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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Letters

June 2020 - Top Select COVID 19 Policy, Safety Guidelines.

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact, including individuals without disease symptoms. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited or limited the congregation of groups of people.

The health and well-being of our staff and athletes remains our top priority. In order to minimize the risk of

COVID-19 entering our environment and spreading amongst our community, we will only allow staff assigned to work and athletes scheduled to participate to be in our gym. Parents wishing to remain on site can use outdoor common areas or the parking lot to wait for their athlete(s). Athletes waiting to attend a session will need to wait outside while maintaining social distance from others.

Furthermore, all participants in sponsored activities at TOP SELECT VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY must agree to and abide by the following:


  • No backpacks inside the gym
  • Bring water bottle (water fountain not available)
  • Come ready for your session (no changing allowed in the bathroom)
  • No spectators
  • Arrive/check in - Front of the facility
  • Only 1 person allowed in the bathroom at a time
  • Only 1 person check in at a time. Every person entering the gym MUST be checked in and will be checked for temperature.
  • Face mask policy - adults and other visitors must wear a face mask/covering inside the facility, players suggested but not required while practicing.


  • Do not touch your face!
  • No hand shaking, high fives or huddles
  • Sanitize hands before, during, and after sessions
  • Allow time for check in but do not arrive earlier than 10 minutes prior to your session
  • Once the session ends, athletes need be picked up, no waiting will be allowed in the facility. 

TOP SELECT VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY (hereafter referred to as the “Club”) has put in place numerous preventative measures and enhanced cleaning protocols to reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19 in the Club’s gym environment; however, the Club cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending sponsored activities at the Club could increase your risk and your child(ren)’s risk of contracting COVID-19.



Policy: Phase One Guidelines on Health Safety & Screening Procedures (May 20, 2020)


Eligibility for attendance: Be symptom free for at least 14 days prior to any activity. Stay home if you are sick or do not feel well. Be aware of and disclose any potential contacts with affected individuals. Keep a list of people you have been in contact with each day.

Please be aware that if at any point you or someone who you have been in contact with becomes sick, you will be asked to self quarantine for 14 days.

Traffic Flow: Entrance will be through the front of the facility and exit through the back of the facility. This will limit our interaction and minimize cross contamination. We will mark X’s on the floor to encourage proper spacing. All benches and chairs will be folded up and stored during this phase. 

Spectators: To limit the number of people in the facility, spectators will not be allowed to enter. If a parent/guardian has questions/concerns about payments/credits, please contact the office. 

Participants: Every participant will be required to properly disinfect their hands before starting each training. Participants will only be allowed to enter the facility at most 10 minutes prior to their session. After completing and passing the proper screening measures athletes will be allowed to enter the facility. Once the session ends, athletes will be picked up at the back of the facility and no waiting will be allowed in the facility. 

Extensive Screening Measures: Visitors, Coaches, and Staff will have their temperatures screened prior to entering the facility. Each participant will have their temperature checked by a staff member. If the temperature is 99.9 degrees or below, they will be allowed inside the facility. 

Safety Equipment: We encourage some type of face-covering being worn whenever possible for all participants.

Bathrooms: Only one person will be allowed in the bathroom at once.

Front Desk: Each front desk staff member will disinfect all computers, phones, pens, counters, and any other touch points upon arrival and exit of their shift. They will also disinfect touch points as needed every hour or sooner if needed. Front desk staff will use hand sanitizer after working with each customer to help eliminate cross contamination between customers.

Cleaning: Hand sanitizer will be provided and recommended at each court for additional safety measures. Courts will be cleaned with a bleach solution. All equipment including volleyballs used during each training will be cleaned and stored to dry. Volleyballs will be divided in two groups and rotated between each scheduled training session. Restrooms and all contact points will be cleaned in between every training session or sooner if needed while the facility is limited to coaches and staff only.

Top Select Volleyball Staff

March 17, 2020

Dear Top Select Families,

We hope everyone is doing well.

As most of you read on the update from the Florida Region of USAV yesterday (3.16), “I write to you during this time of uncertainty when many events are being suspended, postponed, and cancelled. This leaves us all with many unanswered questions about how the remainder of the 2020 volleyball season (indoor & beach) will play out”. 

The hotel cancellations are being taken care of by each housing company and you should be receiving emails from them. 

Please know that we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated. At this point, all activities are cancelled until March 31.

This is uncharted territory for all of us and we will be able to have more concrete information once it becomes available from governing bodies". 

We will keep you updated once we more information about the remainder of the season.


Top Select Volleyball Staff


March 12, 2020

Hello parents,

Based on USAV recommendation, we are closing the gym and cancelling all activities (practices, tournaments, lessons, United League on Mar 21) starting immediately until March 22 to ensure the welfare and safety of everyone. Please note, that this window may be extended and that we will keep you updated once more information becomes available.The suspension is being recommended with an abundance of caution for the athletes and families.

Please know that we will be analyzing teams’ schedules on a case-by-case basis once information is provided from tournament organizers.

In you are wondering about HOTELS for the CANCELLED tournaments:

Colorado Crossroads - THS sent an email stating they have asked their hotel partners to cancel all Colorado Crossroads/THS reservations that have not yet checked in. Since the reason for this cancellation falls under “Act of God” they have asked all hotels to refund any deposits that have already been charged and release the teams from additional cancellation penalties

MEQ - AES sent an email stating: “The Housing Directors for your hotel reservations are working with hotels in both St. Louis and Indianapolis to get every reservation cancelled.  Please know that we are working diligently to get this completed in a timely manner.  We appreciate your patience and will know more throughout Thursday and Friday regarding your cancellations.  You will receive a system email showing your room cancellation(s) once we have confirmed them with each hotel”.

Molten Pre Q - For those who reserved rooms thru the offered block, we are waiting on instructions from the housing company (THS). For those of you who booked on your own, please check with your hotel.

FUTURE TOURNAMENTS - they will continue to monitor conditions on the upcoming days and we will keep you updated once we receive any information.

Our office will be closed during this time but please feel free to reach out to us via email. 

We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.


Top Select Staff


Update from the desk of AAU President Dr. Roger J. Goudy

April 7, 2020 (5:00 pm) - Like all of you, the AAU continues to monitor the development of COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) across the country and around the world. These are unprecedented times as we navigate the global pandemic and put our efforts towards helping to slow the spread of the disease.

Seemingly overnight, terms such as ‘flatten the curve’ and ‘social distancing’ have become part of our national language and part of our daily life. While people have had to adjust to this new normal, businesses have had to adapt as well. The AAU has been no exception.

Sports For All, Forever has been the AAU’s focus and drive for the past 130 years and counting. And, while events are the AAU's business, the health and well-being of AAU participants are at the forefront of our mind during this time.

Therefore, we will continue to follow the guidelines set out by public health officials and extend the temporary suspension of AAU event programming through April 30th. We recognize the undue hardship suspending AAU licensed events has had on many of you.

While it is our fervent hope to resume events in the near future, we feel strongly extending the temporary suspension of AAU licensed events is the right thing to do at this time.

We will share updates with you as new information becomes available. Stay safe, be well, and remember We Are AAU.


The AAU has decided to extend the temporary suspension of licensed AAU events through April 15th.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) | AAU Resources Page

March 25, 2020 (4:00 pm) - The health and well-being of athletes, coaches, and their families is always the AAU’s top priority.   Along with the rest of the world, we have continued to closely monitor the developing COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) situation.  

After reviewing the latest CDC guidelines and in consultation with local officials, the AAU has decided to extend the temporary suspension of licensed AAU events through April 15th. This is a decision that the AAU organization did not make lightly but one we strongly feel is in the best interest of everyone involved in AAU events.
These are unprecedented times that have called for unprecedented measures.  Nonetheless, we know this is the right decision. We must continue to do our part to keep our communities safe and healthy until such a time that we resume AAU event programing.  It is truly our hope that we can get back to running AAU events in the very near future after this extension. We will continue to consult with local officials and health experts to ensure that the safety of AAU athletes, coaches, and their families is not compromised.
Since 1888, the AAU has been the industry leader in the amateur sports marketplace. Moving forward, we remain committed to providing the very best athletic opportunities to all who play AAU sports and will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available. Thank you for your continued participation in AAU.

March 12, 2020 (6:30 pm) -  In light of the ongoing developments as a result of COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”),  the AAU is temporarily suspending all AAU events, for the next 3 weeks, effective immediately.  The AAU’s first priority is the safety and welfare of all of our athletes, coaches and families.  The AAU will continue to monitor the situation on a national, regional, state and local level.  We will keep all of our AAU members updated as the situation evolves.



March 12, 2020 (2:15 pm) - As the COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) situation continues to evolve, the AAU is working diligently to keep our parents, coaches and event directors updated as much as possible. We indeed recognize the absolute seriousness of this on-going issue and are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information on AAU events across the country as it becomes available.

At this time, please continue to check and AAU sports websites for information related to AAU national events; updates will be posted there.

In addition to national-level events, the AAU has a long history of events across the country that are operated by independent event directors at the local, state and regional levels. The decisions relative to these events are made at the local level.  We continue to encourage all our members and event directors involved in AAU events to engage with their local health officials and continue to be guided by the information offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to formulate appropriate decisions and preparations.


March 5, 2020 - As with the rest of the world, AAU leadership is monitoring the on-going developments related to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, with great interest.
The AAU takes the safety and well-being of its members, teams, volunteers and employees seriously. We are consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and encourage you to continue to follow CDC updates as they become available.  Please contact your local health and public officials for questions specific to your area. 
The AAU is continuing to monitor the situation carefully and is working closely with appropriate officials to provide AAU members and volunteers updates as needed.  
As the world at large faces an uncertain future in regards to coronavirus, be assured AAU leadership is keeping its focus wholly on the health and safety of all who participate in AAU events. As we prepare for what may come, we will continue to make this our highest priority.
More Information
For more information on the coronavirus, visit the CDC’s coronavirus page. CDC guidance on clinical signs and symptoms and infection prevention and control recommendations are available here.


Florida Region of USA Volleyball Response on coronavirus

Due to recent events and information concerning the current status of the COVID-19 coronavirus, USA Volleyball is recommending that all USAV-sanctioned events (including, but not limited to: tournaments, practices, scrimmages, camps and clinics) scheduled through March 22nd be postponed or cancelled to ensure the welfare and safety of our athletes, spectators and staff. We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will provide updates as information becomes more apparent. Please refer to this page for the latest updated information on Florida Region events. 

Update as of March 13, 2020 at 11am




Proactive Precautions to Take

USA Volleyball has issued a list of protective actions they recommend you take. Check it out below:

  • Most importantly, if you have a respiratory illness or fever, please stay home.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • 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.
Updated on Feb. 28, 2020

Molten USA Advice on Cleaning Volleyballs

Molten USA has received many inquiries regarding how best to clean and/or sanitize volleyballs, as the 2020 club volleyball travel season continues in the midst of the current virus unease. In brief analysis, the use of sanitizing wipes inclusive of bleach or similar disinfectant have proven to be effective against emerging viral pathogens. However due to the porous surface of the leather and composite volleyballs, tests have not confirmed the ability to kill the novel coronavirus. When using the wipes, it is suggested to place the wipe in one hand while thoroughly rotating the ball to ensure cleaning of the entire surface. Once the entire surface has been cleansed, the ball will need to dry prior to being placed back in use. Please note due to the chemical properties in the wipes, some of the ink on the ball may be removed. Alcohol wipes have resulted in damage to the product and are not recommended at this time.
Please note this is not a recommended practice for regular use when the need for sanitizing volleyballs is not a concern.

Further Resources








Due to recent events and information concerning the current status of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Junior Volleyball Association is recommending that all JVA insured events (practices and tournaments) scheduled through the next 14 days, March 26th, be postponed or cancelled to ensure the welfare and safety of the athletes, spectators and staff. We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will provide periodic updates as information becomes available.  


To help protect your staff, your members and their families, we recommend the following protections recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention during pandemic flu outbreaks. 


JVA World Challenge

We continue to monitor the spread of the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) daily. As of right now, the 2020 JVA World Challenge is scheduled as planned. We will reassess the status of the JVA World Challenge by Monday, March 23rd and make a final decision. However if there are any updates before then, we will promptly notify all participating teams. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to follow precautions to keep yourself healthy. More updates and information are available HERE.