Return to Hockey Information
Updated Sept 4, 2020 - Aligns wording to align with HA Return to Play model (Italics)
Updated Aug 13, 2020 - Initial
TMH return to hockey plan is subject to change based on updates from AHS guidelines, Alberta Hockey guidelines, and updates from rules and regulations from the Town of Taber.
Parents and Players, TMH is excited to update our return to hockey plan. Following Hockey Alberta's guidelines there will likely be 3 portions to the season.1. Prep skates start September 21 (3 weeks after school starts). TMH will be utilizing the cohort system as laid out by Hockey Alberta for the Prep skates and fro any required tryouts.2. Development Season portion: Teams will be made and the time will be used to practice regularly until the next phase.3. Modified Competition Season begins (It is anticipated the Modified Competition Season will not commence before Friday, October 30, 2020 and could be delayed until later in the 2020-21 season.) We will be developing small regional cohorts for all TMH age groups to have some League Series (likely 2-3 teams within the 50 person cohorts formed) or Pod/Mini League Games (3-5 teams If the government increases the 50 cohort number) .Still no tournaments will occur or be planned during Alberta Relaunch Stage 2. This may be revisited upon the announcement of Phase 3.
Alberta Hockey Return to Hockey Guidelines state:
Parents and Players play a key role in the return to hockey. Their responsibilities include:
- Stay home if experiencing symptoms
- Become educated on the safety protocols and procedures prior to attending session and adhere to them while attending
- Ensure each player has his/her own water bottle which is sanitized prior to each session, and his/her own sanitizer for use while on the ice.
- Ensure equipment is dried, cleaned, or sanitized following each session
- Arrange for appropriate transportation to and from the session.
- Refrain from cheering and yelling as it presents a high risk of spreading droplets
- Do not spit, blow nose freely or release any bodily fluids anywhere in the facility due to an extreme risk of virus transfer
As per the Alberta Guidance for Sports, Physical activity and Recreation for Stage 2, TMH does have information that will need to be followed for the upcoming season, well the province is still in phase 2 of relaunch. This information is subject to change based on the province relaunch and changes that may be incorporated with that.
In stage 2, 50 persons mini-leagues cane be formed. Athletes should not belong to multiple sport cohorts; they should select one sport cohort for the duration of stage 2. If an individual wishes to move to a new sport cohort, he/she is to complete a 14-day non-participating period prior to joining the new cohort.
No more than 50 people can be on the ice/boxes at the same time. This includes referees and coaches but does not include spectators.
If a child is to participate in another activity that can utilize physical distancing, this would not be considered a cohort, and the participant would still be able to be a part of the TMH cohort.
If a member of your cohort were to test positive for Covid-19, it could impact the whole cohorts ability to participate.
If you are running the clock, or score sheet you are not part of the cohort, and social distancing is not possible, therefore as per AHS guidelines masks are required.
Participants should proactively and regularly monitor for symptoms. Symptomatic individuals are prohibited from participating.
Participants, coaches, instructors, officials or volunteers who become symptomatic during an activity are required to isolate from others immediately. A Health Check screening will be on Team Snap which will need to be filled out the day of practice or games. If this is not completed or if the answer is yes to any of the screening questions, the player will be unable to participate.
Arrival at the Arena:
Participants should not arrive no more than fifteen (15) minutes prior to scheduled ice time. Coaches and Participants should leave the facility as soon as possible after completion of skating activities.
Locker Room and Change Room:
Although we do have access to dressing rooms, it is requested that participants come as dressed as possible considering their age group. As well as undress at home. Washing and or Sanitizing hands upon entering or exiting the change rooms is necessary.
Younger (U9 and below) children are expected to be fully dressed, except for their skates, prior to coming to the arena. Only one adult is allowed in the dressing rooms to assist with skates. No siblings will be allowed access to dressing rooms for any reasons.
If is recommended that participants do not use shower facilities and be mindful of limiting skin contact in the dressing rooms.
All garbage must be collected and disposed of in the trash bin in the dressing room after use.
Coaches and participants shall limit all physical contact (i.e there shall be no handshakes or high fives).
Coaches and participants must use individual water bottles- sharing of any drink or food items is prohibited.
On-Ice equipment such as nets should only be moved by coaches or Ref's.
Spectators must adhere to the principle of physical distancing and social distancing. As per AHS guidelines the Taber Arena will allow up to 100 spectators on the large ice. Therefore, it is requested that spectators do not congregate in the lobby, instead remained socially distant in the rink, or in there own vehicles.
Although at this time it is not a requirement, it is strongly recommended that masks be worn by spectators and/or participants. Especially when socially distancing is not possible (such as watching on the small ice).
Cheering and yelling is strongly discouraged as it presents a high risk of spreading droplets.
Sanitation, Cleaning and Disinfecting:
Hand sanitizer stations will be located at the entrances/exits of the arena.
Hand sanitizers will be located in each dressing room.
Every dressing room will be completely sanitized between each use.
If a member of the operating staff was to test positive for Covid-19, it could impact the facilities ability to continue with activity.
Registration Refund/Withdraw Policy states-
Refund will only be considered when a written request is submitted to TMH board.
Pro-rated refunds for time missed in the hockey season due to season ending injuries will be given to players whose injury prevents them from playing or practicing for more than 2 months of regular season.
Refunds due to lack of interest in the sport will not be given after November 15.
When a refund is granted before August 31, your full fee will be refunded minus the non-refundable late fee if applicable. After August 31, there will be a $50.00 player insurance fee as well as a $30.00 administration fee deducted before the refund if pro-rated based on the amount of time remaining in the season.
When regulations on the number of people gathering, physical distancing and travel are lifted, regularly scheduled 5 on 5 hockey operated by leagues will be eligible to return.