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Hockey Update & Skills Form

Posted by WMHA Admin. on Jun 30 2020 at 12:16PM PDT

Finally some news on the hockey front.

After much consultation with the Arena staff, Hockey Canada and BC Hockey we do have some idea of what hockey will look like at the start of the season.

We will be going ahead with our Summer Skills camp at the end of August as we normally do, from Aug 31st-Sept 3. One hour sessions with a maximum of 20 participants on each group. We will run U18, U15, U13 and U11 groups. The cost is $100.00 and the registration form is attached. Please scan back to me (as an attachment not in the body of the email ) or drop through the mail slot.

Tryouts will start approximately Sept 12th, we don’t have concrete dates yet but they will be posted on the website in August. Tryout sessions will be formatted differently this year as we will have to split groups up to stay under the 20 participant rule. We are working on a plan and will update the website.

Once tryouts are complete, we will start a practice schedule for all teams. It WILL be different than in previous years. We need to have 30 minute gaps between practices and only one team in the building at any given time so to maximize time on the ice for the players, each team will have at least one practice during the week and one practice on the weekends. Once the restrictions are eased and we can go back to having games on weekends and sharing practices during the week we will adjust the schedule again.

  • Please read carefully and bear in mind that this plan is formulated with the current restrictions that are in place. If things change with the governing bodies, we will change accordingly.*

This is what the arena management has given to us as current guidelines, there will be no exceptions:

Please do not allow your child to participate in any of our activities or programs if your child has:

· experienced cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days;

· been in close contact with anyone else who has had these symptoms in the last 14 days; or

· been in close contact with anyone else who has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days

· Please note: If your child is displaying symptoms of respiratory distress or illness, they will be asked not to participate.

· Lastly, it is vital that we all be calm and compassionate throughout this pandemic. Any person who exhibits any aggression towards our staff or any other person in one of our facilities and/or programs will be asked to leave and not return.

1. During our rental period there will be no more than 20 participants and up to 5 coaches for a maximum total of 25 patrons allowed on the ice during a training session. This will provide adequate social distancing during drills.

2. There will be a maximum of One parent or guardian per participant allowed in the facility, the front door will be administered by a coach/parent greeter to ensure these number are enforced. If the parent is a coach, that is their one person. 3. All players will enter the rink through the front entrance. Participants will be made aware this will be our sole entry point. Players will not be allowed to congregate in groups near the entrance or in the parking lot. Waiting players will be required to either wait in their car or stand on social distancing indicators on the handicap ramp. Entry will be no earlier than 10 minutes before the start of our session. 4. All players will be required to enter the rink fully dressed except for skates, helmets, gloves and goalie pads (if appropriate). Players will put on skates and remaining protective gear in designated areas in the designated dressing rooms. Younger players may be assisted by one parent/guardian to tie skates or help with other equipment. Parent/guardian will leave the designated participant area upon completion of skate tying if parent limits have been reached 5. Upon entry, all players will be required to go through a hand sanitizing station. Prior to exiting the building, all participants and instructors/coaches will be required to go through a hand sanitizing station. 6. Dressing room showers will be closed. Restrooms will be open and restricted to one occupant. 7. Participants will not bring food or snacks into the building 8. Participant water bottles will be initially filled off site, we recognize that water bottle filling stations will be made available but are to be used with caution. Each water bottle must be clearly labeled and properly spaced 2 meters from other participant water bottles when not in use. 9. On-ice instructors/coaches will make sure players practice social distancing while on and off the ice. 10. Following on-ice sessions. Participants will have 15 minutes to remove equipment and depart the building. At all times, participants will maintain the same social distancing practices previously described. 11. All players will exit the building through the side door by the baseball field as indicated by signage 12. Upon exiting the building participants will go directly to their parent or guardian who is picking them up. At all times, parent, guardians and participants will not congregate in public. Parents and guardians will be required to wait in their car. If they are late for pick up, we will have a coach call the parents and wait with the player outside until they arrive. 13. We will not expect a “Lost and Found’’. We recognize and will tell our participants that anything left behind at the rink will have to be disposed of at the end of that day. 14. Should any participant or coach show signs of COVID-19 at any time during the ice rental, the participant will be removed from the ice and parent contacted to pick up the child. We will inform our District contact immediately should this arise.
  • Parent Communication*
  • All parents and guardians will be required to be available by phone and ready to pick-up their child if contacted by one of our coaches.*

The document 2020-Skills_Camp_Form.pdf was attached to this post.

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