USA Volleyball nixes Boys’ Junior National Championship amid coronavirus pandemic

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The nation’s most prestigious annual boys’ youth volleyball tournament is the latest volleyball cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic.

USA Volleyball announced Wednesday that it canceled the 2020 Boys’ Junior National Championships, which was slated to take place starting in late June in Reno, Nevada.

The 2020 Boys’ Junior National Championships was initially projected to feature almost 550 club teams and 6,000 players from around the country. In addition, the tournament is comprised of divisions based on players’ ages ranging from 12-and-under teams to 18-and-under teams.

This was one of three tournaments that USA Volleyball canceled on Wednesday. The national governing organization for volleyball also canceled the 2020 Girls’ Junior National Championships and the High Performance Championships.

“With safety as our top priority and upon further evaluation of the current and projected status of the COVID-19 virus in each of our respective cities, we cannot be assured of each venue’s ability to host safe and restriction-free environments for our events,” USA Volleyball said in a statement.

In the United States, there have been more than 1.5 million coronavirus cases and more than 93,000 deaths because of the pandemic, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Club boys’ volleyball is the latest to have their championship event this year canceled due to health concerns. The NCAA in March opted to cancel the 2020 NCAA Tournaments for Division I-II men’s volleyball and Division III men’s volleyball.