FAQ Page (Twin Centre Minor Hockey)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the OHF Return to Hockey Framework that minor hockey associations must follow?

Are there safety guidelines that will be followed?

I heard that minor hockey associations are starting to register players and are working to determine their return to hockey plans?  What is Twin Centre doing?

  • Yes, Twin Centre Minor Hockey Association has determined that it will provide full programming for the upcoming 2020-2021 season following the guidelines and structure provided by OMHA / OHF / Hockey Canada and Public Health.

What is TCMHA’s mandate for the upcoming season?

  • Safety is our #1 priority for all our participants which will guide our return-to-play plans for Twin Centre Minor Hockey Association.

What will hockey look like this year?

  • Hockey will resume (although not in the traditional programming sense) as long and to the extent as public health guidelines permit.  Twin Centre is planning for all age groups (U7 through U21) during the 2020-21 season and our plans are to split into three (3) steps with two ice times per week.  Step 1 will include a return to the ice for players in a skills development / practice setting.  Step 2 will add game play (3v3 or 4v4).  Step 3 will include a return to traditional 5v5 hockey.  Step 1&2 will follow the OHF Stage 3a/b/c/d/e protocols and Step 3 will be a return to traditional hockey following OHF Stage 4.  We will follow OMHA / OHF / Hockey Canada guidelines and will determine when each step will begin.

When will on-ice hockey begin?

  • On-ice activities will begin when the Township of Wellesley puts in the ice.  It is currently planned for Wellesley Arena to have ice first in place starting September 26th and hockey programming for Twin Centre will be planned to start that same day.  The Township of Wellesley will determine if/when St Clements Arena will open for on-ice activity.

How do I register my son/daughter for Twin Centre Hockey?

  • The registration that was completed in July was an intent to play and was done to understand what Twin Centre’s participant numbers for the 2020-2021 season would be.  At the time, Hockey Canada was not allowing any payments for registration but with this direction now lifted, the registration and payment for the upcoming season will re-open for one (1) week -> September 5th, 2020 through September 12th, 2020.  In order for players to be able to participate, starting September 26th, 2020, they must complete registration and payment during this time.

How do we pay for this season?

Is there financial assistance available to families that want to participate but may need assistance during these challenging times?

  • Yes, the Twin Centre Minor Hockey Association board has earmarked additional funds this year to help those in need with registration costs and donations we have received will also be put towards financial assistance.  Please contact the Registrar ([email protected]) for assistance/steps for financial assistance.

What is the cost of hockey this year?

  • While our mandate remains to ensure we provide a safe and fun program for all our players, costs are highly dependent on the number of players and teams.  We are making every effort to keep costs as low as possible and we are planning for a reduced fee structure compared to the regular rate we had in 2019-2020, however the ability for teams to share ice will be an important part of keeping participant costs low.  Registration costs have been updated in the HCR registration portal.

What is Twin Centre’s plan for the Return to Hockey?

  • Twin Centre is working on a step approach to returning to the ice.  To start, we will plan to have players in each age group together in cohorts/bubbles of up to 50 players as mandated by OMHA / OHF and programming will be internal within our health unit.  We are actively discussing with other centres in our public health unit (Region of Waterloo) in order to assess whether external game play as OMHA / OHF expands the ability to play other centres in 3v3 / 4v4 competition is an option during Stage 3b/c/d/e of the OHF Return to Hockey Framework.

Will there be tryouts for Rep hockey?

  • No, there are no tryouts as per OMHA / OHF / Hockey Canada guidelines

How will teams be formed without tryouts and evaluations?

  • Teams will be formed in each age group by a committee of the Twin Centre Minor Hockey Association board

Will coaching staff be needed?

  • Yes, we will need volunteers for coaches, trainers and team staff across all age groups.  Due to the smaller team sizes that are required, there is a need for more volunteers.  Please contact Troy Cluthe, Coaching Committee Chair at [email protected] to advise of your interest to volunteer or you can complete the online volunteer application form at: https://tcmha.ca/Forms/1000/Volunteer_Application_Online_Form/

How many ice times per week will U7 have this season?

  • U7 (formerly called Initiation) will be a minimum of 2 ice times per week which is consistent across all age groups (U7 through U21) for this season

Will TCMHA be issuing refunds if hockey is stopped because of COVID-19?

  • Yes, in the event that OMHA/OHF/Hockey Canada cancels or cuts short the season, TCMHA will issue pro-rated refunds to all participants after all expenses have been covered

Will there be any games against other centres?

  • At this time we will be focusing on our own Twin Centre teams at least through December.  Once internal gameplay is appropriate to start, we will be scheduling games between Twin Centre teams to start.  We are involved in discussions with the centres within the Waterloo Region and we will continue to discuss with those centres as we move forward if/when there is an option to play against neighboring centres

How will teams be decided on and which team my son/daughter will be part of?

  • We are working to define how teams will be split based on confirmed registrations and number of players confirmed in each group.  We expect to have more details in the next week on team structures once registration closes on September 12th.  Teams will be formed in each age group by a committee of the Twin Centre Minor Hockey Association board

Is it true that players need to be dressed before coming to the arena?

  • Participants must arrive at the arena fully dressed as dressing rooms will be available only for putting skates and helmets on.  Further information on arena arrival and procedures while in the facility will be provided over the next few weeks

Can parents watch practices and games?

  • One guardian will be permitted into the facility to accompany any minor aged participant. More information on arena arrival and procedures while in the facility will be provided over the next few weeks

Regarding goalies, how can they get dressed?  As you know skates are not the last item they put on.  Are they allowed to have a dressing room and come in earlier than the team to get dressed?

  • The township will be allowing goalies to get dressed in the former meeting room (inside the door and down the hall to the left).  There will be 3 benches setup for goalies to use.  Goalies will need to come with as much as they can put on beforehand (their base layer) - and yes, skates are one of the first things to go on before pads so that presents some difficulty.  The timing for arrival is the same for all players so there won't be a way for goalies to get in earlier than the rest of the team. Although not ideal, this is the facility protocol we will have to follow.

If I am bringing my child to the arena and will stay to watch, do I need to also complete the health screening questionnaire?

  • Yes, one guardian will be permitted into the facility to accompany any minor aged participant and they will also be required to complete the health screening questionnaire.

If players are only bringing their helmet, skates and gloves, should they bring their hockey bag into the arena?

  • It is highly recommended that players only bring a small bag that fits their helmet, skates and gloves to carry into the arena.  In order to help keep enough space around each player, a small bag for this purpose is highly recommended.

Are players required to wear mouthguards?

  • Yes, per OMHA guidelines all participants must wear a mouthguard for on-ice activity.

I'm a parent that is planning to come and watch my child on the ice but I have other children.  Can I bring my other children to the arena to watch?

  • No, the Township of Wellesley COVID-19 Facility Guidelines state that only one (1) parent/guardian can accompany their child for their ice time. Siblings are not permitted at this time. Please note that you cannot re-enter the facility if you leave for any reason, so please make arrangements for another parent to help your player after practice if they need it and let your player know where to find you.

What are the guidelines that all participants/parents/guardians/caregivers need to follow at the arena?

  • The Township of Wellesley has established the guidelines for the facilities.  You can find the most recent Township of Wellesley Facility Guidelines posted on the TCMHA website in the "Online Libraries" section under "Return to Play".

If I have further questions, who do I contact?

  • Please email [email protected] with your questions and we will work to answer them in a timely manner.  Information will be added and updated on the FAQ page of the website.

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