October 3-4 is PECMHA's Return to Hockey Date, News (Prince Edward County Minor Hockey Association)

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October 3-4 is PECMHA's Return to Hockey Date
Submitted By Pres on Monday, September 28, 2020
The PECMHA Hockey Executive is excited to announce that the beginning of the 2020/21 hockey season will be this Saturday Oct 3rd and Sunday Oct 4th, 2020. Please keep an eye on the website and social media posts over the next few days for details.

For planning purposes if anyone that has yet to register please do so prior to Wed, Sept 30th. After that date we cannot guarantee a spot on a team.

Please read this entire article as it contains important information surrounding the fall season.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Hockey Canada/Ontario Hockey Federation/Ontario Minor Hockey Association our local facility and health unit, and PECMHAs desire to create an environment for our players, families and volunteers that will promote a safe and healthy return to the sport of hockey a number of things have changed for this season. 

Please Note:

In order to make up fair and fun teams we have divided players into tiers. Tiers were based on last season's play and should have been indicated at registration. The OHF has not allowed tryouts to happen this fall. Tier 1 is made up from players that played Rep Hockey last season. Tier 2 is made up from players that played Local League last season. 

Based on registration numbers all efforts will be made to create teams of 9 players plus a goalie. Divisions will be created to form bubbles of not more than 50 players.

For now we will be playing 4 on 4 or 3 on 3 hockey within the association. No travel outside of PEC will be done at this time. Traditionally PECMHA has participated in the ICHL Local League and the EOMHL Rep League. Those leagues are not active this season.

No tournaments will be permitted as of right now.

Players will be allowed to enter the Wellington arena facility 15 minutes prior to stepping on the ice. It is encouraged that players who cannot get ready in that short of a time span come partially or fully dressed or partially dress in the parking lot prior to entry. 

For Saturday October 3rd and Sunday the 4th we ask all players and their parent/guardian arrive 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled activity. We will have a socially distanced parent meeting in the parking lot of the arena to layout the expectations over the next few weeks 

Players and parents/guardians are required to wear a mask at all times when inside of the facility. It is only when a player puts on their helmet that they are allowed to remove their mask.

The Trainer from each team will be doing health screenings and contact logging at the door of both Players and attendees. We encourage families to pre screen their players before making the trip to the rink. If a player or parent/guardian does not pass the health screening they will not be able to participate or enter the facility.

Hand Sanitizer will be provided at the door.

At this time our facility is only allowing 50 people total in the Wellington Arena (excluding arena staff). This will allow for only 1 Parent/Guardian to be in the facility per player.

Players and their parent/guardian must exit the facility no later than 15 minutes after their activity. Benches, nets, touch points and dressing rooms will be sanitized by the facility maintenance crew between use.

Water bottles must come from home and be labelled with the player's name. Sharing of bottles will not be permitted. Please also fill bottles with water from home. Limited use of the bottle fill stations will be allowed however drinking fountains will not be available.

Showers will not be available at this time.

Please be patient as we work through these new protocols together. Our Goal as your executive is to provide a safe activity for our players to participate in during these different times. We know things will not be the same for a while and protocols may change from day to day. The Executive, Coaches, Trainers and Managers will be doing their best to create a fun, safe and enjoyable experience for everyone but we need your help to ensure all the rules are followed.  

Sincerely,
Steve Payne
PECMHA President
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