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Expectations of HJB Participants for a Safe and Smooth Implementation for HJB’s 2020-21 Return to Play Program
Submitted By Dianne Skirving on Monday, September 7, 2020
Welcome to all HJB Players and their Families, HJB Coaching Staff and HJB Development Staff to the HJB’s 2020-21 RTP Hockey Program.  You will have received communication from your Head Coach about which session you will be participating during this week’s (September 8, 2020 to September 13, 2020) sessions.  Each HJB Team’s schedule is listed on their Team Webpage.  

Along with getting your player ready to attend their ice session there are many protocols that you are required to follow due to the rules and regulations presently in place with the Hamilton PHU and the Province of Ontario.   At this time, the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs are not permitting parents/guardians admittance to the arena facilities (Mohawk 4-Ice Centre or Gateway Ice Centre) for the first few weeks.  This might remain longer or maybe revisited depending on how the implementation of the Covid-19 is adopted and practiced.

 

Please find below what you are expected to follow and adhere to at each of the arena facilities (Mohawk 4-Ice Centre or Gateway Ice Centre) for your player’s participation in an HJB Ice Session:

 

COVID-19 CONTROLS AND RULES ISSUED BY MOHAWK 4 ICE

  • Masks/ Face Coverings will be required to enter and exit the Mohawk 4 Pad Facility.
  • Dressing rooms are not available  - Participants must come dressed and arrive 15 minutes before ice session (must be screened/contact traced by the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs in the marked area at the front doors 15 minutes prior to your ice session) and must leave dressed 15 minutes after ice session.
  • Showers will not be available.
  • All time slots will be 1 hour in duration.
  • There will be No Spitting or Spitting Water, all players must bring their own labeled water bottle.
  • 30-minute Buffer Time will be scheduled between rentals (Currently City of Hamilton Bylaw for Ice Rentals).
  • Limited participants (up to 25 participants per session) – (Currently City of Hamilton Bylaw for Ice Rentals).
  • No gathering in the parking lot.

·         Make sure your groups are screened and ready in the marked area at the front doors 15 minutes              prior to your ice time.

·         Extra nets and divider pads will not be available to begin the season.

·         Late access may not be granted as they will not have been screened.

·         Washrooms are available.

·         There are no in and out privileges

 

 

COVID-19 CONTROLS AND RULES ISSUED BY GATEWAY ICE CENTRE

MASKS TO BE WORN UPON ENTRANCE TO GATEWAY

Gateway Employees with the Team Trainer/Manager screen and control any entry and exit to and from the facility

NUMBERS on the ICE

Gateway will allow a max. of 25 on the ice

With a group of a max. of 25 people on the ice and a group of 25 people maximum entering the Ice Pad to start their ice slot after the flood will meet the 50 people for a gathering (Players + Coaches)

MANAGER/TRAINER may enter 20 minutes before ice slot to allow for set up in Front Lobby to allow for Player Check In.

Players MUST Enter Arena dressed 15 min. before ice slot and can put their skates on in the Dressing Room

NOTE: Leave within 10 min after ice session.  No showers available and all equipment must removed from Dressing Room

NO PARENTS or SPECTATORS ALLOWED AT THIS TIME (This is being looked into)

ENTRANCE (15 minutes before schedule Time Slot)

For Younger Players who do not tie their own skates need to arrive with theirs Skates tied - Skate Guards are recommended. 

Players who tie their own skates may entered dressed and tie their skates in the dressing room.

No Parents will be allowed past the Main Entrance at this time

Gateway Reception and/or Team Trainer/Manager will control entry and direct players to the proper Rink Entrance and Dressing Room.  NOTE: Team Trainer/Managers have Check in Procedures and Documents that they need to follow as directed by their Governing Body and PHU

Players would enter through the main entrance (Sliding Doors) and follow direction of the people at the front desk and be approved for entrance.

DRESSING ROOMS

Each Ice Session will have 2 Rooms allotted to their group meaning 10-12 per dressing room.  Seats will be marked with an X.  Once Player enters Dressing Room they do not leave the Dressing Room until notified by the Trainer/Manager that the ice is ready for the Team to enter the Ice Surface. 

Coaches will have Chairs set up in Front of the Dressing Rooms 6 feet apart to allow them to tie their skates

ENTERING ICE

TEAM TRAINER/Manager will control when the Players are allowed on the ice.  Players will remain in the Dressing Room until Trainer/Manager opens the door and notifies the Players that the Flood has been completed and the Zamboni Doors have been closed.

At that time the Group would enter the ice by leaving their dressing room observing socially distancing 6 feet apart.

Face Masks stay on until Trainer/Manager informs Players that the ice is ready for them.  Players/Coaches will remove Face Masks and place in Plastic Bag and leave on their seat in the Dressing Room or if a Coach on the their chair then put their Helmet on and then leave the Dressing Room and enter the ice.

WATER BOTTLES

Players must have their own Water Bottle with their number of it. 

Players Water Bottles to be filled by player before entry to the arena.

Water Bottles are to be placed on Board Ledge of one of the Team Benches spaced 6 feet apart. 

AFTER PRACTICE

Players will leave ice observing socially distancing 6 feet apart and return directly to their Dressing Rooms.  Immediately upon return the Players will remove their Helmets and then remove their Face Masks from their Plastic Bag and place their Mask on their face.  They will then remove their skates and collect their belongings then disinfect their hands with their own Hand Sanitizer and leave the Arena through the designated Exit Door through the Main Lobby.

Teams have a maximum of 10 minutes to leave the Arena after exit from ice.

NOTE: The Trainer/Manager for the Team coming off the ice and going on the ice will control the flow of traffic from their dressing rooms.  Example: If the ice is ready the Trainer/Managers for each Group will make sure that there is no crossover of Players leaving the arena after their ice session or going on the ice by controlling the exits from the dressing rooms.  If a Player is leaving the Arena and walking from their dressing room the Trainer/Manager of the team going on the ice would hold her group from exiting their dressing room until the Player leaving had cleared their area.

4 ON 4 OR 3 ON 3 GAMES

Visiting Manager would work with the SCGHA Manager who would supply the Visiting Team with the Check-In Procedures and Arena Procedures (as above).   VT Manager would check in their Players only as they normally would for a Practice.

IF SPECTATORS ARE ALLOWED (Not at Present Time) (A Full Separate Parent Entry Procedure will follow if Parents allowed in the Arena)

SCGHA Manager would provide Parent/Guardian Check-In Sheet to the Visiting Team Manager before the Game Date so the VT would provide the Check-In Sheet with their Team Players Names and the VT Manager would have the Parent Sign In. 

VT Manager would leave a copy of both the Players Check-In Sheet and Parent Check In Sheet with the SCGHA Manager to allow for tracing if required.

VT Manager would provide the Parents of the Gateway Procedure before the Game Date.

DISINFECTING DRESSING ROOMS and High Touch Areas

Gateway will have a designated Employee who is responsible for spraying and disinfecting each Dressing Room after a Team Leaves after their ice session.  Any High Touch areas like Door Handles, Door Knobs, Push Bars will disinfected on regular Bases.  With the extra Employee specific duties of disinfecting Dressing Rooms and High Touch Areas we feel that the Arena will be safe as Gateway will have enough time between floods and having 6 Dressing Rooms in each Ice Pad to allow for timely cleaning.

Teams leaving their Dressing Room after their ice session are expected to not leave any debris in the dressing room any debris is expected to be placed in the supplied garbage receptacles.  If a team does leave a mess for the Arena Attendant who would have to clean the debris before starting to disinfect the room it will be reported to the Gateway Management.  Gateway Management will report to the Association of what Team was involved and any further occurrences the Team could be banned from use of the Gateway facility.

ONTARIO HOCKEY FEDERATION

  Return to Play Plan and Protocols

PRIOR TO INITIATING A  RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN HAVE YOU READ:

Hockey Canada Return to Hockey Safety Guidelines

 

Hockey Canada RTH Safety Guidelines FAQ

 

OHF Return to Hockey Framework

 

Ontario Emergency Order

 

A Framework for Reopening our Province

 

Ontario Law and Safety

 

 

ONCE YOU HAVE READ THESE DOCUMENTS YOU ARE PREPARED TO DRAFT YOUR RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN. YOUR RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN SHOULD INCLUDE:

Assign someone to monitor updates

 

Meet with your facility (Mohawk 4-Ice & Gateway Ice Centre)

 

Team staff clarifies responsibilities specific to practices

 

Arrival at facility organized to meet guidelines

Attached Document A – Mohawk 4-Ice Protocol, Attached Document B – Gateway Ice Centre - Protocol

Hygiene requirements

Attached Document A – Mohawk 4-Ice Protocol, Attached Document B – Gateway Ice Centre - Protocol

Physical distancing in the facility

Attached Document A – Mohawk 4-Ice Protocol, Attached Document B – Gateway Ice Centre - Protocol

Guidelines around dressing rooms and showers

Attached Document A – Mohawk 4-Ice Protocol, Attached Document B – Gateway Ice Centre - Protocol

Physical distancing during on-ice sessions

Attached Document A – Mohawk 4-Ice Protocol, Attached Document B – Gateway Ice Centre - Protocol

Requirements for parents/guardians at the facility

Attached Document A – Mohawk 4-Ice Protocol, Attached Document B – Gateway Ice Centre - Protocol

Departure from facility organized to meet guidelines

Attached Document A – Mohawk 4-Ice Protocol, Attached Document B – Gateway Ice Centre - Protocol

Procedure if participant is sick

Attached Document A – Mohawk 4-Ice Protocol, Attached Document B – Gateway Ice Centre - Protocol

 

YOUR PLAN SHOULD ACCOUNT FOR DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION WITH PARENTS WHICH SHOULD INCLUDE:

Overview of what to expect

 

Safety steps put in place

 

Their role in creating a safe and healthy environment

 

 

LASTLY, YOUR PLAN SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS FOR ALL ON- ICE ACTIVITIES (PRACTICES OR GAMES):

OHF Health Screening Questionnaire

 

OHF Contact Tracing

 

 

This is a lot of information to take in….however, we will do our best to keep you up to date on any revised or new protocols put in place due to Covid-19.

 

Wishing everyone a safe, enjoyable 2020-21 hockey season.

 

Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Board of Directors

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