Covid FAQ's (Erin-Hillsburgh Minor Hockey Association)

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You will find answers below to some of the most frequently asked questions...

When is hockey going back to normal?

Hockey is not going back to ‘normal’ for the foreseeable future. According to several articles the OHF has received direction from the ministry (of Heritage, Sport Tourism and Culture) indicating that the Province of Ontario is not going to move out of Stage 3 until there is a vaccine. The OHF indicated that unless there is a way to build no physical contact into the game or allow physical contact in some form we're not moving to Stage 4 in hockey. So unless contact is allowed, the traditional game is modified to exclude contact or there is a Covid-19 vaccine that people have taken and allows the Province to move to Stage 4, we are staying in Stage 3. Neither vaccine scenario is likely anytime before January 1st, 2021.

While that is not great news relative to last year, it is great news that we can get kids back on the ice. There are no high school sports this year and many other kids social/development opportunities have also been cancelled or significantly impacted. Let’s get kids safely back on the ice, having fun, developing and competing with their friends!

We are not really sure what is going on regarding Covid-19. Can we wait until we see how the first few of weeks of school go before we sign-up for hockey?

Those type of questions and concerns are perfectly understandable and reasonable. However, as a club we cannot wait. We have to get registration open with deadlines so that we can quickly determine how many players we have and we can build competitive, safe, fun development tiers. The initial financial commitment is very reasonable and refunds (less sunk costs) will be available if hockey never gets going or ends prematurely.

I've heard the GTHL is doing this, that other centres and leagues are doing something else – why can’t/don’t we do that?

Every Hockey Canada/OHF sanctioned club must adhere to the same Return to Play rules as everyone else and those were developed working with the Provincial government. What you are likely hearing are rumors or half-truths or plans that have not been/will not be approved. The simple fact is that there is no better place in Ontario to be playing sanctioned hockey during this unsettled time.

What about all of these private facilities, unsanctioned leagues and academies? They are offering different opportunities with far fewer restrictions.

That appears to be true in many cases. These organizations are not sanctioned by Hockey Canada, the OHF, the GTHL, the Alliance or the OMHA and so many are using this opportunity to offer different, often riskier hockey opportunities. These private facilities, unsanctioned leagues and academies existed before Covid-19 and the rules are clear. If you are participating in most of these entities after September 30, you are unable to play for a Hockey Canada sanctioned league for 1 full year. More information on this can be found here.

My son/daughter has been offered a spot on a team in the GTHL or elsewhere outside Erin. What about releases, permissions to skate, waivers, etc.?

NO commitments have been made to anyone for the 2020/2021 season as was made clear in April and has been reiterated by the OHF. If you are an Erin-Hillsburgh resident, during Stage 3, your son/daughter has 2 hockey choices. Play for the club they were part of last year or return to play in Erin. The only exception to this is 2019-2020 imports in the GTHL at U13 and above. These players may stay in the GTHL and register with any team in the GTHL or return to their home association. That is it. There are no other options until we get to Stage 4, and Stage 4 is not happening until there is a vaccine – see the first question above. If/when we reach Stage 4, some type of traditional tryouts and verbal/written commitments will likely all be back in the mix at the Rep levels, but the exact rules will be provided to us by our governing bodies.

What about refunds if hockey is cancelled or my child’s hockey playing bubble is temporarily shut down due to a Covid-19 outbreak?


Erin-Hillsburgh will be offering pro-rated refunds should our programs be shut down.

This is watered down 4-on-4 hockey with less refs, cheaper jerseys, and no tournaments, yet it seems to be more expensive. How do you explain that?

In 2 words, ICE and MATH. If our average price for an hour of ice is $250 and that is divided by 30 kids that is a much lower cost per player than $250 of ice being divided by 20 players. Even at these prices, our club will likely lose significant amounts of money this year but we feel that it is expected/reasonable given all that is going on. Luckily, we have a reasonable cash reserve and we are a not-for-profit organization so we can afford to help keep hockey affordable.

The truth really is that hockey registration cost is a small percentage of your hockey spend. Tournaments, travel, meals, and entertainment make a much bigger portion of annual hockey related spend and those expenses will not, unfortunately, be required this year. Finally, being a part of a 10-person team (vs. 15 or 17) means your child will be on the ice more often.

What type of Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place during the season?

The list is long and thorough. While there is no way to eliminate all risks, our club and the Town facilities will be ensuring that all Provincially required protocols are in place and, in fact, collectively, we will be going beyond what is required to keep players and volunteers safe. In addition to this, the OMHA has introduced a mandatory “Return to Hockey Safely” course for all coaches, managers, and trainers for this season. Nothing is more important than keeping our players, volunteers, and their extended families safe.


Can I watch my child play, can I help with equipment, what will the process be like?

-There are 50 people allowed inside Centre 2000. 
-Up to 25 on the ice: 20 skaters - 5 coaches 
-There are 20 people allowed in the stands (1 per family)
-Anyone entering the arena will need to fill out a Covid Screening questionnaire.
-Players should arrive dressed in their equipment - there will be access to change rooms for players and coaches only
-Washrooms will be available
-There are no in and out privileges during the ice time - once you enter the building you must remain inside, if you exit you will not  be allowed back in
-All players, coaches, and parents must wear a mask when entering the facility, and on the bench
-Players will not need to wear a mask when they are on the ice
-P
arents are able to assist players with skates if necessary -there is a designated area in the arena for this
-You are asked to a
rrive 15 minutes before your ice time, and you must leave within 15 minutes after.

What is the difference between a Probable Covid-19 Case, Presumptive Confirmed Case and Confirmed Case? 
The Town of Erin uses this document to define cases: COVID-19 Case Definition

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