Health & Safety


COVID-19 UPDATE


June 17, 2021

Today, the Phoenix City Council voted unanimously to amend its nearly year long mask mandate to align with CDC Prevention guidelines. The change means those who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks when in both indoor and outdoor public places throughout the city of Phoenix. Masks will still be required at the airport and on public transportation.

Business, government sites and workplaces are still free to decide if they want to implement their own mask requirements. The CDC continues to recommend those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms get tested and stay home and away from others.

The Volleyball Festival is held in the Phoenix Convention Center, which is a city of Phoenix owned and operated facility. This announcement means that Festival participants, spectators and staff will not be asked to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated. Attendees will not be asked if they have been vaccinated or to show proof of vaccination.

Additionally, we no longer are restricting parent/spectator attendance to 24 per team. This will still be a private event with no General Admission or ticket sales. The process to obtain Event Passes for your team remains the same. Current Team Codes may be used to acquire additional Event Passes. Anyone that needs instructions or their unique Team Code should contact their team's club or coach.

The last day to acquire Event Passes is June 21 for Session 1 (12-13s) and June 24 for Session 2 (14-18s). 

May 18, 2021

We continue to move in a positive direction in most parts of the country. The CDC recently made several announcements saying it's ok for vaccinated people to no longer wear masks indoors with other vaccinated people. At this time, the city of Phoenix and Arizona health officials still require everyone entering the Phoenix Convention to wear masks at all times. This includes players while competing on the court.

Barring any negative COVID setbacks, all teams will be allowed to have 24 parents/spectators attend in addition to the 2 coaches, 12 players and 2 chaperones on the AES event roster.
  • Each team will receive a unique online code valid for up to 24 parents/spectators.
  • Parents can register and pay for credentials online
    • $45 each before June 12 ($50 after)
    • Deadline for Session 1 (12s & 13s): June 21
    • Deadline for Session 2 (14s-18s): June 24
    • The parent/spectator registration deadlines will not be extended-NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Credentials are for all 4 days of a session.
  • Credentials are included in the Team Check-in bags and distributed by the team/club.
  • No general spectators will be permitted to enter.
  • No online or onsite Ticket Sales.

May 10, 2021

April 30, 2021
  • We have always believed that youth sports is a vital part of the growth, development and well being of each generation. Today is no different. We truly want to give our athletes an opportunity to get back in a safe environment and compete in the sport they love.
  • To promote the safety of everyone at the event, Festival Sports will follow the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), Arizona Department of Health Services, The Phoenix Convention Center, AAU Volleyball, USA Volleyball, and other local regulations regarding COVID safety practices.
  • The complete Attendee Safety Plan should be published by May 15 but may change frequently and without notice from the time it is initially published up until the time the event starts. 
  • IMPORTANT:  The Attendee Safety Plan is not intended or implied in any way to be a guarantee against possible exposure to COVID-19 or any other infectious diseases during attendance at the event.  All those in attendance voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
  • Below are some key event modifications and precautions to expect:
    • The number of attendees in the building at one time will be greatly reduced by splitting the age groups over two 4-day periods and using 3 waves (8am, 1pm & 6pm).
    • During pool play, teams will only be in the building for less than 4 hours playing 3 best of 3 matches in a row  on two courts.
    • Teams will not have work assignments but each playing team provides 2 parent volunteers to help with lines and the score table.
    • Spectators will be limited to at least one parent/spectator per player. With the continued fight against the pandemic we hope to announce that two parents/spectators will be permitted to attend.
    • The registration process for parents/spectators will be forthcoming. Cost per spectator is $45 for 4 daily wristbands. Children 3 and under are free and do not need a wristband. Wristbands can be used by different spectators on different days. Wristbands will be include in team check-in bags and distributed to spectators by the team/club.
    • No general spectators are allowed. There are no ticket sales online or at the box office.
    • Everyone will need to wear a mask while inside the Convention Center. At this time, players should also expect to wear a mask while competing.
    • The Welcome Party in cancelled.
    • There will not be practice days before the competition.
    • Court layouts and seating will be modified to better enable social distancing.
    • Water and Gatorade stations will not be provided.
    • No team net gift exchanges.
    • Everyone needs to make what they feel is the best choice for their team and families regarding travel and participating in athletic events. Individuals that may be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 (older adults and those with heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease) should not attend.
    • For those not attending, all matches from all courts will be broadcast by Baller TV.

    The latest info from the CDC on COVID-19, testing, vaccines, masks, hand sanitizer, and travel.


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    BEAT THE HEAT

    Welcome back to Phoenix!  As many of you returning teams remember, Arizona can be HOT, to say the least, during your week at the Festival.  We have a comprehensive Sports Medicine Staff comprised of 50 plus Athletic Trainers, Athletic Training Students and Physicians available to provide round the clock medical services both through roving patrols and at three athletic training rooms in the Phoenix Convention Center to care for all our participants' medical needs. We'd also like to provide some tips on how to avoid heat related illness during your time competing at the Festival from our Associate Director of Sports Medicine, Dr. Eric Fuchs, ATC, EMT-B.  This information will help your athletes stay at a high level of performance while competing in Phoenix. Click HERE for Eric's tips entitled "How to Beat the Heat, Steps to Take to Prevent Heat Related Injuries & Illness During Volleyball Festival."

    For a powerpoint summarizing heat related injuries and illnesses and how to prevent them, click HERE.

    For the NATA's Position Statement article on fluid replacements, click HERE.