Code of Conduct for Club Members & Players: COVID-19 Amendment

Last reviewed 26 March 2021

To ensure the safety of all players, coaches, volunteers, venue staff and the wider community during the COVID-19 pandemic, all participants need to agree to the following code of conduct. Please read this carefully before registering for any club activity. By registering you agree to this code of conduct.

This amendment remains in place until further notice and is in addition and not a replacement to our existing club policies and procedures

1. Pre-attendance symptom check

  • All participants must undergo a self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms. No-one should leave home to participate in any club activity if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID-19 currently recognised as any of the following:
    A high temperature
    A new, continuous cough
    A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste
  • Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
  • Individuals who are demonstrating any such symptoms must inform their division manager or their coach without delay.
  • Individuals who have been tested positive for COVID-19 must inform their division manager or their coach without delay.
  • Individuals who live with someone who has been tested positive for COVID-19 must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.

2. Risk awareness

  • All participants are made aware of the increased risk associated with taking part in the club activity.
  • All participants must read and agree to the club’s COVID-19 risk assessment.
  • All participants must comply with public health restrictions and avoid high-risk behaviour outside of the club setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when attending a club activity.

3. Track and trace

  • All participants must supply the club with their contact details before joining any activity. This is to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact all participants if a player becomes ill with COVID-19. These details must be kept for 21 days. This does not affect our club Members Privacy Notice.

4. Travel to and from club activities

  • All participants agree to walk, cycle or drive in your own car to club activities where possible.
  • Participants agree to minimise the use of public transport and where travel by public transport is necessary, they must adhere to government guidance on public transport including the wearing of face covering.
  • Car sharing should be avoided except for participants from the same household or support bubble.
  • Parents picking up children by car must wait in their car or in a designated queuing area. Parents should not enter the courts.
  • Participants who live outside the local area must adhere to the government guidance on travel and overnight stays if applicable.

5. Arrival at venues for club activities

  • Participants must wait for their activity to begin in the designated queuing area and always maintain a minimum of 2 metre distance from other participants and the public. They must not congregate at the entrance/exit of venues. Coaches will advise players when they can enter.
  • Participants are advised to arrive changed and ready to warm up. Changing rooms and showers may not be available at certain venues.
  • Organisers or coaches may ask to check the participant’s temperature upon arrival using a contactless thermometer. Participants who have a high temperature will not be allowed to take part in the session and will be asked to return home immediately and arrange for a test via the Government online portal or phone NHS 119. Participants who refuse a temperature check may not take part in the session.
  • Participants must sanitise their hands when entering and exiting the venue and where possible in between games/sets.

6. Use of equipment

  • Participants must not share any personal equipment such as water bottles, towels, sun cream, sunglasses or other items of clothing.
  • Participants must not share any food or drink with other participants.
  • Participants must clearly label their water bottles with their name.
  • Participants must keep all their belongings in a designated area and at a minimum distance of 2 metres to other participant’s belongings.
  • Participants agree to discard any rubbish (including tissues, food waste and empty water bottles) in the bins provided at the venue if available or take it home with them.
  • Participants agree to check they take all their personal belongings home with them. To minimise the risk of infection, the club and venue cannot keep hold of lost property and it may be discarded if the owner cannot be easily identified.
  • Equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum. Players should not touch equipment they are not using as part of their activity.
  • Each court will have a designated set of balls that are washed in between each session. Balls from other courts should not be touched with hands but can be kicked back.
  • For beach sessions: Balls that go over the perimeter fence should be retrieved immediately by a member of the training group. Participants should not ask members of the public to throw a ball back.
  • Participants must not shelter in enclosed spaces including gazebos or tents. Participants are advised to bring their own umbrellas, waterproof clothing and waterproof covers to protect themselves and their belongings from rain and sun.

7. During activity

  • Participants must not touch, shake or slap hands with other participants.
  • Participants should avoid touching their face.
  • Participants should keep social distancing where possible during and after the activity, including during team talks and water breaks.
  • Participants should refrain from spitting or rinsing out their mouths.
  • Participants should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze and should put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash hands afterwards.

8. Adherence to measures

  • All participants agree to adhere to all of the measures listed in this document. 
  • During the activity, the club COVID-19 Officer or coaches may introduce additional measures if they feel it is necessary for the safety of the group. Players agree to follow the instructions given to them by the COVID-19 Officer or coaches.
  • Richmond Volleyball reserves the right to amend the code of conduct to comply with a change of guidance from the government, venue provider or Volleyball England
  • Failure to comply with these risk-mitigating measures may result in final warnings or in repeated or severe cases of misconduct, removal from the group or activity. No refunds will be offered for participants who are removed due to non-compliance.
  • For participants under 18, parents are responsible to make their child aware of all the measures and reinforce the need to adhere to them.