Hello LMHA Families,
Happy Friday! We hope that this email finds you in good health and enjoying our beautiful weather. The purpose of this communication is to provide you with the most recent updates regarding Return-To-Play (RTP) and the start of the 2020/21 season. Please read through this entire email so you are well informed and do not miss anything important.
Yesterday we circulated the link to the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA) Return-to-Play Plan. If you have not had the opportunity to read this, please visit the home page of our website: www.langleyminorhockey.ca #WeAreBackTogether
LMHA is nearing the final stages of planning and releasing our adapted process for season start-up. This process is guided by our governing bodies and the Provincial Health Authority with the health and safety of our members being of the utmost of importance. The adapted process will ensure fairness throughout the evaluation process and will be considered a “live” document in order to comply with the most current return-to-play protocol as they adjust. All of our plans and timelines are in-line with the current recommendations.
MORE VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED
As we are working behind the scenes to outline our process, it has become even more apparent that we will require a much larger number of volunteers to safely implement our plans and keep our players safe. Currently we have two board members who are covering two separate roles each. We appreciate that not all members have the time and/or are comfortable with volunteering in a larger capacity (especially given our current situation) however with that said, we do have multiple volunteer roles which need to be filled and/or supported in order for the season to start. Some volunteer roles can be completed from your home and some are in support of other roles and therefore less time consuming. We require the following volunteer positions/roles to be filled:
- Committee Member or Support Role
- Division Manager
- Equipment Manager
- HCSP (Hockey Canada Safety People)
- Various smaller project roles
- Volunteer Coordinator
How can you help? All interested members can complete the Expression of Interest Form found in the following link: Click HERE to express you interest to volunteer.
All of these roles will count towards volunteer bond hours!
HCSP AND REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS FOR TEAM OFFICIALS
The role of the Hockey Canada Safety Person (HCSP) will now take on an even greater importance. We will be required to have a minimum of two (2) HCSP at every ice time throughout the initial stages of our return-to-play and throughout the season. If you already have your HCSP and/or are unsure if this course or the other required courses have expired, please click HERE to submit your request. LMHA will do our best to respond within 48 hours. If you are willing to become an HCSP, now would be a great time to complete the required courses to be prepared for the start of the season. Here are the requirements:
- Criminal Record Check (CRC): Criminal Record Checks must be completed every 3 years with July 31st of the third year being the expiry date. All coaches, managers, team officials and volunteers are required to complete a CRC. We encourage all volunteers who are considering being a team official to please ensure they complete this process prior to the start of the season. LMHA will not roster an official who does not have a valid CRC, RIS and CATT. The Criminal Records Review Program has made numerous changes to the process in order to enforce a streamlined submission procedure for all organizations. Fortunately, applicants can now once again complete this process online. Please see details below:
ONLINE LINK: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/ ACCESS CODE: 8PPB7KPFJM
- Respect in Sport (RIS). This is required every five years. It is an online course that LMHA will reimburse you for provided complete the course and you are rostered to a team. To register for RIS, visit here.
- Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT). Currently, there is no expiry date on this course. It is available online and is free. To register for CATT, visit here.
- Hockey Canada Safety Person requires the HCSP Course offered through BC Hockey.
- Coaches and Assistant Coaches require the proper certifications as per BC Hockey.
- On-Ice Volunteers require only CRC, RIS & CATT, however, are only allowed on the ice to help with practices. No coaching duties or bench time. On-Ice Helpers (BC Hockey)
DATES AND IMPORTANT DETAILS
Our RTP will follow the outlines and direction provided by PCAHA and viaSport. Currently, we are in Phase 2 of our Return-to-Play process. This means that the focus is development only and game play is not yet permitted. For this reason, the first 6 weeks of our plan will involve a development-based structure for all players. Jordan Emmerson will oversee this process, to be delivered in conjunction with our appointed A1 Coaches, Independent Developers (Rep Players), and by approved LMHA Coaches (House Players). This will be part of the evaluation process. LMHA will post the adjusted process documents on our website in the week of August 24th, 2020 so stay tuned! At this time, we kindly request that you refrain from asking specific questions until the documentation is made available to everyone.
Please see below for the most up-to-date return-to-play dates and process:
- U11/U13/U15/U18 Rep – Goalie Skills on Saturday, September 12th
- U11/U13/U15 Rep – Combine for Skaters on Sunday, September 13th
- U18 Rep Development Groups beginning skating the week of September 14th, 2020. This division will not participate in the Combine. *Remember, if skating in MML and/or Junior camps, please keep your Division Manager up-to-date on your progress and schedule(s).
- All ‘C’ Hockey’, with the exception of U18 and U21, will begin the week of September 14th, 2020. U18 and U21 will have a slightly later start date (TBD).
- Rep players will have 2-3 ice times per week throughout the 6 weeks of development. House players will have 1-2 ice times per week throughout the 6 weeks of development depending on their division.
- ALL dates are subject-to-change and our process will be adjusted as needed to comply with RTP protocol.
Thank you for taking the time to read through all of this information. We are excited to get everyone back on the ice and appreciate your understanding and patience with respect to the current environment that we are living in and adapting to. The safety of our members must remain our highest priority. Have an amazing weekend! LMHA