Avidity Volleyball Club - A Season Outlook
August 31st, 2020
The climate of our state, region and country is constantly changing day to day. A few weeks ago in the state of Massachusetts, we finally thought we’d be playing high school volleyball in the fall with the MIAA’s approved plans. Now, many local schools and leagues have pushed to Fall II. So much in our lives is changing, but one thing that is not; Avidity’s commitment to our athletes, to growing this game, to creating the best volleyball players we can and an opportunity to play the game we all love.
The Mission Statement of Avidity Volleyball Club is to provide young female athletes with unparalleled technical and tactical volleyball skill instruction in an environment that fosters passion for the game, personal growth and a cooperative spirit. That Mission Statement stands strong in everything we plan to do this season.
With that in mind, please review our current plans for this coming season. Registration for all of our programs will be open to returning Avidity players prior to opening it to the general public.
How is Avidity reacting to many of our athletes not having an opportunity to play high school volleyball in the fall?
Avidity has a goal in mind of getting our players on the court as soon as possible. Our plan is to run a series of clinics that will allow our players a chance to improve their skills.
Our outlook for these clinics will be to provide our players with opportunities to receive direct skill instruction and to compete in a team centered environment. These clinics will run separately from tryouts and will begin in a few weeks. We will notify you as soon as registration opens!
Will we have a club season and when will it start?
We WILL have a club season! Our current plan is to offer the same programming as last season with three levels of club teams; Open, Travel and Club. We are well aware that competitions may in fact look different than they did last season and we are going to be flexible with all our programming. We know we will have to change as we go, but we still want to create leveled teams within our program and give our athletes the opportunity to compete safely.
When will tryotus take place?
Tryouts will take place the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. We will be in touch with more information ASAP.
What will tournaments look like this season?
The region has told us that they are planning on running all of the tournaments they did last year including Winterfest, Boston, Spikefest, and the Rhode Island Rumble as well as the NERVA series if they can safely do so. Dates for these tournaments are posted on the NERVA website and we’ll be updating our website to clarify further. The region has been very transparent in saying they expect to have to make changes to these tournament dates and sites this coming season as the climate of Massachusetts and the New England region evolves during the COVID pandemic.
We are committed to making safety our first priority for our athletes and coaches. We will continue to be in close contact with the region and tournament organizers and make decisions when the time arises to attend tournaments. It is too early to tell which tournaments will be safe to attend and which will not.
Rules and regulations for play and spectators continue to evolve and we will be in close touch throughout the season. We are committed to providing competition for our kids, even though that may look much different than in previous years. We also know that this may affect our practice structure.
How will Avidity handle a potential shut down or regulations that would prohibit volleyball?
We will be as transparent as possible in the ways in which we handle payments and refunds. Due to the circumstances of this year surrounding the COVID pandemic, we are making plans for our payment schedule to look different than in years past. Prior to tryouts, we will have this published for families to see.
Additionally, we will have a refund policy that we will provide prior to the season beginning. We understand that there inevitably will be disruptions to our plans throughout the season and having a plan in place when these disruptions occur will help mitigate any potential confusion.
How will Avidity handle their athletes playing volleyball for their high school teams during fall II?
Club volleyball is designed to give our athletes a place to improve, compete and play after their regular high school season. With leagues and schools deciding to play in Fall II, Avidity understands we will have to accommodate. As it relates to Avidity, MIAA rules state that athletes MUST attend their high school in-season practices and games when they have a conflict with Avidity practices and/or tournaments. Waivers have been in place in previous years to help athletes with individual dates of conflict, however, we are unsure of what that will look like this year.
At this point, all we can do is set schedules with times and make our families, high school coaches, and athletic directors aware of tournament dates as they stand today. NERVA, like other sports organizations, is also communicating with the MIAA to make the events of large tournaments known to athletic directors so that they can hopefully accommodate whenever possible. We’ll also be in touch with our players’ high school coaches to work together whenever possible.
Our attendance policy will look different than in years prior for we not only have to make accommodations for the change in sports seasons, but also to ensure our athletes stay home when they are feeling unwell.
What is Avidity’s COVID plan?
Before any program sign-ups occur, Avidity will release our COVID plan that will include our policies. We are currently collaborating with our coaching staff, region and athletes to determine our COVID safety measures for this upcoming year. We are committed to safety and ensuring the environment we create at Avidity is as safe as we can possibly make it.
What will remain the SAME?
With all the change that is currently happening, we know one thing that remains constant. Avidity’s commitment to our players and our core values:
- Development of the Whole Player
- Avidity values the development of our athletes on and off the court. We are committed to our athletes’ physical and emotional growth and promoting their self-confidence as volleyball players and people in the community.
- Skill Development
- Avidity trains our athletes to develop to their fullest potential with specific, targeted instruction that is clear and intentional. Our coaches challenge our players through specific training sessions, practice plans and drill sequences that cater to individual needs. Through our work, our coaches focus on providing clear and consistent feedback to create competent players that feel and see the results of their dedication and hard work.
- Our athletes, coaches and staff are committed to our growth together. Volleyball is a team sport and to be successful, it requires a level of dedication from each member of the team.
- Avidity values an environment of inclusivity, where we celebrate the accomplishments of one another, our teams, and our program. Our athletes understand the true meaning of team and devote time on and off the court to build relationships with each other. With our positive spirit, our athletes feel a sense of pride playing for Avidity.
- Love of the Game
- Our players and coaches play for Avidity because we love this sport. We feel the power and love for what this game offers and the joy of hard work paying off.
Avidity recognizes that each individual family must consider what is right for them at this time and that club volleyball may not be the right choice for every family this fall and winter. We will continue to communicate with our families and we look forward to sharing more information as soon as it becomes available.
Avidity Volleyball Club Director