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20-21 SHA Return to Play – House League / Recreational
Submitted By Amanda Madere on Thursday, August 20, 2020
Conveners, Coaches, Players, Parents & Fans,

Sarnia Hockey is anticipating opening registration for all levels of hockey very soon.  This year will be very different with a focus on maintaining a safe activity for all involved.  Our plan has been laid out in consultation with Hockey Canada, OHF, and Alliance Hockey.  We are following COVID restrictions in accordance with limitations from both the Province of Ontario and City of Sarnia.  Our anticipated season may be limited to providing only the basics of a minor hockey program to keep our participants and our community safe.  At this moment there are no clinics or courses for us to generate new coaches and referees. 

 We are going to do our best not to let this impact our program.  As restrictions are lifted, this may change but for the time being we are going to need to rely on our 19-20 coaches and volunteers to be the backbone of our programming.  If you volunteered last season, please consider returning for 20-21.

The 20-21 Season will be broken down into logical cycles that allow us to react to the changing situation related to the pandemic. Cycles are formatted to provide a progressive return to play.  These cycles will be:

1.     Practice/Develop Skill (4 Weeks of 2 Practice Sessions)

2.     Regular Season (8 weeks of Practice/Modified Games)

3.     Playoffs (12 Weeks of Practice/Modified Games)

In order to maintain safe numbers on and off the ice.  We will divide into small teams that will play and practice together.  This is done with the goal of making contract tracing simple and allow quick reaction if our players or volunteers need to be contacted.  Here’s how our groups will be formed:

·       TEAM = 10 Players & 2 Volunteers[1]

·       COHORT = 2 Teams, 1 Certified Coach & 1 Certified Trainer[2]

·       LEAGUE = 2 Cohorts (Maximum of 50 Participants)[3]

The OHF has committed to not progressing to Stage 4 of their Return to Play structure until the Province moves to Stage 4 of it’s Response to COVID 19.  That means we will not be playing standard 5v5 hockey until the province allows for it.  This modified format is here to stay for the time being.

The City of Sarnia currently has limitations on how many people can be inside its facilities.  Currently there are no spectators permitted by the City of Sarnia.  SHA does not control the facilities.  We must abide by their rules and guidelines.  No association within the OHF is permitted to hold any tryouts at this time.  We are also not permitted to travel to any communities outside of Sarnia.  Due to the nature of HL Select Hockey (Exhibitions & Tournaments) SHA has decided to suspend our HL Select program for 20-21.  The SHA Executives and Directors are looking forward to seeing everyone return as well as any new faces that wish to play this very enjoyable sport.  We appreciate your support, patience and understanding that these modifications to the game have been made putting our participants health and safety on the forefront.

Thank You

Kevin Taylor – Vice Chair – House League – Sarnia Hockey Association

[email protected]



[1] Teams will be balanced within a Cohort

 

[2] Team practices will be shared with only theirCohort

[3] Leagues cannot intermix for one particular cycle.  There can be more than one League in an Age Division

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