USAV Return to Play Guidelines

USA Volleyball (USAV) has prepared Return to Play Guidelines for region leaders, club directors, event promoters, venue operators, members and families to provide guidance as volleyball activities begin to recommence across the United States.

The following recommendations are not intended or implied to be mandates. Many of these recommendations are based upon current guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other Federal government agencies. The knowledge surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and circumstances are different based on geographic region. Therefore, region leaders, club directors, event promoters and venue operators should adhere to their state and local guidelines when determining their own re-opening policies and procedures.

All USAV sanctioned activities will be required to adhere to the most stringent federal, state or local regulations for their respective areas.

Until COVID-19 is either eradicated, a vaccine is developed, or a cure is found, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of infection and as a result USAV strongly encourages all participants to follow these recommendations as safety precautions. The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, nor does USAV or its forty (40) Regional Volleyball Associations (Region(s)) assume any liability or responsibility for the recommendations provided herein.

High School Sports Update

The National Federation of State High School Associations is tracking high school sports schedule updates from across the nation.

Event Updates (last updated March 18, 2021)


Proactive Precautions to Take

Please review the CDC guide that supports a high quality mask covering the nose and mouth.

  • CDC: Your Guide to Face Masks
    • Details include:
      • When others are around, all staff should wear a KN95, surgical mask, or cloth mask with filter. If no filter, double up on the cloth mask. Neck gaiter…double up or fold into two layers.
      • The same guidelines apply to athletes unless lifting or on the court. Athletes should wear a mask at all times in the training room and when activity is low intensity such as rehab, recovery, and some warm-up activity.
      • ALWAYS wear the mask over both mouth and nose. If the mask frequently slips down over your nose, replace the mask with one that has a moldable nose piece like the KN95.
  • Most importantly, if you have a respiratory illness or fever, please stay home.
  • Wear a mask or other facial covering that completely covers your mouth and nose when around others.
  • Avoid contact with sick people (if you’re sick, limit contact with others).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with something disposable (like a tissue) when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Clean frequently touched items (cell phones, airplane seating area -tray table, screens, windows, arm rests, air vents, etc.).
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Bring extra hand sanitizer with you to all events.