News and Announcements
It’s that time of year, where we start looking onwards and upwards towards next season. I have attached the 2021-2022 Registration documents, there are a few very important things to note.
-As of right now, we will be processing paper registrations only, you must fill out a paper registration form and scan it to email@example.com or drop it off through the mail slot of the hockey office door. All registration paperwork needs to be filled out completely, with payment attached (not to be processed until Aug 1st) and all required documentation signed to be considered complete. Hockey Canada is doing an overhaul of their online registration system and are “expecting” to be up and running by the end of June, but that doesn’t give us enough time to ensure we have everything prepared for the season.
-If your player is U15 or U18 and wanting to try out for a BC Hockey or Omaha Zone team, your managers have sent you that information and link already. Your player MUST also be registered with your home association (WDMHA) prior to participation in those tryouts so please make sure you have their registration completed here as well. We will not hold spots for anyone who has not registered with us.
-Our numbers are increasing every year but our capacity does not, we will be full in some divisions. We open registration to new members June 1st, please register early so we can accommodate all returning players before accepting new ones. Rates increase by $100.00 July 1st so please make sure to take advantage of the early rate.
-We have had to implement a rate increase this year to cover rising costs, as well as losing a significant income source from our previous affiliation with Pursuit of Excellence Academy. In order to help members with that increase, we have not charged the Volunteer Bond fee. We do of course, still expect that each family will help out with facilitating the season for your team. Without volunteers, we have no program.
Thanks to everyone for their patience as we navigated this unparalled season. Everyone put the kids first and made the best of a crazy situation. I appreciate that very much.
Have an amazing summer, we’re looking forward to a great season next year !!
With the PHA announcement yesterday that things will be remaining the same until January 8th, we will be working with the attached weekend schedules for the next two weeks and then breaking Dec 20th for Christmas.
Regular weekday schedules will resume Monday January 4th.
We will not be having practices over the Christmas break.
Coaches, please remember we are still in Phase 2 until further notice. No contact, scrimmages or 3 on 3 until we have further advice from Viasport. Please make sure your players are wearing their masks in the dressing rooms, they listen best to you !
Thank you you everyone who is doing their part to adhere to our protocols, we are very fortunate to still be able to have the level of participation that we do and I’m hopeful for good things to come in the New Year.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who are helping keep our kids skates on the ice. It takes a village to get through a hockey season…..and a pandemic it seems !!
We will be sending out updates as we receive them over the Christmas break.
Wishing you all a safe and healthy holiday season.
Winfield Minor Hockey Administrator
Both Recreation and Tier 3 for U11,U13,U15 and U18 start league play November 6th. Gametimes will be sent to all Coaches and Managers and can be found on www.omahahockey.ca next week. WDMHA website will be updated weekly.
U9 will start their games with a cohort of three internal teams Nov 8th. These icetimes will replace their weekend practices. U7 will continue to practice together until we have further dialog from OMAHA.
Winfield Minor Hockey Game Procedures 2020-2021 Season
-As per BC Hockey guidelines dated Oct 22, 2020 visiting teams are allowed maximum of 17 skaters and 2 goalies, 3 coaches, 1 HCSP, 1 videographer and 1 manager. Home teams are allowed maximum of 17 skaters, 2 goalies, 3 coaches, 1 HCSP, 1 videographer and 1 manager. There are also 3 referees, 1 timekeeper, 1 scorekeeper and 2 COVID ambassadors from the home team. No spectators are allowed, including scratched or injured players. All team officials not on the bench will proceed directly to the spectator area and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet at all times.
-Away team will arrive and be allowed entry to the arena 30 minutes prior to gametime. The Coaches are responsible for making sure the team follows Winfield’s arenas COVID protocol and must be present before the team will be allowed entry to the building.Each player and team official must have a completed screening form (see attached) filled out to present to the COVID ambassador upon entry. Players are to proceed directly to the dressing room. Each team will have one dressing room, girls will be in a separate dressing room. All players are to wear masks upon entry until it is time to put on their helmets and proceed to the field of play. There is to be one person designated to fill water bottles. All bench staff are to wear masks.
-Home team and referees will arrive 15 minutes prior to gametime, will be screened before entry by the COVID ambassador and proceed directly to the dressing room. All players are to wear masks until it is time to wear helmets and proceed to the field of play. There will be one person designated to fill water bottles. All Bench staff are to wear masks.
-Home players will enter the field of play through the Home players bench and Visitors will enter through the designated Visitors gate.
-Outside the field of play, participants are to maintain 2 metres physical distance and should wear masks if unable to maintain physical distancing.
-Timekeepers and scorekeepers will be screened in 15 minutes prior to gametime and are to proceed directly to the timekeepers box and must be wearing masks.
-All participants are to commit to not spitting anywhere in the facility or on the ice due to the possibility of virus transmission through the spread of droplets.
-Teams must be out of the facility within 15 minutes of the game ending.
New member registration is now open. All transfers and new member registration must be done via paper. The forms are available to download under the forms tab. Please note for all new member registrations we must have a copy of the child’s birth certificate and proof of residency in Lake Country.
All transfers in from other associations must have child’s birth certificate, proof of residency and an OMAHA Move With Parent form completed. These are all available under the forms tab of the website.