FMHA Return To Play Plan

Foothills Minor Hockey Association (FMHA) Return to Hockey


August 10, 2020


As we work together through the COVID-19  pandemic,  FMHA will  continue  to  provide updates to our athletes, parents and facility partners.   We are focused on everyone’s safety.  These considerations focus on the parameters that have been provided by Hockey Alberta in Information Bulletin 19-13 on June 30, 2020.  The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and we appreciated your continued support.  As more information or details become available, they will be communicated.


FMHA is projecting that hockey will begin the week of September 14.


Note that the focus of this document is for Phase 2.


Hockey Alberta return to hockey plan can be found here:


Government of Alberta information can be found here:


Prior to arriving at either facility, EVERY PERSON THAT ENTERS THE FACILITY MUST COMPLETE THE COVID19 SELF CHECK TEST, DAILY. If ANY symptoms are present, do not enter the building. This is important!!!!! Symptoms include, but are not limited to, FEVER, new onset of cough or worsening chronic cough, new or worsening shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, chills, painful swallowing, stuffy nose, headache, muscle/joint ache, feeling unwell, fatigue, severe exhaustion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained loss of appetite, loss of sense of smell or taste, conjunctivitis (pink eye) ... Please be smart.


AHS has recommended that you download and use the ABTraceTogether APP.


Further to the above, a Team Bench Staff MUST track all participants & interactions, maintaining records for 30 days from completion of activity. This is to be done as part of a daily check-in procedure for participants. 



Registration, Fees, Refunds


FMHA expectation is if you register, you are committed for the entire year.  In order to properly plan for the upcoming year, we need registration numbers to confirm commitment for the year.  


With the timing of releasing this document to the membership and in order to provide time for you to review and make the right decision for your family, FMHA has extended the registration deadline to August 21, 2020.  After August 21 we will do our best to accommodate a registration and a late fee will apply. 


Fees for all levels will remain as is for the upcoming year.  The majority of the costs to play hockey and that registration covers will remain in place - key items being ice rental and insurance.


It is very important that we understand the landscape we are currently operating in for the 2020-21 season. We are in very unprecedented times and unfortunately that makes predicting the future incredibly challenging. There is far too much uncertainty to have concrete refund policies in the event of a lockdown or quarantine that may affect the duration or length of the season. In the event the season length is affected by a lockdown or a cohort is required to quarantine for a period, FMHA will do everything in our power to be fair to the members. However, please understand that there are several considerations and factors that impact how registration dollars are spent. Some expenses are fixed and will be difficult to recuperate in the event of a canceled season, while other expenses may be easier to recuperate with enough notice. It is not possible to determine any of those details at this point, but please know that FMHA will do everything they can to ensure fair treatment of players and families and return as much of their registration fees as possible in the unfortunate event that the season length is negatively impacted. 


The facts are clear that this hockey season is not going to be like any previous hockey season.  There are many views on exactly on how this year will end up, however the consensus appears to be that this will be considered a development year for players.


General Considerations for Phase 2

  • Safety and well being of all members is paramount.  This will not be sacrificed.
  • Further to the self-assessment above, participants with risk factors or illnesses must NOT attend in-person training and ice sessions.
    • Participants with symptoms or signs of illness are not to enter the facilities and are recommended to seek medical assistance.
    • A player exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness must self-isolate and leave practice. Bench Staff must be prepared to implement a sick player protocol.
  • Hockey Alberta Information Bulletin 19-13 from June 30, 2020 has provided parameters on the return to hockey.  This bulletin will allow cohorts to be established within age groups.  A cohort consists of the same grouping of athletes to develop and compete against each other.
    • Up to 50 participants grouped together to participate in a cohort program - no physical distancing required on the ice surface, however, it is required to physical distance when on the bench & in dressing rooms as best as possible.
    • Cohorts will be split in to balanced “mini teams” for practice and mini games.
    • Cohort Groups must remain together for duration of ‘Stage 2’ unless participants enter into a 2-week (14 day) isolation period, after which they can move to a new cohort group
    • Note: Per the Government of Alberta: “An individual is only to be part of one Sport Cohort at any time.” This means that school-based cohorts will not restrict participation in minor hockey.
  • Water bottles are to be filled at home, do not expect the facilities to have any water stations available.  Players need to label their own water bottles, no sharing of water.  
  • Promote good hygiene (hand washing and sanitize dispensers) before and after training, refrain from SPITTING.
  • Players and bench staff need to be prepared to disinfect fitness equipment immediately after use.  This is the responsibility of the individual players and bench staff.


On-Ice for Phase 2


FMHA's goal is to maintain, as much as possible, the “home” ice time for players.  By “home” ice time we are referring to practices and home games that you would have seen in a recent hockey year.  Targets will be as follows once conditioning and evaluations are complete:


U7 - 2 hours per week

U9 - 3 hours per week

U11 - 3-1/4 hours per week

U13 - 3-1/2 hours per week

U15 - 3-1/2 hours per week

U18 - 3-1/2 hours per week



Note - cohorts allows for flexibility of interactions between players, however still be mindful of physical distancing when possible.


  • Reinforce the message that players and bench staff need to observe physical distancing recommendations while on the ice.
  • Avoid drills that do not promote physical distancing.
  • When designing practice, utilize station-based practices and have players/bench staff spread out to maintain physical distancing.
  • Water breaks need to adhere to all protocol and guidelines
  • Minimize chalk talk sessions where players could congregate. If needed minimize the amount of players in one chalk talk session.
  • Bench staff need to be cognizant to avoid talking within close proximity of players’ faces.
  • Mini-game type scenarios will follow Hockey Alberta recommendations.




  • For those allowed in the facilities, follow the guidelines established by each facility.  
  • When entering/exiting either Blackie Arena or Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex, please read and follow all signage that has been posted.  Failure to follow signage may result in the facility asking you to leave immediately.  
  • Athletes arrive no more than 15 MINUTES in advance of the schedule ice time. All players must arrive in all equipment except for skates, helmet, and gloves.  This is important to reduce traffic flow. Players must stay in their assigned dressing room or location until a bench staff leads them to the ice. 
  • Dressing room capacities will be determined by each facility, and in most cases each ice time will have two dressing rooms assigned.  Each player must recognize and adhere to physical distancing when possible.  There will be no dressing in the hallways or player boxes.  Do not ask for more than 2 dressing rooms, as they are not available.
  • Do not interact with anyone from the prior ice time.
  • After your ice time, you will have 15 minutes to vacate the dressing room. 
    • Showers are not expected to be available.  
  • The facilities will be responsible for sanitation of the facility after each use




  • SPECTATORS in the facility will be determined by each facility.  Please be prepared that there could be limited or no spectators allowed in the facility and that it could be strictly a drive and drop/pickup system.  If this is the case Parents must be prompt in picking up their athletes.
    • As more information comes available from the facilities, it will be provided.
  • It is expected that all vending machines, concessions, and water fountains will not be in operation.










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