Return to Play (Innisfil Minor Hockey)

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INNISFIL MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES FOR 2020-2021

The OHF has recently released their return to hockey guidelines entitled “Return to Hockey Framework” for the upcoming 2020-2021 minor hockey season. Full copies of these guidelines are available on the OHF website and all individuals are encouraged to read them.  IMHA will be using the OHF and OMHA framework as a guideline for our return to play document.

IMHA will be commencing our season September 12th, 2020 in Stage 3b of the OHF return to hockey framework.

The IMHA will have two phases in our return to play guideline. IMHA Phase 1, will apply from September 12th, 2020 to December 31st, 2020. The details of IMHA Phase 2 will be released at a later appropriate date with direction from the OHF and OMHA. Start and end dates may change as necessary. All dates will coincide with municipal, provincial, and federal regulations.

 

Monitoring Updates:

It will be the responsibility of the IMHA return to play committee to monitor for updates from the federal, provincial, and municipal government.

It will be the responsibility of the IMHA return to play committee to monitor for updates from Hockey Canada, OHF, and OMHA.

It will be the responsibility of the IMHA return to play committee to inform IMHA members of pertinent updates via the IMHA website.

The IMHA return to play committee will be chaired by the Vice President and will include those members deemed necessary for the running of the committee.

The IMHA return to play committee will be in contact with facility management and will ensure compliance with all rules and regulations that pertain to return to play. All meetings with facility management will be attended by a return to play committee member.

 

Responsibilities of team staff – practices:

Team staff will be responsible for the health of all players and staff at all team practices and scrimmages. Return to play committee will provide each team trainer with all necessary documentation to ensure the health and safety of all players and staff.

Team staff will have the following responsibilities:

·       Team staff must be familiar with public health unit guidelines and adhere to them.

·       Team staff must be familiar with the IMHA return to play guidelines and adhere to them.

·       Team staff must be familiar with facility guidelines and adhere to them.

·       Team staff must host an initial meeting with parents/guardians/participants to review how the program will look and allow them to ask questions. IMHA encourages teams to do this virtually.

·       Team staff must maintain social distancing both off the ice and on the ice.

·       Team staff must wear a mask for the entire duration of practice or scrimmage while not on the ice.

·       Team staff must encourage participants to minimize their time in or around the facility. They are to encourage participants to show up dressed and leave dressed. Players should only be lacing and removing skates, helmets, and gloves in the designated area.

·       Team staff must remind players and parents to follow physical distancing guidelines when entering and leaving.

·       Team staff must follow Hockey Canada guidelines for best practices related to on and off ice activities.

·       Team staff and all participants must adhere to public health unit guidelines.

 

Arrival and departure at Facility:

IMHA phase 1 will adhere to the following format for arrival and departure from the facility:

·       Players will arrive at the facility no more than 15 minutes prior to their ice time.

·       Players will arrive at the facility completely dressed in their equipment wearing appropriate footwear and a mask. Players must leave their hockey bags in their vehicle. They may use a smaller bag to carry their skates, helmet, and gloves.

·       All participants/coaches/instructors must complete the following OHF screening at the arrival to the facility for each practice and scrimmage. Each screening will be tracked in the session participation tracking chart prepared by the OHF. This sheet exists to facilitate in contact tracing in an event of a Covid-19 exposure.

o   If participant/coach/instructor has passed, they will continue to the designated area of their cohort.

o   If participant/coach/instructor has not passed, parents/guardian must obtain written permission from physician to return to hockey.

·       The facility will provide a designated area for players use. Players must use designated area to provide facilities with the opportunity to adequately clean and disinfect.

·       Players will sit in the designated area to put on and tie their skates. Players may remove their mask when they put on their helmet. Players must physically distance when putting on and tying skates.

·       Players who require assistance with their equipment may have 1 family member with them in the designated area. When equipment has been completed, family members are asked to leave the area. Please maintain physical distancing when leaving.

·       Players should bring a labelled water bottle and use only that water bottle during participation.

·       Players should physically distance while entering the ice surface. Use of multiple doors, if available, is recommended.

·       Upon completion of the session players are asked to remove their skates and leave the facility while maintaining social distancing. Players should meet their families at their vehicle if possible. If players require assistance, 1 family member may meet them in the designated area and assist them with their equipment.

·       Players will be given 10 minutes to clear the ice and the facility.

·       If players remove their helmet, they are required to wear a mask.

·       Players will not have access to showers during IMHA phase 1.

 

Hygiene Requirements:

As hockey prepares to reopen, it is important to be familiar with federal, provincial and local health authority guidelines; and adhere to these requirements.

The following hygiene recommendations will assist in creating an environment that is safe for all participants in hockey activities, before and after training.

·       Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food.

·       Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

·       Where a mask when entering and exiting all facilities.

·       When coughing or sneezing:

o   Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of the arm, not the hand.

o   Dispose of any used tissues as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash hands.

o   Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Physical distancing in the facility:

Please observe facility rules regarding team warm-ups, including physical distancing requirements. Warm-ups will not be allowed in any facility until we receive permission from local public health unit.

Anyone entering the facility must wear a cloth mask as required by the local public health unit. The cloth mask can be removed while participating in an on ice hockey activity. Members are to continue to monitor public health authority guidelines specific to wearing masks.

Coaches and team staff must wear masks in the designated dressing area and on the bench.

If a team is warming up (outside the facility), the coach must ensure physical distancing is practiced and there is no sharing of foam rollers or warm up equipment.

 

Guidelines for dressing rooms and showers:

Dressing room use, if available, will be controlled by the facility. It will be important to respect all facility controls so adequate cleaning and disinfecting can be done.

When public health unit authority protocol and facility guidelines allow use of dressing rooms, have players appropriately physically distanced (using multiple dressing rooms could help).

Facility doors are considered high-risk touch points, minimize going in and out of doors, including dressing rooms. Team staff should try and control the number of times players enter and exit dressing rooms, as this avoids contact with the door handles. Use the elbow to open any doors.

For age groups where parents need to assist players with equipment, limit the number of parents in the dressing room/change area at any one time to one per player. Parent entry should be controlled to meet physical-distancing requirements.

There is absolutely no sharing of drinks or foods allowed.

Team warm-ups and practices should adapt to proper spacing; reduce the number of one-area stations, including the players coming together in one group for instructions.

Wash your hands after using restrooms with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as outline previously. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap not available.

Players will not be permitted to use showers during IMHA return to play phase 1. 

 

Physical Distancing during on ice sessions:

Depending on facility being used, there may be multiple entrances to the ice surface. If so, coaches are to split players into groups and have them space appropriately to meet physical-distancing standards at each entrance.

Players and coaches need to observe physical distancing recommendations while on the ice.

Towels should only be on the bench under the guidance of the safety person/trainer and for emergency use only. A towel should only be used once and then taken off the bench and washed.

Paper towel or tissue can be on hand to wipe the face or blowing the nose if on the bench. Ensure tissues are properly disposed of. Garbage cans or a plastic bag should be placed close the bench.

Spitting or blowing your nose without a tissue is absolutely forbidden.

Each player must bring a marked water bottle, which is washed after each practice or game. Officials are prohibited from using the goaltenders water bottle. They must have their own bottle. There must not be any sharing of water bottles in the penalty box, or sharing of towels.

Pre-game and post-game handshakes are forbidden.

Referees to verbally greet coaches but not shake hands.

 

Requirements for parents/guardians at the facility:

Anyone entering the facility must wear a cloth mask.

The cloth mask can be removed while participating in an on-ice hockey activity and physical distancing is practiced. Continue to monitor public health authority guidelines specific to wearing masks.

We encourage player to come dressed and able to tie skates at facility on own, if parent is required, one person per family may be permitted to the facility.

 

Departure from Facility:

Players and parents are to follow all social distancing measures when leaving.

We encourage participants to minimize their time in or around the facility.

To minimize large groups in a facility, we ask that players meet family at their vehicles (if age permits) to adhere to physical distancing and lower number of people in a facility at one time. Younger players may meet parents at exit from facility, parents must maintain social distancing.

Some equipment should be washed (jerseys, pant shells, socks) after each training session. It is important players ensure equipment is kept clean.

 

Procedure if participant feels ill during activity

The procedure if such an event occurs is as follows:

o   Participant advises team staff/safety person immediately that they are feeling ill/or team staff becomes aware that participant is showing signs they are feeling ill.

o   Team staff must provide participant a cloth mask and have them wear it immediately. Anyone caring for the participant should also wear a mask.

o   The parents/guardians of the participant are advised and they take the participant home. If the participant is over 18, they will leave immediately if well enough to drive. If there is a delay in leaving the facility, they must find a place to isolate.

o   A physician should be contacted and a call t the local public health line should be made. The participant should follow isolation requirements of the public health authorities. The participant will require a note from their physician to return activity.

o   Facility staff should be provided with an incident report based on facility protocol prior to the coaching staff leaving the facility

The following are recommended guidelines for team staff, parents and guardians for participants who are sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19. It is important to remember that public health authority guidelines and advice from physicians must be followed in any situation where a participant is sick.

 

Procedure if participant advises team staff they are not feeling well and will not be attending:

o   Participants are advised to contact their physician. They will require a note from their physician to return to activity.

o   Any participant with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cannot return to the hockey environment until all public health authority steps have been completed. They will require a note from their physician or public health authority to return to activity.

 

Procedure if participant advises team staff they have symptoms of COVID-19 and will not be attending:

o   Any participant with confirmed COVID-19 cannot return to the hockey environment until all public health authority steps have been completed. They will require a note from their physician or public health authority to return to activity.

 

Procedure if participant advises team staff they have TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19:

o   There will be immediate removal for anyone within the home from the hockey environment.

o   Participants/guardian of participant to report to public health authorities and follow proper guidelines.

o   Public health authority will determine communication protocol and tracing of all contacts. Family to cooperate on any necessary communication.

o   Note required from a physician or public health authority to return to play.

*The sick participant (or their parent/guardian if the participant is a minor) should be asked to advise Public Health of their consent to inform. Communication will take place and IMHA will NEVER disclose the sick person’s name.

 

Guidelines for Parent Meeting:

What to Expect:

·       Strict activity physical distancing at facilities both on and off ice.

·       Strict facility guidelines, with limited number of participants

·       Limited time to be spent at facility, players to be mostly dressed prior to arriving.

·       Upon arrival at facility, Parents/Guardians will review the health screening questionnaire (every practice and/or game play) with a team manager/representative where they will mark if a player has passed.

·       Limited coaching staff

·       Allocation of players into cohorts

·       Game play to be restricted to cohort and 4on4 or 3on3 play

·       Very detailed rules and regulations to adhere to for coaches, players, parents, facility members to keep our members safe

 

Parent’s role in creating a safe and healthy environment:

·       Parents are recommended to:

o   Be familiar with public health authority guidelines, and adhere to them.

o    Be familiar with facility guidelines and requirements specific to the prevention of COVID-19.

o    Learn and follow the guidelines put in place by your Member, hockey association and team staff.

o    Talk to kids about the importance of preventing COVID-19 in the hockey environment, including physical distancing guidelines.

o    Stress washing of hands before leaving for hockey, before going into facility, after using the washroom, after the hockey activity and after leaving the facility.

o    Stress to kids not to touch their faces while at the hockey activity.

o   Make sure kids let parents know if they are not feeling well.

o   Make sure kids have their own clean water bottle, labeled clearly with their name, and stress the importance of not sharing water bottles.

o   Follow the instructions of your public health authority if you are notified that you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Safety Steps:

Players and Parents are asked to please refer to the Return to Play Hygiene Checklist (to be accessible on IMHA website) for safety measures to be followed prior to event, prior to arrival at event, at event, after event and for future travel (not part of this phase).

All participants/coaches/instructors must complete the following OHF screening at the arrival to the facility for each practice and scrimmage. Each screening will be tracked in the session participation tracking chart prepared by the OHF. This sheet exists to facilitate in contact tracing in an event of a Covid-19 exposure.


Registration:

Registration for the 2020-2021 season will be based on last seasons (2019-2020) registered association.

Players on AAA waivers may stay with the association they were registered with in the 2019-2020 season or return to their home centre.

IMHA players who were registered in another association for the 2019-2020 season may stay with that association or return to the IMHA

Any Player registered with IMHA in the 2019-2020 season has the option to stay with IMHA or return to their home centre.

New players registering for the first time must register with there home organization.

Player Movement

Players are not permitted to move to other associations unless you have physically moved (change of residence).  Players can only play with one association, there will be no sharing of players or affiliated players (AP’s) to any other team for the 2020/2021 season.

 

Structure:

IMHA will be running a 2 phased approach for the coming season.

IMHA Phase 1 is a 4on4 program starting September 12th until the end of December (as per the recommendation from the OHF and OMHA). There will be no on-ice or off-ice tryouts for phase 1 of the IMHA program. There will be no travel in IMHA Phase 1.

IMHA Phase 1 will begin in stage 3b of the OHF return to Hockey framework. Stage 3b has the following parameters:

1.      Maximum of 30 Participants will be on the ice (including instructors) at a time.

2.      Participants must maintain physical distancing well on the ice. If the facility has further restrictions participants must follow those restrictions.

3.      Hockey will start with a 2 week development phase. After the completion of development hockey will transition to a 4on4 format.

4.      All game play will be within individual Cohorts. Once assigned to a cohort there will be no movement between cohorts.

5.      Movement between individual teams within a cohort will be permitted in order to maintain individual team balancing.

Stage 3 has 5 sub categories; they are 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, and 3e. Each sub category is expected to take a minimum of 4 weeks but may take longer. The length of each subcategory is determined by the OHF, movement from one subcategory to the other is determined by the OHF and will be announced on the OHF website.

Stage 4 can start as early as January 2021. Movement to stage 4 is based on completion of stage 3.

IMHA Phase 2 will commence in January when the IMHA has received further clarification from the OHF and the OMHA.

Phase 1 will consist of two tiers:

Tier 1 will be the competitive tier. This tier will be broken into 4 cohorts with a maximum of 40 players in each cohort. Players in this tier will include players who were on an IMHA rep roster in the 2019-2020 season and may also include players who played rep elsewhere last season and have chosen to return to IMHA for this season. It may also include players who were previously enrolled in IMHA Local league in the 2019-2020 season that coaches feel are qualified to compete at this level, or rep players who have recently moved into the area. Teams will be assembled as per the chart below.

Tier 2 will be the recreational tier. This tier will be broken into 7 cohorts with a maximum of 50 players in each cohort. Players in this tier will include players who played Local League with the IMHA in the 2019-2020 season, new additions to the organization and players who previously played rep who feel they are more suited to the recreational tier.

All teams will play a 4on4 format unless one of the teams is short players, teams will then shift to a 3on3 format.

 

Tier 1 - Competitive tier

Each Cohort in this tier will be made up of a maximum of 40 players. Players invited to this cohort will consist of players who were on an IMHA rep roster in the previous season, players who played rep elsewhere and are returning, and players deemed qualified to play at this level that played Local League last season.

Cohort A

Under-8 (Formally Minor Novice) 18 Skaters and 2 Goalies

Under-9 (Formally Novice) 18 Skaters and 2 Goalies

Players in this cohort will be split into 4 teams of 9 skaters and 1 goalie at the discretion of the coaches. Teams may change from week to week and may include players from a single age group or from both age groups combined.

Cohort B

Under-10 (Formally Minor ATOM) 18 Skaters and 2 Goalies

Under-11 (Formally ATOM) 18 Skaters and 2 Goalies

Players in this cohort will be split into 4 teams of 9 skaters and 1 goalie at the discretion of the coaches. Teams may change from week to week and may include players from a single age group or from both age groups combined.

Cohort C

Under-12 (Formally Minor Peewee) 18 Skaters and 2 Goalies

Under-13 (Formally Peewee) 18 Skaters and 2 Goalies

Players in this cohort will be split into 4 teams of 9 skaters and 1 goalie at the discretion of the coaches. Teams may change from week to week and may include players from a single age group or from both age groups combined.

Cohort D

Under-14 (Formally Minor Bantam) 18 Players and 2 Goalies

 Under-15 (Formally Bantam) 18 Players and 2 Goalies

Players in this cohort will be split into 4 teams of 9 skaters and 1 goalie at the discretion of the coaches. Teams may change from week to week and may include players from a single age group or from both age groups combined.

Cohort E

Under-16 (Formally Minor Midget) 18 Players and 2 Goalies

Under-18 (Formally Midget) 18 Players and 2 Goalies

Players in this cohort will be split into 4 teams of 9 skaters and 1 goalie at the discretion of the coaches. Teams may change from week to week and may include players from a single age group or from both age groups combined.

 

Tier 2 – Recreational Tier

Each cohort in this tier will be made of a maximum of 50 players. Players in this cohort will be players who played in the IMHA Local League last season, players who choose not to participate in the competitive tier, and any new additions to IMHA.

Cohort A

Team 1 – Under-6 (Formally Learn to Skate) 50 Participant Maximum. Participants will be broken up into two groups of 25 and will be taught the fundamentals of Hockey.

Cohort B

Under-7 (Formally IP) 50 Participant Maximum. Participants will be broken up into two groups of 25 and will be taught the fundamentals of Hockey.

Cohort C

Under-8 and Under-9 (Formally Novice) 50 Participant Maximum. Programming will follow the atom pathway.

Cohort D

Team 1 – Under-10 and Under-11 (Formally Atom) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 2 – Under-10 and Under-11 (Formally Atom) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 3 – Under-10 and Under-11 (Formally Atom) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 4 – Under-10 and Under-11 (Formally Atom) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 5 – Under-10 and Under-11 (Formally Atom) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Cohort E

Team 1 – Under-12 and Under-13 (Formally Peewee) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 2 – Under-12 and Under-13 (Formally Peewee) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 3 – Under-12 and Under-13 (Formally Peewee) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 4 – Under-12 and Under-13 (Formally Peewee) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 5 – Under-12 and Under-13 (Formally Peewee) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Cohort F

Team 1 – Under-14 and Under-15 (Formally Bantam) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 2 – Under-14 and Under-15 (Formally Bantam) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 3 – Under-14 and Under-15 (Formally Bantam) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 4 – Under-14 and Under-15 (Formally Bantam) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 5 – Under-14 and Under-15 (Formally Bantam) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Cohort G

Team 1 – Under-16 and Under-18 (Formally Midget) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 2 – Under-16 and Under-18 (Formally Midget) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 3 – Under-16 and Under-18 (Formally Midget) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 4 – Under-16 and Under-18 (Formally Midget) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

Team 5 – Under-16 and Under-18 (Formally Midget) 9 Players and 1 Goalie

The focus of the 2020-2021 season will be player safety. It is the goal of the IMHA to provide a safe and fun environment for all our participants and their families. If you have any questions about this document, please direct them to the VP of IMHA and she will be happy to help you.

Thank You,

IMHA Board of Directors.


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