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COVID-19 Family and Club Resources

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We're all in this together. Scroll though this page to find helpful tips for coping during this time of social distancing. Email us at digitalmedia@usav.org if you have resources that you think would be beneficial to share.

Educational Webinars 

Available now: U.S Men's National Team Technical Coordinator Nate Ngo will be featured on Hudl's Digital Learning Center. He'll be offering tips and insight into elite-level video analysis and data visualization. Catch Nate's session and several other lessons from coaches and sports leaders at the Digital Coaching Center!

USAVlearn: Weekly presentations by National Team coaches and other experts. Visit our USAVlearn home page

Watch the recent USAV/NCSA webinar on "Volleyball Recruiting: How To Gain Exposure with Video."

Watch the recent USAV/NCSA webinar on "Volleyball Recruiting: Recruiting Updates and Return to Play."

Watch "Tips and Tools for Being a Great Sport Parent" on the USA Volleyball YouTube page. 

Watch "The Rebuild We Need Now" from the Aspen Institute on Aug. 5, 12 p.m. ET. Register.

Watch "Best Practices for SAT and ACT Prep for This School Year" from Next College Student Athlete on Aug. 13, 6 p.m. MT. Register.

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Club Resources

 

Facebook Grants

Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries. This program is intended to help keep your workforce going strong, cover rent and operational costs and connect with customers. Many volleyball clubs could be eligible for said grants.

This program will begin accepting applications in the coming weeks. You can sign up for updates by visiting the Facebook grants page.

Universal Deductions and Expanded Loans for Nonprofits

This program is expected to clear congress Friday as part of a $2 trillion coronavirus bailout legislation. It would allow nonitemizers to deduct up to $300 in cash giving for the 2020 tax year, and would make smaller nonprofits eligible for loans of up $10 million each.

The bill would lift the cap on annual giving from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent, and nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees would be eligible for guaranteed loans of up to $10 million (up from $1 million) or a third of their annual operating expenses. Nonprofits that keep their employees on the payroll from February 15 to June 30 could have their loans forgiven, turning the loan into a grant.

To read more about the potential of this program, visit philanthropy.com.

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loans

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is working with state governors to offer Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Most states are now opening Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs which are intended to aid small businesses directly affected by COVID-19. The program provides working capital loans that may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had this disaster not occurred.

Please review the information below thoroughly and consult with the SBA to determine if this program is right for you. Questions about eligibility, loan amounts or other details should be directed to your local SBA office. For more information and to apply, visit the SBA Disaster Loan website.

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans Specifics

Eligible Entities

  • Applicants must meet the SBA requirements of a small business subject to revenue and employee limits
  • Businesses directly affected by COVID-19

Ineligible Entities

  • Agricultural Enterprises: If the primary activity of the business (including its affiliates) is as defined in Section 18(b)(1) of the Small Business Act, neither the business nor its affiliates are eligible
  • Religious Organizations
  • Gambling Concerns (Ex: Concerns that derive more that 1/3 of their annual gross revenue from legal gambling activities)
  • Casinos & Racetracks (Ex: Businesses whose purpose for being is gambling (e.g., casinos, racetracks, poker parlors, etc.) are not eligible regardless of 1/3 criteria above.
  • Cannabis Industry

Loan Approval Criteria

  • Credit History: Applicants must have a credit history acceptable to SBA
  • Repayment: SBA must determine that the applicant business has the ability to repay the SBA loan

How Much You Can Borrow

  • Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million
  • The interest rates for this disaster are 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years
  • Eligibility for these working capital loans are based on the size (must be a small business) and type of business and its financial resources

How the Funds Can Be Used

  • These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred
  • The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits or for expansion
  • Funds cannot be used to pay down long-term debt

What is Needed to Apply

  • Completed SBA loan application (SBA Form 5)
  • Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T) for the applicant, principals and affiliates
  • Complete copies of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return
  • Schedule of Liabilities (SBA Form 2202)
  • Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413)
  • Income, balance sheet, and cash flow documents
  • Other Information may also be requested

Other Information That May Be Requested

  • Complete copy, including all schedules, of the most recent Federal income tax return for principals, general partners or managing member, and affiliates (see filing requirements for more information)
  • If the most recent Federal income tax return has not been filed, a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year
  • A current year-to-date profit-and-loss statement
  • Additional Filing Requirements (SBA Form 1368) providing monthly sales figures

How Soon Will Businesses Receive Money?

  • Eligible businesses that submit complete loan packages could receive money within three (3) weeks
  • Incomplete information and verification of collateral will delay approval process

How to Apply

  • Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
  • Paper loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155
  • Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

A group of small business owners have created a site to track the progress of SBA loan disbursement. Visit www.covidloantracker.com for updated disbursement totals and statistics. One notable figure: as of 9:00 a.m. Eastern on April 16, 76 percent of disbursed loans have been processed by small or regional banks.

During this unprecedented situation, club directors across the country are facing some of the toughest business situations they’ve encountered. To support efforts at your local club, USA Volleyball Director of Human Resources Bernie MacLean put together some thoughts and tools that will help you guide your club’s employees through this difficult time.

Employee Assistance Programs

Your employees and their families may be experiencing increased anxiety, fear and stress surround the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have an Employee Assistance Program, encourage your staff to utilize the free, confidential professional services offered. Talking to a professional can be very helpful. EAP services may be accessed remotely and are often extended to the employee’s family members.

It’s important to remember as employees work from home that they may be serving additional roles such as teacher and caregiver and providing an EAP is absolutely essential is providing them the tools to manage the increasing demands during this time of uncertainty.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Act applies to organizations with less than 500 employees and is effective from April 2 – December 31, 2020. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may be provided an exemption. In brief, the legislation provides:

  1. Expanded paid sick leave for coronavirus-designated reasons.
  2. Extends FMLA provisions for employees unable to work (including telework) because the employee must care for his/her child who is under 18 years of age and whose school or place of care has closed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  3. Tax credit for employers.

This act balances the need of employees and assists employers. There are many details surrounding this act; read more information at the FFCRA's webpage

Employer Resources

There are other great resources for employers through OSHA, the EEOC and CDC. Links to the resources can be found below:

EEOC Webinar

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will publicly post an online webinar addressing questions arising under any of the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws and the COVID-19 pandemic to its website www.eeoc.gov on Friday afternoon, March 27.

The webinar will be devoted to answering questions submitted in advance about how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in light of any of the federal EEO laws employment nondiscrimination laws.

The webinar will supplement the COVID-19 publications already issued by the EEOC, including the “What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19” and "Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act". The EEOC last updated the COVID-19 “What You Should Know” on Thursday, March 19, 2020, and the Pandemic Preparedness document in light of COVID-19 on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to the EEOC's email updates.

OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put together guideline on preparing workplaces for COVID-19.

CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put together guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19.

A final note to employers, please check in on your folks daily. We will get this through this together with care and understanding.

On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed a law that temporarily expands Unemployment Insurance (“UI”) assistance to workers impacted by COVID-19. This new law provides the following programs:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Extended eligibility for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for UI benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors to include athletes);

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

An additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all UI recipients; and,

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

An additional 13 weeks of UI benefits, beyond the regular 26 weeks already provided, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.

Please be advised that many states are still in the process of setting up infrastructure to accept PUA applications. While this may take a week or more, eligible benefits are retroactive to January 27, 2020. Learn more about the Pandemic Assistance Program.

Volleyball Training/Tips/Fun Stuff on Social Media

Stafford Slick Instagram Link


Check out U.S. Beach National Team athlete Stafford Slick on Instagram. You'll see his homage to "Cast Away" and more.

Digital Security

Zoom Meetings

From USAV IT Staff: 

User credentials for more than 500,000 Zoom users are now up for sale on the dark web. If you have used Zoom in the past and have used the same password on other website accounts, then you should immediately change all of those passwords. There are multiple security concerns that have been reported by the FBI and Homeland Security regarding the use of the free Zoom products. Those warnings can found by doing a simple Google search.This password issue is a very pressing issue due to the tendency of people to re-use passwords across multiple platforms. Additionally, https://haveibeenpwned.com/ is a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised in a known data breach.