Return to Play Plan, News (Dorchester Minor Hockey Association)

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Return to Play Plan
Submitted By Katie Haasen on Thu 09 10, 20
DMHA's Return to Play Plan has been added to our website. Please take the time to review this with your player prior to their first ice session. 

It can be found here.

Some key things to know: 

Arriving at the Arena:


· You must enter through the SOUTH SIDE.


· You must arrive dressed in your hockey gear (minus skates, helmets, gloves), no sooner than 15 minutes before your scheduled ice time.


· You must enter the arena wearing a mask.


· Every person who will enter the arena for a DMHA scheduled ice time must accurately complete an OHF screening questionnaire on the day of the activity and before arrival.  Forms will be available on the DMHA website and will be emailed to each family.  Players are responsible for printing off their own screening questionnaires.


· Each screening questionnaire must be filled out completely and must include the players’ and/or parents’ cell phone number in case of an emergency.   If anyone has answered “yes” to any of the questions, they should advise the group/team coach and not attend their ice session and/or will not be allowed into the facility. The completed screening questionnaire will be provided to the group/team trainer/Covid manager before entry to the facility.  Anyone who does not provide a complete and acceptable screening questionnaire will not be permitted to enter.


· Hand washing and/or hand sanitizer use is required before entering and before exiting the facility. 


· Anyone exhibiting any COVID symptoms should not attend at the facility.


·  You must follow the one way flow pattern to the dressing rooms.


Dressing Room (when arriving):

· To allow for physical distancing, two dressing rooms will be provided per ice session.  There will be a maximum of ten (10) participants plus two bench staff in a dressing room at one time. Players must space out in the dressing rooms.

· Participants going onto the ice can remove their face covering once they are ready to put on their helmet.  At no point before this should a participant not be wearing a face covering. 

·Coaches will minimize the amount of times that players enter and leave the dressing room.  In general, it is expected that a player will only exit the dressing rooms to go onto the ice or to exit the facility.  Players will stay in the assigned rooms until the ice is ready and then they may proceed as a group onto the ice through the designated ice entry point in a physically distant format.

· Participants must keep all equipment, including gloves and helmets, on and properly secured from the time they leave the dressing room until they return to the dressing room.  No sharing of sticks or other equipment is permitted.

· Each group/team will designate bench staff to tie skates for those participants who cannot do so on their own. (Parents are NOT permitted to tie their players skates in the hall or lobby area)


On the Ice:

· Participants must keep all equipment, including gloves and helmets, on and properly secured from the time they leave the dressing room until they return to the dressing room.  No sharing of sticks or other equipment is permitted.


· A maximum of 20 registered players (the word players as used herein includes goalies unless otherwise specified) and up to 5 approved and certified bench staff or skills development instructors will be permitted on each ice session as per Thames Centre guidelines.  


· Each participant will bring their own clearly labelled and filled water bottle to the facility, and may only use their own bottle.  Bottles will be spaced out on the boards/bench.


·  A trainer must be present for each on-ice session for each group/team.  The trainer will use hand sanitizer and wear gloves and a mask at all times while attending to an injured or ill participant.

· No more than four people may be on a bench at one time, and they must maintain physical distancing.

· No body checking or intentional physical contact is permitted.  Physical distancing is required in the facility, including on the ice where practical, for the purpose of individual and group training.   

· Pucks, pylons and other training tools will be sanitized by bench staff after each on-ice session.  Participants should sanitize their own equipment, jerseys, socks, water bottles, etc. after each ice session.

· No spitting will be permitted in the facility, including on the ice.

· Greeting and congratulatory contact such as high fives/handshakes/fist bumps/hugs are discouraged.



·  A maximum of one spectator per player will be permitted to remain in the facility, although people are discouraged from attending to watch on-ice activities unless necessary


·  Any person who wishes to stay at the facility must present a current, complete, accurate and acceptable screening form, including the person’s contact information, to the group/team trainer/Covid manager before each entry to the facility and will comply with all rules and guidelines for spectators entering the facility.  


·         Any such person may enter the facility no more than 15 minutes and no less than 5 minutes prior to the scheduled ice session, and must leave the facility no later than 5 minutes after the completion of the ice session. 


·  All spectators must comply with the facility guidelines and follow all directions at all times.  Spectators may clap but may not whistle, yell, shout or cheer. No parent/guardian/spectator may open any door to the ice surface or verbally communicate with any participant on the ice.


·  Spectators are to sit in sections H, I, or J ONLY, and may not access the track from the assigned seating area. 


·  If spectators need to use the washroom, the main washrooms located in the lobby must be used.  


·  No one is to congregate in or watch on-ice activities from the lobby.

Dressing Room (after the ice session)

· Once back in the dressing room, participants may remove their helmets and must then immediately put face coverings back on.  Face coverings must continue to be worn until they exit the facility.

· Players will remove skates, helmets and gloves in the dressing rooms only after completion of ice session, quickly gather their things and exit without showering.  


· Players must exit dressing rooms within 15 minutes after the completion of on ice session.  Bench staff will monitor this time limit.  No participant may exit the dressing room until the participants using the next ice slot have fully entered the ice surface.

Exiting the Facility:

  • Participants and spectators who are within the facility will be required to exit through the main entrance in the designated lane. 
  • Users and participants are not to gather in the lobby and/or hallways.



·  If your child tests positive for COVID-19, you must keep your child home and out of the hockey environment.  It is also important to communicate with your physician and public health authority, ensuring you follow the steps identified. 


· If a parent or family member tests positive for COVID-19, the player and their family will need to stay out of the hockey environment.  They should contact their physician and public health authority for instructions.  The player will need a note from their physician or public health authority to return to play.  


· If someone on your child’s team tests positive, public health authority guidelines will determine contact tracing and isolation requirements.  It is possible, therefore, that one diagnosis on a team could lead to that team being required to pause hockey activities until the public health authority determines it is safe to return.


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