On Thursday, May 7th, the event staff of the Lone Star Classic Qualifier announced that they plan to move forward with it’s rescheduled dates of May 30-June 1 and June 6-8. There was a question whether the tournament would be able to go on based on the Dallas Convention Center being converted into a potential hospital space for Covid-19 patience. The following message, posted via the Lone Star Classic website, all but confirms that space will not likely be utilized for this purpose.
We are sending our very best to the entire volleyball community and want to thank each of you for hanging in there with us through this crazy time! We wanted to reach out and update you on the current state of the 2020 Mizuno Lone Star Classic National Qualifier.
- At this time, we are still moving forward with hosting the 2020 Mizuno Lone Star Classic on May 30-June 1, June 6-8 in Dallas and June 5-7 in Austin.
- Per conversations we have had with the Dallas Convention Center, it seems likely that the pop-up hospital will not be utilized and there continues to be no plans to use any part of the building prior to the Lone Star Classic. If this were to change, we will notify you immediately.
- Right now, we have weekly phone calls with the KBCCD and Dallas Sports Commission to discuss the proper protocols that are in place across all parties.
- We are also in the process of researching and receiving advice from different organizations such as USAV, USOC, and WHO on different safety and health guidelines we can implement to ensure the safety of all attendees. These are a work in progress and can and will change if federal, state, and local policies change between now and the event. Here is a very brief list of examples we have been exploring (full list will be published prior to event):
- We highly encourage anyone who has preexisting health conditions or have identified any symptom within the past 14 days to not attend the event
- We will place a limit on the number of spectators able to attend (that number is still to be determined)
- BallerTV still plans to livestream all matches
- Courts and chairs will have increased spacing to ensure social distancing is maintained
- Spectator purchases will be strictly online, and we will utilize multiple entrances into the exhibit halls
- Ample hand sanitizers stations will be available throughout the building
- We are exploring the possibility of taking individuals’ temperature before entering the event to ensure the safety of all players, coaches, spectators and event staff
- We will be eliminating all vendor booths
- Merchandise will be solely sold online
We are doing our very best to maintain a current pulse of event tendencies around the country, as well as constantly updating our procedures to match current and potential federal, state, and local government regulations.
The full details of the action plan to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus have not yet been revealed, but will likely be similar to those laid out by AAU for the National Championships. Lone Star is considering temperature checks, further social distancing measures, limited spectator numbers, and live streaming availability.
Teams participating will still have to work within USA Volleyball’s current elimination of sanctioned practices and events, which was extended until May 22nd, just eight days prior to the current start date.
On Saturday, May 9th, the JVA announced that it has also cancelled the JVA SummerFest scheduled for June 6-7 in Columbus, Ohio. That leaves just one event, JVA World Challenge, left to be played June 12-14. The following message was posted on the JVA website:
We hope that during these extremely difficult and strenuous times, you, your staff and your families are safe and healthy. We were hopeful that we would be in a position by this time to be able to host JVA SummerFest. We know many clubs were depending on this event to be able to end their season with this tournament or to help prepare their teams for the various national championships.
Based on the current guidelines, both nationally and locally, in Ohio, it will not be possible to host a large event in the convention center, so we have decided to cancel the 2020 JVA SummerFest. In discussions with our staff, our board, and member clubs, we feel this decision is best for the safety of your staff, your athletes, their families, and the community of Columbus.
Though it coincides with Ohio’s current reopening roadmap, it is somewhat unexpected from one of the few states ready to reopen businesses in just a few days’ time on May 15th/21st (Restaurants, bars, hair salons, barbershops, day spas, nail salons, and tanning facilities).
The following is the current status of each USAV qualifier or National Championship, where “cancelled” means there has been no conversation about rescheduling the tournament.
- Pacific Northwest Qualifier (Weeks 1 and 2)
- Windy City
- Colorado Crossroads (Week 2)
- Far Western (Weeks 1 and 2)
- Mid-East Qualifier (Week 1 and 2)
- Red Rock Rave
- Lone Star Classic (May 30-June 1, June 5-7, June 6-8)
- Big South (June 5-7)
- Northern Lights Qualifier (June 5-7)
- Northeast Qualifier (Week 1 – June 5-8) and (Week 2 June 12-14)
- Show Me (June 12-14)
- USAV Girls 18s Nationals (June 23-25)
- AAU 18s Nationals (June 25-28)
- USAV Girls Nationals (June 25-July 4)
- AAU Girls Nationals (June 17-28)
- High Performance Championships (July 22-26)
- High Performance Beach Championships (July 27-29)
A Full list with the updated dates can be found on TeamUSA.org, along with more information including High-Performance Tryouts and Beach Qualifier changes. The information was updated as of April 29th.