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SMASH Decision - April 27, 2020 - Please read entire letter

SMASH Volleyball has made the difficult but clear decision to cancel the current 2020 season.  This is due to the ongoing health concerns caused by the Coronavirus.

Our last tournament was the Boston Volleyball Festival, which was the last "convention center" event in the U.S. in 2020!  This competition gave each player tough and personal challenges and motivation for the remaining bulk of the season.  Players were more skilled, knowledgeable, aggressive, and were poised to make next steps.

There is an emptiness, a loss which is existing now, which will be replaced by renewed motivation.  This may take weeks or months, yet it will occur.  We have entirely too many competent parents, coaches, and young adult athletes for this to be otherwise.

Various regional and national volleyball organizations have been grappling with this subject for months.  Several tournaments have been rescheduled for dates in June and July, including Big South and the AAU and USAV Nationals, and some New England AAU events.  Ideas include club-vs-club outdoor doubles tournaments and indoor mini-tournaments with no spectators... something to get going again.

*** Some SMASH players or teams may participate in these events.  In this case a separate financial accounting will be made for the specific event(s).

$ - Accounting for the SMASH season:

Each of our 15 teams has its own specific financial situation.  We are including all expenses up to and including the Boston Volleyball Festival (March 6-8).  We have been diligent and accurate in keeping track of and calculating fees.

Some families will have paid more than the amended fee for their team (and will be issued refunds).  Some families still owe an amount, and will be sent a bill via email.  Please pay as promptly as possible.  We will work with families with difficulties in this area, just respond (again, promptly) to your email.

Regretfully, but Optimistically, and Sincerely,

Richard Barton

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    The original five weeks of SMASH Summer Camps are canceled due to COVID-19.

    Please stay tuned for future info regarding any late-summer camp or clinic possibilities.

    We will miss our 2020 campers and coaches - please stay safe and healthy!