Updated: What the govt’s latest advice means for volleyball
29th May 2020
Despite the latest announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday 28th May to allow groups of up to six people from different households to meet outside in England from Monday, 1st June, the guidance for volleyball remains unchanged from the advice published on Friday, 15th May. Volleyball England will be meeting Sport England and other government officials next week and will seek to clarify the implications of the latest guidance on volleyball but at the moment we are not recommending that volleyball clubs begin to arrange any organised activity. We will continue to review and monitor the guidance as the lockdown eases, we are keen to return to our sport but only when it is safe to do so.
Below is the article that we published on Friday, 15th May, which remains the current guidance for volleyball.
In a move to ease lockdown restrictions, the government announced that as of Wednesday, 13th May, people can go outside more than once a day for exercise. If they do, they can either do so alone, with members of their household or – as long as they observe social distancing guidelines – with 1 person from outside of their household.
Please note, if you or anyone you live with has symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.
Based on our interpretation of this new guidance, below we have answered a few key questions on what this change means for volleyball, beach volleyball and sitting volleyball in England.
Who can I play volleyball with?
Recreational volleyball can be played outdoors between members of the same household.
Individual players may also meet with 1 person from another household to practise or for coaching outdoors as long as they stay 2 metres apart. We are advising that, in this case, both individuals should follow strict hand hygiene by washing their hands and their volleyball equipment before and after practise.
Vulnerable adults and those under the age of 18 should not meet someone from another household for coaching because a third person cannot be present for safeguarding due to social distancing requirements.
Please seek instructions from your ball manufacturer on how they should be cleaned. Instructions for 2 of the most common makes are listed below.
- Mikasa: mikasasports.co.jp/e/support/maintenance
- Molten: www.molten.co.jp/sports/en/volleyball/product/volleyball/index.html
Can outdoor volleyball facilities open?
Most outdoor sports facilities, such as beach volleyball courts, can reopen if those responsible for them are ready and can do so safely, following public health guidance. This decision is for facility managers to make when they are ready.
Please read the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s detailed guidance for more information on what to consider when re-opening outdoor sports facilities.
When will indoor facilities open?
The government was clear that its new guidance only applies to outdoor sporting activities, where the risk of transmitting coronavirus is significantly lower. Apart from toilets and throughways, indoor facilities should be kept closed.
The government has said that reopening spaces such as leisure facilities may only be fully possible “significantly later”. This will depend on the reduction in the numbers of infections.
The return of volleyball
We are planning the return of volleyball pending governing guidance and will bring you further updates as new advice is issued.
Members and affiliated clubs based outside of England should heed the advice from their devolved administrations.
This article, first published on 15th May, was updated on 29th May.