The following policies, practices and conditions include guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health (NCDH), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Queen City Volleyball Academy (QCVA) is working diligently to provide as safe and healthy an environment as reasonably possible for all coaches, athletes and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the 2020-21 season, all adults and guardians of minors involved with Queen City Volleyball Academy will assume all risks associated with participation, including but not limited to exposure to COVID-19. 

Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 requires full cooperation from all parties. All coaches, athletes and guardians are required to sign the “Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver” and comply with all aspects of this plan. Any violations can result in the loss of facility usage with no refunds given. 

The following procedures are being implemented to assess health status prior to entering QCVA training facilities. With that said, this process does not guarantee the health of any individual entering QCVA. 

We will continually monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and evolve our protocols as necessary.

Safety Measures and Precautions

All coaches, athletes and families are required to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Preparing for Arrival

  • Stay home if you are sick or do not feel well.
  • All individuals entering the facility will be required to be cold/flu/COVID-19 symptom free for seven days prior to entrance. Anyone displaying any symptoms — fever, chills, new cough, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing — must stay home.
  • Bringing more than one face mask in case an extra is needed. Be sure to bring your own water bottle.
  • Upon arrival at the facility, coaches and athletes will be greeted by a staff member who will document attendance and take temperatures. Individuals with a temperature lower than 99.5 degrees will be allowed to enter the facility. If an athlete is not allowed to enter the facility, they will be asked to head home as a precaution. A coach will escort them outside to their parent and wait for a parent to arrive if needed. 
  • QCVA will limit the number of people in the facility to be compliant with local guidance.

Inside the Facility

  • All coaches and athletes must wear masks at all times.
  • All drills utilized within practice will have a strong emphasis on social distancing. 
  • Before practice, volleyballs will be sanitized.

Best Practices

  • Cough or sneeze into your mask and t-shirt to reduce any possible initial viral spread. 
  • Avoid touching your face, in particular your mask, mouth, nose and eyes, with your hands. 
  • If you do touch your face, cough or sneeze into your arm or shoulder, immediately leave the space and re-wash your hands/arms. 
  • All huddles should aim to remain at a minimum of six feet distance.
  • No handshakes, high fives, fist bumps, or hugs. 

If someone in the QCVA community tests positive for COVID-19, what should they do?

Athletes and coaches should not come to any QCVA events. They should also contact their medical provider if they:

  • Are experiencing one of the COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been exposed, or in close contact, with someone with COVID-19 (whether experiencing symptoms or not)
  • Have tested positive for COVID (with or without symptoms)
  • Have a pending COVID test (with or without symptoms)

Should anyone participating with QCVA be diagnosed with COVID-19, they should immediately contact our Club Directors and follow proper healthcare procedures as laid out by their health care professional and recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). 

QCVA staff will not implement additional mandatory quarantine. However, athletes, families and coaches are required to notify QCVA’s Directors if they are ordered to quarantine by medical professionals; and that order must be adhered to by the athlete and coach. 

If you’ve been exposed or tested positive, when can you return to QCVA events?

If any member of your family develops COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or comes in close contact with someone with COVID-19, any member of QCVA must have, in writing, signed, clearance from your health care provider to return to practice to ensure all measures of quarantine below were followed. 

The criteria for attending practice or a tournament — as provided by NCDHHS — is different for individuals who have not been exposed or in close contact with someone with COVID-19, and someone who has been exposed or in close contact with someone with COVID-19 (showing symptoms or not).

Individual has been in close contact* with someone with COVID-19 whom 

* Close Contact/Exposure is being within six feet for at least 15 minutes of a person with COVID-19.

Tests positive and shows at least one symptom 

QCVA community member can return when all the following conditions have been met:

  • 10 calendar days from first symptom
  • 7 days fever free (without fever reducing medication)
  • 7 days of symptom improvement

Tests Positive but asymptomatic

QCVA community member can return when all the following conditions have been met:

  • 10 calendar days from the testing date
  • No symptoms have developed

Tests negative 

QCVA community member can return when all the following conditions have been met:

  • ** Completed a self-quarantine for 14 days +
  • 3 days fever free (without fever reducing medication)
  • 3 days of symptom improvement
Individual has NOT been in close contact with someone with COVID-19

Tests positive and shows at least one symptom 

QCVA community member can return when all the following conditions have been met:

  • 10 calendar days from first symptom
  • 3 days fever free (without fever reducing medication)
  • 3 days of symptom improvement

Tests Positive but asymptomatic

QCVA community member can return when all the following conditions have been met:

  • 10 calendar days from the testing date
  • No symptoms have developed

Symptoms but Negative Test

QCVA community member can return when all the following conditions have been met:

  • 24 hours after negative test results
  • 3 days fever free (without fever reducing medication)
  • 3 days of symptom improvement

** A 14-day quarantine for an individual who has come in close contact with a person with COVID-19 but has tested negative is the recommendation of the NCDHHS. This ensures symptoms do not develop if testing was done too early since the rate of development differs from person to person. A QCVA community member may return before these 14 days with a note from their physician clearing them to return to action.