November 13, 2020
Field House Family,
Following the Governor’s address today, we have received a number of inquiries as to the state of play in our facility. For clarity, we reached out to the State Health Department, the enforcement agency for all orders related to COVID, and received confirmation that our restrictions do not change.
We still must maintain regulations set forth in Executive Order 67 (see below for more info), and a new amended Executive Order will be issued soon with the impacted areas updated.
That said, in order to continue offering opportunities to play, we’d like to reiterate the way that we are presently offering programming for those who may have missed it in prior communications:
- The max capacity in our facility at any given time is 250 people.
- Only rostered players and coaches may enter the facility.
- For youth leagues, players age 11 and under may be accompanied by one spectator/parent/guardian.
- In an effort to keep the transitions moving quickly from game-to-game, players will need to wait outside the building until they are called inside. Therefore, we are requesting that teams leave the facility immediately following their games so that we may remain under that 250 number at all times.
- Masks must be worn at all times in the facility unless actively playing on a court or field. There are no exceptions.
Please ensure that we have the most up-to-date contact information for you in Dash as your league directors and our administrative staff will reach out as they receive any updates.
We thank you all for your patience and understanding during these challenging times. We will continue to work diligently to provide safe access to our programs in accordance with State guidelines.
We look forward to serving you soon.
Virginia Beach Field House
November 12, 2020
Field House Family,
First, let me start by thanking our community. It has been terrific to welcome back many of you to the Field House. We appreciate all of your patience as we have navigated ever-changing restrictions and guidelines. Simply put, you all have been awesome!
As many of you already know, the State Health Department has changed our classification from a sports venue to a recreational sports venue. With this distinction comes a reduction of people allowed in the building from 1,000 to 250 total. This means we have to change the way we offer opportunities. Our priority is to continue offering programming to all players, youth and adult. To accomplish this, we can only allow rostered players and coaches to enter the facility. For any youth leagues under age 12, one person may enter per child. Even with these restrictions, our numbers will regularly push 250, so it is critical that we are vigilant in our efforts here.
At times when our numbers are under 250, we are presently developing a registration process to allow additional guests in the building. We recognize and share the frustration around limited/no spectators. To be honest, family and friends are important people in our facility. They provide a terrific atmosphere and support our players in so many ways. Moreover, many of them purchase food and beverage which helps bring a significant revenue stream into our facility. All of this is lost with our new restrictions. We hope the upcoming registration process will help provide a much-needed opportunity to spectate and play when there is space.
In order to keep games moving and on time, players will need to wait outside until they are called inside. We are experimenting with check-in tables outside to help expedite the turnaround when courts and fields open. That being said, to accommodate everyone, we do need teams to leave as quickly as possible after their game to allow the next teams to come in (as we work diligently to stay under our 250 number). Any online payments made before you come to the Field House will help everyone and increase the speed of this transition.
Our team is doing everything in their power to communicate any and all changes that may arise as a result of the ever-evolving COVID guidelines in our area. That being said, please ensure that your Dash account is updated with your most current email address and phone number so that you are kept in the loop at all times.
As always, thank you for your patience and understanding. We know this time has been challenging for you all. I’m proud of the terrific staff that is working hard day in and day out to find ways to both continue to provide opportunities for all to play while also complying with the restrictions issued by the State Health Department. We will continue to be creative and explore new ways to improve on both. We welcome your feedback and can’t wait to get things safely back to normal soon!
Yours in sport,
Virginia Beach Field House