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Return to Play plan in place for minor hockey

September 11, 2020   ·   0 Comments

After months of uncertainty, minor hockey associations are putting together a return-to-play plan to get players back out on the ice for the 2020/21 season.

TNT Tornados Minor Hockey has released a return-to-play update prior to the start of the season.

Some elements of the plan will need to be finalized and others could still change as things evolve.

The plan takes into consideration the health and safety of players, officials, and volunteers, and will limit the number of participants in a specific program.

For the start of the season, hockey will not involve any interaction or play with teams from any other hockey centres.

Minor hockey will be adopting a series of protocols during game times.

This includes traffic flow in arenas, facility scheduling, dressing room and washroom use, participant and spectator limits, and PPE requirements.

When the season starts, each player will only be allowed one parent/guardian/spectator to enter the arena with them.

There will be screening of all participants prior to every game and practice using a questionnaire and participation tracing sheet.

If there is any confirmed incidence of Covid-19, that person will be immediately removed from the hockey environment and must report the case to public health authorities.

For house league hockey, games will be based on a modified four-on-four or three-on-three format. They will be allowed one one-hour practice per week.

For games, teams will be assigned to a “bubble” or league with a minimum of four teams.

For rep teams, similar protocols will be in place.

Arenas will now allow the use of dressing rooms. However, there are now rules in place about how a team can enter the facility. Everyone must wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols while in the dressing room.

The rules may vary for different age groups.

Registrations for this year are currently ongoing.

Recreational and Rep programs are slated to begin the week of September 28.

The return-to-play play for TNT is similar to other programs being run by Minor Hockey Associations across the province although start dates may vary from region to region.

By Brian Lockhart

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