1. Events operated by the USA Volleyball (“USAV”) are de facto sanctioned events and covered by USAV’s insurance policy on the condition that all participants are registered with USAV or a Region of USAV.
  2. Events operated by a Region of USAV are de facto sanctioned events and covered by USAV’s insurance policy on the condition that all participants are registered with USAV or a Region of USAV and that USAV does not withhold approval of the event.
  3. Events operated by a team or club registered and in good standing with a Region of USAV and upon the approval of the Region are sanctioned events and covered by USAV’s insurance policy on the condition that all participants are registered with USAV or a Region of USAV and that USAV does not withhold approval of the event.
  4. Events operated by entities or organizations other than USAV itself, a Region of USAV or a team or club registered with and in good standing with a Region of USAV are considered “third party events”. In order for such third party to obtain a USAV sanction for its event it must:

(a) Obtain the approval of BOTH USAV and the USAV Region in which the event takes place, which is not automatically granted even if the other required conditions are met;

(b) Ensure that all participants are registered and in good standing with USAV or a Region of USAV;

(c) Provide proof (through a valid certificate) of General Liability Insurance in an amount acceptable to USAV provided by an admitted insurance carrier with an A.M. Best rating of A or higher for the entity or organization that is operating the event and naming USAV and the region as an additional insured under the policy.

Third-Party Clarification

This clarification of third party events or third parties involved in events has been given to USA Volleyball by our risk managers at ESIX.

All events (including but not necessarily limited to tournaments, practices and scrimmages) must be sanctioned and approved by USAV and/or one of the regional volleyball associations in order for the insurance program to extend coverage to the event.

The inclusion of a third party entity in the title of an event is subject to the approval of USA Volleyball. Grounds for approval would normally include:

  1. the entity is the party responsible for the operation of the event or
  2. the entity is a sponsor who is providing financial or other material support for the event. In the latter case, the sponsor receives an additional insured status as they are “paying” for that right and have no liability for the event’s operation.

Other third party entities would generally not be approved. For example, including the name of “JVDA” in the title of an event implies JVDA is responsible for the operation of the event including the liability associated with the event, which it is not. Our current insurance policy includes language to cover the entity responsible for the operation of the event and sponsors of the event. It does not extend coverage to other entities.

Based on this clarification, USA Volleyball will not currently sanction any event with JVDA in the title of the event. The inclusion of JVDA in any and all media or materials related to a sanctioned event is prohibited.