VERNON AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
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Welcome to the Vernon Amateur Athletic Association {VAAA} web page. We are a member of BC Athletics and are open to everyone from the age of 9 to over 106.  Founded in 2004 the club is based in Vernon, part of the beautiful North Okanagan. We provide a safe, fun and friendly learning environment for young athletes to participate in.  Competitive training is also offered if you are interested in competing in Track Meets during the season.  Training is offered in sprints, hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, javelin, discus, shot put, hammer throw, middle and long distance running.
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We have been keeping a close eye on the developments around COVID-19 and sadly have decided as a Board to cancel JD programs for this season. We believe this is the safest and most socially responsible action possible. We will be giving full refunds for all registered JD members. The refund will include the program registration fee and volunteer bond. If a season is salvaged there will be opportunity to register again. We have been in contact with BC Athletics and they are deferring refunding BC Athletics fees until May 30. From BC Athletics…”The Board felt it was, at this time, too early in the year, with the possibility, should the Health Order be lifted, that a modified season could still go forward. " We are sorry we cannot refund the BC Athletics portion at this time as we have no control over that portion of the registration fee. The Board will be watching on developments with respect to BC Athletics refunds as they happen. 

Notice to Midget-Masters:

We will not change our policy at this time. All programs are suspended until April 30. An update will be provided around the third week of April. The VAAA Board has mandated that training for throwing and jumping events as well as training with any shared equipment (such as medicine balls) or partner work be completely cancelled until April 30 due to undue exposure risks. . Where appropriate coaches will send out training plans. If your coach is sending you workouts train alone.  Also train near home. Remember if you are training make sure you socially distance yourself from anyone else by at least 2m.  All training sessions must comply with the Provincial Government and Provincial Health Officer’s orders, Advisories and Recommendations. Please adhere to this guideline. 

B.C. COVID-19 response update 
FYI….
BC Government Orders and Tips for event organizers and attendees at events include:
Gatherings of more than 50 people in total are by BC Government Order cancelled.
The Total # of 50 includes Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Volunteers, Event Organizers, Facility Staff and Spectators.
Individuals who travel outside of Canada which extends to the U.S. – The Canada/US Boarder is closed to all non-essential travel.
Anyone returning to Canada must stay home from work or school for 14 days / Self quarantine for 14 days.
Do not attend the event if you are sick or not feeling well.
Do not attend the event if you have been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for the virus.
Do not attend the event if you have recently returned to Canada from countries that have experienced outbreaks of the virus, resulting quarantines or for which the Govt of Canada has issued Travel Advisories on.
Wash your hands thoroughly – singing at least 2 to 3 verses of Happy Birthday (approx. 20 to 30 seconds or more)
Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer if Soap and Water are not readily available.
Encourage people and give them space to clean their hands regularly. 
Avoid shaking hands and hugs – instead replace with Elbow Bumps and Virtual Embraces.
Coughing or Sneezing – do so into a Tissue and discard it. Wash your hands immediately afterward.
Cough or Sneeze into your Elbow or Sleeve.
Avoid touching your face or the face of others.

Helping and Connecting to Others:
This situation is not normal nor one that the majority of us have not experienced before.
Help each other cope and manage this situation by connecting by phone, email, text messages or write a letter. It is important to support and respect each other.
If you know someone who may need assistance, connect with them and see if you can help them out – i.e. shopping for groceries and other necessary supplies.
For agency support, see Athletics Canada COVID-19 Advisory / Guidance – March 16, 2020
Stay positive and do what you can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.