing purposes and as evidence in any litigation.

I understand that this document is written to be as broad and inclusive as legally permitted by the State of California. I agree that if any portion is held invalid or unenforceable, I will continue to be bound by the remaining terms.

I CERTIFY THAT I AM AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE ON THE DATE HEREOF, AND IF I AM SIGNING ON BEHALF OF A MINOR PARTICIPANT, THAT I AM THE PARTICIPANT’S PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS & WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
ASSUMPTION OF RISK RELATING TO CONTAGIOUS DISEASES

Contagious diseases including any viral or bacterial disease such as COVID-19, SARS, MRSA or any communally contagious disease as defined by the CDC and/or any recognized public health authorities are extremely dangerous and are often spread from person-to-person contact, including individuals without disease symptoms. As a result the federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies at times recommend social distancing and will, in many locations, prohibited or limited the congregation of groups of people.

VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION: I, the undersigned, acknowledge that I have voluntarily enrolled myself and/or family, (herein after referred to as “the Participant”) to participate in an athletic event run by SoCal Athletics, Inc. and/or JG Performance Fitness, Inc. (“SoCal Athletics”, “HealthWest” or the “Club”).

EXISTING RELEASE FROM VALIDITY: I acknowledge that previously signed Release of Liability and Waiver forms signed on my behalf and on behalf of my family continue to hold their full force and effect. This Waiver and Release is specific to contagious diseases and its risks.

AGREEMENT TO ABIDE: When federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend specific preventive measures all participants in sponsored activities at SoCal must agree to and abide by a set of specific conditions. I, the undersigned, and the Participant acknowledge and agree to abide by conditions including, but not limited to the following:

- Participants must use hand sanitizer prior to gym entry and throughout.
- No personal items in the gym except keys and water bottle.
- Participants must wait outside the gym prior to the start of their event.
- Bathrooms are off limits unless in an emergency.
- Participants will assist in cleaning spaces personally utilized during event.
- Parents are required to wear masks while in the gym.
- Participants must submit to temperature testing prior to participation. Any temperature over 100 degrees will disallow participation.

SoCal and HealthWest has put in place numerous preventative measures and enhanced cleaning protocols to reduce the likelihood of spreading contagious diseases in our environment; however, the Club cannot guarantee that you, the Participant, your other children, if applicable, or additional family members will not become infected with the contagious diseases. Further, attending sponsored activities at the Club could increase your risk and the risk of additional family members around you in contracting contagious diseases. Participation conditions are subject to change.

CONTAGIOUS NATURE: I acknowledge the contagious nature of diseases and voluntarily agree to the terms described above and assume the risk that the Player, my children, my family members, and I (hereafter my “Family”) may be exposed to or infected by a contagious disease by our participation and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death.

ASSUMPTION OF CONTAGIOUS DISEASE RISK: I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by a contagious disease at the Club may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Club employees, volunteers, contractors and program participants and their families. I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself, the Participant, and my Family (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or the Participant or my Family may experience or incur in connection with the Participant’s attendance at the Club or participation in Club programming (“Claims”).

REPORTING OF GOOD HEALTH: I warrant and represent that myself, the Participant, and my Family are in good health and have no symptoms of sickness or illness, either which have been linked to or have not been linked to contagious diseases, and that myself, the Participant, and my Family are not aware of any exposure to other individuals who are confirmed or suspected to have a contagious disease, have contagious disease symptoms, or are awaiting test results for a contagious disease. I acknowledge and agree to report any change in the good health status of myself, the Participant, or my Family and that such reporting will terminate the ability of the Participant to participate until the health status of myself, the Participants, and my Family is determined again to be good.

HOLD HARMLESS: On my behalf, and on behalf of the Participant and my Family, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless the Club, its employees, agents, contractors, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of the Club, its employees, agents, contractors, and representatives, whether a contagious disease infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any Club program.

KNOWING AND VOLUNTARY EXECUTION: I have carefully read this Agreement and fully understand its contents. I am aware that this is a release of liability between me, SoCal Athletics, Inc., JG Performance Fitness, Inc., and/or its employees, volunteers, agents or contractors, any of its affiliate organizations, and any other contracted facilities it uses, and I acknowledge its contents and agree to the terms, conditions, and contents fully of my own free will.

2020-05-29T16:06:40-08:00May 28th, 2020|Announcements|
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