Season Update

The start of the 2020/21 season will look a little different this year due to the ongoing Pandemic.  With that in mind we wanted to keep everyone informed as to how the upcoming tryout period and the first few months of the season will look this year

Re-signs The GYVA will be following recommendations set out by the OVA in regards to re-signs and tryouts.  In an effort to minimize a large number of athletes at tryouts, clubs will be offering re-signs to athletes as selected by the coach during the month of August.  Players 14U and up are eligible this year to receive an offer as they competed in the OVA last year.  Returning 12 and 13U players will be contacted by coaches.  

These re-sign offers are valid until Aug 31st but can be returned at any time before then.  We will still hold smaller tryouts during the OVA scheduled tryout period for those teams who still require additional players.

Not all re-signs are sent at once and may be sent anytime during the month of August.  In the event where the club had two teams last season in the same age category one team will be established first.  If there is enough interest for a second team or additional players are needed on the primary team these positions will be filled during the tryout period.

Tryouts and New Application process This year the OVA is releasing a new process by which players can apply to the club/team they wish to try out for.  The club will then host invite only tryouts based on those applications in an effort to keep the number of players participating at any given time down.  The application process does not start until September, as such the club will open registration in August to get an idea of how many athletes will be applying to the club.  Once the application window opens, those who have registered will be contacted with instructions on how to apply. 

Practices All community use permits will be on hold to start the school year which means we will not be able to start practices as we normally would.  However we were permitted to renew all of our permits from the previous year so teams will know their practice schedule for when we are able to start.  As most of our permits start early/mid October we will not have to look for alternative options until that time.  If need be we will begin outdoor practice to start the season, weather and daylight permitting.  We are also looking into securing other indoor court spaces at this time.

Competitions Competitions are set to begin in January.  Teams will only be losing their one fall tournament.  Competition format may change this year based on Covid restrictions which may see fewer teams at tournaments.  The possibility for exhibition tournaments and scrimmages will be evaluated as we get closer to the start of the season.  The club will not be sanctioning trips to the US for tournaments this season.  Provincials are set to go ahead in April and will be split between Waterloo and Mississauga this year. 

Return to Play policies in Regard to Covid Player safety will be our first priority this season.  The club will be following Volleyball Canada’s and the Ontario Health Minister’s return to play guidelines.  We are currently in stage 3 of the reopening and will abide by those rules.  We will be releasing our Covid Operating Procedure for the upcoming season shortly.

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