McLean Youth Volleyball MYV provides house, select and travel volleyball programs for Elementary School, Middle School, and High School athletes in the greater McLean Virginia VA area including Great Falls, Falls Church, Arlington, Vienna, Fairfax, Reston

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Spring 2021

(last updated 2/15/2021)

SPRING 2021 PLANS

McLean Youth (MYA) Volleyball is committed to the well-being of its players, coaches and referees. Given the recent success of other regional indoor sports in addressing COVID-19 risks plus the well-understood health and mental benefits of sports for children and young adults, MYA Volleyball has elected to proceed with the spring 2021 season.

Use the following link to register as a player, coach or referee.  Registration closes March 1.

No payment is due at this time. Around February 23, once better information is known including (1) the number of interested participants, (2) the number of volunteer coaches, (3) the number of allocated gyms timeslots from the County, and (4) any additional safety requirements, we'll publish updated plans for the season. There will then be a second registration step to confirm participation and pay the league fee. There will be no refunds afterwards.

 

Here are the current plans for the season which runs from mid March to early June.

  1. PARTICIPANTS: Registration is open to both GIRLS and BOYS.
  • Girls - The target is House leagues for each grade level (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, HS), a MS Select league and HS Select league. There will not be a HS Travel team.
  • Boys - The target is for an Elementary School league (grades 4th-6th) and Middle School league (7th-8th). Boys leagues this spring are to make-up for the cancelled fall 2020 season.
  • No Club Players - Active club/travel volleyball players cannot play on an MYA Volleyball team this year. However, HS club players are always welcome to sign up as coaches and referees.

 

  1. PLANNED EVENTS: The season starts off with "Practice-Only" activities and may expand to include some competitive games played outdoors.
  • Practices – Each team practices and scrimmages in an indoor gym once a week throughout the season. Following Fairfax County policies, only one team is permitted to practice in a school gym at a time (see more details below).
  • Games – MYA Volleyball is considering outdoor games between teams on grass courts starting in early May (weather permitting). In addition the risk benefits of playing outdoors, this also provides socically distanced parents the opportunity to watch the games.
  • Tryouts – There are no girls MS Select and HS Select tryouts this season. Select teams will be drafted by coaches based on information provided during registration.
  • Other Events – There are no skills clinics, no Froyo Challenge, no playoffs and no all-stars this season. Also, there are currently no plans for team jerseys and medals.

 

  1. SAFETY MEASURES: MYA Volleyball plans to follow and sometimes exceed CDC, State and County guidelines and policies to ensure the safety of all participants. This includes:
  • Sturdy masks must be worn at MYA Volleyball events, both on and off the court.  No bandanas or neck gaiters are permitted.  Masks must cover both the mouth and nose -- they can only be momentarily lowered to drink water.
  • Players, coaches and referees must pass the County's health screening checklist before participating in each scheduled MYA Volleyball event.
  • Parents (other than coaches) and spectators are not permitted in gyms during indoor practices or games if scheduled. This same policy does not apply to outdoor games.
  • Each player or coach must bring his/her own mask, hand sanitizer and water. Sharing is not permitted.
  • Participants must practice appropriate social distancing at all times. Hugs, handshakes, high-fives and fist-pumps are not permitted. Additionally, blocking is not permitted and teams do not switch sides during multi-game matches.
  • At least 15 minutes are scheduled between indoor practices. The first group must vacate the facility completely before the next group enters. Two teams should never be in a gym at the same time.
  • Volleyballs and any shared equipment will be disinfected between events.
  • A formal sick player protocol (here) will be utilized to communicate with MYA Volleyball officials, Fairfax County officials and team members about an infected or quarantined participant. The same protocol will follow CDC guidelines to govern a safe return. For privacy purposes, MYA Volleygball will NOT share the actual name of a sick player with teammates. 

 

  1. COACHES NEEDED
  • Adult coaches are desperately needed. In past years, almost 50% of coaches have been HS Students. Two factors may significantly reduce the number of HS Student coaches  and increase the need for more adult coaches.
    1. The High School condensed “fall” volleyball season conflicts with the first half of the MYA Volleyball spring season. Girls who play on their HS volleyball team may not be able to coach an MYA Volleyball team at the same time.
    2. Starting this year, only 11th and 12th graders are permitted to form a coaching team without an adult. This may also reduce the pool of possible coaching teams. Additionaly, all members of a HS student coaching team must have at lease two years of volleyball playing experience with MYA Volleyball, a HS Volleyball team, and/or Club Volleyball team.
  • Teams must have a minimum of 2 coaches in the gym at any moment and no more than 3.
  • Coaches are instrumental in ensuring their team's compliance with MYA Volleyball safety policies at team practices and games. If needed, coaches can recruit parent volunteers to assist.

 

  1. COVID-19 WAIVER: Part of registration for players, coaches and referees is reading and signing off on the COVID-19 waiver which is included with all registrations. Only adults 18 years or older can check the box to acknowledge the terms of the waiver.

 

Thank you for your understanding that these are unusual times and we are doing our best as volunteer organizers to make this work. As everyone is acutely aware, there is no way to completely eliminate the possibility of virus transmission. But we hope that the measures we plan to follow will minimize the risk while still providing an opportunity for our youth athletes to experience the benefits of playing a team sport.

Please feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns.​

 

Regards,
Chuck

Chuck Pruitt, Director
McLean Youth Volleyball

Spring 2021 Season

Registration for the Spring 2021 season is now open.

No league fee is due at this time.  In late February, once (1) the number of interested participants, (2) the number of coaches, (3) the number of allocated gyms timeslots, and (4) any additional County requirements are better known, there will be a second registration step to confirm participation and pay the league fee.