RMR POWER SERIES
PLACED ON TEMPORARY HOLD
Statement from RMR
effective Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020
We are all aware of the increased incidence of COVID-19 in our communities, and of the increasing regulatory controls being brought to bear by state and county offices in an attempt to mitigate the reach of the disease. I'm afraid that these factors have now combined to an extent that we are forced to temporarily suspend the Power Series.
Personally, I'm proud of how well our volleyball community has come together to re-open sport and to do so SAFELY. But it does look like we'll have to weather a storm of increasing COVID cases (and regulations) for a while.
Thus far in the season, we have prioritized “return to play.” Our gold standard thus far has been to meet or slightly exceed all state and county regulations. To that end, we have limited occupancy at each facility to ensure compliance with first “Level-1” and then “Level-2” regulations. And we took the extra step, voluntarily, to require full mask-wearing compliance across all venues at all times. I think that all of us can be very proud of the commitment that we've shown with regard to “resuming play SAFELY.”
Still, last week we saw a drastic increase in the number of drop-outs, exposures, positive cases and quarantines among our athletes and coaches. It’s clear that COVID is very present in our community. We take seriously the increased exposure risk that volleyball competitions represent at this time.
Facility access is also a crucial variable in our equation. Tomorrow, as Arapahoe County moves to Level-3, there will no longer be enough courts available to us to host the Series. Until this wave of COVID-19 passes and courts again become available to us, we are forced to put the Power Series on hold. (effective Nov 11, 2020)
—> Think of this as a “Time-Out” (although we’re not entirely sure exactly when we’ll be allowed to resume play)
* Return-To-Play planning is already underway.
* We’re looking at any or all “available” weekends as make-up dates for whatever Power events we lose during this COVID outbreak period. (especially those recently-vacated CrossRoads weekends)
* It is our intent to RESUME THE POWER-SERIES from where it left off just as soon as we have permission and facility-space to do so.
* The RMR-Classic and Challenge events are still “Go”
* We DO intend to host the RMR-Showdown, with the usual 3-day format over President’s Day weekend. Host gyms are still TBA.
--> CLUB VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES! We would like to emphasize that all Clubs and teams ARE still allowed to offer in-house fitness and sport-specific training in their "home facility" in groups of up to 25, under Level-3 Guidelines
* Exact details and requirements will be provided to all Clubs
We deeply regret that we are forced by COVID-realities to put our season onto a temporary hold.
We’ll do everything we can to get back underway just as soon as possible!
—> ATHLETES: DO YOUR PART!
—> Stay safe, by practicing social distancing and all the other public safety measures
—> Wear your mask! Evidence is mounting that breathing in the virus is the most frequent cause of infection. Cover Up!
—> Stay in shape, and ready to go! Practice with your team. Get lots of exercise, good food and good rest. STAY SAFE!
And we'll see you on court soon!
POWER SERIES INFO
Things look a little different this year ...
Please keep in mind all info is subject to change and this is a living document, we will keep this page updated and notify you of any changes.
TEAMS & SPECTATORS
RMR teams will be limited to 14 individuals
This number has been arrived at by considering the most common county variance regulations that our teams will participate under. (The 175 occupancy limit of Level 1 Sites in the majority of counties we compete in) This team limit will serve all of the sites we participate in, despite varying state and county laws.
May be comprised of one or more certified Coaches, 13 or fewer rostered players. Total headcount maximum is always 14.
Until the COVID situation changes and state laws are relaxed, RMR events will operate with NO spectator access. This standard is to be applied at all venues, in the interest of treating all participants and their families, system wide, in the same fashion.
All teams are required to enter as a single unit (14 persons all together).
Tardy team members are subject to exclusion from the facility. In/out privileges are not guaranteed.
All persons entering the facility will be temperature checked at entry.
If an individual tests above 100.3, they may be re-tested once after 10 minutes, but will thereafter will be ineligible to enter for the day. A team reduced by this rule to less-than-six players may be allowed to play with 5. Teams without sufficient number of athletes for other reasons (forgot face mask, tardy, etc.) will not be offered this waiver. No team will be allowed to compete with less than 5 rostered players.
All persons must wear a face mask at all times
While in venue both nose and mouth must be enclosed at all times. Players on court must wear masks. Officials and Coaches are asked to actively observe athletes for signs of physical stress related to the face-mask rule. Players may not wear hard plastic face shields, as they represent a safety hazard.
Face masks may be lowered briefly to allow necessary drinking or eating.
Teams who are “on lunch break” are encouraged to find a vacant area of the facility for that activity, to ensure the continued safety of other participants.
Athletes with known pre-existing conditions (asthma, diabetes, etc.)
Should be identified to the RMR during Team Registration. Tournament officials will be advised to monitor the health and safety of these individuals in particular, however these athletes are still subject to the same Covid safety laws as all other participants. Athletes who are so effected by personal health concern as to be further endangered by these safety constraints should, for their own safety and the safety of others around them, not engage in competition at this time.
Coaches, Officials and Work Team Personnel
In particularly close proximity to hard-working athletes. For this reason, Coaches, Officials and Work Team Personnel are absolutely required to wear masks at all times.
Currently the furtherest we will travel outside the metro area will be as far north as Windsor and as far south as Colorado Springs
We realize that this will be an incredibly challenging season and not one that any of us would hope for. We do ask that with all of the restrictions in place that we keep the KIDS as the primary focus. This means following all policy and protocols regardless of our personal opinions and views. We do not want the season to come to an abrupt end because of non-compliance or unruly spectators.
We are all in the same boat so let's all do our best to be positive and focus on what we can do vs. what we can't. For those who are open to it, this could be the best and most enjoyable season yet!
With the season taking place early it gives us a chance to hopefully enjoy some really nice weather this season. We recommend that your team pulls together and get creative to enjoy your time while at the venue for the day, this could include:
Keep in mind
Food - Please be sure to pack plenty of food and water for your player. Prepare your player to have everything they need for the entire day with the thought of them remaining inside the facility from start to finish.
Accommodations - Days will be long so plan accordingly for siblings and restroom needs.
Be Respectful - Of each other and the venues we attend, be sure to cleanup after yourselves and do not leave any trash.