REMINDER – Phase 2 Protocol – PHO Extended until February 5, 2021

Hello LMHA Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back to hockey! We hope you had a great holiday season. Since it has been a couple of weeks since many of our players have been on the ice, we wanted to send out a reminder of the current Phase Two (2) protocol for minor hockey. Please take the time to review the key points found in the link below with your player:

Click HERE to review Phase Two (2) protocol for Minor Hockey based on the current Public Health Order.

Please note that the above link excludes players over the age of eighteen from participating however this has been further clarified by viaSport. For more information on this clarification and others, please click HERE.

In addition to the above, we would like to remind you that each arena may have restrictions specific to their facility and that as you are aware, these restrictions can vary based on the Division.

Hockey skills and development will proceed under the Phase Two (2) protocols as outlined by viaSport. This is the no contact, physically distanced phase that was implemented at the start of the season, during September and early October 2020.

To re-cap, please carefully review…

  • LMHA Health Checks must be completed prior to arrival at the rink.
  • If not feeling well or are showing any symptoms, please stay home! Please refer to the Return-to-Play protocol on the RTP Resource Page.
  • Masks will be worn at all times other than when a player is in their helmet.
  • Arrive no more than fifteen (15) minutes prior to your scheduled ice time. Facility dressing room protocols will be followed.
  • At the conclusion any ice time, players will have ten (10) minutes to vacate the arena to allow the arena staff to clean the space thoroughly and minimize congestion in and out of the arenas.
  • Players will enter the building fully dressed as often as possible.
  • No spectators are permitted.
  • Helmets and gloves will be worn at all time, with chin straps attached, when on the ice and going to and from the dressing room.
  • Every athlete must have their own filled water bottle prior to arriving (absolutely no sharing).
  • Spitting is strictly prohibited.
  • As per the PHO, players and parents will not be permitted to congregate before, during or after their session(s) and must leave the facility immediately.
  • All skill development training plans and on-ice sessions will be designed to keep players as distanced as possible, as to not come into contact with other players or coaches.
  • Three (3) meters physical distancingis to be strictly enforced at all times, including on the bench, in the dressing rooms and on the ice.
  • There will be no contact drills or checking drills and 1v1, 2v1 etc. activities will be modified.
  • Contact is NOT permitted as per the viaSport and Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines for Phase Two (2).
  • There will be no small area or full-sized games permitted at this time.
  • Coaches are to follow all Hockey Canada and BC Hockey regulations regarding equipment.
  • There will be no group gatherings on the ice at any time, without proper physical distancing. This includes during the instruction of drills. Physical distancing of approximately the length of one adult stick is always in effect.
  • Shooting, passing, and skating drills are permitted. No battle or compete drills will be allowed.
  • The Coaches have been educated regarding illness prevention measures and COVID-19 protocols. Practice plans, drills and support are being made available to our coaches through Jordan Emmerson, Director of Coach and Player Development.

The safety of our players is of utmost importance. As such, LMHA will maintain a zero-tolerance policy with respect to all of the protocols related to LMHA and COVID-19. The current order is set to expire on January 8, 2021. As soon has our Association is advised of how to proceed beyond this date, we will let our membership know.

Thank you!

LMHA

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