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: https://www.hockeyalberta.ca/uploads/source/Return_To_Hockey/RETURNTOHOCKEYJUNE30.pdf
Government of Alberta information can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
Prior to arriving at either facility, EVERY PERSON THAT ENTERS THE FACILITY MUST COMPLETE THE COVID19 SELF CHECK TEST, DAILY. https://myhealth.alberta.ca/journey/covid-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx 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
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.