“USA Volleyball (USAV) is announcing the elimination of sanctions for all USAV activities (including but not limited to events, practices, team activities, individual training sessions or anything covered by USAV insurance) through April 15, 2020. USAV is monitoring the situation daily and will continue to provide updates on a regular basis.”
The updates/positions of USAV are subject to change very rapidly. Changes have occurred five times in the past 10 days from the initial ban on activity being March 15, to the latest ban now being April 15.As you can see, the health crisis and the governmental restrictions are forcing updates daily, sometimes hourly! Decisions are being made every day that impact the ability of the OVR to provide the necessary services to our members. We all must address the health crisis as a priority; the safety and well-being of our “volleyball family” is our primary concern!
It is with the best interests of our members in mind that the OVR Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all OVR-USAV SANCTIONED ACTIVITY (including but not limited to events, practices, in-person team activities or individual training sessions, or anything covered by USAV insurance) for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season or until a time during this season that USA Volleyball lifts the ban on sanctions and declarations of state emergencies have been rescinded.. There has been much discussion over the past two weeks; all members of the Board have been participating and have played an active role in our decisions. Many factors were considered; the protection and well-being of our members and the economic impact on parents and families have been primary concerns. The operational stability of our clubs is vital; discussions are on-going on how the OVR can provide assistance.
To clarify this announcement, ALL OVR-USAV memberships will remain intact through the end of the of the current USAV membership season. Any OVR club or team wishing to participate in a USAV endorsed activity is eligible to do so. This announcement impacts only those events endorsed by the OVR through August 31, 2020. At this time, ALL USAV Championship events are scheduled to proceed as planned. I want to remain optimistic; however, the future of the 2020 USAV Championships is out of their control. The OVR will actively support the programs and decisions of USA Volleyball during these trying times.
If by some miracle, something we are all praying for, circumstances permit us to get athletes back on the court, the OVR will be ready to reinstate/promote that effort. We must not allow our love of the game or our emotions to interfere with proper, common sense decisions. WHEN permitted, the OVR will do everything possible to create a “back to normal environment” for all our athletes!
There will be many questions; our staff will be making every effort to address your concerns.
At this time the OVR will be returning ALL OVR Girls Junior Championship tournament entry fees, in their entirety, to the club directors. I strongly encourage other tournament directors to do the same, as soon as possible. OVR clubs have demonstrated their character by providing the best in instruction, playing opportunities and facilities; continue working closely with your clubs to promote that relationship. All of us are holding onto hope; the goal of the OVR is to create a FUTURE all of us can believe in!
Please continue to access the OVR website for the latest updates from the OVR and USAV.
Stay safe and look out for each other; I want to see all of you on the court very soon!
Bob Price, Commissioner
Ohio Valley Region – USA Volleyball
Welcome to New Wave Volleyball Club. Founded in 2000 to give volleyball players in the area a competitive club program in which to participate. Our focus is to make our players better, so that they go back to their schools with a strong foundation and edge on the competition. New Wave has locations in Newark and Muskingum County.
New Wave Volleyball Club competes in the Ohio Valley Region, which boasts the largest enrollment of players, adult and juniors in the nation. Is New Wave a place where only college bound athletes compete? Absolutely not! Learning a life long sport, making friends from a host of different schools, and having fun is often the reason a young girl will get into volleyball. We are proud of the number of girls from New Wave who have gone on to play at the intercollegiate level, some having received college scholarships. We are equally proud of the athletes who go on to college and play volleyball recreationally and just for fun. We strive to develop the athlete not only as a player but also as a person, learning life long skills such as teamwork and interpersonal skills, the ability to handle pressure situations and to effectively use goal setting to accomplish anything.