Twin Centre Hockey Programming Update, News (Twin Centre Minor Hockey)

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Twin Centre Hockey Programming Update
Submitted By David Dienesch on Thursday, November 19, 2020
Updated November 24, 2020: as per direction received from the Township of Wellesley, there are no parents/guardians/spectators allowed in the arena during the ice times in the Red (control) zone.  This was communicated to Twin Centre Minor Hockey Association on November 24th, 2020.  Please note the below posting has been updated accordingly.


Dear Twin Centre Families,
With indications from the Region of Waterloo Public Health received this week that Waterloo Region may move into the Red (control) category as part of the Province of Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework, we will be required to adhere to further restrictions as defined in the Provincial framework.  A copy of the Province of Ontario COVID-19 document is attached.

COVID-19_Nov3_Provincial_Response.pdf

If our region moves to the Red (control) category, minor hockey will not operate in the same way as we have been operating since the beginning of this hockey season.  In the Red category, there are more restrictions placed on sports and recreation groups as well as facility requirements that must be followed.

 

Our minor hockey programming will continue to operate in the Red category but with additional changes to on-ice, facilities and team programming.  Key changes in the Red category for our programming include:

  • All gameplay will be cancelled

  • No practices or scrimmages

  • Skills based training with strict physical distancing

We have also been in contact with the Township to understand the facility requirements if the Region moves to Red.  Key changes in the Red category that we will be required to follow include:

  • Dressing rooms will no longer be open for use

  • Maximum number of people on ice will be 10 – including coaches

  • **updated November 24, 2020: As per Township of Wellesley, no parent/guardian is allowed in the building for ice slots in the Red (Control) category

In response to a potential move to the Red category, your TCMHA executive has passed the following motion that guides our association and programming within the Red category:

If we move into the red, we would reduce ice times to once per week per rostered team with a maximum of 8 players and 2 coaches and re-evaluate on December 19th 2020 or a return to a less restricted zone. These ice times will be individual skills based training only with strict physical distancing. In the event that a roster has more than 8 players the coaches will create a schedule that is an equitable rotation across the team.

With the restriction on the number of on-ice participants, we have no choice but to reduce the ice time per team down from 2 per week to 1 per week while in the Red (control) category.

 

As always, please continue to follow the health screening requirements, facility protocols and all public health guidelines.

 

 

Twin Centre Minor Hockey Association Executive 

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