MMHA RETURN TO PLAY UPDATE #2, News (Midland Minor Hockey Association)

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MMHA RETURN TO PLAY UPDATE #2
Submitted By cbaker on Thursday, September 3, 2020
Midland Minor Hockey Families, I am sending this as our second update for our Return to Play for this season.  I want to thank you all for your patience as we go through this together. Please remember that things could change as we go and none of this is set in stone but this gives you an outline of what we are hoping to expect for the most part this season.  

Midland Minor Hockey Families,

I am sending this as our second update for our Return to Play for this season.  I want to thank you all for your patience as we go through this together. Please remember that things could change as we go and none of this is set in stone but this gives you an outline of what we are hoping to expect for the most part this season.

 

Key Information

-      No tryouts allowed for the formation of teams, they will be based on player evaluations

-      The 2020/2021 Hockey Season will be broken into 2 seasons.  Season 1 – September 28 – December 23 and Season 2 – January 2 – March.

-      Season 1 - After evaluating players we will decide if it is best to have tiered teams or balanced mixed teams

-      We are hoping we will be having games against Penetang, Elmvale and Oro in the new year as part of Season 2; we will create new 50 player bubbles with them.  This is pending approval from the OHF and OMHA. If we are not approved to play against other centres we will continue with our house league play.

-       Teams will be made up of 10 total players; 1 goalie and 9 skaters

-      Games will be 3 on 3 (Please see attached for specific rules for game play provided by the OHF Return to Play Document)

-      Teams from U11 and up for our "Season 2" will be tiered based on player level. Teams will be made based on players skill and game play. Here you will have Tier 1 that will play at a faster, higher level than Tier 2. This will take place in the second part of our year, also based on possibly playing other local teams that have the same tiered program. If approved for cross-centre play.

-      Teams from U9 and below will be a balanced mix of players from all levels within the division based on player evaluations.

-      Players may be required to move up or down an age group to help balance division numbers.

-      Due to registration numbers; we will be combining the U8 and U9 age groups to form a single U9 League.  As a result we cannot transition to full ice hockey for U9 (this may change depending on OHF policy updates). U8 Registration fees will unfortunately have to go up this year to the same price as U9; You will receive an email with the difference owed.

-      Players/coaches/trainers cannot be rostered in multiple age groups

-      There will not be an Affiliate Player program this season

-      Other than siblings, we cannot accommodate requests for players to be placed on teams together

-      Tier 1 evaluated players will be given the opportunity to opt-in to extra development ice time at an added cost.

-      In the event that the season is cancelled due to COVID-19 refunds will be pro-rated.

 

Return to Play Timelines:

 

September 28 - October 16 - (3 Weeks) Development Skates and Evaluations

 

Season 1: October 17 - December 23 - In-house 3 on 3 - 50 Player Bubble

 

 

December 24 - January 1 - Off for Christmas and New Years/Quarantine Period

 

Season 2 is pending on approval from the OHF and OMHA.  If not approved, then play will continue on as stated above.

 

Season 2: January 2 - March 12 - Tiered 3 on 3 play with other centres and new 50 player bubbles

  • Tier 1 - Rep Caliber vs. Penetang, Elmvale, Oro
  • Tier 2 - Local League Caliber vs. Penetang, Elmvale, Oro
  • U9 and under season is complete before March Break

 

March 13 - March 21 – Off for March Break

 

March 22 - April 2 - Possible Play offs…. If not all teams will be done before March Break

 

Season Structure

-      Teams will be scheduled for practice and games throughout the year.  It is our goal to provide similar ice times per team as per previous years

-      The hockey season will be divided into 2 parts:

o    Season 1 will run from September 28th to December 23rd.

o    Season 2 will run from January 2nd to March

 

Registration

Registration closes on September 11, 2020, no registrations will be taken after this point.

Registration is based on last years registered association:

·         Midland area residents that played in Midland last season can only return to Midland Minor Hockey

·         If you are not a Midland area resident but played Local League in Midland last year, you can register in Midland or return to your home centre. 

·         AAA Players – If you were rostered to a AAA team last year you have the option to return to that organization or play in Midland

·         Non-Resident Players – If Midland is your home centre and you played A or AA as a Non- Resident Player, you have the option to return to last year’s organization or play in Midland

Please Note – NRP cards and Permission to Skate forms are not required as it is based on last years registered team.

 

Opt-Out

If you are registered but no longer want to play this season, or plan to return to last year’s organization, you have until September 11, 2020 to opt-out.  Please note, once you decide to opt-out the decision is final. 

 

REFUNDS

-      For those opting-out before the September 11th deadline - Full refunds will be given without the $50.00 administration charge.

-      For those opting-in to play and/or after the September 11th deadline Refund’s will follow our Refund Policy found in Section 3 of Midland Minor Hockey Rules of Operation.

-      As stated above in the event that the season is cancelled due to COVID-19 refunds will be pro-rated.

 

KEY DATES

·         Sept 11: Opt-out

·         Sept 11: Registration Closes

·         September 30: All fees paid in full

Arena

·         Dressing rooms/showers are closed; players are to dress at home/outside, there are chairs placed in the lobby spread 6 feet apart for putting on and tying up skates.

·         Only one ice surface is in.

·         Benches can be used and will be cleaned by facility staff after each use. 

·         Players enter the ice surface from the left and exit from the right.

·         Players are to have their own water bottles and must be filled at home

·         Parents are allowed in the building to help tie skates but must leave promptly - no spectators allowed at this time.

·         Masks must be worn while in the building, player’s masks can come off once their helmet is on.

·         Waivers must be filled out online at https://www.midland.ca/NSSRC before entering the

facility.

 

Player/Parent/Coaching Staff Safety and Responsibilities

 

 

Player Safety and Responsibilities 

 

  • Players are to maintain physical distancing while on the bench and ice
  • Body Checking is not permitted in ANY division
  • Players will only use their own water bottles
  • Players are required to wear a mask until they head on to the ice.
  • If players are not feeling well they need to tell their coach and leave the ice surface immediately and a parent will be called to pick up.
  • A Doctor’s note must be submitted before returning to the ice.

 

Coaching Staff Safety and Responsibilities

 

  • Coaches for U10 and above must have Coach 2
  • Coaches for U9 and below must have Coach 1
  • Trainers require the trainer’s course
  • Coaches and trainers will arrive 20 minutes before ice time to ensure players have supervision while getting skates on, to complete a health screening and tracking sheet prior to entering into the facility, supervise players and to help tie skates; maintaining the 2-Deep Rule.
  • Coaches must wear masks in the building and on the bench but not required to wear one while on the ice during practices.
  • Coaches will ensure physical distancing is being followed
  • Coaches will do the Health Screening and Complete the Health Tracking sheet at each ice time.
  • Coaches will not attend if they or anyone they have had contact with have any Covid-19 symptoms, a doctor’s note must be submitted before returning to the ice.

 

Parent Safety and Responsibilities

 

  • Parents are to remind their players to maintain physical distancing
  • Parents are not permitted to spectate but can help tie skates before leaving the building
  • Parents are to bring their player no earlier than 15 minutes before ice time
  • Parents are responsible for cleaning equipment, jerseys and water bottles
  • Parents are to wear masks if they need to enter the building to help tie skates
  • Parents will follow the facility Covid-19 Rules and Regulations
  • Parents will answer the health screening questions with the coach
  • Parents will not send their child if they or anyone they have had contact with are having any Covid-19 symptoms, a doctor’s note must be submitted before returning to play.

 

Coach Selection

We will need many volunteers for Coaching and Training this year as we will have more teams in each division.  If you are interested in being on the bench or helping on the ice this season please contact Colleen Baker at [email protected]

 

OHF Return to Play Documents

Please take a look at Appendix E and Appendix F for rules of play - https://www.ohf.on.ca/media/tukpds4s/ohf-return-to-hockey_0731.pdf

 

In closing, I must reiterate that Covid-19 presents significant challenges in all aspects of life.  This season will be different than anything you have experienced in previous years.  However, we are grateful to have the opportunity to offer hockey this year and are excited with the plan we have in place.  Our commitment remains to offer the best possible hockey experience for everyone. 

 

Stay Safe,

 

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