Monday, May 18 - 10:00 PM
The Spring Valley Athletic Association has been monitoring the evolving developments surrounding COVID-19, including the social distancing guidelines issued by federal, state, and local governments, and the order closing all public schools. Taking these developments into consideration, balanced with our desire to do everything possible to provide sports leagues for our participants, SVAA has made the following decisions:
- The Spring volleyball season is cancelled and partial refunds have been issues to all who have requested them
- The Summer basketball season is cancelled
-SVAA has decided to resume the delayed baseball, softball, flag and 7v7 programs with practices starting May 31 and first games beginning on June 15. The revived season will be a shortened schedule ending in mid-July and will come with a number of special requirements for all participants – parents, officials, and SVAA. We are in the process of developing those special requirements and determining our ability to comply with the Governor’s May 18 guidelines. Assuming we can accomplish that goal, we will publish them as soon as they are available.
In the meantime, we realize that not all participants remaining in our sports programs, some of whom have not already selected a refund, are ready to return to youth sports. No one has to play in this resumed season. If you wish a refund, please request that refund by May 30 by sending an email to SVAArefunds@gmail.com with your players name, sport, grade level, and team. We will issue the same partial refund that was available during April ($80 for baseball and softball and $85 for both football leagues). If you requested a refund and have changed your mind, please send an email to SVAA@airmail.net with your players name, sport, grade level and team and we will reach out with the process for being reinstated. (Those of you that selected Option 3 during the prior refund process do not need to send a further note.)
As Governor Abbott noted in the guidelines issued on May 18, COVID-19 has not left our community and can easily be spread from person to person. While we will be implementing processes to help reduce the possibility of spread of this virus, there is no guarantee that those processes will be completely effective. Anyone electing to participate must realize that the risk of COVID-19 infection exists. Since the disease can be spread by those without symptoms, the possibility of spread to others is high, certainly when compared to sheltering in place. Please review the Checklists for Youth Sports Operators and Youth Sports Families issued by the Governor on May 18.
SVAA currently plans to run its Fall sports programs as normal.
SVAA truly appreciates your patience and understanding during what continues to be an unusual time for all of us. SVAA looks forward to returning to play and seeing all our athletes again soon. In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your family.