Hello everyone just wanted to send out a reminder that the GMHA is returning to Hockey as of tomorrow Sept 21st please take a few minutes to read and refresh yourselves with the Safety entry procedures that were posted on Sept 3rd as well as the new Covid-19 Health Screening form that needs to be completed on the day of the player or coaches participation in any and all GMHA activities.
We are also looking for convenors to help with the check in procedures for each division if you think that you would be interested please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have.
Look Forward to seeing everyone at the rink!!!
****Please note this information is subject to change at any time as the COVID situation evolves and changes.****
Based on the information and direction that we have received from the OHF and the OMHA, the GMHA will now resume play the week of September 21st, 2020 starting with a two (2) week development period for all divisions. We were originally set to resume on September 14th, 2020 but due to town ice issues and availability we cannot start until the 21st.
Upon completion of the development period, divisions of U10 to U15 will move into their regular season phase which will consist of one (1) game and (1) practice per week and will run for a twenty three (23) week period. The games will be either a 3 on 3 or 4 on 4 format based on the number players on the ice for that particular game. U18 will play two games a week and no practices.
THERE WILL BE NO BODY CONTACT ALLOWED AT ANY DIVISION.
Players will be placed in divisions (House League or Rep) based on where they were rostered during the 2019/2020 season. There will be no movement up or down, if you played on a rep team during the 2019/2020 season you will play in the rep division, you cannot move down to a house league division and vice versa. (This is subject to change upon GMHA board approval based on the number of registrants in certain divisions).
The Ice Palace in Keswick is the only arena that will be open at this time. The Sutton arena will not be open for the foreseeable future.
Subject to the Town of Georgina and the OMHA approval the following safety protocols will be put in place:
1) All players, coaches, volunteers and referees must complete a COVID-19 Screening Checklist no more than twenty four (24) hours prior to their scheduled ice time. A COVID-19 Screening Checklist must be completed at every scheduled ice time for every person on the ice. The screening checklist form will be a digital form and a link for this form will be placed on the GMHA website;
2) Players, coaches, volunteers, and referees must check in with the reception table at the front of the Ice Palace and be lined up (while maintaining social distance rules) no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled ice time (practice or game);
3) All players, coaches, volunteers, and referees will sanitize their hands with sanitizer provided and at the fifteen (15) minute mark prior to your scheduled ice time you will be escorted into the facility as a team (group) and directed to your designated change room or area. If you are late and your team/group has already entered the facility then you will be denied entry to participate in that days ice time, NO EXCEPTIONS;
4) Players, coaches, volunteers and referees must arrive at the arena partially or fully dressed. The dressing rooms will be open but social distance guidelines will apply and you will only have a very small amount of time in the dressing room so we are asking that you only use the dressing rooms for the purposes of putting on your skates, gloves and helmet. There will be no washrooms or showers available to be used within the dressing rooms or designated changing areas. Goalies will have the opportunity to put their goalie pads on in the dressing room. Players that cannot tie up their own skates will need to either learn to do it themselves, have them done before they arrive or they will have to seek assistance from their coach;
5) Face-masks will be mandatory for all coaches and volunteers and children over the age of 5 when they enter the facility as per Provincial guidelines. The masks must remain on while in the change room and or change area and until their ice session begins. Coaches and volunteers are NOT required to wear masks while on the ice during practices, but are required to where masks while on the bench coaching during games. The two (2) deep rule still applies for all dressing rooms and changing areas;
6) Players, coaches, referees, and volunteers must bring their own water bottles with their names clearly marked on the front of the bottle. The bottles must be filled up outside of the facility as there will be no water bottle filling stations available within the arena. There will be no sharing of water bottles of any kind NO EXCEPTIONS;
7) Upon completion of your ice session, players, coaches and volunteers will return to their designated dressing room or changing area and put their masks back on once they have removed their helmet. Players again will have a very small amount of time within the change room to take off equipment, and then will exit the facility as a team/group;
8) Players, coaches, and volunteers are asked to remain within their designated dressing room or changing area until their designated permit start time (No waiting in the hallway or runway up to the ice surface);
9) Upon leaving the facility the Town of Georgina rink employees will be responsible to sanitize the area and all touch points used by the last group so that the next group coming into the facility can use that space.
10) The GMHA will provide updates to parents if and when restrictions are eased to allow parents into the facility. When that time comes, families should be prepared to minimize the number of parents/guardians/spectators that attend in order to limit the number of people in the facility.
11) These rules will be strictly enforced, any member that cannot follow the safety rules will be removed from the program with no refund.
12) The Georgina Minor Hockey Association would like to remind their members that by using the indoor recreation facilities, each member voluntarily assumes all risks, including any risk of injury, loss, damage and possible exposure to a communicable disease such as COVID-19.
Protocol for Parents of players under 10 years of age:
The Town of Georgina has just advised us that we will be allowing one parent/caregiver into the ice palace in certain situations. With that being said all players 10 years of age and younger will be allowed one (1) parent or guardian into the facility to watch as a parent/caregiver during their child’s scheduled ice time.
There will be certain Policies and procedures that will need to be adhered to which are as follows
1) Parents or Guardians will need to wear a mask at all time’s while in the facility
2) Parents or Guardians will need to complete the Covid-19 Health questionnaire every time they enter the facility which is the same form that you need to complete for your child to participate in their hockey program.
3) Parents or Guardians will only be permitted in the designated viewing area. Parents or Guardians will not be permitted in the hallways, dressing rooms, or be allowed to congregate in the lobby.
4) Parents or Guardians who are volunteering on the ice will not be permitted a second parent/caregiver due to the number of people allowed in the facility, and to allow every child to have one (1) parent/caregiver present.
5) The single allotted Parent or Guardian will be permitted 40 minutes to watch their child during their 50 minute time slot. Parents or Guardians will be asked to leave 10 minutes prior to their child getting off the ice. The next group may be brought into the facility after their child has already gone into the arena with their coach or coaches. This is to facilitate the Province of Ontario’s ruling that only 50 people may be in a space at any time, and in order to meet this requirement the 40 minutes of viewing time may be reduced to be compliant.
With these new guidelines put in place we will extend registration until Sunday September 13th, 2020. Please be advised that we will now need to cap divisions in order to allow spectators into the facility, so please register ASAP in order to avoid disappointment. The link for registration can be found on the Georgina Minor Hockey Association website.
For age groups U12 and above we are working diligently with the Town of Georgina toward the lifting this restriction , please be patient as this is a step in the right direction
Players who participated in the rep program last year will be grouped together by age, for example: 2019/2020 U12 A team and 2019/2020 U12 AE team will be grouped together in one bubble and between the two teams they will be split into four (4) teams for 3 on 3 or 4 on 4 game play. Due to the atom Pathway Program the U10 and U11 Rep programs will be combined and those three (3) teams will be split to form six (6) teams.
For practices all REP players will return to the team they were rostered to for the 2019/2020 season for their one (1) hour weekly practice with the new coach selected for the 2020/2021 season. They will not practice with their bubble or game play teams. For example the 2019/2020 U12 A team players which were coached by Eric CLARKE last season and are now being coached by Jason SPENCER this year, will return together once a week together for a practice. THIS FORMAT WILL BE FOR ALL REP TEAMS U10 to U15 ONLY. This practice is for rostered players only, NO AP’s as they will be in some instances in a separate bubble.
New players to the association who did not play with Georgina (NRP’s AA, AAA players or players who are new and have moved into the area) will practice with the closest equivalent of where they played during the 2019/2020 season. AAA and AA players will practice with the respective A team. New players moving into the area who played A for another association will practice with the A team, and new AE and MD players will practice with the respective AE or MD team.
House League Division
Those players who participated in the house league divisions last season will be placed in the house league division this season and will be grouped together based on their age division, for example, U14/U15 (Bantam) HL, U10/U11 (Atom) HL. Players in their respective house league divisions will be split into four (4) teams for 3 on 3 or 4 on 4 game play. These bubble teams will also stay together for the season for their practices as well. There will be two (2) bubble teams on the ice together for a one (1) hour practice.
House league coaching applications are open and available on the GMHA website. Please forward any inquiries in regards to House League coaching to Marcus Attridge VP of House League at [email protected].
Hockey Canada novice and below Pathway Program will continued to be followed for this age group. Upon completion of the development phase all players will be grouped together to form four (4) teams for game play. The games will consist of cross ice (half ice) hockey play until January 15th, 2021 where we look to transition this age group into full ice play. Each player will receive one (1) game and (1) practice per week. Those players who participated on 2019/2020 U8 team will return to their team for a 1 hour practice with the newly selected coach for the 2020/2021 season. The remainder of the U9 players will be grouped together for their 1 hour practice session led by the respective house league coaches. Players may move between groups based on the registration numbers and subject to GMHA board approval.
The Hockey Canada novice and below Pathway Program will continued to be followed for this age group. Upon completion of the development phase all players will be grouped together to form four (4) teams for game play. The games will consist of cross ice hockey only. Each player will receive 1 game and 1 practice per week. Players in the U8 division will be split into two groups for practice, Advanced and Beginner. Children may move between groups based on the registration numbers and subject to GMHA board approval.
The GMHA will continue to run the IP division for this upcoming season based on the guidelines put forth by Hockey Canada in the IP pathway program but with some limitations. IP Senior program will consist of players born in 2014. The IP Junior program will consist of players born in 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately due to limitations placed on the number of children we can have on the ice at one time and ice time availability, we are un-able to accept any players born in 2017.
Due to physical distancing guidelines children participating in the IP program must also be able to get up from the ice un-assisted and be able to skate the width of the ice with limited difficulty.
Players within the IP program will have two development sessions per week and amongst those development sessions will be game days where the children will participate in modified ice games in either a 3 on 3 or 4 on 4 format.
It is imperative that parents with children in this age group understand that some physical contact may be necessary during the program between coaches and players to help players with equipment etc. The GMHA and its volunteers will do everything we can to operate this program as safely as we can to ensure both physical distancing and
player safety. We are dedicated to try and provide the best hockey program we can, given these challenging circumstances.
This year the IP program will be run by our IP Co-ordinator Todd BEVAND and parent volunteers following the Hockey Canada Model for the IP program. Further volunteers are required for this program to be run successfully, so if you would like to volunteer for this program please contact Todd Bevand at [email protected].
Non Resident Players (NRP’s)
Any player that belongs to the GMHA, that played for another association (i.e. Newmarket AA, Aurora AA, Richmond Hill AA etc) during the 2019/2020 season as an NRP, has the option of returning to play with that association where they played as an NRP for the 2019/2020 season or can return home to Georgina. The one stipulation with this rule is that if the centre that you are trying to return to as an NRP does not want to accept NRP’s then you MUST return to Georgina in order to play hockey. THERE WILL BE NO NEW NRP CARDS HANDED OUT TO ANYONE AT THIS TIME.
Any player that belongs to the GMHA that played AAA last season for any AAA team has the following options:
Returning to play with the AAA team that they were rostered with during the 2019/2020 season, returning to their home AAA zone which is York Simcoe Express, or returning home to Georgina. Any player on a AAA minor release who chooses not to return to their AAA team where they were rostered for the 2019/2020 season and chooses to go to their home centre will not lose their last year of eligibility. THERE WILL BE NO PERMISSION TO SKATE FORMS HANDED OUT AT THIS TIME. YOU MUST HAVE PLAYED AAA DURING THE 2019/2020 SEASON IN ORDER TO PLAY AAA THIS SEASON.
***If you have registered for the GMHA and have secured a spot with your previous team as an NRP or are returning to AAA, please advise us immediately so we can remove you from the registration list. *****
Players are not permitted to move to other associations unless you have physically moved (change of residence to outside of Georgina) and then you would no longer belong to the GMHA. Players can also 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. Also if you were on loan to another association for local league or house league purposes, you must return to the GMHA for the 2020/2021 season.
Non Sanctioned Hockey
According to the OHF Unsanctioned League Policy, after September 30th, the player would have to choose between programs. If the player opts to continue to participate in the unsanctioned league then the player would need to appeal if they wish to come back to OHF programming after October 1.
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