Statement Updated – Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:00pm
The Los Angeles Volleyball Academy wishes all of our athletes, parents, families, coaches, and staff the best of health as we move together through the extraordinary times in which we find ourselves. The challenges we face as individuals and communities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic are significant, but we will face them together and strive forward into a better and brighter tomorrow. Our thoughts are with all of you: the health of your loved ones, the emotions of your children, the strength of your jobs and businesses, and the happiness of your lives. We will not get to see many of you or your daughters in coming days, and we will miss them all greatly – but we know this, too, shall pass, and before long we will be back in the gym together playing and coaching and watching the sport we love so dearly.
It should be noted that we are reassessing daily our short- and long-term plans, as well as tracking what the local, city, state, and national government organizational responses are. We are aware of the current guidelines and recommendations of the President, the Governor (see below Thurs 3/19 update), the Mayor of Los Angeles, and the CDC. We are working through the announcements and recommendations of the SCVA and USA Volleyball, as well. All of the views and policies and information coming out of all of these organizations has and will continue to impact our overall assessment and decision-making. Lastly, we are also distinctly aware of the social responsibility all members of our society face in helping to limit the spread of Covid-19.
At this time, after much deliberation, we have decided to place all in-person volleyball activities with our coaches and in our facilities on hiatus until April 01, 2020. We will keep you posted in a very timely manner if there are updates or changes to this hiatus. You can also check back to this page for updates. We did not come to this decision lightly, but at this time feel this is the best course of action to take for the health and safety of all members of our LAVA family.
We have distributed At-Home Workouts to help keep our athletes active. Please be accountable and do these! We are actively talking with our coaching staffs about how to utilize technology and social media to keep our teams engaged. We are not sitting idly by when the world slows down around us. We will be communicating with you on a regular basis.
We recommend all athletes take this time to look at their lives from a different perspective, through a different lens. For those with injuries, rest and recuperate and heal. For those with siblings, take this opportunity to spend a little more time than you would otherwise be able to when life is in its fullest swing. Reconnect with your parents, they are dealing with their own stresses and would love to get some support. Appreciate all the blessings.
And when we are able to return to normalcy, including the volleyball court, be ready to hit the ground running and work harder than you’ve ever worked before, to be grateful for the opportunity to be back out in public with teammates and friends, playing volleyball. We will see you all in the gym very soon.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and take care.
On Behalf of the LAVA Leadership
*Update Thurs 3/19 - The Governor of California has ordered the residents of our state to "Stay at Home", which is essentially ordering everyone to Shelter-in-Place as much as possible. What does this mean? Per CNN: "Shelter in place means people are being asked to stay at home as much as possible, meaning they shouldn't be out unless getting food, gas or other essentials, or for medical reasons. Health professionals, police, firefighters and other essential service providers are still expected to go to work. And, of course, grocery store clerks and gas station attendants are working, too. Going outside for a walk or exercise is allowed, and even encouraged, but people are asked to keep their distance from others (social distancing means keeping six feet apart from other people when out and about)."