coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Oct 25TH, 2021

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In response to COVID, the Chatham Ballhawks Volleyball Club has implemented and maintained robust safety protocols to ensure a safe training and playing environment for our volleyball community.   Following up from our notification Sep 25TH that required proof of vaccination for all coaches and adult volunteers as well as the strong recommendation for all players 12+ to be vaccinated by Oct 31ST, the Ballhawks would like to provide the following information and notification to further enhance our ability to provide a safe environment.  

 

We have been advised by OVA and discussions with many clubs in the surrounding area, that indoor gym facilities across the majority of Ontario for competition will require proof of vaccination by all eligible participants to enter.  Furthermore, any local indoor gym facilities that the Ballhawks may be able to use for practices and competition and that fall under the Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services [CLASS] will require proof of vaccination from COVID-19 by all eligible participants:  coaches, volunteers, and athletes, as per CLASS policies for community use.  This may happen prior to Dec 2021.

 

To maximize the opportunity to safely pursue our passion for volleyball throughout this entire season, the Ballhawks will require that all athletes 12 years of age or older whom are presently eligible for the vaccine provide proof of full vaccination against COVID or proof of medical exemption as recognized by the Public Health Agency of Canada or our Local Health Authority, where applicable by January 1ST, 2022.  

 

We will continue to implement all other provincially and regionally mandated COVID-19 guidelines and any rules set out by each facility.   Together, we can help minimize disruptions due to COVID this season and build a healthy sporting environment that keeps our Ballhawks VC volleyball community active and on the court.

 

If you have any questions regarding or wish to discuss these measures in further detail, please contact chathamballhawks@gmail.com

Sep 25TH, 2021

In consideration of the present Ontario government and OVA vaccination policy, the Ballhawks, with thoughtful consideration have decided that proof of vaccination for all coaches and adult volunteers is mandatory.   Presently, no spectators are allowed but if in the instance this does become an option, all others 12+ that wish to enter, must show proof of vaccination and be masked while in the facility.  

 

In regard to athletes 12+, although proof of vaccination to the Ballhawks club is not mandatory at this time, it is strongly recommended that your daughter/son be fully vaccinated by Oct 31ST.  This recommendation stems from information we are hearing and experiencing for travel sports and some school boards across the province.  It is anticipated that should we schedule exhibition games with other teams or OVA tournaments happen in other areas all athletes 12+, coaches, volunteers and parents will very likely be required to provide proof of vaccination set by each team/tournament/facility.


The Ontario Ministry of Health considers its regulations to be a baseline and allows organizations and businesses to supplement with further measures to ensure the health and safety of their participants. The Ballhawks will continually consider the evolving public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will adjust policies as we move forward into the volleyball season. 

Jul 22ND, 2021

  • With the Ontario Government's Step recovery program, the OVA has released updated Return to Play guide for Step 3 - protocols for outdoor and indoor programming.    

  • The Ballhawks are in  the process of updating it's own protocols to meet these and local PHU requirements but noted protocols will be in place until confirmed otherwise.

Apr 15TH, 2021

  • With the recent Ontario Government's lockdown and subsequent extensions, Ballhawks programming is complete for the season.    

  • We hope to have some summer/fall programming options so please stay tuned!

Mar 21ST, 2021

  • With the recent Ontario Government's announcement that Chatham-Kent is to go into RED (Control) level, some Ballhawks programming will be taking a pause. 

  • Please check with coaches on status as hope to resume in the near future!

Feb 26TH, 2021

  • With the recent Ontario Government's reinstating Framework as of Feb 16TH, and Chatham-Kent to go into ORANGE (Protect) level, the Ballhawks are starting back up in a staggered entry with some sessions beginning.

  • Presently, we are hopeful to begin at the level of sessions from fall starting Mar 8TH but please contact your coaches on latest start times and locations.  

Jan 24TH, 2021

  • With the Ontario Government's announced  lockdown extending to Feb 11TH, during lockdown there will be no Ballhawks events

  • Presently, we are hopeful to begin planning for a return to play the week of Feb 15TH.  These plans will continue to be updated as status and new information occurs. 

Dec 23RD, 2020

  • The Ontario Government announced a lockdown for 28 days beginning Dec 26TH.  During lockdown there will be no Ballhawks events

  • Presently, the plan is to begin sessions Jan 25TH.  These plans will continue to be updated as status and new information occurs. 

Nov 9TH, 2020

  • The Ballhawks Covid-19 Protocols Revision 2 has been released - please review to be familiar with latest developments and requirements

  • These plans will continue to be updated as status and new information occurs. 

Sept 21ST, 2020

  • Please review the Ballhawks Covid-19 Protocols and Covid-19 Response Plan & Communication Plan

  • These plans will continue to be updated as status and new information occurs. 

Sept 15TH, 2020

  •                                        is now posted

  • we regret that our Development Pathway Fall 2020 programs have been cancelled.  We will be looking further in the fall on possibly u12 (2009) and u11 (2010) girls programs. 

  • the Ballhawks plan on following OVA's Return to Play protocol for rep teams.  Presently club protocols and oversight procedures and documentation will be posted shortly 

Aug 28TH, 2020

  • we regret that our Development Pathway Fall 2020 programs have been cancelled due to the pandemic.  We do hope that you will keep in touch for future opportunities for your daughter/son to develop and enjoy the sport of volleyball!

  • the Ballhawks plan on following OVA's Return to Play protocol for rep teams.  Presently club protocols and oversight procedures and documentation are being developed 

  • we plan to run tryouts this fall - continue to visit the website for further information 

June 15TH, 2020

The Ballhawks will be following the OVA and Volleyball Canada guidelines on return to play and training measures.  These guidelines continue to be developed following the Province of Ontario's Re-opening plan.  Please see latest release from OVA

     https://www.ontariovolleyball.org/ova-response-to-coronavirus