2020/21 Return To Hockey (Kitchener Minor Hockey)

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Return to Hockey Documentation – Most Recent Update 2020-09-02

Thank you Returning Players, and families.  KMHA is proud to be offering a safe and fun hockey development program this year with an emphasis on growing our players skills, minds, and character.

COVID 19 has affected our community in many ways, beginning with the abrupt cancellation of last season and a slowed flow of information for how this season would operate. To be blunt, we are off our season plan and blazing new trails on how to begin and operate this season. This adventure will continue through out our season, as both our governments and governing bodies adjust to this pandemic with continued openings, or adjustments for closures.

KMHA plans have attempted to take into consideration these fluctuations and remain adaptable to best support your/our player(s).  I am sure that we will see even more changes and we will remain vigilant to plan programs that take all players into consideration first and help them achieve their goals.

This document is a living document and will be updated as things change, or we can confirm further details. We will endeavour to explain the changes in a systematic way by breaking the changes down over the entire program and then any adaptations that affect specific programs (Coed hockey versus Girls Hockey) or age groups. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask we will do our best to respond to everyone.

We will begin with the procedural changes that affect everyone:

 This season will be split into approximately 3,  8 week intervals. In the spirt of Hockey we will refer to these intervals as Periods. So in other words...  There will be 3 periods in our season. 

COVID 19 Procedures

Team Procedures

All teams are required to have a COVID SAFETY officer.  The COVID Safety officer will ensure each team does the following:

Attendance: Teams are required to take attendance from all players on the ice at the rink and keep those records for contact tracing should public health request the information.

Screening: Teams are required to ensure all players complete a health screening questionnaire before attending every team event. If this form is not completed, you will not be able to attend. This will be enforced.

Travel:  Teams will not travel out of our province and currently are not eligible to play outside of our public health unit without approval from our governing bodies.

Tournaments and Overnight team events: Teams are not permitted to participate in tournaments and are not permitted to participate in overnight events.

Affiliated Players: Teams will not be permitted to utilise “call up” or affiliated players. Processes are being developed to allow “call overs” from within the training cohort.

Team Composition: Players will be registered into a Training Cohort. This is a group of 18 players of like skill level. Training cohorts will be offered at Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4.  Each Training Cohort will be comprised of 2 teams consisting of 8 Skaters and 1 Goalie. 

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League Composition: Leagues will be comprised of multiple Training Cohorts. Current league maximums allowed by the province of Ontario is 50 players. This will allow for 2 Cohorts or 4 teams to play against one another within the same health unit. Should the number of players in a league adjust up or down we will fill the league using available cohorts.

Suspected COVID expectations: Should a player express they are ill or a team witness COVID symptoms the following are the procedures they will follow.   Teams will be required to follow these flow charts. The need for a doctor’s note or public Health note will be strictly adhered to.  The note should state the player is cleared to participate in hockey not just the results of their test.


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             Positive COVID Test: Teams will follow this Flow Chart.

            Teams will also immediately notify their directors, and convenors of a positive  test. 
 



































Play:
Our teams will play a modified 4on4 as outlined by our governing bodies. An example of the rules can be found here.  The number of players on a team will be 8 skaters and 1 goalie.  This allows 18 players in a practice cohort and prepares KMHA should we be able to return to a regular roster for play during this season.

 https://alliancehockey.com/Public/Documents/RTH/04_2020-07-17_3x3_or_4x4_Rules_(2).pdf

A version of these rules for 4on4 will be used at all ages above U9.  A KMHA typed copy with small approved changes will be posted soon. The rules for U7, U8 and U9 will be posted closer to the beginning of games, for those ages, and will be slightly different across the skill levels.


Player/Parent expectations:

Arrival and Departure: Players, parents as well as coaches are expected to arrive at the rink no earlier than 10 minutes before their scheduled Ice time. Coaches and players are expected to attend the arena dressed in everything except helmet, gloves and skates. (goalies may also place their pads on at the rink) There will be chairs in the arena to use to get your skates on. Please follow the signage. After the games you are expected to remove your skates, helmet and any equipment you can and be vacated within 10 minutes. This is not the time for the team to be social as with other seasons.

Masks: As per Waterloo regional By-law masks are required to be worn when entering and exiting the building. They can only be removed when in your chair, with your skates on and your helmet ready to be put on.  They must be put back on when you remove your helmet before you leave your chair.

Physical distancing: This begins on arrival. Players are expected to stay apart if they are waiting to enter the building. They are expected to remain apart as they make their way through the building. All hockey is still required to physically distance. As such there are no battle drills and no contact drills. All hockey including games and practices must be played with the intent to have players maintaining their distance. Unintentional contact will happen, but we should not be putting our players in the position to intentionally contact anyone.  This includes Dryland and other team exercises.  KMHA will notify our participants if this expectation changes until then assume it is in effect.

Equipment: Please ensure that no equipment is being shared between players. Each player must bring their own gear. This does not include pucks, or cones. The KMHA office will not have equipment to borrow for players that forgot gear.

Season Composition: The KMHA season will be broken down into 3 Periods.  Just like a game! Each period will be approximately 8 weeks in length and is being billed separately. You will note in our fees that administrative and hard costs are being billed to a player’s first Period of participation not the first overall period. Should there be changes to our program they will occur between periods to the best of our ability and allow parents to opt in or out based upon the fees as well as the program details.  You will note proposed fees for Periods 2 and 3 are included but may change if the program changes. NOTE: KMHA is responsible to its governing bodies as well as the Province of Ontario and the City of Kitchener and we may be required to change programming mid way through a period should safety concerns require.   KMHA identifies that players may join as well as leave between Periods. KMHA is currently determining the best practice to include returning rep players if they are not registered in the first chronological  Period. We will keep you posted on how we intend to complete this task.

 

Coed Rep System (Governing Body: Alliance Hockey)

Registration: You will need to re-register for each Period.  At this time KMHA is not able to utilise our Intent to Register with the HCR (Hockey Canada Registry). We ask that you immediately re-register with the links provided in the email that was sent out from the office Sept 3rd.  From here you will be able to select your fees and allow us to move forward.  For more details on Registration fees please look under registration on the KMHA Website.

 

Evaluations:  KMHA will utilise evaluations for our Training Cohorts. These evaluations will allow us to include players that are moving into the area as well as any players returning to KMHA. These are not open tryouts.  The cost for evaluations will be included as part of the registration fee. These evaluations will be skill based (run like practices) not scrimmage based.

All players and goalies that played AAA for KMHA in the 2019-2020 season and have registered and paid for the 2020-2021 first period will attend the Tier 1 first evaluation in their age division. 

All players and goalies that played Seeded  AA/A for KMHA in the 2019-2020 season and have registered and paid for the 2020-2021 first period will attend the Tier 2 first evaluation in their age division. 

All players and goalies that played Minor Development (MD) for KMHA in the 2019-2020 season and have registered and paid for the 2020-2021 first period will attend the Tier 3 first evaluation in their age division.

There may be a few instances where players have moved into the centre and are now Kitchener residents, or are returning to play in Kitchener from other programs as allowed by the OHF and Alliance Hockey.  They will be placed in tiers for assessment by KMHA for the first evaluation. From this point forward coaches will be able to invite a select number of players from the registered players to participate. This process will be monitored by the KMHA convenors and directors.

Coaches will use the website as in previous years to tell players which evaluation times they will be attending. Please watch for articles.

Once Training cohorts have been selected, they will be placed onto two balanced teams as they will play each other.  

Participation: Our Coed Teams will participate in leagues within our Public Health unit. We are still finalising details with our neighbours.  The size of these leagues is controlled by the province of Ontario and KMHA will follow all participation limits as outlined by the province and KMHA’s governing bodies.



Girls Rep System:
(Governing body - Ontario Women’s Hockey Association)

Registration: The new OWHA Ramp registration system is robust and will allow KMHA to simply enter amounts owing to the intent to register, turning it into a true registration.  Fees will be added to your profile. Should you wish to withdraw prior to the season beginning please communicate your intentions to [email protected] prior to your identified team’s first ice time.  For more details on Registration fees please look under registration on the KMHA Website.

Team Selection: Kitchener Minor Hockey is following to OWHA’s guidelines for team selection and will not be holding any tryouts.  Teams will be selected by our coaches with no tryouts. Players are invited by the coach to participate. 

Participation: Our Girls Rep Teams will participate in leagues as determined by a group of Hockey leaders working to set up matchups. League participation may vary in centres based upon the level of teams offered by neighbouring associations. The size of these leagues is controlled by the province of Ontario and KMHA will follow all participation limits as outlined by the province and the OWHA.

 

Coed House League system:  (Governing Body: Alliance Hockey)

Registration: You will need to re-register for each Period.  At this time KMHA is not able to utilise our Intent to register with the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR). We ask that you immediately re-register. From here you will be able to select your fees and allow us to move forward.  For more details on Registration fees please look under registration on the KMHA Website.

Evaluations:  KMHA may elect to use an evaluation process limited to groups of 5 within their age group to create balanced teams. KMHA reserves the right to select teams based upon previous participation and allow the players the maximum number of games/practices per season.  


Girls Local League System: (Governing body - Ontario Women’s Hockey Association)
Registration: The new OWHA Ramp registration system is robust and will allow KMHA to simply enter amounts owing to the intent to register, turning it into a true registration.  Fees will be added to your profile. Should you wish to withdraw prior to the season beginning please communicate your intentions to [email protected] prior to your identified team’s first ice time.  For more details on Registration fees please look under registration on the KMHA Website.

Participation: Our Local League Teams will participate in leagues as determined by a group of Hockey leaders from across associations.  This could include playing only Kitchener teams until league number expand allowing more than 50 players.   League participation may vary in centres based upon the number of teams offered by neighbouring associations. Further details are awaiting confirmation. 




More Additions to come as details become clear or are further defined. 








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