2020-2021 COVID operational updates
September 10 Update
Welcome back to hockey!
As we prepare to hit the ice for the first time we want to provide a few additional updates for the return. As we said prior there will be ongoing changes. The number one question we have been getting is around cohorts and what that means for you.
The government of Alberta has for the last few months encouraged you to have small cohort groups. Their definition of cohort has been a bubble, circle or safe squad of the same people that do not always keep 2 meters apart. They have laid out some guidelines for how to expand beyond your original core cohorts. With the relaunch of school and sports you will find your child now belonging to several cohorts. The recommendation now regarding sports cohorts is that you belong to limited numbers.
For the purpose of VDMHA minor hockey once teams are set and you are playing some transition games or regional pod games we will consider that your cohort and ask you only be part of one and comply with the 14 day period between different cohort activities.
Prior to team selection we have instructed our coaches to do their best to follow suggested physical distanced practices on ice. We have limited the time in dressing rooms, closed showers and eliminated parents in the dressing rooms to allow for physical distancing. All people entering the building must preform the COVID 19 self-check daily test and entry to the facility is considered your acknowledgement that you passed the test.We will paste the test at the bottom of this email for reference.
We recommend the use of skate guards if your child requires help with skates as you only have 15 minutes access in prior to posted ice time however if they need assistance they can come to the outside bleacher and we ask parents to wear a mask when assisting them and maintain physical distance from other players.
Hockey Alberta does not have a requirement for associations to follow individual players cohorts outside those set up by the association itself. Parents will have to use their discretion when expanding their cohorts and deciding on limits. VDMHA HIGHLY ENCOURAGES participants to accept the Hockey Alberta and the Government of Alberta guideline to limited cohorts. At this time we also HIGHLY ENCOURAGE the use of mask when players are not engaged in high physical activity.
Following the first two days of start up we will provide another update and adjustments may need to be made. Our goal is to provide some sense of normality for the kids while keeping the health and safety of all users as priority 1.
COVID-19 ALBERTA HEALTH DAILY CHECKLIST
©2020 Government of Alberta
PARENTS/GUARDIANS/STUDENTS MUST USE THIS QUESTIONNAIRE DAILY TO DECIDE IF THEY SHOULD ATTEND THE ACTIVITY
The tool is meant to be used to assist with assessing attendees who may be symptomatic, or who may have been exposed to someone who is ill or has confirmed COVID-19.
Attendees should fill out this checklist prior entering school daily. If an individual answers YES to any of the questions, they must not be allowed to attend. Children and youth will need a parent to assist them to complete this screening tool.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, this screening tool will be updated as required.
Does the attendee have any new onset (or worsening) of any of the following symptoms:
? Shortness of Breath / Difficulty Breathing
? Runny Nose / Nasal Congestion
? Feeling unwell / Fatigued
? Nausea / Vomiting / Diarrhea
? Unexplained loss of appetite
? Loss of sense of taste or smell
? Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Has the attendee travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
Has the attendee had close contact* with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
Has the attendee had close contact with a symptomatic** close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
Update - Sept 8, 2020
Hitting the ice. Watch the website for updates!
Thursday September 10:
U-13(former Peewee) 5:30-6:30pm
U-15 (former Bantam) 6:45-7:45pm
U-18 (former Midget) 8:00-9:00pm
Saturday September 12:
U-11 (former Atom) 10:15-11:15am
U-13(former Peewee) 11.30-12:30pm
U-15 (former Bantam) 12.44-1:45pm
U-18 (former Midget) 2:00-3:00pm
Please look on the website for updates on facility usage.
Next update will be placed on Tuesday September 8.
- atoms need to come dressed except skates and helmets
- dressing rooms will be locked until 15 min prior to ice
- all other levels you will only have 15 min so dress at home of needed and you will have only 15 min after the practice to change.
- no parents or siblings in the dressing room
-all players to enter through the main doors.
- players to go to dressing room, parents up stairs and in to bleachers maintaining social distancing.
- we encourage siblings to not attend but when they do they MUST remain by parents at all times absolutely no wandering around the rink
- masks are encouraged but not mandatory at this time- subject to change
PLEASE NOTE FACILITY REGULATIONS WILL BE POSTED AND MUST BE FOLLOWED, ANY NOT FOLLOWING WILL RECEIVE ONE WARNING THEN A WRITTEN SUSPENSION. VIOLATIONS CAN RESULT IN ENTIRE ASSOCIATION LOSING FACILITY USAGE RIGHTS
- Due to COVID 19 , VDMHA hockey for the 2020-21 season will be delivered in 3 phases. Development, Transition, Regular play.
- Development will be the first phase
- We will at this time only provide information on Development phase and that information may change if mandated by HA or if current health situations change
- Development preliminary phase-
Players will be asked to play in only one sports cohort as health authority recommendation is 14 day gap between sports cohorts making more than one cohort not viable Parents are encouraged to not bring other siblings to practices if possible, however if other siblings are attending they are to remain with parent at all times. There will be no playing in other areas of the arena or running around social distancing will be expected as per provincial recommendations No parents in the dressing rooms unless set up by executive and anyone not on the HCR will require masks when in dressing rooms Until further notice all Initiation, Novice, and Atom players will be asked to bring players dressed with only skate to place on Dressing rooms will remain locked until 15 minutes prior to practice time and players are asked to arrive no sooner than 20 min prior to practice time All levels will only have 15 minutes in the dressing room prior to practice Peewee, Bantam, and Midget will also have 15 minutes so will need to determine if they can dress in that time or need to do some prior entering the arena All levels will have only 15 minutes after the practice to undress and leave the dressing room. NO exceptions so parents determine if they can undress and vacate or require to just remove certain gear and finish once they leave the arena For the time being there will be NO access to showers The entire level will be registered as the players sports cohort more detailed information on cohorts will be updated once HA provides the upcoming update from the meeting from Wednesday Procedures will be updated once the HA update comes in and will continue to change we will post the procedure once we have it prior to them hitting the ice Goal clinic and power skate is expected to proceed
- There will be no conditioning camp this season due to extended time for practices
- Practices for Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget begin after September 7th
- Practices for Novice to begin after September 21
- Practices for Initiation to begin after October 15
- Team selection for Atom-Midget to begin approximately September 28 concluding by October 5 there will be a pilot project process in place for selection due to COVID- UPDATED TRYOUTS WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL A MINIMUM OF THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER
Please note we are trying to update and get information out as soon as we have it but there are many changes daily. This is a start to our information please continue to check for updates