IRVB 2020: OFF-SEASON INFORMATION HQ
The uncertainty of the coronavirus (or COVID-19) has suspended normal Off-Season Activities and creates unprecedented challenges for high schools and interscholastic activities this Fall. As we prepare for the 2020 Volleyball Season, we will be monitoring all information and guidelines from the CDC, State of Arizona, Pima County Health Department, Arizona Interscholastic Association, and the Amphitheater School District.
The health and safety of our student-athletes are the school's top priority has we prepare (and hope) for a Fall Season. Given the fluid nature of this information, we will attempt to maintain our normal Off-Season Program this summer with adjustments to prepare both remotely and in person.
THE 2020 SEASON STARTS AUGUST 17, 2020
NOTE (07/23/2020): The AIA has postponed the start of the 2020 Fall Season from August 10 to August 17, 2020
NOTE (08/05/2020): The AIA has postponed the start of the 2020 Fall Season (in-person) from August 17 to August 31, 2020
08/06/2020: IRVB will start the season (remotely) on August 17, 2020 - all prospective volleyball players must be cleared.
Preparation is the key to maintaining a top-notch volleyball program. While COVID-19 will create challenges to our Off-Season Training and desire to out-work our competition, the expectations remain high here nonetheless. One of the advantages of the time off due to the COVID-19 shutdown is that our players and coaches should be mentally refreshed and ready to return after the break! However, the rest of our goals for the off-season remains: to get everyone in shape to compete at a high level while avoiding injury, to improve team chemistry, and to give our Senior class a chance to lead the way in the weight room.
IRVB OFF-SEASON 2020 GOOGLE CLASSROOM
With the coronavirus restrictions this summer, the IRVB Coaching Staff has set-up Google Classrooms in order to engage in a virtual setting. The Google Classroom will include all information specifically related to preparing for the 2020 Volleyball Season during the summer - at-home workouts/drills/training, player/team meetings, and journal entries.
Once the Athletic Department receives clearance to open school facilities and allow teams to train together, all Off-Season Information and Activities will be delivered in Google Classroom, Zoom Meetings, and TeamBuildr.
All prospective players participating in the IRVB Off-Season Google Classroom and Off-Season Activities must be enrolled (or in the process of being enrolled) at Ironwood Ridge High School.
New or Incoming players should email Coach Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Join Code. Please make sure to include the Player Name, Player Email Address, Player Cell Phone Number, Year, and Last School (2019-20).
Expectations are high here at Ironwood Ridge and you must make the choice to share these expectations or make the commitment to meet them.
The emphasis for our off-season training this season is to focus on allowing all players to be mentally refreshed as well as getting everyone in shape to compete at a high level while avoiding injury, to improve team chemistry with the new class added to the varsity level, and to give our senior class a chance to lead the way in the weight room.
We offer Nighthawk Volleyball Training Camps, Team Camps, and a Strength/Conditioning program for prospective volleyball players that are listed below.
PRE-PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENT: ATHLETIC CLEARANCE
All student-athletes must have a current clearance packet (including a current physical and health history form) on file with the Athletic Department BEFORE they are allowed to participate in any off-season activities. Physicals for the 2020 season must be dated on or after March 1, 2020.
Please note the following COVID-19 changes for the 2020 Off-Season due to the AIA's Return to Activity Guidelines:
Returning Players: The 2019 Physical shall be accepted if the following criteria are met since last season:
Student-Athlete has a 2019 AIA sports physical on file with Ironwood Ridge.
Student-Athlete did not have any new injury or illness requiring outside medical evaluation or if injury did occur, was released for full athletic participation by a medical professional.
Student-Athlete did not have a concussion
Student-Athlete did not receive a new medical diagnosis.
Student-Athlete has not had COVID-19
Athlete must see his/her primary care provider and have an updated sports physical for 2020-2021 if any of the above criteria are not met.
New Players: All incoming student-athletes must have a sports physical form on file with Ironwood Ridge before participating in any Ironwood Ridge Volleyball activity.
Please contact the Athletic Department with any questions or concerns.
Athletes without proper clearance will not be allowed to participate - no exceptions.
Off-season strength and conditioning is for all prospective volleyball players to prepare them for the physical testing that will be performed during player evaluations as well as to enhance performance during the season and to reduce the chance of injury
At this time, coaches are not allowed to train student-athletes on campus nor at any off-site facility or field. All strength training exercises and conditioning drills will be uploaded to the program's TeamBulidr platform - allowing prospective volleyball players to train remotely.
Once training is allowed, the IRVB Coaching Staff will conduct all conditioning and speed/agility training sessions on campus with modified procedures approved by the AIA Return to Activity Guidelines. For more information, please visit the Strength/Conditioning page or email Head Coach Bill Lang at email@example.com.
IRONWOOD RIDGE VOLLEYBALL CAMPS CANCELED
The Ironwood Ridge Volleyball Camps offer a Serve Reception Camp and Beach Skills Camps in June; and our High School Camps in July. These camps give prospective players the opportunity to train with the coaches at Ironwood Ridge and have been the cornerstone of the Volleyball program by offering invaluable instruction each summer to our players at an affordable low cost. Ironwood Ridge students must register early to take advantage of the package discount.
While all school facilities are closed, all camps/clinics in have been canceled.
VOLLEYBALL TEAM CAMPS CANCELED
The NCAA Division I Recruiting Dead Period has been extended to July 31, 2020 this year due to COVID-19 concerns. This essentially prohibits collegiate coaches from hosting their annual camps this summer. Therefore, the UA Volleyball Team Camp and the NAU Volleyball Team Camp have been canceled.
IRVB is exploring the possibility of hosting an IRVB Team Camp in late-July should this activity be permitted.
OPEN BEACH: SUMMER NIGHTS AT NIGHTHAWK BEACH SUSPENDED
While all school facilities are closed, there will not be any Summer Nights at Nighthawk Beach this summer until further notice.