STMA JO's program is committed to the development and promotion of volleyball within the St Michael - Albertville area. The program provides an opportunity for player ages 10 through 18 to play volleyball year round, thus allowing them to learn new skills and develop skills already acquired. The goals of STMA JO's coaches goes further than just teaching volleyball skills, but includes teaching important life skills such as responsibility and teamwork. The program also emphasizes the importance of good sportsmanship, teamwork, and individual achievements within a fun, competitive, and safe environment.
This program is designed to introduce volleyball to players in 1st thru 6th grade. Our Goal as a Youth Development Program is to provide the opportunity for players to experience the sport of volleyball at a beginning level. They will be provided with the skills, knowledge and understanding of the game to the best of their ability. Teamwork and other life skills will also be taught. They will be challenged to improve their skill level and to try new techniques that will enable them to perfom to the best of their ability.
P.O. Box 352
St. Michael, MN 55376
This plan will be changed and updated as we move into new phases of the COVID-19 response.
STMA Juniors is committed to providing a safe and healthy training environment for young athletes. To ensure the safety of everyone involved in our organization has developed the following Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, and Executive Orders issued by the Governor’s office of the state of Minnesota. Coaches, staff members, athletes and parents are responsible for adhering to this plan to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 at the facilities in which we train.
All individuals entering a facility must be symptom free of COVID-19/flu/cold for 3 days prior to the training date and must not have a temperature of 100.4 or greater. In addition, an athlete who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 must report this information to STMA Juniors staff.
Arriving at the facility
Personal Hygiene & Health Etiquette
Upon entering the facility, coaches and athletes must immediately wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer. Athletes and coaches will be instructed to turn away from other individuals and cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Athletes should avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes.
Masks & High-Risk Training
Masks are required at all times for staff, coaches, and players when entering the facility. Athletes must wear a mask when arriving and leaving our facility. When an athlete arrives at the facility to put on court shoes and store her/his backpack, she/he may remove their mask if the athlete so chooses. Masks are strongly encouraged, but not required for athletes on the court during training sessions. Coaches may temporarily remove their mask if exerting themselves during a training activity.
Physical Distancing & Training Groups
Training activities should be structured to place a strong emphasis on physical distancing of 6 feet or more. In addition, physical contact will be avoided during training (handshakes, high fives, huddles). Training groups will contain a limited number of athletes to ensure we can maintain adequate social distancing. In the case where there is more than one training groups, those groups should remain separate and not intermix with other groups. Future steps may include the allowance of larger groups and increased training flexibility. Updates will be provided as the situation evolves.
Facilities and Equipment
STMA Juniors will employ daily cleaning standards to ensure a clean and safe environment. Training equipment, including volleyballs, will be cleaned in between each session.
Communications and Training
This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan was communicated to coaches/staff and necessary training was provided prior to the first training session. Additional communication and training will be ongoing and provided to all who did not receive the initial training.
Contact Tracing Attendance records will be kept and provided to health authorities upon request for contact tracing if necessary.
Assumption of Risk STMA Juniors has established increased preventative and safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Employees and representatives of STMA Juniors are committed to training athletes in a healthy and safe manner,
which includes the enforcement of new guidelines of physical distancing and hygiene standards.
Even with our best efforts to create a safe and healthy training environment, the STMA Juniors cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not be exposed to or infected by the COVID-19 virus or any other infectious disease. By voluntarily choosing to participate in STMA Juniors sponsored training, you assume the risk of infection with the COVID-19 virus and other serious communicable diseases.
Therefore, in consideration for STMA Juniors facilitating athletic opportunities for you/your child(ren) during and after this pandemic, you hereby agree to, on behalf of yourself, your child(ren), and your collective heirs, assigns and executors, assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 and other infectious
diseases while participating in STMA Juniors programs, and you hereby waive all claims against STMA Juniors, its directors, officers, employees, contractors, volunteers, agents, affiliates and guests for any and all sickness, harm, death, damage or loss, including all related costs, associated with your (in the case of athletes) or your child(ren)’s participation in STMA Juniors programs and you hereby release, discharge and otherwise agree to indemnify STMA Juniors for all claims or actions of any nature whatsoever arising out of your or your child(ren)’s participation in STMA Juniors programs. Further, you agree that you recognize there may be times that STMA Juniors will need to evaluate the risks associated with engaging in competitive play with another player or team or competing in a particular location. In light of this understanding, you, on behalf of all of the aforementioned parties, agree to fully release, discharge and indemnify STMA Juniors for all claims or actions associated with STMA Juniors decision
either to participate or not to participate in competition that may give rise to an increase in risk of contracting COVID-19 or other infectious diseases.
Finally, you are confirming that you understand that if you (in the case of athletes), or your child(ren) participating in STMA Juniors programs, have any underlying health condition that would put you/them at a higher risk than the general population for serious complications associated with COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, that STMA Juniors encourages you to stay home, and that if you or your child(ren) choose to participate despite being at higher risk, you/they do so at your/their own risk. You also hereby
agree that if you, or your child(ren), exhibit any symptom consistent with the corona virus as published by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), that you/they will not participate in STMA Juniors activities until such time as you/they are no longer contagious, per CDC guidelines. You further agree that if you, or your child(ren), test positive for COVID-19 or are in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, that you will immediately notify STMA Juniors so it can take appropriate action to communicate with those who may have had contact with you/them.