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Minnetonka High School Volleyball

Returning to Volleyball in a world with COVID-19

1) PODS for week 1 beginning Monday 6/15 are posted here:

Your daughter may be in the 5-7 wave or the 7-9pm wave on Mondays and Wednesdays - also on Fridays your daughter may be in the 9-11am wave or the 11-1pm wave.

2) Private lessons will not change significantly.  If you would like to sign up for lessons - and then click on the google doc sign up.

There are also some mandatory restrictions placed on how we run things this year.  The biggest change is this: 

A) Until further notice, there will be a maximum of 10 people on a court at a time. (10 players, 9 players + 1 coach, etc...).  

B) Additionally, until further notice - those pods of athletes CANNOT be altered.  Meaning when the summer workouts start if John, Jim, James, Jerry, Joe, Jack, Jeb, Jonah and Jake.  Those 9 guys cannot be intermingled with anyone else.  If John and Jim are gone - that group trains with 7 that night. There is no temporarily adding others at all to the group.  

If a player has not yet been assigned a pod - then they could permanently join a pod with less than 10 players already in. If someone in that pod of 9 players gets sick, then the remaining 8 players must not return to play until after a period of quarantine.

C) These groups of 8-10 will be assigned by the coaching staff.  I can see from the perspective of a player or a parent that groupings could be "predicitive" of team placement in the fall.  Rest assured, team placement is based upon the 30 hour tryout process in August - not in June or July.  It boils down to the fact that groups need to get formed and coaches forming the groups is a better way than picking names out of a hat.

Pods will be posted on the Google Doc (there is a link on  Assignments for times and courts will also be found on the Google Doc.

D) Players must be able to attend open workouts from 5-7 or 7-9pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Your Pod of 9 will be assigned a time, gym and court for each workout.  In the event of more than 4 pods signed up for play, we will stagger Pods from 5-7 and 7-9pm.  I can see from a players perspective that this is annoying or difficult to plan for.  I can assure you that it is far from ideal to effectively double the amount of hours the coaches are asked to work this summer.

E) Gyms will be sanitized by custodial and there will be hand sanitizer and spray sanitizer for equipment.  All players should bring a mask.

F) These are restrictive measures, a big change and quite frankly a ton more work for coaches and less fun than true "show up and play" like we are used to in the summer.  All of us need to balance "I have a dislike for these restrictions" with "I highly value the privilege to return to play".  This is the world we now live in and fall sports are in the greatest jeopardy of being cancelled.  The volleyball program will not be accessory to the negligent spread of COVID nor will the hypothetical reason for cancelling fall sports be that the volleyball program didn't follow mandatory guidelines.

G) This is mostly nomenclature and is effectively the same thing as we have done in the past but it needs to be communicated in this way.  The fee for these M/W/F sessions is paid for instruction received by the coaches.  This is the exact same as paying a coach for a semi-private lesson.  If you choose the summer long option - and attend all 25 sessions - the cost is $2 per hour for small group instruction.  If for whatever reason, there is a reason you cannot pay for these workouts - please contact me.  Volleyball will be accessible to all - and money cannot be the reason a student doesn't attend. 

Bottom line: The players, families and coaches safety are the first priority.  If for any reason, you are not OK with these guidelines, or do not feel safe having your daughter participate - then exercise your right to stay home and there will not be any negative judgement for doing so.

We are all excited to return to volleyball.  There are some very specific things we MUST do to maximize player and staff safety.  None of these things are negotiable, nor are they "small details".  If these protocols are not followed, we are in jeopardy of losing the privilege to return to play.  It is everyone's responsibility to police themselves and each other.  Players will simply not be allowed to attend if they are non-compliant.  

Parents/Students are required to monitor their child’s health. If symptoms exist they should not come. Err on the side of caution. (Staff members as well) 

Participants are required to practice social distancing. This will be incredibly hard as players have not seen each other in a while and it will be natural to want to be together.

Entering the building or facility. 

  1. Groups should stay at their cars or outside until the camp leader comes and gets them. All athletes playing in the West Gym enter in the West entrance marked Tonka Center. All West Gym Athletes must exit out the anteroom leading directly outside. All Athletes playing in the East Gym enter the Main Entrance into the school and enter the 4 doors adjacent to the restrooms. All East Gym athletes must exit the doors leading directly to the parking lot. All Back Gym players enter using the indoor hallway. All back gym players must exit the doors leading directly outside.
    1. Students do not enter the building until the coach comes and gets them.

    2. All sessions will end 5 minutes early. All athletes must exit before another session can begin.

    3. Students should not arrive significantly early (10 minutes is the earliest)

    4. Students need to leave immediately after workout Exit the building as soon as session is over.

  2. Bathroom use is encouraged at home

    1. students should use the restroom prior to and after they leave our facility.

    2. Bathrooms can be open for force majeur - but we are discouraging any use.

  3. Bring your own water bottle- label it with name on it

    1. There will be no drinking fountains YOU MUST HAVE WATER!

  4. No changing clothes and no bags.  

    1. Come dressed completed

    2. Leave valuables in car or drop off.

  5. Wash hands before and after participation!

Questions - please let me know.


Karl Katzenberger

Head Volleyball Coach

Minnetonka High School