AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships will be held in June

Spectators will not be allowed.
Posted at 9:19 PM, May 06, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. - The 47th AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships will be held in June.

The Amateur Athletic Union said several safety precautions will be in place including no spectators, no international teams and temperature checks.

Last year, more than 2,000 teams participated with 42,000 participants.

Brenda Winkeler, Founder of the Tampa North Volleyball Club, said families in her club will not participate this year.

"I think it would be very difficult. First of all, to social distance because you're blocking and you're right next to each other on the court," said Winkeler.

Winkeler has more than 30 years of experience and provides top-level volleyball training for ladies.

Close to 90 ladies are in the local club. In the past, they have participated in the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships.

"They really love to play. It's a memory they'll always have and it's a big national tournament," said Winkeler.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is a rheumatologist and a father of two.

He said he will likely have his daughters skip the event this year.

"I'm not here trying to give medical advice by any means. We have the proper authorities that are doing that. This is mostly as a father, I just didn't feel comfortable," said Dr. Gonzalez.

"These are indoor sporting events where there is going to be ball contact between the children playing due to the nature of the game. It's going to be very difficult to keep the proper social distancing," he added.

The AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships will be held in Orlando from June 16 to 28.

AAU sent ABC Action News the following statement:

"The safety and well-being of participants is the AAU's highest priority.

The decision to host our volleyball national event as scheduled was not made lightly but with much thought and consultation with local officials.

AAU volleyball will follow recommendations of the CDC, state, and county authorities respectively. Appropriate mitigation measures will be enacted including no spectators, temperature checks, face coverings, no international teams, and sanitation of courts between matches.

The event is 45 days away and should conditions change, the AAU will respond accordingly."