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OVA Beach Friendlies 2020

The OVA Beach Friendlies are a series of exhibition events that the OVA will be offering as we return to the sport of beach volleyball in communities that have entered Stage 3 of Ontario’s Re-Opening plan.  It is an opportunity for athletes to get their feet back in the sand for some recreational games out in the sun.  The events will be offered at our London, Horseshoe and Pickering locations. 
 **NEW** Toronto Ashbridges dates have been added for the month of September!  See schedule and registration links below!

Event Information
As the OVA Beach Friendlies are recreational in nature, the OVA will only be offering 13U, 14U, 16U and Youth Open.  If your true age group is not offered, we encourage all athletes to play up in the next age division available.  Age divisions are based on chronological age by year of birth.  Registration is for the age group and we will aim to have single gender divisions, however boys and girls might have to play against each other occasionally in order to accommodate everyone. 

Age Category Chronological Age Class
13U Born 2007 or later
14U Born 2006 or later
16U Born 2004 or later
Youth Open (20U) Born 2000 or later

Each day will consist of two waves (AM/PM wave).  The AM wave start at 9:00AM and the PM wave will start at 1:00PM.  Please check the OVA website for your schedule and court assignment once registration closes; these are subject to change until check-in has been completed.  

All teams will be randomly assigned to a pool of 3 or 4.  All teams will play a maximum of 3 matches.  Pools of 3 will be playing 1 set to 21 or 15 minute rounds, whichever comes first for a total of 6 sets. Pools of 4 will play 3 matches, 2 sets each to 21 points or 35 minute rounds, whichever comes first.  Side switches will take place between sets.

  • Two 15-minute recovery breaks will be provided between matches
    • 1 volleyball will be provided per court – the ball must stay on the court during all breaks for sanitization purposes

In an effort to limit gathering sizes at these events, no coaching will be allowed.  Matches will also be self-refereed and teams are required to keep their own scores during play; no scoreboards will be provided.  Results will not be recorded and no Beach Tour points will be awarded after the event.

 All age-specific rules will still apply for all matches 16U or lower:

  • The player that loses service must serve receive on the right of their partner.
  • No overhand passing on serve receive.  No overhand passing during a rally unless it is a hard-driven ball.
  • Hand-setting rule – players can double the ball when setting their partner provided they are square
  • All athletes will play on regular size 8m x 8m court to encourage physical distancing

Event Registration
Registration for our events can be completed in NRS and the registration deadline is the Thursday morning at 8:00 AM before the event on a first-come, first-served basis.  The registration cost per team is $60 + HST. 

Refunds will only be granted in the case of an injury and will include a $10 administration fee.  For all other requests, a team will be able to transfer the registration fee to an event later in the summer.

Athletes are encouraged to only participate in one division at our events and at only one location across the province.

All participants must sign and return the OVA Waiver before participation.  Completed waivers should be uploaded online here

Contact tracing information will be available to complete as of 12:01AM the day of the event. An email with details about the event and a link to the contact tracing info and screening questionnaire will be sent the athletes. Athletes must fill out the form prior to arriving at the venue. 

Any athletes new to the OVA will also need to register for a Beach Recreational Player membership and complete the registration package.  Completed registration packages can be sent to Chery Bennett,

Onsite Registration
Participants can only enter the facility 30 minutes before their scheduled start time.  Please check the OVA website for your pool and schedule information before the event.  Follow entrance and exit managemnet as directed by staff and check in at the tent to review daily health screening and provide contact tract details (name and phone #) if not already completed online.  No warm-up can begin until players are checked in.

Weather Protocol

  • If there is lightning during an event, the event will be cancelled immediately.  For teams that have played a minimum of 2 matches, there will be no refunds or transfer options.  For teams that haven’t completed 2 matches, they will have the option to transfer to another event later in the summer.  No re-scheduling or refunds will be provided.  All refunds, should they be necessary, will be at the OVA’s discretion. 

Health Protocols and Guidelines
All health protocols and guidelines must be followed in order to ensure a safe return to beach volleyball.  Any athletes or spectator found to be not following these guidelines may be asked to leave the premises.   These guidelines include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Verbal health screening will be completed and recorded by event staff during check-in
    • Participants should stay home if they are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by heath experts;
    • Participants should stay home if they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  • Each athlete is allowed to bring one spectator
    • Spectators are required to check in at the event with their personal and contact information to aid with contact tracing
  • Avoid carpooling with people from different households or outside your social circle
    • If carpooling, physical distancing should be maintained as much as possible
  • During play, 2 metres physical distancing is not required, but deliberate physical contact is not permitted (e.g. high fives, hugs, etc.)
  • When off the court, physical distancing must be maintained
  • Spectators must maintain physical distancing of 2m at all times
  • Teams must bring their own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for personal use
    • All athletes must wash or sanitize their hands prior to each match
    • Hand sanitizing during breaks in game play (time-outs and in between sets) is also recommended
    • Disinfectant wipes can be used to disinfect personal equipment (i.e. balls).
  • Make sure you bring enough water before leaving the house to avoid having to touch a tap or water fountain handle while at the venue.
  • Ensure all dirty towels are placed inside a plastic bag and tied up so they are not touching other items in your equipment bag throughout the day.
  • All teams are to arrive fully dressed in their uniforms under the warm-up clothing.  Changing on site is not recommended. 
  • All participants and spectators must leave the courts and venue immediately after their last match.
  • Teams are asked to bring their own volleyballs for team warm-up
    • warm-up volleyballs should remain with the team and are not be shared with other teams
  • Participants must follow any other safety, physical distancing and hygiene requirements as stated in the most recent version of the OVA Outdoor Volleyball Return to Play/Training Protocols

Game Day Disinfecting Protocols

  • Volleyballs will be sanitized and disinfected between matches
  • Nets and admin tables will be sanitized and disinfected between morning and afternoon waves

COVID-19 Communication Plan

  • Should a participant subsequently be diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of participating in a volleyball activity, they need to notify the OVA immediately.
  • Please see the OVA Beach Friendlies full protocol here.

Please refer to Appendix A at the bottom of this document for Public Health Contact Information and links to safety and hygiene protocols recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19.



Public Health Contact Information:

  1. Barrie - Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Contact Information -
  2. London - Middlesex-London Health Unit -
  3. Pickering - Durham’s Health Department -

Ontario Public Health Public Resources:

Ministry of Health – Ontario: COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms:

The following resources are also available on the Ontario Public Health website. Please ensure you are using the most up-to-date version of these tools by consulting the address above.



Hand Hygiene


Physical Distancing


How to Self-Monitor

When and How to Wear a Mask


How to Self-Isolate

Ontario COVID-19 Online Self-assessment Tool