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**Return to play information**
Submitted By Corby Saltzman on Friday, July 31, 2020
Hello all

I would like to start by letting you know that this document, which can be found under the downloads and forms titled " Return to play 2020-2021" can and WILL change prior to the start of our season which is set to begin on

September 21st 2020.

These changes will coincide with the Municipal, Provincial and Federal rules and regulations surrounding COVID-19. Changes can and will happen based on information provided by OMHA, OHF and Hockey Canada. This information document will become policy prior to the start of our hockey season 



We have been working during these unprecedented times to come up with a “Return to Play Information” for our membership. We are preparing for a return to hockey this fall as we take guidance from the Ontario Government, York Region Public Health, Provincial Health Authorities, Hockey Canada, Ontario Hockey Federation and Ontario Minor Hockey. We hope that this will provide answers to many of the questions that we have been receiving with regards to programming for the upcoming season. All players and their families must adhere to the new guidelines shown below which will be updated as the COVID situation evolves. There will be zero tolerance for those not abiding by these new regulations and will result in suspension from the league. We appreciate all our families respecting and following these new rules and guideline as we return to play.

 

Please note that our Return to Play Information is subject to change at any time as the COVID situation changes.

 

Registration

 

Registration is available online through Hockey Canada (the link to registration can be found on our website at www.auroraminorhockey.com). Registration fees will be $650 for Aurora residents. Should hockey be suspended/cancelled due to COVID-19 at any given time, a pro-rated refund will be issued.

 

Registration will close on August 24, 2020. Late registrations will NOT be accepted (exceptions will be made for new players that have not played with us in previous years).

 

No payment will be required until September 1. When registering, please choose the “cheque option”. We will be in contact after September 1 to arrange payment.

 

Program Dates and Details

 

Hockey will resume the week of September 21, 2020 and will run for 25 weeks. Teams will have two – one hour ice times per week. Days of the week will vary and will include weekends and weekday ice times.

 

Format will be 3 on 3 hockey for all players (9 skaters 1 designated goalie per team) and the focus will be FUN. Depending on registration numbers, rep players from last season will be grouped together and players from last year’s house league program will be grouped together. Depending on registration numbers, the major and minor age groups may also be combined. If registration numbers are low, we may have to combine our rep and house league players on to the same teams.

There will be NO INTENTIONAL BODY CHECKING allowed.  Spitting will not be tolerated.

 

No special requests for players or coaches will be honoured this season.

 

Staying Healthy

 

Everyone entering the rink will be required to complete an online wellness check (this is including all players, parents, volunteers, coaches and officials). This will be through an online app that will need to be completed two hours before arrival at the rink. The coach/trainer will receive notification that the wellness check has been completed and will do a short follow up screening at the rink. Details will be provided closer to the start date of September 21.

 

Due to restrictions of number of people allowed in the rinks (currently at 50 maximum), only players and ONEparent/guardian will be allowed in the rink. No siblings or additional family will be allowed at the rink. It will be just the player and one parent only, no exceptions.

 

All players must come to the rink dressed in their hockey equipment except for skates. Change rooms will be open to put on skates. Goalies must come fully dressed WITH skates. Players must bring their own FILLED water bottle (with player’s name clearly marked on the bottle) from home. No filling stations or snack bar/vending machines will be operational.

 

Players and one parent/guardian must arrive at the rink NO MORE than 15 minutes prior to their game/practice and must leave the rink NO MORE than 15 minutes after their game/practice. This will allow time for proper cleaning and disinfecting from previous teams.

 

Face masks (covering nose and mouth) must be worn by EVERYONE entering the rink including the players. If wearing a face shield, there must also be a face mask worn underneath. Once the player’s helmet is on the face mask can be removed and must be placed in a Ziploc bag with their name noted on the bag. Coaches must wear their face mask on the ice.

 

Entry will not be allowed into the rinks without a face mask…no exceptions. Face masks are MANDATORY. Hand sanitizer stations will be located at the rink and must also be used by each person upon entry to the rink.

 

Social distancing in the common areas and seating areas of the rink MUST be adhered to.

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