It is with great disappointment that we, as the board of Wyoming Volleyball, have decided to terminated the 2020 volleyball season. A great amount of consideration went into our decision, wading into the water of these unprecedented events, attempting to make the best decision. Ultimately we are in positions to do what is best to protect our players. Even if we ever get to the point that gyms are open, allowing play that could lead to a mass spread of the virus is an overwhelming risk. As with other events being cancelled around the state and nation, it is unfortunate, but cancellation at least offers some certainty in these uncertain times.
Wyoming Volleyball plans to issue refunds of the WYSA Fees that were collected. Refunds will be distributed via the SportsEngine system used to register for the season. Expect refunds to be returned to the payments source used. Refunds will take several days to complete.
Wyoming Volleyball has no control over the AAU cards. Wyoming Volleyball has also paid substantial money to AAU Nation for the licensing of events, practices, and sanctioning. I am certain volleyball associations across the nation are seeking refunds from AAU National. Thus far AAU National has made no indication pertaining to refunds.
Wyoming Volleyball wishes everyone the best during these trying times.
TO: AAU Members
RE: Update on AAU Coronavirus
Governor also Directs 14-Day Quarantine for Travelers Arriving in Wyoming from another State or Country
CHEYENNE – Governor Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist have extended the three existing statewide health orders through April 30 to slow community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect lives.
The Governor continues to emphatically state that people need to stay home whenever possible to prevent or slow the spread of the virus. These orders are meant to enforce that direction through April. Specifically, the current orders closing public places including schools, prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more in a single room or confined space (including outdoors) and closing bars, restaurants, coffee shops and some personal services businesses will continue through April 30. Food establishments can continue to provide delivery services, but carry-out service is now required to take place curbside.
“The decision to extend these orders was made to save lives and keep people at home,” Governor Gordon said. “We are seeing community transmission of COVID-19 occur around the state and we will continue to see more confirmed cases in the weeks to come. This action will help lower the rate of transmission and protect both our healthcare system and the healthcare workers we all rely on.”
The Governor has also issued a directive requiring any individual coming to Wyoming from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. For visits fewer than 14 days, that individual must self-quarantine for the duration of the visit. The directive is intended to discourage out-of-state visitation during the pandemic and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“We know that travel from another state or country is a source of COVID-19 infections in Wyoming," Governor Gordon said. “Visitors from neighboring states have strained the resources of many Wyoming communities so we are asking them to do the right thing to protect the health of our citizens and the resources of our rural healthcare facilities.”
Dr. Harrist noted Wyoming continues to see community spread of COVID-19 and social distancing measures remain the most effective means to slow the spread of the virus.
“We need everyone to stay home as much as possible,” Harrist said. “Anyone can spread this disease, even if they don’t yet realize they are ill.”
The updated orders and the Governor's directive can be found on the Governor's website. The directive is also attached.
AAU National Update
March 25, 2020 (4:00 pm) - The health and well-being of athletes, coaches, and their families is always the AAU’s top priority. Along with the rest of the world, we have continued to closely monitor the developing COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) situation.
After reviewing the latest CDC guidelines and in consultation with local officials, the AAU has decided to extend the temporary suspension of licensed AAU events through April 15th. This is a decision that the AAU organization did not make lightly but one we strongly feel is in the best interest of everyone involved in AAU events.
These are unprecedented times that have called for unprecedented measures. Nonetheless, we know this is the right decision. We must continue to do our part to keep our communities safe and healthy until such a time that we resume AAU event programing. It is truly our hope that we can get back to running AAU events in the very near future after this extension. We will continue to consult with local officials and health experts to ensure that the safety of AAU athletes, coaches, and their families is not compromised.
Since 1888, the AAU has been the industry leader in the amateur sports marketplace. Moving forward, we remain committed to providing the very best athletic opportunities to all who play AAU sports and will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available. Thank you for your continued participation in AAU.
Wyoming Volleyball Association Members - WYSA,
The Coronavirus Pandemic has affected us all severely. We sympathize with all our volleyball members and appreciate the understanding. From the state level, I also greatly sympathize with all the tournament directors that have organized dates, obtained gyms, collected money, paid money, and done all the tremendous amount of work it takes to get a tournament off the ground. Those tournament directors are dealing with great challenges when cancelling events....something we have never had to do before.
On Thursday, we faced the very difficult decision to canceling the first tournament of the year, Riverton. Ultimately our difficult decision was futile, as AAU suspended the licenses for all events for a three week period, however it also provided assurance that Wyoming was on the right track.
AAU National is overwhelmed with this issue, hence, Wyoming has had limited correspondence and we are seeking to provide the best answers to the Coronavirus issues. We have also been in contact with neighboring state directors who are facing the same challenges and questions we are.
AAU National has issued the below statement:
The AAU is temporarily suspending all AAU events, for the next 3 weeks
What we don't know:
Finally, WYSA/Wyoming Volleyball will attempt to provide the most up to date information on the following pages: