The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) along with the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., based on the ongoing findings of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, have decided to postpone the 47thAAU Junior National Volleyball Championships to a later date.
The change in date for the volleyball event gives the OCCC time to implement its Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines and receive its Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery. The GBAC STAR provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous protocols in response to ensuring a clean, safe, and healthy environment and biorisk situations.
AAU and OCCC said the priority is to keep guests, employees and the community safe as Orlando continues to monitor CDC, state and federal mandates.
“Since 1888, the AAU has prided itself on providing quality event participation opportunities to millions of athletes in a safe environment,” said AAU president and CEO Dr. Roger J. Goudy. “Our goal has always been to host the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships, when and where, it was deemed safe to do so and with all necessary containment and mitigation measures in place. In working with OCCC, we recognize the current status of the disease precludes us from meeting that goal by the original dates in June. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to move the AAU Volleyball event to start July 14. We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters during this time.”
The event is subject to the reopening orders by the Florida governor’s office.
The championships will take place in approximately one million square feet of space at the OCCC’s North-South building over an 8-day time frame. There are large areas of distance between courts to allow for larger and wider aisles. Dedicated entrances and exits throughout the building will also include a designated check-in location and limited hall access. Pre-screenings and temperature checks will be conducted by professionals daily at a dedicated location for all attendees and officials.
A maximum of 10 chaperones per team will be allowed entrance and no other team spectators will be allowed.
The competition dates have also been shortened from 12 to eight days for the event that is now scheduled July 14 through July 22.
The deadline for entry is June 11 and the refund policy has been extended to allow teams to receive a full refund if they withdraw by June 11.